search
top
Currently Browsing: Car Accidents

Drivers Need to Be Reminding About Basic Car Safety

It can be easy to forget how serious of an action driving is. When you’ve been driving for years, multiple times a day, often in areas that you’ve come to know even better than the back of your hands, some complacency is going to set in. We think we have a handle on the situation, that we don’t have to be fully alert, that this time we set out in our vehicle will be just like every other time in the past. And most of the time, we’re right in thinking that. Most people will probably go their entire lives without ever being in a serious car wreck. We may come close, or have minor fender benders, but millions of people pay less attention than they should while driving every day without serious consequences.

But one wrong action at the wrong moment can be devastating. Driving is inherently a situation that’s largely out of our control. Sure, we can direct our vehicles in where to go and what to do. But we’re sharing the road with dozens, hundreds, or thousands of people, all of whom we can’t be completely aware of, and situations on the road are very subject to change. Bad weather, a crack or piece of debris in the road, or faults within our own vehicle can all lead to an accident. Most of the time, if we’re paying attention, we can react quickly enough to prevent them. But if we’re distracted, say by texting, eating, or just letting our minds wander off, we might not notice until it’s too late to do anything about it.

An especially common and particularly hazardous form of dangerous driving is intoxicated driving. Many people will try to excuse it, saying they know their limits, that they aren’t as drunk that they seem. Worst of all, some people will try to say that they’ve driven drunk before without an incident, it’s okay for them to do it again. None of these are acceptable reasons to drive drunk. Just look at the recent example in Fort Worth of a woman who was killed by a drunk driver. She had pulled to the shoulder of the road over due to a problem with her car that prevented it from driving any further. While she was inspecting it, a driver smashed into her car. She was pronounced dead at the scene when emergency services arrived to help her.

According to this law firm, tragedies like this happen every day. Sometimes, car accidents are just bad luck. But just as often they’re easily preventable and caused by careless or negligent behavior on the part of the driver. Remember: Even if you feel confident in your skills as a driver, make sure you’re always devoting your full attention to the task. Don’t text and drive, don’t eat or talk on the phone, always pay attention to the road around you, and never drive while impaired. The consequences aren’t worth it.

Should I Hire A Lawyer After A Car Accident?

Car accidents are, unfortunately, quite a frequent occurrence in every part of the world. It has been said that it is statistically probable that every person of this generation will experience at least one motor vehicle related accident in their lives. Sometimes, it can be a tiny incident that can be easily fixed with a simple paint job or a simple replaced light or mirror. These things are replaceable; people (along with their psyche, time, and bodies) are not, nor are they as easily repaired as machines are.

Some car accidents can be so severe that it renders the victim of the accident paralyzed or disfigured. This can be severely traumatic for anyone to experience – let alone be marked and scarred with it for the rest of their lives. Injuries like this can also hinder their day to day activities or even their professions. As accidents like this can physically impair people, possibly forever, it can mean the end of their aspirations and dreams. Can you imagine a basketball player or a ballerina never being able to use their legs again? Can you think of a punishment more severe for a painter than to lose their vision? These are very real possibilities and consequences that can result from a car accident.

Injury lawyers at Habush have information stated on their website that victims of a car accident that were caused by the negligence of a guilty party are subjected to stressful, strenuous legal procedures just to be able to claim compensation that they require in order to make a stable recovery. A person who has already been quite severely physically injured is under considerable duress following the incident and should not have to deal with the pressures of complex legal processes that are necessary following a situation of this nature.

If you or someone you know has been injured due to a car accident, contact an experienced lawyer immediately.

Defective Car Parts: A Manufacturer’s Grave Fault

Any kind of accident is a always traumatic experience for anyone, and there is no telling what extent of damage there will be, as well as what physical injuries the victims will sustain and how serious these injuries will turn out. Such will be greatly affected by the types of vehicles involved in the accident and the speed of these vehicles before collision. Thus, a bigger and faster moving vehicle will definitely cause greater property damage and worse injuries to the victim.

Besides the physical injuries, however, the victim is sure to be subjected to financial burden also as the injury will require medical treatment, the cost of which depends on the severity of the injury. And if the victim will not be capable to render work during recovery period, that means lost wages, putting him/her and his/her family in a more overwhelming stressful situation.

Often, car accidents occur due to the negligence, carelessness or recklessness of the driver. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the top four causes of accidents are drunk-driving, speeding, driver error (like failure to use signal lights or failure to buckle-up) and driving distractions, such as texting while driving, which is the leading type of distraction among young drivers in the US.

The causes of accidents mentioned above are all driver mistakes, making them easily preventable as they are all under the control of the driver. But there are also other causes of accidents that fall outside the driver’s control; and since these are not obvious to the driver, the risk of accident is increased, while the extent of damage and severity of injuries, greater.

Such other causes are defective car parts or poorly manufactured vehicular parts, like a defective braking system, airbag, child seat, seat belt and/or headlight or signal lights; then there is also the possibility of tire tread depth that falls short of government standard. These defects can be due to something that the manufacturer failed to do or something that the manufacturer did, but which is not supposed to be part of the manufacturing process.

Car defects are quite harder to prove. Despite the driver’s statement that a particular part failed to function properly, evidences that will prove the veracity of the driver’s words will be required. If proven, however, then the manufacturer of the defective car part will have a lot to answer for, including compensating the victim for his/her present and future accident-caused financial concerns, besides recalling the defective part, so as not to put other lives in danger.

Driving Distractions, Car Wreck and Wrongful Death

The moment you seat behind the wheel and start your car, the one major thing that is required of you is your undivided attention on the road: this implies compliance to traffic rules, of course. Being in a car does not make you invulnerable and while others’ safety may depend on how you behave on the road, your safety, likewise, depends on how other drivers, especially truck drivers, will behave towards you.

On its website, Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, mentions that, every year, thousands of lives are lost in the US due to car wrecks; millions, meanwhile, get severely injured. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) records confirm such claim, stating that the annual rate of deaths due to traffic accidents exceed 35,000.

Car wrecks destroy or badly damage vehicles. It would be a miracle if anyone finds himself/herself unscathed or only with minor injuries after being involved in such “ought-to-have-been” preventable catastrophic road accident. Often, it is the cause of untimely or wrongful death of many car drivers and passengers. And sadly, one of the top reasons why it happens is distracted driving.

It may not be wrong to say that all drivers had been guilty of distracted driving, even just once, in their driving career. Several will definitely deny this and would even consider it an accusation of being irresponsible on the road, but consider these following acts: talking on handheld phones, receiving or sending text messages, eating and/or drinking, putting on makeup, combing or styling your hair, fixing a tie, changing or setting a GPS system, surfing the Internet, reading a map, trying to reach for something, lighting a cigarette, and many other activities that make you take your eyes off the road (even for just a couple of seconds) and/or a hand off the wheel, are all driving distractions, and each time you are distracted, you put yourself and others’ lives at risk. Just imagine driving on a two-lane street with an approaching vehicle at the other lane and one of you or, worse, both of you get distracted: a possible car crash?

It may not be a case of irresponsibility, but of negligence or carelessness, definitely it is! And based on NHTSA records, persons between 15 and 24 years old are the ones most prone to distracted driving. In 2011 alone, 211 teens, 16 – 17 years old, met their untimely or wrongful death in a car wreck, and this was just within the short period of six months, from January-June.

Drivers get distracted simply because they allow themselves to be – that’s the simplest reason there is. Carelessness and negligence can never be excused. And before you end up in a hospital bed or cause someone to end up in a hospital bed, you better keep in mind: the moment you seat behind the wheel and start your car, the one major thing that is required of you is your undivided attention on the road.

top