7 Things Not To Do When Handling the Aftermath of a Car Accident

7 Things Not To Do When Handling the Aftermath of a Car Accident

Most drivers will get into at least one car accident in their lifetime, no matter how careful they are. But especially when someone gets hurt in a car accident, many people forget the proper protocols. Even more frequently, people make mistakes that can hurt them when seeking insurance reimbursement for repairs or filing a personal injury claim. Here are some of the biggest don’ts to keep in mind following an accident: What not to do when in a car accident Apologize or Admit Fault: If you’re a polite person, your first instinct may be to apologize to the other driver even if you didn’t cause the crash; don’t. Even if you do think the accident was your fault, don’t admit it. Admitting liability could expose you to a lawsuit. Get Hot-Headed: On the other hand, don’t let your emotions run away with you if you think the other driver did something to cause the accident. Instead of laying on the blame with no proof, simply ask if he or she (and any other passengers) are all right before you proceed. Agree to Leave the Authorities Out of It: Especially if a collision is relatively minor, it can be tempting to make a gentlemen agreement to leave the police out of it. But it’s not a smart plan: Even if the other driver seems responsible and gives you his or her insurance information willingly, you have no way of knowing that said insurance is real or current. Trust Third-Party Documentation: When you call the police, the officer will document the scene and fill out paperwork on the accident. But you...
Hours of Service and Preventing Truck Accidents

Hours of Service and Preventing Truck Accidents

Car accidents happen every day, and sometimes they are just that—accidents. But certain cases are more serious, involving driver negligence. When commercial vehicles like large trucks are involved, this negligence can be fatal.[clear] Understanding Hours of Service Though there are some laws to prevent all drivers from getting behind the wheel when they are incapacitated—such as drunk driving laws—commercial vehicle drivers are regulated more strictly, by what are called Hours of Service. These mandate how much time off is required compared to how much time is spent operating the vehicle, and are intended to reduce the number of crashes caused by fatigue. Truck driver log requirements ensure that these hours are adhered to, as drivers must record the time they spend on the road, and the time they take to rest. According to statistics collected by the Bureau of Justice, auto accidents account for 52% of personal injury lawsuits each year. If you are hurt in an accident with a commercial vehicle, it’s a good idea to find out whether truck driver log requirements were breached. Experienced personal injury lawyers can help you determine what steps are necessary—it’s always better to avoid a lawsuit if you can. Safety Tips All drivers can maintain good driving habits to reduce the number of truck crashes and fatalities. Follow these guidelines if you drive a commercial vehicle: — Adhere to hours of service: Some drivers tamper with their data in order to make quicker runs, but you should never let the job pressure you into doing something that’s both illegal and dangerous. If you are fired for refusing to perform illegal actions,...
What To Do After a Car Accident

What To Do After a Car Accident

Did you know that an estimated 20% of all car accidents in the nation are caused by distracted driving? It doesn’t take much to avoid an accident, but it also doesn’t take much to get in one either. If you have been in an accident, it is important to take the necessary steps to ensure that you are safe and fairly compensated for any damages. So what should you do after a car accident? This list should help guide you through the aftermath. Assess the Damage or Injuries: Look around: is everyone safe? How bad are the injuries? How damaged is your vehicle? You need to try to remain calm during this stage. Call the Police, File a Report: Before calling the auto accident lawyers, you should first call the police — no matter how minor the accident. Yes, even a fender-bender should be reported. You will need a legal accident report just in case you end up in court. Do not leave the scene of the accident until the report is filed. Talk to the Police: Don’t discuss your accident with anyone else but the police, especially not with the other driver(s) who may have been involved in the accident, as this could affect the outcome of car accident settlements. Do not admit fault or liability. Collect the Facts: Auto accident lawyers will want you to get the names, addresses, and phone numbers of all involved in the accident. Also ask for insurance information, if they have it. Get a description of the car, the license plate number, and the vehicle identification number. Call an Auto Accident Law...
Actor Tracy Morgan Takes Walmart to Task Following June 7 Accident

Actor Tracy Morgan Takes Walmart to Task Following June 7 Accident

Following the June 7 accident that left comedian Jimmy Mack McNair dead and actor Tracy Morgan and several of his assistants with serious injuries, Morgan has partnered with experienced personal injury lawyers to take mega-corporation Walmart to court. The man who caused the accident, Kevin Roper, 35, was a freight driver working for the retail behemoth when he plowed into Morgan’s limousine on the I-95 as they were approaching Cranberry Township, New Jersey. The limousine and six other vehicles were damaged during the incident. Along with car accident settlements for repairs and medical bills, Morgan and his team of experienced personal injury attorneys are accusing Walmart of negligence and reckless conduct, as Bloomberg Businessweek reports. Why Sue Walmart Instead of the Reckless Driver? The driver said to have caused the accident is not named as a defendant in the upcoming case. Frankly, from a purely financial standpoint, Morgan and the other plaintiffs stand to receive a lot more from a corporation that is projected by Market Watch to generate nearly $500 billion in revenue this year. Beyond the cynical financial reasons, however, TheTruckersReport.com, a popular online community for commercial drivers, suggests that Walmart may be responsible as a matter of neglecting to take proper steps to ensure that Roper, acting as an agent of their company, was taking proper safety precautions. Federal rules mandate that commercial drivers take a 10-hour rest period after every 14 hours of work. At the time of Morgan’s accident, Roper is alleged to have been working for 24 hours straight. In car accident injury claims such as this, it is often found that company...
Three Ways Auto Litigation Made Driving Safer for Everyone

Three Ways Auto Litigation Made Driving Safer for Everyone

[custom_frame_left][/custom_frame_left]Did you know that the annual number and percentage of people killed by auto accidents in America has declined over the past 20 years? In 2011, 32,367 vehicle fatalities were recorded, and this was the lowest the number had been since 1949. There are several reasons for this shift. Three of the most important factors are improved road signage and maintenance, better safety regulations in vehicle manufacturing, and greater awareness of threats to safe driving. Many changes have been implemented as a result of important litigation over the past century. Three Ways Auto Litigation Changed our Experience on the Road The Ford Pinto and Ford’s Cost/Benefit Analysis In 1972, Lily Gray was traveling with Richard Grimshaw in a Ford Pinto car. Another car, traveling at about 30 mph, struck them, and the impact started a fire that killed Gray and left Grimshaw with lifelong injuries. Car accident attorneys discovered that Ford was using a “risk/benefit” analysis when it came to fixing a known defect in design. Ford knew about the design flaw that caused the Pinto to explode, but implementing the design would have added $11 to the price of their car. Their figures had showed them that this would result in 180 less deaths– and Ford decided that the economic benefit outweighed the social. Grimshaw v. Ford Motor Company, and other cases like it, helped establish that strict economic theory cannot be used for determining whether to implement changes that could save people from being injured or killed. As a result, today, “Most cars are designed to take at least a 50-mph hit,” explains Logan Robinson, a University...