Articles Posted in Personal Injury

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?

social media platformsTechnology is forever evolving. Many of us are guilty of endlessly scrolling through social media platforms at some point throughout our day. Whether it is Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc., we post and comment to interact with others. Social media is a great way to keep in touch, but it can also be the downfall of your personal injury claim.

Almost anything you post can be used as evidence against you in your personal injury case. Insurance companies will look for any incriminating evidence to lower the value of your case. Generally, individuals involved in an accident will seek damages. This may include pain and suffering, lost wages, medical expenses, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of consortium, etc. If one claims to have sustained any of these types of losses, the insurance company will want to make sure that they are not exaggerating your claim.

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:

Dog biting fingerNearly everyone loves dogs. They are one of the most loving and loyal companions of human beings. But what happens when man’s best friend causes injury to another person or their property?

According to the CDC, there are nearly 4.7 million dog bites that occur each year. Of these accidents, about 17% of victims require medical care. Dogs may attack for many reasons, but most commonly it is to protect themselves or their owner, or they were provoked.

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.

attorney meeting with client
Have you ever found yourself frustrated that your attorney will not call you back?

According to the Rules of Professional Responsibility, an attorney has an obligation to keep their client informed and up to date with any new information regarding their case. Unfortunately, many clients complain about the lack of communication between them and their attorney. It can be extremely frustrating for clients who want to know what is going on with their case or just want to give their attorney some new information.

children riding ATVI am sure we have all seen someone carelessly riding an all-terrain vehicle down the road and thought to ourselves how dangerous those vehicles can be. This is especially true when we see children riding or operating these machines. ATVs have become vastly popular with almost 8 million of them in use today. But, with their growing popularity also comes record numbers of riders in the emergency room or dead.

Many children grow up riding ATVs and see no danger in them. Many parents even allow their children to operate these types of vehicles from an incredibly young age without ever obtaining a proper license or wearing protective gear. However, I highly doubt any parent would allow their minor child to get behind the wheel of their car before having a license or permit, so why do we see children driving ATVs and other off-road vehicles so frequently?

knee hit on trailer hitchHave you ever been walking down a sidewalk or in a parking lot and almost struck your leg on a trailer hitch? What about a luggage carrier or bike rack protruding from the back of a car? Or maybe you were in a retail store or some other place of business and a shelf or an electrical outlet box was sticking out too far.

Many times pedestrians, invitees, or patrons will be walking in the grocery store or just walking down the street when they strike a protruding object. It is possible that they did not see the object or maybe they saw it but did not have enough time to react before hitting it. Either way, these hazards may cause an individual to trip, slip, or fall to the ground which, in turn, can cause a serious injury.

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