Car Accidents | Lenahan Law Firm Blog
While you may expect a “phantom driver” to pop up in a bad horror movie, these negligent drivers are all too real. Phantom driver accidents, otherwise known as miss-and-runs or hit-and-runs, happen when one driver causes an accident and flees before exchanging proper information, thus making their identity a mystery, like a phantom. They may do this by neglecting to wait for their right of way, taking a turn too quickly, or swerving into a different lane, forcing other drivers to take evasive maneuvers to avoid them. This can include swerving into other traffic or off of the road. Both hit-and-runs and miss-and-runs are dangerous. Unfortunately, they are not treated equally under Texas insurance laws.
Speeding is a fact of life for many people. So few bother with speed limits these days, unless they know they’re a police officer for reckless drivers. As cars get faster, so do their drivers, and more and more people are willing to push the limits of driving. However, speeding is incredibly dangerous.
Driving is dangerous at the best of times, but if you encounter an aggressive driver, the risks are even higher. The number one cause of death for people between the ages of 3 and 33 years old is automobile collisions, 50% of which involved aggressive driving. Watch for the signs of aggressive driving, so you know what to do and are able to remain calm, in control, and safe when sharing the road with an aggressive driver.
The Texas Department of Transportation (TDOT) recently released a report covering the causes of car accidents across the state, including the number of accidents each situation caused. Driving can be incredibly dangerous, and car accidents rarely end with no damage or injuries. That is why we at The Lenahan Law Firm compiled the top three causes, so that you would know what to be on the lookout for while driving throughout our state.
The school bus is supposed to be an easy, safe way to send your child off to their school for the day. But sometimes, that trusted mode of transportation ends in horror. It’s a question no parent wants to ask, but what should you do if your child was injured while on the school bus?
Texas weather ranges from hot and humid over the summer months, to cold winters, bringing icy streets and dangerous driving conditions. Operating a vehicle on icy roads is challenging, and the cause of many avoidable accidents. Homeowners are asked to turn off their sprinkler systems during freezing temperatures, but not everyone listens, creating sheets of ice and severe driving hazards in residential neighborhoods.
A car accident is a shocking incident that carries psychological consequences affecting your quality of life. A recent study published by the NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information) reveals the psychological impact. The research study found compelling evidence that psychological stress has a substantial effect on people who have suffered a musculoskeletal injury, which increases as they go through the process of attempting to recover compensation. The study concludes that shortening the time it takes to get compensation for damages is a factor that could reduce the level of psychological stress.
September 18th, 2016 marks the first day of Child Passenger Safety Week 2016. This annual campaign is run by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and is meant to educate parents, caregivers, and guardians about the right way to secure children and teens in vehicles.
According to NHTSA studies, car accidents are among the top causes of death for children between the ages 1 and 13. It was concluded that roughly 33% of all children who lose their lives in a car accident – or about 220 each year – were not restrained at all, and an unknown number were in the wrong type of restraints. This statistic is heartbreaking, especially since the proper safety restraints have a 54 to 71% chance of preventing serious injury in a collision, also according to NHTSA studies.
Is your driving record spotless? Do you never text while driving? Are you certain to get a designated driver when you go out drinking with your friends? You should be applauded for helping keep our roads safe. Unfortunately, not everyone acts as responsibly and even the best drivers can be blindsided by a negligent motorist. In such a situation, the most you can do to prepare is to know what to do after a car accident before one ever happens.
If you are ever in a car accident, you should always follow these steps:
Seemingly overnight, the smartphone app “Pokémon Go” has taken the world by storm and has shot itself to the top of the app store, smashing records left and right as one of the fastest growing and most downloaded applications in history. Now, people everywhere are living out their fantasies of catching and training Pokémon in the real world, with many communities having sprung up throughout the country related to the app. Through the app’s clever use of GPS and augmented reality, players can find the iconic little monsters during their daily travels – making them appear as if they were right in front of players. While much of this is good fun and an excellent method of getting young people off the couch, like most things in life, it is not without its fair share of dangers.