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Young drivers face many distractions

Distractions on the road cause many accidents in the United States. There has been a surge in deadly crashes in the last few years, and many people point to smartphones as the reason why. While other dangers have traditionally trended downward -- like drunk driving -- distractions have only become more common as the smartphone influence has spread.

Common distractions

Legal help for truck accident victims

Truck accidents can be devastating for victims simply because of the size of trucks alone and the damages they can cause. This is because, when fully loaded, commercial trucks can weight as much as 80,000 pounds. Many passenger vehicles weigh around 4,000 pounds which means that a collision with a semi-truck can cause catastrophic harm to victims.

Because victims of truck accidents can suffer catastrophic harm, they commonly need help with their medical expenses to treat the injuries they have suffered; lost wages while they are unable to work as they recover; and pain and suffering damages for the emotional trauma often associated with a truck accident.

What can car accident victims do about soft tissue injuries?

This blog recently discussed the extent, and serious nature, of injuries that car accident victims can suffer. One type of injury they may suffer includes soft tissues injuries which can have debilitating impacts on the victim, worsen over time and sometimes require ongoing medical treatment and care.

A personal injury claim for damages can help with all of those things as it allows the victim to recover compensation for their physical financial and emotional damages suffered. This includes compensation for medical expenses and ongoing medical care and treatment in some instances; lost earnings while they are away from work healing; and pain and suffering damages. All of these damages may be available by bringing a personal injury claim for damages against the negligent party responsible for causing the accident.

Legal remedies for victims of distracted drivers

Distracted driving includes any activity that removes the driver's attention from the roadway. Distracted driving can increase the chances of a motor vehicles accident and may be considered negligence when it results in a car accident, carrying liability for the distracted driver.

Driver distraction falls into three broad categories; however, anything that removes the driver's attention and focus from the roadway is considered distracted driving. The categories of distracted driving include: visual distraction, or removing the driver's eyes from the roadway; manual distraction, or removing the driver's hands from the steering wheel; and cognitive distraction, or removing the driver's mental focus from the roadway. Specific examples of distracted driving include texting while driving; using a cell phone while driving; operating a navigation device or radio while driving; or eating or grooming while driving.

Help for car accident victims with injuries

The types of injuries sustained in a car accident can be devastating for car accident victims. As a result, it is crucial for them to be familiar with personal injury legal protections which protect victims of car accidents and help them with the damages they suffer as a result.

Car accidents are a leading cause of injuries in the United States. During 2012, there were a total of 5.6 million car accidents reported which resulted in 1.6 million injuries and 30,000 fatal car accidents. Car accident injuries an include a broad range of injuries but because of how devastating they can be for victims, personal injury legal protections can hep victims recover compensation for their physical, financial and emotional harm.

Important tips for drivers near semitrucks

Large trucks can lead to significant crashes when the truckers aren't driving safely. Many people will automatically blame all semitruck crashes on these individuals. However, there are some instances in which other drivers will cause the crash. It is imperative that all drivers operate their vehicles in a lawful manner using appropriate safety measures.

Anyone who is driving on a road around semitrucks should keep some tips in mind. Not only can these keep you safe, they can keep everyone else around you safe.

Legal help for victims of car accidents

Negligent drivers can cause car accidents that have serious consequences in a variety of different ways. When a negligent driver injures innocent victims, it is important for them to be familiar with the legal protections that can help with the damages they have suffered.

Car accidents can be caused by negligent drivers running red lights; speeding; tailgating; driving aggressively; failing to adjust driving behaviors for traffic or weather conditions; driving while under the influence; and texting while driving or otherwise engaging in distracted driving behavior. Regardless of whether the negligent driver is a distracted driver, drunk driver or other type of negligent driver, they may be liable to compensate the victim for their physical, financial and emotional damages as a result of the car accident.

What are the causes of truck accidents?

Truck accidents oftentimes result in catastrophic injuries and harm to victims. Commercial trucks can be a safety hazard for smaller vehicles, which is why truck accident victims should be familiar with legal resources available to help them when they have been harmed.

When the negligence of a truck driver or trucking company has caused harm to another, the driver of the trucking company may be liable to compensate the victim for the damages they suffer. Truck drivers can cause truck accidents in a variety of different ways including: driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs; driving while fatigued; driving too fast for the roadway, traffic or weather conditions; failing to adjust their driving for the conditions; or by engaging in distracted driving.

Help for family members after a fatal car accident

Personal injury legal protections are available to help both victims of car accidents and surviving family members of victims of fatal car accidents. Personal injury legal claims protect victims of car accidents. In addition, wrongful death legal protections are available to help surviving family members of victims of car accidents.

The unexpected loss of a loved one who has been wrongfully killed can devastate the lives of loved ones. Surviving family members of victims may suffer emotional harm and financial challenges when they have lost a loved one. As a result, it is important for family members to be familiar with wrongful death legal protections. A wrongful death claim for damages can be brought on behalf of the lost loved one's estate for the benefit of surviving family members.

What are personal injury legal protections?

There are different types of personal injury legal protections depending on the circumstances the victim and their family members find themselves in. Regardless of what the circumstances are, however, it is important for victims who have been injured in a car accident, truck accident or other types of traumatic accident to be familiar with the personal injury legal protections available to them.

Personal injury legal protections allow a car accident victim to bring a claim for damages against the negligent driver responsible for causing the car accident they suffered. Victims may be able to recover compensation for the specific damages they have suffered. Damages can include medical expenses, future medical care costs, lost wages, lost-earning capacity and pain and suffering damages.

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