Sunday, 24 March 2013

Accident Cases In Virginia

Accidents are mishaps that can happen anytime, can cause injuries to anyone at any place. Personal injuries mean bodily harm. These cannot be predicted. It can happen on roads (you were rear ended), crossings, footpaths (unmarked ditch), aircraft (baggage falls off from the overhead bin), train stations, bus stations, in the street, at home (you were hurt by a malfunctioning electric product), inside a restaurant (food poisoning), in a theater (seat handle gave way), in a hotel, in a subway - anywhere. Plenty accidents cause injuries and damages. God forbid anything happens to the reader, but it is known to lead to partial or full disability, loss of job means loss of livelihood, one can easily run into large debts too. All such accidents take place in every part of the world due to negligent and or careless human beings. And in Virginia, one of the busiest states of USA, the number of such accident is quite high that can be confirmed from statistical data taken by many organizations. Also, there are emotional injuries that take place without bodily harm having taken place. Here the victim suffers from a mental condition – she or he cannot drive any longer, cannot swim any longer due to having developed phobia of water or experiences nightmares and is deprived of sleep.

The injured people of Virginia are best advised to consult a legal expert who caters to the specific kind of accident. Virginia personal injury lawyers provide legal services to the accident victims. Such lawyers (advocates) are trained in the relevant tort law governing the laws involved here. A Virginia personal injury lawyer is familiar of the litigation processes; he or she is supposed to deal and negotiate with the insurance companies in getting you a fair compensation in tune with the magnitude of the injury. Insurance companies tend to downplay the seriousness of the injuries in order to minimize the compensation that they have to release. A good, knowledgeable lawyer alone can convince the insurance company lawyer for agreeing to a higher compensation figure.

The various categories that a personal injury case can fall into are as illustrated here:

Accidents that happen involving a vehicle of any type – truck, bike, car, bus etc.

Injuries that occur on account of consumption of a medicine or drug.

Incorrect and improper medical care provided. This can be caused by a careless medical professional.

Toxic torts are injuries caused by toxin released in the victim’s close vicinity.

Injuries caused by slip and fall. One can fall over an icy or wet indoor surface or a hole in the way and fracture a limb.

Vaccine injuries are known to cause serious damages; such cases are typically complicated.

It is utmost crucial that the Virginia injury lawyer you hire is skilled enough in coping with a severe injury and keep it less stressful for his client as possible. What if the injury has rendered you jobless? He or she should be capable to help you receive compensation that more or less makes up for the income loss as well as compensate for the expenses incurred. Such results are rare and far between.

In the event of an accident in Virginia, you would first seek medical attention. It is equally important that you begin looking for a lawyer as soon as you are able to move around. It makes a lot of difference. The more the delay, you get further isolated from the event and makes recollecting the event difficult and thereby making the lawyer’s job tougher.

How do I know a good lawyer from a not-so-good one?

 This is an important insight that needs careful consideration. One of the most trusted methods for a referral is word of mouth. Make inquiries with all you know around. Probe different Virginia injury lawyers and law firms on the web and learn more of their reputation, fees, experience etc. Speak to the lawyer, ask questions. Is he delegating your case to another lawyer? Interview him or her as well. Are you referring a referral service? It would be worthwhile to find the criteria via which the names make it to the list. If the Virginia personal injury attorney you have chosen allows you to watch him arguing a case in a trial, it would give you some sense of his or her effectiveness. Also check that the lawyer is not blacklisted for any reason whatsoever by referring to Virginia’s bar association. Numbers also help make decisions. If possible obtain the number of cases he or she has won against all; or how many he or she has helped settle before the trial; this keeps the costs down.

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Causes Of Accidents On Roads

Accident is an event which occurs suddenly, unexpectedly under unforeseen situations. Accidents news is very common in our daily news and is global tragedy with increasing trend. More than 95% vehicle accidents involve with drivers behavior combine with other factors. Human error is one of the most important causes for road accident or crash.

One of the main reasons for road accident is distraction of driver. A distracted driver gets attention diverted from the road while using cell phone, sending text messages and eating food, looking at an object outside of the vehicle while driving. Many drivers ignore the speed limit. When you think about your action in a vehicle, other than just driving, you can see that they often involve more than one type of distraction. For instance if you change your radio station, not only you take your hand off the steering wheel to press the button but also take your eyes off the road to look at the button you want to press.

Speed kills, and driving beyond the speed limit is an easy way to cause accident. The faster you drive, the slower your reaction time will be to control the vehicle that you are driving, and prevent an accident. The faster you drive; you are more prone to road accident. Most of the drivers are concerned of going to their destination than how they go there. They cannot resist the speed limit. These drivers violate road sign and rules just to get where they are going. To avoid accidents or crash, passengers should be vigilant enough to check the drivers when they are over speeding and driving under the influence of alcohol. Traffic police should also check the speed of the driver to avoid road accidents.

Another most important cause of road accident is driving under the influence of alcohol. When the drivers are drunk they lose the ability to focus and function properly. This is very dangerous while driving a vehicle. Drinking impairs your vision and hearing capacity. This results in decreased muscles coordination and slower reaction times, which is not good for driving any vehicle. The drunk driver often survives, but tragically, innocent people are usually killed especially pedestrian.

Many accidents occur due to bad condition of the roads. Roads and highway maintenance is very important. Some roads are in a unsafe condition, like pot holes and uneven pavement which leads to serious accidents, drivers lose control over the vehicle when they drive on these types of roads. Driving in the day time can be easier than driving at night. People ability to perceive and judge the distance is impaired at night. While people eyes are capable of seeing in limited light, the combination of head lights and road lights creates a problem for the driver’s vision.

Young drivers, especially teenagers who are not experienced drivers face more road accidents. During tourist season time, drivers go through sleepless nights to attend their clients. Driving continuously at night makes the driver tired which makes them in losing concentration while driving. This leads to accident.

 Accidents occur due the vehicle defects also, such as break failure, tire bursting and many other mechanical defects. The most dangerous types of equipment failure are loss of brakes and steering suspension failure. With regular inspection of the vehicle by trained mechanics, equipment failure can be avoided.

Bad weather such as heavy rain, snow fall, high speed of wind and thick fog can cause bad visibility and poor friction on road surface which leads to road accidents.

One of the reasons for road accident is ‘GPS’ which means Global Positioning System. This is made up of group satellites. The satellites communicate with the GPS Navigation Device to pin point your location. Your position is over laid with digital mapping and navigation information stored with your GPS receiver. One of the devices knows your location, it is able to plan your driving direction for you, suggest a route around traffic congestion. As GPS device go main stream, there are growing number of incidents about routing, user in to lakes, on to the train tracks and many other places. For this reason, GPS device have caused many accidents in United Kingdom and other places. The result of people blindly following electronic direction in going to wrong way, some time the vehicle hitting a huge tree leads to accident. It is very important to keep in mind that maps and satellite navigation devices are great but they are also dangerous at times. Blindly following online navigation devices can easily result in disaster.