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Passenger Injuries and Lawsuits

Submitted by jrlaw on Apr 10th, 2013

Not every car accident lawsuit involves someone who was hit by another motorist. Some of them involve people who were passengers in a car that was being driven negligently and who suffered injuries as a result of that negligence. Here are some things to consider if you’re wondering if one of these lawsuits is an option for you.

Were They Drunk?

If someone caused you injury due to an accident that occurred because the driver was drunk, you may want to consider exploring a lawsuit. These cases are increasingly common as people develop a lower and lower tolerance for drunk drivers. Whether you’re in the car with a drunk driver or outside of it, you may stand to win compensation by filing a lawsuit against that drunk driver if they injured you. Your being in the car does not constitute consenting to being injured due to their negligence.

What to do When You're About to Collide

Submitted by Anonymous on Mar 1st, 2011

 

There are times when you see a car crash coming just before it actually happens. It might be because you hit an inopportune patch of ice or because you see someone barreling through an intersection and you don't have time to stop before you hit them. In any regard, you can make sure that you lessen your chances of getting seriously injured by remembering that there still may be time to react.

 

Step 1: Know Where to Go

Make sure you pay attention to side roads, sidewalks and other paths of travel that might get you out of the way. These are called escape routes. You should constantly be surveying the road ahead for them. For example, if you know you can cut left at an intersection without hitting anyone, you may be able to veer away from a driver who negligently turns in front of you.

 

Step 2: Train Yourself

Your number one resource in a fast and dangerous situation is training. If you haven't taken driver's ed since high school, it's time to take a defensive driving course. They're actually pretty enjoyable and the skills you get may well save your life someday, or someone else's.

 

Three Ways to Stay Safe on Your Motorcycle

Submitted by Anonymous on Feb 24th, 2011

Being on the open road on a motorcycle is one of the most incredible feelings in the world. There's no reason that you should be afraid to do it, but you do have to give a little bit of extra consideration to the drivers around you. You face three primary threats you're on a motorcycle: people cannot see you very well; you don't have the same protection as the people driving in cars; and you're more susceptible to the effects of weather. There are three ways that you can help to reduce the significance of these three threats.

Be Seen

Some motorcycle drivers always wear high-visibility vests or jackets to make themselves stick out a little bit more. Traditionally, motorcycling gear is dark colored; usually black leather. The trade-off when choosing brighter colors is that you lose the protective qualities of leather. High-visibility clothing does have its advantages, but make sure that you leave your lights on and always assume that none of the other drivers on the road can see you at all. Drive accordingly and you'll be far less likely to get into certain types of accidents.

Know Your Limits

We've all had those moments when we got into a sort of impromptu competition with another driver, usually because of anger. If you do this on a motorcycle you will lose every single time. If someone is driving aggressively or trying to crowd you off the road, just get out of their way. Pull over if you have to. If they're being genuinely dangerous, get their plate number and call them in.

Know the Weather

Don't Make a Big Mistake After a Big Rig Wreck

Submitted by jrlaw on Jan 27th, 2011

A vehicle accident lawyer sometimes has to work with clients that have been injured in a wreck with a big rig. These wrecks, of course, are among the most devastating imaginable and it’s not uncommon for someone to be killed when they get in an auto/semi wreck. These attorneys will have to take a close look at the case to see if there was negligence on the part of the trucking company that led to the accident.

There’s a pretty good chance that the trucking company involved with the wreck is going to contact you before you contact a Texas truck accident attorney. There are really only two possible reasons they would do this. One, they may be a very ethical company that wants to make sure they live up to their responsibilities to you. The second option, that they’re trying to cover themselves because they know they could be in real trouble if you sued, is more likely the case. Make sure you don’t take any checks from a company without talking to an attorney first.

When a Dallas Car Accident Turns Tragic

Submitted by jrlaw on Oct 12th, 2010

There are situations where a Dallas car accident can result in the loss of life and limb. In fact, thousands of Americans are killed in car accidents every year. Statistically, your odds of meeting your end in a car wreck are high and there are plenty of bad drivers out there who keep those numbers much higher than they should be. If you lose someone in an accident, you have legal options that may result in your receiving compensation for your pain, suffering, injuries and, if things go horribly wrong, your loss.

A wrongful death lawyer will represent you if you’re in a fatal crash. There are many cases where someone is specifically and undeniably at fault for such an accident. Drunk drivers are a particularly good example of this. These drivers are dangers to everyone and, all too often, that danger results in death. While they will face criminal charges, you can also file a civil suit to recover compensation for pain and suffering, as well as for the costs incurred for any medical treatment you required as a result of the accident they caused.

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