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Steps to take after a drunk driver auto accident

Drunk driving is a serious issue that can lead to tragic loss or injury. If you or someone you love suffered injuries from a drunk driving incident in which you were not at fault, you may be eligible to receive compensation through a personal injury claim.

In auto accident cases, it is important to follow proper protocol. Following the incident, there are certain steps you should take.

Key factors of a wrongful death case

When you lose someone due to the negligent acts of another individual or entity, it can be devastating. Thankfully, there are options available to make the responsible party pay.

If you are considering a wrongful death case, you want to be fully knowledgeable so that you may reach the best outcome. There are a few key factors you should be aware of for any wrongful death claim.

Do you have ongoing health issues from a low-impact crash?

Picture this: You're driving home from work when suddenly you are rear-ended while stopped at a light. The impact does not seem significant, nor do your injuries, but you've actually experienced whiplash. Over time, this seemingly minor damage becomes a major medical issue for you.

The problem is that even if it happens at a very slow speed, a collision can cause invisible soft tissue injuries, which might be quite serious. Seeking immediate medical attention after a low-speed crash is important not only in terms of health, but also because any delay might adversely affect your claim for financial compensation.

Why crashes caused by drowsy drivers can be catastrophic

Studies indicate that drowsy drivers are as dangerous as drunk drivers; in some ways, they are even more so. A feeling of sleepiness is not uncommon, and you may be among those who have occasionally felt drowsy while driving.

On the other hand, you may have been the victim of a vehicle accident caused by someone who had fallen asleep at the wheel. You may have sustained serious injuries yet count yourself lucky to be alive.

4 common factors in bicycle accidents

Bicycle accidents may not happen as much as motor vehicle accidents, but when one does occur, the injuries are more likely to be serious, if not fatal. Motorists are learning to share the road with cyclists, reducing the number of incidents, but it is still important to pay attention when on the road.

Whenever you are out biking, always remember that bicycles are considered vehicles and need to be operated as such. Obey the rules of the road, and keep in mind the circumstances that more typically lead to accidents. 

Do you have a personal injury case if you share the blame?

If you have suffered personal injury due to negligence on the part of someone else, you are probably thinking about submitting a claim for compensation. There is only one problem: If you were partially responsible for the accident, you may wonder if that voids any claim you might have.

This situation is covered under what is called comparative negligence. In the state of Pennsylvania, you can still collect damages depending on the level of your involvement in the accident that resulted in your injuries.

What is dram shop liability?

In a drunk driving accident, many people believe that only the drunk driver is liable, but 37 states have laws on the books that place some of the liability on restaurants, bars or liquor stores. This is dram shop liability, which holds retailers responsible for serving patrons. The name comes from when liquor stores were once called dram shops. 

In some cases, a social host may be liable for serving alcohol to someone who is later involved in an accident in which someone else suffers injury or death. In this case, the term is a social host law. It is unlawful to furnish alcohol to certain people, such as underage youth, an intoxicated person or even a habitual drunk. 

Keep danger out of a day of fun at the pool

With the onset of warm weather, swimming pools will be a favorite destination for families. All adults know how important it is to keep careful watch over children who are enjoying the water. Still, drownings occur, as well as extremely serious injuries, some of them due to circumstances you would not necessarily expect.

It only takes two or three seconds for a child to disappear beneath the surface of the water. It can happen when some small thing distracts you for the merest instant, and in that brief amount of time, tragedy might occur. According to the Centers for Disease Control, about ten people die from drowning every day in the United States. In fact, among the leading causes of unintentional injury deaths, drowning ranks fifth.

Understanding the dangers of texting and driving

Distracted driving has become a hot topic around the country in recent years as a growing proportion of the total fatal accidents happening each year prove to be the result of the habits that lead to driver distraction. To fight this, states have begun enacting a variety of laws that punish drivers for texting while they are on the road. For many, though, these legal penalties are not enough to curb the behavior. That is why it is important for every driver to understand just how big the risks can be.

Teens and distracted driving

Many people in Pennsylvania are aware of how dangerous distracted driving is. However, they may not be aware that teens are among the riskiest group of drivers on the roads. Often, they have yet to gain the amount of experience they need to handle the various types of driving situations they may encounter. Some teens also lack the ability to avoid distractions while they are driving. Parents of teens should learn about the dangers their young drivers face when they are distracted on the roads because many distracted teen car accidents are preventable.