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.
Nearly every day, we all enter onto the premises of another. Whether we go to work, go to the store or visit a friend, we often step onto these properties without much thought about our safety. There is good reason for this. After all, the law aims to protect people who are invited onto property owned by another individual. Yet, far too often property owners fail to uphold their duty, thereby placing innocent and unsuspecting individual's in harm's way. When an accident occurs, these people can be left with significant physical injuries that can then cause serious financial losses.
Recently, this blog discussed how semi-trucks need additional distance to come to a safe stop when compared to the stopping distances of passenger vehicles. This distance can be affected by a number of factors, including driver attentiveness and sobriety. Far too often, though, truckers are distracted, fatigued, intoxicated or otherwise negligent while behind the wheel. Even truck companies oftentimes fail to properly maintain their trucks and train their employees. Any one of these factors could cause a devastating truck accident that leaves a victim with serious injuries.
Semi-trucks play an important role in our society in that they can quickly move goods from place to place, keeping costs relatively low for consumers. Although these vehicles and their drivers can provide a benefit to Americans, they can also pose a serious risk. A negligently driven semi-truck can place other motorists at risk of being involved in a sever truck accident that can leave a victim with serious or even fatal injuries.
When you go to the store, you probably don't think much about your safety. This is for good reason because most are under the assumption that the safety of patrons are considered and addressed. Property owners who fail to ensure the safety of others who enter their premises may be found liable for any injuries suffered. And these injuries can be quite extensive. A slip-and-fall can leave a victim with broken bones, torn muscles and even head injuries. Other accidents that occur on the property of another can be fatal. Making matters worse, recovering from these injuries can be painful, stressful and expensive.