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The Dangers of Summer Driving

While summer usually means vacations and trips to the beach, it’s also a dangerous time for teenagers to hit the road. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety calls these months the 100 Deadliest Days because teens are more likely to be involved in a deadly crash. Learn why these days are so dangerous and what you can do to help you and your teen drivers stay safe. Why Is Summer Driving So Dangerous? We know that a car accident is a common occurrence during the summer months, but why is summer driving more dangerous than winter? There are a few factors that stand out. First, there are typically more drivers on the road. Summer is a favorite vacation time, especially for families, and a lot of people head out on annual summer road trips. Summer also means more teen drivers on the road because they’re not in school over the summer. Additionally, there is more construction on the roads, and obstacles like detours can cause confusion with drivers which may lead to more accidents. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day sees the average number of fatal teen driver crashes climb 15 percent when compared to the rest of the year. Teens’ inexperience in dealing with a variety of driving situations, combined with more time spent on the road during the summer, is the main factor behind this increase. Motorcycles are another concern in the summer when riding conditions are best for much of the country. Motorcyclists that don’t have the ability to ride for several months out of the year may have weakened reflexes, especially...

Personal Injury Cases: Steps to Take, Tips to Maximize Settlement, & More

Understanding Personal Injury Settlement Pain and confusion are often results from any accident. More common from are personal injury cases that could bring even more devastation to parties involved. A personal injury case is legally recognized as disputes arising from an accident as a result of one or more people suffering various degrees of damages. What exactly is personal injury law? In laymen’s terms, a personal injury case may refer to any legal dispute resulting after a person was injured or harmed in any way because of an accident. Personal injury cases are filed when there is someone at fault and are legally responsible for the accident which has occurred. Cases are then processed by a civil court proceeding which seek to better understand and find who is at fault for the accident. Civil court proceedings may be resolved through a court judgment or through an informal settlement process. When issues are not able to be resolved informally, a lawsuit will need to be filed. What is a formal personal injury case? Formal personal injury cases, also known as “formal lawsuits”, are the result of a plaintiff filing a civil complaint against another person, business, corporation, or government agency. The plaintiff’s claim usually involves the defendant to be irresponsible and careless and therefore causing the accident to take place, resulting in harm and injury. Can a decision be reached without going to court? Depending on the outcome early on in the case, yes, sometimes an informal settlement can be reached, meaning the issue is resolved without turning into a “formal lawsuit”. To reach a settlement early on in the...

Can I Sue a Cruise Line for Personal Injury? [Cruise Accident Injury Claim Guide]

Over 12 million Americans sail on cruise ships each year. While most of these trips are fun and relaxing vacations, in some cases the unthinkable can happen. What Type Of Injuries Can You Sue For? With casinos and buffets, cruises have plenty of things to distract you from the laborious duties that get the ship to move. There’s plenty that can go awry from technical mishaps and people falling overboard to gastrointestinal outbreaks. Some common examples for cruise lines include: Deaths – We don’t expect it, but sometimes death can happen even when on vacation. These can be from medical conditions, suicides, homicides, or by falling overboard. Disasters – While rare, large-scale disasters can occur, such as ship collisions, capsizing, or even pirate attacks. Severe food poisoning Injuries Assaults or rapes Slip and fall accidents leading to broken bones or surgery Crimes – Robbery, smuggling, bomb threats, or even indecent exposure can be treated as crime-related accidents. Mechanical Complications – If something goes wrong on the ship, accidents like a fire or loss of power often results in claims Harsh Weather Causing rough seas (Hurricanes, fog, squalls can all result in accidents aboard ship) Medical malpractice by the inadequate medical care provided aboard board ship Slips, Trips, and Falls This category of common accidents makes it to the top of our list – and for good reason. A cruise ship is by its very nature an unstable surface for walking. Although their impressive size means that they are usually very stable, they are susceptible to weather conditions that can lead to instability. However, slips, trips, and falls often occur due to negligence....

Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and fall accidents are more common than you might think, with nearly one million occurring annually. While some result in minor injuries, others are considerably worse, resulting in broken bones and even death. Though they can happen anywhere from a simple trip to the grocery store to an extravagant cruise ship vacation, the sad fact is many slip and fall accidents are preventable. Let’s learn about the most common incidents and how you can avoid them. Common Slip and Fall Accidents Weather as the Culprit Slip and fall accidents that occur as a result of weather are common. The truth is you can’t control the weather. Thunderstorms, tornadoes, and even hurricanes can wreak havoc in and around property often resulting in hazards that turn in to accident sites. Businesses, including restaurants, shops, hotels, and more are responsible for sidewalks, parking areas, entryways, and interiors free of debris and water which can create slip and fall hazards. If you find yourself out and about before, during, or after a storm, be cautious as you go from place to place and avoid areas that might cause issues. Of course, you can’t always see slippery spots and falls with injuries do occur. Should you sustain an injury as a result of a weather-related slip and fall as a result of negligence on the part of a business, help is available for you. Wet, Uneven Surfaces – With or Without Weather Issues More than 50 percent of all slip and fall accidents are caused by wet or uneven surfaces. While some of these are the result of weather conditions, others are not....

What to Do After a Car Accident Injury & How to Get Full Compensation

A Brief Guide on What to Do After a Car Accident Injury If you’ve ever been in a car accident, even a minor fender bender, you know how it can leave you shaken. That’s why it’s a good idea to read up on what to do after a car accident injury ahead of time. If it ever happens to you, you’ll be prepared! Even if you haven’t sustained an obvious injury, it’s important to take these steps as preventative measures. Some injuries, like whiplash and back injuries, might not be apparent immediately but will cause you untold pain and suffering down the line. 1. Safety First Assess the scene immediately to make sure everyone is safe. Call an ambulance if necessary. Next, turn on your flashers or set up flares surrounding the accident site to prevent additional motorists from getting hurt. 2. Take Notes & Plenty of Pictures of the Crash: Detailed notes and photos of the scene may help the court and insurance agencies decide who is responsible. Now that almost everyone carries a smartphone, it’s easy to document the scene of an accident with photographs or even video. Of course, you will want to take photos of the damage done to both cars. When taking photos of the scene, it’s important to document damage to your vehicle, but the position of vehicles and skid marks can also be crucial to determining exactly what happened in an accident. Pay particular attention to the road and surroundings, as well. If there is the possibility that weather, road conditions, or improperly maintained infrastructure played a part in your accident, you...

The Different Types of Car Accident Insurance Explained

Over 140 million workers commute to work each day, a number that steadily keeps growing. With more and more cars crowding the roadways, chances are high that you’ll be in a car accident at least once. Crashes aren’t limited to rush hour. People indulge too much at parties or on special holidays and then get behind the wheel, making the roads unsafe. When you’re in a crash, it’s too late to start thinking about what type of car accident insurance is available. Keep reading to learn about your options before you really need it. Liability Insurance Liability coverage is the portion of your policy that pays for other’s injuries in an auto accident that you cause. Liability coverage has several different aspects to it, including property damage you cause to the other party in an at-fault accident. However, the portions relevant to personal injury claims are bodily injury liability limit per person injured, and bodily injury liability limit per accident. Most states won’t let you drive a car without liability insurance, which covers the basics in case you’re at fault in a collision. It’s always a good idea to carry coverage beyond what your state requires, just in case. The more protection you provide for yourself and your assets, the better. Comprehensive Insurance The majority of drivers- around 77% – purchase both liability and comprehensive insurance. Comprehensive is just like the name suggests – it covers a wide range of incidents. Get comprehensive insurance to cover losses due to bad weather, theft, damage from hitting a large animal, and more. Underinsured/Uninsured Motorist Protection Other drivers might not have as much coverage as you do, or any at all. Under-insured or uninsured motorist protection covers damages to...

Most Dangerous Holidays to be on The Road

As the children head back to school, adults realize the holiday season is approaching. With the advent of the holiday season, comes a rise in traffic and accidents on the road. Recent studies confirm what travelers have always known – holidays are among the most dangerous times to be on the road. During the holidays, increased traffic, along with travelers driving in unfamiliar areas, and driving while tired or under the influence, means higher accident and fatality rates around holidays. Let’s explore the most dangerous holidays to be on the road, as well as ways to drive safer and smarter should you find yourself traveling during the upcoming holiday seasons. The Most Dangerous Holidays to Drive Studies show that holidays, in general, denote a nearly 35 percent increase in car accidents, with fatalities increased to nearly 40 percent. The two most dangerous travel holidays are Thanksgiving (100 percent increase in accidents) and New Year’s Day (95 percent increase in accidents). On Thanksgiving, most families travel the day before after work. They are typically tired and rushing after work, or on Thursday when they are rushed, distracted, and stressed trying to arrive at their destination on time. New Year’s Day means New Year’s Eve revelers who have been drinking, eating, and celebrating until early morning are on the road, increasing alcohol-related accidents. Independence Day (aka 4th of July) when drinking, driving, and accidents go hand in hand. Majority of accidents happen on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, particularly when the holiday falls on a weekend. Memorial Day when everyone prepares for the start of summer and the season ahead. Labor...

What to Expect if Your Car Accident Injury Case Goes to Trial

After being involved in a car accident, dealing with a law suit may be another added stress factor you have to deal with. Depending on the severity of your injuries, damage to your property, or the other party’s insurance provider, trial may be necessary to get the compensation you need to get your life back to normal. If you decide to sue the at-fault driver for compensation, here is a basic guide on what you need to know about going to trial for a car accident injury case.    1. Opening Statement The first thing that’s going to happen is that both your attorney and the defendant’s attorney will state their opening cases to a jury. This introductory monologue is when each attorney outlines the key point in their case. Once opening statements are over your attorney will get the chance to go into further details about your case by presenting your claim.    2. Present Your Claim  Presenting your claim means your attorney will need to provide proof that will back up the points they made in their opening statement. This proof could be witnesses that saw the accident happen, police reports, medical experts who treated your injuries after the accident, accident recreation specialist testimony, and any photographs you took.  3. Defendant Presents Their Claim  Next is the defendant’s attorney’s turn to make their case. They will provide their proof and give their version on how the accident happened. After both parties have presented, it’s time for closing arguments.  4. Closing Arguments Once both attorneys are satisfied with the information they’ve presented, they will summarize the main points illustrated in their opening statements and in your claim....

Traveling with the Kids this Summer? Learn Our Top Road Safety Tips

Summer is here and for many families, it’s time to hit the road! Driving is second nature, but it’s easy to forget how to be safe during a long car ride- especially when you’re travelling with kids. Summer driving leads to more accidents because there are more people on the road. So what are the best ways to stay safe during your drive? Keep the road safety tips listed below in mind, so you get your family through the road trip in one piece. 1. Have Your Vehicle Inspected Your car might work fine on short trips. But when is the last time you tested it’s performance for hours at a time? If there is an issue with your car, extended use could cause that issue to present itself and create a dangerous situation on the road.  Some of the most important components to check before embarking on your vacation are your tires, brakes, and all engine fluids. The summer heat adds more stress to your engine making it work harder to run. A quick trip to the mechanic could decrease the chance of any of these problems happening and an accident occurring. 2. Limit Distractions When you’re traveling for summer activities, getting your whole family together in one vehicle can mean added noise, movement, and distractions you may not be used to dealing with on your daily commute. Remember to bring vehicle-appropriate activities, snacks, and beverages with you to keep kids occupied. If your children will have access to tablets, mobile phones, or any other kind of electronic devices, make sure they also have headphones to reduce noise.  3. Remember to Schedule Breaks...

Top Causes of Accidents Involving Young Drivers

If you have a young driver in the home between the ages of 15 and 20, you need to have a serious talk about automobile safety. In 2016, 2,433 teens lost their lives in motor vehicle accidents. Sadly, the number of crashes resulting in injuries is more than 100 times higher. When it comes to the leading causes of teen deaths, motor vehicle accidents are at the top of the list. The number one reason car accidents become deadly is the failure to wear a seat belt. It’s important for parents to reinforce the need to wear seat belts. Also, talking with your teen about safety on the road and not being distracted while driving is vital. Operating a motor vehicle without concern for safety is dangerous and can impact more lives than just the driver.  Keep reading for the top causes of accidents among young drivers. Texting While Driving We live in a world where people can’t seem to put down their phones. Even when driving, people continue to text and check social media. This can lead to distracted driving and fatal car crashes. Young drivers especially fail to see how dangerous this practice is. It places them and others in harm’s way. Bans on texting while driving are proving to be beneficial for road safety. States that have implemented laws that prohibit texting while driving are already seeing a decline in related accidents.  Young Drivers are Easily Distracted If texting isn’t bad enough, there are other things that distract drivers and cause teen car crashes. Loud music, too many people in the car, and not paying attention...

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