Car Accidents | Grand Junction Criminal Defense and Personal Injury Blog
Navigating the apps within your smart phone or texting while driving is reckless when behind the wheel of a vehicle. If you do get in an accident, your smartphone is the most useful tool you have at your disposal. Taking pictures after an accident will help protect your legal rights and substantiate the evidence for your claim. Photos cannot only show the damage caused, but in some cases the right images can prove how the accident occurred. You should try to take as many pictures as possible after a car accident.
Seatbelts are a required safety feature – when used. When a seat belt does not secure a driver or passenger, it can lead to serious or fatal injuries. One segment of the population is the least likely to use seatbelts: Young males aged 20 to 39, as reported by the Colorado State Patrol. In the words of Chief Matthew C. Packard:
“Colorado State Troopers responded to more serious injury and fatality crashes involving improper use or no use of seatbelts with our male drivers between the ages of 20 – 39 than any other group.”
The death of a child is a parent’s worst nightmare. Unfortunately, child crashes continue to be a leading cause of death for children, as reported by CDOT (Colorado Department of Transportation). The agency reveals that two children under the age of 13 died every day in a recent year due to a vehicle accident. These collisions were the third leading cause of preventable injury for children from newborns to age 14.
A police report can hold a lot of weight in a car accident claim. It can provide key details about how your collision occurred and who is responsible for paying you compensation. If you were injured by a negligent driver, it is important to secure this document as soon as possible and review it with an experienced lawyer.
Cuts and lacerations come about in many forms. Blunt force trauma. Road rash. Contact with shrapnel like broken glass, or bent and broken vehicle frames. Compound fractures where broken bones push through the skin. Split lacerations, which occur when a part of the body is crushed between two objects, compressing and tearing the skin.
These injuries are common after car crashes, motorcycle collisions, and many other accidents. But they also have an added danger: with an open wound in the skin, harmful bacteria can enter the body, leading to a potentially serious infection.
After you have suffered a severe laceration, it is crucial to be on alert for the symptoms of infection.
When you get into a car as a passenger, you are putting your life in the hands of the driver, as well as in the hands of the other drivers on the road. Sadly, drivers are not always responsible. There are always a few out on the roadways who have been drinking, who want to text their friends, or who just cannot keep their eyes open.
If you have been involved in a serious accident as a passenger, you may be searching for who to hold liable for your injuries. Thankfully, the liable party may be easier to find than you realize.
In a miss-and-run accident, there is no contact between the vehicle that causes the crash and the injured party’s vehicle, and there is no way to identify the at-fault driver. It is very similar to a hit-and run-accident, when the at-fault driver leaves the scene. The main difference is the lack of contact between the two vehicles.
For example, a driver performing an improper lane change could cut you off, forcing you to swerve to avoid hitting that vehicle. While that driver continues on his way, your swerve, made necessary by the other driver’s actions, could result in a collision with another vehicle. By the time the police arrive, the “phantom driver” who caused the accident is long gone, and there is no way to file a claim against that driver’s insurance company.
When you buy a new car or a new car part, you expect the machine to work as is advertised. After all, it is brand new. What could possibly go wrong? Sadly, when it comes to poorly manufactured parts or vehicles, everything could go wrong. From defective brakes to popped tires, that new car could fall apart within months of a purchase and cause a catastrophic accident. When that happens, the party responsible should be held liable for their negligence.
With massive machines traveling at high speeds all across the country every day, it is no wonder car accidents are so devastating. Whenever these vehicles collide with each other—or with someone less protected, like a cyclist or pedestrian—everyone involved is bound to suffer a serious injury. Thankfully, as car technology advances, the industry finds new ways to help prevent accidents from happening altogether and keep everyone safe when they do occur.
There was once a time when an order taking a week or more to arrive was the standard. These days two-day shipping reigns supreme, thanks, in part, to Amazon and their Prime subscription services. However, as our deliveries have faster and faster turnaround times, our roads become congested with delivery vans, all rushing to get their packages dropped off on time. This demand for fast service has, sadly, led to more dangerous roadways.
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