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Stamford Motor Vehicle Accidents Law Blog

Pedestrian safety has to be a priority in the summer months

The summer months are here and people are out fully enjoying the lovely weather. While this is done in fun, there are some very serious dangers that come with this time of year. One of these is that pedestrians are out in full force, which can mean that they are at risk of being hit by a vehicle.

It is imperative that all drivers are paying attention to what is going on when there are pedestrians around. Sadly, many drivers are so focused on getting to their destination as quickly as possible that they forget other people want to make it to where they are going safely. In their hurry, these drivers might ignore basic right of way laws. This can produce tragic results.

Car crashes can lead to catastrophic injuries

Many victims of car crashes suffer from impacts that they don't immediately pin on the accident. This is because some injuries won't be evident right away. There are some injuries, such as brain injuries, that might take days or longer to show up. In some cases, the adrenaline rush might mean that you don't realize you suffered a serious injury.

It is usually a good idea to seek medical care if you are injured in any way in a car crash. This gives the doctors a chance to evaluate you to see if there is anything serious going on that you aren't aware of. In the days and weeks after the crash, be sure that you seek out medical care if you need it.

Road safety is the responsibility of each driver

Motorcycle riders should do what they can to stay safe when they are out riding. This can help them to avoid some accidents, but it might help them to avoid them all. If you are out riding a motorcycle this summer, remember these tips:

You should make sure that you can handle your motorcycle. Buying a bike that is too powerful can be disastrous because you might not be able to control it when there are obstacles on the road. If you are concerned about the power of a specific motorcycle or are unsure of what you can handle, it is usually best to err on the side of caution and use the smaller option that is available.

DUI accidents are probable cause all on their own

You have likely heard that police officers need to have probable cause before they can stop a drunk driver. In essence, they need a reason to make that stop, to start an investigation, to detain the driver and to begin checking to see if the driver is intoxicated.

One thing you should know is that an accident itself is typically viewed as probable cause for a police officer. It is clear to the officer that some law, at some level, was probably broken prior to the accident. It could be one driver running a red light, speeding, driving aggressively, turning without signalling or a whole host of other reasons.

Big rig accidents must be handled promptly

We recently discussed what you should do after a semitruck crash. These steps are very important because they can help protect your right to pursue compensation. We know that the minutes and days after the crash will be very stressful for you.

When you suffer from an injury in the crash, getting medical care is your priority. You need to make sure that you don't have anything life-threatening going on. Once this is done, the medical professionals can address any other complaints you have related to the accident.

Know what you must do after a semitruck crash

Motor vehicle accidents are difficult situations for the victims who weren't expected to be crashed into. When one of these vehicles is a semitruck, there is a good chance that serious injuries will occur. The next steps are crucial so make sure that you are carefully considering what you are going to do.

The first thing that you should do is to determine if anyone needs an ambulance. In a semitruck crash, there is a very good chance that you will. You should contact 911 to get the police department dispatched. Make sure you tell the operator that you need medical care if necessary. If you think that either vehicle will catch on fire or if something flammable is leaking from a vehicle, you should also ask for the fire department.

Devastation often comes when pedestrians are hit by vehicles

With the lovely summer weather here, everyone can get out and enjoy being outside. Some people will opt to walk around and others might bike about the city. In all of these cases, you are putting your safety into the hands of the drivers who are around you. When they don't take safety seriously, you might end up injured.

Drivers will sometimes get into such a hurry that they don't pay attention to crosswalks and areas where pedestrians and bicycles frequent. They might be trying to rush and fail to yield the right of way to people who should have it. These drivers might slam into people crossing the street at a crosswalk. The devastation of a full speed car hitting people is considerable.

What types of mistakes can cause a pedestrian accident?

As a pedestrian, you should always be aware of your surroundings. You need to know what's happening at all times, as this will go a long way in helping you avoid a serious situation in which you're struck by a vehicle.

Unfortunately, even if you're careful of every move you make, it's possible that you could still be part of an auto-pedestrian accident.

Car crash damages can add up quickly, compensation might help

When you are in a car crash, you might be so stressed at the scene that you can't think straight. You might not be able to formulate a plan for what you need to do at that time. It is easy to try to just hurry up and get back home but you need to make sure that you are healthy and that you have the information you might need from the other driver.

We realize that you are shaken up, but you need to do a quick evaluation to determine if you need emergency medical care. When you contact the emergency authorities, you can ask them to send an ambulance if you or someone else was injured in the crash.

Are you aware of these car accident causes?

Car accidents have a variety of different causes. Figuring out the cause of an accident you are in might be simple, but there are some instances in which the cause isn't immediately evident. In order to determine the cause of the crash, you sometimes have to be willing to think outside of the box.

You might automatically lean toward some of the more common causes of accidents. These include drunk, aggressive, distracted, fatigued, reckless or unsafe driving. When these aren't present in the accident, you have to think beyond those.

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