According to new information released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), speeding-related traffic fatalities increased by three percent from 2014 to 2015. During 2015, 9,557 people lost their lives in speed-related traffic accidents. In Pennsylvania, almost one-half of all traffic fatalities resulted from accidents involving speeding.
In many cases, a child does not sustain life-threatening or serious injuries in a car accident. Sadly, this is not always the case. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), motor vehicle accidents are the leading the cause of death for children in the United States. During 2014, more than 121,350 children were injured in car accidents. In 2015, 663 children under the age of 13 were killed in motor vehicle crashes.
Yes, you can settle your injury claim without an attorney, but that may not be in your best interest. Our Erie personal injury attorneys understand that you may need to settle your case so that you can have funds to pay your medical bills and other expenses, especially if you have been out of work because of your injuries.
However, by settling your claim quickly and without an attorney, you may receive far less than you deserve. The insurance adjuster won’t tell you this — his job is to pay as little as possible to settle your claim. We will tell you the truth; you can count on that because we have your best interest as our top priority.
The commercial trucking industry is a billion-dollar business in the United States. Large trucks are one of the most efficient and cost-effective methods of transporting goods across the country. Unfortunately, these extremely large, heavy vehicles can be very dangerous on the road. A passenger vehicle stands no chance in a collision with an 80,000-pound tractor-trailer.
If you are injured in an Erie car accident, motorcycle crash, or truck accident, you may wonder if your injuries rise to the level of “catastrophic.” To an accident victim, any injury can be catastrophic.
According to Macmillan Dictionary, catastrophic is an adjective that means “causing a lot of damage, or making a lot of people suffer.” In reality, catastrophic may not mean the same thing to one person as it does to another person. In the legal field, there is not a universally accepted definition of a catastrophic injury.
We love our smartphones because they can do almost anything for us from choosing a restaurant or give us directions to playing our favorite cat video or capturing the perfect picture to post on social media. Our smartphones tell us where to be, when to be there, and why we are there. We use them to stay organized and make our lives easier. However, have our smartphones turned us into foolish drivers?
Forgetting the Dangers of Distracted Driving
Almost everyone has a smartphone these days, including adults and teens. We rely on our phones for so much it is easy to forget what a distraction our phones can be for us. Just look around at the restaurant to see how distracting phones can be for family dinner. Entire families, including small children, are playing on their smartphones or other electronic devices instead of interacting with each other. Unfortunately, allowing your smartphone to be a distraction when you are driving can be deadly.
There is a huge difference between texting or reading an email at dinner and doing these things behind the wheel of a vehicle. When we pay attention to our smartphone instead of the road ahead, we increase the risk of being involved in a serious car accident. We risk our lives and the lives of every other person on the road — that makes us a very foolish driver. It is sad, but all the warnings about distracted driving don’t seem to be getting through to most people.
How Common Is Distracted Driving?
Approximately 68 percent of teen drivers admitted that they use social media apps while they are driving, according to a poll by Common Sense Media. Another study by AAA reveals that distracted driving causes 60 percent of teen driving crashes. It is crucial that parents stress the dangers of distracted driving, including the use of smartphones or other electronic devices while driving. However, parents must first set a good example.
Common Sense Media also found that roughly half of the parents polled admitted to using their smartphones while driving. Teen drivers learn from their parents. Therefore, parents must set a good example by putting their phones down while driving and leaving them to put away until they safely arrive at their destination.
Car Accidents Caused by Smartphone Use
When a driver causes a car crash because he or she was using a smartphone while driving, that driver is liable for any damages that result from the accident. The damages in a distracted driving car accident can include property damage, medical bills, lost income, physical pain, and emotional suffering. The amount of compensation for damages depends on several factors including the type of injuries, the severity of the injuries, the length of recovery, and the actual out-of-pocket financial losses.
Because it may be difficult to prove that a driver caused an accident because the driver was distracted, it is important to hire an experienced Erie car accident attorney as soon as possible. The insurance adjuster for the other driver may try to convince you that you don’t need an attorney. Remember, the insurance adjuster doesn’t work for you —he works for the insurance company, and his job is to pay as little as possible for car accident claims. You need an Erie car accident attorney on your side to protect your best interest.
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There are so many thoughts running through your mind after a car crash. Do I call the police? How severe are my injuries? What should I do now? Did I cause the accident or did the other driver cause the crash? Should I help the other driver or passengers?
Do you know that over-the-counter medications can result in buzzed driving? When you think about drugged driving, you probably think about a driver who has consumed illegal drugs or smoked marijuana. However, drugged driving covers much more than illicit drugs. Buzzed and drug driving can result from taking any drug that impairs your ability to operate a motor vehicle. If you cause an accident while impaired by drugs, you are responsible for the damages caused by that accident.
Have you been injured in a large truck accident? Thousands of people are injured each year in commercial truck accidents throughout the United States. The NHTSA reports that 111,000 people were injured and 3,903 people were killed in large truck accidents during 2014. Over 70 percent of those injuries and fatalities were people in other vehicles. In other words, a very large majority of the victims in truck accidents are the people outside of the truck.
With the damages in truck accidents ranging in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, truck companies and insurance companies aggressively defend claims in truck accidents. Therefore, the companies may try to delay settling a claim until it is too late for the victim to file a lawsuit. The goal is to get past the statute of limitations without a lawsuit. Why is this so important?
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, pedestrian accidents accounted for 3.2% of traffic accidents during 2015. However, pedestrian accidents accounted for 12.8% of the fatalities in traffic accidents. During 2015, there were 4,001 crashes involving pedestrians. Just over 150 pedestrians lost their lives in those accidents during that year. Even one life lost in a pedestrian accident is one life too many.
Pedestrians are at a high risk of being killed when involved in a pedestrian-vehicle accident because of the great disparity in protection. The passengers of a vehicle are protected in a collision by seat belts, airbags, and the vehicle itself. However, pedestrians have absolutely no protection from the impact. Therefore, the risk of traumatic injuries and death are much higher for pedestrians. This risk increases the faster the vehicle is traveling at the time of the crash, and elderly pedestrians are at a higher risk of a fatality in a pedestrian accident compared to younger accident victims.