Auto Accidents

When a Civil Case Becomes Criminal: Why you should never flee the scene

Posted by on Aug 11, 2017 in Auto Accidents | 0 comments

When you’re involved in an accident that leads to an injury, the injured party may seek compensation for the injuries they’ve suffered. In most cases, this will happen within or before a civil court, where the settlement agreed upon is meant to cover the amount the injured party needs to recover. This may include hospital bills, the amount for physical therapy in the future, the lost wages while the injured party was healing, and can even include non-monetary amounts like pain and suffering. This is the method through which the injured party, or the party not responsible for the accident, are not left unjustly saddled with the expenses of an accident that they didn’t cause. In most cases, if you’re the party at fault, this will be simple negotiations with your attorneys or insurance company. It’s no fun, of course, but a civil suit is meant to be to the benefit of someone who was not at fault.

Unfortunately, things can always be worse, like in the case of the driver of an SUV who caused serious injuries to a motorcyclist while pulling out of a driveway. As reported by Fox59, the SUV driver then fled the scene. The story doesn’t end well for either party of this accident. The motorcyclist is faced with injuries to his leg, and the driver of the SUV was searched for and found by the police, who arrested him on suspicions of driving while intoxicated on top of fleeing the scene of a crash leading to a serious personal injury. Now, the driver faces more than a simple civil suit: he will be taken to the court on criminal charges. A criminal case results in fines to the city and, should the motorcyclist choose to hire a team of attorneys like the Hankey Law Office P.C., there will be more compensatory fines to pay out later.

When involved in an accident, it’s in everyone’s best interest to talk to the police first. A rash decision like leaving the scene can leave everyone in even more trouble than is worth. A police report can record the fault of the drivers and is a good reference for everyone involved in a civil court case. It is just another piece of evidence. Personal injury attorneys will encourage their potential clients to call the police in all and any cases of an accident—large and small—for this very reason.

The criminal charges for fleeing the scene of a crash could’ve been avoided, had the driver who caused the accident just stayed on the scene. Now, instead of the simple civil court case that would have occurred, the driver of the SUV is forced to go through a criminal court case, and the chances of the motorcyclist receiving the full amount of compensation he is owed will have decreased. All-in-all this is a losing situation for everyone involved.

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Semi-Truck Accidents due to Drunk-Driving

Posted by on Feb 11, 2017 in Auto Accidents | 0 comments

An 18-wheeler, also called semi-truck, big rig or tractor-trailer, weighs about 80,000 lbs., making it 20-30 times heavier than a passenger car. While this weight can make this type of vehicle incredibly tough in road crashes, the same feature is source of great disadvantage where braking or coming to a full stop is the issue.

Compared to a light pickup or an ordinary passenger car which, at the speed of 65 mph, will require about 316 feet before coming to a full stop, an 18-wheeler will take 525 feet to stop fully. This longer stopping distance and other factors, which make big rigs threats on the road, are the reasons why it is very necessary that truck drivers are fully trained, licensed, not feeling fatigued or sleepy, and totally sober and focused on the road whenever behind the wheel.

While the first three necessities (mentioned above) are never or seldom problems, certainty on truck driver sobriety is still a big question. As shown in a number of studies, many truck drivers have been found intoxicated or high on drugs while driving – a very serious traffic violation due to the high risk of injury they put themselves and, especially, other motorists in.

The blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit for drivers of passenger cars is 0.08%; for truck drivers, however, the limit is much lower: 0.04%. Semi-truck drivers operating their truck despite a 0.04% BAC can result to DUI, while if caught with a 0.02%BAC, they can be suspended from operating their truck for a total of 24 hours.

It is most vital that a truck driver exercises extreme caution while operating his/her vehicle to reduce the possibility of a truck crash. He/she will never be able to do this, though, if he/she is high on drugs or is alcohol-impaired; he/she will also be putting many lives in danger and even possibly cause an otherwise preventable incident that is due to his/her disregard for the safety of others.

“Commercial trucks are some of the largest vehicles on the road, and as a result, they can pose a serious threat to other motorists. Truck accidents are often far more significant in terms of impact than other types of car accidents, due to their size and weight, and the possibility of serious injury or even death resulting from these types of accidents is typically much higher than normal.

Truck accident victims are often left in a difficult situation, trying to recover from a serious injury while coping with costly medical bills and lost income. Fortunately, compensation may be available in these situations through the help of a seasoned personal injury lawyer.”

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Impairment: The Primary Reason Why Drunk Driving is Prohibited

Posted by on Dec 3, 2016 in Auto Accidents | 0 comments

The blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit for drivers in the U.S. is 0.08% (about 4 – 5 regular bottles beer consumed within an hour). This means that anyone who will 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. Surprisingly, research shows that the highest number of drunk-driving cases involved people between 16 and 24 years old.

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.

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 can; what these agencies prohibit is driving afterwards – what makes it so hard to understand this?

Because of the obstinacy of millions of drivers, 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 more than 10,000.

A victim of drunk driving, as explained in the website of the law firm Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC, 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 absence from work, which results to lost wages and the need to pay costly medical treatment. Situations become worse if the injury leads to disability as this will mean more wages lost and higher cost of medical care.

Victims of drunken driving accidents are entitled to seek compensation from the negligent, careless and irresponsible at fault driver. While there is no stopping victims from agreeing to a settlement with the liable party or from filing a lawsuit and facing the legal battle alone, these strategies can prove critical in their attempt to seek compensation. It will always be to their advantage if they were represented by a personal injury lawyer who is highly-skilled in personal injury law who has the experience to aggressively pursue compensation from liable parties or from their car insurance provider.

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