Poor Highway Design and Maintenance Leading Cause of Fatalities

You might be surprised to learn that poor highway design and road related conditions are responsible for more than 50% of highway fatalities each year in the US, more than drunk driving or speeding, according to a recent study[1].

State and federal law requires that cities, towns and villages design, build and maintain safe roads. The Federal Highway Administration regularly examine accident scenes of car injuries and fatalities where road design, maintenance or defects may have contributed.  Read more

Injury Claims Arising from When a Motorist Falls Asleep While Driving

Unfortunately, motorists accidentally falling asleep at the wheel is a growing problem. Motorists can fall asleep while driving due to medication or alcohol use, often resulting in a serious accident. A large number of motorists fall asleep while driving due to stress, lack of sleep, being overworked or attempting long trips with little or no sleep. Nationwide, each year there are more than 83,000 accidents reported as a result of the driver falling asleep at the wheel[1]. This doesn’t include the presumably large number of cases where drivers did not report the incident.  Read more

Car Accidents Involving an Uninsured Motorist

What happens when one is involved in an accident with a vehicle that has an uninsured driver? The results can be utterly catastrophic, especially if there are any passengers that have been seriously injured in the crash. Sadly, the number of uninsured drivers has been steadily increasing over the last few years. The IRC (Insurance Research Council) estimates as many as one in six drivers are uninsured[1].

Who are these uninsured drivers? The IRC says that they are predominantly men, and around half are under 21 years old. The reasons given for not having insurance included the high price of insurance premiums.  Read more

Know Your Options after a Car Crash

When things go wrong and you are involved in a traffic accident, the shock can make it very difficult to think clearly.

Going through the experience of being in a car accident can be life altering. Some people never fully recover from their ordeal – either physically, emotionally or financially – so preparing oneself to handle the aftermath of a car accident before the fact can give you an advantage. Having a plan for how to handle such a tough situation beforehand could mean all the difference. Read more

What to do After a Hit and Run Car Crash

Identifying a hit and run driver can be difficult but not impossible. Hit and run accidents are classified as criminal offenses in all 50 states. Often times if a hit and run does not result in serious damage or any injuries, the police may regard this incident as a low priority and your case may be assigned to a traffic division or another department.

But if the accident results in serious injuries, damages or death and you can identify the car or the driver, they can open up a criminal investigation. Typically, if the police can confirm that the driver left the scene of an accident, that person can possibly even be arrested.

If you live in a no-fault insurance state your insurance company should compensate you regardless of who was at fault. This is especially helpful in a hit and run accident, when you can locate the driver.

If a driver damaged your personal property for instance your driveway by your home, a mail box, fence or any other property you own, your homeowner’s insurance may cover these damages.

It is important however, to try and identify the driver who left the scene after they hit you. You can do the following to try and identify the hit and run driver:

  • Get eye witness identification. If someone witnessed the accident, you can ask them if they were able to identify the vehicle model and make or a description of the driver who left the scene.
  • Video footage. Often times, businesses have video cameras. You can knock on the doors of the local businesses that were near by the accident and ask them if they can provide the video. If the business owner is not willing to give this video footage to you, your car accident attorney can subpoena them as part of a lawsuit.
  • Persistence. If you were able to get a license plate number, you can trace the owner of the vehicle through the DMV office. This may help you file an insurance claim against the driver.

Even if you are able to identify the driver in a hit and run, many times the driver will not admit to being in the accident. In this case you would need to get an attorney to assist you. Many attorneys don’t charge you a fee until you are awarded a settlement in a lawsuit (they usually take a percentage).

If you work with an attorney, you may be able to sue for medical bills related to your injuries, missed time off work due to the accident as well as pain and suffering.

Our nationwide network of car accident attorneys can help you. We are available 24/7. Call us at: 855-272-6990.