Car Accident Claims in Great Britain

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Jim Loxley

Over past few years, there has been a rise in car accident claims in the UK, primarily from whiplash injuries. The apparent rise in accident claims has happened in spite of a decline in road accidents themselves and this has been a point of hot debate throughout the whole country for some 10 years. Car crashes are definitely on the decline but an increases in people seeking compensation depends on which metrics you study and some make more reliable claims than others. The whole business is quite the kerfuffle and the government feels the need to change the laws surrounding the way the legal system works with personal injury cases from traffic accidents, specifically gearing most of the changes towards whiplash and the diagnosis thereof. Companies such as My Compensation operate well within the Ministry of Justice guidelines but other claims companies may be affected by the changes. Many accident claim lawyers are concerned about how the legal system changes will affect their business.

Reliable Statistics on Car Crash Claims for Whiplash

While it’s interesting to see different metrics on car accident statistics from sources of varying degrees of credibility, a particularly interesting report has recently come to light. The Law Society Gazette (source) reported that lawyers are requesting a call for a rethink surrounding the way compensation for whiplash sought in car accident claims works. Statistics released by the government itself has shown that in 2011, the number of claims for whiplash from car accidents and other torts actually fell from the previous year. The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) re-published the figures from the years 2011 to 2012 which saw 547,405 accident claims for whiplash while there were 571,111 in the previous year. The accident claim drop represents 4.2% decline.

The APIL also commissioned an independent survey to go one step further in gathering data to further illustrate the current folly in the pending government changes. The survey showed that of all the people who sustained whiplash in accidents, 40% of them never even claimed compensation for it. In an interview, Karl Tonks, the president of the APIL, stated that he thought it was time to “inject some sanity” into the debate surrounding accident claims from whiplash. He went on to say that:

“The government appears to have been persuaded by the insurance industry that the answer to rising car insurance premiums lies in tackling whiplash claims” going on to point out the the baffling truth that “the government’s own figures show there has been a drop in these claims in the last year,”

The Pending Changes to Whiplash Diagnosis for Car Accident Claims

The government plans on implementing a new system of specialist medical reports by a chosen medical panel in order to better diagnose the elusive nature of whiplash injuries. Also to be changed is the limit of car accident claims allowed to be put through the Small Claims Court which will now be handle claims from £1,000 up to £5,000. This means that the government will essentially be taking away a chunk of business from personal injury lawyers.

Insurance Company’s Role in the Rising Traffic Accident Claims

A poll was carried out by a market research company named Canadean which showed that 1 in approximately 100 people suffered from whiplash injuries last year. Most of these were from traffic accidents. The results she showed that one in five people had suffered injury symptoms from whiplash for more than 12 months. The research also showed that those who suffered an injury in an accident were encourage to make a compensation claim by their insurance companies.

Tonk went on to state that instead of going around pointing the finger and everyone else, insurers really need to “stop and look in the mirror”. Tonk went on to state that the problem arises from the insurance companies paying out injury compensation without so much as asking for a medical report and it’s this practice which needs to come to an end. Furthermore, the insurance companies need to share the information that they get regarding accident claim fraudsters from their vehicle insurance clients. This might help lawyers identify them early on the claims process, thus helping bring a stop to the UK’s supposed compensation culture.

For those considering car accident claims, more information can be found the My Compensation http://www.my-compensation.co.uk. The article was by Jim Loxley

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Amusement Park Accident Injuries

When you think of amusement park accident, you often think of California and Florida. But they have recreational theme parks in Illinois, and other states as well. Every year thousands of people descend upon California amusement parks. Although, they offer the promise of excitement and thrills, they can also be a source of severe injuries and fatalities. Even though most amusement parks make a considerable effort to ensure the safety of their guests, accidents can still take place. The majority of amusement park accidents occur as a result of visitor behavior, operator negligence, mechanical failure, or a combination of these factors.

Chemicals, High Voltage Lines, Etc.

Visitors are not the only victims of amusement park accidents. Employees are also at risk of injury from chemicals, high voltage lines, and other dangers commonly found in their workplace environment. Most amusement park injuries can be attributed to the rides, with children between the ages of ten and fourteen posing the most risk for injury. Due to the nature of the rides found at amusement parks, when accidents do happen, they have the capacity of causing catastrophic injuries or death.

Mitigation

When an amusement park accident occurs, action should be taken to seek medical treatment at once. Even minor injuries may lead to serious complications. Take the necessary action to document any facts pertaining to the accident, notify amusement park management, and obtain names, addresses, and telephone numbers of any witnesses. Then take the next crucial step; seek the expertise and guidance of a competent personal injury attorney. All inquires can then be directed to your attorney. Do not volunteer any information regarding the accident or your injuries to anyone other than your attorney.

If you have been injured or a family member has been injured or died in an amusement park activity, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical costs, loss of wages, and other accident related expenses.

What to Do

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Attorney Jon Rosenfeld

Do not delay; contact a highly regarded amusement park accident attorney, such as Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, before the statute of limitations expires for your emergency torts. The local law offices of lawyers are typically prepared to offer competent legal representation, as they guide you through the steps to recover just compensation for your injuries. These personal injury lawyers will work to hold park owners, manufacturers, and ride operators responsible for your injuries. Often, they can assist you in locating a great physician as well. And vice versa.

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Is Knee Replacement Being Recommended For You? Read This First

Here is a great article about knee surgery by my buddy, Doctor Marc Darrow, a prolotherapy doctor: Click Here. For many patients with knee pain resulting from osteoarthritis, the question is not whether to have a total knee replacement performed, but when. Now researchers are questioning whether the current boom in knee replacement surgery is the result of doctors being convinced it is the ONLY option for knee pain in their patients.

Doctors and researchers are questioning whether or not Total Knee Replacement should be considered the only option for knee osteoarthritis. This debate is spurred by the enormous increase in knee replacement surgeries. Look at these numbers from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons:

* More than 600,000 Americans have knee replacement surgery annually. An estimated 4.5 million Americans currently live with total knee replacement in at least one knee.

* Nearly 5 percent of Americans age 50 and older have had knee replacement surgery.

* More women than men have had the procedure (5.3 percent of women older than 50, versus 4.1 percent of men).

* Nearly 10 percent of Americans age 80 and older have had at least one knee placed.

* A rising number of patients in their 50s and 60s are getting knee replacement surgery.

Rising surgeries, rising complications

Do all these people need the surgery? A study recently published in the medical journal The Lancet, says that doctors are recommending total knee replacement in patients who may not need them. This group includes patients under the age of 55 who have been shown to be at higher risk for revision or follow-up surgery, and patients who have good function in their knee and only mild pain. (1)

It is well established that the primary reason for undergoing total knee replacement is osteoarthritis, a degeneration of the cartilage and meniscal tissue in the knee causing a “bone-on-bone” situation. Because many physicians believe that the knee does not have the capacity to regrow cartilage or heal itself, total knee replacement seems the only option.

But the knee can heal itself

Researchers at Duke University Medical Center have recently discovered that osteoarthritic knee joints are in a constant state of repair, suggesting that the knee has a capacity for repairs doctor were unaware of. Says lead researcher Virginia Kraus, MD, PhD, professor of Rheumatology and Immunology at Duke, “The knee is very accessible for injections, so it would make sense to inject the knee with agents that could turn off the degradative processes, and these could be delivered periodically with close monitoring, Kraus said. “That seems like a very viable strategy.” (2)

Treating weakened ligaments the key?

Researchers have long noted that weakened ligaments play a key role in the need for a second or “revision” surgery on the knee.

In one landmark study in 2007, Researchers writing in the medical journal Der Orthopäde examined how loose ligaments played a role in the need for follow up (revision) knee surgery.(3)

The researchers examined 135 knee revisions and noted that

-In 32.6 % of all cases, ligament instability was the primary reason for revision.

-In another 21.6%, ligament instability was identified as a secondary reason for revision.

They concluded: Ligament instability is a common reason for revision total knee arthroplasty.

Knee surgery alternatives

There are numerous medical studies that support the notion that total knee replacement is not the only option for degenerative knee pain or osteoarthritis. In our chronic pain specialty practice in Los Angeles we provide our patients two options including Prolotherapy and Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy.

Both help restore knee function and strength. Prolotherapy and Platelet Rich Plasma therapy (PRP) are injection techniques that use an irritant solution to jump start the inflammatory process in the body and accelerate to a level needed for healing damaged joints.

In Prolotherapy this solution is dextrose, a simple sugar, in Platelet Rich Plasma therapy it is blood platelets drawn from the patient’s own blood.

Once a week over the course of 4 – 6 weeks these treatments are introduced into the patient’s knee. For some patients the pain relief is immediate, for others longer. Studies and research have shown Prolotherapy to be effective in pain relief in 70 – 90% of patients while new and exciting research on Platelet Rich Plasma is showing similar results.

Is your knee replacement surgery unnecessary? If you think it may be, consider a second opinion from a Prolotherapy or PRP doctor.

If you are interested in pursing Prolotherapy or Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy as an option to pain management – then finding the right doctor is the first step —Contact Dr. Darrow or call 310-231-7000.

1. Carr AJ, et al. Knee replacement. The Lancet, Early Online Publication, 6 March 2012. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(11)60752-6

2. Catterall JB, Krause, VB, Ming, FH, et al. Protein Modification by Deamidation Indicates Variations in Joint Extracellular Matrix Turnover. The Journal of Biological Chemistry, 287, 4640-4651.

3. Graichen H, Strauch M, Katzhammer T, Zichner L, von Eisenhart-Rothe R. [Ligament instability in total knee arthroplasty - causal analysis.] Orthopade. 2007 Jun 21;

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Six Signs Your Loved One May Be a Victim of Nursing Home Abuse

I was talking with my colleague Jonathan Rosenfeld yesterday about the prevalence of nursing home abuse in larger cities like Los Angeles and Chicago. I was alarmed to learn that there are over half a million reported cases of abuse against the elderly each year in America and that there may be millions more go unreported. Many of us who place our loved ones in the care of a nursing home do so because the loved one is unable to care properly for him/herself.

Therefore, it can be difficult to properly assess whether a sudden change in an elder’s behavior is the result of dementia or other mental condition or if it is a sign of abuse. If you notice any of these signs, it may be time to consult nursing home abuse lawyer to discuss your legal options.

Sudden Change in Elder’s Behavior

It can be very frustrating to determine abuse by behavior alone because many of the symptoms of abuse will mimic dementia. If your loved one suddenly begins to mumble, rocks in his or her chair or exhibits reclusive and cautious behavior, it is possible that his or her caregiver is guilty of emotionally abusive behavior. If the change is sudden and not gradual, look for other signs that warrant an investigation.

Suspicious Caregiver Behavior

Sometimes you may witness abusive behavior from a caregiver while you are present, but many abusive caregivers will act differently when they are under observation. One telltale sign of abuse is if the caregiver will not allow you to visit your loved one alone and insists on being present. Abusive caregivers will often refute any accusations of abuse and then attribute those accusations to dementia or another mental disorder such as Alzheimer’s disease.

If a caregiver refuses to let you be alone in the room with your loved one, demand that you be allowed to see your loved one privately and look for other signs of abuse. If your request for a private visit is denied, contact a nursing home abuse lawyer to report the suspicious behavior and consider your options.

Physical Signs of Abuse

Some physical signs of abuse are more obvious than others. If you suspect abuse, pay close attention to signs that your loved one has been restrained, such as rope marks on the wrists and ankles or bruises in the same locations. If he or she has a welt, bruise or other mark on one location of the body, look to see if a similar injury exists on the opposite limb. Many cases of abuse involve symmetrical injuries, or injuries that occur in the same place on one half of the body as the other.

If your loved one has sustained injuries or damage to property and consistently holds to the claim that these injuries and damages were sustained in accidents, it could be a sign that the caregiver has threatened or intimidated your loved one in order to keep him or her quiet.

Elder Accuses Caregiver of Abuse

Any accusations of abuse should not be taken lightly and if your loved one’s caregiver quickly dismisses the accusation under the claim that your loved one is imagining things or experiencing dementia; do not be quick to accept the caregiver’s claim. Look for evidence that supports your loved one’s case such as physical and emotional symptoms that have been mentioned above. If your loved one has never made accusations of misconduct before and is making them now, it is more likely that foul play is involved than a mental condition.

Elder Acts Differently While in Presence of Caregiver

Don’t expect your loved one to inform you of abuse. Threats or caregiver intimidation may be preventing him or her from opening up about the abuse. Instead, watch for any changes in your loved one’s behavior when the caregiver is present. If your loved one is full of life while you are in private but immediately gets quiet or fidgety when the caregiver enters, begin to look for other signs of abuse.

Evidence of Neglect

Not all abuse is physical or emotional. In many cases, caregivers neglect the elders in their care, which can be evidenced by sudden changes in appearance such as unexplained weight loss, and physical symptoms of dehydration. Other telltale signs of neglect are if your loved one has bed sores that go untreated or if it appears that he or she has not been bathed whenever you visit.

I really appreciated the insights Jonathan Provided me as an experienced nursing home abuse lawyer in Chicago.  Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers are truly advocates for the elderly who have become victims of nursing home abuse. They will help you ensure that the nursing home you have entrusted the care of your loved one to is held accountable for any abuse. If you suspect any form of abuse, contact Jonathan at jonathan@rosenfeldinjurylawyers.com or by phone at (888) 424-5757 for a free consultation.

Resources:
http://www.helpguide.org/mental/elder_abuse_physical_emotional_sexual_neglect.htm
http://www.ncea.aoa.gov/Main_Site/FAQ/Basics/Types_Of_Abuse.aspx

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What To Do When Faced with a Heart Attack

Heart attacks may come suddenly and with no warning, but in most people a heart attack starts slowly as a mild or moderate pain. Here are a few heart attack warning signs you can look for:

  • Chest Discomfort – Most heart attacks involve a discomfort in the chest that can last more than a few minutes, or go away ad come back frequently, such as uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain.
  • Discomfort in Other Areas of the Upper Body – This can include pain in the arms, neck, jaw, back, or stomach areas.
  • Shortness of breath – Often comes along with or before chest discomfort.
  • Cold Sweats – Feeling cold or cool, yet sweating simultaneously.
  • Nausea or Upset Stomach – Pretty self-explanatory.
  • Light-Headedness – Feeling dizzy or light-headed in conjunction with one or more of the symptoms above.

Women and men have similar signs, but women experience these symptoms more often than men. Heart disease is the number one killer of women and men alike.

What To Do When Faced with a Heart Attack

First, call 911.

DO NOT ATTEMPT TO DRIVE YOURSELF TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM.

If you are having a heart attack you could pass out or lose consciousness while driving, potentially harming yourself and others if you were to get into an accident. Depending upon the circumstances such as traffic and rate-of-speed, a car accident could potentially be as harmful if not more-so than the heart attack itself (in that others may be harmed in addition to oneself). That said, under no circumstances should you drive yourself to the hospital unless you are unable to get help or call 911.

If for whatever reason you cannot call 911, a good alternative (and a good general emergency contingency plan) is to invest into a personal emergency alert system. If a personal emergency alert system, although reasonably priced for the amount of value it offers in a life-or-death situation, is nonetheless outside of your budget capabilities, a pull-cord style personal safety alarm is an effective and economical alternative.

If you are not allergic to aspirin and have some available to you at the time you first begin to experience the heart attack, you should chew and swallow the aspirin as soon as you begin to experience the symptoms. If prescribed by a doctor take nitroglycerin, you may do so, but don’t ever some belonging to another person under any circumstances. If you are helping someone having a heart attack, begin CPR if the 911 dispatcher instructs you to do so.

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Jogging Strollers Recalled Due to Choking Hazard

October 12, 2011- According to reports there has been a recall issued on baby jogging strollers. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada there has been a recall issued on October 11th for approximately a half a million B.O.B. jogging strollers.

The B.O.B. jogging strollers manufactured by Trailers Inc. received six reports of children that had detached an embroidered logo patch that is located on the stroller, which can be a choking hazard. There have been two children that have gagged and choked on the logo, but were rescued without injury. The reports of the six children that were involved in detaching the embroidered logos were in infant car seats attached to the stroller. As a personal injury lawyer like Michael Ehline, you would want to warn your clients about this I would think. No?

The recall affects approximately 411,700 B.O.B. strollers in the U.S. and 27,000 strollers that were sold in Canada that were manufactured between November 1998 and November 2010. All of the strollers that are involved in the recall have an embroidered canopy and include the B.O.B. Stroller Strides Ironman.

The recalled strollers were sold in Babies R’ Us, REI and other children’s stores nationwide and through Amazon.com between November 1998 and October 2011. The baby strollers that were manufactured in Taiwan and China involved in the recall range in price between $200 and $600. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has stated that use of the strollers should be stopped immediately, until the embroidered patch and backing logo is removed from the inside of the canopy. So parents are urged to be on the alert and to not use one of these until they have gotten a new one.

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No matter how safe one may try to be, accidents happen.  When the accident causes injuries and was due to another’s negligence, the victim can file a claim against the other party to try to recover the costs and losses of the accident.  One might expect the other party to do the right thing and pay voluntarily; however, often the negligent party continues their victimization of the injured party by refusing to take responsibility.

If the victim doesn’t get help, he might be stuck with mounting medical bills and other losses which can potentially jeopardize his and his family’s security.  Thankfully, the victim of an accident caused by the negligence of another can hire a personal injury attorney and file a claim in order to help ensure that they will be paid back for their losses.  It is important for victims of these accidents to know that there are options and there is hope.

Types of Injuries

Injuries that fall into the category of “personal injuries” for which one can file a claim are as various as the types of accidents that can happen.  However, there are a few common categories that one might more easily recognize:

  • Transportation accidents:  car, bus, motorcycle, bicycle, or train accidents
  • Holiday accidents:  cruise chips and theme parks
  • Slips and falls
  • Occupational injuries:  repetitive motion disorders, chemical exposures, etc.
  • Work-related injuries:  heavy equipment accidents, cuts, amputations
  • Product liability:  failure to disclose liability, product defects, etc.
  • Assault injuries
  • Medical negligence and malpractice

Sometimes people don’t realize that if they are injured in one of these situations, they can still file a claim.  Many people expect their own insurance to cover their injuries.  Some thereafter find out the hard way that either their insurance is insufficient, or simply refuses to pay for what they need.  The bigger question is why should the victim pay and then suffer higher insurance rates and possible refusal in the future when the accident wasn’t even their fault?  The answer is that they don’t have to; a personal injury attorney can help.

Medical Issues

The first priority of an injured victim is making sure that they are evaluated and treated.  Unfortunately, this is not the first priority of many negligent parties.  If the victim waits until the other party volunteers to pay, they often will either have delayed treatment or no treatment at all.  Postponing treatment can often allow damage to worsen, sometimes to the point where it’s irreversible.

If the victim hires a personal injury attorney, that attorney can often facilitate evaluation and treatment for the victim when they need it.  Additionally, the resources and experts of an experienced personal injury attorney can help him to inform the victim of long-term treatment expectations and include those future costs on any settlement.

Other Losses

Of course, there are other non-property losses that often occur in accidents.  Moderate to severe injuries may cause the victim to lose time at work.  If the victim is hospitalized, there might be childcare expenses.  Severe injuries can sometimes debilitate the victim, causing either an inability to work, or even to be able to live independently.  The trauma and losses of the injury can cause a patient to require help with mental difficulties resulting from the accident.  Some examples include:

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Job or Social Coaching

Beyond the obviously monetary costs, there are also life-quality factors that can be given a monetary value.  An experienced personal injury attorney will understand the value of otherwise unquantifiable aspects of the victim’s life and can help the victim receive recovery for pain and suffering.

How Does a Personal Injury Attorney Benefit the Victim

When a victim files a personal injury claim, it may be against an individual or an entity such as a business, company, or group.  The defendant, the negligent party or parties, will be sure to hire their own attorney to protect their interest especially where insurance companies are involved.  The job of the defendant’s council is to protect themselves by whatever means they feel is required.

Some insurance companies will offer and early and low settlement in an attempt to reduce their costs and placate the victim.  An experienced personal injury attorney can tell the difference between a legitimate offer and one that is insufficient and can appropriately advise the victim.

Another tactic employed by defendant council is to shift the blame from the negligent party back onto the victim, causing the victim to have to carry all of the financial burdens and other losses on their own shoulders.  This is an affront to the right of the victim.  Fortunately, a qualified personal injury attorney will have enough experience with this type of case to enable him to see through these tactics.  A successful attorney can more easily convince the court of the victim’s true need for full recompense.

If you or your loved on are the victim of an accident resulting injuries and due to another, a personal injury attorney can help.  If you are from the East Los Angeles area, an attorney convenient to your area will not only help you win your case, but do so with more ease to you.  It is proven that claims filed with the assistance and representation of a personal injury attorney will not only be more successful but also draw larger settlements.  When you need someone to protect your rights and your financial security, be sure to have a personal injury attorney from East Los Angeles on your side.

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Ex NHL Duck Player and Los Angeles Kings Player in Deadly Russian Plane Crash

September 7, 2011 – According to reports ex NHL Duck player confirmed dead in Russian plane crash and Los Angeles Kings player.  According to reports by the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry, NHL defenseman Russian Salei and Pavol Demitra were among 43 people on a plan that crashed in central Russia on Wednesday.

The Yak-42 aircraft was carrying 45 people and according to the Ministry two people survived the airplane crash. The Los Angeles Kings stated they are deeply saddened with the news of the plane crash that was carrying members of the KHL’s Lokomotiv organization, along with Povol Demitra, Jan Markey a Kings prospect, Ruslan Salei and others.

According to a Rosaviatsia security official that was reported to Interfax stated that the plan crash occurred near an airport located outside of Yaroslavl, which is approximately 250 km north of Moscow. The plane reportedly had difficulty gaining altitude and struck an antenna near the runway and caught fire after crashing.

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How to Protect Yourself from the Negligence of Other Drivers

Driving is not only a favorite pastime in Southern California and the Riverside County area, it is often a necessity.  Whether for business or pleasure, every driver is expected to keep safety in mind at all times.  Despite best intentions, however, accidents occur daily in Riverside County, often due to simple negligence.  It is important to know the facts about what actually constitutes negligence, and know how to protect you or your loved one if you are the victim of it in an automobile accident.

Of course, all drivers are expected to follow traffic laws which they are required to know before they are issued a license.  Government organizations in Riverside County are similarly responsible for seeing to the safety of our roads.  In actuality, safety isn’t always minded the way it should be.  Sometimes weather makes driving conditions hazardous and a driver may not take precautions to adjust for the weather, causing an accident.

At other times, the road conditions may be unsatisfactory, such as unsafe road surfaces, road construction debris, or a lack of signage; in these conditions, the party responsible for road maintenance is negligent.  And of course, all too often a driver is distracted for some reason and simply doesn’t pay attention, resulting in an accident in which you may be the victim.

Every driver in Riverside County is required to prove financial responsibility in case of an accident due to his negligence.  However, not every drive chooses to follow the law.  Even when the negligent driver does have proper insurance, insurance agencies will do their best to pay as little as necessary to a victim.  Sometimes the negligent driver, or their insurance, will even try to claim that the victim was responsible and should pay for their own medical and repairs.

If you or your loved one is the victim of an accident due to a negligent driver or other negligent party, protect yourself immediately by calling a qualified accident attorney who serves Riverside County.  Having car accident attorneys on your side from the very start is the best way to make sure that the victim’s rights and needs are cared for promptly and fully.  An accident attorney at Ehline Law Firm PC at 11801 Pierce Street #200 Riverside, CA 92505 USA  Phone: +951.777.2877knows the tactics employed by negligent drivers, insurance agencies, and the insurance agency’s attorneys and can help prevent any threat to the victim’s rights to recompense and medical care.

When others are negligent, causing injury via an accident or road conditions, don’t neglect to protect yourself; call an accident attorney right away.

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Motorcycle Riders Learn About Riding in May with National Motorcycle Awareness Month

Motorcycle riders learn about riding in May with National Motorcycle Awareness Month, because this is when authorities warn motorcycle riders of the dangers, remind them there are courses that can be taken and ask drivers to take notice of motorcycles on the road. This is an important month in which the rider is warned and the drivers of autos of the amount and type of accidents that happen.

These agencies include the California Highway Patrol that released the 2009 motorcycle accident statistics that show there were 396 people killed during that year in motorcycle accidents and in these crashes 383 of the riders killed were the operator of the motorcycle. The amount of motorcycle injuries due to crashes totaled 11,488 in the state of California. This means that riders injured in San Diego were included in these figures. The number of riders killed in motorcycle crashes was down from prior years, with 553 people killed in 2008 and 474 people killed in 2007.

Motorcycle riders learn about riding in May with National Motorcycle Awareness Month and the fact that the amount of motorcycles registered total about 3 percent nationwide, yet they equal about fifteen percent of all traffic fatalities.  It is also reported that brain injuries are the leading type of injury and ones that also cause death or severe injuries.

The three agencies that are involved in National Motorcycle Awareness month, the California Highway Patrol, the American Motorcycle Association and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration agree that many motorcycle crashes could be avoided if drivers were more alert. The statistics show that approximately 80 percent of motorcycle crashes result in the rider being injured or killed, which is compared with only 20 percent of drivers. This shows that motorcycle riders are more vulnerable than the driver of a vehicle and the only real protection that the motorcycle rider has is their helmet that meets DOT specifications.

These are important things for motorcycle riders to know about and they should also be aware of the fact that when involved in a motorcycle accident in San Diego, Los Angeles, Santa Monica or any other city in California or nationwide.  It is important to be represented by an experienced motorcycle accident attorne that will be able to hold the negligent driver accountable for their actions on the road that cause the rider to be injured.

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