One of the increasingly common types of motor vehicle accidents over the past several decades is motorcycle accidents. Although automobile death numbers have declined over recent years, motorcycle fatalities have more than doubled in the last decade alone. Motorcycle accidents have become so commonplace that they have been deemed one of the “greatest highway safety challenges our nation faces” by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
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Sharing The Road With Motorcycles
Though some may consider a motorcycle a lesser vehicle than a car, it is still classified as a motor vehicle. Basically, that means motorcycles and motorcyclists have the same rights and privileges as other drivers and vehicles on the roadway. Though motorists should always be diligent, drivers can always use a friendly reminder to be extra alert and to safely share the road with motorcycles. Likewise, motorcyclists should keep as purposely visible as possible to help prevent accidents, as are bicyclists.
How To Fix The Problem Of Increased Motorcycle Accidents
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has taken steps to address the nationwide problem of increasing motorcycle accidents and their related fatalities. Some of these steps include the following:
Developing programs to reduce dangerous driving behavior and reinforce safety
Increasing funding for motorcycle safety research
Providing motorcycle rider training for all who need or seek it
Identifying critical crash avoidance skills and new technologies
Ensuring all helmets meet required safety standards
Characteristics Of Motorcycle Crashes
Motorcycle rider fatalities have been at an all-time high: over 4,000 per year and steadily reaching 5,000 marks. There has been a significant increase in deaths in the 20 to 49 age group. Ages below 20 and above 59 have seen a marginal drop but still remain high at almost 300 per year.
The U.S. Department of Transportation has compiled a list of major characteristics associated with motorcycle crashes. The following are the most frequent statistics related to motorcycle accidents:
The majority of those injured or killed were Caucasian, followed by African-Americans at 9 percent, Hispanic at 7 percent, and Native Americans at 1 percent.
Of the motorcyclists who were fatally injured, 45 percent did not wear helmets.
Twice as many motorcycle fatalities occurred on weekends as opposed to weekdays.
Over the last 10 years, 90 percent of motorcyclists killed were male.
Though there are many external factors that contribute to the increase in motorcycle crashes and resulting injuries and fatalities, the increasing popularity of this mode of transportation, the relatively low cost of the vehicle, and the fuel efficiency have all contributed to a general increase in actual motorcycles on our roadways.
An Attorney Can Help
If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle traffic accident and received injuries or if a loved one has been tragically lost due to a motorcycle accident, you may have a strong case for personal injury or wrongful death compensation. If the negligence of another caused your accident, speak with an experienced attorney to receive help today.
Cyclists have a unique perspective when traveling our roadways. Unlike riding on a motorcycle or moving in a car, trekking by bicycle has a truly personal aspect. Though undoubtedly liberating, sharing both the streets and the outdoors places a cyclist in a uniquely vulnerable position to both the environmental elements and to the more precarious human elements. Perhaps you have already drawn the conclusion that many motor vehicle accidents are due to the negligence of the driver instigating bicycle accidents.
You may have already experienced the aforementioned precarious human elements firsthand and you’ve been involved in a bicycle accident. When a bicycle and car collide, it is a deadly mix and the chances of a cyclist surviving unscathed are next to none. Why did this accident have to happen to you or your loved one? Why are you and your family left to suffer all the consequences?
If you are questioning whether you have a potential case, call to get your questions answered by an experienced attorney today.
Most Frequent Causes Of Bicycle Accidents
Anytime a motor vehicle and a bicycle occupy the same general space, there is always the potential for an accident to occur. There are numerous ways an accident can happen. The most influential cause, however, points to the behavior or actions of either the cyclist or the driver. The unfortunate or poor choice conduct sets into motion an ill-fated outcome.
The following are frequent causes of bicycle accidents:
Fatigue or distracted driving
Speeding and reckless driving, veering into the bicyclist’s lane
Following too closely or attempting to pass a cyclist without adequate space
Failure to see the cyclist
Regardless of the reason, a severe injury or tragic loss has occurred in your recent crash. If you have any legal questions regarding liability or compensation for your recent bicycle accident, an attorney is ready, willing, and able to help.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a bicycle accident due to the fault of another and sustained personal injuries, you may be eligible for compensation. In the tragic event of the loss of a loved one, you may have a strong case for wrongful death compensation.
When pursuing a personal injury or wrongful death suit, questions regarding the law and compensation can be assessed by a qualified attorney experienced in accident cases. You and your family have been through enough already. Don’t passively sit by and allow another’s negligence to rob you of anything further. Speak with an attorney today.
Perhaps the most frightening types of motor vehicle accidents are pedestrian accidents. A pedestrian is totally defenseless in an accident. A person is completely exposed and without any type of shield or buffer. When coming into contact with a vehicle, pedestrians are the most susceptible to grievous and fatal injuries.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a pedestrian-related traffic accident and received injuries, don’t face the painful aftermath alone. To get answers to all your legal concerns, consult with a personal injury lawyer who specializes specifically in all types of car accidents.
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Who Is Considered A Pedestrian?
The answer is that everyone is a pedestrian. At some point in time, each one of us has used a sidewalk or a crosswalk or even taken a stroll along a walking path. Therefore, when we hear from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that pedestrian fatalities have increased to over 4,000 a year and over 69,000 people have reported some type of pedestrian-related accident or injury, it is time to take notice of this national problem.
Injured pedestrians come in both sexes and in all age groups. During the last 10 years, the most common age range for a pedestrian involved in a fatality is 45 to 64 years. Ages 30 to 45 and ages 65 plus ranked second and third for fatalities, respectively.
Pedestrian Accident Causes
Anytime a motor vehicle and a pedestrian are involved in an accident, there is an almost immediate, instinctive reaction of dread. The thought of an individual being hit is an alarming and distressing thing. Perhaps more shocking, most pedestrian-related accidents occur due to neglectful or careless driving and thus didn’t have to happen, much like motorcycle accidents.
The following are the most frequent causes of pedestrian-related accidents:
Driver inattention, distraction, and inexperience
Malfunctioning traffic signals
Debris on the road
Failure to yield or stop
No Sure Method To Prevent Pedestrian Accidents
According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, no single pedestrian fatality cause stands out, and no single countermeasure has made a substantial impact to decrease this type of accident from happening. The best ways to counter these accidents, thus far, seem to be a mixture of educational, environmental, and enforcement measures to improve overall pedestrian safety.
An Attorney On Your Side
If you or a loved one has been in a pedestrian accident due to the fault of another and sustained injuries or, tragically, a loved one was lost, you may have a strong case for personal injury or wrongful death compensation. Your attorney can answer any questions you may have regarding either event.
Don’t allow the careless negligence of another to take everything away from you. Speak with an attorney to receive help today.
Car Accident Causes
Often, victims of car accidents wonder why the accident occurred or if there was a way in which the accident could have been prevented. In many cases, car accident causes relate back to driver negligence in some form. Occasionally, car accidents occur because of faulty parts or poor vehicle maintenance. In these cases, it is possible that those injured could be eligible for financial compensation.
If you are confused about what caused your accident, a car accident attorney can help. Call us today for a case evaluation.
Common Causes For Car Accidents
While these reasons do not cause all car accidents, many of them can be traced back to the causes listed below. These causes are generalizations but offer a good representation of typical origins. For a more accurate discussion of your case, an appointment with an attorney may be necessary:
Drunk driving accidents: A drunk driver is a danger to him or herself and every driver or passenger with whom he or she shares the road. In many drunk driving cases, serious injury or death can occur. Drunk driving is a crime in the state of Texas, and if you have been a victim, you may be eligible for financial compensation for your pain and suffering.
Texting while driving: Texting while driving is a growing issue across the country. As mobile phones become more prevalent in our everyday lives, texting and driving accidents have increased significantly. Every second that a driver is looking at a phone is a second that he or she is not paying attention to the road. If you are a victim of this type of reckless driving, you may be eligible for financial compensation.
Reckless driving and speeding: Reckless driving is any type of driving that knowingly and willingly endangers others. While not always done with malicious intent, it can include ignoring traffic laws, speeding, or any form of wanton negligence. Reckless driving accidents are tragic because they can usually be prevented with vigilance and caution.
Defective car parts: Car issues plague every American at some point, but it is rarely considered that a car defect or poor maintenance could cause a car accident. Bad tires on a slick road or a poorly done oil change causing engine malfunction can lead to a serious car accident.
Dangerous roads: As is the case in many other states, Texas has some curvy and narrow lane roads. These roads are dangerous under normal conditions. These types of roads become even more hazardous during rainy, snowy, and icy conditions. Accidents on these types of roads are more frequent but can be avoided with cautious driving.
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If you or someone you love has been victimized by any of the above causes for car accidents, you may be eligible for a financial settlement. You do not have to face the confusion alone. A qualified attorney can help you sort through the evidence and decide on what subsequent actions should be taken.
Drunk Driving Accidents
Drunk driving accidents are dangerous and frightening. Driving while under the influence is not only dangerous to the driver, but it also endangers everyone else around. Drunk drivers who break the law are operating selfishly and could be held liable for endangering an innocent victim. If you have been injured or have lost a loved one in a drunk driving accident, you may be eligible for financial compensation. Drunk driving may be one of the most common car accident causes, but it does not mean that you should suffer alone.
If you have been involved in a collision caused by a drunk driver, call us. We are experienced in dealing with claims of this type and we will do all that we can to help you.
What Happens In Drunk Driving Accidents?
Drunk driving is a serious issue across the United States. Despite roadblocks, DUI checkpoints, and anti-DUI ad campaigns, driving under the influence remains an ongoing concern. Just as texting while driving is a growing epidemic, the same could be said for drunk driving.
There are signs a driver may be intoxicated and, if suspected, he or she should be immediately reported to law enforcement. The signs include:
Weaving in and out of traffic
Speeding up then slowing down
Difficulty staying in the traffic lanes
Aggressive or reckless behavior on the road
Even just one or two alcoholic drinks in the bloodstream can slow down a person’s reaction time and increase the risk of an accident. Many drunk drivers are unaware that they are endangering themselves and everyone else around them. There is no excuse for drunk driving and nothing said will negate the liability assigned to anyone who gets behind the wheel of a vehicle while drunk. Some excuses for drunk driving may include:
It is only a short journey home.
A taxicab would be too expensive.
I could not leave my car overnight, as I need it first thing tomorrow.
I was in a rush to get home.
I only had a few drinks.
Drunk Driving Is Impaired Driving
Alcohol slows the body’s reaction time and can make it difficult to make the on-the-spot decisions that are often required to drive safely. Some of the other reasons drunk driving is dangerous may include:
Difficulty thinking clearly
Inability to focus
Sleepiness or feelings of aggression
Any of these reasons, and perhaps more, can contribute to the danger of drunk driving. If you have been the victim of a drunk driver in any capacity, you may be eligible for compensation, just like victims of other accidents. You have nothing to lose with a case evaluation. You may even be surprised by what a car accident attorney can do for you.
Texting While Driving
The growing popularity of smartphones has led to some unintended and even dangerous consequences. One of the fastest-growing car accident causes is texting while driving. In fact, research shows that a driver who is text messaging creates a crash risk that is 23 times greater than a non-distracted driver. Safety should always be the top priority of any driver.
Accidents stemming from texting and driving that cause loss of life are even more tragic because they could have been prevented. In these cases, the loss of life could lead to a wrongful death case. These types of accidents have become more common as the prevalence of smartphones has grown. If you have lost someone you love or have been injured as a result of a driver that was texting, you understand the damage a single moment of impact can inflict on a person’s life.
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What Are The Consequences Of Texting While Driving?
Texting while driving is against the law in the state of Texas, much like drunk driving or reckless driving. Drivers under 18 may not use any kind of device for talking or texting while driving. Texting while driving laws are considered primary laws. Primary laws mean that any law enforcement official can pull you over for the offense without having to witness another offense.
Penalties for texting while driving is:
The penalty for violating Texas’ texting and driving law is a ticket and a fine. Drivers will pay $99 for a first offense and $200 for each subsequent offense. Some cities in Texas have passed their own ordinances banning cellphone use or imposing higher fines on offenders. Worse than any fine, however, are the consequences of a serious accident caused by texting while driving. Texting while driving is avoidable and unnecessary. Victims of this may be eligible for compensation.
The long and short-term issues that arise from a car accident can be costly and overwhelming. A deluge of medical expenses may leave you feeling hopeless. It is important to remember that a case evaluation can be the first step in the right direction toward reclaiming your life.
What Is Included In A Personal Injury Claim
Many victims of these types of accidents never realize that they are eligible for compensation. When evaluating the details of a personal injury claim, it is important to consider the following factors:
Loss of income
Loss of personal property as a result of financial problems
Pain and suffering affecting the lives of those who were previously dependent on a severely injured victim, such as a spouse or children
Loss of limbs
Inability to work to the same capacity as before the accident, losing earning potential and possibly insurance and benefits
Loss of financial security for the family left behind in the case of a wrongful death suit, such as a spouse and children.
Reckless Driving And Speeding
Most car accidents occur within a few miles of a driver’s home or office. Unfortunately, the shortest of journeys is often the one that is traveled carelessly. Drivers tend to use more caution when driving an unfamiliar route or longer distances, but the dangers are high regardless of the destination or length of the journey. Safety should always be paramount when behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. Reckless driving and speeding are unfortunate yet common causes of car accidents.
These types of accidents are especially tragic when a fatality occurs at the hands of a reckless driver or a poor decision behind the wheel. In these cases, the loss of life could lead to a wrongful death case. If you have lost someone or have been injured as a result of a reckless driver, you understand the damage a single moment of impact can do.
To further discuss your case, make an appointment with a lawyer by calling us. Our offices are open and waiting to take your call.
Common Causes Of Reckless Driving And Speeding Accidents
Many reckless driving accidents can be attributed to one individual and his or her negligent actions, much like drunk driving accidents. After police investigate the accident and talk to the witnesses, it may be possible to ascertain the exact form of reckless driving that resulted in the accident. Any of the actions below that lead to a motor vehicle accident are considered reckless:
Weaving in and out of traffic
Failure to yield or use traffic signals
Texting while driving
Ignoring traffic signals or other rules of the road
Driving with no lights during hours of darkness
Any irresponsible behavior behind the wheel
The innocent parties involved often receive serious injuries. The following are common types of injuries involved parties may suffer as a result of a car accident due to reckless driving:
Internal bleeding of the brain or vital organs
Loss of limbs
Emotional duress and damage
If one of the above injuries has occurred and it was the fault of the driver, he or she may be held responsible in a personal injury claim. Personal, physical, emotional, and financial problems can all be consequences of a reckless driving accident or any type of accident, such as one stemming from defective car parts. In such cases that result in a fatality, the family of the deceased may consider a wrongful death suit to cover expenses for pain and suffering.
If you are unsure about the cause of your accident or you believe it is impossible for there to be help for your situation, you are not out of options. No matter what you assume about your accident, you will likely be surprised by what an attorney can do for you and your family. While there are no guarantees about your case, you have nothing to lose from a case evaluation.
Defective Car Parts
Have you been in a car accident that was caused by an unknown factor or by defective car parts? From bad tires to engine failure, a vehicle that is not functioning correctly can be a ticking time bomb for an accident. Occasionally, an accident that occurs from what may seem like coincidence or bad luck is actually caused by negligent manufacturing or poor quality auto parts. A case evaluation from an experienced car accident attorney may reveal if victims have the right to pursue a claim because of this or another of the most common car accident causes.
If you believe the accident you were involved in was due to an auto defect, or someone you love has experienced such an accident, call us today. A knowledgeable car accident attorney can assess the details of your case.
Causes Of Defective Car Parts Accidents
Unfortunately, a large number of accident cases have proven to be the result of auto defects, many of which are avoidable and could be considered a driver’s responsibility, like the following:
Burnt out or broken front or rear lights
Worn brake pads and rotors
Incorrectly connected battery
Cheaper parts fitted during at-home repairs to keep costs to a minimum
For the above reasons, blame may be assigned to the owner of a defective vehicle or whoever performed maintenance on the car. Occasionally, there will be a defect in the actual manufacturing of the car that causes problems. Examples of ways that a car maintenance company or manufacturer could be liable include:
Car company manufacturing faults
Failure of brakes
Hoods springing open during transit
Poorly fitted parts during a garage repair
High rollover probability
Gas leak or other hazards
Tips on how to avoid a car accident caused by these types of defects include:
Correct maintenance of your vehicle
Check oil levels before long journeys
Regular tire pressure checks
Avoid having cheaper, unreliable parts fitted to save money
Ensure tire tread is within high standards at all times
Most people adhere to these basic safety points and still, accidents resulting from auto defects can happen. Sometimes it is unavoidable and completely unforeseen. Many victims of this type of accident do not realize they could receive a financial settlement.
Like any other accident caused by extenuating circumstances, such as texting while driving or reckless driving and speeding, auto defect accidents should be carefully evaluated and treated as important. It is possible to fall victim to bad tires or poor quality parts. The cause of these accidents may not be a particular person, but it is still possible for a victim to get the compensation that he or she deserves.
Many car accidents happen on the same roads over and over again. Whether it is because of narrow and curvy roads in the rural areas or heavy traffic volume in the more densely populated areas, accidents continually happen on the same roads. Driving on dangerous roads is one of the most common car accident causes. Safety should also be the top priority when driving and this becomes even more important when driving on dangerous roads.
Accidents that occur on these types of roads are especially tragic when a fatality occurs. In these cases, the loss of life could lead to a wrongful death case. These types of accidents are becoming more common as the area grows and more drivers are on the road. If you have lost someone you love or have been injured as a result of an accident on a dangerous road, you understand the damage a single moment of impact can inflict on a person’s life.
To further discuss your case, make an appointment with a lawyer by calling us. Our offices are open and waiting to take your call.
What Makes Dangerous Roads?
Roads are deemed dangerous if there are a high number of accidents on them. This can happen because of the condition of the road or because of natural challenges such as hills or curves. These types of roads are often found in the more rural parts of our state. Roads can also be dangerous because of the sheer number of cars that travel every single day. Any of the characteristics below could cause accidents and make a dangerous road:
Continuous stop and go traffic such as the kind found during rush hour in metropolitan areas
The high volume of traffic on a regular basis
Roads with many curves
Roads with narrow lanes
Roads under construction
Roads with poor lighting
Roads with inadequate guardrails
Roads with numerous potholes
Defective traffic signals
Serious injuries can be inflicted because of accidents caused by these characteristics. The following are common types of injuries that may be suffered as a result of a car accident on a dangerous road:
Internal bleeding of the brain or vital organs
Loss of limbs
Emotional duress and damage
If you or a loved one has suffered one of these injuries and it was the fault of reckless driving and speeding on a dangerous road or improper road maintenance, you could file a personal injury claim. Personal, physical, emotional, and financial problems can all be consequences of an accident such as this or drunk driving accidents. In such cases that resulted in a fatality, the family of the deceased may consider a wrongful death suit to cover expenses for pain and suffering.
If you are unsure about the cause of your accident or if you believe it is impossible for there to be helpful for your situation, you are not out of options. Regardless of what you assume about your accident, you will likely be surprised by what an attorney can do for you and your family. While there are no guarantees about your case, you have nothing to lose from a case evaluation.
Car Accident Injuries
When car accidents occur, often there are no serious injuries. In some cases, however, the crash is much more serious and one or more people are injured. Statistics published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that car accident injuries sustained by occupants in motor vehicles were the fourth leading cause of non-fatal injuries nationwide.
If you have questions regarding a car accident in which you or a loved one was injured, we can help. Call our office to schedule an appointment to discuss your case and find out what kinds of compensation may be available to you.
What Are The Most Common Car Accident Injuries?
Accident injuries can be minor or life-threatening, depending on the severity of the crash. There are also specific types of injuries that occur during a car crash that can have long-reaching effects, such as those shown below:
Back injuries: Many types of back injuries such as herniated or ruptured disks, compression fractures, and spinal cord injuries can occur as a result of a car accident.
Brain injuries: These types of injuries may manifest over a period of time after the initial accident and can have serious consequences.
Head injuries: The direct result of outside force causing trauma or injury to the skull, these injuries can sometimes be very serious and may require long periods of recovery.
Neck injuries: One of the most prevalent is cervical acceleration-deceleration, commonly known as whiplash. Many people are unaware that they have this injury until hours or even days after the accident.
Fatal car accidents: Sometimes injuries received in a car accident are so severe they result in death. In other cases, the crash may exacerbate an existing condition and the victim is not able to recover.
There are other types of injuries that accident victims experience that is less serious but still requires medical attention and some period of time to recover before the victim’s life returns to normal. Very often, the victim will require the help of others throughout the process.
Recovering From Injuries Can Often Be A Long Process
Every accident is different in both cause and seriousness of injury or damage. Most of the time, recovery is a process and not an event. Depending on the seriousness of the injuries, it may be days, weeks, or months until the victim can resume his or her normal life. Medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses that pile up while the person is recovering can make the process more difficult and can actually impede the process of getting well.
Often, if the accident involved another driver who was at fault, the insurance company will seek a fast settlement with the injured parties. This is generally not beneficial to the victim since there is often no way of knowing how long the recovery process will take. Many accident victims choose to seek legal advice before accepting any settlement agreement offered by an insurance company.
Among the most common types of car accident injuries are back injuries. Because of the position of the body, while driving an automobile and the rapid deceleration involved in most accidents, back and neck injuries can occur even in accidents that happen at relatively slow speeds.
Sometimes a driver who has been in an accident does not notice that anything is wrong immediately after the wreck. The driver may feel a little shaken or disoriented but may believe that he or she has no other injuries. Hours or days later, however, the driver may experience severe pain in the back or legs. Often because of the time that has elapsed, he or she may believe that the pain is unrelated to the crash.
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Back Injuries Take Many Forms
There are several types of injuries that can happen when a driver has had a car accident. Although many drivers today use seat belts which help reduce the number of fatal car accidents, back injuries can still result from any violent movement that pulls, twists, or causes compression of the spine. These injuries include:
Herniated disk: This injury usually affects the lower back. Spinal compression may cause the natural cushion between the vertebrae to bulge out into the spinal canal. This bulge can impinge on nerves in the area and can cause weakness, pain in the legs, low back pain, and other nerve-related problems.
Ruptured disk: Similar to a herniated disk, in this case, the natural cushion has ruptured and is impeding nerve signals. Significant pain, weakness in the legs, and other nerve-related problems can occur.
Spinal injuries of the midsection: These types of injuries can result in pain that affects the driver’s arms, back, and legs. Symptoms can include pain, weakness, and numbness. These injuries can also have a direct effect on blood pressure and body temperature regulation.
The severity of injuries like those above can vary from person to person. In most cases though, one of the common aspects of back injuries is that they require time to heal. Very often, the victim will require the help of others such as doctors and rehabilitation specialists during the process. Medical bills, the cost of physical therapy, and other expenses can make the process even more difficult and may slow the victim’s progress in recovery.
Why Have An Attorney?
Many insurance companies are eager to settle an accident case quickly, but this is often not in the victim’s best interest. Many drivers who have been injured benefit from speaking with personal injury attorneys before accepting any offers made by insurance companies. This helps ensure that they receive all the compensation needed to complete the rehabilitative process, no matter how long that process may be.
Auto accidents can sometimes cause very traumatic injuries. Brain injuries are serious, life-changing events and recovery is often difficult to predict. As one of the more common types of car accident injuries, it may also be the one that has the greatest effect on the victim’s family.
It is sometimes hard for individuals and family members to think about how that person’s business will be carried out if he or she is unable to communicate. Brain injuries often bring this situation about. When a person suffers a traumatic brain injury (TBI), he or she may be unable to communicate effectively or make choices concerning treatment. In such cases, one or more family members may need to step in to act on behalf of the injured person. During such an emotional and distressing time, that may be a difficult task.
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What Exactly Are Traumatic Brain Injuries?
TBIs happen in several ways depending on the circumstances of the car crash that takes place. Sometimes they may be caused by external force from outside the body that comes into contact with the skull, such as a head hitting a windshield. These are frequently classified as head injuries. In other cases, it can be what is described as secondary brain injury which takes place over time after the initial trauma or accident. Symptoms of this type of injury are:
Brain swelling, or edema
Increased pressure inside of the skull, or intracranial pressure
Low or high blood pressure
Low sodium levels
Too much or not enough carbon dioxide
Abnormal blood coagulation
Many times, the person who experiences these symptoms may be unconscious or in a coma as a result of the initial accident. For those that are not, however, the person typically believes that he or she is fine, and then begins experiencing these symptoms, which worsen as time passes.
Letting Doctors Help
One of the most important things a person can do when he or she has been involved in a serious car accident is to allow medical professionals to examine and monitor his or her condition. Sometimes, those who have been the victims of fatal car accidents did not die at the scene of the crash, but days later as the result of one of the complications listed above.
Injuries of this type can take months of medical treatment and rehabilitation. Even if the injured person is conscious and aware enough to handle his or her own affairs, the stress of dealing with medical bills, lost wages, and insurance claims can be too much to handle. An attorney who is familiar with the needs of those who have experienced a TBI can be very helpful to the victim or to the victim’s legal representative during the decision-making process.
Brain injuries and head injuries are often spoken about interchangeably. There are some differences, however, in the particular injuries and how they might affect a person’s life. Head injuries sustained in a car wreck are one of the more common car accident injuries.
Head injuries from an auto accident can be minor or very serious. As with any injury, they should be examined by a medical professional and treated as soon as possible. Many people have experienced a worsening of symptoms and developed a more serious medical condition because they decided they were not injured all that bad and decided not to see a doctor.
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Common Car Accident Head Injuries
The head injuries below are often described as closed head injuries. They are the result of a blow to the head during an accident such as an occupant’s head striking the windshield or vehicle frame. This type of primary brain damage can include:
Skull fracture: The person’s skull is broken.
Contusions or bruises: These often occur under an area of the person’s skull where it made direct contact with an object. The force of the blow can drive the brain up against the skull and cause areas of bruising.
Blood clots: A blood clot may occur between the skull and the brain or inside the brain itself.
Lacerations: These can also be the result of the force of a blow to the skull. The blow may cause brain movement against the boney ridges of the inner skull and result in a tear of the brain tissue or blood vessels in the brain.
Nerve damage: Damage to the connecting nerves within the brain can result from the same movement that causes lacerations to tissue or blood vessels.
Many of these head injuries also have a corresponding brain injury that must be diagnosed and treated by a doctor. Sometimes this may require a period of time during which the person will be observed for symptoms. This is one of the reasons that it is so very important to have a medical professional examine a driver who has injured his or her head in a car accident. Without an accurate diagnosis, these kinds of injuries can become life-threatening.
How Long Does Recovery From A Head Injury Take?
Head injuries, like back or neck injuries, can take a long time to heal. Some injuries such as a bump and a mild concussion may only take a few days, but a blood clot or laceration to the brain may require surgery and a long period of convalescence.
Depending on where the injury was located, rehabilitative therapy, speech therapy and other services may be needed to make progress in recovering. Receiving appropriate compensation for the injuries sustained can make the process of recovery less stressful and ensure that the needed services are available.
There are many injuries that are possible in the event of a car accident. Among the most unfortunate of common car injuries are neck injuries. These types of injuries can leave a person incapacitated and in pain, in addition to the costly medical care that it can require. If you have been impacted by a neck injury or if your loved one is suffering, you could benefit from the services of a car accident attorney.
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What Kinds Of Neck Injuries Are Possible From Car Accidents?
There are many different types of neck injuries that are possible from a car accident. These can range from the very severe to the relatively minor. However, all of them will likely require medical treatment, which could be costly. Some types of injuries that could be sustained in a motor vehicle accident include:
Neck sprain: This injury occurs when the ligaments in the neck are strained or torn, resulting in pain, stiffness, and other problems.
Neck strain: A neck strain occurs when the muscles in the neck are stretched or torn. These injuries usually occur when there is a sudden forward or backward motion, such as in a car accident. A neck strain is more commonly called “whiplash,” which is frequently suffered during an accident.
Cervical radiculopathy: This particular injury involves damage to the disks that protect the spinal cord and causes pressure or pinching on the nerves, causing weakness, numbness, or the inability to move properly.
Herniated disk: When the sudden motion of the head puts too much pressure on the neck, it can cause a herniated disk. This is when the cushion in between the disks comes out or is damaged. It can result in pain, tingling, numbness, and other symptoms.
Any or all of these injuries can cause pain, numbness, reduced range of motion, tingling, and more. Similar to back injuries, it is possible for neck injuries to be severe enough to cause paralysis or even death. If you face rising medical bills after a car accident, an attorney may be able to secure compensation on your behalf.
What Can An Attorney Do After A Neck Injury?
If you were injured in a car accident, do you know what factors led to your accident? Were you a victim of negligent driving, such as drunk driving, reckless driving, or speeding? If yes, it is possible that you may be eligible to receive financial recompense for your injuries.
The right to pursue financial compensation exists to cover some of the unexpected expenses that come from an accident. These expenses may include:
Therapy and continued treatments
Medical equipment, such as wheelchairs
These are just some examples of how a car accident can cost a family financial stability. Speak with a car accident attorney as soon as possible after an accident to see if you can pursue a settlement to cover these costs.
Fatal Car Accidents
Car accidents are serious, dangerous, and often happen with little to no warning. Sadly, many of these accidents result in the death of a driver or passenger. It is particularly tragic when fatal car accidents occur because of preventable reasons, such as negligent driving. There are many types of accident injuries, but an attorney will be able to determine if you may file a wrongful death suit. To learn more about your options regarding financial compensation, call a car accident attorney.
Contact a qualified car accident attorney to schedule an appointment today.
What Causes Fatal Car Accidents?
Fatal car accidents can occur for many reasons. Some of the most common reasons a deadly car accident occurs include the following:
Weather conditions or dangerous roads
Drunk driving or driving under the influence of drugs
Reckless driving, speeding, or other dangerous habits
Texting while driving distracted driving, or talking on the phone
Inexperienced or young drivers unable to properly react while driving
Other factors, such as semi-trucks or motorcycles that are prone to serious accidents
There are many reasons that fatal car accidents occur. If it can be proven that you lost a loved one due to factors beyond his or her control, you should consider filing a wrongful death suit to compensate for pain, suffering, and end-of-life expenses. It is also possible that death can occur after an accident due to the severity of certain types of injuries. These serious injuries can include:
Traumatic brain injuries
Severe internal injuries or bleeding
Did you experience the emotional turmoil of losing a loved one as a result of his or her injuries, even weeks after an accident occurred? Do not assume that because death did not occur at the scene of the accident that you are not eligible for compensation. Call a car accident attorney as soon as possible to explore your options.
Compensation Can Cover Unexpected Expenses
There are many reasons that families may seek compensation. It may seem unnatural or irreverent to seek a settlement based on the death of a loved one, but it is only fair to receive recompense for your unexpected financial strain. Some examples of expenses that can occur from fatal car accidents include:
Emergency transportation and life-saving medical efforts
End-of-life expenses, such as death taxes and legal forms
Other legal, medical, and various costs and fees
Lost income from the deceased
Anytime a family member passes away, there are expenses involved. In the event of an unexpected death, it may catch a family by surprise and they may not be able to handle the expenses that are incurred. No one is prepared to lose a loved one in a car accident. Do not suffer further as a victim without learning if you and your family may be eligible for financial compensation.
Are the circumstances surrounding the death of your loved one unclear? Are you unsure if you could be eligible for financial compensation? You deserve to have a thorough case evaluation from a qualified car accident attorney to determine what subsequent steps can be taken.
Car Accident Info Center
Where can you go after a car accident to get the answers that you need? In the car accident info center, you can get answers and information about some of the most common questions that are asked after an accident. It is important to get accurate information from a qualified source so that you may determine how to proceed, especially if you are considering seeking financial compensation. Call a car accident attorney if you need specific information regarding your case.
Call today to get the information that you need. Contact us to schedule an appointment for a case evaluation.
What Can I Find In The Car Accident Info Center?
There is much information that can be found in the car accident info center. Information can be found about the following subjects regarding car accidents:
Do I have a case?: One of the most common questions that are asked after an accident is regarding the viability of a personal injury or wrongful death suit. It is possible that you could be eligible for financial compensation after an accident. Contact an attorney to determine if you have a case and how to proceed.
How much is a car accident settlement worth?: If you determine that you have adequate reasons for pursuing financial compensation, you may be wondering how much your case is potentially worth. The amount of compensation is typically based on the factors in each individual case. An attorney may be able to give you an estimate after a case evaluation.
Do I need a lawyer for a car accident?: It is not a legal requirement to have an attorney in order to seek financial compensation. However, unless you have experience in legal proceedings after a car accident, it is always best to allow an attorney to assist you with this.
What to do after a car accident: After a car accident, it is easy to become quickly overwhelmed with the possible paths that you could take. You may be unsure if you should accept an insurance settlement, do nothing or pursue a personal injury or wrongful death compensation. The first thing you should do after a car accident is to contact an attorney specially qualified to handle car accident cases.
Working with the auto insurance company: It is important to remember that insurance companies typically do not have your best interests in mind. Insurance adjusters may try to get you to settle for less than your case is worth. Also, there may be special insurance regulations after a car accident. An attorney will help you when dealing with auto insurance.
These are just some of the things that you may need to know after a car accident. It is important to remember that the information here is general. To get specific answers regarding your individual case, you should call a car accident attorney.
You do not have to face the confusion and complication alone when deciding what to do after an accident. Contact an attorney as soon as possible and learn about your options regarding seeking the compensation that you deserve.
Do I Have A Case?
It is totally normal to wonder about your options after a car accident and where to get answers. Some of the emotions that you may be feeling can include anger, sadness, confusion, and more. There are also any possible physical implications if you or someone you love suffered from injuries. Many people wonder if they have a case after a car accident. A car accident attorney can help you determine if you have a case and what you should do next.
Call today to set up an appointment with a qualified car accident attorney to schedule your case evaluation.
How Do You Know If You Have A Case?
Typically, personal injury and wrongful death cases are based upon the fact that someone was injured or killed through no fault of their own or through circumstances beyond control. This can include unsafe work conditions, or in the case of car accidents, negligent driving. For unfair accidents such as these, it is possible that victims could be eligible for compensation. Some of the most common ways that accidents can happen through the negligent actions of others include:
Drunk driving or driving under the influence of drugs
Texting while driving or any form of distracted driving
Speeding, reckless driving, or dangerous behavior
Driver errors, such as failing to check before changing lanes or following road signs
Semi-trucks making poor driving decisions
Cars or trucks disregarding smaller vehicles, such as motorcycles
Dangerous road conditions or other external factors, such as weather and visibility
Of course, there are other things that can cause car accidents, but these are some of the most common ways that negligence can contribute to serious car accidents. If any of the above reasons apply to your case, you may be eligible for financial compensation. A car accident attorney can assist you as you pursue what is rightfully yours, and he or she may be able to determine how much your case is worth.
Negligent Driving by someone else Is Not Your Fault
Are you unclear about the circumstances surrounding your accident? Are you unsure if you have a legitimate case? It is okay to be confused or not know if you have a case. An attorney will gladly look over the details of your accident and determine the best way in which to proceed. Some of the questions that may be asked include:
Has an insurance company offered you a settlement?
Did you lose a loved one in the accident or as a result of his or her injuries?
Are you suffering from injuries incurred in a collision?
Was the accident the fault of another driver?
Can you prove, through documentation and police reports, that you suffered as a result of another driver’s negligent actions?
An attorney will use this information to determine if you have a viable chance at being granted financial recompense. If it is determined that you should seek money to cover your expenses, you will already have a qualified attorney by your side to assist with the entire process.
How Much Is A Car Accident Settlement Worth?
Are you considering a personal injury or wrongful death suit? If so, you have likely determined that you have a case and that you could be granted compensation. One of the most common questions that follow is in regard to the potential amount of money that may be awarded. It is normal to be overwhelmed by the costs that come after an accident. A car accident attorney may be able to give you an estimate on the amount that you could get to cover these costs.
Call today to learn about your options as soon as possible after an accident.
How Do You Know How Much A Car Accident Settlement Is Worth?
Car accidents can range from minor fender benders to serious and deadly collisions. The amount of potential compensation will vary and is largely determined by the merit of each individual case. Some of the questions that may be asked to determine the amount of compensation include:
Was a driver or passenger injured?
Was there a fatality?
Were the injuries sustained serious and did they require medical treatment?
How many people were involved in the car accident?
Did an accident fatality result in loss of income for a family?
Were there factors such as drunk driving, dangerous roads, et cetera that contributed to the accident?
Have the victims been offered an insurance settlement or have they been denied an insurance claim?
Do any of the victims require long-term and ongoing medical treatment, such as therapy and rehabilitation?
These are just some of the questions that may be asked by a car accident attorney following an accident. A skilled lawyer can use the answers to your questions, documentation, and witness statements to determine a potential amount that you could be owed. While there can be no guarantee on the outcome of your case, you are more likely to succeed in these types of cases with professional legal assistance.
Some of the factors that can influence the amount of a potential settlement include the cost of medical treatments, unexpected end of life costs, therapy, rehabilitation, and more. Medical costs of any kind can be expensive. It is worth your time to schedule a case evaluation. An evaluation may reveal that you could be eligible for compensation to cover your expenses. Can you afford to do nothing? Call a car accident attorney as soon as possible after an accident.
Get The Help That You Deserve
Your future is valuable. While you may not be granted a settlement worth millions of dollars, an attorney can help you secure recompense great enough to cover your medical bills and other accident-related costs. Rarely is any family financially prepared to face mounting bills and a daunting legal process. Fortunately, your family does not have to face these things alone. One phone call can put you in touch with an attorney who will have your best interests in mind as he or she pursues the best possible outcome on your behalf. Your future is worth the time – call and find out how much your case may be worth.
Do I Need A Lawyer For A Car Accident?
Have you been in an accident? Did you lose a loved one in a car accident that was caused by the negligence of another driver? If so, you may consider a personal injury or wrongful death suit. One of the most common questions that are asked after an accident pertains to the legal requirement of having an attorney in order to pursue financial compensation.
It is not a requirement to have an attorney in order to pursue financial compensation. Why would a driver choose to navigate the complicated and overwhelming legal process without the help of an attorney? Many times, the hesitation is in regards to the potential cost of employing the services of an attorney. Truthfully, any legal fees incurred often pale in comparison to the amount of financial compensation that an attorney can help secure.
Find out your options and discuss legal fees with a qualified car accident attorney. Call today to learn your options.
Why Do I Need A Lawyer For A Car Accident Case?
There are many benefits to having an attorney working on your behalf. Some of the things that a lawyer can do for you in a personal injury or wrongful death case include:
Speaking on your behalf at any hearings that may occur
Negotiating with insurance companies on your behalf
Evaluating all evidence and documentation and determine what you should do
Assisting you with everything from car insurance to medical bills
Using his or her knowledge of the legal process to benefit you and your case
Always representing your best interests while you focus on recovery and rebuilding your life
Carefully evaluating any settlement that may be offered so that you receive the best possible compensation
A lawyer will do all of these things and more for you and your family during the process of a car accident case. There is no reason to face these circumstances alone. In doing so, you risk possibly settling for less than what your case could be worth. Your future is valuable, so get the help that you deserve in seeking compensation.
An Attorney Is Your Best Chance
The legal process of seeking compensation can be overwhelming. Unless you have a legal degree or specific experience in motor vehicle accident law, it is best to let a qualified and experienced attorney handle your case. A car accident attorney is specifically dedicated to car accident cases, and he or she has years of experience in helping victims of car accidents. This knowledge, experience, dedication, and professionalism can be used to your advantage.
The legal system is complicated and wrought with paperwork and legalese. Fortunately, you do not have to handle these circumstances on your own. With a qualified attorney working on your behalf, you can focus on recovery and rebuilding your life after an accident. Your future and your rights are important. Protect both and find out if your accident has left you eligible for a monetary settlement by calling a lawyer as soon as possible after a car accident.
What To Do After A Car Accident
Car accidents come with no warning. In one moment, the dynamic of a family can be changed forever and they could be left picking up the pieces after losing a loved one. The overwhelming nature of a car accident can leave victims stricken with fear, anger, confusion, and physical and emotional damage. Many times, drivers may not know what to do after a car accident. A car accident attorney has the answers and information that you need during this time.
Call today to learn more about your options after a car accident. Do not delay in getting help.
How Do You Know What To Do After A Car Accident?
The moments following a collision are critically important. There are several things that you can do to benefit your case, including some of the following:
Write down tag numbers and exchange information with other drivers involved
Collect the insurance information from any other vehicle, if possible
Obtain contact information from any passengers or witnesses to the incident
Speak with law enforcement and ask for a copy of all information
Contact your insurance company
What if you were in an accident and you were unable to do any of the above things? What if you were too shocked to do them? Before you give up, you should know that you can still have a viable and strong personal injury or wrongful death case, even if you did not do any of the above tasks. It could be said that the most important thing that you can do after a car accident is to contact a car accident attorney.
By allowing a legal representative to handle your case, you do not have to worry about what to do next or how much your case could be worth. You can focus on the most important things, recovering and moving on, while your attorney handles the complicated legal process that comes with seeking financial compensation. Some of the things that an attorney will do for you after an accident include:
Contacting insurance companies and speaking on your behalf in negotiations
Evaluating all evidence from your accident
Speaking with witnesses and compiling documentation
Determining if you have a case
Helping you seek the compensation that you deserve
These are all things that can seem daunting for the average driver. After a serious car accident, one of the most important things that you can do is focus on recovery and rebuilding your life. Give yourself the opportunity to do these by allowing a lawyer to handle the rest.
Your Attorney Is Your Best Chance
Through the noise, confusion, and insurance paperwork that comes with major collisions, there is one thing to remember — calling an attorney as soon as possible is the best thing that you can do for yourself and your family. If you were in any type of accident that was a direct result of the negligent actions of another driver, you could be eligible for compensation. Find out what your options may be during a case evaluation. After an accident, call as soon as possible.
Working With The Auto Insurance Company
After an accident, some of the most daunting things to consider are factors such as insurance and medical expenses. When dealing with auto insurance companies, it is important to remember that auto insurance companies do not have your best interests in mind. Secure the help of a car accident attorney with experience working with auto insurance companies and let him or her get to work on your behalf.
Do you have questions about insurance after a car accident? Call today to schedule an appointment with a qualified attorney.
What Makes Working With The Auto Insurance Company So Complicated?
One of the most important things to remember after a car accident is that auto insurance companies likely do not have your best interests in mind, even your own insurance company. This is one of the main benefits of having an attorney working on your behalf when dealing with these companies. The following things may be important to know about insurance after a serious car accident:
It is the job of the insurance representative to settle for as little money as possible after a car accident.
You may be offered a settlement that is less than your case is worth.
Insurance may deny your claim for a number of reasons.
You may be told that negotiating a higher settlement is impossible.
Calls to insurance companies may be ignored or unreturned, and your questions may go unanswered.
The amount that you are offered may not cover all of the expenses that have been incurred after an accident.
Your claim could be delayed multiple times.
These are just some of the things that could happen when dealing with insurance companies. In the interests of their profits and business, typically you will not be offered a large settlement. Despite what you may have been told, there is room for negotiation in insurance settlements. If you wish to negotiate a higher settlement or discuss your options, it is always best to go through an attorney.
Dealing with insurance is one of the frustrations that you and your family may face after a car accident. While insurance companies are not necessarily villains, they are not interested in the best interests of one individual client or case. That is why having an attorney is beneficial. He or she will be completely dedicated to your needs and has the legal skills needed to be sure that you get the attention and help that you deserve.
Why Get Help?
Is your insurance company ignoring you? Are you the victim of the actions of a negligent driver? You deserve better! Call a car accident attorney and learn what your options may be. A lawyer is one of the most effective and successful manners in dealing with insurance companies after a serious car accident.
If you are unsure about how to deal with your auto insurance company, call an attorney as soon as possible to learn about your options. You deserve professional, experienced, and dedicated legal assistance.