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The Texas Supreme Court has overruled 40 years of case law regarding the inadmissibility of the use or non-use of seatbelts in Nabors Well Services Ltd. V. Romero, Cause No. 13-0136 (decided Feb. 13, 2015). Evidence of the failure to use of seatbelts is now fair game for proving comparative negligence on the part of a plaintiff.
In 2012 alone, there were over twenty thousand accident victims killed or injured in Orange County. While freeways seem as if they’d be the most dangerous, only about a third of the fatalities and serious injuries occur on the interstates. The majority of victims killed in Orange County accidents lose their lives on surface streets. We list the most dangerous intersections and highways in Orange County where you’re most likely to have your first, next or last and final accident.
Surprisingly large numbers of drivers either do not know or do not remember the laws affecting rights of way when on the road. This is evident at intersections every day, where drivers proceed without the right of way, often resulting in accidents with other vehicles or pedestrians. In other cases, there may not be an accident, but it could result in a traffic ticket. So what are the laws of rights of way, and when must a driver yield?
In a recent press conference, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a stern message that its 100 recommendations to improve highway safety must be implemented in 2015 to reduce the more than 4,000 fatal injuries each year in trucking accidents.
The days of standing on a corner to flag down a cab are quickly coming to an end. With new ride services such as Uber, all it takes is the click of an app on your smart phone and a ride is on its way. As convenient as this service is, its drivers may be causing an increase in distracted driving accidents.
Highways are crowded with trucks full of cargo delivering goods throughout the country. Often times, truck drivers put in very long work weeks and are required to drive considerable hours each day.
In many car accident cases, a central question is who is ultimately liable for the accident. Even if a person is at fault, his or her level of liability may be reduced or eliminated based on the laws of his or her state.
It can be intimidating to drive right next to a big-rig or an 18-wheeler. They are huge, weigh about 80,000 pounds and have this scary tendency to drift in and out of your lane. But, sharing the roadway with these large trucks does not have to be daunting and a nightmare. There are steps you can take to stay safe around big rigs and make sharing the road with commercial truck drivers a lot loss tense.
When an individual is stopped by the police it can be an overwhelming experience, especially when there is the possibility of criminal charges.
Car accidents continue to be the primary cause of injury and death in the United States. There are many causes of car accidents, but a high percentage of accidents occur due to driver negligence. Common distracted driving behaviors that people engage in include drunk driving, distracted driving, and aggressive driving.
The year 2013 brought good news to United States motorists. According to data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 1,063 less people killed and 49,000 less people injured in car accidents across the nation than in the previous year.
Winter weather presents serious hazards for drivers. Auto technology has made significant strides in enabling drivers to be safe on the road, including all-wheel drive, anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, traction control, and snow tires.
A recent study by the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation examined different communities’ responses to impaired drivers and their effectiveness in keeping drunk drivers off the road. Researchers found that strictly enforcing DUI laws helped to reduce drunk driving accidents.
The goal of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is to support new technologies that increase safety to all drivers on the road and reduce the incidents of car accidents.
For anyone living in a city where foot and bike traffic are common, the question is often asked: is a bicycle a car or a pedestrian?
Moving can be both exciting and stressful. It can be thrilling to imagine new adventures in a new location, but it can also be quite worrisome trying to make sure everything is considered. Switching utility services off and on, setting up mail forwarding, getting furniture moved; it can all be a bit overwhelming.
Sources of cognitive distraction that many drivers may encounter include electronic devices, in-car systems, passengers and printed materials.
If no one involved in a car accident has auto insurance, the situation is complex. It doesn’t matter if a driver who was illegally driving without insurance didn’t cause the accident; he or she generally does not have a case. However, passengers are not legally required to have an insurance policy just to ride in a vehicle. If they suffer injuries in an accident and no insurance policy is available, they can get help through state funds.
The time after a car accident can be frightening and confusing. What will happen to your car? Will your insurance pay, and if they do will your rates go up? Will anybody face criminal charges? Could you be sued? These and many more questions are likely racing around the minds of most people after an accident.
Millions of Americans fear what can happen during a traffic stop. The names “Ferguson” and “Rodney King” have taken on a significance in the national psyche that will not soon be shaken.
Healthy sleep habits are vital to all aspects of life. Sleep helps us maintain our physical and mental well-being, as it is an integral part of a healthy lifestyle. In addition to having a negative effect on one’s health, a lack of sleep can present a serious risk to one’s safety. A recent study suggests that there is a significant link between insomnia and fatal car accidents.
Car accidents continue to be one of the leading causes of personal injury across the nation. Motor vehicle accidents can involve an array of different vehicles including cars, trucks, buses, trains, and scooters. Car accidents can be caused by distracted driving, drunk driving, drowsy driving, speeding, dangerous driving conditions, or equipment failure.
Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents in New Jersey.
Drunk driving causes 10,000 car accident fatalities every year.
In states with no-fault accident laws, like New Jersey and Pennsylvania, a portion of your automobile insurance coverage known as Personal Injury Protection (PIP) provides coverage for accident-related medical expenses, regardless of fault. However, if you suffered an accident while driving someone else’s vehicle, you may wonder which policy covers you. Yours? The vehicle owner’s? Neither?
Without having professional experience in the legal system, personal injury law can be complicated, even intimidating. You know you weren’t at fault for the accident that caused your injuries, but how can you prove it?
When most of us think about the dangerous habit of texting while driving, we recall the numerous public service announcements we’ve seen showing young teen drivers behind the wheel, completely distracted by their cell phones.
The new head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced improving auto defect analysis and auto equipment recall system to be the top priority for the agency. This change in leadership has come in the wake of two major auto defect recall scandals that drew wide criticism for the agency, which is responsible for the writing and enforcement of safety performance standards for the auto industry.
The National Weather Service is responsible for clearly communicating how dangerous it is to drive in icy road conditions.
A recent study found that individuals who suffer from insomnia are more likely to die from injuries sustained in car accidents and other unintentional injuries than non-insomnia sufferers.
More than 50 car accidents have occurred over the past year at the Route 422 interchange in Pottsgrove, with seven of those accidents occurring in the past four months.
Work. Home. School. Daycare. Supermarket. We rely on our vehicles to get us from point A to point B quickly, cost effectively and safely. We trust that our cars have been manufactured properly, have been designed effectively, and will not falter in the event of an emergency.
Texting and driving is a serious problem on our roadways – no matter who is doing it. In the five seconds it takes to send a brief text message, you typically travel the length of an entire football field without looking at the road. It's like driving blindfolded.
Getting into an auto accident is something you may experience at some point in your life. Here are some myths debunked that can help you be better prepared.
While the winter of 2014 will be remembered for its record snowfall, the winter of 2015 will most likely be remembered for its icy road hazards. On a recent Sunday morning, hundreds of car and truck accidents caused by icy road conditions left four people dead, dozens injured, and a 50 car pile-up on several Pennsylvania Interstates and roadways.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a report detailing the health and economic impacts of car accident injuries.
New Jersey commercial truck accidents sometimes occur because a truck’s cargo shifts or falls during transit. Strict mandatory guidelines exist to ensure that commercial trucks are loaded safely.
Under New Jersey’s social host liability laws, people who serve alcohol to guests in their homes are liable for any injuries that a guest may cause if they become intoxicated.
Being involved in a trucking accident can be traumatic, not to mention devastating. Whether you are the one driving the truck or a passerby or even an innocent bystander, the risk of traumatic injury is significant. If you get into a truck accident, it is imperative that you know whether you are eligible to file a truck accident claim against the responsible parties. There are thousands of people who die in trucking accidents each year in the US.
Distracted driving is a serious problem nationwide. What is distracted driving? Typically, any action that involves taking your hands off the wheel, eyes off the road or attention away from driving is a distraction. Distracted driving endangers not just the driver and his or her passengers, but also pedestrians, bystanders and others on the roadway.
Motorcycle accidents are caused not just by motorist negligence, but also by malfunctioning or defective vehicle components or parts. Motorcyclists are already at a higher risk of injuries compared to occupants of a passenger vehicle, and when a person is riding a defective motorcycle, those accident and injury risks are amplified.
Teen and young adult drivers are often the targets of public service campaigns aimed at reducing the number of car accidents caused by the dangerous combination of texting and driving. Despite the common perception that teen drivers are the most at risk group for distracted driving car accidents caused by texting while driving, a new study reveals that texting and driving may be more problematic for middle age drivers.
Truck driver fatigue has gained national attention throughout the media and within our political scene since a Walmart tractor-trailer caused a multi-vehicle car accident involving comedians Tracy Morgan and James McNair last summer. According to the police report, the Walmart truck driver had been awake for at least 24 hours. The result of this tractor-trailer accident fatally injured James McNair and caused critical personal injuries to Tracey Morgan, who is still recovering.
Recently, the U.S. Congress passed legislation that eases restrictions on the rules that govern when long-haul drivers must get their required rest. The legislation is part of the overall budget bill and suspends enforcement of the controversial 34-hour rule limiting the number of hours that truckers can be on the clock. The rule was part of a series of regulations set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that went into effect July 1, 2013.
Driver education programs are a proven way to help teenagers drive safe, but enrollment in them is on the decline.
Our major Uber ride-sharing concern is the issue of liability insurance coverage, not only for the Uber passenger; but also for pedestrians and occupants of other vehicles which might be involved in a crash with a Uber car. Even if the Uber passenger doesn't care about insurance coverage for themselves, does the Uber customer want to be a good citizen? If so, and we sure do hope that being a good citizen is something to strive for, then we all need to seriously weigh the Uber pros and cons.
Drivers can reduce their risk of truck accidents by leaving extra space, avoiding blind spots, pulling over safely and using caution in intersections.
Ask any personal injury lawyer and they will tell you the number one question asked of them is “Can I sue?” Coming in a close second is “Do I have a case?” Both questions miss the mark, however, as the real question that accident victims should be asking is “Do I have a case worth pursuing.”
Displaced aggression can occur when someone cannot aggress towards the source of incitement or provocation, so instead takes it out on something else and behaves aggressively towards another individual that had nothing to do with the initial conflict.
When you are involved in a car accident there are a number of steps you should take to protect yourself.
The National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project has launched a campaign entitled “Sleep Well, Be Well” in an effort to raise awareness on the importance of sleep to health and safety. The impact that a lack of sleep can have on one’s safety is evidenced by a recent Norwegian study which found that people suffering from insomnia are 2.8 times more likely to die in a fatal accident than people who get adequate sleep.
According to a recent report in Health Day, approximately 7,000 people were sent to a U.S. emergency room each day in 2012 for injuries resulting from a car accident.
It’s hard to imagine life before cell phones especially the latest smart phones such as Apple’s iPhone and the variety of Android phones that are available on the market today. The iPhone that I have in my pocket has over 100 times as much memory in it as the computer I owned just 15 years ago.
After you report an accident to the insurance company, the claims process begins. This process varies for each insurance company, but the following information can provide you with a general overview of the process.
Driving with a suspended or revoked license can be as benign as a civil traffic violation or as serious as a third degree felony, depending on the reason for the suspension and/or your number of prior convictions.
Pedestrian accidents, both with fatalities and injuries are on the rise in the Coachella Valley and officials are concerned. There has been a rash of hit and run accidents all over California this year and the Coachella Valley has not been immune. But it is the total number of pedestrian accidents, hit and run and otherwise that is causing city leaders to consider what can be done to prevent further death and injury to the desert’s residents.
On September 16, 2014, California’s new bike law went into effect requiring motorists to give bicyclists three feet of distance when passing a bike rider. Since the law passed, bicycle collisions continue to occur. Motorists are likely to be cited for breaking the three feet law only if a deputy witnesses the accident. With the initial publicity of the law fading, many drivers remain unaware of the law. And bicyclists will need to continue to look out for drivers coming too close.
Starting Jan. 1, Rhode Island judges and magistrates will have the authority to prohibit drivers convicted of operating a vehicle under the influence, or those who refused a chemical test, from driving a vehicle without an ignition interlock system. According to a news report in The Providence Journal, the new law requiring an ignition interlock device for those with prior DUIs goes into effect on New Year's Day.
When you are in a rental car accident, you may be just as eligible for compensation for your losses as if you were in an accident while driving your personal vehicle. You might be eligible for damages even if you did not purchase rental car insurance.
Rhode Island has been awarded nearly $341,000 in federal funding for traffic and vehicle safety programs. According to an Associated Press news report, the funding comes from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT).
The stretch of Hwy 74 that runs from Palm Desert toward Mountain Center and then toward Idyllwild as Hwy 243, is a scenic paradise with views of both the desert floor and the pine trees and firs that greet you as you get closer to the Mountain Village of Idyllwild. Known as the Palms to Pines Highway, it is a magnet for motorcycle riders who love the challenge presented by the curves in the road that take them in both directions. It’s also a death trap for the unwary or inexperienced rider.
Hwy 86 runs from Interstate 10 to Calexico. It passes through Indio, Thermal, Brawley and El Centro. Once known as “The Killer Highway,” stoplights were installed at some intersections to prevent broadside collisions. Anyone who’s driven the highway, knows it’s still dangerous because of the cross traffic. Now, once again, the highway is taking its toll.
Drivers can reduce their risk of wintertime car accidents by preparing their vehicles for winter driving and adjusting their driving techniques.
The truck speed limit on the I-10 through the Coachella Valley is 55 mph. Most truckers drive through the valley at faster speeds. It would be easy to blame all of the big rig crashes and tractor-trailer rollovers in the Coachella Valley on speed, but there are too many other factors, including the negligence of others. With trucks that can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds, the passengers in cars and pickups they hit have a lesser chance to survive.
The families of hit and run victims in Cathedral City and their attorneys just want answers. How can a bicyclist be hit by a hit and run vehicle, then a second pedestrian be hit by the same vehicle just moments later, then hit a second time by a paramedics vehicle transporting the first victim, and then hit yet by yet a third hit and run vehicle? These deaths in October 2014 would be just two in a string of recent hit and run wrongful deaths in the Coachella Valley.
It’s that time of year, Christmas, that dangerous time in California for drivers and pedestrians which accident attorneys and insurance adjusters know all too well. It’s Christmas. People in cars and pedestrians alike are distracted. They’re shopping, and coming from Christmas parties. Some are unfamiliar with the roads. Others forget what to do when it starts to rain.
During the winter months, the risk of being involved in a car accident increases. According to the Federal Highway Administration, approximately 23 percent of the car accidents that occur each year are caused partially or entirely by poor weather conditions. During the 2009-2010 winter season, Illinois was one of the top 10 states for weather-related traffic fatalities.
Twentynine Palms Marine Accidents and Fatalities on CA Hwy 62, The Killer Highway - A Personal Injury Tragedy
At least 182 people have died on CA Hwy 62 since 2002. More than 90 lives have been lost since 2007. The risks of dying on Hwy 62 make this highway a dangerous road to travel and the stretch of Hwy 62 from 29 Palms to Palm Springs one of the most dangerous stretches of highway in California. Marines from the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center and personal injury attorneys who represent grieving families know all too well what is known as “The Killer Highway.”
If you are not familiar with the legal rights you possess after being injured in an automobile accident it is most likely in your favor to find a car accident lawyer to work on your behalf.
Finding a car accident lawyer may be more difficult than you had initially thought, but the end result of finding the best lawyer for you is more than worth it.
Illinois joined the growing group of states to allow the use of medical marijuana.
After being injured in an accident an insurance company will try to give you the least amount possible as compensation for the damages to your vehicle and compensation for your injuries.
After being struck by another driver adrenaline is most likely coursing through your veins and you may not be able to think clearly. You also may not be able to feel the full effects of the injuries you may have sustained during the accident. For these reasons and many others you should avoid making any type of initial statement to your insurance company or the insurance company of the individual at fault for the accident.
Winter driving can be extremely difficult, especially here in Rhode Island. Our proximity to the ocean constantly opens up the possibility of huge storms, blizzards and nor'easters. This closeness also influences frequent temperature changes with many freeze-thaw cycles throughout the winter months. Such a weather pattern makes roads slippery and riddled with potholes, contributing to more treacherous conditions for drivers.
Car accidents are generally scary and stressful situations to find yourself in, no matter how major or minor they might be. However, when you also have to worry about recouping costs for medical bills, lost wages, property damage and anything else you owe as a result, it makes the hardship much more difficult to manage on your own. That’s where the knowledge and assistance of an experienced car accident lawyer really comes in handy.
An uninsured motorist is a driver who does not have a valid auto insurance policy. Under Rhode Island law, it is illegal to operate a vehicle without auto insurance.
Suffering a personal injury can be scary, but it is always important to try and keep calm. The steps you take following a personal injury can affect the amount of compensation that you will get after filling a personal injury claim.
Most lemon laws apply to dealers only, not to private sellers. Because of this some unscrupulous dealers attempt to sidestep the laws altogether by using a system called curbstoning.
Recently, a report released by Allstate Insurance listed the city of Providence, Rhode Island, as the fifth worst city in the United States when it comes to the worst drivers.
The vast majority of motorcycle accidents involve collisions with other vehicles. Motorcycle accidents are the most dangerous because they involve a much higher risk of serious injuries or fatalities. Head-on motorcycle-car accidents often result in fatal injury to the motorcyclist. Often, those accidents are caused because of a motorist's failure to notice a motorcyclist, yield to a motorcyclist and other forms of negligence.
Insurance companies often deny personal injury claims with excuses that include denying fault, denying the extent of the injury, and denying causation.
Drowsy driving can be as dangerous as drunk driving. A lack of adequate sleep can affect the brain similarly to the ways alcohol consumption can affect it, such as slowing the individual's reaction time, decreasing his or her awareness of his or her surroundings, and negatively affecting his or her judgment.
Wrong-way auto accidents are some of the most serious types of collisions that occur on Rhode Island's highways. Seeing a vehicle traveling the wrong way and hurtling toward oncoming traffic at a high rate of speed can be terrifying. According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), wrong-way accidents on divided highways are far more likely to result in deadly or serious injuries than any other type of car accidents.
In the Dallas County City of Addison, police are preparing for this year's Great Texas Warrant Roundup. During this annual event, law enforcement works to locate and arrest motorists with pending traffic warrants. If you have been issued a warrant by the Municipal Court, a local attorney may be able to post bond for you and get your warrant lifted so that you may avoid arrest during this year's roundup.
Trading in your old car to help pay for a new one at the dealership may seem like a good way to shave off the cost of a new car. However, not all trade-in transactions are handled in an honest manner, and this can lead to unfortunate results for consumers.
If you drive a car, you’ve probably seen it happen (or you’ve seen the aftermath). A mattress, a piece of furniture, a chunk of metal, a huge box or some other large object falls off a moving truck (or the object is lying on the side of the road). What happens when the stuff that fell off the truck hits a car or a pedestrian or a bicyclist, causing a wreck and injuries? Is the truck responsible?
Consumers must be aware when shopping for vehicles that there are numerous vehicles that have had parts recalled that may not have received repairs. Car manufacturers like General Motors have issued recalls that affect nearly 25 million vehicles. Consumers must get informed about recalls when car shopping in order to avoid injury from car accidents related to defective parts.
Financial fraud – the most common and most profitable ‘business’ activity that turns to foreign residents. Real estate fraud, illicit car sales, cheated insurance, denial of services that you have paid for–you name it. You should seek protection from a law firm in Egypt in any of these cases; don’t wait and be protected from the very start.
Truck drivers operating a massive vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs cause truck accidents in the Clarksburg, West Virginia region every year. These accidents can be severe given the size difference between large trucks and passenger vehicles, and the recklessness with which impaired truckers often drive. Survivors of accidents related to truck driver impairment can recover damages for losses sustained in the accident.
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.