Many people love the feeling of freedom they get when riding on motorcycles. But unfortunately, motorcyclists are overrepresented in the number of serious injuries and traffic fatalities that happen each year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 4,985 motorcyclists were killed in the U.S. in 2018, despite accounting for a small percentage of the vehicles on the road. If you’re injured in a motorcycle collision caused by someone else’s actions, you may wonder about the possibility of bringing an injury claim or a lawsuit. What are the factors in motorcycle injury settlements? How might those factors apply to your claim? [Read more…] about Factors in Motorcycle Injury Settlements
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 344,000 injury crashes and 4,237 fatality accidents involving large trucks occurred in 2017. Each one of these collisions was different, involving unique participants, actions, weather conditions, and road conditions, and the distinctions are important. Anyone seriously injured in a collision that was caused by the negligence of other drivers or parties may be able to recover compensation for their losses by filing a civil lawsuit, but the potential damages in semi-truck crashes depend on the unique circumstances of the collision.
When the weather outside is frightful, it’s best to stay home if you can. But for many of us, that’s impossible. You may need to drive home from work, pick up your kids at school, or go grocery shopping. Here in Springfield, we face a variety of weather each winter – snow, sleet, freezing rain, ice – so it’s important that you understand the basics of driving on ice, as well as what to do if you’re involved in a collision due to an icy roadway. [Read more…] about Driving on Ice: Tips for Driving in Winter Weather
When you’re injured due to someone else’s negligence, you might (correctly) assume that you’re entitled to receive compensation for your medical bills – but these aren’t the only damages available to you. If your injury prevents you from working, you can pursue compensation for your lost income as well. Your attorney will explain how to determine lost wages so that you have a good idea of what to expect in a fair settlement offer, but you can use the information below to quickly estimate your potential damages. It all comes down to proper documentation.
It’s astonishing how quickly your life can change. One minute you’re cruising on your bike, enjoying the freedom of the open road, and just seconds later you’re lying on the ground, the victim of a collision caused by another driver. Although many things are likely going through your mind in that moment, it’s important that you take steps to protect your right to recover compensation. Your claim may be complicated by the complexity of the collision, the factors that contributed to the accident, and the severity of the injuries. In addition, some jurists are biased against motorcycle riders and believe they’re likely to have caused the collision. Use the tips below to learn how to strengthen your motorcycle accident claim. [Read more…] about How to Strengthen Your Motorcycle Accident Claim
On the road, distraction can be deadly. As the Federal Communications Commission reports, nearly 10 percent of U.S. crash fatalities in 2017 were the result of distracted driving. Every day, incidents involving distracted drivers kill an average of nine people and injure thousands. While these numbers are disturbing, diving deeper into the research surrounding distracted driving reveals something even more alarming: Many experts believe that distracted driving is underreported, and the total number of its victims is actually significantly higher. Clearly, the prevention of distracted driving is a concern for anyone who travels on American roads. Learning how to prevent distracted driving allows you to be part of the solution and helps keep you, your passengers, and those sharing the road with you a little safer. [Read more…] about How to Prevent Distracted Driving
Have you been injured due to someone else’s negligence? Are you thinking about filing a lawsuit against the responsible party? A good way for you to determine whether or not you should file a lawsuit is to meet with an experienced attorney and explain the situation and your goals. Use the tips below to learn how to prepare for a personal injury consultation before your appointment. [Read more…] about How to Prepare for a Personal Injury Consultation
Many Americans use social media to communicate with friends and family, meet new people, and share their lives. People often reveal a lot of information about themselves online, and unfortunately, the impact of social media on a personal injury claim can be very negative. Things you say online may be taken out of context or used against you in your claim. So while you have a personal injury claim pending, we encourage you to keep the following tips in mind regarding your social media presence. [Read more…] about The Impact of Social Media on a Personal Injury Claim
Most of us know how to react if we’re involved in a collision, but you might be less certain about what to do if you witness a car accident. As a witness, you could play an important role in what happens next, and your perspective of the event is invaluable. Your statement may be needed by the police, the insurance companies involved, and the drivers’ attorneys. Scroll down if you’re wondering what to do if you witness a car accident. [Read more…] about What to Do If You Witness a Car Accident
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration conducted a large study of rear-end collisions and found that they account for 29 percent of all car crashes, making them the most common type of collision in the United States. Determining who is liable in a rear-end collision is not always a straightforward process. Many people automatically assume that the driver in the second car (the rear car) is liable; however, this is not always a simple open-and-shut case. It’s important for police officers, attorneys, and judges to carefully examine rear-end accident cases to determine who is at fault. [Read more…] about Who Is Liable in a Rear-End Collision?