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Despite efforts by many bicycle organizations and government agencies, a considerable amount of work must still be done to make roads and streets safe for cyclists. A study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) revealed more than 700 U.S. cyclists were killed in crashes with motor vehicles in 2008. Sadly, almost 91 percent of cyclists killed in 2008 were not wearing a helmet. According to the IIHS, helmet use has been estimated to reduce the risk of head injuries by 85 percent. The IIHS also reports death among cyclists 16 and older increased 91 percent in 2008, while death among cyclists younger than 16 declined significantly in the same year. In 2009, adults between the ages of 35 and 54 represented almost 40 percent of all bicycle collision fatalities in the state, reports the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, it is within your best interest to speak to a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. The San Jose bicycle accident lawyers at Estey Bomberger understand how devastating an unexpected injury can be. If the bicycle crash injury was caused by the negligent or careless actions of another, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Our firm has helped clients obtain compensation for medical costs, lost wages, lost benefits, disfigurement, shortened life expectancy, and pain and suffering.

Causes of San Jose Bicycle Accidents
In most studies, driver negligence has been shown to be the most common cause of accidents involving a cyclist. Common negligent or careless actions by a motor vehicle driver, include:

Backing out before checking mirrors
Inattentiveness
Aggressiveness
Use of drugs or alcohol
Unsafe left hand turns
Failing to yield the right of way
Driving through a stop sign or red light
Overtaking the cyclist.
Faulty bike parts, such as brakes, handlebars and spokes, are also a common cause of bicycle accidents. Defective brakes, handlebars, or tires can cause a cyclist to lose control of a bike and inadvertently collide with a car, the ground or a stationary object.

Statute of Limitations
California’s statute of limitations places a time limit on filing a personal injury claim. It is important for injury victims to speak with an attorney as soon as possible following an accident. The San Jose bicycle accident attorneys at the law firm of Estey Bomberger can advise injured victims of the time limits that apply to their case and ensure their opportunity to pursue monetary compensation from the responsible party or parties is not missed.

Protecting Victims’ Legal Rights
Following a bicycle accident, one of the most important decisions you will make is selecting a lawyer to represent your case. Defense counsels often portray cyclists as reckless individuals who do not follow traffic laws, making it more challenging to prove liability in a bicycle accident case. The San Jose injury attorneys at Estey Bomberger have many years experience representing seriously injured victims and can help to dispel any question of character. Contact our firm at (800)890-6722 to learn more information about how we can help protect your legal rights.
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Pedestrian accidents frequently result in serious or catastrophic injuries, including bone fractures, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injuries. Whenever injuries are serious, it is important to obtain the maximum possible compensation for medical care, lost earnings, and pain at suffering. To best protect your legal rights following an accident, it is advisable to contact an experienced and qualified San Jose pedestrian accident lawyer as soon as possible. At Estey Bomberger, our team of San Jose pedestrian accident lawyers will arrange for an experienced investigator to reconstruct the accident scene, preserve evidence and interview witnesses. Because we have handled dozens of pedestrian accident injury claims, we understand the important details and steps necessary to maximize your compensation. In the event you were hit by a hit-and-run driver or uninsured motorist, we may be able to help you recover compensation in an uninsured motorist personal injury claim.

Types of San Jose Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrian accidents frequently involve vulnerable individuals, including young children and elderly adults. Children under 16 are statistically most likely to be hit by a car, while elderly adults are most likely to die as a result of a car vs. pedestrian accident. At Estey Bomberger, we strive to help our clients recover full and fair damages for injuries resulting from all types of pedestrian accidents, including:

Intersection accidents
Crosswalk accidents
Bus stop accidents
Hit-and-run accidents
Sidewalk accidents
Driveway backover accidents
Parking lot accidents.
Pedestrian accidents are frequently the result of negligent driving , such as speeding, texting and driving, driving under the influence, or driving while distracted. Intersection and crosswalk pedestrian accidents often occur because motorists are visually looking for other vehicles, but are not paying attention to walkers and joggers . More than 5,000 deaths are reported nationwide due to car vs. pedestrian accidents every year, according to the NHTSA.

Experience to Get You Results
With any accident, selecting an attorney who is familiar with the unique legal issues of your accident can mean the difference between a fair settlement and no compensation at all. At Estey Bomberger, our award-winning trial attorneys have recovered more than $100 million in verdicts and settlements. Our personal injury lawyers have more than 70 years of combined experience handling personal injury and wrongful death claims. Our pedestrian accident case results include a $3.3 million settlement for a bus vs. pedestrian accident and a $2.2 million settlement from a pedestrian vs. automobile accident. We have also obtained seven and eight figure recoveries in car accident, bicycle accident, motorcycle accident and trucking accident personal injury and wrongful death claims.

Understanding Your Rights After An Accident
Our San Jose pedestrian accident lawyers represent victims of pedestrian accidents throughout Santa Clara County and the state of California. Call us at (800)890-6722 or request a consultation through our website. Consultations are available at our office or at your home or hospital room. In your free consultation, an attorney will review the circumstances of your accident, negligence and fault issues, and give you an honest opinion of the potential value of your case. If we are able to represent you in your personal injury or wrongful death claim, we will not charge any fees unless we recover money for you. In the event that we accept your case and do not recover a favorable settlement or verdict, you will owe nothing.
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GLOSSARY
Action – Proceeding taken in a court of law. Synonymous with case, suit lawsuit.
Adjudication – A judgment or decree
Adversary system – Basic U.S. trial system in which each of the opposing parties has opportunity to state his viewpoints before the court. Plaintiff argues for defendant’s guilt (criminal) or liability (civil). Defense argues for defendant’s innocence (criminal) or against liability civil).
Affirm – The assertion of an appellate court that the judgment of the lower court is correct and should stand.
Allegation – An assertion, declaration or statement of a party to an action made in a pleading, stating what he expects to prove.
Alleged – (allegation) Stated; recited; claimed; asserted; charged.
Answer – A formal response to a claim, admitting or denying the allegations in the claim.
Appeal – Review of a case by a higher court.
Appearance – 1. The formal proceeding by which a defendant submits to the jurisdiction of the court. 2. A written notification to the plaintiff by an attorney stating the he is representing the defendant.
Arbitration – the hearing and settlement of a dispute between opposing parties by a third party whose decision the parties have agreed to accept.
At issue – The time in a lawsuit when the complaining party has stated his claim and the other side has responded with denial and the matter is ready to be tried,
Attorney at law – A lawyer; one who is licensed to act as a representative for another in a legal matter or proceeding.
Attorney of record – An attorney , named in the records of a case, who is responsible for handling the cause on behalf of the party he represents.
Bankruptcy – A legal proceeding where a person or business is relieved of paying certain debts.
Best evidence – Primary evidence; the best evidence which is available; any evidence falling short of this standard is secondary.
Brief – A legal document, prepared by an attorney which presents the law and facts supporting his client’s case
Burden of proof – Measure of proof required to prove a fact. Obligation of a party to probe facts at issue in the trial of a case.
Calendar – List of cases arranged for hearing in court.
Caption – The caption of a pleading, or other papers connected with a case in court, is the heading or introductory clause which shows the names of the parties, name of the court, number of the case, etc.
Case – Any proceeding, action, cause, lawsuit or controversy initiated through the court system by filing a complaint, petition, indictment or information.
Caseload – The number of cases a judge handles in a specific time period.
Cause of action – A legal claim.
Certificate under penalty of perjury – A written statement, certified by the maker as being under penalty of perjury. In many circumstances, it may be used in lieu of an affidavit.
Certiorari – Procedure for removing a case from a lower court or administrative agency to a higher court for review.
Challenge for cause – A request by a party that the court excuse a specific juror on the basis that the juror is biased.
Citation – Summons to appear in court. 2. Reference to authorities in support of a legal argument.
Civil law – All law that is not criminal law. Usually pertains to the settlement of disputes between individuals, organizations or groups and having to do with the establishment, recovery or redress of private and civil rights.
Claim – The assertion of a right to money or property.
Clerk of the court – An officer of a court whose principal duty is to maintain court records and preserve evidence presented during a trial.
Closing argument – The closing statement, by counsel, to the trier of facts after all parties have concluded their presentation of evidence.
Code – A collection, compendium or revision of laws systematically arranged into chapters, table of contents and index and promulgated by legislative authority.
Commit – To lawfully send a person to prison, a reformatory or an asylum
Common law – Law which derives its authority solely from usage and customs of immemorial antiquity or from the judgments and decrees of courts. also called “case law.”
Comparative negligence – Negligence of a plaintiff in a civil suit which decreases his recovery by his percentage of negligence compared to a defendant’s negligence.
Competency – In the law of evidence, the presence of those characteristics which render a witness legally fit and qualified to give testimony.
Complaint – 1. (criminal) Formal written charge that a person has committed a criminal offense. 2. (civil) Initial document entered by the plaintiff which states the claims against the defendant.
Contempt of court – Any act that is meant to embarrass, hinder or obstruct a court in the administration of justice. Direct contempt is committed in the presence of the court; indirect contempt is when a lawful order is not carried out or refused.
Continuance – Adjournment of the proceedings in a case from one day to another.
Corroborating evidence – Evidence supplementary to that already given and tending to strengthen or confirm it.
Costs – An allowance for expenses in prosecuting or defending a suit. Ordinarily does not include attorney’s fees.
Counter claim – Claim presented by a defendant in opposition to, or deduction from, the claim of the plaintiff.
Court – 1. Place where justice is administered. 2. Judge or judges sitting on the court administering justice.
Court administrator – Manager of administrative, non judicial affairs of the court.
Court commissioner – A judicial officer at both trial and appellate court levels who performs many of the same duties as judges and justices.
Court of appeals – Intermediate appellate court to which most appeals are taken from superior court.
Court superior – State trial court of general jurisdiction.
Court supreme – “Court of last resort.” Highest court in the state and final appellate court.
Courts of limited jurisdiction – Includes district, municipal and police courts.
Crime – Conduct declared unlawful by a legislative body and for which there is a punishment of a jail or prison term, a fine or both.
Criminal law – Body of law pertaining to crimes against the state or conduct detrimental to society as a whole. Violation of criminal statues are punishable by law.
Cross examination – The questioning of a witness by the party opposed to the one who produced the witness.
Damages – Compensation recovered in the courts by a person who has suffered loss, detriment or injury to his/her person, property or rights, through the unlawful act or negligence of another.
De novo – “Anew.” A trial de novo is a completely new trial held in a higher or appellate court as if the original trial had never taken place.
Declamatory judgment – A judgment that declares the rights of the parties on a question of law.
Decree – Decision or order of the court. A final decree completes the suit; an interlocutory decree is a provisional or preliminary decree which is not final.
Default – A failure of a party to respond in a timely manner to a pleading; a failure to appear for trial.
Defendant – 1 (criminal) Person charged with a crime. 2. (civil) Person against whom a civil action is brought.
Defense attorney – The attorney who represents the defendant.
Deposition – Sworn testimony taken and recorded in an authorized place outside of the courtroom, according to the rules of the court.
Direct examination – The questioning of a witness by the party who produced the witness.
Discovery – A pretrial proceeding where a party to an action may be informed about (or “discover”) the facts known by other parties or witnesses.
Dismissal with prejudice – Dismissal of a case by a judge which bars the losing losing party from raising the issue again in another lawsuit.
Dismissal without prejudice – The losing party is permitted to sue again with the same cause of action.
Disposition – 1. Determination of a charge; termination of any legal action; 2. A sentence of a juvenile offender.
Dissent – The disagreement of one or more judges of a court with the decision of the majority.
Docket – Book containing entries of all proceedings in a court.
Due process – Constitutional guarantee that an accused person receive a fair and impartial trial.
En banc “On the bench.” All judges of a court sitting together to hear a case.
Enjoin – To require a person to perform, or abstain or desist from some act.
Evidence – Any form of proof legally presented at a trial through witnesses, records, documents, etc.
Exception – A formal objection of an action of the court, during the trial of a case, in refusing a request or overruling an objection; implying that the party excepting does not acquiesce in the decision of the court and will seek to obtain its reversal.
Exhibit – Paper, document or other object received by the court as evidence during a trial or hearing.
Expert evidence – Testimony given by those qualified to speak with authority regarding scientific, technical or professional matters.
Fact-findinq hearing – A proceeding where facts relevant to deciding a controversy are determined.
Fair Preponderance– Evidence sufficient to create in the minds of the triers of fact the belief that the party which bears the burden of proof has established its case.
Felony – A crime of grave nature than a misdemeanor.
Fine – A sum of money imposed upon a convicted person as punishment for a criminal offense.
File – 1. The complete court record of a case. 2. “To file” a paper is to give it to the court clerk for inclusion in the case record. 3. A folder in a law office (of a case, a client, business records, etc.)
Fraud – An intentional perversion of truth; deceitful practice or device resorted to with intent to deprive another of property or other right or in some manner do him/her injury.
General jurisdiction – Refers to courts that have no limit on the types of criminal and civil cases they may hear. Superior courts are courts of general jurisdiction.
Grand Jury – A body of persons sworn to inquire into crime and, if appropriate, bring accusations (indictments) against the suspected criminals.
Guardian ad litem – A person appointed by a court to manage the interests of a minor or incompetent person whose property is involved in litigation.
Hearing – An in-court proceeding before a judge, generally open to the public.
Hearsay – Evidence based on what the witness has heard someone else say, rather than what the witness has personally experienced or observed.
Hung Jury – A jury whose members cannot agree on a verdict.
Hypothetical question – A combination of facts and circumstances, assumed or proved, stated in such a form as to constitute a coherent state of facts upon which the opinion of an expert can be asked by way of evidence in a trial.
Immunity – Freedom from duty or penalty.
Impeachment of a witness – An attack on the credibility of a witness by the testimony of other witnesses.
Inadmissible – That which, under the established rules of evidence, cannot be admitted or received.
Induction – Writ or order by a court prohibiting a specific action from being carried out by a person or group.
Informed consent – A person’s agreement to allow something to happen (such as surgery) that is based on a full disclosure of facts needed to make the decision intelligently.
Injure – 1. Hurt or harm 2. Violate the legal rights of another person.
Instruction – Direction given by a judge regarding the applicable law in a given case.
Interrogatories – Written questions developed by one party’s attorney for the opposing party. Interrogatories must be answered under oath within a specific period of time.
Intervention – Proceeding in a suit where a third person is allowed, with the court’s permission, to join the suit as a party.
Judge – An elected or appointed public official with authority to hear and decide cases in a court of law.
Judgment – Final determination by a court of the rights and claims of the parties in an action.
Judge pro tem – Temporary judge.
Jurisdiction– Authority of a court to exercise judicial power.
Jurisprudence – The science of law.
Juror – Member of a jury.
Jury – Specific number of people (usually 6 or 12), selected as prescribed by law to render a decision (verdict) in a trial.
Law – The combination of those rules and principles of conduct promulgated by legislative authority, derived from court decisions and established by local custom.
Law clerks – Persons trained in the law who assist the judges in researching legal opinions.
Lawsuit – A civil action; a court proceeding to enforce a right (rather than to convict a criminal).
Lawyer – A person licensed to practice law; other words for “lawyer” include: attorney, counsel, solicitor and barrister
Lay – non-professional; for example: a lawyer would call a non-lawyer a lay person and a doctor would call a non-doctor a lay person.
Lay advocate – a paralegal who specializes in representing persons in administrative hearings
Leading question – One which suggests to a witness the answer desired. Prohibited on direct examination.
Limited jurisdiction – Refers to courts that are limited in the types of criminal and civil cases they may hear. District, municipal and police courts are courts of limited jurisdiction.
Litigant – One who is engaged in a lawsuit.
Litigation – Contest in court; a law suit.
Magistrate – Court official with limited authority.
Malpractice. Professional misconduct or unreasonable lack of skill. A claim of malpractice must prove two things. One, you must prove that you could have won your case were it not for your lawyer’s negligence. And, secondly, you must prove that your lawyer’s actions were negligent.
Mandate – Command from a court directing the enforcement of a judgment, sentence or decree.
Misdemeanor – Criminal offenses less than felonies; generally those punishable by fine or imprisonment of less than 90 days in a local facility. A gross misdemeanor is a criminal offense for which an adult could be sent to jail for up to one year, pay a fine up to $5,000 or both.
Mistrial – Erroneous or invalid trial. Usually declared because of prejudicial error in the proceedings or when there was a hung jury.
Mitigating circumstances – Those which do not constitute a justification or excuse for an offense but which may be considered as reasons for reducing the degree of blame.
Motion – Oral or written request made by a party to an action before, during or after a trial upon which a court issues a ruling or order.
Moot – Unsettled; undecided. A moot point is one not settled by judicial decisions.
Negligence – The absence of ordinary care.
Oath – Written or oral pledge by a person to keep a promise or speak the truth.
Objection – Statement by an attorney taking exception to testimony or the attempted admission of evidence and opposing its consideration as evidence.
Of counsel – Phrase used to identify attorneys that are employed by a party to assist in the preparation and management of a case but who are not the principal attorneys of record in the case.
Offender – 1. A person who has committed a felony, as established by state law and is eighteen years of age or older. 2. A person who is less than eighteen but whose felony case has been transferred by the juvenile court to a criminal court.
Offer – 1. To make a proposal ; to present for acceptance or rejection. 2. To attempt to have something admitted into evidence in a trial; to introduce evidence 3. An “offer” in contract law is a proposal to make a deal. It must be communicated successfully from the person making it to the person to whom it is made and it must be the person to whom it is made and it must be definite and reasonably certain in its terms.
Omnibus hearing – A pretrial hearing normally scheduled at the same time the trial date is established. Purpose of the hearing is to ensure each party receives (or “discovers”) vital information concerning the case held by the other. In addition, the judge may rule on the scope of discovery or on the admissibility of challenged evidence.
Opening statement – The initial statement made by attorneys for each side, outlining the facts each intends to establish during the trial.
Opinion – statement of decision by a judge or court regarding a case tried before it. Published opinions are printed because they contain new legal interpretations. Unpublished opinions, based on legal precedent, are not printed.
Opinion, per curiam – Phrase used to distinguish an opinion of the whole court from an opinion written by only one judge.
Overrule – 1. Court’s denial of any motion or point raised to the court. 2. To overturn or void a decision made in a prior case.
Parties – Persons, corporations, or associations, who have commenced a law suit or who are defendants.
Peremptory challenge – Procedure which parties in an action may use to reject prospective jurors without giving reason. Each side is allowed a limited number of such challenges.
Petition – Written application to a court requesting a remedy available under law.
Petition for review – A document filed in the state Supreme Court asking for a review of a decision made by the Court of Appeals.
Perjury – Making intentionally false statements under oath. Perjury is a criminal offense.
Plaintiff – The party who begins an action; the party who complains or sues in an action and is named as such in the court’s records. Also called a petitioner.
Plea – A defendant’s official statement of “guilty” or “not guilty” to the charge(s) made against him.
Pleadings – Formal, written allegations by the parties of their respective claims.
Polling the jury – A practice whereby the jurors are asked individually whether they agreed, and still agree, with the verdict.
Power of attorney – Document authorizing another to act as one’s agent or attorney in fact (not an attorney at law).
Precedent – Previously decided case which is recognized as an authority for determining future cases.
Preponderance of evidence – The general standard of proof in civil cases. The weight of evidence presented by one side is more convincing to the trier of facts than the evidence presented by the opposing side.
Presiding judge – Chief or administrative judge of a court.
Probate – The legal process of establishing the validity of a will and settling an estate.
Proceeding – Any hearing or court appearance related to the adjudication of a case.
Record – 1. To preserve in writing, print or by film, tape, etc. 2. History or a case. 3. The word-for-word (verbatim) written or tape recorded account of all proceedings of a trial.
Record on appeal – The portion of the record of a court of limited jurisdiction necessary to allow a superior court to review the case.
Reasonable doubt – An accused person is entitled to acquittal if, in the minds of the jury, his guilt has not been proved beyond a “reasonable doubt”. That state of mind of jurors in which they cannot say they feel an abiding conviction as to the truth of the charge.
Rebuttal – The introduction of contradicting or opposing evidence showing that what witnesses said occurred is not true, the stage of a trial at which such evidence may be introduced.
Redirect examination – Follows cross examination and is carried out by the party who, first examined the witness.
Remand – To send back. A disposition by an appellate court that results in sending the case back to the original court from which it came for further proceedings.
Reply – Pleading by the plaintiff in response to the defendant’s written answer.
Respondent – 1. Party against whom an appeal is brought in an appellate court. the prevailing party in the trial court case. 2. A juvenile offender.
Restitution – Act of giving the equivalent for any loss, damage of injury.
Rests the case – When a party concludes his presentation or evidence.
Reversal – Setting aside, annulling, vacating or changing to the contrary the decision of a lower court or other body.
Service – Delivery of a legal document to the opposite party.
Set aside – Annul or void as in “setting aside” a judgment.
Settlement – 1. Conclusion of a legal matter. 2. Compromise agreement by opposing parties in a civil suit before judgment is made, eliminating the need for the judge to resolve the controversy.
Settlement conference – A meeting between parties of a lawsuit, their counsel and a judge to attempt a resolution of the dispute without trial.
Statute – A law created by the Legislature.
Statute of limitations – Law which specifies the time within which parties must take judicial action to enforce their rights.
Stay – Halting of a judicial proceeding by order of the court.
Stipulation – Agreement by the attorneys or parties on opposite sides of a case regarding any matter in the trial proceedings.
Subpoena – Document issued by the authority of the court to compel a witness to appear and give testimony or produce documentary evidence in a proceeding. Failure to appear or produce is punishable by contempt of court.
Subpoena duces tecum – “Under penalty you shall take it with you.” A process by which the court commands a witness to produce specific documents or records in a trial.
Suit – Any court proceeding in which an individual seeks a decision.
Summons – Document or writ directing the sheriff or other officer to notify a person that an action has been commenced against him in court and that he is required to appear, on a certain day, and answer the complaint in such action.
Testimony – Any statement made by a witness under oath in a legal proceeding.
Tort – An injury or wrong committed, with or without force, to the person or property of another, which gives rise to a claim for damages.
Transcript – The official record or proceedings in a trial or hearing, which is kept by the clerk.
Trial – The presentation of evidence in court to a trier of facts who applies the applicable law to those facts and then decides the case
Trier of facts – The jury or, in a non-jury trial, the judge, or an administrative body.
Venue – The specific county, city or geographical area in which a court has jurisdiction.
Verdict – Formal decision made by a judge or jury (trier of facts).
Voir dire – (pronounced “vwar-deer”) – “To speak the truth.” The process of preliminary examination of prospective jurors, by the court or attorneys, regarding their qualifications.
Willful act – An intentional act carried out without justifiable cause.
Witness – Person who testifies under oath before a court, regarding what he/she has seen, heard or otherwise observed.
Writ – A special, written court order directing a person to perform, or refrain from performing, a specific act.

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Just after noon on Thursday (August 12), Washington State Department of Transportation Maintenance Technician 2 Guy Copeland was busy mowing the grassy median on I-5 near Castle Rock in Cowlitz County when a passing motorist flicked a lit cigarette out of their window. The cigarette butt landed directly in front of the mower and almost instantly the extremely dry grass went up in flames. Guy immediately backed the mower up, but the fire spread quickly and had soon had the machine surrounded. After radioing for help, Guy leapt out of the mower to safety. The Washington State Patrol and two more WSDOT employees soon arrived on the scene and closed one left lane on I-5 northbound to make room for the fire trucks and personnel from Castle Rock Fire and EMS, the Cowlitz County Fire District 3 and the state Department of Natural Resources. After about an hour and a half, the fire was out, and left lane was reopened just before 2:30 p.m.

“What we have here is a careless motorist who needlessly risked the life of a state employee and damaged state equipment,” said WSDOT Southwest Region Maintenance and Operations Manager Rick Sjolander. “All because they couldn’t be bothered to put their cigarette out properly.”

This summer has been extremely dry, which increases the risk for brush and grass fires across the state. As a result, WSDOT, the Washington State Patrol and a host of state agencies and local fire districts have teamed up to send drivers a simple message, “Keep your butt in the car.”

By throwing a lit cigarette out the window, you jeopardize the safety of others, cause potential traffic back-ups while emergency response teams battle the fire, and cost taxpayers up to $100,000 an acre. It’s not cheap for those caught throwing cigarettes out their window either. The Washington State Patrol will fine violators $1,025 if caught.

WSDOT would also like to emphasize the fact that summer is one of the busiest highway maintenance seasons in the state. All motorists are asked to please slow down, pay attention and use caution while driving past a highway work zone, whether it’s in a travel lane or on the shoulder or median.
Give ‘em a Brake!

Work Zone Safety Facts:

It is more likely that a motorist will be killed in a highway work zone accident than a construction or maintenance employee. In Washington, 12 motorists are killed for every WSDOT employee killed and 214 motorists are injured for every WSDOT employee injured.
The most common cause of work zone accidents is speeding and inattentive driving.
All traffic law violation fines are doubled inside a work zone when workers are present (RCW 46.61.527).
All motorists must obey the directions of all flaggers or pilot vehicle drivers within the work zone. If you ignore their directions or in any way endanger their lives with reckless driving, you will be charged with a misdemeanor (RCW 46.61.015).
State law dictates that all motorists must yield the right of way to any highway construction personnel, vehicles with flashing yellow lights or construction equipment inside a highway construction or maintenance work zone (RCW 46.61.215).
Contact our Vermont Accident Lawyers if you have ever experienced a personal injury and think others are at fault for the accident.
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WEDNESDAY, March 1 (HealthDay News) — New research suggests that a few extra pounds can be good for you — if you’re male and unlucky enough to be in a car accident, that is. Moderately overweight males are more likely to survive serious car accidents than either the thin or the very fat. Apparently, a bit of extra padding — but not too much — provides extra protection, according to the study. The research suggests that there’s “a threshold, a cut-off point,” where overweight suddenly becomes dangerous instead of protective, noted study lead author Dr. Shankuan Zhu, an assistant professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin.For reasons that aren’t clear, women don’t get the same protection from extra weight: Being fat, thin or in-between didn’t affect their likelihood of dying in a car accident, the study found.Researchers have made similar links between weight and car accident fatality rates in the past, but the new study is the first to take a significant look at gender differences. The researchers examined reports of 22,107 accidents in the United States involving drivers aged 16 and older from 1997 to 2001.

The study findings appeared online Wednesday and will be published in the April edition of the American Journal of Public Health. Overall, males were about twice as likely to die as females — 0.87 percent of them died in the accidents, compared to 0.43 percent of females.The researchers then looked at the connection between death rates and the body mass indexes (BMI) of the accident victims. BMI measures whether a person’s height and weight are proportionate, with a BMI of 30 being the statistical threshold for obesity. Fatalities among males became increasingly likely as their body mass indexes dipped below 22 (meaning they’re on the thin side) or above 35 (meaning they’re obese).The results suggest that a moderate layer of fat — such as that found in overweight but not obese people — provides a “cushioning” effect during a crash, Zhu said. But the cushion effect may vanish in males who are obese because their medical problems — such as cardiovascular diseases and high-blood pressure — could make them more vulnerable to dying from the effects of a crash, Zhu said.

The same might be true for thin males, who may have medical problems that exacerbate their ability to survive a crash, said Dr. Saman Arbabi, director of trauma surgery research at the University of Michigan. He co-authored a similar study that found nearly identical results. Why would body weight affect fatality rates in men but not in women? Arbabi suggested that it may have something to do with the physics of car accidents and the way that fat appears on the body. Overweight men tend to look like apples, with weight around their bellies, while overweight women look like pears, with fat around their hips and buttocks. These weight patterns may simply provide more protection for men, Arbabi said, adding that more research is needed to confirm that. For now, he said, men should realize there’s yet another reason to lose weight: while “love handles” might prove helpful in a crash, being too fat will be of no help at all.

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Safety Seats, Not Seat Belts, Can Protect Children In An Accident
NEW YORK: In a car crash, an infant secured in a safety seat has a far greater chance of survival compared to when buckled only in a seat belt. The current issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine presents a study comparing data from more than 9,200 crashes. A team of researchers led by Michael R. Elliott of University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, said child restraint systems, like a safety seat, were more effective in protecting young children in a car crash-up.
The team chose to look beyond government safety evaluations and probe deeper for a better assessment of survival chances for young children between the age of two through six. They decided to pass up the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) census by the US Department of Transportation. The FARS data for fatal car crashes is not very helpful, the researchers said, because it makes no distinction between how the child occupants of the cars were secured to their seats. The government census assumes that there was no difference between how surviving children were secured in fatal crashes and in non-fatal crashes. The team preferred instead to examine the National Automative Sampling System Crashworthiness Data System (NASS CDS).
This source provided data for 7,813 fatal and 1,433 non-fatal crashes that took place between 1998 and 2003. The results indicate a link between child safety seats and a 21 percent lower risk of death, when compared with the benefit of seat belts. These included cases where the safety seats were improperly used, which meant the actual risk of death was even lower at 28 percent. The research was conducted for the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The team said efforts must continue to promote the usage of child safety seats through educational programs and improved laws.
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Car Accident Reports
What We Can Learn from Them

Car accident reportsare the best measures of just how dangerous the roads can be nowadays.

While on the road, there are a lot of things that can go wrong.

Fatal car accident reports show that all car crashes happen differently and are based on completely varied conditions and reasons.

Whether it is speed driving, drunk driving, aggressive driving, vehicle problem, and so on, the reasons behind car accidents are quite common and can happen to anyone.

Auto accident reports findings

Recent auto accident reports that the most common causes of car accidents nowadays is DUI or driving under the influence, driver distraction, and over-speeding. Car accidents caused by driver distraction also occur in many ways.

A driver could be adjusting the radio, using a cellular phone, looking at a map, or simply enjoying the scenery, but the distraction is enough to cause a car accident.

When to file a report

If you’ve been in a car accident, make a report about it, preferably within 72 hours following the accident.

Auto accident reports should be filed when there is more than $1,500 worth of damage to your vehicle or to any other vehicle involved in the accident, when any vehicle is towed, when the accident causes injury or death, or when any other property is damaged.

Lessons from recent car accidents

Here’s some of the recent auto accident reports recorded in the country just this year.

In April of this year, 22-year-old rookie baseball player Nick Adenhart, one of the Los Angeles Angels, died in a fatal car crash in Fullerton, California. Adenhart, a rookie pitcher, just debuted in Major League Baseball before the accident happened.

The report on the accident also stated that two other passengers died in the crash, which involved a red Mitsubishi sports car. The reports also state that the car was hit by a van, which hit another vehicle aside from Adenhart’s. The Mitsubishi vehicle, however, was forced into a utility pole.

Police reports specified that the driver’s license was suspended prior to the accident following a previous drunk driving case. The reports also included the results of the suspect’s blood-alcohol level, which was found to be beyond the legal limit.

Just recently, another car accident quenches the hopes and dreams of a teenager in Chambers County, Lafayette. According to the accident report, Kayla Vines was traveling along U.S. 431 when her car rolled over. The cause of the accident is still undergoing investigation.

Police reports have not confirmed whether drunk driving and over-speeding are involved. Drug use was not ruled out, but police reports also noted that the victim did not have her seatbelt on.

Another recent car accident occurred in Columbia, killing 24-year-old Brad Irey. According to police reports, Irey was driving along Nifong Boulevard in his Chevy Impala.

He eventually lost control of the car. The Chevy went airborne and hit a utility pole. The driver, Irey, died instantly. Police have not yet confirmed whether drugs or alcohol is involved.

The Verdict

The three recent car accident reports have several common features. All three are fatal and killed young drivers or passengers in the 18-24 age range.

This same age range also has the highest accident and fatality rate in all of United States. Drunk driving, failure to use a seatbelt, and hitting road hazards also played a role in the cases.

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Car accidents come at various extents; some are deadly, while some are not. Although accidents cannot be avoided, looking into fatal car accident reports can keep accidents as non-fatal as they can be.

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Are you one of the car accidents statistics in your state?

If you have recently gotten involved in a car accident in one of the more popular car accident cities such as Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Houston, Dallas, Denver, and Illinois, there are some things you should know. You’re not alone!

Though these popular cities are great places to live in, car accidents are more common in these places mainly due to the high population and heavy traffic streaming through these cities.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, most of the Personal Injury cases in the U.S. are caused by car accidents. So make sure you know what to do and how to deal with car accidents in the popular cities of the U.S.

Fort Lauderdale Car Accidents Statistics

Fort Lauderdale is a city in Florida lying just along the Atlantic Ocean. The city is known as the Venice of America and gets more than 10 million visitors every year. The area is home to a hundred boatyards and marinas, more than 4000 restaurants, and hundreds of nightclubs. As expected, the crowded area also gets several car accidents in a year.

Most car accidents are caused by heavy loads or cargo shifting inside the vehicle, drugs and alcohol, over-speeding, traffic, long distance driving, and vehicle condition. If you encounter a car accident in Fort Lauderdale, find a Fort Lauderdale car accident lawyer to help you out.

Orlando Car Accidents Statistics Report

Orlando is one of the major cities of Florida and is the third largest metropolitan in the state. It is also the sixth most populous city there, which means that it could get particularly crowded, especially with the Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Orlando Resort. This is certainly a recipe for car accidents.

In Orlando, the largest number of car accidents is caused by driver misbehavior and driver distraction. Most distractions are caused by cell phones, passengers, the radio, and driver fatigue. Orlando records also cite several car accidents resulting from over-speeding.

Houston Car Accidents Statistics Report

As the fourth largest city in the United States, Houston is a booming and densely populated area. As such, it is also prone to car accidents. The leading cause of car accident in Houston is DWI and vehicle rollovers.

Vehicle rollovers are also observed to be the most fatal type of accidents in Houston. In fact, most rollovers almost always lead to deaths. For help with car accident issues in Houston, you can seek the assistance of Houston car accident lawyers.

Dallas Car Accident Stats

With a population hitting 1.3 million this year, Dallas is no doubt an economic center with a huge population. This makes car accidents quite common in the city, and most of them are caused by driver fatigue, driver impairment, rollovers, speeding, and bad weather.

In case you encounter car accidents, you can contact Dallas car accident lawyers specializing in car accidents and personal injury if injury is involved.

Denver Car Accidents Statistics Report

Denver is the most populous city of Colorado. It also gets many visitors each year. Denver car accidents are also related to high levels of personal injury, most of which are whiplash cases.

In Denver, driver negligence is cited as the most common cause of car accidents. For help with car accidents, contact a Denver car accident lawyer who can assist you in making your claims.

Illinois Car Accident Reporting Statistics

Illinois, known as the fifth most populous state in the country, is also susceptible to a lot of car accidents each year. Careless and reckless driving is the number one cause of car accidents in Illinois.

With the crowds of Illinois and drivers’ negligence, Illinois roads pose a threat to motorists. In case of car accidents, contact an Illinois car accident lawyer.

The Verdict On Car Accidents Statistics

Car accidents are part of life on the road. By knowing what causes the accidents, particularly in popular cities such as Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Houston, Dallas, Denver, and Illinois, you can try and avoid such accidents, so you don’t become a statistic, too.

But if not, you can avoid huge damages by contacting the right car accident lawyers in these cities to be sure that you get proper compensation for any loss.

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Cause of Teenage Car Accidents
What’s the Story Behind the Alarming Numbers?

A lot of people do not stop to wonder what the most common cause of teenage car accidents are. After all, teenagers are exposed to drugs, alcohol, and so on. However, the occurrence of car accidents are consistently high and this includes an alarming number of teenage car tragedies. And in order to help stop the growth of this number, the factors behind teenage car accidents should be looked into.

When people hear of this, the blame is often pointed to drunk driving and illegal drug influence. While these reasons are valid causes of car accidents, there are other common causes not very much known or that people commonly ignore.

These, however, are important to know because they can help prevent car accidents. It is, thus, extremely important to uncover the number one cause of deaths in youths 15 to 20 years old.

Breaking Rules

First, let us start with one of the most common cause of teenage car accidents: drunk driving. Parties all-night-long, overflowing drinks that they never seem to get tired of. Teenagers have a whole lot of energy and, obviously, you can’t expect them to sit all day and all night at home.

And alcoholic drinks are often fixtures in such parties. Sometimes, with peer pressure that most commonly leads teens to ignoring their personal limits, they do what they think their peers find cool, which includes drinking alcohol.

Unfortunately, teenagers who drive their cars naturally have to drive themselves and sometimes, their friends, home. This is when most teenage car accidents happen.

In connection to this, another cause of car accidents is driving during dark evenings. Most of the recorded cases of teenage car accidents occur during the night. This may be related to the fact that parties end very late at night or during the wee hours of the morning.

This is when drunk teenagers drive or those under the influence of drugs are on their way home, sometimes alone or sometimes with some of their friends. And even when they’re not drunk, the dim road makes it hard for the drivers to see and thus makes it more probable for a car accident to occur.

Rules and laws have been imposed regarding underage drinking, drunk driving, and using illegal drugs. However, people often break them and teens are not an exception.

Do not Distract

Another common cause of teenage car accidents is distraction from passengers. Young or new drivers are most vulnerable to this since they are not yet used to being the drivers. As opposed to being a mere passenger, the driver has to have complete focus and presence of mind while driving.

Passengers, on the other hand, have the option of chatting endlessly with other passengers, playing with handy gaming consoles, eating, reading, and the likes. Drivers may get dangerous distractions especially on long trips that could cause serious car accidents. Too much noise, which is also very common to young groups of friends on the road, may be a very big source of dangerous distractions.

Aside from distraction from passengers, distraction from one’s own gadgets is also something we may want to prevent. Some drivers might think texting or talking on the phone while driving wouldn’t do them any danger, but research proves that wrong. According to several researches, the number of car accidents caused by cellular phone distractions increase every year.

When you text while driving, teens sometimes let their pinky finger do the steering or even let their knees balance the wheel. This is very dangerous, counting the fact that driving behaviors and reaction speeds may change when one is distracted. Yes, teens love their cellular phones, which is their ultimate link to the world, and this is why this counted as a very common cause of teenage car accidents.

No Drowse?

Aside from that, studies also show that teens tend to get rather sleepy while driving. This is why sleepiness is also pointed as a common cause of teenage car accidents. If driving with companions gives dangerous distractions that may cause accidents, driving alone, on the other hand, sometimes make people sleepy and also cause crashes.

Sleepiness may cause the driver to just doze off while on the wheel, and this is very dangerous both for him and for other motorists. There are several reasons for sleepiness; teens, who go to school and sometimes goes out with friends at night, usually don’t get enough sleep. However, sometimes, sleepiness is brought on by medication or by a sleeping disorder.

Not the Driver’s Fault, at Times

Aside from the common causes of teenage car accidents enumerated, we shouldn’t forget that sometimes, someone else other than the teenagers had been negligent. Drivers aren’t always the ones to blame for car accidents. A poor traffic system may also cause accidents, unexpected road blocks without reflectors, and other such things.

Teenage drivers must be responsible enough to prevent the occurrence of car accidents, but both parents and the traffic system should provide guidance and help in preventing the common cause of teenage car accidents.

Do’s: As parents, teach teens how to be responsible drivers. As teens, recognize the dangers you are in once you take the wheel, and be mature and responsible drivers.
Don’ts: Do not drive when you are not in the best condition to.

The Verdict

The rate of car accidents involving teenagers are continuously increasing. To help prevent such accidents, it is important to look into what could be the main cause of teenage car accidents. These causes should then be dealt with and protected against to help save the lives of thousands of teenagers whose life are put to risk each time they take the wheel.

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A Chicago Car Accident Lawyer becomes necessary when you just can’t get results after an accident. Illinois accident lawyers can help you wade through the drama that ensues and help you get the compensation you deserve.

There are many people injured in car accidents every year in Chicago. They suffer from brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, orthopedic injuries and neurological injuries. These are serious conditions that often lead to huge medical bills and even long term expenses.

Whether you live in Chicago, or another part of the state, you should have access to Illinois auto accident lawyers if you are in need of legal help.

You can be sure that the insurance companies pay good money to their lawyers to help them pay the least amount of claims possible. You will want a Chicago car accident lawyer that has a brilliant understanding of the law as well as real aggressive attitude to helping you win your case.

Choosing A Chicago Car Accident Lawyer

If you’ve been the victim of a serious car accident, you can face more than just financial loss due to the damage to your vehicle. You may also have:

lost wages

medical bills

towing costs

rental car fees
…and more. That’s why you may need to hire a good Illinois accident lawyer.

You may want to choose a lawyer that actually practices in the Chicago area, but it’s important that at the very least you choose a licensed Illinois accident lawyer.

When you are in a car accident, your first most obvious option is to make a claim against your insurance or the insurance of the other driver, if they are the one at fault. Unfortunately, you may not initially get fair compensation from the appropriate insurance company.

If you feel that you aren’t being offered fair compensation, don’t sign a settlement before speaking to an Illinois auto accident lawyer.

To find a qualified and skilled professional here are some simple steps you can follow before making your decision:

Make a list of your local Chicago car accident attorneys. You can check your yellow pages or do a search online.

Narrow your search to lawyers who specialize in auto accident claims. The more narrow the field, the more knowledge and experience the lawyer is likely to have on your specific type of claim.

Check the lawyers record with the Illinois Supreme Court’s Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission to see if they have had disciplinary action against them.

If you have already have a lawyer that practices another type of law, ask them for a referral to a good car accident lawyer.

Call a few of your top recommended lawyers and ask them questions.
How long have they been in practice?

What is their current caseload?

Do they have experience in cases like your particular situation?

How do they handle fees?

Can they provide client references that you can speak to?
A good car accident lawyer in Chicago should have many years of experience. They should be able to tell you who will handle which portions of your case.

Be sure you read all the fine print before signing an agreement with an Illinois auto accident attorney. Be sure that you understand what you are getting into and what fees they will require and when payment is to be made.

I hope you never need a Chicago accident attorney, but chances are, if you’re reading this page, you probably do. I hope these tips will help you find a good one who will work with your best interests in mind at all times.

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Sadly, car accident stories come in great numbers – numbers even greater than those reported and recorded in car accident statistics.

Although many fatal auto accident stories are reported in the media and are handled by the police, there are many more non-fatal car accidents that occur on a daily basis that never get reported.

I’m not just referring to news reports, but even police reports are often not made when people want to avoid filing claims with their insurance companies, etc. That’s not always a good idea, but we’ll discuss that later.

What The Stats Don’t Tell You…

Although it is highly advisable to file a report on any car accident regardless of whether there is a fatality or injury or not, a lot of people do not report non-fatal and minor accidents anymore.

Filing a report means getting involved in all the hassle of talking to the police, filling out reports, and going over all the legal requirements. This is why when the accident is minor, even two-party accidents are sometimes simply settled without any formal police report.

This just means that the car accident statistics we know about do not tell us the whole truth. The rate of car accidents is higher than we believe, which makes car accidents even more dangerous because we are not sufficiently informed and guarded against them.

We only hear or read about the fatal auto accident stories that make it to the media, but when you read personal stories online or talk to friends or colleagues, you will realize that there are far more car accident stories circulating around than the media reports.

How Auto Accident Stories Can Teach A Lesson…

Stories about car accidents can serve a valuable purpose. In fact, here’s an example of a car accident story you probably haven’t have heard but can teach some important safety lessons.

A woman from Illinois was driving her van to work one morning when she encountered, and avoided, a snow plow. In her efforts to avoid the snow plow, she failed to notice a pickup truck come up behind her.

The pickup truck was unable to stop because of the slippery road, so it hit the woman’s van. The impact pushed the rear and middle seats toward the front seats, and the back window was pushed out.

Fortunately, the woman was wearing her seatbelt, which kept her from going through the van’s windshield.

This is a good reminder to all drivers to:

drive according to conditions
be aware of everything around you in all directions
wear your safety belt
don’t follow too closely

Every auto accident can be evaluated to determine lessons to be learned and rules to remember.

How To Minimize The Dangers Of Fatal Car Accidents…

Accidents cannot possibly be controlled; the only thing you can do is take necessary precautions to minimize the risks. And if accidents do happen, the important thing is to minimize the damage or injury. There are some things you can do to protect yourself.

First, when buying a car, make sure to check the safety features of the car. Always wear seatbelts when you drive. Make sure that your fellow passengers are also wearing their seatbelts. And finally, be a cautious driver. This way, you can minimize the risks of accidents.

The Verdict On Auto Accident Stories…

A lot of car accidents can be avoided. Some are inevitable. They happen a lot more frequently than we realize. Become the best driver you can be to keep yourself and your family safe.

Have you been in a car accident? If yes, share your story. If no, read about other people’s stories. Most auto accident stories do not make pretty reading, but they all work towards one purpose: preventing similar accidents from happening.

So be part of the campaign to protect people from car accidents. Share your thoughts and warnings.

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Accident Recovery
What This Page Is About: Your Recovery
This page is written for several groups of people affected by serious auto accidents: those who have just been through an accident, their families, and their friends. All these people have their own reactions to the accident and want to help the people they love.
Above all, this page is about taking back your life and your personal power. That means helping you grab the tools within your reach. The “you” may be the survivor of a serious auto­mobile accident, a concerned family member, a friend, or a col­league. The tools are understanding, knowledge, example, and encouragement.
You had an accident, and you took your car to the body shop; now what do you do about the driver?
You can se the damage to your vehicle, but will you pay attention to the hidden impact on your self?
You may not want to talk about it, but if you’re now curi­ous to know about your stress reactions after the car accident, this page is for you.
Both sides of that reaction – wanting to get as far as pos­sible away from your reactions, yet being hungry for informa­tion to help put them to rest – are what make car accident stress frustrating, complicated. . . and solvable. That’s why I wrote the page and why you are reading it – to figure out some of these reactions and move on.

The impact of an auto accident sends waves of reactions through many people – the people in the accident itself, their families and friends, and the teams of police, firefighters, and EMTs (emergency medical technicians). When it involves a school bus, a carload of children, several cars, or a well-known family, the impact can profoundly touch a whole community. Even when it is a near miss, an accident has an impact on the people involved.
Everybody who has an accident will have some reactions. The reactions may last only a few hours, or even a few minutes in a near miss or a minor fender-bender. But if the accident was more serious, a process will be at work. The “Stress Bill” scale on page 20 enables you to quickly size up the accident you had in terms of its likely consequences.
These car accident stress reactions are normal and expectable. One reason they don’t feel normal is that you probably didn’t have them before the accident. But they are the normal indicators that your mind, heart, and body are adjusting to the new reality of the accident. If today is very different from the day before the accident, it is because the car accident stress recovery process is at work. Just as your body needs healing;’so does your mind.
This page is practical, straightforward, and filled with advice from others who have successfully coped with accidents and emerged stronger people.
Even if I could talk at length with each of you, I could never know exactly what it has been and still is like for you coping with your accident. The pain, the trauma is yours alone, and it’s impossible to fully share with anyone else. But in watching the relief that so many people have gotten from unburdening them­selves of their pain and reactions to others who have been through a similar trauma, I know that company truly helps. And I know that isolation does nothing to relieve the pain.
As you read Car Accident: A Practical Recovery Manual, keep these truths in mind:

The path you take through these reactions is yours alone.
Some things may apply to you. Others may not.
You are the captain of your recovery. No expert has the answers; they lie within your heart.
If you are open, you will find wisdom in this page that will lend shape to what you have been through and illuminate the path ahead.
Each step on your journey will change your point of view.
Some things will make sense now; others may only be apparent later.
How you pace yourself, and the support you have and are willing to use, will determine your reactions and your outcome.

You are not alone. Your reactions and feelings are quite com­mon, and those feelings form a pattern that flows in stages.”In the following pages, earlier survivors have agreed to share ­ through their words, their pain, their courage, and their experi­ences – how they have dealt with the feelings you now have. And they want to show you some of what you may encounter on your Journe£

Everyone has reactions. Your choice is not whether you will have reactions but how you will handle them. This recovery is yours, and the option of how to handle it is yours. But you can rely on those who have made this journey before you to help you through.

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We have all seen the commercials on television. The attorney appears on the screen and asks if you have been injured in a car accident, or a slip-and-fall accident, or in countless other scenarios where your injury could be worthy of financial compensation. To many, this tactic appears uncouth, and its widespread use is one of the reasons that accident lawyers often suffer from an unsavory reputation. However, if you are among the unfortunate individuals who have been injured due to the negligence of another party, accident lawyers can be your only ally when seeking compensation for your damages or injuries.

Accident lawyers ? also known as personal injury attorneys, plaintiff lawyers, and trial lawyers ? provide legal representation to parties who have been ? or claim to have been ? physically or psychologically injured due to the negligence or wrongdoing of another party. Accident lawyers specialize in tort law, which is a form of civil law that deals with relationships between individuals and/or organizations. In contrast, criminal law involves individuals and/or organizations and the State. When one party has injured another party, accident lawyers are there to help the injured party receive appropriate compensation for their ordeal.

When accident lawyers are hired to represent their clients they assume several responsibilities on their behalf. While adhering to a strict code of ethics, accident lawyers must carefully examine the potential case and weigh its merits before filing a lawsuit. If the case has merit, then the accident lawyers will file complaints, make arguments in court, draft legal paperwork, and research their client?s case so that they can best represent their interests.

Accident lawyers are compensated in several different ways, although a contingency fee is the most common. A contingency fee is an agreement where the client has no financial obligation to the attorney until the case is successfully resolved. Upon settlement, the attorney will then keep a portion of the money as compensation. Other less common forms of compensation for accident lawyers are flat fees ? a set amount regardless of the outcome, retainers ? money paid before representation takes place, and hourly rates ? where the client is billed for each hour that is dedicated to their case.

In today?s society, accident lawyers are an oft maligned group. They are blamed for frivolous lawsuits and escalating health care costs, among other things. While those charges have merit in some instances, one should not conclude that accident lawyers are not an important component of our legal system. Accident lawyers are the individual?s last line of defense from further damage as a result of an accident or negligence. Sadly, we need accident lawyers after we have already been wronged, but with their competent representation we can not only receive just compensation, but the damages collected from negligent parties act as a deterrent from continuing to act in an irresponsible way in the future. In short; accident lawyers help prevent accidents as well.

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There are plenty of people injured or even killed every year in car accident. In California alone, there are bulks of cases relating to car collisions or car accidents in general. These situations became worst and reached such numbers that the need to address the same is urgent.

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Even if you failed to prevent yourself from getting involved in a car accident, you can still do well by having a legal specialist to safeguard your rights and fight for the recoveries/compensation for damages and injuries you are entitled to receive.

Auto Accident Lawyers Can Benefit by Evidence Other Driver Was on a Cell Phone
Auto accident lawyers can use the evidence that the other driver was on his cell phone in the moments preceding the accident in at least two ways: (1) to establish that the other auto driver was DUI level driving impaired, to aid in establishing liability, particularly in contested liability cases; and (2) in some cases to gain access to additional insurance coverage, e.g., where the auto accident attorney can establish that the driver was engaged in a business call, “in the course and scope of his employment. Driving under the influence of cell phone conversation results in DUI level driving impairment and a four fold increased likelihood that the driver will cause an accident. The attorneys at the California Auto Accident Lawyers Gr…

When Danger Lurks, Los Angeles Motorcycle Accident Lawyers can Help
Anywhere in the world, particularly in Los Angeles, motorcycle accidents are usually fatal. The experience could be traumatic to you as well as your family members. This kind of accidents is always associated with various injuries.

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Legal Issues And The Florida Accident Lawyers
Despite the huge safety improvement in the automobile and its accessories, road condition and design, the car accidents are being remained inauspiciously common in US. As this is very common in US a quite large number of people die and get injuries thought out the certain period of time. In the year 2002 along nearly 43000 people have been killed in the car accidents the country.
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Accident Lawyers Work for You to Help Your Complete Recovery.

If you have been in an accident, accident lawyers can make sure that your recovery both physically and materially is effective and thorough. An accident can be traumatic and devastating on so many different levels. Not only does your vehicle have damage, but you may also experience personal injuries both physically and emotionally. Once you?ve had an accident, your state of mind might not be what you need it to be in order to handle your assessment and claim for your damages. Accident attorneys have both the knowledge and skills needed in order to get you the compensation you deserve.
Accident attorneys have been trained and involved in a number of situations when it comes to dealing with accident claims. While you may think you can handle your own claim, there are many different situations that can arise you might not be able to handle. For example, if you are not at fault in your accident you will want the other party to do the right thing and take responsibility for their carelessness. Unfortunately, this doesn?t always happen. Many accident attorneys will tell you than even if the responsible party acknowledges their responsibility at the scene of the accident, they may change their minds at a later time and even try to claim that you were at fault. Accident attorneys are ready for such cases and know exactly how to proceed if this should happen.
Accident attorneys know that the more information you have from an accident, the better for your case. If you are in an accident, most accident attorneys will request any police reports, the names and contact information of any witnesses, medical records and treatment information, driver and insurance information from all involved parties and all photo and video evidence from the accident scene. Accident attorneys will take all of the information you can give them as well as do the research and obtain other relevant information you may find is not easily accessible to you.
You are entitled to have realistic expectations from accident attorneys. Accident attorneys have the knowledge that allows them to collect all of the information necessary for your case. Medical bills, property damage, personal injury and more are things accident attorneys will know to include in your claim. Accident attorneys are also keen about any possible flaws or weaknesses in your case. They can advise on what the consequences of such a situation are for you. If you were to try to file your claim without an attorney, you might not get all of the compensation that is collectable.
Accident attorneys will accept most valid cases without demanding a deposit of any kind. This would be a case that is contingent on the outcome of your claim. You will only have to pay accident attorneys if your case results in a successful settlement or monetary reward. Most accident attorneys will charge just over 30% of the total amount of money paid as a result of your case if the case is settled before a trial. If your case goes to trial, you may pay accident attorneys upwards of 40%.
No matter what, accident attorneys are there to protect your best interests and work for you. Accident attorneys have the education and knowledge to make sure you are not victimized any further by responsible parties and insurance companies. Be sure to research and consult with accident attorneys if you are involved in an accident.
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Can you just imagine your car being bumped or rammed by an 80,000 pounds truck ? about 67 to 75 feet in length? You are lucky if you will only sustain injuries. You may then ask, what are my rights? What benefits I am entitled to? Can I sue the offending driver directly? These questions are better answered with the help of truck accident lawyers.

Truck accidents, unlike other vehicular accidents, are more complicated than it seem. This is because the truck driver may not only be the one liable in the accident but it may also include the trucking company, manufacturer and other parties.

This is where the role of lawyers comes in. Their function is vital because insurance companies, more often than not, offer low settlements, or will inquire into medical records to cast some doubts on the cause of the injuries.

Insurance companies do not want injuried parties to know the monetary benefits due them such as compensation for medical bills, loss of earning capacity, disability, and for the injury itself.

An experienced legal practitioner can help the victim go around through the various insurance company tactics and can assist him/her in securing the compensation that he/she needs and deserves.

If the accident happened in Los Angeles, victims may consult the best Los Angeles truck accident lawyers who are equipped with knowledge and experience to handle his/her plight. The victim is insured that his/her rights are protected and claims are correctly assessed and effectively handled.

To avoid being a victim of truck accident or any accident for that matter, extra precautions must be undertaken. However, should accident occurs, the parties involved must make the necessary steps while waiting for their own representatives to arrive at the scene.

While waiting for their arrival, certain steps may be commenced to prevent other risks from happening:

? Get pertinent information such as name, address, plate number, and license number of the offending party as well as the name and address of witnesses, if any

? Take pictures of the accident scene if a portable camera is at hand or anything to document the accident

? Wait for the lawyer before giving out information

? Report problems, however minor, such as injury, memory problems, discomfort or disorientation

In the streets of U.S., truck accidents are regular occurrence. Statistics show that truck safety is not improving in the U.S. Data for 2005 (NHTSA) showed that approximately 5,226 people are killed in crashes involving large trucks. In third year in a row, big truck accidents? death toll continues to rise. Large truck collision is to blame for about one of every eight traffic crash fatalities each year.

Some of the causes of truck accidents are as follows:

? Hostile drivers

? Unrealistic schedules

? Mechanical defects such as tire break out, break failure or improper breaking technique, and insufficient lighting

? Tailgating

? Long working shifts

? Driver?s physical condition such as fatigue and boredom

? Use of cell phone while driving

? Non installation of blind spot mirrors to avoid dangerous lane changes

? Jackknifing

? Driving beyond the speed limit

Certainly, it is every victim?s right to be assisted by an experienced and expert LA truck accident lawyer to whom he or she can fully entrust his or her legal battles.

To know more on how to handle your truck accident involvement, just visit our Los Angeles lawyers website at http://www.mesrianilaw.com/Truck-Accident.html and benefit from our free case evaluation services.

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Disclaimer: This blog is strictly informational. No intent to render a legal opinion or giving legal advice is intended.
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Car and SUV rollovers are an extremely dangerous type of accident, as they often occur at high speeds and effect multiple drivers and passengers. These accidents can cause some of the most serious injuries to the entire body, including the neck, back, shoulders, limbs, knees, head and torso as well as serious contusions from impact with windows or launching from the car. Car and SUV rollovers can be caused by defective tires, cars, trucks or accessories, or by the fault of others. Those injured or affected by these accidents may recover damages based on Personal Injury or Product Liability, depending on the causes of the accident.
If you are a passenger or driver of a car or SUV involved in a rollover it is important that you seek medical attention immediately should any symptoms begin after such an accident.
Automobile accidents can result in severe, life-long injury or death to a patient. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a car accident, contact us today. A qualified and caring Florida car accident lawyer can help you recover your losses including pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost income capacity, and more.
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Hit and run accidents occur when one party, usually the one causing the accident, leaves the scene of the accident before offering help or information to the other party. This is not only a civil violation against the victims, but also a criminal violation punishable by law. If you are a victim of a hit and run it is important that you seek medical attention immediately should any symptoms begin after the accident.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a car accident, you may be eligible to recover damages including pain and suffering, mental anguish, medical bills, lost wages, and more. Please contact us today for a FREE consultation with a qualified Florida car accident lawyer who can answer all your questions and ensure that your legal rights are protected.
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Pedestrian accidents occur when a car or SUV strikes a pedestrian. These accidents can occur when a driver runs into a pedestrian crossing a street or onto a pedestrian walkway. This is often due to a lapse of attention, intoxication, or negligence in driving. Pedestrian accidents can cause some of the most serious injuries to the entire body, including the neck, back, shoulders, limbs, knees, head and torso. Usually all pedestrians involved are injured, and these accidents are especially dangerous to children. If you are a pedestrian struck by a car it is important that you seek medical attention immediately should any symptoms begin after such an accident.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a car accident, you may be eligible to recover damages including pain and suffering, mental anguish, medical bills, lost wages, and more. Please contact us today for a FREE consultation with a compassionate and qualified Florida car accident lawyer who can answer all your questions and ensure that your legal rights are protected.
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Cars traveling on busy Florida streets or highways run the risk of being side swiped by large semi-trucks. These accidents can occur when a semi truck driver drifts into the lane of a car or makes an improper turn cutting off the lane of a car. This is often due to a lapse of attention, intoxication, or negligence in driving. Side swipe accidents can cause extensive damage to cars and property and can put cars in position to be in additional accidents. They can cause injuries to the neck, back, shoulders, limbs, knees, head and torso. If you are a passenger or driver of a car struck by a semi truck it is important that you seek medical attention immediately should any symptoms begin after such an accident.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a car accident, you may be eligible to recover damages including pain and suffering, mental anguish, medical bills, lost wages, and more. Please contact us today for a FREE consultation with a qualified Florida car accident lawyer who can answer all your questions and ensure that your legal rights are protected.
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Motorcycle riders traveling on busy Florida streets or highways are especially vulnerable to accidents and injuries due to their lack of impact protection and problems being seen by car and truck drivers. Motorcycle riders face accidents of all types due to a lapse of attention, intoxication, or negligence in driving by other drivers.
Motorcycle accidents result in an estimated 50,000 injuries and 3,000 fatalities every year in the US. Motorcycles are more susceptible to accidents because they are smaller and less protected than cars or trucks. Due to the increased vulnerability of motorcycles in combination with the negligence of drivers on the road, motorcycle accidents can be some of the most severe on the road.
Motorcycle accidents – Causes
Some of the factors that contribute to the frequency of motorcycle accidents include:
Vehicle blind spots – Motorcycles are harder to see than most vehicles and are often overlooked by drivers that are not paying attention to the road.
Limited motorcycle visibility – Close to 70 percent of all accidents occur at intersections because motorcycles are not as visible due to parked vehicles, trees, buildings, etc.
Unsafe vehicle maneuvers – normal illegal motor vehicle maneuvers such as speeding, improper turning, and more
Motorcycle defects – improper or after-market parts may fail
Road hazards – uneven pavements, debris on the road, puddles, potholes, etc
Weather conditions – mother nature can significantly effect a drivers ability to safely maneuver a motorcycle. Rain, hail, wind, snow, etc
Alcohol or drug use – Impaired Drivers on motorcycles
Motor vehicle driver negligence – number one cause of motorcycle fatalities and accidents.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed in a motorcycle accident, it is in your best interest to seek the help of a qualified motorcycle accident lawyer who will get you the compensation to which you are entitled. Please contact us today to speak with an experienced Florida motorcycle accident lawyer who can answer your questions and protect your legal interests.

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Accidents caused by drunk drivers can involve cars, trucks, semi-tractor trailer or motorcycles. The accident usually occurs when one party, usually the one causing the accident, is intoxicated through the use of drugs or alcohol. This is not only a civil violation against the other parties but also a criminal violation punishable by law. If you are a victim of an accident caused by a drunk driver it is important that you seek medical attention immediately should any symptoms begin after the accident.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed in a drunk driver accident, it is in your best interest to seek the help of a qualified lawyer who will get you the compensation to which you are entitled. Please contact us today to speak with an experienced Florida car accident lawyer who can answer your questions and protect your legal interests.
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Many times there is not much evidence to prove to a court or jury how a car accident occurred other than the word of the drivers and passengers involved. Therefore, many Florida car accident lawyers will use accident reconstruction experts to show how the accident happened and who is at fault. These are trained professionals who have spent their careers studying the cause and effect of car accidents and can give expert opinions and visual models of how and accident happened. It is important that you hire a lawyer with the resources and experience to use good accident reconstruction specialists when necessary.
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Car accidents can cause numerous and varied types of injuries, from simple bumps and bruises to serious spinal injuries, closed head injuries and burns. Some will require paramedics, ambulances and immediate medical attention for life threatening injuries. Sometimes, those involved don’t immediately know they are injured until pain develops later. While many injuries will not require extensive treatment, it is important that you seek medical attention as soon as possible after your accident to determine if you are injured and what treatment may be needed. It is also important to understand the injuries you may have suffered.
If you or a loved one has suffered serious harm due to a car accident, you may be eligible to file a claim to seek compensation for your losses. Please visit our legal options section to explore your rights. Contact us today for a FREE consultation with a qualified Florida car accident lawyer who can evaluate your case and inform you of your legal options.
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Injury Types

Traffic accidents are a common cause of head injuries. Head injuries include both injuries to the brain and those to other parts of the head, such as the scalp and skull. Head injuries may be closed or open. A closed head injury is one in which the skull is not broken. A penetrating head injury occurs when an object pierces the skull and breaches the dura mater. Brain injuries may be diffuse, occurring over a wide area, or focal, located in a small, specific area. A head injury may cause a skull fracture, which may or may not be associated with injury to the brain. Some patients may have linear or depressed skull fractures.
If intracranial hemorrhage occurs, a hematoma within the skull can put pressure on the brain. Types of intracranial hemorrage include subdural, subarachnoid, extradural, and intraparenchymal hematoma. Craniotomy surgeries are used in these cases to lessen the pressure by draining off blood. Brain injury can be at the site of impact, but can also be at the opposite side of the skull due to a contrecoup effect (the impact to the head can cause the brain to move within the skull, causing the brain to impact the interior of the skull opposite the head-impact). If the impact causes the head to move, the injury may be worsened, because the brain may ricochet inside the skull causing additional impacts, or the brain may stay relatively still (due to inertia) but be hit by the moving skull (both are contrecoup injuries).
Specific problems after head injury can include:
Skull fracture
Lacerations to the scalp and resulting hemorrhage of the skin
Traumatic subdural hematoma, a bleeding below the dura mater which may develop slowly
Traumatic extradural, or epidural hematoma, bleeding between the dura mater and the skull
Traumatic subarachnoid hemorrhage
Cerebral contusion, a bruise of the brain
Concussion, a temporary loss of function due to trauma
Dementia pugilistica, or “punch-drunk syndrome”, caused by repetitive head injuries, for example in boxing or other contact sports
A severe injury may lead to a coma or death.
If you suspect you may have been the victim of a closed head injury in a car accident, it is important that you consult a physician immediately. We recommend you also contact us to speak with a qualified Florida car accident lawyer as soon as possible to learn your legal rights and whether you should pursue a case.
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The cervical (neck), thoracic (middle) and lumbar (low back) sections of the spine are very delicate and important parts of our everyday functions and movement. Trauma from car accidents can cause damage to the bones of the spine, the discs separating and supporting the bones, or the nerves protected by the spine. Any of these injuries can lead to extreme pain, loss of function, numbness, tingling or even paralysis in the spine, arms and legs.
Spinal cord injury causes myelopathy or damage to white matter or myelinated fiber tracts that carry sensation and motor signals to and from the brain. It also damages gray matter in the central part of the spinal, causing segmental losses of inter-neurons and motor-neurons. Spinal cord injury can occur from many causes, including trauma from car accidents.
If you suspect you may have been the victim of a spinal cord injury in a Florida car accident, it is important that you consult a physician immediately. We recommend you also contact a qualified Florida car accident lawyer as soon as possible to learn your legal rights and whether you should pursue a case.
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Injuries to the knees, shoulders, hips and other joints of the body are common from car accidents and usually involve dislocation of bones, broken bones, torn or strained ligaments or tendons, and damage to valuable cartilage. Treatment and recovery times can be extensive, as can the costs. Treatment can involve rest, medications, physical therapy, pain management and sometimes surgery. These injuries can have lasting symptoms if not treated properly or within sufficient time after the accident.
If you suspect you may have been the victim of a joint injury in a Florida car accident, it is important that you consult a physician immediately. We recommend you also contact us to speak with a qualified Florida car accident lawyer as soon as possible to learn your legal rights and whether you should pursue a case.
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Whiplash and whiplash-associated disorders represent a range of injuries to the neck caused by or related to a sudden distortion of the neck. Whiplash is commonly associated with car accidents, usually when the vehicle has been hit in the rear. The exact injury mechanism that causes whiplash injuries is unknown. A whiplash injury may be the result of impulsive stretching of the spine, mainly the ligament: anterior longitudinal ligament, which is stretched or tears, as the head snaps forward and then back again causing a whiplash injury. Whiplash may be caused by any motion similar to a rear-end accident in a car, such as may take place on a roller coaster or other rides at an amusement park, sports injuries such as skiing accidents, other modes of transportation such as airplane travel, or from being hit, kicked or shaken.
Symptoms reported by sufferers include: pain and aching to the neck and back, referred pain to the shoulders, sensory disturbance (such as pins and needles) to the arms & legs and headaches. Symptoms can appear directly after the injury, but often are not felt until days afterwards. Whiplash is usually confined to the spinal cord (neck to pubic bone), and the most common areas of the spinal cord affected by whiplash are the neck, and the mid-back (middle of the spine).
If you suspect you may have been the victim of whiplash in a car accident, it is important that you consult a physician immediately. Then, contact us to speak with a qualified Florida car accident lawyer as soon as possible to learn your legal rights and whether you should pursue a case.
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Physical injuries caused by car accidents can lead to psychological disorders as well. Depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder are just some of the emotional disorders that can result from the pain, trauma and disruption of your life that can come with a car accident.
If you suspect you may suffer from an emotional disorder due to a physical injury from a Florida car accident, it is important that you consult a physician immediately. Then, contact us to speak with a qualified Florida car accident lawyer as soon as possible to learn your legal rights and whether you should pursue a case.
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Aside from injuries to the spine, joints and head, the significant trauma of a car accident can cause injuries to the body’s vital internal organs. The lungs, kidneys, intestines and liver are prone to damage from puncture wounds, crushing or jarring when vehicles collide. These are some of the most serious types of injuries caused by car accidents and must be treated immediately at a hospital or trauma center to avoid long term damage or death.
If you suspect you may have been the victim of an internal injury in a car accident, it is important that you consult a physician immediately. Then, contact us to speak with a qualified Florida car accident lawyer as soon as possible to learn your legal rights and whether you should pursue a case.
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