Respecting Another Motorist’s right-of-way: Essential to Road Safety

Posted by on Jan 27, 2016 in Personal Injury Law | 0 comments

A motorcycle is defined as a two-wheel or three-wheel powered vehicle; to be allowed on public roadways, however, it should prove compliance with state and federal certification standards and should be licensed or registered (except in the case of a light scooter or a moped, which has an engine smaller than 50cc).

In 2012, based on records from the US Department of Transportation, the three states with the highest number of registered motorcycles were California, with 801,803, Florida, which had 574, 176, and Texas, with 438,551.

Though cars are now the most common means of transportation among Americans, it cannot be denied that the fame of motorcycles is continuously rising in all 50 states, instigating federal and state governments, as well as private organizations to keep on reminding drivers and motorcycle riders to always observe road courtesy to help ensure everyone’s safety on public roads.

One very clear observance of road courtesy is recognition of a motorcyclist’s right-of-way. Respecting another motorist’s, especially a motorcyclist’s right-of-way helps to promote traffic safety; failure to do so, however, usually leads to vehicular accidents.

When accidents involving motorcycles occur, the chances of riders sustaining severe injuries are very likely due to the very little protection that riders have. It is common knowledge among personal injury lawyers how bikers are much more prone to suffer traumatic injuries or even lose their lives in the event of a crash, compared to other motorists. This is because aside from a helmet and padded suit, motorcycle riders have nothing else to protect themselves against the force of impact during collision.

Determining the real and most direct cause of a motorcycle accident can be difficult without a careful and thorough investigation by a seasoned motorcycle accident or personal injury lawyer. While the cause of an accident may be road defect, motorcycle defect, reckless driving, intoxicated motorist, distracted driving or aggressive driving, there is one factor that is almost always present: negligence.

Because negligence is a totally preventable thing, this makes accidents totally preventable too. Careless motorists, therefore, can be ordered by courts to compensate anyone who may get injured due to their careless behavior.

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Personal Injury Settlement Negotiation Process

Posted by on Dec 23, 2014 in Personal Injury Law | 0 comments

Negotiating a settlement following a personal injury claim can be pretty much a bargaining process. You and your lawyer will present a certain amount of compensation based on your presented evidence of damages, and the defendant’s insurance company or layer will try to argue over the amount and haggle their price. It may take some time to get to an agreement because neither side may not have a fixed idea on the amount to be paid or received and some law firms, like Ritter and Associates, want to talk about the fee. It is therefore vital to be prepared on the several stages of the negotiation process. You have to have the necessary evidence (investigation, demand letters, supporting documents), know how the amount of which you are willing to settle for, and determine if you’re need for immediate settlement.

After you have sent your demand letter, you will soon hear from the insurance adjuster, and the settlement negotiation will begin. It usually takes within a week or two for the insurance adjuster to call you, but this can depend in the insurance adjuster’s schedule and how busy they are. The insurance adjuster may also need time to go over your injury settlement claims and talk with their client (the defendant) regarding the accident.

If the insurance adjuster responded with a “reservation of rights” letter, don’t be alarmed. This letter is aimed to inform you of their company’s right to investigate your claim and they reserve their right to withhold payment if they prove that the accident is not covered under their policy. It may be distressing to receive such notice, but you don’t have to be intimidated with it because it only notifies you of the insurance company’s right to protect themselves from fraudulent claims or acknowledging the coverage of their policy without performing an investigation. They also reserve their right to negotiate with you regarding your injury settlement claims, but it the letter would not determine how the insurance company will respond to your claims; this is be determined by the facts and evidence you present.

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Cool Ideas That Can Really Help You Understand Personal Injury

Posted by on Aug 25, 2014 in Personal Injury Law | 0 comments

There are many unexpected events in life, and getting an injury is one of them. You can get an injury, but how you deal with the settlement process will leave the biggest impression. The sole purpose of this briefing is to provide a basic understanding of various aspects of personal injury litigation. If you want to be as prepared as you possibly can be, you must read the article that is found below.

When hiring a personal injury lawyer, it is important to find a practitioner with vast experience working on behalf of plaintiffs, like the Abel Law Firm. By researching the lawyer’s background and experience, you will be sure that you are engaging the services of someone able to work diligently to secure the compensation you and your family deserve.

If you are contacted by an insurance company that claims it needs to take a statement for their investigations, refuse to say anything to them. The best thing to do in this situation is to give them the name of your attorney and tell them to call him if they have any questions or concerns.

When meeting with personal injury attorneys, schedule meetings with various attorneys before picking one. Many offer free consultations to see if they can handle your case. During these consultations, you can find out about any costs that you can expect, which can help you avoid someone with lots of extra fees or someone that overcharges.

Don’t be afraid to question your personal injury attorney. For instance, understanding their education background is important. If they have been out of school for a while, also ask about their efforts to continue their education. Have they attended any conferences or seminars? Have they completed online work? You want the person you work with to have fresh, current information about personal injury law.

It’s very important that you spend some time putting the advice in this article into practice. The lawyer you chose should only be interested in what is best for you, through what can be a long and arduous process. Personal injury cases generally are more than just black and white, so you must know what to do to succeed at them.

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Defining Driver Error

Posted by on Oct 19, 2013 in News, Personal Injury Law | 0 comments

A large number of car accidents in the United States are associated with driver error. Driver error refers to a broad variety of mistakes that a motorist may make behind the wheel which, though it may have been unintentional, creates a danger for others on the roadway. Anyone who is injured as a consequence of an accident caused by driver error may be able to seek financial compensation through a civil lawsuit against the responsible party.

Driver error can take many different forms, but most of these errors result in an increased chance of a car accident and subsequent injury to another person. This injured person could be facing more inconveniences than physical injury. Depending on the severity of an accident and the injuries sustained, emotional trauma is likely and costly medical treatment may be necessary. Coupled with ones missing of work, this can create a significant financial strain as well. Though legal action cannot undo the damage or eliminate the pain, it can help to relieve associated financial burdens.

Forms of Driver Error

Because driver error is such a broad term, it encompasses many different types of mistakes. The following are representative forms of driver error which may have contributed to or caused your accident:

  • Misjudging necessary braking distance
  • Not using turn signals when turning or switching lanes
  • Taking a turn too quickly
  • Depressing the wrong pedal or operating in the wrong gear (for trucks)

These and many other forms of driver error threaten the safety of motorists. If you suspect that you have been the victim of driver error, it is advisable to speak with an experienced car accident lawyer about your possible case.

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What Causes Yaz Side Effects?

Posted by on Sep 22, 2013 in Personal Injury Law, Pharma Law, Yasmin Lawsuits | 0 comments

The fact that Yaz has side effects is not news. In fact, 12,000 people are very much convinced that it is the cause of serious conditions such as liver failure, kidney disease, deep vein thrombosis, stroke, heart attacks, depression, and migraine headaches in women who take the contraceptive and have filed defective pharmaceutical lawsuits. What most people do not know is the mechanisms that cause Yaz side effects.

The active ingredients in Yaz which prevent pregnancies, alleviate premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) symptoms and act on moderate acne are drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol. In combination, these two hormones comprise what is referred to as a 4th generation oral contraceptive

Drospirenone is a form of progestin, a synthetic progestogen which suppresses ovulation. It is a steroid hormone which also suppresses the water and electrolyte regulating hormones of the body, which can increase potassium levels. This mechanism makes Yaz contraindicated for women with adrenal, kidney or liver disorders because the body is unable to process high potassium levels. This can lead to serious health problems.

Drugs being taken in the long-term that also results in elevated potassium levels should not be used in combination with Yaz. These include:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen for chronic pain conditions such as arthritis
  • Diuretics for low potassium such as spironolactone
  • Potassium replacing Angiotensin-converting-enzyme (ACE) inhibitors such as Capoten
  • Aldosterone antagonists

Ethinyl estradiol is also a synthetic compound which serves the function of estrogen in the combination. Estrogen has a significant impact on a woman’s menstrual cycle, including the coagulating function. This could be one of the reasons why some Yaz users are at higher risk for forming dangerous blood clots.

Under ideal circumstances, this combination of drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol is the best possible for effective contraception, as well as the aforementioned treatment of PMDD and acne. However, there are significant risks associated with this formulation, which is why women who want to take it should consult with their doctor and provide a complete medical history to get an accurate assessment of the desirability of using Yaz.

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The Degrees of Burns

Posted by on May 30, 2013 in Health, Personal Injury Law | 2 comments

Burn injuries can be devastating and sometimes have horrifying and potentially deadly consequences. The severity of a burn injury is determined by how many layers of skin the burn penetrates. There are commonly three recognized levels, or degrees, of burn injuries.

First degree burns are the least severe. These burns only penetrate the top layer of the skin, the epidermis. Even though they are not severe, they can still be uncomfortable and may require some form of treatment and a few days of recovery. A sunburn is an example of a common first degree burn.

Second degree burns are those that reach a person’s dermis, the layer of skin directly below the epidermis. These burns are more painful than first degree burns, take longer to heal, and often result in blisters and create a risk of infection.

Third degree burns reach through the epidermis and can result in serious infections and sometimes necessitate amputation. They cause serious damage to the skin and underlying nerves. It is said that once a burn reaches third degree status, it becomes painless because it has destroyed nerve endings that respond to pain at that point. Fourth degree burns are rare, but even more severe. These extend all the way through the lower layers of skin, melting away flesh and leaving behind damaged muscles or bones. They can often result in infection or death.

Burn injuries are a scary experience that can lead to psychological trauma. Suffering through a severe burn because of someone else’s irresponsible actions can be cause for a lawsuit. Filing suit against the party responsible for your burn injury can help you recover compensation for the medical costs and other losses you’ve sustained as a result of another person’s negligent behavior.

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