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Pedestrian Accidents, A Sad but Common Reality

Posted on January 2, 2012 by Fast Lawsuit Team

You are on your way home to your city apartment from a late evening event. The city is still alive, but the hustle and bustle of the day has mostly died down, and the meager streams of cars on the road are in stark contrast to the angry horn blowing and standstill traffic of the afternoon. At the intersection, you wait for the light to flash to “WALK.” When it does, you take a step into the street and start to cross. As you walk, from the corner of your eye, you see a car turn a corner speedily, and before you know it, you hear a loud screech, feel the excruciating impact of something hauling your body off the ground, and into the air and everything goes black. You have just become one of the 64,000 pedestrians to be injured in motor vehicle accidents every year. Meanwhile another 5,000 are killed per year.

Pedestrian deaths come second only to vehicle passenger deaths. According to the National Highway Traffic Association and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 11 percent of motor vehicle fatalities are pedestrians. In just 30 years, in a period between 1975 and 2005, 180,000 pedestrians were killed in accidents that could have been avoided. A pedestrian is harmed in a traffic accident about every 8 minutes, and one dies in a traffic accident every 110 minutes.

Pedestrian deaths most commonly occur in urban areas because of the higher concentration of vehicles and traffic in those areas. There is also a higher concentration of people and more pedestrian activity in the cities than in rural areas. The National Safety Council estimates that about 85.7 percent of non-fatal accidents take place in urban areas, while only 14.3 percent take place in rural areas. A discriminate two-thirds of accident fatalities take place in the city.

Why or how do pedestrian accidents happen? Although auto accidents involving innocent pedestrians tend to happen at street intersections, most accidents actually take place in other areas on the road where drivers are more likely to be speeding without any expectation of having to stop. When a driver is speeding, he is less likely to take notice of a pedestrian, and is definitely much less likely to stop their vehicle in time to avoid hitting one. Another factor of pedestrian-auto accidents is negligence. If a driver simply does not follow traffic rules, or is not driving attentively, he could easily miss a changing light, a stop sign, or a speed limit sign. Some drivers are preoccupied and distracted by some activity in the car; whether it is cell phone usage or a long awaited meal, a driver may not have his or her full attention on the task of driving. This may lead to many possibilities, some fatal, that could have been avoided. Lighting can also be a factor. Statistics show that the great majority of fatal pedestrian accidents happen on the weekend in the evenings.

The injuries that a motor vehicle can give a person’s relatively delicate body are countless. Some possible injuries include damage to the brain and spine and can include bone fractures, loss of consciousness and coma, paraplegia and quadriplegia. Blows to the body, and subsequent injuries, could be delivered by direct contact with the vehicle (in most cases), contact with the ground, and/or contact with objects in the vicinity.

If you are filing a lawsuit for a pedestrian injury case, you can get lawsuit funding to help you with the needs you have right now. While you wait for your case to be settled in the near future, your needs are still quite current. A settlement funding will give you the cash needed to cover the cost of hospital bills or medical treatment and to continue to manage the necessary expenses of your daily life. This kind of lawsuit cash advance is called is non-recourse – meaning, even if your lawsuit loses, you do not have to pay it back. If you are the pedestrian victim in an auto accident, life can seem rash and unfair as you face your mountain-high pile of new challenges, but help is here to help you as you tackle the climb.

Distracted Driving, What Every Driver and Passenger Should Know

Posted on December 24, 2011 by Fast Lawsuit Team

Nearly half a million people are injured each year from distracted driving accidents. Distracted driving is a common cause of traffic collisions. This means that a significant amount of motor vehicle accidents causing damage and injury could be prevented if drivers maintained attentiveness on the road.

Driving has become a necessity in the society we live in. It gets us where we are going much faster and more efficiently. But driving can be an extremely dangerous activity, particularly when the rules of the road are not followed, or drivers are distracted. Driving requires the coordinated use of your able arms and body, your eyes and sight, and your mental alertness and attention. A distraction is anything that takes your attention away from a task. In distracted driving, the driver does not have his full attention on the road.

Statistics taken from the United States government Distracted Driving website states that there are three main types of distractions – distractions that involve taking your hand off the wheel, taking your eyes off the road, and taking your mind off driving.

There are several activities that fall under these three categories. Distracted driving includes: texting, using a cell phone, eating and drinking, talking to passengers, grooming, reading, using a navigation system, watching a video, or changing the radio, cd player, or MP3 player.

Of all these, texting is considered one of the most dangerous activities while driving because it involves all three types of distractions – manual, visual, and cognitive. When you send or receive a text, your eyes leave the road for about 4.6 seconds, which, if you are driving at 55 mph, is the same as driving the entire length of a football field blind. You are 23 times more likely to crash if you text while driving.

Driving while on a cell phone reduces driving brain activity by 37%. Studies found that drivers that use hand-held devices were 4 times more likely to get into crashes serious enough to get hurt. Using a cell phone while you are driving delays your reaction time at the same level as if you had a blood alcohol concentration of .08. Headset cell phone usage is not that much safer than hand-held usage, either.

Armed with these statistics, drivers can make the extra effort to drive more safely. It is important to shut off your devices while you are behind the wheel. You can also be a responsible passenger by reminding the driver of safety precautions. It takes very little effort to make the roads safer and thus avoid a great deal of stress, damage, pain, and loss.

If you are the victim in a car accident resulting from the negligence of a distracted driver, a lawsuit may cover property repairs, medical expenses, lost income, and even psychological pain. While you wait for your lawsuit settlement, none of these damages wait with you, or go away. Lawsuit funding can help you meet needs that are immediate and demanding. To see if you qualify for settlement funding, your lawyer can determine the strength of your case and likelihood of winning. A lawsuit loan can help you take care of immediate expenses resulting from your accident and, in any event, you only have to pay it back if you win your case. Don’t let someone else’s negligence pull your life completely apart. You have options.