Rear-end collisions happen every day in the U.S. But when a motorcycle is involved, the chances of injury are much greater. A rear-end motorcycle accident can cause permanent injuries, serious head injuries, or even death to motorcycle riders. If you are a motorcyclist and you have been injured in a rear-end collision, you should speak with an attorney immediately. The longer you wait to get help on your case, the harder your case becomes to win. Memories fade and evidence can disappear. You may also miss certain legal filing deadlines.
The baby boomer population is quickly aging, bringing the number of senior citizen drivers over the age of 65 to an all-time high. It’s estimated that every day, 10,000 more people will turn 65. Elderly drivers are at a high risk of automobile accidents, with over 15 fatalities daily and 500 injury accidents daily.
Although senior citizens do have the benefit of a great deal of driving experience in most cases, aging can take a toll on the body and can affect driving. One huge contributor to automobile accidents among elderly drivers is a decline in vision. According to a survey done by the CDC, over 40 percent of drivers over the age of 65 admitted to restricting their own driving because of vision issues. Seniors also often have physical and cognitive impairments that can make it difficult to drive safely. Seniors may also be taking several different types of medications, which can affect the ability to drive.
Experts say that there are now more cell phones in the United States than people. Many cell phone users are attached to their phones at all times, and often driving a vehicle does not prevent them from using their cells.
Using a cell phone while driving can in some cases be more dangerous than driving under the influence of alcohol. Almost a quarter of all car accidents are attributed to cell phone usage, or over 1.5 million accidents a year. The CDC estimates that nine people per day are killed in an automobile accident due to a distracted driver, and most of those distractions are attributable to smart phone use.
Unfortunately, if your child was injured in a car accident you are in good company. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children between the ages of three and 14. Although seat belts and properly selected and installed car seats can go a great deal towards minimizing injuries, even the most diligent of safety precautions do not always provide complete protection for children. In many cases when a child is injured in an accident, however, the child is not properly restrained. It’s critical that as a parent, you use the proper car seat for your child’s age and size in every single trip in an automobile.
Any time you choose to ride in a vehicle operated by another driver, you are putting your safety in that individual’s hands. You expect the driver to operate the vehicle in a safe manner and to make wise driving decisions. You are also subjecting yourself to the whims of other drivers on the roads as well, without leaving yourself an opportunity to respond to any poor driving decisions they may make.
Fortunately for Atlantans, snow and ice are a rare event. Typically when they do occur we are given plenty of notice so that we can make our plans accordingly, and either stay home or allow ourselves ample time to reach our destinations. There are times, however, such as in 2014, that snow and ice can surprise hundreds of thousands of drivers on our roads, leading to countless numbers of accidents.
Even the world’s safest drivers can get into accidents. Because we have to share Atlanta’s highways with other drivers, there is always the risk of being involved in an accident and sustaining serious injuries or even being killed. In some cases, you may be properly compensated after your accident by the other driver’s insurance company. However, there are many irresponsible drivers on the roads that may be uninsured or under-insured.
Bankruptcy and personal injury cases can go hand in hand. When an individual is involved in a serious car accident, slip and fall accident, or another type of accident, he or she is often unable to work for a time or permanently. This can lead to financial devastation, which can lead to bankruptcy. This can happen even though the injured party is expected to receive significant compensation in a personal injury claim.
Atlanta’s roads can be dangerous. Accidents involving public transportation are on the rise in Atlanta. It’s not uncommon for the operator of a taxi, bus, Amtrak train, Marta train, airplane, or another type of public transportation to be involved in an accident. If a passenger is hurt while using public transportation, the company that is providing the service could be held legally liable for the passenger’s injuries. Companies that provide public transportation services are called common carriers.
Typically, when a passenger automobile is involved in an accident with a tractor trailer, semi-truck, or other commercial vehicle, very serious injuries or death is the result. The weight of the truck and the speeds at which they drive can cause the truck to roll over in an accident, crushing other vehicles. In some cases, the driver may be negligent and the accident can be catastrophic, resulting in multiple deaths.
In many situations, fatal accidents involving commercial truckers may result in criminal as well as civil charges, holding the trucker, the trucking company, and other negligent parties responsible for the tragic loss of life. There are a number of situations that can cause fatal accidents involving large commercial trucks. Some common scenarios include the trucker falling asleep or driving while distracted, the trucker speeding or driving recklessly, the truck rolling over or jackknifing, and the cargo being overloaded and/or improperly secured.
There are a number of safety regulations mandated by the Department of Transportation, but those regulations are routinely violated. One of the areas that often is ignored by truckers and trucking companies is the regulations on hours that truckers can work. There are strict rules about how many hours truckers can drive within certain time frames set by the federal government. Those rules are in place in order to reduce the chances that truck drivers will push themselves too far while driving.
Trucking companies are often responsible for the accidents caused by their truckers. They may choose to hire unqualified drivers, or drivers with a long history of serious traffic violations. They may fail to properly inspect their vehicles or the cargo. In many cases involving serious tractor trailer accidents, the trucking companies as well as the truckers can be held liable for damages.
Fortunately, help is available for the family members of loved ones who are killed in accidents involving tractor trailers. Surviving family members can choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit. The lawsuit can help in two ways – first, it helps surviving family members receive financial compensation for the loss of a loved one. The other way it helps is by ensuring justice on those who wrongfully killed your loved one.
If your wrongful death lawsuit is successful, you can recover compensation for a variety of expenses, including medical bills, lost wages of your loved one (both past earnings and future earnings), pain and suffering, funeral costs, and compensation for pain and suffering of the surviving family members.
If your loved one was killed in a tractor trailer accident in the Atlanta area, you should speak with an attorney about your legal options. Call the Atlanta personal injury attorneys at Holston & Huntley, LLC. We will provide you with a free consultation on your case, and if we choose to take your case you pay us nothing unless we obtain a recovery for you. Call us today at 1-888-513-0004 consultations are free and you are under no obligation to use our services. We serve Metro Atlanta Georgia as well as Birmingham Alabama including surrounding areas.