In 2015, the United States saw a 7 percent increase in roadway deaths. This was an alarming shift, as it broke away from a 35-year downward trend in automobile accidents across the country.
About a month ago, we wrote a blog post about three mistakes that people often make in the aftermath of a car accident. Today, we want to expand on this topic and discuss the immediate moments after your bumper meet's the bumper of another vehicle. How do you react? What should you do? And how do you protect yourself in the moments that follow the collision?
If another driver hits you, they clearly are at fault for your injuries. But there are a number of defenses that the other party or their insurance company will try to use to minimize how much they have to pay you for the accident.
While the dangers of drunk or distracted driving are pretty well known, drowsy driving can be just as dangerous – potentially even more so. In some instances, sleep deprivation could be just as dangerous as alcohol consumption on the road. Yet many of us fail to take that into account, still driving even when we are tired.
Getting into a car accident can be devastating. You’re already dealing with potentially serious injuries, property damage and other costs – and you just want to wrap up the process quickly so you can go back to your daily routine.
With more states legalizing marijuana across the country, one of the biggest concerns is whether this will cause more accidents on our roadways. Drinking and driving is already a serious issue, surely toking and driving will be just as serious?
Distracted driving – texting and driving in particular – is a rising cause of automobile accident injuries across the country. New innovations like Apple’s Do Not Distract While Driving feature in iOS 11 aim to cut down on distracted driving accidents, but one recent study shows that this may not be much help after all.
When you are injured in a car accident, your claim to compensation may be limited by your own negligence. If the court determines that the accident was partially your fault, you could be rewarded only a fraction of the damages you need to fully recover from your injuries.
2016 had the most pedestrian fatalities for the United States in 20 years, since 1996. But this is not just a one-off incident – pedestrian deaths have been on the rise for quite some time.
While tests exist to prove whether or not you are drunk driving, there is no way to prove whether you are distracted driving. A bill proposed in one state could change that.