Actions to Take in the Event of a Car Accident

Actions to Take in the Event of a Car Accident

Jul 10

Millions of families have lost fathers, mothers and other family members due to the acts of irresponsible, reckless and negligent drivers who drink and drive but are too proud to acknowledge that they will not be able to operate their vehicle safely. Though less sober, some are drowned in the thought that they can make it safely to their destination, while others are consumed with the thought that they own the road and that it is rather the duty of all others to look after their own safety by avoiding them or getting out of their way so as not to get hurt.

The costly consequences of drunk driving can include damaged properties, severe injuries, trauma and death. Though all drivers want to be safe on the road and suppose that all other drivers should observer traffic and other road safety rules, many confess to violating at least a couple of rules occasionally, but believing that what they do is not at all dangerous.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that alcohol-impaired driving, speeding, distracted driving and reckless driving – the top four contributing factors to car crashes.

There is no acceptable explanation to driving while intoxicated. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) do not prohibit drivers from drinking anytime they want and as much as they want; what these agencies prohibit is driving afterwards.  This is because a person who is drunk is impaired, and impairment is the primary reason why drunk driving is prohibited. It makes a person less sober, and makes his/her reflexes slower. Besides this, impairment also affects a person’s judgment, perception, coordination, reaction time and general ability to focus on the road.

The blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit for drivers in the U.S. is 0.08%; this can result from consuming  4 – 5 regular bottles beer in an hour. This means that anyone who will be caught driving with this BAC level (or higher) can be charged with alcohol-impaired driving or DUI/DWI, driving under the influence/driving while intoxicated.

Because of the obstinacy of millions of drivers, however, drunk driving remains to be a major problem. In 2008 alone, 13,838 alcohol-related fatal crashes were reported to the NHTSA; since then, the number of deaths due to this irresponsible road behavior has never gone down to 10,200.

A victim of drunk-driving suffers not only physical injuries and trauma resulting from his/her life-threatening experience. It is very likely that his/her family also suffers financial hardship due to his/her costly medical treatment. Situations become worse if the injury leads to disability as this will mean wages lost and higher cost of medical care.

An article in the website of the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, LTD., says, “Accidents happen every day, and they often cause no harm. However, there are many occasions when accidents inflict serious injuries to those involved. These injuries lead to longstanding complications with medical costs, litigation, disputes with insurance companies, and many other difficulties that victims must handle, even if the accident was not their fault in the first place. Concurrently, many at-fault parties may not believe that they must pay compensation for their actions despite legal requirements to do so. These situations occur far too frequently and if a victim does not have strong legal representation at their side, they may never receive the compensation they need to recover.”

According to the law firm Williams Kherkher, ‘Car accidents are terrifying and often overwhelming ordeals, and in many instances, victims of a car accidents find themselves confused about what they should do in the moments, days, and weeks following their collision. Because of this, the said law firm has put together a quick guide outlining the steps that car accident victims should follow to get the help they need.

  1. Get Evaluated by a Doctor
  1. Document the Evidence as Extensively as Possible
  1. File an Insurance Claim
  1. Get Your Car Fixed, if You Can
  1. Take Legal Action if Necessary – If you are unable to get the financial compensation you feel you are entitled to from your insurance claim, or if you are thinking about taking further action against the party responsible for your car accident, you need an experienced attorney on your side to make sure that your legal needs are protected. At Williams Kherkher, our experienced attorneys have been helping people just like you for more than 30 years, and we know what it takes to effectively represent car accident victims in Houston.

By taking the appropriate steps after a car accident, accident victims can significantly increase their chances of making a full recovery from their injuries, securing the financial   assistance they need, and protecting themselves from any adverse legal action.

Cell Phone Use – the Worst Form of Distracted Driving

Cell Phone Use – the Worst Form of Distracted Driving

Jul 08

Studies show that 90% of the millions of cars accidents in the U.S. every year can blamed on bad road behavior which, basically, is the fault of drivers. Records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS)  and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that the most common forms of bad road behavior are impaired driving (impairment may be due to alcohol and use of illegal or prescription drugs), driving beyond the set speed limit, driving too fast for certain road conditions, aggressive driving, reckless driving, and distracted driving with cell  phone use as the number one cause of distraction.

Cell phone use while driving is, thus far, the worst form of driving distraction in the U.S. The National Safety Council (NSC) 2013 records show that 1.2 million motor vehicle accidents that year were due to talking on the phone, while another 341,000 were due to texting while behind the wheel (the NHTSA recorded 5.69 million auto crashes during that same year).

While accidents due to cell phone use have continuously risen over the years, so did the number of those getting injured in crashes. Driving distraction, as defined by the CDC, is any activity that takes away a driver’s attention on driving. There is an endless list of activities that are considered driving distractions, including, but definitely not limited to: conversing with passengers (the more passengers in the car, the greater the distraction), eating, drinking, adjusting a GPS or a car radio, looking at a map, turning the radio’s volume to full blast, reaching for something from the backseat, driving angry, playing with a child, personal grooming, objects outside the car getting the driver’s attention, lighting a cigarette, smoking, using a laptop, and adjusting car’s climate controls.

To enable a driver to veer away from road dangers that can cause an accident without losing control of his/her vehicle he/she will have to focus on driving. In the event of an accident, a driver should know that he/she should accept liability, especially when it comes to compensating the victim he/she has injured.

“Accidents, “according to the law firm Clawson & Staubes, LLC: Injury Group, “often leave people confused, overwhelmed and with a sense of helplessness. In addition to coping with physical and emotional trauma, you must sort through the financial hardships associated with lost wages and the costs of medical treatment and recovery. You will have questions about whether you have a right of recovery and how to negotiate the legal process. Personal injury lawyers will not only answer your questions, but also develop a focused legal strategy to pursue a recovery. Their knowledge, experience, resources and perseverance will help you achieve results.”

Even minor injuries can require costly medical treatment, while serious injuries, such as head and spinal trauma, can cause permanent physical disability.

In light of these and other serious consequences that car accident victims may have to face, it is often possible for those who have been the victims of these types of accidents to take legal action against the party responsible for the accident.”

For a person injured in an auto accident caused by someone else’s negligent behavior, there are legal options available to fight for financial compensation. This compensation cannot erase your physical and emotional suffering, but it can help relieve the financial stress related to an injury. To learn more about these legal options and how a seasoned personal injury lawyer may be able to assist you, this is one website worth visiting: