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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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National Safety Council Releases Startling Estimates for Accidents Over the Memorial Day Weekend

The Memorial Day holiday is the traditional kick-off to the summer. The long weekend means families across the country will be taking advantage of an extra day off to hit the roads and travel. In fact, AAA estimates that 31.2 million travelers will be getting in their cars this weekend. With more drivers on the roads, the risk of car accidents increases dramatically. National Safety Council reports that Memorial Day weekend marks one of the deadliest holidays, annually, for auto-related accidents.

The NSC released its estimates on May 20th for the number of motor vehicle crashes expected for the upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend. According to the Council, for the past six years, the Memorial Day holiday weekend has averaged an 11.5% increase in traffic fatalities compared to similar non-holiday periods. This year the Council estimates 407 traffic fatalities and another 43,500 “medically consulted injuries” (the Council considers these injuries serious enough that a medical professional was consulted) will occur over the summer kick-off weekend from traffic collisions.

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Cell Phone Use and Its Impact on the Rate of Auto Accidents

Cell phones have ballooned in popularity over the last decade. Not surprisingly, so have concerns regarding distracted driving and the role that these ubiquitous electronic devices may have in causing a variety of motor vehicle-related accidents. A significant body of research – conducted under both experimental and on-the-road conditions – has demonstrated that using either hand-held cell phones or hands-free cell phone devices can lead to driving practices that can undermine safe driving. Unfortunately, the extent to which cell phone use while driving increases the risk of accidents has been difficult to determine, due in part to the fact that police crash reports are not reliable indicators of whether or not drivers were using a cell phone at the time a crash occurred.

Nevertheless, a number of important studies have demonstrated that operating a cell phone while driving significantly increases the risk of a crash. A 1997 study published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine found that the risk of experiencing a collision while actively using a cell phone was four times higher than the risk when a phone was not actively being used. A more recent study published in the British Medical Journal also reached similar conclusions, demonstrating a four-fold increase in the risk of a crash when cell phones were used within the 10 minutes prior to a crash occurring. According to recent statistics published by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), 13.5 million drivers are simultaneously using cell phones at any given time during the daylight hours. In addition, the NTSB documented that close to 3,100 roadway fatalities in 2010 involved distracted drivers. The National Safety Council estimated that 23% (1.3 million) of all crashes that occurred in 2011 involved the use of cell phones.

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Sustaining Injuries on Construction Sites

Posted on November 30, 2012

Sustaining Injuries on Construction Sites

Work in the construction industry is physically demanding and incredibly dangerous. Varied terrain, unpredictable weather, and ever-changing surroundings are a few of the many factors that can predispose to a construction-related injury. Falls from scaffolding or ladders, injury from falling debris, machinery accidents, and electrocution are all examples of what can happen when something goes wrong on a construction site, either as a result of an accident or due to negligence.

It goes without saying that the injuries in the construction industry can be severe. Sprains, strains, broken bones, and even death can occur. When occupational injuries and illnesses are reported, one of the key measures of injury severity is the median number of days spent away from work per each injured case. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2011, the construction industry ranked third, with a median number of 14 days spent away from work due to injury. Only the mining and transportation industries ranked higher.

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Holiday Traffic Safety

As millions of drivers leave work the day before Thanksgiving, highways across America will be filling with families and individuals heading home for the holiday.

To remind drivers to remain cautious as they drive home from work and over the weekend, the National Safety Council (NSC) has released its Thanksgiving Day Holiday Period Traffic Fatality Estimate. Per the NSC the 2012 Thanksgiving Day holiday period begins at 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 21, and ends at 11:59 p.m., Sunday, November 25. The NSC estimate of traffic fatalities for this 4.25-day holiday period is 451 deaths. Nonfatal medically consulted injuries, i.e. injuries serious enough that a medical professional was consulted, are estimated at 48,300 with a range of 41,100 to 56,500.

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What You Should Know When Hiring a PI Attorney

If you have suffered an injury as a result of another person’s negligence, or due to a defective or poorly designed product, it is of paramount importance that you hire the right personal injury attorney to handle your case. There are a number of things that should be taken into consideration when making this important choice.

First, and arguably foremost, it is important to know how long the prospective attorney has practiced law, in particular how much experience they have handling personal injury cases. Highly qualified personal injury attorneys will devote a majority of their time to issues pertinent to your case. Although attorneys in general practice may be well-trained and highly experienced in multiple aspects of the law, it is critical that the attorney who you choose to represent you is well-versed in the specific aspects of the nature of your case. In addition, you would be well-advised to find out how many cases of a nature similar to yours the prospective attorney has taken to trial and/or settlement. Therefore, make it a point to ask your potential attorney what percentage of their cases they take to settlement and what percentage go to trial. Not only is this indicative of the attorney’s willingness to work on your behalf, but it is also a surrogate of his or her skill and rate of success.

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