Motor vehicle safety is a pressing issue for individuals and families across the country, as it should be. Here, take the time to learn a bit more about the issue and importance of motor vehicle safety, as well as related legal concerns which may come into play depending on the nature of an accident. According to the latest statistics, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death in the age bracket from 5-34 in the United States. It’s also the leading cause of death among all accidents or injuries. Some other critical statistics taken from the official CDC website: 2.3 million adult drivers and passengers were treated in emergency rooms in one year alone. That year, nearly 34,000 fatalities were reported due to unintentional motor vehicle traffic accidents in the United States. The economic cost of crash injuries and deaths is staggering, at about $70 billion per year. Nonfatal injury rates are down, however, thanks to increased safety standards and particularly seatbelt usage; in 10 years, the statistics went from 1,193 per 100,000 to 1007 per 100,000, a 15.6% improvement. Seat belt usage is higher in states with primary enforcement laws, 88.2%, compared to secondary enforcement states, 79.2%. The number of motor vehicle accidents, injuries, and deaths in the United States is staggering. Even with the improvements in seat belt usage, enforcement, and vehicle safety standards, major injury, and death frequency is alarming.
If you or a loved one are in an accident, there could be various potential legal issues you will need to consider:
Road and highway defects and hazards: Unmarked and unrepaired road and highway defects, hazards, and conditions could cause a motor vehicle accident that leads to catastrophic injury. You will need proof of the hazard or defect at the time of your accident and to take action as swiftly as possible to see a positive outcome.
Motorcycle accidents: Motorcycle laws and regulations are quite different than regular motor vehicle laws, and there are other considerations, such as wearing a helmet, the speed of the motorcycle at the time of the crash, and more. If you ride a motorcycle, it’s important to not only ride safely and protectively but to be aware of all legislation in your region and requirements.
DUI accidents: Unfortunately, alcohol plays a significant role in many accidents and deaths. In this case, injury and death lawsuits will play a factor, either in addition to or separately from a criminal case.
Lemon vehicles: The Lemon Laws are designed to protect you from unsafe vehicles. If a dealer or manufacturer doesn’t take the required action or sells you a Lemon vehicle with a defect that leads to an accident, then lawsuits can be filed against them.
Busses and Trucks: Public transportation systems and trucks have different regulations and standards, affecting how a lawsuit or potential suit plays out. Of course, always take motor vehicle safety seriously; your life and your family’s life are in your hands, and simple steps can prevent a great deal of injury, expense, and even death. However, consult with an attorney immediately if you believe you may have a case following a motor vehicle accident. Contact one of our attorneys today for a Free Consultation and to get more valuable information. An experienced and high-quality attorney will be able to guide you through the legal process as smoothly as possible while ensuring that you see the results that you deserve.
The small steps you take immediately after a motorcycle accident can make a big difference in your personal injury case. You must be prepared in the event of a motorcycle accident. Here are some essential steps you would be well advised to take if you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident:
Contact the authorities if you or someone else has been injured in an accident. Remember, it is illegal to leave the scene without exchanging information and contacting the authorities. If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, make sure that the authorities are contacted, a report is made, and that your account of the incident gets into the police report.
In the chaos following the accident, you may be in shock, and it may not be possible to get all the information. The first step is to make sure that you are safe and that you receive the necessary medical attention. If possible, it will be in your best interest to carefully collect the following information:
The other driver’s insurance information, driver’s license details, name, address, policy number, and license plate number
Contact information from anyone who may have witnessed the crash
Exact location and time of the crash
A written description of each car involved, including year, make, model, and color collecting
Evidence from the Scene
The more details and evidence you have from the accident scene, the better your chances of receiving the compensation you need. If you do not have a camera with you, you may be able to use your phone to take photos. Remember to photograph the crash site, the damage to the vehicles involved, the positioning of the vehicles, and any injuries you may have suffered.
File an Accident report unless there is a serious injury; it is common for police officers not to respond to an accident. Motorcycle riders would be well advised to file a state vehicle accident report in such cases. This can be done at a local police station. This report can help speed the claim process and document the crash’s details.
Seek Medical Attention Immediately
There are several reasons you must seek immediate medical care.
First and foremost, obtaining early diagnosis and treatment will increase your chances of full recovery. Secondly, if you choose to file an injury claim in the future but fail to seek medical attention, it will take away from the credibility of your claim. Your medical records can also indicate the extent of your physical injuries and the type of treatment you sought after the accident.
Contact an Experienced Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
The next step in the process will involve contacting the at-fault driver’s insurance company. Unfortunately, insurance companies are notoriously difficult to deal with because most insurance companies aim to reduce the value of your injury claim. If you have suffered serious injuries in a motorcycle accident, it would be in your best interest to refrain from talking with an insurance adjuster or lawyers for other parties. Instead, speak first to an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer who will fight for your rights and look out for your best interests. Please do not sign agreements or grant anyone other than your attorney access to your medical records. These are actions that may prove fatal to your injury claim.
Suppose you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident. In that case, our law firm’s skilled motorcycle accident lawyers can help you better understand your legal rights and options. We will put our knowledge, skills, and resources to work for you and help you obtain the best possible outcome in your case.