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

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....
The Different Types of Car Accident Insurance Explained

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 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. Liability insurance handles things like paying for damage and injuries to the other party if you’re at fault. 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 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 your car in case you’re in an accident with someone who has little to no coverage. In South Florida, this type of insurance is critical since the amount of uninsured motorists on the road is so high. Collision...
Summer Driving: More Dangerous Than You Think

Summer Driving: More Dangerous Than You Think

Do you know the most dangerous time of year to be driving? Many people assume it’s winter because of dangerous driving conditions created by snow, sleet, and ice. But the statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that car accidents peak during the summer months.  Keep reading to learn more about why summer driving can be so dangerous and how you can keep yourself and your family safe this season.  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.  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 in heavy traffic. Couple that with drivers being unaccustomed to checking for motorcycles, and those who may be driving in areas they are unfamiliar with, and an increase in motor vehicle accidents is almost inevitable. Tips For Driving Safe This Summer  There are a lot of reasons that driving in the summer is risky but there are some easy things you can do...
Traveling with the Kids this Summer? Learn Our Top Road Safety Tips

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...
Slip and Fall Claims: Do I Have a Valid Personal Injury Case If I Slip and Fall in a Store?

Slip and Fall Claims: Do I Have a Valid Personal Injury Case If I Slip and Fall in a Store?

A slip and fall claim occurs when a person injures themselves on someone else’s property. Often, the property is a business, but it could also occur on private property. What are the most common slip and fall accidents? Do you have legal grounds for a lawsuit? Read on to find out. Common Types of Slip and Fall Injuries Slip and fall injury types can range from minor to extreme. Globally, an estimated 646,000 individuals perish from falls each year. Other injuries that are common after a slip and fall accident include: Broken bonesSprains or strainsPermanent scarringHead trauma or traumatic brain injuriesSpinal cord damage Elements of a Slip and Fall Claim If your accident occurs at work, then you need to file a slip and fall accident report. Inform your employer immediately. If it occurs elsewhere, then inform the property or business owner. If you’ve suffered injuries after an accident, then you may be facing serious losses. The CDC confirms how fall injuries are among the 20 most expensive medical problems. Injuries could result in: Medical billsCosts associated with prescriptions or over-the-counter painkillersLost wagesLost earning capacityEmotional distressPhysical pain and suffering Many victims recover these losses through a slip and fall lawsuit. To get the best settlement offer, you’ll need to prove a few basic things. Here are the elements of a slip and fall lawsuit: The person or entity you’re suing owed you a duty of careThe defendant should have known about the conditionsThe condition must have been dangerousThe accident must have caused damages The first element is easy to prove as long as you were an invited guest on the property. Employers...
Can I Sue a Cruise Line for Personal Injury? What You Need to Know

Can I Sue a Cruise Line for Personal Injury? What You Need to Know

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. From the Costa Concordia shipwreck in 2012 to the Carnival Triumph disaster in 2013, accidents on cruise ships have left passengers seriously injured and even dead. If you suffer an injury while on your cruise vacation, can you sue the cruise line for this personal injury? You may be left with medical bills, lost wages, and emotional distress. What can you do about this? Read more below to find out everything you need to know in the event of a cruise ship accident. Can You Sue A Cruise Line? The short answer is yes, you can sue a cruise line – under certain situations. In order to sue a cruise line, you need to show that the cruise line was negligent. What exactly is negligence? Negligence is when the party fails to use reasonable care which causes damage or injury to someone.  For a cruise line, this means that they failed to provide a safe environment for their passengers. An example of this would be if you tripped and broke your leg due to a broken step on a staircase. If the step had been broken for some time and the cruise line was aware of it, this would be considered negligence.  In order to sue a cruise line, you will need to first check your contract. There are often stipulations in the contract for suing including a statute of limitations and certain disclaimers. What Type Of Injuries Can You Sue For? Some common examples for cruise lines include:...