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Drowsy Driving: Dangerous, Deadly, and Difficult to Identify

According to the Department of Energy, the average car in the United States tips the scales at just over 2 tons. That’s 4,000 pounds of metal, rubber, and gasoline hurtling down the nation’s roadways and highways. Under the best of circumstances, operating a vehicle is the most dangerous thing the average person does on a daily basis. When people operate a vehicle while drowsy, the danger increases dramatically.

Under Reported Drowsy Driver Accidents

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that, even though drowsy driving is difficult to identify as the cause of car crashes in many situations, at least 40,000 people are injured every year as the result of drowsing driving, while another 1,550 are killed.

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The Dangers of Texting and Driving

Posted on June 30, 2014

The Dangers of Texting and Driving

Most people are good, responsible drivers who never take unnecessary risks. However, even the best drivers can make mistakes and texting while driving is definitely one of those. Even though you may understand that texting and driving is dangerous, the statistics may shock you.

Sending or reading a text while driving makes you 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash than normal driving. Simply dialing, talking on, or listening to a phone while driving makes you as much as three times as likely to be involved in the crash.

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Determining Fault in Car Crashes

Posted on June 20, 2014

Determining Fault in Car Crashes

Who’s At Fault in a Car Crash?

Even if you haven’t been in a car crash, you may wonder how the police and insurance companies determine who is at fault. Determining fault is important for number of reasons, but it isn’t always easy to do. Let’s take a look at how it’s done.

Who determines fault?

In many, if not most, car crash situations, it falls to the insurance companies who insure the individual drivers involved in the crash to determine who was at fault. When insurance companies investigate a crash, they look at the statements the drivers make, any police reports, or any other evidence gathered about the crash. They do this to try to determine negligence.

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Why Should You Hire a Lawyer After an Accident?

When you sustain an injury as a result of a car accident, you may not be the only one who suffers. Injuries incur costs, both financial and otherwise. You may suffer lost wages, you might lose your job, or your earning potential may be reduced if you are left with a significant disability. As medical and other bills pile up in the aftermath of an accident, the stress and anxiety that come with it can be overwhelming and even incapacitating at times. Individuals who are injured in a car accident may be entitled to receive compensation for their injuries, expenses, and even pain and suffering; however, doing so can be complicated, especially for someone struggling with the physical and emotional ramifications that often occur following an accident.

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4 Common Questions About Car Accidents and the Statute of Limitations

Question 1: What is a statute of limitations?

A statute of limitations is a specific kind of law that imposes a time limit on people who want to go to court. Think of a statute of limitations as a countdown timer. In car accident cases, your timer starts as soon as you are involved in an accident or learn that you have suffered damages as a result of an accident. If you want to file a lawsuit because of the car accident, you have to do so before the clock reaches zero.

Question 2: How much time do I have to file a lawsuit?

That depends on a number of different issues. Every state has its own statute of limitation laws and each of them determine how long you have to file a lawsuit. Additionally, some time limits apply to one kind of lawsuit, while other time limits apply to different types.

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Car Crashes and Your Insurance Company

Posted on April 18, 2014

Car Crashes and Your Insurance Company

Drivers involved in car crashes often worry about what will happen to their insurance rates. There are millions of car accidents every year, most of which involve insured drivers, and each case is different. To understand what might happen to your policy if you are involved in the crash, you have to look at several different factors.

The Claim

Whenever you are involved in a car accident that results in damage to a vehicle or an injury to a person, insurance companies are usually involved. When you are involved in an accident, one of the first things you typically have to do after making sure everyone is safe and collecting all the relevant information, is to call your insurance company. After calling the company you inform the agent or representative about what happened and that representative will assign your case a claim number. The company will then assign a claims agent or investigator to the case to begin an investigation.

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8 Practical Steps You Can Take if You’re Ever in a Car Crash

Almost all drivers will experience a fender bender, object collision, or a more significant car crash at some time in their lives. While car accidents can be very scary and stressful, you need to be prepared to take specific steps if you are ever involved in a crash. Here’s what you need to do:

Step 1. Get help.

If you or anyone else has been injured, you need to get help as soon as possible. If you have a cell phone you should call 911 and ask the operator to send an ambulance. If you don’t have a cell phone or are unable to move, ask the first person on the scene to call for help. If there is a crowd of people, single out one person and specifically ask him or her to call.

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Types of Personal Injury Cases and Associated Compensation

According to the American Bar Association, personal injury law is designed to protect individuals or their property in the event that they are injured or harmed due to the actions of someone else, or as a result of someone’s failure to act. Personal injury law is sometimes referred to as tort law. Personal injuries can occur in a variety of settings and for a variety of reasons. A primary cause of personal injury is negligence, which is defined by the Insurance Information Institute as “failure to act with the legally required degree of care for others, resulting in harm to them.”

Personal injury may also be based on strict liability or intentional wrongs. The notion of strict liability holds manufactures and designers liable for injuries that result from defective products. In strict liability personal injury cases, the injured party is not required to establish negligence on the part of the manufacturer or designer, but is instead required to show that the product was manufactured or designed in such a way that it became unreasonably dangerous when used for its intended purpose. Personal injury cases can also be based on intentional wrongs, however such cases are rare. An example of a case filed on such a basis would be if a store patron was wrongly detained by a security guard for suspicion of shoplifting; the detained individual might be able to file a suit for false imprisonment. There are several types of personal injury cases that can be pursued, examples of which are described below.

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Stages of a Car Accident Lawsuit

Posted on March 1, 2014

Stages of a Car Accident Lawsuit

When you are involved in a car accident, the immediate aftermath can be painful, contentious, and often confusing. If you sustain an injury as a result of that accident, what you say and do during those first few moments can have a profound impact on your ability to seek damages for your injuries in the event that the other driver is at fault. Therefore, it is important to remain as calm as possible following an accident, while at the same time collecting as much information as you can without divulging more than you need to.

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If I’ve been hurt, when should I talk to a lawyer?

In the aftermath of a car crash, things can get hectic. Between dealing with the police, worrying about your injuries, wondering if you can afford the medical costs, and dealing with the possibility of not being able to return to work, you have a lot to think about. Not only that, but also all the other concerns and worries you have in your daily life don’t just go away because you’ve been injured. Getting hurt can often amplify your problems and make your life much more stressful.

In all that confusion, stress, and chaos, it’s no wonder that many people wait far too long before they speak to a personal injury attorney after they’ve been hurt. If you are wondering when you need to speak to a lawyer after being injured, the reality is that you cannot do it soon enough.

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