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Drugged driving becoming major cause of car accidents

Alcohol's effect on an individual's ability to drive is no secret. Most people know that alcohol can impair an individual's judgment, slow his or her reaction time and diminish his or her ability to multitask while driving. This means that a motorist can fail to stop at a stop sign or a traffic light, fail to yield at a crosswalk or swerve into oncoming traffic. Yet, despite these dangerous limitations, far too many people still choose to climb behind the wheel while intoxicated.

What are the basic elements of a negligence claim?

We spend a lot of time on this blog discussing some of the finer points of personal injury lawsuits. This week we want to step back and take a look at the broader picture. Therefore, we will be taking a wider view of the legal theory of negligence, focusing on its basic components.To succeed on a negligence claim, a victim must prove five legal elements. First, an individual must prove that the defendant owed a duty of care to the victim. Generally speaking, drivers have a duty to act reasonably and drive safely while on the roadways. Therefore, if an individual is speeding, intoxicated or distracted while driving, then he or she may breach that duty of care. This breach of the duty of care is the second element that must be shown to succeed on the negligence claim.The third and fourth elements of a negligence claim deal with causation. In simplified terms, the plaintiff must show that an individual's breach of the duty of care caused the accident or incident in question. Additionally, it must be shown that that incident or accident resulted in injuries to the victim. Causation often involves a defendant engaging in an act where the negative consequences could have or should have been foreseen. The last element of a negligence claim is damages. This means that the incident in question must have caused some sort of harm to the victim. These damages can be physical, emotional or financial in nature. In many cases, all three types of damages are suffered.These damages can have a profound impact on an individual's life, which is why it is imperative that car accident victims seek damages when injured by the negligence of another. Those who have been hurt in a wreck should therefore consider discussing their situation with a legal professional, as compensation may be recoverable.

How can an attorney help with a personal injury claim?

If you've been injured in a drunk driving accident, then you're probably extremely angry at the person who caused you harm. This is an understandable emotion. After all, you've probably been left with unexpected and undeserved physical pain, emotional suffering, and financial damages that are far reaching, including medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, and lost wages. Oftentimes car accident victims struggle to determine how to move forward with life post-wreck. This can leave you feeling overwhelmed and stressed.

Drunk driving is still a problem in Arizona

For a long time now, the government, legal, and nonprofit worlds have been working together to try to curtail drunk driving. The thought is that coordinated efforts aimed at raising awareness of the dangers and penalties associated with drunk driving will deter individuals from climbing behind the wheel while under the influence. While these efforts are valiant and do make a difference, they are a long way away from preventing drunk driving accidents from occurring and protecting innocent and unsuspecting motorists.

Poor truck maintenance can cause a serious accident

Semi-trucks can be daunting when you confront them on the road, especially when you are surrounded by more than one of them. This apprehension about driving around these big rigs is justified, as a minor driving error on a trucker's part can have devastating consequences. Fortunately, federal regulators do their part to make trucking as safe as possible for other motorists by implementing and upholding safety regulations.

7 common causes of car crashes

Driving is always a risky activity, despite how it becomes second nature to those of us who have been driving for years. One thing that is particularly troubling is that you are at the mercy of other people. If anyone is operating their vehicle in an unsafe manner, they are putting everyone else at risk.

Drunk driver causes fatal Phoenix accident

Most traffic offenses are pretty minor. Failing to use a blinker, for example, is probably something a lot of people have done at one time or another. While infractions like this, including speeding and failing to yield, can pose an accident risk to other motorists, they pale in comparison to some driving behaviors that can be considered criminal in nature.

Chevy releases app aimed at preventing distracted driving

The chances are pretty high that when you can look at individuals who are driving around you at any given point in time, at least one of them is looking down at a cell phone. By taking their eyes off the road, even for a few seconds, these motorists are traveling great distances with what essentially equates to blindness. The extent of this problem is staggering, too. A recent survey found that even though 84 percent of people identify cell phone usage while driving as a dangerous activity, 90 percent of those surveyed admitted to engaging in such behavior. This has led to an unbelievable number of accidents that have left innocent individuals seriously injured or dead.

A broken nose may require more extensive medical treatment

There are a number of injuries that are commonly suffered in car accidents. Broken bones, cuts and lacerations, and whiplash are all seen with frequency in the aftermath of wrecks. Their commonality doesn't diminish the pain they can cause, though, and these injuries oftentimes require extensive medical treatment that can leave a victim with long-term damage.

The importance of objections during personal injury litigation

If you've ever watched a courtroom drama on television or in a movie, then you may feel pretty familiar with some of the legal maneuvers and tactics that are employed during litigation. While some of these portrayals carry hints of truth, many of them are dramatized for effect. One thing about making and meeting objections that makes them of critical importance, though, is the impact that they can have not only on the pending matter, but also on any potential appeal.

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