The Most Common Causes of Car Accidents in the United States

Posted by on Oct 17, 2016 in Car Accidents | 0 comments

In 2014, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recorded a total of 32,675 fatalities caused by car accidents in the United States. The previous year’s tally was at 32,719. This slight decline is a relief, but it also makes clear that there’s still so much work to be done in terms of protecting motorists from dangers they could encounter at any time on the road. While it’s there’s no easy way to address this problem, much can be accomplished by raising the public’s awareness regarding some of the most common causes for motor crashes all over the country.

There are plenty of factors that contribute to motor vehicle accidents. According to the IIHS, one of the most common causes of car accidents is drunk driving. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC show that a total of 4,663 people have been killed in alcohol-related incidents between the years 2003 and 2012. Furthermore, personal injury lawyers from Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC note that, in the year 2014, 33 percent of all motor accident fatalities involved incidents of drunk driving. Most car accidents are also commonly caused by negligent and reckless behavior on the road, which include traffic violations such as speeding and running stop signs. Another contributing factor to car accidents is distracted driving, particularly the use of smartphones while driving.

Regardless of what may have caused the crash, it’s clear that car accidents can lead to many devastating consequences, including serious injury for all drivers and passengers involved in the crash. As such, motorists should be reminded of the responsibility that comes with operating vehicles and the aftermath that could occur should this responsibility be taken for granted. Raising awareness on the common causes of car accidents can help remind drivers to take better care on the road and keep other motorists safe from harm.

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Cell Phone Use while Driving: The Cause of 1.6 Million Car Crashes in the U.S. Annually

Posted by on Jun 29, 2016 in Car Accidents | 0 comments

Cell Phone Use while Driving: The Cause of 1.6 Million Car Crashes in the U.S. Annually

Once you allow someone or something to distract you long enough while you are driving, then something unpleasant may just likely happen.

For years now, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has never wavered in educating and reminding motorists of the necessity of observing traffic safety rules, as well as of how dangerous it could be if a driver’s focus shifts from the road and from driving to someone or something else.

Besides impaired driving, reckless driving and overspeeding, distracted driving has, for a very long time, also been a threat to road safety (probably even longer then the first three); and the most dangerous things about distracted driving are the facts that: (i) even very careful drivers can and have actually been distracted; and, (ii) distracted drivers never even realize that they are already driving while distracted.

There are so many different distractions to driving, a few of these are conversing or arguing with a passenger, eating, drinking, reaching for an object, adjusting a car radio or a GPS device, looking at a map for directions, using a laptop, grooming, playing with a child or a pet, fixing a tie, and lighting a cigarette.

The currently considered worst and most dangerous form of distracted driving, however, is use of cell phone, whether texting or conversing with someone. According to the National Safety Council, 1.6 million car crashes due to cell phone use while driving occur on US roads and highways annually. Records from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show of 1,153 injuries and 9 deaths every day due to the same cause. But while those guilty of the act of using a cell phone while driving include drivers of all ages, majority of them are found to be young drivers, aged between 18 and 20.

The law firm Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck, P.A., says that a lapse in attention for just a few seconds is all it takes to lose control of a vehicle and subsequently cause an accident wherein victims get strapped with steep expenses, life-changing injuries, and emotional trauma. Distracted driving is dangerous, a bad road behavior and nothing more than an act of carelessness or negligence. Victims should consider it their duty to pursue a legal action against the at-fault driver, not just to seek compensation, but also to help make sure that such driver will never put other lives in the same danger in the future.

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Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage: Additional Insurance Coverage Required by Most States

Posted by on Feb 23, 2016 in Car Accidents, Insurance | 0 comments

Carrying auto liability insurance will allow you to renew your driver’s license and your car registration; it will also keep your license from being suspended, your driving privileges from being taken away, and you from being issued a traffic ticket for violation of your state’s mandatory insurance law. However, if you get involved in a car accident, which happens to be the fault of another driver who is uninsured, then you can be in big financial trouble. This is because your auto liability insurance will not do you any good since its purpose is for the benefit of the person you might injure or whose property you might damage in an accident wherein you are the one at fault.

To make sure that drivers are protected, states also require drivers to carry either or both the Uninsured motorist (UM) coverage and Underinsured motorist (UIM) coverage. Uninsured motorist coverage covers all economic losses and damages experienced by victims of accidents wherein drivers who do not carry auto liability insurance are held accountable; it also serves as a perfect financial safety net in hit-and-run accidents, as well as in accidents wherein the vehicle involved was stolen.

Underinsured motorist coverage, on the other hand, is meant to supplement any insufficiency in the policy limit of the at-fault driver. This usually happens when the at-fault driver carries only the minimum liability coverage that is required by his/her state, making the amount of his/her policy not enough to cover the full amount of damages suffered by the victim.

The mandated auto liability insurance, with the addition of UM and/or UIM, plus the many other factors considered by insurance providers, such as a driver’s age, driving history, driving experience, and type of car used, make insurance premiums too expensive for millions of drivers. It is because of this so many drivers rather risk driving uninsured than pay costly premiums (in 2012, records from the Insurance Research Council showed 29.7 million drivers who drove without insurance).

Due to driving uninsured, it is clear, according to Insure on the Spot, that many drivers do not understand the real dangers associated with not carrying car liability insurance. But if the only real problem is the high cost of premiums, then drivers can ask for free quotes from independent car insurance companies for the best insurance deal that is within their budget.

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What is Cephalohematoma?

Posted by on Sep 30, 2015 in Medical Malpractice | 0 comments

Cephalohematoma is a birth injury that is considered quite common among those who were born with the help of birth-assisting tools, such as vacuum extractor and forceps. Prolonged labor, a head larger than the mother’s pelvic area and first pregnancies are also among the risk factors associated with cephalohematoma. However, according to, some cephalohematoma cases have been a result of either inexperienced or negligent medical staff.

Babies suffering from cephalohematoma have unnatural bulges on their head. These bulges are blood collected between the skull and the scalp because of forceps or vacuum delivery. In some cases, bulges in the head may develop if the baby’s head hits the mother’s pelvic bone. Because the blood has nowhere to go, it stays there for several weeks up to a few months before it starts to disappear. Most cephalohematoma cases heal without needing any treatment. However, there are some instances when cephalohematoma is so severe that medication or surgery is necessary.

Apart from unnatural bulges in the head, babies suffering from cephalohematoma may also suffer from anemia resulting from low blood volume. In severe cases, the baby may suffer from jaundice due to increased level of bilirubin released by the liver to breakdown the collected blood. Babies suffering from congenital jaundice have yellowish skin, are difficult to feed, and cry a lot. Because too much bilirubin may cause toxicity that may affect the baby’s central nervous system, it is important to seek medical help immediately at the first signs of jaundice.

If you suspect that your infant is suffering from cephalohematoma, visit a pediatrician right away for a quick diagnosis. Imaging tests, such as computerized tomography (CT) scan and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may help detect the presence and severity of cephalohematoma. Although most cephalohematomas need no treatment, your doctor might decide to prescribe treatment to manage cephalohematoma complications.

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Event Planning Tips: Considerations to Make for Limo or Private Car Services

Posted by on Jul 15, 2015 in Transportation | 0 comments

Are you planning for a big event? If so, there are certainly a lot of items you’ll need accomplished in your to-do list. There are so many things to plan and arrange for a special occasion. One of the most important considerations you’ll have to make involves how your guests will be transported to your venue of choice. To provide them with the most luxurious accommodation, it might be good to hire a limousine or a private car service. However, before you pick up the phone, it’s important to ensure that you find the best deal that can provide you with the balance of luxury, convenience, and cost for an Austin limo service.

There are several things you’ll need to consider and take into account when you’re canvasing for the best private car company to work with. The first thing to factor in your decision is the reputation of the company you’re looking into. There are plenty of companies who are all too willing to cut corners with the services they’re providing. Companies like these won’t help you get the best value and they might also be susceptible to committing other questionable practices. To verify the reputation of the company you’re considering, do a quick Google search and look for reviews made by other people online. Look for former clients and read as many of their accounts as you can. Stick with the companies that consistently receive positive remarks from the online community.

Finally, and perhaps the most important, you will have to consider the safety record of all the private care companies in your shortlist. You’ll know that you are dealing with a reliable and reputable company if they are willing to be transparent about questions you have regarding their operations. After you’ve you’re your Google shirt and narrowed down your list, you can start calling around and ask crucial questions regarding safety protocols and certifications. A reputable company should understand when potential clients have safety concerns and they should be willing to address your questions as thoroughly and graciously as possible.

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Lead Poisoning: A Common Result of Water Contamination

Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Lead poisoning is a very alarming condition that can cause serious and often life-threatening symptoms. Because the naturally occurring metal was once used in a variety of ways, including in pipes and paint, lead contamination can easily occur in nondescript places such as water sources. When this happens, lead can buildup in one’s system and over a period of time cause different symptoms that can leave very significant effects.

In adults, lead poisoning is known to cause high blood pressure, abdominal pain, constipation, joint and muscle pain, as well as pain and numbness in the arms or legs. More severe symptoms also include decline in cognitive ability, memory loss, and reproductive issues for both men and women. Lead poisoning is even more alarming when it affects children. Infants and children that are exposed to lead over long periods of time could suffer from developmental delays, learning difficulties, and slowed growth. On top of that, they could also experience more visceral symptoms such as weight loss, fatigue, vomiting, constipation, loss of hearing, and fatigue.

Because lead had been widely used in the past, the risk factors of being exposed and poisoned by lead can be high. Before 1978, for example, lead paint was used in toys sold in the United States. As mentioned earlier, water sources can also be contaminated by lead because the metal was typically used for pipes, faucets, pumps, and other water system fixtures. This is particularly true for those living in older homes. While low level exposure won’t cause symptoms right away, the levels of lead can build up inside the body and cause damage over time. With water contamination, however, the potential for danger becomes greater because the traces of lead are ingested directly into the system.

Considering the dangers of lead poisoning, it’s extremely important to make sure that traces of lead or kept to a bare minimum inside the home. According to the website of American Water, families should also make it a priority to ensure that their water source is not contaminated by lead and other potentially dangerous chemical and materials.

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Defining Premises Liability

Posted by on Jul 11, 2015 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Accidents that happen within a property or area owned by a specific party due to unsafe conditions and lack of proper upkeep fall under a legal concept known as premises liability. These cases lead to injuries that could lead to very serious consequences for the victim. Negligent property owners can be found liable for an accident and held accountable by the court. Generally, property owners are expected to be responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of all facilities within their property or premises. Failure to meet these expectations can cause a serious accident that could have otherwise been avoided.

The website of the Seegmiller Law Firm notes that cases of premises liability usually include slip and fall accidents, injuries caused by elevators or escalators, porch and stair collapse, fires, and poisoning caused by the presence of lead paint or mercury within the premises. Other types of toxic exposure that happens in a given premise or property can also have profound effects on a person’s health. Contaminated water sources that lead to medical conditions such as Legionnaire’s disease is another example of a premises liability case.

An Appleton personal injury attorney will likely have an inclination into how a judge will determine a premises liability case. This will depend on the severity of the accident and whether the visitor is considered an invitee, licensee, or trespasser. An invitee is an individual who comes to a given property or premises for commercial or business purposes. This includes employees who come to their workplace, or customers who come to a restaurant. A license, meanwhile, refers to a person who visits a property for another purpose than what was previous mentioned. This includes people who come to a friend’s house as a guest. Lastly, a trespasser is someone who goes inside a property or premises while unwelcome or uninvited. From all these three cases, it is with an invitee and licensee that property owners have the most responsibility towards. While trespassers have little legal leverage in cases of premises liability, there are special circumstances that might cause the court to rule in their favor and be awarded just compensation.

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Classic Wedding Hairstyles: Stand-out Ideas for the Bride

Posted by on Jul 9, 2015 in Health & Beauty | 0 comments

Weddings are definitely a momentous occasion. For the bride, it’s extremely important to be able to stand out and feel confident during the big day. This is why most brides tend to stress about every aspect of her look. On top of having the perfect dress, a beautiful bride will need a classic hairstyle that will put together her entire look. According to Therapy Hair Salon, the following hairstyles are ideal for a bride on her wedding day.

Rolled Chignon

Add life to the traditional chignon by adding volume to the crown of your head with some teasing. It would also be good if you part your hair about 1 or 2 inches deep from the front and leave these portions out of the classic bun. After the bun is finished, you can take these two portions, drape them over the ears, and pin them coiled over the bun for a more romantic touch.

Voluminous Top Bun

Another option for a bridal updo is a voluminous top bun. Start by blow drying the hair and then making use of a volumizing moose, dry shampoo, or thickening spray afterwards. Once that’s done, all you’ll have left to do is gather your hair into a high ponytail, do some teasing, and finally twist and pin your bun into place.

Half-Swept Back

Half-swept back is the best option for those would like to keep their hair down but still make sure it’s kept neat and structured. Blow dry your hair smooth and then make use of a 1 and ½-inch curling iron barrel to create waves. Focus on curling the front sections of your hair. Once you’re done, just sweep your hair over to one side and use a pin on the other side to keep everything in place. To add drama, you can make use of a statement hairpin.

Retro Sculpted Waves
Brides with shorter hair often worry about what to do with their hair. One option for those unwilling to grow out their hair is some retro-inspired sculpted waves. Blow dry your hair and make a deep side part. Afterwards, make use of a 1-inch curling iron to curl your hair. When you’re done, comb through the curls using a wide-tooth comb and then make use of hairspray to keep the style in place.

Those with pixie cuts can also have a feminine hairstyle for their big day by making use of headbands. Instead of the traditional veil, opt for a skinny headband that can make your edgy cut stand out while giving you a more soft and romantic look.

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Birth Injuries: Is Erb’s Palsy Caused by Medical Malpractice?

Posted by on Jul 7, 2015 in Medical Malpractice | 0 comments

Erb’s palsy or brachial plexus birth palsy is typically considered as one of the most common type of birth injuries in the United States. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, about 1 or 2 of every 1,000 babies born in America have this delicate condition. Infants with Erb’s palsy suffer from weakness or paralysis in one arm.

The brachial plexus is a network of nerves in between the neck and arm. It is formed by nerves that travel from the spinal cord to the arm, hand, and fingers. This network merges in an area on the side of the neck. Erb’s palsy occurs when the brachial plexus is injured during child birth. While a variety of circumstances contribute to the risk of such an injury, the condition is common in infants who have had difficult or complicated deliveries. To be specific, Erb’s palsy generally occurs when the infant’s neck is stretched during birth. Depending on the severity of the damage, Erb’s palsy can be caused by minor shocks, tears, or ruptures to the nerves in the brachial plexus.

According to the website of the Driscoll Firm, a factor contributing to the rise of Erb’s palsy cases is careless or negligent mistakes made by medical staff during childbirth. Doctors or nurses can damage the fragile nerve system of infants by pulling at the head during delivery at the wrong time and making use of excessive force on the shoulders when pulling the baby out of the birth canal.

Fortunately, infants who develop Erb’s palsy can gain movement and feeling in the affected arm with proper medical attention and rehabilitation. This is why it’s important for parents to pay close attention to signs of Erb’s palsy. Early detection can help prevent long-term consequences that could lead to muscle atrophy and permanent disability. According to the website of Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, patients with Erb’s palsy will show signs of single arm weakness and numbness in one arm. For more severe cases, patients might notice that their infant’s arm is limp with no sign of movement.

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Estate Planning: A Proactive Way to Prevent Financial Abuse of the Elderly

Posted by on Jul 5, 2015 in Financial Abuse | 0 comments

It’s difficult to find specific figures for the problem of elder mistreatment and abuse in the United States because majority of cases go unreported. Victims of any type of abuse are known to be silenced by their fear of receiving retaliation. For elderly victims, reporting an abuse becomes even more complicated because they are often reliant on those responsible for their suffering. As noted by the National Center on Elder Abuse, approximately 90 percent of all reported cases of elder abuse were committed by a family member. In other instances, the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® specifies that the abuse is done by a caregiver in a nursing home.

One of the most common types of abuse that prey elderly victims involve is financial exploitation. This happens when an individual takes advantage of an elder’s vulnerability and illegally takes, misuses, or conceals the victim’s funds, assets, or properties. More specifically, financial exploitation could involve theft and fraudulent investments. While physical abuse can leave bruises and scars that can be detected by a loved one through close observation, financial abuse is much more difficult to spot. In most instances, victims of exploitation might feel shame and anxiety towards their situation and hesitate to seek out help.

Fortunately, elderly individuals can take proactive steps in order to protect themselves from the exploitative behavior of other people. According to the website of Arenson Law Group, PC, one foolproof way to prevent financial abuse is by making sure that finances are properly managed. Through estate planning, the elderly can take an active role in planning their finances and making important decisions regarding where and to whom their money should go, which can help avoid conflict later.

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