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Seeking medical attention following a minor crash

When car accident victims sustain serious injuries, the importance of seeking medical attention is obvious. However, it is crucial to keep in mind that even people who suffer seemingly minor injuries, such as a sprain, may need to visit a doctor as well.

Getting checked out after a somewhat minor crash could be a wise decision for multiple reasons. For one, the extent of a particular injury may not be apparent until weeks, months, or years after the wreck. For example, someone who hit their head may feel okay after the accident and assume that they are fine. However, they may have suffered a traumatic brain injury that will start to cause problems later on, such as making it harder to remember things. Moreover, people may run into problems with their insurance company or have a harder time proving their injuries in court if they chose not to seek medical care in the wake of a crash.

Survey: Many U.S. drivers speed

There are many ways that your safety could end up at risk out on the roads. One is if the drivers around you don't obey traffic laws. This includes the laws against speeding. Survey results recently released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety indicate that speeding remains very common in America.

What seniors should know about falls

You probably have already heard that as an adult over the age of 65, you are in the age group most likely to fall, and also the group most likely to suffer injuries that require medical assistance at a Georgia hospital. We at Cromartie Law have often assisted seniors in taking the right actions after being injured in a fall.

The U.S. National Institute on Aging recognizes the many fall dangers that older adults face, and the agency provides many recommendations for helping you avoid them:

  • Exercise regularly to maintain muscle mass, bone density and strength.
  • Schedule hearing and vision tests regularly.
  • Abstain from or limit your alcohol intake.
  • Make sure you understand all the side effects of your medication.
  • If you need an assistive device such as a cane or walker, use it.

What are some accident risks associated with scooters?

From riding a bicycle to driving a large truck or even walking as a pedestrian, any type of traffic accident can be deadly or result in serious injuries. However, some people are especially vulnerable on the road for a multitude of reasons, such as those driving a scooter, in some instances. There are a number of reasons why scooter accidents happen and you should keep these risks in mind if you drive a scooter. Moreover, if you have a child who likes to ride a scooter, you should also discuss this issue with them to help reduce the likelihood of an accident.

There are a variety of accident risks associated with scooters, according to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission. In fact, a study that assessed scooter accidents between July 2003 and June 2004 found that scooter operators played a role in many of the accidents which caused injuries (roughly 36 percent), while environmental factors played a role in roughly 35 percent of such accidents. Furthermore, problems with scooters were responsible for roughly 20 percent of such accidents. Examples of scooter-related issues include handle bars becoming loose, brakes failing, and wobbly wheels.

How many pedestrian lives does alcohol claim?

There are a variety of reasons why pedestrian accidents happen, claiming the lives of innocent people who were walking alongside the road. Sometimes, these crashes are caused by a pedestrian’s error, such as crossing the road improperly, while others are the result of driver negligence (speeding, etc.). However, alcohol is a major problem with respect to traffic accidents of all kinds, including deadly pedestrian accidents. Not only does alcohol sometimes lead to the loss of life when a driver is drunk, but pedestrians may lose their lives when they walk while they are intoxicated as well.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 2,000 pedestrian fatalities took place in 2013 involving some level of alcohol consumption by drivers and pedestrians. Over the duration of the year, more than 1,200 pedestrians whose blood alcohol content level was .08 or greater lost their lives in a pedestrian accident. Moreover, drivers who were driving over the legal limit (.08) were involved in more than 700 fatal pedestrian accidents. In some instances, both the driver and pedestrian had BAC levels that were .08 or higher.

When an accident occurs on your way to work

For many Americans, the day-to-day grind can be challenging for various reasons. Not only do many people struggle to make their way to work every morning, but there are times when this daily routine can become much more difficult or even devastating. For example, when someone is involved in a crash, they may find themselves in a state of panic and have no idea how to move forward.

There are numerous reasons why accidents could happen on your way to work, whether you are struck by a driver who is rushing because they do not want to be late to their job or another driver is tired after recently waking up or sleeping poorly the night before. Moreover, you might even find yourself in an accident because of these factors, so it is crucial to be vigilant during the morning hours if you are behind the wheel.

Different liability types for a product liability claim

When products malfunction and cause harm, they can have a lasting effect on the injured party, both physically and mentally. Thankfully, there are measures in place to hold the responsible party accountable for the defective products

In order to argue a claim successfully, it is important to understand the various aspects of the process. The type of liability is critical to determining how to argue a case for the defective product, and there are a few different liability types to consider.

Are hit-and-run accidents more common in urban locations?

With respect to motor vehicle collisions, there are a plethora of issues to take into consideration. For example, some crashes are caused by intoxicated drivers and the details surrounding one crash may vary considerably in comparison to another accident. For example, someone may be struck by a reckless driver who took off in a hit-and-run crash, leaving a victim at the site of the accident and showing no regard for the hardships they may be facing. Moreover, it may be helpful to go over statistics on these types of collisions.

According to data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, seven percent of deadly accidents in urban areas were considered hit-and-run accidents during 2005. During the same period of time, under two percent of deadly collisions that took place in an urban area were deemed hit-and-run accidents. During this time frame, the risk of a fatal hit-and-run accident was notably higher in an urban area as opposed to rural areas. However, there were more fatal head-on wrecks in rural areas as opposed to urban areas, which highlights the dangers that drivers face on both urban and rural roads.

How dangerous is fog with respect to road conditions?

From heavy snow to those who make the decision to drive while intoxicated, there are all sorts of threats that drivers face on the road. However, fog can be especially dangerous, and some drivers do not recognize how risky it can be to drive while visibility is low. Sometimes, people take to the road when it is foggy because they have to take care of responsibilities in the morning or return home after work. Sadly, many people in this position have lost their lives or suffered devastating injuries in accidents.

The Federal Highway Administration reports that between 2005 and 2014, fog caused more than 28,000 traffic collisions in an average year. Moreover, 495 people passed away and over 10,000 sustained injuries as a result of accidents caused by fog in the same time period. Because it is so risky to drive while it is foggy, drivers should be particularly vigilant if they do decide to operate a vehicle during these conditions. Sadly, not everyone pays attention to the risks associated with driving while weather conditions are poor.

Can an accident be caused by driving on autopilot?

Our law firm has gone over many motor vehicle accident causes and responsible drivers are well aware of the dangers associated with drunk driving, speeding, and other types of reckless behavior. However, motor vehicle crashes take place for a plethora of reasons and some are less conspicuous. For example, someone who is very familiar with a route they drive on a daily basis may become less attentive or ignore hazards because they are driving on autopilot—and we are not referring to self-driving vehicles.

For many people, most days involve the same driving routines and roads that have been traversed many times. Unfortunately, a driver’s familiarity with certain roads does not make them immune to an accident, and may even increase the chances of a crash, in some cases. Sometimes, people drive on autopilot and do not pay as much attention to the road or feel as if they can get away with using their cell phone or other distracting activities because they think they know the roads well enough.

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