Auto Accident Law | Law Firm Newswire - Part 15

Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 10, 2012 – Be aware of the Statute of Limitations when choosing to file a lawsuit. If the time to file has expired, there is no cause of action allowed. “This is an interesting case for several reasons, but most importantly, it serves to point out that time is of the essence when filing a lawsuit, even in a drunk driving case. In this instance, this lawsuit was filed within a few days of the final deadline for filing,” explained Bobby Lee, an Austin personal injury attorney of The Lee Law Firm in Austin, […]


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Brunswick, GA (Law Firm Newswire) May 4, 2012 – An investigation into Georgia Highway Patrol wrecks showed that troopers were at fault in 99 automobile crashes involving their cruisers across the Peach State from January of 2011 to March of 2012. Some of the at-fault troopers were in multiple crashes and one trooper killed a woman on New Year’s Eve when his cruiser slammed into her SUV in downtown Atlanta. “The hard work done by the Georgia Highway Patrol probably prevents a great number of accidents from happening on our roadways, but there is no excuse for this many Trooper-caused […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 1, 2012 – Auto accidents are still the leading cause of death for teens and adults. According to the Insurance Information Institute, an auto accident death happens every 16 minutes and injuries occur every 14 seconds. Medical care and lost time away from work costs $99 billion every year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted. Recent incidents in Tampa Bay show the seriousness of catastrophic auto accidents. Along State Road 54 in Pasco County, a bicyclist was hit by a semi. Investigators are looking into who had the right of way. The […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 20, 2012 – Earlier this year, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration changed its hours-of-service rules to improve road safety by reducing the number of poorly rested commercial truck drivers on the road. The new hours of service only affect drivers who work extremely long hours, according to the FMCSA. The new rules mean drivers can only use the 34-hour restart provision once every 168 hours and there have to be two breaks during the restart that are between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. “What these new truck driver work hour rules mean is […]


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Atlanta, GA (Law Firm Newswire) April 18, 2012 – Bikers need to also be aware of what is going on around them. In this case, the motorcyclist made a bad judgment call. “Typically, when a motorcycle and another vehicle are involved in an accident, it was the vehicle that caused the accident. This is usually because the driver did not see the biker or the cycle. In some cases like this one the biker made a bad judgment call, and the result was the death of his passenger,” remarked Stephen Ozcomert, an Atlanta injury lawyer who practices personal injury, accidents […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 16, 2012 – The woman in this drunk driving debacle killed a man while she was under the influence of several substances. “You’d think people would get the point that you don’t drink and drive, as it is a recipe for an accident, and that is what happened here,” explained Robert W. Lee, an Austin personal injury attorney of The Lee Law Firm in Austin, Texas. “The 24-year-old woman in this instance was driving under the influence of booze and prescription drugs when she clipped a biker on the highway.” The man was taken […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 10, 2012 – Joyce and Reyes Law Firm, P.A. recently launched their Tampa personal injury website to help clients with all their serious injury concerns. The website is a comprehensive resource for everyone in the Tampa Bay area to learn more about what to do after an auto accident, wrongful death concerns, and brain injury cases. The firm has helped thousands of clients since they began a law office in 1984. “Having the website is a natural extension for us,” said Tampa personal injury attorney Robert Joyce. “We want clients to have the best […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) April 6, 2012 – When the weather is bad, often the roads are as well. It appears too many drivers do not adjust for road conditions. “Driving more cautiously on slippery roads would seem to be a no-brainer; unfortunately, there are too many drivers who figure they have no need to drive carefully because nothing will happen to them. Those are often the ones who end up dead. Consider this senseless accident that killed a 30-year-old man,” reports Darren Monroe of Litigation Funding Corporation, Michigan. This crash happened between a Chicago Transit Authority bus and […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) April 4, 2012 – Lawmakers in the Illinois House of Representatives in March voted to prohibit drivers from using hand-held mobile phones with their hands. The law would require all drivers using mobile devices to do so using earpieces or other hands-free technology. The bill passed the House 62-53. The legislation’s opponents said Illinois was becoming a “nanny state.” The bill’s proponents insist that it will save lives. “The dangers of distracted driving are well documented,” said Chicago accident attorney Paul Greenberg. “If the threat of a moving violation is enough to keep people from […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 29, 2012 – In instances where the plaintiff’s case is strong and the defendant knows it, often a settlement is reached before going to court. “This case involved the sudden death of a 19-year-old college student. In the wee hours of the morning, the man was riding on an all-terrain vehicle with another student when it flipped over. The young man was fatally injured, and the driver was charged with driving under the influence and involuntary manslaughter,” outlined Brooks Schuelke, an Austin personal injury lawyer with Perlmutter & Schuelke, L.L.P. This case did make […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 28, 2012 – The man in this story was a long time user of booze. He chose it again one fateful night and killed an innocent woman. “The man in this disquieting case had a long and troubled relationship with the bottle, and a record of drunk driving convictions. That didn’t make any difference to him. He still drove completely tanked whenever he wanted. Driving under the influence had not caught up to him in the form of anything other than drunk driving arrests; a laughable matter best left for regaling drunken friends,” remarked […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) March 23, 2012 – The highway was icy. The bus driver needed to adjust the vehicle’s speed to go with the prevailing road conditions. “When the weather is dismal, the snow flying and the roads icy, it only makes good common sense to slow down. The bus driver in this accident did not. Two were killed and eight seriously or critically injured,” said Darren Monroe of Litigation Funding Corporation of Michigan. The crash was the result of the bus hitting a patch of ice and spinning out of control. And spin it did about 150 […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 21, 2012 – While it would be nice if 18-wheelers drove by the book, following all the rules of the road, it likely will not happen any time soon. “Whatever trucks haul from point A to point B, they are the links that keep commerce in the country on a roll, and so they play an important part in our lives. They may also play a part in our death should one of them hit us while on the road,” added Robert W. Lee, an Austin personal injury attorney from The Lee Law Firm […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 20, 2012 – Florida drivers have reason to be concerned that some Florida Highway Patrol arrests may not lead to convictions after a memo leaked to a Ft. Myers television station pressing officers to make more arrests or face more tough overnight shifts. An investigation by Ft. Myers’ WINK News found that troopers who failed to make an arrest for driving under the influence during calendar year 2011 were told in a memo that they would be put on overnight shifts until they got one. “This is the kind of policy that will get […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 19, 2012 – Altering the information in a truck driver’s log is more common than people think. It is also a crime. “Truck drivers are required to keep a log of their travel to prove they complied with state and federal laws. There are a fair number of cases in which trucker’s or their employers have altered the driving log for trips. In some cases, there are two sets of books; the one for inspectors to see, and the one that reflects the true number of hours a trucker logged,” commented Brooks Schuelke, an […]


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Brunswick, GA (Law Firm Newswire) March 7, 2012 – Commercial drivers now will have to wait until the next truck stop to send a text message. The new rule to reduce distracted driving comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). Truck drivers are prohibited from using a personal electronic device like a smartphone while driving a commercial bus or truck, according to the DOT’s press release. “This new rule for truck drivers is quite a relief,” said Brunswick truck accident attorney Nathan Williams. “There has been a push for a number of years now to ban texting and driving […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) March 5, 2012 – As spring break approaches for students at colleges and high schools across the country, health care groups and highway safety organizations warn to keep an eye out for drivers who may have had too much to drink. Alcohol abuse and binge drinking cause about 80,000 deaths a year in the United States. Many of those deaths happen on the highways and many others are injured because of careless drinking habits and poor judgment. “So many people are injured on the roads as a result of driving while intoxicated,” said Chicago accident […]


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Brunswick, GA (Law Firm Newswire) March 1, 2012 – Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal took to the airwaves during the Super Bowl last month to plead with the state’s football fans to avoid driving drunk on their way home from Super Bowl parties. His 60-second commercial was run by all of the Peach State’s NBC affiliates during the game. In the ad, he urged Georgians to drink responsibly and noted that one in three traffic fatalities in the state can be attributed to alcohol. “It is a shame that people still need to be reminded not to drink and drive even […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 29, 2012 – The latest stats show Texas had 2,998 traffic fatalities and an annual economic cost of $19.76 billion due to motor vehicle crashes, according to the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety. Texas received a “yellow rating” along with 25 other states, which means that the state showed moderately positive performance but there are still efforts that can be done to lessen serious auto accidents. “Every day individuals and families are dealing with the devastation of a bad accident and trying to heal,” said Waxahachie personal injury attorney John Hale, of The […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) February 28, 2012 – The driver in this case ran a red light and hit a woman sitting at a bus stop, killing her. He was not paying attention to what he was doing. “Some people don’t seem to understand that a red light means you stop or prepare to stop in enough time to actually obey the light. The defendant in this instance was not only speeding, but missed stopping for a red light because of his rate of speed, rammed into another car and slammed into a concrete bus bench where a woman […]


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