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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...
Tips for Getting the Best Possible Personal Injury Settlement Offer

Tips for Getting the Best Possible Personal Injury Settlement Offer

On average, there are 10 million car accidents per year. More than two million people are injured in those crashes. Yet, only a small percentage go on to file personal injury lawsuits. If you do file a suit, there’s a good chance you’ll receive a settlement offer. Deciding whether or not to accept a settlement offer is a personal decision. It’s a decision you should make with your lawyer and your family. But there are some factors that may help you decide. Read on to find out more about how to get the best settlement. Analyzing a Settlement Offer You may have heard that you should never accept the first offer someone gives you. That may be true if you’re haggling with a car salesman, but it’s not always true when it comes to a lawsuit settlement. If you have a strong case, it’s worth pushing back against the initial settlement offer. What if the case is more complicated? Then, you may have to take what is offered to you. Let’s say you get hit by a drunk driver. Police arrested the driver, and there’s clear evidence of intoxication. In that case, you have a good chance of getting a fair personal injury settlement. If the other party knows your case is strong, they’ll be more eager to settle. Around 95 percent of lawsuits get settled before trial. If the other driver was drunk, it’s clear the accident was their fault. Yet, it may not be 100 percent their fault. It is important to ask your lawyer about contributory negligence laws in your state. Contributory negligence refers to something the plaintiff did to worsen...
Recent Examples of Personal Injury Settlement Amounts & What You Should Expect

Recent Examples of Personal Injury Settlement Amounts & What You Should Expect

We’re sorry to hear about your accident. No amount of money can repair the damages you’ve suffered to your health, but it doesn’t hurt to be compensated for someone else’s mistake. If you feel flustered after your accident, you’re not alone. Many people aren’t sure what they should get from such traumatic experiences. Let’s look at a few recent examples of personal injury settlement amounts for you and your lawyer to glean information from. Examples of Personal Injury Settlement Amounts Personal injury settlement amounts vary wildly based on what happened, the extent of the injuries incurred, who’s at fault, and your representation. Here, we’ll show you some recent court settlement amounts to give you an idea of what you’re getting involved with. The Cyclist and the Low Hanging Branch Be careful on your bicycle. In this case, a young man was cycling and collided with a low-hanging tree branch that he didn’t see. The insurance companies contended that the accident was the fault of the man and that the tree branches were visible enough to avoid. Reconstruction and tree experts were brought in to prove that the low-hanging branch was an “accident waiting to happen.” The man settled for $110,000 from the insurance companies. Maryland Route 97 Car Accident In 2016, a woman was traveling on Route 97 in Anne Arundel County. She was stopped in traffic and was subsequently rear-ended. Since she didn’t immediately believe herself to be injured, police weren’t called. The $5,300 of damage to her vehicle was reported, but she later had experienced degeneration in her spinal discs from a prior accident. She thus received neck block injections and...
Don’t Walk It Off! Five Tips Slip and Fall Lawyers Want You to Know

Don’t Walk It Off! Five Tips Slip and Fall Lawyers Want You to Know

Chances are that if you’ve suffered a slip and fall in a place of business or public building, it wasn’t your fault. While these places are legally obligated to keep areas safe and to make any hazards clear, too many places fall short, with public safety suffering as a result. If you’ve had a fall that wasn’t your fault, you’ll want to submit a claim to get the compensation you deserve, a claim that could be worth millions of dollars. What victims don’t realize is that they’re responsible for making sure their case is as strong as possible, and that they can take steps to make this happen. Here’s what slip and fall lawyers want you to know about this. Seek Medical Help Immediately  The first thing you should always do in slip and fall cases is to seek medical attention. Even if your injury feels minor, head straight to the hospital without delay. You could be saving yourself a lot of pain later on. Also, the sooner you go to the hospital, the stronger your case will be in a claims court. Revisit the Site to Confirm What Went Wrong  You may think you know what happened, but you should always go back to confirm what it was that caused slip and fall accidents. Maybe it was a wet floor without a warning sign or maybe it was an icy entranceway or some falling debris. Whatever the cause, go back and re-trace your steps. Don’t forget to take plenty of photographs. All of this will help you remember things more clearly when you’re in court. Be as Discreet as...
Tips for Maximizing Your Personal Injury Accident Settlement

Tips for Maximizing Your Personal Injury Accident Settlement

Over 8 million people are hospitalized as a result of slips and falls each year. Add to that the number of people injured via car accidents and other events, and you have a lot of Americans needing to ask themselves some very serious questions. How will I pay for my medical bills? What will I do if I can’t work? Why did this happen to me? If you’re like millions of people struggling from the effects of a personal injury that occurred through no fault of your own, you may be considering filing a lawsuit against the responsible party and getting a fair accident settlement. To make sure that you get the compensation you deserve, our team has put together this list of quick tips to maximize your settlement amount. 1. Investigate Thoroughly When it comes to accident cases, there is going to be a lot of “he said/she said.” To get past exposition and expose the facts, you or preferably your accident attorney will need to do some serious digging. Be sure that witness statements get collected, police reports are obtained, and you get your medical records. Furthermore, consider working with private investigators to see what other kind of critical evidence can be dug up. 2. Never Release Your Records to The Opposite Party’s Insurance Company After an accident, a 3rd party insurance company may request access to your medical records. Never sign them over. While your insurance company may be allowed access to your records, 3rd parties are not entitled to that information. If they get granted access, they may use the information against you. 3. Don’t Jump at the First Offer Insurance...
What Is Cerebral Palsy and How Can It Be Caused by Negligence?

What Is Cerebral Palsy and How Can It Be Caused by Negligence?

Cerebral palsy is a common motor disorder that occurs in roughly 1 1/2 to four of every 1,000 births. Although cerebral palsy can occur naturally, it may also be the consequence of medical negligence. This situation is usually the case when doctors fail to diagnose or treat a condition or use birthing tools incorrectly. This failure can injure a newborn and lead to the development of cerebral palsy. What Is Cerebral Palsy? Cerebral palsy is a motor disorder that affects muscle control. A person who has this condition may have trouble walking and coordinating movements. At birth, cerebral palsy is usually the result of insufficient oxygen to the brain, abnormal brain development, or an infection during pregnancy. Cerebral palsy may also be a complication due to a difficult or premature birth, or it may be due to restricted intrauterine growth. Side effects associated with the disorder include the following: Trouble swallowing Speech impediment Breathing problems Learning disabilities Seizures Can Cerebral Palsy Be Caused by Negligence? Although cerebral palsy may occur due to natural complications, it may also be the cause of doctor and hospital errors. For example, a medical professional may fail to follow proper medical procedures and injure an unborn child. Failure to deliver the infant correctly and depriving the child of oxygen are the most common causes of cerebral palsy due to negligence. Doctors and hospitals may also fail to react to a complication promptly or may fail to render proper care, thus permanently damaging the child’s brain and leading to the development of cerebral palsy. For example, an infection or similar medical issues may be incorrectly...