Saying that a car accident is expensive is an understatement. Between the vehicle damage, hospital bills and missed workdays, motor vehicle accident costs can really add up. The first offer from the insurance company will likely be too low to cover your damages. Insurance companies expect negotiation for a settlement and therefore will start with a number lower than what they would be comfortable paying out.
Every year is a competition to beat last year's new vehicle technology. Vehicle makers show off their new model's latest features such as touch-screens and voice-activated technology. Fun and sometimes frustrating, these features could actually be the cause of increasing roadway accidents.
Let's say you working and your boss asks you to run an errand. On the way there you peek down at your phone for just a second. In that second a car suddenly breaks in front of you and you crash into them. You were responsible for the crash and that must mean you are liable, right? Not necessarily. If you get into a car accident while working then liability can get tricky. Even if you are partially at fault the other driver and your own injuries can be covered by your employer.
Unfortunately, car accidents are a daily occurrence. Without much warning, serious injuries and fatalities may result from car accidents. When a driver negligently or recklessly caused a car accident that wrongfully claims the life of a family member, legal protections and options may be available to surviving family members.
Sometimes more than one party may be to blame when an accident, such as a car accident, occurs. One party, however, may share the majority of the blame and leave a victim badly injured or otherwise harmed. Victims of car accidents may think that they cannot pursue a claim for the liability of the careless or negligent party if they were partly responsible for the accident, but that is not necessarily true.
As last week's blog discussed, distracted driving is a serious concern which can lead to car accidents. As a society, we are improving our understanding of what distracted driving is and the dangerous impact it can have. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics reveal that nine victims are killed each day in the United States in car accidents that are reported to involve a distracted driver. In addition, more than 1,153 victims are injured each day in the United States in car accidents that are reported to involve a distracted driver.
We have all likely heard discussions concerning the dangers of distracted driving on the television news or at the water cooler at work. According to research, using electronic devices, such as cell phones, while driving increases the chance of a car accident by three times. There are a variety of different types of distracted driving which can include physical, visual and mental distractions while driving.
Many people multi-task. Although this habit allows individuals to perform multiple duties at the same time, this can be especially dangerous when a person performs two or more actions at a time while driving. Operating a vehicle requires a driver's full attention. However, many people continue to engage in distracted driving and these people may find themselves involved in a car collision. It is important to determine how cellphone use contributes to the majority of car accidents in the country.
Over the decades, car accidents have been widely studied in Oklahoma and throughout the United States. These studies have tried to determine the most common causes of accidents and ways to prevent them. Each study has looked at different age groups. Oklahoma's situation reflects one particular problem seen elsewhere in the country: drivers 65 and older face unique challenges when they operate their vehicles. In 2012, an estimated 214,000 older Americans were injured, and 5,560 were killed in accidents.