In a country with millions of miles of roads and approximately 253 million cars, car accidents are an unfortunate fact of life. In the US alone, over 37,000 people die in road crashes every year. And nearly 2 and a half million Americans are injured or disabled in car accidents annually. The effects of road crashes are often long-term and far-reaching.
The real problem with this, particularly with cell phone use, more so than anything else, is that people have become so accustomed to using their cell phone, it’s somewhat of an addiction.
Distracted driving is anything that causes you to lose your attention from the road while driving, divert your eyes from the roadway ahead, or takes your hands off the wheel while you’re driving.
One of the biggest things in traumatic brain injury cases is the important role of family members, friends and coworkers who can paint a picture of before and after, because that comparison will really tell the story to the specialists, who are only going to meet the injured individual after the fact. When you can make that comparison it really helps to make a proper diagnosis.
Every year, over 10,000 people die in drunk driving accidents in the United States. That’s an average of about 1 person per hour. And hundreds of thousands of others are injured in alcohol-related car accidents. Annually, the monetary cost of DWI car crashes rings up to a staggering $37 billion. Similar, other controlled substances, such as illegal drugs, are a factor in almost 18% of car drivers deaths.
We have come a long way since the first drunk driving laws were established as early as 1907. But clearly, drunk and impaired driving is still a major issue affecting our country today and it requires discussion.
Drunk driving is driving while under the influence of alcohol. Driving while impaired, generally, is considered operating a vehicle impaired by illegal drugs or prescription medications.
The law in Pennsylvania requires that if you’re covered by an automobile insurance policy in which you’re the named insured, your automobile policy will pay medical bills up to the amount of benefits that you have on your policy.
Motorcycle crashes can very often be complex crashes with different factors involved, whether it be weather conditions, road construction design, or a multiple vehicle crash.
There’s a lot of info to gather after a car crash. The obvious things are the other driver’s information and the owner’s information. A lot of times those are two different people. It’s very important to get both of those individuals’ information.
Motorcycle accident claims are very different than car accident claims. When we’re talking about crash analysis and finding out who’s at fault for a motorcycle vs motor vehicle crash, that fact of a motorcycle being involved plays a part in determining the speed of the collision, braking distances, effects of the impact, and also when it comes to fault, the ability of a motorcycle to brake and take defensive action vs a motor vehicle, whether it be a sedan, a van or tractor trailer.
In Pennsylvania, motorcycle insurance is different than the automobile insurance policy in one major way and that is what we call first party benefits are not available on the motorcycle insurance policy in Pennsylvania.
Attorney Valeen Hykes of Michael J. O’Connor & Associates talks about school bus accidents and what every parent should know.
Do I have to give a recorded statement? You should never give any recorded statement to an insurance company. They have no right to that recorded statement or ask for it and sometimes if you make the mistake of giving a recorded statement to the insurance company, they haven’t talked to a lawyer yet and […]
If I have a lawyer, should I still talk to the insurance company? If you have a lawyer you should definitely never talk to the insurance company. That’s your lawyer’s job and anything that you say to the insurance company will and can be used against you. So you want a lawyer to speak with […]
Some of the different types of train accidents include derailment, collision at a crossing where there was a signal problem, negligence or sabatoge by an employee or a mechanical malfunction.
TBIs can result from sports injuries, vehicle accidents, explosions in active military zones, falls, and much more. Traumatic brain injuries can affect people in the same way that other types of injuries can: victims are often unable to work and face mounting medical bills. However, because the brain is such a complex organ that doctors still have a limited understanding of, traumatic brain injuries are a very complex topic.
Many people are probably familiar with the highly publicized big truck crash involving Tracy Morgan, an actor & comedian famous for his roles on SNL and 30 Rock. On June 7th, a Walmart truck crashed into a limo carrying Morgan and several friends. Morgan and several of the passengers were critically injured and one of the men in the car was killed. After the crash, concerns about semi-truck accidents have come to the forefront of public debate.
What can I recover if I win lawsuit? If you win a lawsuit you are entitled to general damages. General damages include unpaid medical expenses, unpaid wages, out of pocket expenses, pain and suffering which includes past pain and suffering, your current pain and suffering, and any future problem that you might have causing impaired […]
Nursing homes have a main set of regulations that are Federal. They’ve been in existence for over 30 years and it’s a very complex set of regulations.
Premises liability law is a legal theory that holds owners and occupiers of property responsible for injuries or accidents that occur on their premises.
There are three types of damages. There’s economic damages, there are non-economic damages, and then there are also punitive damages, which we don’t look at as often.
Following a car accident and assuming you are not too seriously injured, we suggest that you take pictures of everything you can at the scene of the crash.
During the grief process, a lawsuit is not something most people are thinking about, but there is a time sensitivity wrongful death claims?
People who are affected by the wrongful death of a loved one often experience dramatic consequences beyond the immediate costs related to the death, including loss of income, loss of parental guidance, and loss of companionship.
What are my rights if someone in my family was killed in a car accident? Accidents involving death are particularly difficult or can be, if someone dies in an accident, the family members are able to carry forward their claim and they do have rights. The first thing is an estate has to be raised […]
If you don’t have a fracture or an injury where you are bleeding, your injuries will be called soft tissue injuries and these injuries sometimes take a while to produce symptoms.
Bicycles are more popular than ever as a form of transportation and exercise. But when drivers don’t see bicycles on the road, the resulting accident can be deadly. Regardless of who caused an accident between a bicycle and a car, cyclists are much more likely to die or sustain serious head injuries, multiple broken bones, […]
A birth injury is an injury to a baby or mother during the birthing process. These injuries can be severe, causing mental or physical disabilities to a child who might otherwise have been completely healthy. When medical professionals’ bad decisions cause birth injuries, they are a form of medical malpractice. But because they affect newborn […]
During the summer of 2011 Indiana experienced one of the strongest gusts of wind and storms in a very long time and it caused the stage structure at the Indiana State Fair to collapse. No one in the band was injured but thousands of Sugarland fans were present and seven people were killed while fifty […]
Mesothelioma is a cancer of the abdomen with a median survival rate typically measured in months. The only known cause is exposure to asbestos, a substance that was widely used in industry through most of the twentieth century, despite its well-known dangers. Asbestos use is now strictly regulated, but because the disease takes ten to […]
Unfortunately, it’s true that motorcycle accidents are deadly. Federal statistics show that motorcyclists are 35 times more likely than drivers to die in a crash. However, statistics also show that most motorcycle crashes involving another vehicle are the other drivers fault, mainly because other drivers fail to see motorcycles until it’s too late. The results […]
Automobile accidents can have a devastating effect on victims and their families. At their most serious, crashes can leave their victims with catastrophic injuries, lifelong disabilities or even a wrongful death. For many families, the situation is made worse by financial pressure. Victims can be taken out of work for weeks, months or even for […]
All drivers have a legal obligation to watch for pedestrians and yield them the right of way. When they don’t, the results can be devastating, pitting an unprotected human body against a speeding two-ton metal object. Most pedestrian accident cases are caused by inattention, impatience or law-breaking by drivers. But when it comes time to […]
A personal injury is any injury that was caused by someone else’s wrongful actions. Those wrongful actions can be crimes, but more often, they are actions caused by negligence, a legal term for failure to take reasonable actions to protect others from foreseeable harm. For example, a driver who causes an accident by playing with […]
Under state law, everyone in charge of a property open to the public has a legal duty to remove hazards on that property. If they cannot, they must post warnings to passers-by within a reasonable amount of time. That’s true in private homes with guests as well as in stores, restaurants and other businesses. In […]
An injury to the spinal cord is a catastrophic injury because it typically causes at least some permanent, irreversible disability. The tissue of the spinal cord controls important physical and nerve functions. And like brain tissue, spinal cord tissue can never grow back. Victims of spinal cord injuries may be left paralyzed or lose important […]
Sports are supposed to be healthy and fun, but a sports-related injury can be life-threatening. Injuries from rough sports or falls can leave the players with brain injuries, paralysis and other life-changing disabilities. All sports involve at least some risk, but when the danger is unreasonable and easily corrected, those in charge have a legal […]
A traumatic brain injury is any blow to the head that disrupts the brains normal functions, even for a moment. The mildest traumatic brain injuries are concussions with no lasting effect. But at their most serious, traumatic brain injuries can leave their victims permanently disabled, unable to function without help. Victims may never be able […]
Accidents with large commercial trucks are among the most devastating types of motor vehicle accidents. Because trucks are so much larger and heavier than passenger cars, they can literally crush the smaller vehicles, causing deaths and catastrophic injuries to people inside. When the crash was caused by bad decisions from the truck driver, trucking company […]
When people are hurt on the job, they can be taken out of the workforce for months while they recover. During that time, they and their families may struggle to make ends meet, especially if the accident meant high medical bills to pay. Most workers can pay these costs by claiming workers compensation benefits through […]
A wrongful death is any death caused by the careless or illegal actions of another. That includes acts that are not crimes, such as failure to watch the road carefully enough. Under state law, family members of a wrongfully killed person may sue the wrongdoer to recover compensation for their losses. That includes compensation for […]