Rollover Accidents

Posted by on Jun 19, 2015 in Automobile Acidents, Cars | 0 comments

While insignificant bump and scrape car accidents occur every day without many consequences, many car accidents are very serious. One of the most dangerous types of accidents are rollover accidents. Taller, narrower vehicles are the most likely type of vehicle to experience a rollover accident, although it ca happen to anyone under certain circumstances. Some of the costs and losses that a victim has to face after a rollover accident can include: vehicle repairs, medical bills, lost wages, rehabilitation costs, and emotional trauma.

There are two common types of rollover accidents that can occur: tripped and un-tripped. The first are tripped rollovers. These are the most common type of single-vehicle rollovers. These accidents occurred when a vehicle slides off the roadway into softer soil, or gets caught on a curb or guardrail. At certain speeds, this impact can cause the vehicle to “trip” spinning it into a rollover. A tripped rollover can also occur on a steep slope. If a drive underestimates the steepness of a slope and attempt to make a sharp turn at a certain speed, this can also cause the vehicle to trip.

The other type of rollover accidents that can occur are un-tripped rollover accidents. Un-tripped rollover accidents occur when a driver attempts to avoid a collision with another vehicle or debris, animals, and fallen objects that may be obstructing the roadway. A driver will attempt to abruptly swerve the vehicle to avoid the obstruction or collision, but if the vehicle is going fast enough and had a heavier than average load, the force of this action could cause the vehicle to rollover in the roadway.

Effects of a rollover accident can be permanent, life altering, and in some unfortunate cases, life threatening. Unfortunately, in many cases, rollover accident was preventable and occurred due to the carelessness of another. If this is the case, certain damages may be owed to the victim of such an incident.

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Coping with a Wrongful Death

Posted by on Mar 13, 2015 in Family, Injuries | 0 comments

People often forget that human beings are just as fragile as any other living creature on this planet. People are made up of bones, muscle, and skin and from what was once ash will return to ash just the same. It can all be gone in the blink of an eye, vanish like breath on a mirror. But what some people also fail to recognize is that they have profound effects on other people just the same. The loss of one can ripple into a tidal wave, a hurricane of hardship and pain to a multitude of people.

Imagine then when a life that should have continued on for decades was abruptly and unjustly taken due to something that should have been completely avoidable? If you are directly connected to the loss, the grief and pain felt cannot be anything that any words in any language can be able to properly convey. One day, you wake up and everything is normal and all of a sudden, when you’re just about to go sleep, suddenly you realize that everything that transpired from that day has now changed for your life forever. That is what loss this close to home can do to you. And there is no recovery from something like this, when you lose someone due to an accident that should never have happened in the first place.

If you have evidence that suggests or proves beyond reasonable doubt that the event that caused the death was due to someone else’s intentional or ignorant negligence, then there is legal action that can be taken.

The website of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck, P.A. states that to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the guilty party is in order to claim financial compensation that can cause strain to any family. There are the burial expenses as well as any outstanding medical bills that may have been a result of the accident as well. It is not only that but there are also the circumstances that surround the surviving family or beneficiaries if the deceased was their primary income earner.

If you or someone you know has been the victim of a wrongful death type of case, contact a professional immediately.

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Truck Accidents: Things Drivers of Smaller Vehicles Should Avoid

Posted by on Feb 9, 2015 in Automobile Acidents, Cars, Injuries | 0 comments

For so many truck drivers, driving for 11 hours straight and cross-county is normally part the job, thus trucks are built with sleeping berths where they can get the rest and sleep that they need to keep them from driving while sleepy or fatigued.

Different government agencies actually work together to make sure that trucks never become threats on the road as their size and weight are much more than enough to run over and crash any vehicle. But while the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) mainly focuses on improving the safety in the operation of commercial motor vehicles (CMV), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) turns its focus on both truck drivers and other motorists, constantly reminding the latter of the things they should avoid whenever they share the road with an 18-wheeler. These reminders are aimed at reducing risks of truck accidents and these include:

  • Avoiding blind spots. Truck drivers have multiple blind spots, such as the area directly behind the truck and truck’s passenger side. Blind spots (also called no zone areas) are areas where the truck driver will most likely fail to see the presence of another smaller vehicle (an obvious danger, especially if the truck were to make a right turn). Smaller vehicles should avoid these areas and, if going to drive past a truck, should do so at the driver’s side, where the diver will clearly see his/her vehicle.
  • Never driving too closely behind a truck. This is called tailgating and it is definitely dangerous, not only because you would be in a truck’s no-zone area, but because if the truck makes an emergency stop, the chances of a fatal accident may not be remote. Besides, tailgating also renders the (tailgating) driver totally unaware of the real situation of the road farther ahead, as well as greatly reduces his/her chance to reacting in time to impending road dangers.
  • Observe proper care at intersections. When executing a turn, trucks eat up multiple lanes, thus it is best that other vehicles always yield to trucks. Turning alongside trucks can prove fatal to drivers and passengers of smaller vehicles.

On its website, the Law Offices of Jeff Benton explains that truck drivers are never exempt from liability even if the vehicle it collides with in an accident is in its blind spot, or no-zone area. The truck drive is fully responsible in making sure that no vehicle is in the no zone area before he/she accelerates, turns or brakes his/her truck, as well as before he/she makes any lane changes.

Victims of car accidents, on the other hand, are sometimes advised to get in touch with an Oklahoma truck accident lawyer for them to know and understand their legal rights and possible actions against the liable parties.

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Consequences of Not Making Child Support Payments

Posted by on Feb 7, 2015 in Family | 0 comments

Divorce will never end a non-custodial parent’s obligation to support his/her children, except, of course, those that have reached the age of emancipation, unless support is determined by the court as still necessary.

Child support is a major concern that divorcing couples will have to settle. If the spouses concerned fail to arrive at a mutual agreement, it will then be the court which will have to determine the amount of support that will need to be paid by the obligor or non-custodial parent. Being a legal matter, whatever decision to be arrived, whether through mutual agreement or court settlement, the spouses concerned will have to observe it or suffer contempt of court and face legal punishments, such as fines and imprisonment. The obligor or even the obligee, custodial parent, can request the court to make changes in the amount of support if the obligor’s financial circumstances have changed.

One common issue that has arisen during the past years regarding obligors is their sudden disappearance in an attempt to escape their responsibility. Obligors need to know that the Child Support Recovery Act (CSRA) was passed in 1992 for the purpose of determining the whereabouts of missing obligors, such as those who have fled to other states to escape child support payment. It is also necessary for obligors to know that, based on the rules observed by U.S. Passports & International Travel of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, anyone owing at least $2,500 in child support will not be allowed to acquire a U.S. passport until he/she has fully paid the amount.

One of the major reasons why courts allow modifications in support agreements is to save the obligor from the burden of paying a support amount which he/she can no longer afford due to changes in his/her financial situation. Such changes may be due to a sudden and/or unexpected medical condition, loss of job, and so forth. But whether the issue is modification of the support agreed upon or enforcement of the support agreement, it is always best to be recommended by a The Woodlands child support lawyer, who can help you deal with whatever legal need that you have to address.

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BP Claim Appeals: Wait Further or Start the Legal Battle Now

Posted by on Feb 6, 2015 in Oil Spills | 0 comments

After the April 2010 British Petroleum (BP) oil spill along the Gulf of Mexico, the giant oil firm entered into a settlement contract that agrees to pay businesses and individuals for whatever oil spill-related financial losses they can show they suffered from. Since this agreement was signed BP has already made about $2.3 billion settlement payments. BP, however, stopped in its tracks of satisfying settlement claims after it felt and realized that the agreement has most likely fallen to wrong interpretations as Patrick Juneau, the court-appointed administrator of the settlement fund, considered any economic loss as authentic even without any proof that such loss is, indeed, the effect of the oil spill.

Due to the misinterpretation that BP is convinced to have occurred, the oil firm made repeated court appeals, all of which have been denied. After the last court rejection during the 4th quarter of 2014, BP still expressed its intent to pursue its case with unwavering resilience, plus its right to appeal any claims that exceeded $25,000, which it claimed was stipulated in the settlement agreement that it signed.

While BP may have the legal right to pursue what it believes is just, others see the firm’s move as nothing more than a delaying tactic in paying the rest of the $7.8 billion in estimated compensation payments. This delaying tactic, meanwhile, has placed even those who really suffered economic losses at an indefinite waiting period, a wait that has only led to more damaging losses to some, forcing them to declare bankruptcy and close down the business altogether.

The website of Williams Kherkher law firm says that business firms essentially have two options: wait more for no one knows how much longer or start the legal battle now. One danger of waiting further, though, is that the statute of limitation (relating to compensation) that was set by the Oil Pollution Act specifies only three years. In April 2015, it will already be five years since the spill occurred.

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