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Road Rage Increases the Chances of Serious Auto Accidents

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Incidents involving road rage and aggressive driving appear frequently in the news. For example, this local news article on Southern California freeways highlights some of the angry or out-of-control behaviors.

Road rage and aggressive driving more generally contribute to numerous accidents ranging from minor fender-benders to fatal crashes.

What are some of the ways that road rage increases the likelihood of a crash?

  • Drivers become more focused on each other instead of keeping enough of their attention on the road.
  • The overwhelming anger they feel also proves to be a distraction.
  • They may act on their anger by tailgating, cutting each other off, swerving violently into different lanes, or attempting to run each other off the road. In some cases, one driver may even try to run into another.
  • Their aggression may push them to ignore various traffic laws; they may wind up speeding, for instance, or disregarding red lights and stop signs.
  • Drivers may improperly park and exit their vehicles to confront each other.

Tendencies towards road rage and aggressive driving need to be curbed before they develop into something out-of-control and incredibly dangerous. Drivers are responsible for finding ways to manage their anger and dial it down. Techniques for anger management and stress reduction are essential; these include deep breathing exercises and speaking aloud reminders to yourself that the rage and aggressive behaviors aren't worth it – they can wind up costing you your life and well-being.

If you're on the receiving end of road rage, it's important to take steps not to let it escalate. For example, don't respond to any rude gestures or maintain eye contact with angry drivers. Try to safely put space between them and you. If you're feeling threatened on the road, you can contact law enforcement to report the aggressive or criminal behavior.

Hopefully, you'll be able to avoid accidents stemming from road rage or aggressive driving. Should you suffer an accident, don't hesitate to contact us to discuss your case and receive dedicated legal assistance.

What Not to Say After an Auto Accident

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Everyone knows that when it comes to legal dealings, what you say can be important. All it takes is one wrong slip of the tongue or an off-handed phrase and it gives the defense all the ammunition they need to make sure their client wins. While some may believe what you say is only important with criminal cases, it can be just as important after an auto accident too.

Apologies

Even immediately after an auto accident when you are checking on the safety of another driver, avoid apologies. Saying you are sorry is like saying “this was my fault.” Even if it was your fault, you should avoid apologies since they will make things potentially worse for you.

Promises

Spoken promises are cheap, and often most people won’t keep them. It gives the other party certain expectations, and if they are not met, it can make them extremely upset. If you intend to keep your promise of paying for the damage, then, by all means, give them your word. However, if not, then it is best to avoid the words “I promise.”

Admitting Fault

Like apologies, admitting it was your fault should be avoided. Both parties need to wait for the fault to be determined by an investigation following the accident. Claiming the fault could mean there might not be such an investigation, and you could be shouldered with a burden that isn’t actually yours to carry.

Saying You Are Okay

If the accident wasn’t too serious, you may feel okay after the crash. However, that doesn’t mean you are. After a crash, adrenaline is high and pain response is low. You could have internal bleeding or whiplash, the symptoms of which won’t manifest until the following day. Always visit a doctor before saying that you are uninjured from a crash.

If you have been in an auto accident and even if you believe your words might have hurt your potential case, contact us today.

How Do Bus Accident Lawsuits Differ from Normal Auto Accidents

Thursday, June 22, 2017

A bus may seem like a normal automobile, albeit it slightly bigger. However, if you were injured in a bus accident and choose to pursue a lawsuit, you will have a vastly different experience than if you were in an auto accident.

One of the primary differences is that you will likely not be the only victim in a bus accident. There could have been a dozen passengers on board and all of them may have been injured. However, you are not always wielding a lawsuit against just one person either. In bus accidents, blame can be placed not only on the bus driver, but on the bus company, their insurance carrier, bus part manufacturers, and even government entities depending on the unique circumstances of the accident. This means that you will need to decide where the blame for the accident lies and go after the person or people who were most responsible for your injuries. However, many of above have different restrictions and time limits in which you can file suit against them. This means that if you aren’t pursuing the right entity, you may have missed your time frame to do so altogether.

In most cases, the injured parties will often go after the bus driver, since they were the person driving. However, depending on the company and the circumstances, the driver may be protected by the company’s insurance. Regardless, those who do pursue a personal injury suit for a bus crash should be ready for a hard fight, since the insurance company or bus company may be handling multiple cases for crash victims. Naturally, they will want to pay out as little as possible, but this does leave room open for decent settlements.

If you have been in a bus crash in the Los Angeles area, contact us today to see what the Law Office of Freeman & Freeman can do for you.

Head-On Collisions Are Among the Most Serious Auto Accidents

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Head-on collisions are some of the most destructive accidents that occur and victims often sustain traumatic injuries.

Also called lane-departure or road-departure accidents, head-on collisions happen when two vehicles traveling in opposite directions crash into each other front bumper to front bumper. Even when such an accident occurs at a lower speed, the vehicles’ occupants can sustain severe injuries due to the force exerted on both cars by the forward motion against each other followed by rapid deceleration.

Causes

There are several causes of head-on collisions such as:

  • Bad weather conditions
  • Improper passing of another vehicle
  • Veering into another lane due to drowsiness or distractions
  • Disobeying traffic signs and signals
  • Construction zone detours

 

Types of Injuries

Even though head-on collisions only account for two percent of all auto accidents in the United States, they result in ten percent of the fatalities. The types of injuries sustained depend on the speed of the vehicles and what type of safety devices, such as seat belts, were in use. The most severe injuries include:

  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Broken or crushed bones
  • Deep lacerations (these can cause rapid blood loss or infection)

 

Compensation

Victims of head-on collisions may be entitled to receive compensation to cover the costs of:

  • Present and future medical costs
  • Loss of present and future wages
  • Caregivers
  • Vehicle and home modifications

 

If you have sustained injuries in an auto accident, please contact us. Should you have a valid claim, our attorneys will fight hard on your behalf to get you the settlement you deserve.

Herniated Discs Frequent Type Of Back Injury In Wrecks

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Your spinal column consists of 33 vertebrae separated by semi-soft “discs.” Each disc consists of a softer inner area protected by a tougher outer layer. Together, these discs and vertebrae protect the spinal cord, which is about 17 inches long in adults. The spinal cord transmits information from the brain to the major nerves that extend outward to every part of the human body.

Crashes and Herniated Discs

The sudden impact of a vehicular accident may twist, bend or otherwise contort the spinal column to such a degree that one or more of the discs ruptures. When these types of back injuries happen, some of the softer inner material may escape and protrude into the spinal column. When it presses on nerves, pain or numbness may result.

The oozing of disc material into the spinal column does not always cause pain or other sensations. Also, emergency room X-rays do not typically reveal evidence of these ruptured or herniated discs. 

Delayed Diagnosis

Since the interaction between a herniated disc and nearby nerves may not become apparent for days or even weeks, a correct diagnosis is sometimes delayed. As a result, insurance companies may sometimes insist the nerve pain or numbness is not the result of the crash, and they may refuse to pay for necessary surgery or other medical treatment. 

Therefore, it may help to enlist the services of an attorney familiar with back injuries in crashes. When a disc injury requires medical treatment, it is important for the accident victim to get compensation for medical expenses and possibly for pain and suffering. In more severe cases, victims often deserve further compensation for permanent limitations they may suffer.

If you or a family member is a victim of an accident, we make it possible for you to speak with an attorney at no cost to you. To arrange for this complimentary consultation, or to ask your questions, please contact us today.




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