Car Accidents | Lenahan Law Firm Blog
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.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for people between the ages of 1 and 54 in the United States. In 2012, there were more than 2.2 million adults treated in American emergency departments due to car accidents. And yet, despite the obvious danger of our roadways, many drivers refuse to wear their seatbelts, some even saying that it can increase your risk of injury or death in a collision by trapping you in the vehicle. Is this even true?
On the CDC’s fact sheet, the information says no. Collision reports and collected medical data, time and time again, show no indication that seatbelts will actually increase injuries during a car accident. In fact, the CDC estimates that seatbelts reduce serious crash-related injuries and fatalities by about 50%. So, why do people believe that a lifesaving device is actually a death trap?
As more states are legalizing the use of marijuana, the question has come up: “Is driving while high as dangerous as driving while drunk?” It is a valid question and one that certainly deserves an answer in light of the frequent drug usage throughout the country.
Recent studies have addressed this very issue by attempting to calculate the risk level of driving under the influence of drugs. The results indicate that drunk driving is still much more dangerous than driving while high. Even still, driving under the influence of drugs is by no means risk-free.
Vehicular homicide, also known as "vehicular manslaughter" occurs when a driver recklessly causes the death of another person while operating a motor vehicle. While people often think of vehicular manslaughter in the context of DWI cases, the charge has a much broader application and can certainly apply to people who unintentionally kill others as a result of texting while driving.
The death of an individual in a car accident case is not enough to convict someone of vehicular manslaughter. The state has to show a connection between the death and the conduct of the defendant; for example, if evidence from the defendant's cell phone shows that he or she was texting just before the crash – this could be damaging against him or her.
Were you injured in an auto accident? If so, you are not alone. According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), there were 65,539 serious injury crashes in Texas in 2013, with 89,270 people sustaining a serious injury, and 3,377 people losing their lives.
Data from TxDOT reveals that most accidents in Texas result from drunk driving, tailgating, and speeding, failing to yield, and running red lights or stop signs. You can be the best driver in the world, but no matter how responsible you are, you simply cannot control what other drivers do.
No one is ever prepared for an accident, let alone one where the other driver flees the scene. While it is a crime to knowingly leave the scene of an accident before exchanging information with the other driver, hit and run accidents continue to occur at an astounding rate throughout the country—which may be, in part, due to the fact that nearly 14% of all drivers in the United States are currently operating without automobile insurance. In other cases, an intoxicated driver may flee in the hope that they can avoid criminal charges. Whatever the case may be, however, the unfortunate reality is that the victim will be left with the daunting responsibility of securing compensation with no help from the at-fault driver.