Bicycle Accidents: Not As Common, But Just as Dangerous

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August 29th, 2014    Posted in Accident News

Bicycle Auto Accident Bicycle Accidents: Not As Common, But Just as DangerousSan Diego, CA- Bicycles are a great to get accident and they are also a great way to get around. People increasingly use them as their primary means of transportation, and why not? Bicycling is economical and environmentally friendly; it’s beneficial to your health, and it’s far less expensive than driving a car. But there is a downside, bicycles must share the road with automobiles and that can have disastrous results when a collision occurs.

Some quick facts about bicycle accidents:

  • According to the NHTSA, 677 bicyclists were killed in traffic accidents in 2011.
  • In the same year, 38,000 bicyclists were in injured in traffic accidents.
  • Eighty percent of fatal bicycle accidents involved men.
  • The majority of bicycle accident victims are 41 or older.
  • Two thirds of bicycle accidents occur in urban areas.

Overall, bicycle accidents are far less common than auto collisions, but the resulting injuries can be devastating. A bicyclist can be flung onto a vehicle hood or windshield or the ground. It isn’t uncommon for bicyclists to suffer debilitating injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, which can lead to partial of full paralysis.  Broken bones are typical with some accident victims suffering multiple breaks. If the force of a collision is strong enough, the injuries suffered can be deadly.

With limited protection, cyclists are far more vulnerable and will get the worst of the impact when they are struck by a car. If you’ve been injured in an auto/bicycle accident, don’t hesitate to contact a California accident attorney.

When it comes to blame, both motorists and bicyclists can be careless or take unnecessary risks that put others in jeopardy. Bicycle accidents are common at intersections either because a bicyclist fails to obey traffic signals or motorists are unaware a bicyclists is near or entering the intersection they are turning into. Motorists can also stop suddenly, ignoring the fact that bicycle doesn’t have the same braking capabilities an auto does.

Another common way motorists injure bicyclist is by opening a car door in their path. If the bicyclist is traveling fast enough, a car door can send them flying over their bike and onto the ground. Even worse and bicyclist can be flung into oncoming traffic where they risk being struck by another vehicle.

Opening a door on a cyclist: When a driver opens their car door into the path of a bicycle, the rider can be thrown off their bike or knocked over into oncoming traffic, causing them to suffer serious injuries.

Traveling at unsafe speeds, distraction, inattention, intoxication and are behaviors bicyclists and motorists are guilty of. If they injure anyone of a result, they must take responsibility for their actions. That can mean citations and possible civil action on behalf of their victims.

A bicycle accident can change the course of someone’s life in mere moments. If a driver made a mistake that cost you dearly, a San Diego accident attorney can protect your well-being, by getting them compensation that reflects the harm you and your family suffered.

 

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Hands-Free and On-board Devices, Cure for Distracted Driving?

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August 28th, 2014    Posted in Accident News

In car entertainment 300x168 Hands Free and On board Devices, Cure for Distracted Driving?Monterey, CA- On-board devices can be very handy to motorists, they allow motorists to navigate, control their stereos, text, check their email and make phone calls, all without having to hold onto their cell phones. Being hands free is hailed as a safe way to allow people to stay connect even when they are behind the wheel. Using these devices seems benign, the driver isn’t taking their eyes of the road to see their cell phone or their hands of the wheel to hold it so it appears safe, right?

Not if you listen to AAA. The traffic safety group described board devices as a “looming safety crisis,” and the results of a recent study showing that on-board devices are just as distracting as using a cell phones. They still require drivers to engage in divided attention tasks.

Distracted driving accounts for nearly a third of all fatal traffic accidents, surviving victims can suffer severe injuries and require extensive medical treatment, sometimes their medical needs are lifelong. Our Monterey accident attorneys know how to build your injury claim so that you receive the compensation you need and deserve.

A 2013 study conducted by the University of Utah looked at whether on-board devices were any less distracting than hand-held devices. By monitoring participants’ brain waves, researchers at the University of Utah, looked at how on-board devices affected the reaction times of participants while they were engaging with their on-board devices. Researchers also rated the distraction level of other divided attention tasks drivers commonly engage in.

What researchers found was that using on-board, speech-to-text devices are actually more distracting than using a smart phone or cell phone.

On the study’s rating scale reading a book or listening to the radio or an audio book earned a 1.75 and 1.21, respectively. As one would expect, using a cell phone rated higher, earning a 2.45 on the distraction scale. Hands-free was a little higher at 2.71. The level of distraction shoots up to a 3.07 when the participants used an on-board device to send or receive a text message or email.

Researchers concluded that as mental distractions increased, a driver’s reaction time slowed and some brain functions were compromised. With the brain doing more than one task, participants scanned the road less often and missed visual clues that could prevent a traffic accident.

In light of this study, AAA, who sponsored the study, suggested the NHTSA add cognitive distractions to the agencies distracted driving guidelines. The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers is however critical of the study, noting that this is only one study, and more research needs to be done before on-board devices are deemed unsafe.

Regardless of what is distracting a driver, the behavior is risky and is one of the leading causes of traffic collisions nationwide. Driver carelessness and inattention can cause a serious injuries to one or more people. In the worst collisions, people are be killed or permanently damaged. Our California accidents attorneys will protect your rights and will make sure a distracted driver compensates you fully.

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Elderly Driver in Maine Causes Triple Fatality Accident

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August 27th, 2014    Posted in Accident News

Head on Collision Elderly Driver in Maine Causes Triple Fatality AccidentDedham, ME- We’ve all been on the road when a car is slowly creeping in front of us only to find an elderly driver behind the wheel. Being an elderly driver doesn’t necessarily mean a driver is going to cause an accident. But, with the exception of a teens, seniors over the age of 70 are involved in more car accidents than drivers in the middle of the age spectrum.

Recently in Dedham, Maine, an elderly driver lost control of his vehicle and slammed head-on into another vehicle, killing himself and two others, the Bangor Daily News reported.

According to the police report, Richard Olson, 85, was driving along Route 1-A when for some unknown reason he crossed the centerline and struck an oncoming truck head-on. Police said there is no evidence that either driver braked before the collision.

Olson and both occupants of the truck Phillip Carter, 32, and Roxanne Papken, 25, were all killed in the collision.

Police suspect Olson, a former Mayor of Des Moines, Iowa, possibly drifted out of his lane and overcorrected sending his vehicle across and median and into the opposite lanes where he stuck the truck head-on. They are

Police are unclear if Olson’s age played a role in the crash, statistics show that older drivers have a higher fatal accident rate than most drivers, other than teens. According to Nok-Noi Ricker of the Bangor Daily News out of the 1 million license drivers in the Maine, 20 percent are over the age of 65. The National Traffic safety Administration says older drivers accounted for 15 percent of fatal traffic accidents and 18 percent of pedestrian fatalities in 2008.

Regardless of the age of the driver, accident victims need to be compensated for their emotional distress and physical pain.

While some accidents are minor and cause little damage to victim’s person or property, there are many accidents that result in debilitating injuries. Injuries incurred because a car accident can leave a person disabled or facing months of rehabilitation. Emergency room visits, surgeries, medications, doctor appointments can be costly, often leaving the victim saddle with thousands of dollars in medical debts.

Regardless of the driver’s age, if you’ve been involved in a serious traffic accident you need a Maine accident attorney working for you. They know how to conduct a thorough investigation to build a strong injury claim that will result in a generous settlement.

If you want to pursue and injury suit against an at-fault driver, you have a couple of options. You can settle with an insurer in pre-trial negotiations. Or, you can take your case to court. The route you choose depends on the extent or your injuries, the potential you will experience medical problems in the future and the egregious behavior on behalf of  the driver, to name a few.

Before making any decision about how to pursue a wrongful death or personal injury claim, you need to speak with a gifted Maine accident attorney. Your best interests are their top priority and they will work tirelessly to assure you get a just settlement either through negotiations or civil action.

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Iowa Accident News: Two Teens Die in Two-Vehicle Accident

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August 26th, 2014    Posted in Accident News

Traffic Accident 300x225 Iowa Accident News: Two Teens Die in Two Vehicle Accident Des Moines, IA- Teen drivers, lacking the experience of their older counterparts, are three times more likely to be involved in a fatal traffic accident according to data from the CDC. This statistic bore out over the weekend when two teens were killed and another critically injured in a two car collision.

The accident occurred in just after 1 a.m. Saturday morning in Sac County, Iowa. The Sioux City Journal reported that Baily Jacobson, 16, was traveling north on Birch Ave. As she entered an intersection at the Carroll County and Sac County line, her Impala was broadsided on the passenger side by a westbound pickup truck, driven by Trevor Feauto, 17.

Upon impact, Jacobsen’s Impala was pushed into a nearby field. When emergency crews arrived both Jacobsen and her passenger Lindsey Quirk, 16, were deceased.

Police found Feauto’s truck on its side in ditch north of the intersection, the Sioux City Journal reported. He was taken to the hospital where he was in critical condition.

The investigation is ongoing and so far police have not charged anyone with the collision.

The area where the accident took places runs between farm fields and has no stop signs or traffic signals so it appears the one of the drivers could have failed to yield the right of way. In similar accidents, the driver who failed to yield the right of way could be considered negligent and could responsible for their victim or victims’ accident-related expenses.

It’s very difficult on a family to have one of their loved ones killed in accident. It is especially painful when it is a child or teen who has their whole lives ahead of them. There’s so much lost potential and companionship. If the injury victim is a primary breadwinner, their loved ones could face financial hardship and crippling debt. Although these injuries aren’t physical, they are nonetheless painful for accident victims. Our Iowa accident attorneys understand the struggles accident victims and their families face.

Each year, an estimated 2,700 teens are killed in collisions and an additional 282,000 are injured. Because they are novice drivers, who tend to be overly confident, teens lack the skills to handle emergent situations on the road, and often engage in risky behaviors, such as drunken driving or texting behind the wheel.

For the most part no drive, no matter what their age, intends to cause a devastating collision, but when they driver recklessly; drive while intoxicated or fail to pay attention to the road, they are liable for any resulting injuries. This means legally and financially.

They may face legal charges but that doesn’t address the harm caused to their victims. If you are in pain and need help getting the compensation you need, don’t hesitate to contact our Iowa accident attorneys. They are willing to guide you through the process of filing an injury claim and take the steps necessary to assure your case results in a generous settlement.

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Texas Man Dead in Motorcycle Accident

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August 25th, 2014    Posted in Accident News

Motorcycle Crash Graphic 300x225 Texas Man Dead in Motorcycle Accident Brownsville, TX- Motorcyclist love nothing more than getting on their bikes and going for a ride. Thousands of Americans are avid motorcyclists despite the dangers they face on the roads. The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration estimates that 78 percent of motorcycle accidents are head on collisions primarily caused by drivers of passenger vehicles, such is the case of a recent Texas accident that left one man dead.

On Saturday, August 23rd, police responded to an accident involving a passenger car and motorcycle in a Houston neighborhood. When they arrived, according to the Observer, they found the lifeless body of a 61 year-old man.

Police initially believed the motorcyclist lost control, but, during the course of their investigation discovered a motorist cut the biker off.

According to the Observe, the driver of a Volkswagen Jetta failed to yield the right of way at stop sign. The Volkswagen struck and pickup truck and then struck the motorcycle. The 61 year-old motorcyclist, who has not been identified was pronounced dead on the scene.

Police have not charged the driver at this time.

Accidents like these happen far too often, leaving motorcyclists with catastrophic injuries and life-altering injuries. Head and spinal injuries are common, so are broken bones, and while these injuries can be somewhat minor resulting in minimal recovery times, too many motorcycle accidents result in debilitating injuries that require multiple surgeries, long recovery times, inability to work and diminished quality of life. Some motorcycle accident victims aren’t lucky enough to survive; motorcyclists are 35 times for likely to die in a traffic collision than a passenger vehicle motorist.

Our Brownsville accident attorneys have years of experiencing with Texas personal injury laws and do what it takes to build solid claim on their behalf. They are devoted to each and every client’s case, and in many cases obtain compensation accident victims need for their:

  • Medical bills
  • Rehabilitation and physical therapy
  • Disability costs
  • Lost wages
  • Mental anguish

Traffic accident victims are burdened with costly medical bills, which can push a person to the brink of financial ruin. They need to be sure the cost for theirs or a loved one’s injuries won’t come out of their pockets, that the at-fault driver takes responsibility for their negligent actions.

The key to a successful injury claim is proving who was at fault for the victims’ injuries or death. Without legal experience this can be difficult and the victim could be shortchanged on the amount of settlement funds they receive. Injury attorneys are able to evaluate the present and long term costs of a victim’s injuries so they can assure they get the full value of their injury claim.

Any person involved in a serious traffic accident, involving a car or motorcycle, needs to speak with a one of our stellar Texas accident attorneys as soon as they can to discuss their options for getting compensation for their motorcycle or car accident. By acting immediately, an accident victim gives their personal injury attorney time to collect time-sensitive evidence, gather witness testimony and speak with medical personnel.

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