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Pedestrian accidents are resolved in different ways

Pedestrians who are struck by vehicles can suffer grave injuries, even at slower speeds. There are many factors that determine what type of injuries will occur. The size of the vehicle, the speed, the location of impact and the health of the pedestrian might all play a part in the outcome. One thing that is present in all these cases is that the pedestrian will likely need medical care.

When the driver is the one who caused the accident, there isn't any reason why the pedestrian should have to cover the financial obligations from the wreck. Instead, a personal injury claim against the driver and any other liable parties, such as an employer if the vehicle belonged to a company, can help to pass the financial burden on to them. We know that the thought of having to file a lawsuit might seem intimidating, but we are here to help you with the process.

Car crash injury profile: Dislocated shoulder

Many injuries are possible when you are involved in a car crash. One that is possible that people might not think about is a dislocated shoulder. Typically, this is injury requires that you visit the doctor to have the shoulder put back into the correct position. Until you do this, you might suffer from severe pain and loss of use of the affected arm.

The shoulder socket is shaped like a cup. When you dislocate your shoulder, the ball that fits into that cup comes out of it and must be put back. On top of the pain and inability to move the arm, you might also notice that it is swollen or bruised. It might even look odd. Damage to nerves and pressure on them might lead to your arm feeling weak or numb. Muscle spasms are also possible, which can exacerbate other symptoms.

Alcohol-related crashes can devastate innocent victims

With the Super Bowl just a few days away, people are going to head out to parties for the big game. But before going out, they must ensure that they have a safe way home. Without having a designated driver or some other way to get home after drinking, people might be tempted to drive home drunk. This is problematic because it is a fully preventable risk to others on the road.

Drunk driving accidents can be traumatic. Impaired drivers have few inhibitions about how they operate their vehicles. They may drive too fast or travel down the wrong side of the road. With the proliferation of Uber and Lyft ride-share services, there just is no good reason to take the wheel after drinking alcohol. Unfortunately, innocent people can suffer serious injuries or even die just because a football fan couldn't be bothered to find a safe way home.

Lack of sleep is only one factor that can lead to trucker fatigue

The Hours of Operation regulations set strict shift limits for truckers. Unfortunately, driving too many hours isn't the only factor that can lead to fatigue. A trucker who is fatigued for any reason is a significant hazard to others on the road because they might not be able to handle the rig in the safest manner.

Fatigue is a contributing factor in around 40 percent of semitruck crashes. However, fatigue is preventable with proper precautions.

Financial devastation can come after being hit by a car

Being struck by a car can lead to very serious injuries. When you are walking or riding a bike, you don't have the protection of the body and frame of a car. This means that your body will take the full brunt of the impact. Plus, you may have the impact of hitting the ground when you fall. We recognize that you might be facing a long road to recovery.

In the early days after the accident, you might not be able to do much. For some, these days are spent in the hospital. When you aren't able to work, your income will suffer. Most people don't have thousands of dollars that they can throw around while they are incomeless during the healing process.

4 impacts of serious car wrecks

Car wrecks can impact victims in a variety of ways. There are times when the physical injuries might be the most pressing matters, but you might soon find that these accidents affect every aspect of your life. You have to try to work through all of these so that you can reclaim your life after the accident.

While everyone's experience is going to be different, here are some of the more common ways that you might be impacted by a serious car wreck:

  • Time. You will likely spend a lot of time sorting through red tape, including dealing with the insurance companies, figuring out whether to fix or replace your vehicle and getting the medical treatment you need.
  • Finances. The financial impact of an auto accident can be significant. You may have bills for repairs to your vehicle and for the medical treatment you received. These bills might come at a time when you are unable to work because of the results of the crash, so your income is negatively impacted.
  • Pain and suffering. The injuries you suffer in a car accident can have lasting effects on your abilities, partially because they are painful. Taking pain-relievers might help, but some medications have serious side effects, e.g., changes in cognitive abilities that make it impossible to drive safely.
  • Social impacts. Your social life may be affected because you are unable to spend time with friends and family due to pain, lack of finances and the emotional trauma of the crash. You may become uneasy when you have to ride in a vehicle, which can make it challenging to carry out many social activities, including running normal errands.

Hit by a drunk driver? You have legal options

Drunk drivers don't have any business being out on the road. Wrecks involving these drivers are fully preventable, but people who have been drinking often think there isn't anything wrong with them and that they can make it home without incident. For the innocent victims of these crashes, the situation is often so infuriating that they have to do something. One option that you have is to seek compensation through a claim for damages.

When you file a lawsuit, your case is heard in the civil court system. Since this independent of the criminal court system, you can file your claim whether the person is facing criminal charges or not. This means that there are two ways the drunk driver might be held accountable.

Incompetent truckers shouldn't be allowed on the road

When you are on the road, you expect that the truckers who are on the road around you are properly trained. The issue is that there are some truckers who aren't properly trained or qualified to be behind the wheel. With the shortage of truckers, some unscrupulous trucking companies might opt to try to skirt around standard training in an effort to keep their cargo moving to customers.

If you are injured in an accident with a trucker, looking at the possibility of the truck driver being unqualified is one strategy to check when you are getting your case together. Incompetent truckers and a failure to complete the federally mandated paperwork are both points that you can use in your case.

Car wrecks can come with considerable financial damages

Drivers must take road conditions into account when they are driving. When they don't, there is a chance that they could cause an accident that injures innocent people. This is a bad situation for the innocent victims who didn't count on not being able to make it home safely.

If you are injured in a car wreck because a driver decided not to drive in accordance with the road conditions, you might decide to seek compensation for the wreck. We can help you find out about the process and to help you determine the value of your case. These are important factors since they might have an impact on what decision you make in this matter.

Pedestrian alert: Driver behavior is unpredictable by crosswalks

Most pedestrians know that they need to be careful when they cross the street. They usually do a good job of making sure they only cross in designated areas and look both ways first. Still, sometimes accidents occur in crosswalks.

The reason behind many of these crashes is simple — motorists who drive negligently. They seem to forget that pedestrians have the right of way in crosswalks. This isn't contingent upon how much of a hurry the driver is in. Instead, the onus is on the driver to stop at the crosswalks when there is a pedestrian making their way across the road.

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