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When you are involved in a car accident, it is usually the fault of another driver who was not paying attention or was driving carelessly. But, what if you were involved in an intentional accident? One might think to themselves, “why would anyone purposely cause a car accident?” However, the sad reality is that staged car accidents are much more common than you may want to believe.

Individuals who cause staged car accidents are only looking to make a personal injury claim and get a quick check by scamming the insurance company. These types of accidents have caused auto insurance premiums to skyrocket. Insurance companies are having to spend billions of dollars to payout claims for staged accidents.

lawyer meeting clientIf you have sustained any personal injuries or property damage after a car accident, it is best to seek the help of an experienced attorney. Meeting with your attorney after an accident may be nerve-wracking, but your initial consultation is an important step in bringing a personal injury claim. This meeting gives your attorney the insight needed on how to best advance your claim. You should never hold back any information because it is crucial that your attorney knows everything about the incident, as well as your personal history.

To best prepare for your meeting, you should bring any and all documentation you have regarding the accident. These materials may include:

doctor and patient in painIf you have ever been involved in an accident, you know a million things begin to run through your head at the time of the incident. You may start to panic, reach for your phone to call for help, check to make sure everyone is okay, or begin observing any damage to your vehicle. So, seeking proper medical treatment after an accident may seem like an added layer of stress to an already difficult situation. However, medical records are a key piece of evidence in personal injury cases and can ultimately make or break your case.

In the event you were injured in an accident, you should seek medical treatment as soon as possible. If your injuries do not require emergency and immediate medical attention, it is highly encouraged that you visit a doctor within a day or two of the accident. The more time you allow to elapse between the accident and your first doctor visit, the less credible the insurance company will believe you to be. Waiting days, weeks, or even months to see a doctor allows insurance adjusters to think that you were not seriously injured or injured at all. This may result in them denying you compensation.

defensive drivingAccording to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), about 94 percent of accidents are due to human error. Whether you are a new or experienced driver, it is never a bad idea to adopt a more defensive approach to driving.

The National Safety Council defines defensive driving as “driving to save lives, time, and money, in spite of the conditions around you and the actions of others.” The main goal of defensive driving is to reduce the risk of collision by anticipating dangerous situations, despite adverse conditions or the mistakes of others.

emergency vehiclesWhen a car accident occurs, police cars, fire trucks, and ambulance vehicles may be called to the scene to help in a time of crisis. As drivers, we have a duty to yield to oncoming emergency vehicles to allow them to maneuver through traffic. But, what about when one of those vehicles is involved in an accident? Who is responsible if you are involved in an accident with the police or first responder?

The way a client delivers his or testimony at a deposition can make or break their case. It is crucial that you nail your deposition to ensure that you receive the highest and best value for your case. An insurance company is going to pay more for the case that is packaged and prepared well as opposed to one that is not packaged well. Here are some important tips on how to approach and provide a successful deposition:

Summer is arguably the best season. It consists of sunshine, road trips, barbecues, and all sorts of outdoor fun. But, it can also bring an increased risk of drunk driving accidents.

Many people are simply more carefree and relaxed in the summer. There is a lot to do and activities such as vacations, holidays, and social gatherings involve the consumption of alcohol. As many of us know, the legal drinking age is 21 years old and the legal drinking limit is .08.

left turn arrowLeft turns can be one of the most dangerous maneuvers. Making a left turn requires drivers to cut across oncoming traffic. So if there is no green arrow that explicitly gives the turning vehicle the right of way, the driver of the vehicle must be extremely careful to not cause an accident with any approaching vehicles.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 22.2 percent of intersection crashes involve left turning vehicles. This may be a result of a driver misjudging the speed of an oncoming vehicle, obstruction in view, attempting to beat the yellow light, or running a red light.

fender benderMany people know the feeling of frustration when trying to obtain fair compensation for any bodily injury and property damage after getting into a car accident. Auto accidents happen every day to even the most cautious drivers, but are the victims of these accidents telling the truth? Or are they trying to finesse the insurance company?

Unfortunately, honest people often pay the price for those who are out to scam insurance companies. Liars, cheaters, and crooks have no business being plaintiffs in personal injury cases. Especially when there are individuals who are legitimately hurt and would like to pursue a genuine claim, not just get a quick check.

louisiana highwayJust a few months ago, many states began implementing stay-at-home orders due to the Coronavirus outbreak. As a result of more people staying at home, the number of commuters on the road drastically dropped. With less traffic and congestion on our highways, one would think that the number of motor vehicle accidents also plummeted. But, the truth is the exact opposite of what you would believe.

The National Safety Council reported that the number of motor vehicle fatalities per mile driven increased by 14% in March 2020 compared with March 2019. Although the number of miles driven dropped by over 18%, these deadly accidents continued to increase. In March 2019, the mileage death rate per 100 million miles driven was 1.07. Comparably, this number rose to 1.22 in March of this year. This includes drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and cyclist.

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