VEHICLE ACCIDENTS

New Distracted Driving Study Targets Trauma Surgeons

Submitted by jrlaw on Nov 3rd, 2014

Distracted Driving Study in ArizonaDistracted driving is a common cause of car accidents on our roads today.  In 2012, about 421,000 individuals were injured as a result of distracted driving, while 3,328 were killed. This is a number that’s set to increase due to the lack of information on how dangerous this practice really is.

A recent intervention targeting physicians at the University of Arizona set out to sensitize workers on the impact distracted driving has on them was carried out by researchers looking to raise awareness on the use of communication devices such as cell phones.

Three-Part Research

The research was carried out in three parts; the first part involved researchers stationing themselves outside the university’s parking lot in order to observe driver behavior as they pulled out of the hospital. They observed activities such as talking on the phone or texting. Staff members had their identities verified thanks to their hospital passes, badges or scrubs. Incidences of distracted driving were recorded in three intervals over the duration of a week.

Texas Rental Car Accident Lawyer

Submitted by jrlaw on Oct 23rd, 2014

Have you been injured in an auto accident involving a rental car?

Rental Car Crash LawyerRenting a car is something that most people don’t do on a regular basis. People drive rental cars in areas that are not entirely familiar to them. It’s not surprising that drivers of rental cars are often involved in car accidents due to the unfamiliarity with their environment - as well as with the car.

Rental companies are required by law to ensure that their cars are in good condition before renting them out to the public. This could mean determining whether the brakes, lights and other parts of the vehicle work as they should and that the vehicle has been adequately serviced to ensure that it can go for many miles without breaking down or causing an accident due to faulty components.

The Rental Company May Have Limited Liability

It’s important to note that the rental company is not necessarily responsible for accidents that occur once the vehicle is out of their hands. Customers are supposed to have insurance coverage - either a liability or comprehensive policy. The only real exception here would be when the rental company negligently rents a vehicle to someone who clearly poses a risk to others, or should have not been allowed to rent a car in the first place.

Fracking Leads to Increase in Serious Truck Accidents

Submitted by jrlaw on Oct 8th, 2014

A rise in fracking has subsequently given rise to the number of car accidents in many communities. Why?

Fracking Truck Accident LawyerOver the last 4 years, there has been an uptick in the number of car accidents involving three or more vehicles on Texas roads. In April of this year, a woman was killed when an 18-wheeler ran a red light and smashed into the side of her car. The 18-wheeler was returning to a fracking site at the time of the accident. Studies have shown that the fracking boom in Texas is tied to the number of commercial vehicle accidents happening all over the state, posing questions about this industry’s greater impact.

Vilma Marenco, the victim in this accident, was hit by a truck hauling pipe which had no insurance and who's driver carried no commercial drivers license. It was also later determined that the driver was hired before being subjected to extensive background and drug tests, and that the company which owned the truck had failed a DPS audit the previous year. Additionally, the company’s drivers had been ticketed numerous times for safety and transport violations.

Greyhound Bus Accident Lawyers

Submitted by jrlaw on Sep 11th, 2014

Greyhound is a well-known North American bus transportation company based in Texas. The company has a fleet of more than 1,500 buses as well as 2,709 bus drivers. Greyhound buses reach all corners of the country as well as Canada and Mexico. Despite the convenient service that this company gives to the public, they are not free of bad drivers and have been involved in a number of highly publicized accidents in the past.

Car Accidents are Leading Cause of Death for Teenagers

Submitted by jrlaw on Sep 8th, 2014

A new report is highlighting how dangerous distracted driving can be. Focusing on teens, the report states that this age group makes up 57 percent of all individuals killed in car crashes. The report, released by the Governors Highway Safety Association examines this endemic and offers possible solutions to help save teen lives.

Chameleon Carriers - A Problem in the Trucking Industry

Submitted by jrlaw on Aug 12th, 2014

A "chameleon carrier" is a name given to a trucking company which closes operations under one name, and resurrects itself under a new legal entity for the specific purpose of cleansing their record of safety and compliance violations.

Why Do Accident Lawyers Have Such Crazy, Over-The-Top TV Ads?

Submitted by jrlaw on Aug 7th, 2014

While lawyer ads on TV can sometimes be helpful by pointing out that there are options available to people who have suffered from a personal injury, they can also be extremely misleading.

Over the Top Attorney Ads on TVIt's important to understand the difference between truth and advertising hype. Certainly these crazy lawyer ads work for the law firm or they wouldn’t spend the money it costs to run them; after all, television advertising is far from cheap. The problem is that many of these ads present personal injury lawyers in an unfavorable light, one that makes the industry as a whole appear to be ambulance chasers that only care about the value of a case.

Anyone who watches television (especially daytime TV) is probably familiar with these ads. We won’t name any names here, but I’m sure you know the ones involved. Yes, the ads work, but they also tend to mislead the public about the manner in which they plan to handle your individual case. What many people are unaware of is that the firms that advertise on TV are predominantly "settlement mills" whose attorneys hardly ever see a day in court. Their business model is to settle as many cases as possible, as fast as possible. When a firm has thousands of open cases at one time, you cannot expect them to spend much personal time on your case.

How to Obtain a Surveillance Video of Your Car Accident

Submitted by jrlaw on Aug 1st, 2014

When you’re involved in a car accident, especially one that involves personal injury, it is important to have as many details as possible concerning the accident. While eyewitness accounts are certainly wonderful tools, sometimes people can view the same thing in different ways. This is where a video of the accident can be quite helpful.

Underride Guards & 18-Wheeler Accidents

Submitted by jrlaw on Jul 24th, 2014

The trucking industry is once again coming under fire due to a safety concern which, if fixed, could effectively save hundreds of lives each year. 18 wheeler trucks are required to have an underride guard which meets certain standards in order to provide protection to road users who would have otherwise been forced under a truck in the event of a rear-end accident.

How To File a Claim for Lost Wages After a Car Accident

Submitted by jrlaw on Jul 15th, 2014

When you're in a car accident which causes serious injury, there are concerns about lost wages - especially for the families of the injured parties. So how do you go about filing a lost wages claim?

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