Potholes. Poorly displayed signage. Broken lighting. These safety hazards and a host of additional road-related safety hazards often contribute to auto accidents. If you have been in an auto accident and road conditions contributed to that accident, you obviously cannot sue the road in question for damages. However, you may be able to hold other entities responsible for any physical harm or property damage resulting from the accident.
A tragic motor vehicle accident in South Carolina claimed two lives after a car and an 18-wheeler collided. The wreck occurred because two young men, a 27-year-old and a 22-year-old, were in the smaller vehicle which ran a stop sign. The vehicle was struck by the much larger truck and the two men inside the vehicle were killed. Police don't believe that charges will be filed in the accident, though that doesn't make it any less tragic.
You may not realize it but there are a number of elements present in our roadways that make them safer. Everything from a roadway's design to its surface helps reduce hazardous conditions that could otherwise lead to an accident. But if any of these elements fail, instead of preventing accidents, they could be the reason for them.
Although it is always important for motorists to avoid drinking and driving, it is perhaps particularly important that they avoid this hazardous behavior during high-traffic weekends. No matter when a motorist intentionally or unintentionally drives while legally drunk, that motorist risks the safety of himself or herself, as well as anyone else the motorist comes into contact with while traveling. During high-traffic weekends, a drunk motorist is likely to encounter a higher volume of travelers than normal and will put each of them at risk of being injured or killed in an accident.
Most Americans would probably agree that the purpose of traffic laws should be public safety. Enforcement of laws against running red lights is necessary, for example, because the threat of consequences is one of the few things that will motivate some people to avoid doing it. Red light cameras seem like a rational way to enforce that law, if only because they're always on patrol.
For many people, multitasking while driving has become second nature. Millions of individuals find it nearly impossible to drive any distance without texting, talking on a cellphone, eating, reading or grooming. Unfortunately, a driver distracted by these activities can cause devastating, fatal car accidents.
Motor vehicle accident injuries are not limited to the drivers of the cars or trucks involved. In fact, passengers in these vehicles can sustain severe, catastrophic injuries as well. Depending on the force of the collision, a passenger runs the risk of suffering a fatal injury in a serious car accident.
There are many concerns that can arise regarding teen drivers when it comes to nighttime driving. For one, visibility tends to not be as good when driving at night, which could be problematic for a young driver who is still trying to get the hang of driving. Also, nighttime driving can sometimes create a drowsy driving risk for teens at a stage in their driving experience when they may not be that good at gauging if they are too tired to drive.
During our last post, we began a discussion about the kinds of trauma that motor vehicle accident victims may experience. Certainly, many accident victims weather physical trauma and are left with physical injuries. But not all accident-related trauma is physical in nature. Oftentimes, individuals are left with psychological and emotional wounds that may require much time and effort in order to heal.
We recently began a discussion entitled “Why the Tracy Morgan truck accident settlement matters.” During that discussion, we observed that the settlement which was recently reached in the accident case involving Tracy Morgan serves as an excellent illustration of an important point. The media likes to report on cases that are particularly contentious and that result in significant jury awards. However, the majority of cases do not result in a jury verdict. The majority of cases, including the Tracy Morgan accident case, settle. And settlement does not render these cases any less important than those which end in a jury verdict.