A few weeks ago on the blog we discussed the dangers of drowsy driving. Unfortunately, far too many motorists on the road today are fatigued, which can seriously impact their driving abilities. Their reaction time can be slowed, their decision-making impaired and when they fall asleep behind the wheel they can swerve into oncoming traffic, drive up onto a curb or fail to stop for a pedestrian or halted traffic. When these drivers cause a car accident, they can leave innocent and unsuspecting individuals with severe injuries and associated damages.
Thanks to public service initiatives, laws and tragic stories, Pennsylvanians are well aware of the dangers posed by drunk driving. These motorists can see their driving skills severely diminished as reaction time slows, the ability to multitask is impaired and maintaining a lane becomes extremely difficult. As dangerous as drunk driving is, though, it is not the only form of dangers driving. In fact, drowsy driving can post just as significant of a risk.
With consistently warm weather just around the corner, many Pennsylvania residents may be preparing themselves to take their motorcycles out of the garage and hit the road. Although riding a motorcycle can be a peaceful, relaxing, fun and cost-effective way to get around town, it can also be dangerous. Some motorcycle accidents are caused by errant motorcyclists, but the fact remains that approximately two-thirds of all motorcycle wrecks are caused by drivers of other vehicles.
Entering onto property owned by another should not give rise to fear. Unfortunately, though, far too often unsuspecting individuals invited onto the property of another are subjected to dangerous property conditions that can leave them with serious injuries. Oftentimes, this occurs in a retail or grocery store, but it can also happen when visiting others for social reasons or walking through a business's parking lot. Regardless of where the accident took place, those who suffer harm in one of these incidences may be able to recover compensation for their damages by pursuing a premises liability lawsuit.
Driving is an inherently dangerous activity. Even those who drive defensively at all times can find themselves put at risk of harm by those who are intoxicated, distracted, fatigued or otherwise negligent. Self-driving cars hope to reduce or eliminate this risk, but the truth of the matter is that it may be years before self-driving vehicles are the norm on our streets. Until then, even those who ride in these vehicles are susceptible to being injured in a serious car accident.
Car accidents leave their victims with all kinds of injuries. Those who are fortunate, escape with nothing but a few scrapes and perhaps a bruise or two. Others, though, face a far worse fate. These individuals suffer serious injuries that leave them permanently disabled. While their new physical limitations are more than many can bear, the extent of their damages don't end there. There is, of course, the emotional pain that accompanies the sudden onset of a disability, but financial losses can also take a serious toll.
Negligence occurs around us more than most of us realize. Other motorists are distracted, drunk or tired, and medical professionals may fail to order or accurately read certain tests. Even property owners can be negligent in failing to recognize and free their premises from hazardous conditions. These situations can lead to accidents that leave victims with serious injuries and significant economic and noneconomic damages. If you've found yourself in this position, then you may be asking yourself what you can do to help yourself recover your losses and get back on your feet.
Pennsylvanians who have been injured in an accident caused by the negligence of another may rightfully ask what they can do to recover compensation for their damages. In order to succeed on one of these claims, certain legal elements must be proven by a preponderance of the evidence. Amongst these elements are that the defendant owed the victim a duty of care, that duty was breached and that breach caused the victim's compensable injuries. Yet, even those who feel that they can prove these elements may be concerned about something else: the role their own fault played in the accident.
The damages suffered in a car accident can be quite extensive. A victim may be subjected to physical pain and suffering, and the emotional toll taken can be quite significant. Additionally, a victim can be left with financial losses that can leave him or her on unsteady financial footing. These losses can include medical expenses and lost wages. Taken together, these damages can be overwhelming for a victim and difficult to overcome.
Alcohol is a drug that can either be enjoyed responsibly or irresponsibly. Although most people know their limit, even these individuals may inaccurately assess their driving abilities after consuming any number of alcoholic beverages. When these individuals get behind the wheel, they may put themselves and others at risk of serious harm or even death.