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Drunk Driving: One of the Leading Causes of Car Accidents in America

Posted by on Aug 25, 2015 in Car Accidents | 0 comments

While data shows a significant decline in incidents over the last recent years, car accidents remain a prevailing problem all over America. The fact that driving involves some risks to one’s health and safety cannot be ignored. Given certain factors, a minor incident can easily turn into a car accident that entails several devastating consequences. Car accidents remain to be among the most common reasons behind injuries and deaths reported annually across the nation.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety or NHTSA, one of the leading causes of such dangerous incidents is the prevalence of alcohol-impaired driving. Alcoholic drinks can significantly affect an individual in many ways, compromising his or her ability to operate a vehicle safely. Based on the data gathered by the NHTSA, drunk driving has led to over 10,000 fatalities for the year 2012 alone. These tragedies are a direct result of the myriad of ways that alcohol impedes one’s driving.

Data from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention makes this assertion clear, by breaking down the numbers regarding how different levels of blood alcohol concentration or BAC affect a person’s ability to drive. At 0.02 percent or about 2 alcoholic drinks, a driver can expect a decline on his or her visual functions, as well as the ability to perform two tasks at the same time. At 0.05 percent or roughly around 3 drinks, the effects of alcohol worsen, reducing a driver’s coordination and response to emergency situations.

It’s important to point out that these noted effects of alcohol are observed from individuals with BAC levels that are still below the legal limit. For private individuals, the legal BAC limit is at 0.08 percent. With that much alcohol in one’s system, a driver will experience loss of coordination, short-term memory, speech control, as well as impaired perception and reduced ability to process information.

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Consequences of Being Hurt in a Car Crash

Posted by on Apr 29, 2014 in Car Accidents, Personal Injury | 1 comment

Car Crash

Being in an auto accident can be hard not only on the physical aspect but also on the finances as well. Injuries sustained in the accident need immediate medical attention and further rehabilitation and treatment should these injuries prove to be serious.

In most auto accident situations, it is probable that you pay for your medical bills from your own pocket while the personal injury proceedings are still on-going. It may take a while for personal injury claims to be given compensation, as compared to accident claims that pay for the damages to the vehicle. What makes these injury claims longer to settle is because they require further information and evidences of the possible short-term and long-term medical costs that needs to be determined first in order to properly give a reasonable compensation.

If given the situation where you are required to pay for your own medical bills for the time being, you may need to rely on your own insurance health care provider to help cover for the expenses. It is generally easy to receive coverage through this process, yet you may have to give compensation after the personal injury claim has been settled. In order to get the best from your injury claims, document all the expenses that you made while the injury claims is still in the process. Such expenses may include:

  • Ambulance expenses
  • Prescription medications and over-the-counter medicines
  • Physical therapy sessions
  • X-rays and other emergency room exams and visits
  • Hospital stays
  • Costs of transportation to and from the medical care

For people who find it difficult to pay or cover for the costs of injury, many medical providers actually offer the option to have a “hold agreement”. This means that if you promise to pay for you medical bills immediately after the injury claims has been settled, then your medical provider would inform the collections agencies so that it won’t be deducted. Extreme cases such as settlement lawsuits, car accident loans are also available to help cover for medical bills before the settlement is reached.

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Causes of Lethal Truck Accidents

Posted by on Dec 5, 2013 in Car Accidents, Personal Injury, Truck Accidents | 3 comments

Recent studies have shown that between car and truck drivers, car drivers are most like the ones who have caused the accident and are most likely to die after the collision. According to recent studies from AAA’s Foundation for Traffic Safety, within the analyzed 10,000 fatal car-truck accidents that occurred, ninety-eight percent of the accidents resulted to fatalities that happened inside the car. Seventy-five percent of these accidents were caused by car drivers, while the remaining twenty-five percent were caused by truck drivers.

Based on the findings from the AAA report, these lethal truck accidents are due to five major driving and road violations: speeding, not yielding to the right of way, driver inattention, disregarding signs and signals, and failing to stay in your lane. These leading actions have accounted to sixty-five percent of dangerous driving actions that driver commit.

Many car drivers seem to be driving around these trucks the same way they do around smaller vehicles and these wrong estimation and confidence is what results to car-truck collisions. However, lack of proper driving education of commercial “big-rig” truck drivers are what the AAA studies believe to a big factor in these accidents. Truck drivers seem to drive dangerously – believing they are in the right way even if they are not. Because of their bigger size, many motorists believe truck drivers need to be more cautious, watching out for other, smaller vehicles while driving on the roads. Based on an article from the Abel Law Firm, vehicular accidents occur in American roads every eight seconds – this means everyone will be involved in a car accident at least once in their lifetime.

As time passes, road and safe driving education may become more and more important as the number of motorists have increased, making the highways all the more crowded. Just as with smaller vehicles, AAA informs drivers of the trucks blind spots, braking, and many other factors that can limit big-rig trucks ability to maneuver.

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