Auto Accidents

How to Avoid Reckless Driving Accidents

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017 in Auto Accidents, Car Accidents | 0 comments

Car accidents can be caused by driver errors, mechanical malfunctions, and dangerous road conditions. But the most inexcusable cause of car accidents is driver recklessness. It is inexcusable because it can easily be avoided. By driving diligently, you are already reducing the risk of crashing significantly.

But what if the other motorists around you are the ones being reckless? According to the website of the Milwaukee car accidents lawyers at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, there are legal options you can pursue if you have been hurt by a reckless driver.

Be aware of your surroundings
To avoid reckless driving accidents, you should be conscious of your surroundings, particularly of vehicles that do reckless behaviors such as speeding, tailgating, weaving, and suddenly stopping. The key is to keep your distance from these vehicles by driving a little slower, or better, by changing lanes so you can be far away from them as possible.

Keep a safe distance
You will never know when diligent drivers will suddenly do careless and negligent behaviors. For this reason, you should keep a considerable distance not just between you and reckless drivers, but also between you and diligent drivers.

Follow traffic rules
Traffic rules are there to ensure that everybody on the road is safe. To avoid accidents, don’t push your luck on breaking the rules. Diligently follow traffic lights and road signs. Stay in your lane. Use your signals when doing turning maneuvers. And most of all, avoid reckless behaviors yourself.

Avoid distractions
Distracted driving is a form of reckless driving, as being distracted can put your hands off the steering wheel, your eyes off the road, and your attention off the act of driving. The most common distractions include mobile devices, food and drinks, and passengers who engage in small talk. By being distracted, you are limiting your control of your vehicle and your reaction time.

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Drunk Driving Accidents

Posted by on Oct 5, 2016 in Auto Accidents | 0 comments

Thousands of people are killed each year due to a drunk driver, and many more are severely injured. According to the website of the Law Offices of Yvonne M. Fraser, falling victim to an accident caused by a drunk driver can leave you with serious injuries or the loss of a loved one. While convicted drunk drivers face fines and jail time, they are often found liable for the injury or death of those involved in the accident as well. If you or a loved one have been injured or killed by a drunk driver, you may deserve compensation for your losses.

Such losses are incurred by things such as medical bills and lost wages, which are needed during the recovery period.

Types of Drunk Driving Accidents

In California, there are two major types of drunk driving accidents in which a party may be found liable, but victims have a limited amount of time to file a claim. Liable parties may be found in the following two cases:

  • DUI/DWI
  • Dram Shop

Proceeding with a civil lawsuit against a drunk driver in addition to the criminal charges they are already likely facing, or a wrongful death lawsuit in the case that a loved one was killed due to a drunk driver can help you recover from the catastrophic consequences of being the victim of a drunk driving accident.

The Dangers of Drinking and Driving

Drinking and driving is illegal for good reason. Many believe that quick fixes such as taking a cold shower or consuming caffeine will eliminate the effects of alcohol, but this is simply untrue. Drinking causes the following problems that prevent safe driving:

  • Slowed reaction times
  • Vision impairment
  • Decreased rational decision making
  • Lack of hand-eye-foot coordination

The above circumstances caused by alcohol consumption make driving unsafe, and significantly increase the risk of an accident.

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Car Accidents in Street Racing

Posted by on Jun 21, 2016 in Auto Accidents, Personal Injury | 0 comments

Humans have been racing everything and everyone ever since we became capable to walk, whether it is dogs, horses, or automobiles; people love to race. It is not surprising that automobile racing has become the worlds largest motor sport with its loud engines, fast speeds, and adrenaline pumping maneuvers. However, due to the accessibility of cars, many young adults and teenagers have taken racing to the streets. These races are not your “Fast and Furious” style racing, where they seem to expertly close down intersections for their races and execute precise technical passes with Vin Diesel swagger. These races take place on regular neighborhood roads, interstates, and just about every where a police officer is not parked, and are driven by kids who just got their licenses or by people with a substantial driving record. I would know, I used to be both.

Street racing is wildly dangerous even for professional drivers, there is simply no way predict what might happen next on a public road. Recently in Boston, a car drag racing on a small road jumped the curb and hit a pedestrian and proceeded to run from the scene. Police have been unable to catch the driver who escaped in another vehicle. A Boston car accident lawyer would regard this case as a reckless driving accident due to its speeding, and the drivers failure to yield and could face jail time. Similarly in Rhode Island, seven young adults with a median age of 21 were charged with reckless driving in association with road racing that resulted in a death of one of the passengers that were racing. A Rhode Island car accident lawyer would be well aware that these types of fatal accidents happen all the time, and it is a wonder that it doesn’t happen more often with the frequency of street racing. The latter racers are facing serious charges. So for safety of everybody on the road, please keep it on the track.

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Vehicle Recalls, They Happen All the Time.

Posted by on Jun 20, 2016 in Auto Accidents, Personal Injury | 0 comments

 

When spending money to buy any product, it is well expected that the product be both functional to its duty and be safe. Unfortunately, that is not the case for a lot of products that we see on the market today. From statistics recently released by a independent study, over the past 30 years Volkswagen, a world dominating manufacturer, has had a recall rate of approximately 1.06. This implies that of the 9.7 million cars that they have sold since 1980, 10.2 million vehicles have been recalled at some point. Even world leading auto manufacturers create and build unsafe products all the time, despite the auto industry being one of the most heavily regulated and restricted industries in the world today. According to Massachusetts personal injury attorney’s, a defective vehicle will undoubtedly increase the likelihood of fatal crashes, create unnecessary financial burdens, and often times lead to long personal injury lawsuits.

It is very likely that you will spend some time in or at least interact with a motor vehicle everyday, and many of those vehicles have been subject to one or many recalls. Furthermore, most car owners never even realize their vehicle may have been recalled. Currently, the established procedure for notifying car owners of a defect by NHTSA regulation is via first class mail. With today’s advancing technological culture, first class mail is a rather dated delivery method especially for a notice as important as an unsafe product. Houston based law firm Williams Kherker, classifies automobile defects as a product liability case and recommends immediate action if harm is presented. Product liability cases falls under civil tort law and and both compensatory and punitive damages can be rewarded for vehicle defects. In major recalls from manufacturers such as the recent Volkswagen diesel scandal, it is very likely for a consumer to receive some form of compensation for the harm inflicted by a defected product. Car buyers need to stay informed on whether their vehicle has been recalled to prevent the dangers of a unsafe product.

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