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Auto Accidents

occurs when a motor vehicle strikes or collides another vehicle, a stationary object, a pedestrian, or an animal.

Car Accidents

No claim is too big for us to take on. We have the knowledge and the resources to handle catastrophic accidents that cause brain damage, spinal cord injuries and other disabilities. We also understand the pain, distress and financial losses that accompany seemingly minor car crash injuries, such as whiplash, headaches, sprains, nerve damage, wrist sprains and rotator cuff tears. Depending on the type of accident and the extent of your injuries, we may pursue:

  1. Lost income
  2. Diminished future earning capacity
  3. Medical bills

As the use of technology grows, distracted driving increasingly affects millions of drivers on the road each year. Many times, head-on collisions are caused by a driver who is not paying attention to the road and, therefore, drifts across the dividing line into oncoming traffic. This lack of attention can be caused by a variety of things, such as:

  1. Texting while driving
  2. Navigating a phone while driving
  3. Exhaustion or falling asleep at the wheel
  4. The influence of drugs or alcohol
  5. Managing another task in the car, such as eating, drinking, or helping a child
  6. It is illegal to text and drive, or to drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol

Common Injuries Resulting in Rollover Accidents

Because of the violent nature of rollover accidents, injuries in such scenarios can be catastrophic. Ideally, vehicles are designed to sustain significant impact and the structure, airbags, and seatbelts should protect occupants when the car flips.

However, the sheer force of a rollover accident may cause the car's frame to collapse. In addition, shards of glass from windows, objects inside of the car, and objects outside of the car such as trees and rocks may cause significant injuries such as:

  1. Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), an umbrella term for all kinds of brain injuries resulting in short term or long term cognitive dysfunction, memory issues, and pain
  2. Back or spinal cord injuries, which may, under certain conditions, result in permanent paralysis or reduced mobility
  3. Fractures, ranging from broken bones in the hands, feet, or ribs to even the femur or collar bone. Fractures often necessitate long recovery time and may prevent the victim from ever regaining their full range of motion
  4. Whiplash, a condition in which the muscles and/or ligaments in the neck are severely strained or torn from the sudden and forceful movement of the car
  5. Lacerations, often due to shards of metal or glass cutting the face or body, leading to permanent scarring or disfigurement
  6. Soft tissue injury which might include such various injuries as sprains, dislocations, stretched or torn ligaments or muscles, and bruising
  7. Facial disfiguration and chest injuries from the deployment of airbags or from the head and face hitting the dashboard as the vehicle flips
  8. Internal bleeding, a severe and acute condition in which organs are punctured inside the body and need immediate surgical attention
  9. Anticipated future medical treatments
  10. Pain and suffering
  11. Property damage
  12. Loss of household services
  13. Emotional trauma
  14. Disability
  15. Disfigurement and scarring
  16. Residual injuries
  17. Rehabilitation
  18. Vocational training

If you lost a loved one in a fatal car accident, we seek damages for your lost benefits, as well as for economic losses.

Common Injuries Sustained in Rear End Collisions

Although often rear end collisions cause only property damage, in around one fourth of cases, personal injury occurs. The most common injuries sustained in a rear end collision include:

  1. Whiplash, one of the most commonly cited injuries from a rear end collision, occurs when muscles and soft tissues are strained from the sudden backward/forward movement of the head and neck
  2. Broken bones
  3. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) / Concussion, the signs of which can take days or weeks to manifest
  4. Facial disfigurement from sudden contact between the face and the dashboard or headrests of the vehicle
  5. Nerve damage, stemming from pressure on nerves sustained in a crash

Common Multi Vehicle Collisions

While each multi-vehicle accident is unique due to the specific road conditions, number of cars, and speeds involved, there are some common factors which contribute to the frequency of these chain reaction events. One or more of the following will likely be involved in a multi-vehicle accident:

  1. Hazardous road conditions
  2. Limited visibility from rain, especially when drivers do not slow down appropriately
  3. Tailgating can significantly heighten the severity of an accident, causing multiple cars to crash because they are unable to stop to avoid the initial impact
  4. Drugs and alcohol
  5. Speeding and/or
  6. Reckless driving or road rage

Establishing Liability in Head On Collisions

  1. In most head-on collisions, one driver is clearly liable, as the accident usually occurs in a lane with one car traveling in the correct direction and the other travelling against the flow of traffic. If a driver is found liable, the injuries and property damage sustained by the other driver, or victim, should be covered by the at-fault driver's insurance policy
  2. In order to win a claim, it must be demonstrated that one party is at fault. At-fault implies liability, and in order to prove liability, generally, the "victim" must prove that the other driver owed a duty of care and that care was breached through negligence. Furthermore, damages must have resulted from the at-fault party's negligence. When these elements are present and proven, liability has been established
  3. Establishing liability is the same regardless: demonstrate that (1) there was a duty of care; (2) the duty was breached; and (3) damages resulted from the breach
  4. Examples of negligence include violating a traffic rule or regulation and driving while distracted or while tired

T-Bone Collisions

T-bone accidents occur when the front of one vehicle collides into the side of another vehicle, creating an accident scene reminiscent of the "T" shape. Although more cars are being equipped with side-airbags and other safety equipment, there still remains little protection to the driver and passengers of the vehicle receiving a blow from the side. Though a seat belt is critical, in these situations it may not save a person from serious injuries.

The most common causes of T-bone accidents include:

  1. Speeding. Speeding matters most with regard to the vehicle striking the other vehicle, but in general, the speed of both vehicles matters
  2. Failure to yield the right of way. At intersections, either signaled or 4-way stops, it is common for a motorist to drive when it is not his or her right-of-way, and when that happens a side impact can occur
  3. Failure of a driver to stop at a red light or a stop sign. This failure relates in part to the failure to yield the right of way. If a driver fails to stop properly and then go when it is lawful, a sideswipe can occur
  4. Failure to make a safe left turn. When pulling out into traffic when there are no signals or signs, making a left turn is the most dangerous of turns, and if the driver making the turn fails to be cautious and look both ways properly and judge the speed of oncoming vehicles in both directions, then serious side impacts can occur
  5. Distracted driving. Distracted driving is well known as to its dangers, particularly with handheld electronic devices in use today (e.g., cell phones, iPads, etc.)
  6. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If someone drives while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, he is less likely to be aware of his surroundings and may make unlawful choices while driving
  7. Technical Malfunctions. In rare instances, there may be a technical malfunction that causes a vehicle to crash into another vehicle. Examples of these malfunctions could be brake failure or a defective steering system

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