A 64-year-old female driver of a Saturn Ion died instantly in a chain reaction traffic accident allegedly caused by a drunk driver recently in Tarzana, California. The woman’s car folded in on itself from a rear impact leaving it in an unrecognizable state. The crash involved seven cars and was started by a 33-year-old male driver who then went into a local convenience store and bought a six-pack of beer.
Not surprisingly, vehicle versus pedestrian accidents result in a greater number of injuries (81% versus 30% in vehicle versus vehicle accidents) and a greater likelihood of death (14% versus 0.6% in vehicle versus vehicle accidents). Pedestrians are 2.7 times more likely to be injured and approximately 23 times more likely to be killed.
“Dangerous by Design” is a Dec 2011 report by t4america.org, a group that lobbies for safer roads for pedestrians, bicyclists, public transportation users, and motorists alike. The report lists the most dangerous cities in America for pedestrians. “From 2000 through 2009, more than 47,700 pedestrians were killed in the US, the equivalent of a jumbo jet full of passengers crashing roughly every month. On top of that, 688,000 pedestrians were injured, a number equivalent to a pedestrian being struck by a car or truck every 7 minutes.”
Insurance companies frequently refuse to replace child safety seats after an accident. Typically, they will tell you the seat does not appear to be damaged or they are only obligated to replace the seat if the child was in the vehicle at the time.
Clients are often surprised to hear their Medicare, MediCal, or TriCare benefits come with strings attached. These health insurance programs expect to be reimbursed for the reasonable value of any treatment you receive after an auto accident and you must make sure your attorney is aware of these benefits so that these liens are properly addressed.
Lawyers love social networking sites such as Facebook and Linkedin because they can be evidentiary gold mines. Most people don’t think twice about posting personal information on these sites without realizing who may be viewing this information or how they may be using it.
Recent insurance industry statistics show that 80% of all injury claims resulting from auto accidents settle for $5,000 or less, 90% settle for $15,000 or less, and that less than 1% settle for $100,000 or more.1
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