Car Accidents

What to do after an accident caused by a bad roadway

When you believe that a government agency is responsible for your car accident, then there are important steps that you should take in order to make a strong personal injury or car accident claim. According to Williams Kherkher, a government entity or agency can be held accountable for a car accident if they neglected their duty to keep the road reasonably safe, which lead to poor road conditions. The government agency can be legally off the hook if they were not aware of the poor condition of the road or that they provided enough warning signs that the motorists did not heed.

In order to make a strong case, the first thing to do after being a car accident (after getting necessary medical care) is to get important and relevant information. Make sure that you have record important information such as the location of the road issue and where the accident occurred, as well as significant landmarks of establishments that could help locate the area. Next, list the name of the road where the accident happened and the direction with which your vehicle was driving. Another important factor is the details of the road condition that caused the accident, such as the size of the pothole, no warning signs, etc. Lastly, get contact information and names of possible witnesses that may help validate your claim.

There are time constraints for these legal processes so it is important to know the statute of limitations so that you will not lose your right to file a claim. Regardless of whether you want to file a claim or not, you still have the responsibility of reporting the incident so that the government can address or fix the poor road conditions and avoid future accidents.

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Complications of Pedestrian Accidents

The state of California is one of the most populated and busy states in all of the US, so it does not come as a surprise that there is a significant amount of pedestrian accidents that occur all over the state. When a pedestrian gets hit by a car, the first legal claim would be against the motorist who hit the victim, but there are also some circumstances there a claim can be filed against a municipality. This occurs when the place where the accident occurred was unsafe or if traffic devices were not working properly, leading to the accident.

According to the website of Williams Kherkher, one of the complications following a pedestrian accident is when the driver of the vehicle immediately left the scene. This would then be called a hit-and-run accident, and can make an injury claim and compensation very hard to win. Health and disability insurance may ensure that injuries will be covered regardless of whether the driver who hit you is able to pay compensation or not.

Despite being a “defensive driver” you can never be too sure of the actions of other people while they are on the road, therefore being clam and alert is important when sharing the road with others. It is not only the driver’s responsibility to drive safely; pedestrians who are on the road should also be paying particular attention to the roads and make sure to be visible to other motorists so that they are visible. Since pedestrians are often not wearing enough protection, even a small accident can lead to serious injuries, therefore being aware and alert and following traffic signals should be practiced in order to avoid being involved in a pedestrian accident.

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Low Delaware Crash Fatality Breaks in 2014

Delaware recorded a 50-year low in number of vehicular crash fatalities in 2013 with 101 people killed but posted a 24% increase in 2014 with 125 traffic deaths. Of these more than 50% were caused by impaired driving and 25% of people who died were not wearing seatbelts.

Car accidents are an extremely common occurrence on US roads and happen much more often than many people realize. An article on the Abel Law Firm website states that nearly 16,500 car accidents happen in the US every day but people continue to blithely go about their business as if nothing can ever happen to them. The reality is, serious vehicular car accidents can happen at any time to any one, and the sad fact is many of these accidents are preventable.

The record lows experienced in Delaware in 2013 was laudable, but ultimately unsustainable because few people understand that when they get behind the wheel of a vehicle, they take on the duty of care to ensure the safety of their passengers and the people with whom they share the road. Drinking while driving, texting while driving, even putting makeup while driving continue to be common occurrences despite the many efforts to increase their awareness of the dangers of this kind of behavior.

Perhaps this is because many of these negligent drivers are not made to bear the consequences of their actions. Serious car accident injuries often come with huge medical bills, rehabilitation costs, and life care expenses, not to mention loss of income and consortium. For those who lose a loved one in a negligent accident are left to cope with the loss of companionship as well as financial support in many cases.

If you have experienced the consequences of negligent car accidents, you have a duty to make the party responsible pay for it. Consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer in Delaware to help you make your statement in a way that will resonate with would-be negligent drivers.

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