Possible Fatal Mistakes Distracted Driving can Cause

During the first quarter of 2014, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recorded 6,800 fatal car crashes all across the U.S. Though this count was 4.9 percent lower than the count during the same quarter of the previous year, 7,150 fatalities, it was still a big number, considering the fact that car accidents are totally preventable; the only thing necessary is that drivers observe proper road behavior road and traffic safety rules.

The possible consequences of a car accident include bruises, lacerations, injury to the neck, head or spinal column, amputated limb, bone fracture, painful and sore chest, neck, legs, arms and back, or untimely death. The most common causes of these accidents are driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI), driving beyond the speed limit and distracted driving – bad road behavior or driver errors which cause more than 90% of all road crashes.  

For many years, the NHTSA has identified alcohol-impaired driving as the leading cause of car crashes. Recently, however, another cause has become more prevalent, one that even the most careful of drivers can be guilty of: distracted driving.  

Distracted driving refers to any form of activity that takes a driver’s attention away from the primary task of driving. Based on the list posted in the website of the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, LTD., of driving distractions include, but are not limited to:

  • Rubbernecking (looking at roadside events or accidents)
  • Adjusting the radio
  • Choosing or inserting CD
  • Eating or drinking
  • Grooming, for example brushing hair or applying makeup
  • Setting the GPS
  • Reading
  • Consulting a map or written directions
  • Disciplining children
  • Unrestrained pets
  • Reaching for fallen objects
  • Talking to passengers, and
  • Talking on a cell phone and texting, which are today’s most dangerous form of distraction while behind the wheel

Any form of distraction while driving at a high speed, even for just a couple of seconds, may cause a driver to:

  • Drift out of the proper lane and into the path of an oncoming car traveling in the opposite direction
  • Fail to signal lane changes or turns
  • Change lanes without checking blind spots
  • Turn the wrong way onto a one way street
  • Enter a highway ramp in the wrong direction
  • Disregard a traffic signal
  • Fail to notice a bicyclist or pedestrian on or near the road

Anyone, including experienced and the most careful drivers, can be distracted while driving; however, the ones most prone to this bad driving behavior are young drivers, particularly those aged between 18 and 25.

An article posted on a website found at mazininjurylawyers.com, says that cars and vehicles are a valuable asset for independent individuals. However, car accidents happen far too frequently, resulting in lost wages, and even death or serious injury. When a car accident is the fault of one specific party, it is greatly unfair to expect the innocent party to waste their time and resources dealing with the situation, especially in the event of a wrongful death. This is why it would be wise for any individual to learn about his/her legal rights in the event that he/she gets injured in an accident due to someone else’s fault.

 

 

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Avoiding Car Accident Injury

People have been looking into alternative ways of transportation, and among the most common and popular ones are bicycles. In today’s fast-paced world, bicycles have remained a staple in households, and thus have become an environmentally-friendly and healthy option to going from one place to the next. However, with the increasing numbers of cyclists sharing the road with motorists, safety concerns have become a serious consideration.

Bicycles provide little to almost no physical protection to their riders, which can lead to serious or even fatal injuries should they encounter an accident while on the road. According to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, many personal injury claims have already been filed by cyclists due to accidents caused by the other party. The problem with many of these cases, however, is the evidence to support the claims of the cyclists. The blame is often given to the cyclist despite following road rules, and there are so many things that need to be considered and proven before a cyclist can file a personal injury claim. Aside from following the road rules, the cyclist must also understand the legal rules of liability when it comes to road accidents.

The outcome of a personal injury case depends on two main factors: first, whether the reckless or negligent actions of the driver caused the accident and subsequent injuries of the cyclist, and second, whether the cyclist caused or contributed to the accident. There are states that follow the contributory or comparative negligence rule, where if the cyclist caused or at least contributed to the accident, they may have their compensation reduced or forfeited altogether. The state of Texas is one of those states, and the website of the Horst Law Office emphasizes that any damages that can be recovered can be reduced if the cyclist was 51 or more percent at fault for the accident.

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The Responsibilities of Property Owners

Property owners have the responsibility of ensuring the safety of their property and as well as the people they invite into it. Any accident and resulting injury that occur within the property will make the property owner accountable. This can lead to a premises liability claim, a type of personal injury tort that makes the property owner liable for their negligence in providing a safe environment for their guests.

A property can be dangerous in a number of ways, and for residential properties it is especially important to understand how to properly maintain these properties to avoid accidents. Porch collapse accidents have been happening around the country in increasing numbers, and in many cases the cause of these porch collapses are the negligence of the property owner to maintain the safety on their buildings. According to the website of the Chris Mayo Law Firm porch collapses are often due to the property owner’s neglect of duty; they are the ones who are responsible for the maintenance and property upkeep.

Although porch collapse incidents typically occur on older, multi-storey buildings, new one can still be susceptible to porch collapse due to weather and poor maintenance. In fact, porch collapse accidents have frequently occurred in the Chicago that an important part of their building inspection goes to checking the safety of porches. It may not seem like a serious threat, but many people have been severely injured due to porch collapse. Massachusetts personal injury attorneys would be quick to point out that such accidents can occur anywhere.

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