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What Are the Deadliest Cars On the Road?

As much as Americans are drawn to their cars for their interior and exterior styling, safety is also a primary concern when making a buying decision.  This is especially true when parents hit that nerve-wracking milestone of having young children get their driver’s licenses.

A recent study on car safety identifies models that provide reliability and those that are involved in higher rates of fatal accidents.  The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) collects data on the rate at which drivers of individual models are killed in crashes (it does not take into account passenger deaths).

Why Truck Accidents Need Close Scrutiny

As we hear more about autonomous vehicles and all of their potential benefits, including as it relates to commercial transportation, that technology is still on the horizon.  For now, the steady flow of local and interstate commercial vehicle traffic is powered by humans, and that means human error is inevitable.  The sheer size and weight of these trucks means when they are involved in crashes, catastrophic injuries often occur, leading to a lifetime of disability or even death.

Because of the increased danger that truck crashes pose, the commercial trucking industry is regulated by federal and state laws.  The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) are primarily responsible for enforcing federal trucking regulations, while each state has additional laws regulating intra-state commercial trucking.

Should Income Disparity Be Reflected In Injury Settlements?

The most devastating personal injury claims involve wrongful death or injuries so severe the victim can no longer work.  In these cases, it is necessary to use economic statistics to determine the total amount of lost earning capacity. If the victim is only beginning a career or is a minor who has not yet completed his or her studies, determining lifetime earning potential becomes much more difficult.

When creating a lost earning capacity damage model, economists often times refer to broader statistics that break down earning potential by gender, race and pre-existing health issues (smoking, diabetes, etc.) to determine how much a victim would have earned during his or her lifetime.  It is one of the only instances in the legal system in which race and gender are regularly considered in determining a damage award.

Keep Calm and Collect Information After A Car Wreck

The minutes and hours following a car wreck can be hectic and confusing.  Thoughts become scrambled and logic may disappear as you receive treatment for your own injuries or stay close to family members or others who are injured in the crash.

This recap of steps to take when a wreck occurs can help you accomplish important tasks and avoid common mistakes that can prove costly.  As you will see, a cellphone is a critical tool to record important information following a wreck.

The Walk of Life: Being A Pedestrian Is Getting Riskier

The past two years have been challenging for auto safety, and even worse for pedestrians.  A study released by the Governors Highway Safety Association reports pedestrian fatalities increased 22 percent in the past two years.   Based on data from the first six months of 2016, the report projected there were 5,997 pedestrian fatalities in 2016, which is up from 4,910 in 2014.

This increase in pedestrian fatalities comes on the heels of a report from the National Safety Council that traffic fatalities in general increased 14 percent in the past two years, marking the first increase in consecutive years since the 1960s.

The Massive Expense of Suffering a Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injuries can be emotionally and financially devastating to the victim and their loved ones. Much of a person's identity is wrapped up in their personality and their physical ability to do the things they love. Both of these driving forces could be dramatically impacted by a traumatic brain injury. In addition, the victim and their family could be responsible for significant medical bills that accompany the treatment of such a severe injury.

Many people assume that their health insurance will simply pick up the tab regarding the injury; however, this does not mean there will not be significant money the victim will owe due to high deductibles or other health insurance limits (in addition to a health insurance plan's subrogation rights) that could still place a family in dire financial straits. Furthermore, many physicians refuse to treat injury victims regardless of whether they have health insurance. What makes a traumatic brain injury potentially so expensive?

An Overview of what can be Claimed After a Car Accident

Unfortunately, car accidents are a reality of the road. There are numerous conditions that can contribute to a car accident. Sometimes, the weather becomes so bad that drivers cannot see the car in front of them. Other times, negligent drivers or drivers under the influence of drugs and alcohol can cause serious multi-car pileups.

Regardless of the circumstances, all car accidents have the potential to lead to serious medical injuries. These bills can place individuals and families under severe financial stress, particularly if the patient requires an intensive care stay or a surgical procedure. Sometimes, there are legal routes for financial relief. What kinds of damages can be claimed after car accidents occur? 

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