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While many would think it is more likely to be involved in a motor vehicle accident with another car, railroad fatalities are a larger concern, especially among pedestrians. Illinois' Rail Safety Week aims to encourage awareness of rail safety among pedestrians and motorists.
Ridesharing services have made major strides in transportation, but they also bring with them legal complications. It will be important for laws to adapt to the changes that companies like Uber and Lyft are bringing about and how this will reflect on car accidents when they occur.
Motorcyclists are at an especially high risk of suffering head injuries in an accident because of the relative lack of protection compared to drivers of passenger vehicles. Accidents can result in brain injuries and can require extensive treatment, including hospitalization. For some victims, a head injury from a motorcycle accident can have lasting and severe effects.
If you have purchased a vehicle and feel that you got a bad deal, you may have recourse against the dealer by using one or more of the following tactics:
After you get a traffic ticket, you want to know what happens next and what you can do about it. For most people, it simply means paying the ticket and going to traffic school to remove any points on your driving record. It’s expensive, but a fairly simple situation to take care of.
Being involved in a road traffic accident can leave you with anything from whiplash and bruising to serious head and spinal injuries. If you are uncomfortable enough to be involved in a horrific road accident, which was not your fault, then you may be entitled for a personal injury compensation claim.
If you have been injured in an automotive accident, slip and fall or workplace accident, your immediate reaction may be to sue the party responsible for your injuries. However, not all cases warrant an attorney’s involvement. Furthermore, attorneys may refuse to take a case if it is not worth the attorney’s time or experience.
Tesla Motors is known for their cutting edge electric vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has given the Tesla Model S a 5-star safety rating in every subcategory without exception, setting a new record for the lowest likelihood of injury to occupants (Tesla Motors).
Parents warn their teenagers about the dangers of risk driving habits, but data shows that many parents engage in the same dangerous driving behavior that they warn their children against.
Car accident victims may suffer terribly in the aftermath of the wreck. They may be forced to cover the costs of significant property damage, emergency medical treatment, doctor’s bills, and even long-term rehabilitation
Accidents involving large commercial trucks may occur for a wide variety of reasons, with numerous potentially responsible parties. According to the Federal Motor carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), drivers are ten times more likely to cause commercial truck accidents than other factors, such as improper cargo loading, vehicle malfunction, or inadequate truck maintenance.
The top 10 thing you should do if you experience a car accident.
Car safety features like airbags and seatbelts marked significant advancements in safety. Now, new safety features are making our vehicles even safer. More advanced features do not just protect occupants from injuries in an accident, but work proactively to minimize the risk of an accident.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the more severe injuries resulting from pedestrian accidents in Dallas every year. While short-term consequences like headaches, disorientation and memory problems may reduce in severity and intensity over a period of time, some victims may suffer long-term or permanent consequences including impaired cognitive abilities, motor dysfunction and psychological distress.
Every parent warns their child about crossing the street and instructs them to always look both ways before moving. But in the age of cell phones, looking both ways may not be enough. Drivers and pedestrians who are using the busy streets of New York City must be extra vigilant because of the growing issue of drivers whose minds are elsewhere when navigating the road.
No matter how careful while driving, there is always the possibility of becoming involved in a car accident. For most first-timers, an accident can be cause for fright and panic. Initially, drivers involved in accidents suffer shock as a result of the impact and then are forced to deal with physical injuries, property damage, and possible medical bills. The hassle of dealing with insurance companies and the other negligent driver can be confusing and time consuming.
Those operating golf carts in Florida should understand that the Florida legislature intends to protect persons and property from the all-too-common accidents associated with golf carts and other motorists and pedestrians.
If you need compensation for injuries due to an accident, you need to be aware of one important thing—insurance companies are in business to make—not give away—money!
Just last month, the issue of drowsy driving was brought to the attention of the nation when a sleepy truck driver plowed into famous comedian Tracy Morgan, killing his passenger - fellow comedian James McNair - and critically injuring Morgan and his other passengers.
No matter a driver's reasons for leaving the scene of an accident, you, the victim, are still left high and dry without compensation to help you pay for your injuries or to fix the vehicle's damage. On the other hand, there still are many options for legal recourse and compensation.
The impact of a car accident may pose serious harm to the driver as well as the passengers, and leave them with long-lasting side-effects to contend with in the future. Here are some examples of the most common injuries sustained in an accident:
Drowsy driving is one of the most common driving hazards, but new data highlights the dangers associated with drowsy driving. In fact, research shows that drowsy driving is as dangerous as driving while drunk.
UBER has insurance above and beyond minimum state insurance requirements that are carried by regular taxi drivers.
If you are unfortunate enough to suffer injuries and property damage as a result of somebody else’s negligence, the only thing the civil justice system permits by way of recovery is monetary compensation. Similar cases can have different results and, as such, it is important to do everything you can to obtain full value for your damages.
The dangers of texting and driving are well-known and undisputed. But did you know that texting while walking also presents a number of injury risks?
By Warnken, LLC
What do you need to know in order to get the most out of your consultation with a car accident lawyer. Being prepared for your meeting will go a long way to getting the most from your lawyer. Here are ten questions you should be prepared to answer for your attorney.
Teenagers today in the United States are driving much less than their predecessors from three to four decades ago. However, there continues to be a disproportionately high risk of death and serious injury in accidents among teen drivers.
Many fatal truck crashes in Dallas are the result of a rollover. Other vehicles involved in truck rollover accidents are just no match for the sheer size and weight of a semi that’s rolled over and may swing across the roadway. Many truck rollovers are actually preventable. Read on for an overview of possible causes of rollovers.
Small Claims Court may be your only option when trying to recover damages from a motorcycle accident.
Texting people is extremely common. Now, one might just be liable, if you do so to someone who is driving, and causes an accident. An Appellate Court decision which has thrown principles in disarray.
After an accident, do your best and remain calm. Everything you do and say following the collision could affect a future insurance claim or lawsuit.
Tracy Morgan's Injury After Being Hit by a Semi, Brings Trucking Regulations Back into the National Spotlight
NTSB statistics show more than 104,000 injuries and nearly 4000 deaths in 2012 from accidents involving large commercial trucks, but it takes the severe injury of a well known comedian to get the subject of commercial trucking safety back in lawmaker discussions.
Drowsing driving can be as dangerous as drunk driving. Operating a vehicle while fatigued causes countless accidents each year - and you could obtain compensation if you were injured by a drowsy driver.
Drivers encounter many distractions behind the wheel. This may include using a cell phone, daydreaming and eating. But passengers can sometimes be the most distracting. Consider the following ways to make riding with a passenger safer.
The National Registry Board in Costa Rica, approved the schedule for the mandatory change of vehicle license plate, which includes a safety device, starting next July 15th. It is mandatory for all vehicles, except for those purchased from January 2012, date when the new security measures, such as the third plate (the windshield sticker), were implemented.
You’re driving along, minding your own business, when suddenly you see flashing lights in your rear-view mirror. Your stomach sinks and your heart beats faster as you tick through the possible reasons for the stop. No matter the situation, it is never good news. Wouldn’t it be nice to minimize the chances of being stopped in the first place? Here are 5 easy tips to dramatically decrease the chances of being stopped by the police.
Although Texas does not have any state-wide texting and driving laws banning the practice, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has a federal ban on this dangerous act for truck drivers. Drivers who take their eyes off the road greatly increase risk of an accident. Knowing this, the FMCSA published new rules in October 2010 banning all truck drivers from texting while driving their commercial motor vehicles, regardless of the state within which they are traveling.
Motorcycle accidents are obviously one of the most dangerous types of traffic accidents because of the precarious position of the rider, who lacks the protective cage of a vehicle. Riders might suffer long-lasting injuries as a result of a crash, such as paralysis.
Here in Rhode Island and Southern Massachusetts, it is motorcycle season and this causes a spike in bike accidents resulting in personal injuries. Here, we review D’Antuono v. Clarendon Nat’l Ins. Co., 620 A.2d 96 (R.I. 1993), a Rhode Island Supreme Court law decision involving a motorcycle accident with personal injuries.
We discuss the possibilities and ramifications of a child bringing up a parent's wrongful death suit. One of the main questions posed is the possibility that adult children can win in wrongful death lawsuits? They are harder but they are possible. There are different options and different routes to take when considering a parent's wrongful death suit.
If you were injured in a personal injury accident, you are probably swimming in a sea of questions. What do I do next? Should I file a legal claim? Can I recover compensation? The first step in getting those questions answered – and possibly recovering money damages – is to meet with a personal injury lawyer.
A variety of factors contribute to truck accidents. Some stem from negligence of a driver (the trucker or another driver), such as speeding or fatigue. Others are the result of faulty or defective equipment, such as tires or brakes. Improper loading is another cause; for instance, cargo that’s unbalanced or not secured.
The basic steps involved in opening up and presenting an initial claim for bodily injury or property damage following a traffic collision in California.
Although the dangers of drinking and driving are well known, few people consider the dangers of drowsy driving even though the effects of fatigue are similar to the effects of alcohol.
Car accidents – even seemingly minor ones – can be confusing and upsetting. Unfortunately, car accident victims often make avoidable mistakes that can hurt or even eliminate any legal claims that they might have.
If you’ve had a motorcycle accident, no doubt you’ve already taken the worst of it in your encounter with the car or truck. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported last year that motorcyclists were far more likely to be killed or injured in a traffic accident than passenger car occupants.
If you live or work in West Texas, be extra cautious while using the roads. Traffic fatalities continue to be a problem in the oil-rich Permian Basin, according to recent reports.
Concluding the event requires valuing and negotiating your dispute with the others involved in your auto accident. Generally, this involves working with the at fault driver’s insurance company.
When talking to the other drivers, never discuss blame, even if they were clearly at fault. There is rarely anything productive that can result from a discussion of fault immediately after an accident. The last thing you need after an accident is to be involved in a heated argument or in a physical altercation. However, if the other driver admits that they caused the accident, you should write down exactly what they said in their admission when you have a chance.
Deadly FedEx Truck Crash Shows Need For A Strong Civil Justice System Despite Lobbyists Push For Tort Reform
As families of those killed in the crash between a bus and a FedEx truck on April 10th begin to look for justice in this terrible crash, lawyers from all stakeholders take note of the NTSB report.
Thousands of passengers are injured in auto accidents every year. In fact, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation, 22,812 passengers were injured in auto accidents in 2011 alone. Like other victims of negligence, an injured passenger may be entitled to money damages for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering from the negligent motorist, whether the passenger’s driver or another negligent motorist.
There is never a shortage of issues to discuss in the world of personal injury, and April 2014 has been no exception. Current topics include mammography and its coverage by the media, dysfunction in healthcare, schools near dangerous chemical facilities, and a potentially record-breaking rate of car recalls this year.
Consumers should be aware of the rising popularity of ride sharing companies and their potential effect on insurance coverage after a car accident.
Not only do spring and summer mean warmer temperatures, but they also mean road construction. In fact, there are already a number of major road construction projects under way on Chicago area highways and roadways, including portions of I-90 on the Jane Adams Expressway and the Kennedy Expressway.
Large, citywide festivals can bring communities together, boost the economy by attracting tourists, and help define the character of the region. However, there’s also a dark side to these large-scale events: more people are drinking and deciding to drive once they leave the celebration. Drunk driving is wrong under any circumstances, but it’s especially dangerous when the intoxicated driver may not be familiar with the city and is driving through an area with crowds of cyclists and pedestrians.
It may be tempting to tell everyone about the tragedy of your injuries on your Facebook account, but discussion of your car accident claim on social media could ruin your settlement. Before you tweet about your recovery progress or the severity of your injuries, take time to think about what the insurance company might think if an adjuster reads your social media posts.
Truck underride accidents, those accidents that happen when a vehicle collides with a truck and slides underneath it, kill hundreds of people each year. While there are certain safety mechanisms in place to prevent underride accidents, data shows that they are often ineffective.
Motorcycle safety begins with you, the rider. While you can't always account for others’ negligence, you can take some steps to improve your own personal safety and reduce the risk injury in a serious or fatal crash.
The law in Colorado offers an incentive to certain drivers who have been determined by the Colorado Department of Revenue to have been driving under the influence of alcohol, with a test revealing a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 or higher at the time of the offense, to receive an early reinstatement of their driver’s license when they agree to install an “ignition interlock device” on their vehicle.
Under Colorado law, driving a motor vehicle is considered a privilege and not a right. This means an individual’s privilege to drive may be taken away for a period of time by the Colorado Department of Revenue – Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) through an administrative determination.
General Motors has recently come under fire for its spate of auto recalls. Just last week it announced that it is recalling 1.5 million vehicles worldwide due to a defect with the cars’ electronic power-steering assist, which can suddenly stop working and make the car harder to steer. This most recent recall brings the total vehicles GM has recalled since February up to a staggering 6.3 million vehicles.
In an effort to reduce the amount of backover fatalities and injuries, all new cars will be required to have rear visibility technology by May 2018. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), the required rear visibility systems must expand the field of vision to include a 10-foot by 20-foot zone directly behind the vehicle, as well as meet other requirements regarding image size, linger time, response time, durability, and deactivation.
Although motorcycle accidents are less common than auto accidents, they are considerably more severe. Motorcyclists are not covered by the same protective barriers as cars and other passenger vehicles, making motorcycle accidents more likely to result in serious injuries or death than car accidents.
Every car accident claim needs a strong foundation of evidence to establish fault for the crash and show the extent of the damages you or your loved one suffered. There are many types of evidence to collect and there’s really no such thing as “too much evidence” as long as it contributes positive, relevant information to your claim.
Auto accidents – whether relatively minor or serious – can be scary, confusing, and debilitating. It can be difficult to know what to do if you were injured in an auto accident, and you may be confused about how to get financial recovery for your injuries and damages.
Workplace accidents and injuries can happen in any job and in any industry. But just like there are some jobs and industries are more prone to workplace accidents, certain work-related injuries occur more often than others.
Facts and information about commercial truck accidents and legal claims.
Texting and driving takes the lives of thousands of people each year. In fact, in 2011, there were 3,360 distracted driving fatalities, and in 2012, there were 3,328 distracted driving fatalities. Another 421,000 people were injured in 2012 in motor vehicle accidents involving a distracted driver, which represented a nine percent increase from the estimated 387,000 people injured in 2011 as a result of distracted driving.
New cars and trucks could soon be required to include crash avoidance technology that would allow vehicles to communicate with each other to avoid crashes. In an effort to reduce the number of traffic accidents, U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx says that the administration plans to develop a proposal before 2017 that would require auto makers to include crash avoidance technology on all new vehicles.
Marijuana alters a person’s ability to perform certain functions, including operating a motor vehicle. According to a new study, fatal car crashes involving marijuana have tripled during the past decade, which may be responsible for the increase in impaired driving accidents in recent years.
Last weekend much of the United States, “sprang forward” as we moved our clocks ahead one hour. While daylight savings time has long been considered a modern rite of passage for the changing seasons, some experts point out that the time change puts our health at risk and increases the risk of accidents and injuries – particularly auto accidents and heart attacks.
Despite stricter laws and increased public awareness about the dangers of distracted driving, a recent report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s National Center for Statistics and Analysis indicates that drivers may not be heeding the warnings and that the use of electronic devices while driving remained relatively unchanged in 2012 from 2011.
High beam lights, better known as brights, are an important safety feature in every car. When driving in the dark on a remote or poorly lit road, activating your brights can increase your visibility by up to three times. But while brights make navigating the road safer for you, they can actually have a reverse effect on other drivers when used improperly, causing blurred vision and increasing their risk of being involved in a motor vehicle accident.
While cities and states should obviously work to improve signs and barriers around any areas that have been a problem site for wrong way accidents, it seems clear that the best way to stop wrong way accidents is to stop drunk driving.
Drunk Driving accidents are continuing to occur. What you may not know is that you can be held criminally liable for a death even if you are not physically at the scene of the crime.
If you are like most people in New York, car accidents leave you wondering what to do. In addition to obtaining prompt and effective medical care if you have been injured, you will need to deal with your insurance company. Unfortunately, this can turn even a minor fender bender into a major challenge and require you to spend significant time to get the benefits you thought you had paid for with your insurance premiums.
Did you know that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 15 people die per day in the United States in car accidents that involve distracted driving? Moreover, another 1,200 people are injured on a daily basis.
Millions of Americans use radar detectors and jammers every day. They are sold online and in many stores. But, you may have heard someone say along the way that these devices were not legal. So, what is the truth? Are radar detectors legal in your state?
Based on the valuable evidence dash cams have provided in recent years, it’s interesting that more vehicles don’t have them. Because they’re a relatively new phenomenon, there are no US laws regulating dash cams, and while many commercial truckers use them, it’s not required.
If you were injured in a car accident, you may be facing mounting medical bills and be unable to work. In addition to the physical pain that you are in, you may also be angry and confused about what to do next. Many car accident victims wonder if they should accept an insurance settlement or pursue legal action by filing a personal injury lawsuit.
Winter 2014 will likely go down in the record books for one of the harshest winters ever. In fact, as of February 9, Chicago has seen 19 days with subzero temperatures and has already received more than 62 inches of snow. Winter in Chicago can make for treacherous travel conditions, but this winter has been particularly bad.
Millions of people in and around Chicago commute to work each day. Most commuters use public transportation or drive in their own car to get to their jobs, but some Chicago area workers also bike to work or carpool. When commuters are injured on their way to work, complex issues can arise regarding liability.
If you are like most Americans, at some point in your life, you will be in an auto accident. In fact, according to Forbes, most people file an insurance claim for a traffic collision once every 17.9 years. Fortunately, the vast majority of car accidents are not fatal. Of the approximately 10 million vehicle accidents each year, about 3 in every 1,000 involves fatalities.
Commuting and traveling is often a necessary part of a person’s job. While work-related travel and lengthy commutes are commonplace in today’s labor force, when a worker is injured while commuting or traveling for work, several issues can arise regarding workers’ compensation.
Not only does the NTSB conduct independent investigations of all civil aviation accidents and major accidents of other modes of transportation such as train crashes, commercial trucking accidents, and auto accidents, but it also identifies areas for improvement in order to improve transportation safety.
Be careful out there! Just because there’s ice on the roads doesn’t mean you’re off the hook if you plow into someone while you’re driving.
A detailed explanation on U.S P1P type insurance coverage and some of the areas that this type of insurance policy covers in the event of an auto accident.
Just because a motorcyclist is injured or sustains property damage due to someone else’s negligence and thinks he’s entitled to recover, it doesn’t mean that he will. The injured party must prove his case whether in the early stages of the claim or ultimately at trial. If you’re not careful, some things can slip through the cracks.
The cost of medical care rendered to seriously injured accident victims in San Francisco is tremendous, especially given the high cost of treatment at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH), to which seriously injured patients are brought by ambulance, and the fact that SFGH and its physician group balance bill the patient for whatever their insurance does not cover.
If you have been in an accident with a teen driver, you may wonder what sort of recourse you have in order to protect your rights. Teen drivers are often difficult or costly to insure, and they are often insured under their parents’ insurance policy.
Ultra compact cars – often called minis – have increased in popularity in recent years, in large part due to their relatively inexpensive price tag and high fuel efficiency. Unfortunately, many of the smallest cars sold in America are also some of the most dangerous and the most likely to result in serious injuries and deaths in an auto accident.
If you have been involved in a personal injury accident, you are likely hurt and confused. It is important that you not delay in getting the medical and legal help that you need so that you can protect your ability to seek financial compensation for your injuries and damages.
Unlike personal injury damages, Social Security disability benefits do not require that you prove liability or negligence and you might be able to obtain disability benefits even if you were responsible for the auto accident.
Most people will list drunk driving as their first guess for the most lethal cause of collisions caused by negligence, but digital gadgetry has ushered in a new era of “distracted driving” collisions – especially texting while driving accidents.
Dallas Municipal Court is renowned for their ability to issue active arrest warrants almost immediately after an appearance date or payment has been missed. As soon as the grace period passes, you can bet that a Dallas arrest warrant is soon to follow. Once a warrant has been lifted there are a few ground rules you need to know in order to avoid making a bad situation worse.
If you were paying attention to the news over the holidays, you probably heard a number of stories about downed power lines and even utility poles and how they were wreaking havoc by cutting off electricity for people.
By definition, personal injury law involves any injury that is the direct result of another person’s failure to exhibit reasonable care.
When discussing unsafe driving in the context of traffic accidents, the lines between criminal and civil liability can often get blurred. The purpose of this article is assist readers in understanding both the criminal and civil legal issues that can arise from a Colorado traffic accident.
Important information and helpful, recently released statistics for automotive accidents that have been caused by a distracted driver.
A number of new laws took effect in Illinois on January 1, 2014, including the following driving laws: