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Secrets to Getting Back on the Road After a Car Wreck

September 3rd, 2021

After sustaining a car wreck, it can be challenging to know where to start. The first thing you need to do is receive proper medical care for your injuries and file a claim with the other party’s insurance company.

Once that is done, make sure you understand what type of compensation you are entitled to get back on the road after a car wreck as quickly as possible. Here are some secrets we have learned from personal experience about getting back on the road after a car wreck!

1) You MUST have your vehicle fixed before you can return to work. Receiving proper medical care, filing a claim, and receiving compensation are not enough if you don’t have a car that works! This will delay the healing process as well as being able to get back on track financially. The best thing for your mental health would be returning to work- having more responsibilities will reduce feelings of helplessness while waiting out the lawsuit process (or at least until money starts coming in from settlement).

2) If you are lucky enough to receive anything close to fair market value for your trade-in or insurance coverage, this might allow you to purchase another used vehicle outright without needing financing. If not, make sure any new loan terms do NOT exceed six years, and preferably three.

If you can’t afford to replace the vehicle outright, it might be time to consider a rental or lease-to-own agreement. In any case, make sure you have enough money set aside for an emergency fund in case anything goes wrong with your new car!

3) This is when life insurance would also come into play if you are interested in this type of coverage so that someone else will not need to pay off your debt should something happen while driving their car (or by other means).

If needed, contact a good personal injury lawyer like Brach Eichler Injury Lawyers who can guide you through the claim filing process so that you can receive compensation that you deserve. They’ll help determine what’s best depending on how much coverage you already have and what monthly payments work for your budget right now. If you keep these points in mind, you can easily get back on the road after suffering from a car wreck.

5 Common Habits of A Reckless Driver & How To Deal With One

September 1st, 2021

Driving is a privilege, not a right. But it’s also one of the most dangerous activities that we do every day. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that millions of car accidents happen each year in America alone! What causes those accidents? Reckless driving habits such as these five common ones:

  • Driving drunk
  • Texting and driving
  • Speeding too fast for the road conditions
  • Not paying attention to exceeding posted speed limits, red lights, stop signs, or other traffic signals. 
  • Tailgating another car at high speeds without a break in between cars.

What can you do? It’s up to you! One of the best things that all motorists can do is drive defensively, not aggressively. Be courteous on the roads by observing these simple rules:

  • Give plenty of space when passing others,
  • Don’t follow closely behind someone else with your headlights off, then turn them back on just before an intersection as this will blind drivers who haven’t seen your vehicle coming up from behind;
  • Always signal turns well ahead of time, so others on the road are aware that you’re going to make a change.
  • Make sure your vehicle has plenty of gas before heading out for an extended drive and avoid distractions like texting while driving or talking too much with passengers to keep full attention on the behavior of other drivers, pedestrians, and animals around them.

What if a reckless driver crashes into your vehicle?

If you find yourself in a vehicle collision with another driver, it is crucial to take care of the following:

  • Take photos of the scene.
  • Make sure that all passengers are accounted for and safe.
  • Be aware if anyone was injured before first responders arrive on the scene.
  • Check your mobile phone’s battery level as well as any other devices that were close by so they can be charged or replaced while waiting for authorities to show up (including keys, wallets).

Now may also be an excellent time to ask bystanders who might have taken pictures surrounding the crash site about their contact information just in case something is missing from what you captured during those few moments when everything went wrong. Lastly, contact a personal injury lawyer like Caffee Law Firm who can take your case and help you get financial compensation from the person at fault for all of your losses.

4 Common Causes That Lead To Car Accidents in the US

September 1st, 2021

Since the beginning of time, cars have been a major part of our culture. They are an essential way to get from point A to point B on time, and many people rely on them for their daily commute. Unfortunately, they can also be the cause of accidents-even fatal ones.

Knowing some common causes that lead to car accidents can help you be more aware of your surroundings while driving or riding and teach you what safety precautions you should take before getting behind the wheel. This article will discuss the four most common causes that lead to car crashes in America today!

1) Driving Under the Influence: Driving under the influence is a severe and dangerous habit that often leads to car accidents. This includes alcohol, drug abuse, or other substances which can impair one’s driving abilities, leading them to become more distracted while behind the wheel.

It only takes a few drinks/pills before you start feeling its effects on your motor skills and perception of time! Additionally, you may not be aware of how intoxicated you are until it’s too late.

2) Speeding: Speeding is one of the most common causes of car accidents because it often results in drivers becoming distracted and losing control.

Driving at 60 miles per hour instead of the recommended speed limit, you will be driving at 100 feet every second! This makes slowing down to avoid an obstacle nearly impossible which can result in devastating consequences.

3) Distracted Driving: In today’s modern world, it is ubiquitous to hear that people are “texting and driving” or using other smartphones while they’re behind the wheel. This can result in getting into an accident because drivers become distracted by their phones, which makes them more focused on what’s happening outside the car instead of the road ahead.

4) Drunk Driving: Drunk driving is a perilous habit that continues to be an issue in the US. If you are found guilty of drunk driving, your license will automatically get revoked for one year, and you can face jail time as well as fines up to $25,000!

Keep these points in mind and never indulge in such activities that can lead to accidents. However, if someone else crashes into your vehicle due to any of these above reasons, make sure you take the help of an excellent personal injury lawyer like Adam S. Kutner and file a lawsuit against the negligent driver for financial compensation!

Can You Still Sue a Party After Accepting a Settlement Offer

August 31st, 2021

It is a common misconception that if you accept an offer of settlement, you cannot sue the party who made the offer according to SHW Law. This can sometimes be true, but not always! Read more to find out when it’s possible to still sue someone even after accepting their settlement offer.

You can sometimes sue someone even after accepting their settlement offer if the terms of the agreement were not adequately explained to you.

The other party may have made another offer or counteroffer that was better than what they originally offered. Still, because you accepted one and didn’t reject it before a deadline, there are certain circumstances in which you can sue.

You can also sometimes sue someone even after accepting their settlement offer if they lied to you or misrepresented something in the agreement.

How Much Compensation Can You Expect?

You should know that there is a limit on how much you can expect to receive as compensation in any settlement offer. The party who made the initial offer may have explained this or not, and it’s important for both parties involved to be aware of these limits, so they don’t settle before the court has heard their case. If too much time passes between when the offer is made, and when it’s accepted, then they may not be able to sue.

What To Do If You Want To Sue?

If you have accepted an offer but still want to sue the other party, it’s best to consult with a personal injury lawyer or law firm that can help guide you through your options.

You may also be able to file for bankruptcy if the terms of the settlement are too harsh and will leave you in debt or unable to survive on your own without their support.

The first one is better and recommended between these two options as it can help you recover all your expenses related to medical bills and repair costs. Besides, it also makes the other party believe how harsh the state’s legal system can be for those who don’t heed road safety instructions. So, indirectly, you may help change the mindset of such people and turn them into better drivers.

Wrongful Death: Who are the Legal Claimants?

October 22nd, 2014

Permanent disability is one of the worst consequences of a serious accident or a gross act of negligence; but still worse than this is wrongful death which, according to the website of personal injury attorneys at Williams Kherkher, can cause a traumatic experience that will forever change an affected family’s life. A wrongful death can be caused by a motor vehicle accident, an aviation accident, a construction accident; slip and fall accident; an explosion, a refinery accident, a defective or dangerous product, nursing home negligence or medical malpractice.

A negligent act that leads to an accident usually causes harm or personal injury; the type of injury under which wrongful death is classified. A personal injury is considered a tortious act or civil offense and, under the tort law, the tortfeasor, that is the person liable for the injury, is obligated to compensate the victim for all the damages that he/she will suffer due to the injury, including cost of medical treatment, lost wages and others. In case of wrongful death, though, a representative, who acts on behalf of the victim’s survivors or “real parties in interest, can file a lawsuit (for compensation) called a wrongful death claim.

States usually vary when it comes to the identities of “real parties in interest.” While all states naturally consider the victim’s immediate family, composed of his/her spouse, children and adopted children, there are those that also consider: the parents (for unmarried victims);the victim’s distant family members, which include his/her brothers, sisters and grandparents; those who are directly financially affected due to the cessation of the financial care or support of the victim; and, the deceased victim’s other dependents, such as his/her putative spouse (a person who believes, in all sincerity, that he/she and the deceased were married).

A wrongful death lawsuit is a complex procedure and often, despite the liable person’s willingness to settle with the real parties in interest, the amount of compensation offered is not a just amount.

An Introduction to Cyber Bullying

May 9th, 2013

online bulliesTraditional bullying has been a problem among school age children for generations. Recent advances in technology and the web have created a new threat to our youth that has been dubbed “cyber bullying.”

Cyber bullying occurs most commonly through social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Bullies send threats to and spread rumors about their victims through these sites, while often also tormenting them in person during school hours. Because of this amount of access, the cycle of victimization extends far beyond school hours and grounds.

Cyber bullying has led to several suicides over the past few years. There have been multiple instances of young girls killing themselves after being exploited by online bullies, who trick them into privately sending nude photos. The bullies then extort the girls, typically for money or more nude photographs, by threatening to publicly post the images.

Proposed laws in a handful of states aim to make cyber bullying a punishable offense.

What to do after a Dangerous Dog Bite

April 16th, 2013

Dogs play a huge role in family life, but they can still be unpredictable. About half of dog bite incidents happen to the dog owner’s themselves, and according to the CDC, about 4 million Americans are victims of dog bites every year. When a dog has bitten you or someone in your family, then you are entitled to ask for compensation for the injury you or your loved one has received.

Victims of dog bites have every right to get compensation as payment for his or her losses and damages. The compensation asked by the victim and their personal injury attorneys cover a number of harm experienced by the victims. The two main categories of harm in which a victim of a dog bite can get compensation are:

  1. Economic damages – covers the medical bills, lost wages due to the injury, possible medical treatment and surgeries for scars, future psychological expenses, property damages, and many others.
  2. Non-economical damages – psychological damages, pain and suffering caused by the injury, social stigma due to the scars, decreased quality of life because of disability, mental trauma, etc.

The main goal of talking with personal injury attorneys is to help victims get the necessary compensation for the damages and harm caused by the incident. It is their job to fully determine the extent of the damages and sufficiently compute the fair amount of compensation. However, this process can be hard and complicated because a lot of factors should be considered and taken into account, therefore getting the right and experienced personal injury attorneys would be the best option for any victim hoping to receive proper compensation.

We can’t dismiss the importance of having pets in our home, but in order to prevent any harm from getting a dog as a pet, it is essential for future dog owners to be well educated about which dog breeds are best suitable for their family, and that every family member should be briefed on how to act and treat dogs to avoid aggression and future dog bites.

Personal Injuries Happening in Amusement Parks

April 4th, 2013

ritter and associatesAn exceptionally popular destination for families and tourists, especially during the months of summer and spring, amusement parks pack a range of attractions and lots of surprises. From the simple and traditional carnival rides to water-based attractions and thrilling rides, amusement parks can be a wonderful treat which family members and friends can enjoy together.

To make sure that all things go well in an amusement park, however, operators of rides and other sources of amusement need to make sure that all their equipment is working properly and that they follow all the details on safety procedures. There ought to be no room for careless behavior or negligence that could lead to a terrible accident.

Acts of negligence on anyone’s part, which result in a failure in ensuring visitors’ safety or, worse, an accident, can render the park’s management, its employees and, in some cases, manufacturers or designers of the rides and other products, fully accountable for any damages which may occur.

In the event of an accident though, filing a case against the guilty party while the victim is recovering from the injury is just too taxing. With the help of a personal injury lawyer, however, those who have been the victims of an amusement park accident can get the justice they deserve.

Injuries sustained in amusement parks are often the result of mechanical failure, negligence of operators, rides which have been poorly designed or improper behavior by other park visitors. Regardless of the cause, victims of personal injury have the right to file a case and receive compensation from the liable party.

Injuries Due to Heavy Equipment Malfunction

March 25th, 2013

Construction work, while essential to economic development, remains a remarkably dangerous occupation. Despite the safety measure observed and implemented by management, contractors, owners, co-workers, and even the manufacturers of machinery, the job simply exposes workers to more dangers and, oftentimes, more severe injuries, than would otherwise be expected. This is why in some states, besides the protection afforded by workers’ compensation benefits, there are other laws that give extra protection to construction workers.

For injured construction workers, it is important to seek the assistance of a personal injury attorney who will help to make sure that your case meets the requirements need to file for compensation for an injury. Thus, a personal injury attorney’s duties include guiding you on what to do right after the injury, what forms to fill and how to fill them and, most important of all, the timely processing of your claim.

Construction accidents, which are work-related, may qualify for legal action if it can be shown that the injury was caused by another person‘s recklessness or negligence. As a victim of a construction accident, your lawyer will tell you that your rights and interests are protected and supported by the law, thereby allowing you to receive compensation for your economic losses and any injury-related expenses, such as costly medical bills.

One potential cause of injury in the construction industry is crane collapse. A crane is an amazingly powerful machine that is commonly seen in construction sites. It is used to lift heavy objects, making some jobs easier and more quickly accomplished. Unfortunately, if not properly maintained, these machines can put the lives of construction workers in peril.

Failure to maintain any type of machinery or tools on a construction site, or improper manufacturing of these tools, renders whoever caused this type of oversight to occur liable for any damages which may result.

Victims of GranuFlo File Lawsuit

March 22nd, 2013

Personal injury lawyers handling medical malpractice lawsuits understand the plight of patients who are made to suffer additional illnesses as a result of side effects of medications prescribed to them. Besides the unexpected bodily, emotional, and mental anguish caused by these side effects, those who are injured or made ill by a medical product often have to cope with substantial financial consequences, as well.

GranuFlo, a dry acid product used to cleanse the bloodstream of damaging substances during kidney dialysis, is known to cause severe side effects in some patients, including stroke, risk of heart attack or, worst of all, sudden death. When the kidneys no longer function well, compounds that can help eliminate acids and other harmful matter in the bloodstream become highly essential. Though GranuFlo seemed to have done the job of cleansing the kidney, the complications it causes have been found to be excessively dangerous. And worse, despite the continuous increase in health problems this product showed from 2004 – 2011, Fresenius Medical Care, its manufacturer, ignored all these and still continued to aggressively market the product.

In 2010, approximately 941 (from 667 clinics owned and managed by Fresenius) patients suffered unexpected heart attacks during dialysis treatment using GranuFlo. Detailed information regarding the incidents and the risks associated with the use of the product was compiled and distributed by Fresenius, but only to its own clinics, excluding all other dialysis clinics across the US in the list of recipients. Cessation of the use of the product probably started only on March 29, 2012, after the US Food and Drug Administration issued a Class 1 recall, the most serious form of recall the FDA can issue.

It seems that Fresenius chose to ignore the obvious and severe complications GranuFlo is associated with, in spite of ample evidence of these problems. But whether their actions were intentional or not, the fact remains that lives have been severely affected, and Fresenius is legally responsible for the consequences.

If you or anyone you know has suffered or is suffering due to this product from Fresenius Medical Care, which was declared effectively safe, you should know that a GranuFlo lawsuit may be the best means available to help you get the compensation you deserve for your damages. There are GranuFlo lawsuit lawyers who will exercise total dedication in representing you and in fighting for your rights. Do not hesitate; call a lawyer today.