Car Accidents and Personal Injury

When it comes to transportation, we all have own preferences, but what everyone shares is the fact that we are all pedestrians. In all types of roads, whether intersections or crosswalks, pedestrians are wrought with dangers and risks. This is doubled in heavily populated areas such as a busy street in downtown or school areas. Unfortunately, in the U.S. the number of fatalities involving pedestrians has increased significantly, and although pedestrians have the “right of way” in most situations, there are still certain rules that each should follow for their own protection.

In an event of a car-pedestrian accident, it is usually rests on negligence. It is considered negligence on the part of a motorist (or pedestrian) if they have failed to practice reasonable care, which eventually resulted to injuries or damages to another person. For any type of vehicle, it does not take much force to injure a pedestrian: a speed of 10 miles per hour can already cause injuries to a pedestrian, while a vehicle going 30 miles per hour can lead to serious injuries after an auto accident.

If the pedestrian is the victim and the motorist is the one at fault, it would be better for the victim to file for a personal injury claim against the motorist. The Benton Law Firm, who has years of dealing with these types of lawsuits, asserts that these personal injury claims are not only for financial compensation, criminal liability can also be taken in order to prevent future accidents and injuries that may result from the motorists carelessness. In many states, car accidents involving pedestrians are viewed as reckless driving and are considered a misdemeanor offense.

Although it is generally the motorists who should yield to a pedestrians “right of way”, there are also instances where the pedestrians has violated safety rules and regulations. It is important to ensure that evidence and documentation regarding the incident should be presented if filing for a personal injury claim.

Car and Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycles have been viewed negatively by many people, and public perception of motorcycles and riders are that they are always the one at fault during a motorcycle and auto accident. The misperception is mainly due to the influence and image of riders and motorcycles portrayed stereotypically in the media and literature, and this has affected how people view riders or motorcyclists, and when they are involved in a road collision they are seen immediately as the one at fault.

What car and truck drivers should know about riders or motorcyclists is that because of their small size, they can be difficult to see on the road, and are difficult to determine the speed and distance when on the road. Also, that the time needed for motorcycles to stop is about the same with other vehicles on the road; therefore it would always be better to maintain a safe distance from a motorcycle, especially on slippery roads. Motorist also often tend to forget to yield when turning, resulting to collisions because the motorist simply did not see the rider or motorcyclist before turning. Riders or motorcyclists, on the other hand, should understand that they are should make their presence known when they are on the road, making sure that other motorists are aware that they are there and maintain a safe distance.

There are several ways in which a rider can cause an accident while they are on the road, and these are mainly because of their dangerous driving habits rather than being in motorcycles. Numerous driving conducts is mainly what causes people to view motorcyclists in bad light. According to the Mokaram Law Firm, these negative driving conducts are what hinders in claiming the financial compensation from insurance companies after an auto accident. Due to the fact that motorcyclists have very little protection compared to other motorists, injuries after a road accident often result in serious to life-threatening results. Riders should be aware of safety protocols as well as their rights on the road and know how to protect them, particularly after a road accident.

Medical Malpractice and Birth Injuries

Although a great majority of the babies born in the US are generally healthy, there are still those who suffer birth defects which can be either hereditary, congenital, or acquired during the childbirth. Although these birth defects can be treatment with a vast number of surgeries and medical care available, the emotional and financial burden that they cause can already be a big burden to bear. Those who have experience having their baby go through a birth injury that is preventable and was cause be negligence during the birthing process can file for personal injury or medical malpractice claims.

Birth defects caused by hospital negligence are a leading cause of medical malpractice claims in the US. Among the more common causes of birth defect is Erb’s palsy. Erb’s palsy is a specific form of brachial plexus palsy that causes frailty or loss of motion in the child’s arm. It usually results from trauma during delivery, often from negligence, especially if the neck of the baby was stretched too long is a one angle. This would lead to damages to the nerve which then result to the child’s loss of motion and feeling in the affected area.

Erb’s palsy can be filed as medical malpractice or birth injury claim if the physician or anyone on the medical staff during the delivery has pulled the baby’s head the wrong time or pulled too strongly on the shoulders. Wrong or excessive use of medical tools that caused the injury can also be grounds for a lawsuit, along with many other factors. What the parents should understand and be aware of it the time restraint that this type of personal injury claims has, as well as its statutes of limitations. It is also vital to find a lawyer that specializes on this type of tort law and knows how these type of claims will proceed.

Cruise Ship Injuries

Aside from entertainment and relaxation, cruise ships aim to provide safety and security in all forms. This includes food health and safety. A single batch of bad food can easily cause serious cases of food poisoning, affecting a significant number of passengers. Just as with anywhere else, coping with food poisoning can be difficult because the place that you are located, which is the closed quarters of the cruise ship.

Food poisoning is not exclusive for cruise ships; many other places such as hotels, resorts, dormitories, and other places that are closed-quarters can be affected by food poisoning. Food poisoning is less common on personal watercraft such as personal sailboats and fishing yachts. It is not exclusive for sea vessels, but since cruise ships are regularly monitored and required to submit reports of outbreaks they get more publicized. Fortunately, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the government agency tasked to keep the sanitation, hygiene, and overall cleanliness of the cruise ship and its employees.

Those who become afflicted of food poisoning can file a lawsuit against the cruise ship management, although it may be a difficult fight. It may be easier if there is more than one victim of food poisoning or norovirus (a very common and contagious form of gastroenteritis) from one food source. The Louis A. Vucci, PA, a law firm specializing in cruise ship passenger claims, advocates that although large financial costs can be grounds for a passenger claim, sit would be better to have more plaintiffs for a passenger’s claim to become more valid.

In order to ensure that the passenger claim is authentic, it is essential to prove that the food or contamination on the cruise ship was the main cause of the ailment. This can be done through examination and testing. To have proper documentation and evidence can help in ensuring that the fault lies with the negligence of the cruise and, so that compensation for all the damages will be awarded to the victim.