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Archive for November, 2013

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What to Do After a Car Accident: Steps to Help Your Case

Written by Jon Remmel on . Posted in Blog

Automobile accidents are shocking and traumatizing, and what to do first can sometimes seem confusing and overwhelming. In case the worst should occur, these steps will help create less stress regarding your personal injury case:

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1) Call the Police

The first thing to do is file a police report. Calling the police to the scene of the accident and having them write a report is essential in helping you prove you were not at fault. Ensure all pain and injury complaints are recorded, as this is proof of injuries sustained. While police are occasionally hesitant to write such reports, this information is imperative for protecting your rights, especially if you were injured.

2) Take Witness Names and Phone Numbers

Be sure to take down the names and phone numbers of every person who witnessed the accident. Often times witnesses will approach you with their information, although it’s still necessary to look around and ask for names and numbers. This is especially important if a witness overhears the other driver admitting fault and liability. Such admissions are taken seriously by insurance companies when in court regarding the accident. This will also help your auto accident attorney convince the liable insurance company of your injuries and need for compensation.

3) Take Pictures If You Can

Another way to prove damages is to take pictures of the accident scene. If you are too injured to do so yourself, have a friend or family member document necessary images from the scene. You’ll want to take note of any damage to your vehicle, where the accident occurred, location of debris and anything else that will help your case. Liable insurance companies often dispute personal injury claims, especially if no solid evidence is presented.

4) Record Names, Addresses and Phone Numbers of Those Who Can Verify Your Injuries

Friends, family and co-workers can all verify that you are unable to work, perform basic household tasks and anything else resulting from the severity of your injuries. It’s also a way to provide an injury timeline. Such witnesses will help your case tremendously as it’s not just you claiming your injuries.

5) Take Down Insurance Info

Write down all insurance information at the scene of the accident, or have someone do it for you. The other driver is likely to be forthcoming with this info, particularly if police are present. Some people refuse to divulge this information after the event, making injury claim settlements problematic. Make sure you walk away from the accident with all the information you will need for your case.

6) Get an Estimate of Vehicle Damage

Auto insurance agencies frequently round down concerning how much it will cost to repair your vehicle, especially if you decide to keep the money rather than fix the car. A lower estimated amount also hurts injury claims, so get your own estimate of damage incurred.

Keep these steps in mind should you be the victim of an automobile accident. Contact us today with any questions concerning automobile accident claims. Were you injured in a car accident? What was your experience with the other driver and the insurance company? Share your story in the comments section!

 

Someone Borrowed My Car and Got in an Accident: Am I Liable?

Written by Jon Remmel on . Posted in Blog

Car accidents generally concern the driver that caused the collision to occur. However, there are times when the person who is liable wasn’t driving or even in the car at the time of the accident. If someone borrowed your vehicle and got in an accident, many times you will be liable. Here’s why:

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Employee Drivers

If you’re an employer and an employee driving a company car gets in an accident, you are liable for damages incurred. However, this is only the case if the employee was operating the vehicle as part of his or her job. If the employee borrows a company vehicle when he or she is not working and gets in an accident, that employee is liable for damages.

Teen Drivers

Most states hold parents responsible for their children’s negligent driving, especially if the parents know the child is reckless or otherwise unfit to drive. This is known as “negligent entrustment,” and applies when you let an underage or unlicensed driver use your car. This also includes when a parent signs the child’s driver’s license application, with most states holding the parent accountable for any accidents. Some states also employ the “family purpose” doctrine, which holds the vehicle’s owner liable for any family member who drives the car and gets in an accident.

Elderly and Intoxicated Drivers

Liability absolutely falls on you if you let an intoxicated friend or family member drive your car, as this is another example of negligent entrustment. This is also the case if the vehicle is lent to an elderly driver who is unfit to operate the car. Although you are not the one driving, you will be held liable in these situations.

Ill and Previously Reckless Drivers

Allowing someone who is ill or otherwise has a condition that affects driving, such as falling asleep at the wheel, will result in liability on your part. You could also be liable if you lend your car to someone with a history of reckless driving.

Keep these examples in mind the next time someone wants to borrow your car or you may be requiring the services of an auto accident attorney. Know of other examples of vehicle liability even if the owner isn’t driving? Share them in the comments section!

I Was Rear-Ended In A Car Accident: Can I Be Held Responsible?

Written by Jon Remmel on . Posted in Blog

Car accidents are always a shocking and traumatizing experience, no matter how big or small in nature. One popular question that we receive on a regular basis concerns rear-end accidents. Generally speaking, it is the person who rear-ends your car who is at fault, with some states using stricter laws regarding this issue than others. However, there are times when such accidents are not so cut and bone-dry. So how exactly does this occur?

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If another car hits you from behind, the accident is almost always that driver’s fault, no matter what your reason is for stopping. One of the basic rules of the road instructs drivers to halt their vehicles safely if another car or truck stops ahead of them. If the driver is unable to stop in time to avoid a collision, he or she is not operating the vehicle as safely as the person who got hit.

The other important part of rear-end accident claims is vehicle damage, which undoubtedly provides how the accident occurred. If the other car’s front end and your car’s rear are both damaged, it’s basically impossible to contest what happened.

Yet in some accident situations, both you and the car behind you get hit by a third car. This third car runs into the car behind you, which pushes that person’s vehicle into yours. When this happens, it is the third car who is responsible for the resulting damage, not the driver who actually rear-ended you. This means filing a liability insurance claim against the third driver.

Understanding automobile accident liability is an essential part of safe driving and will keep you out of the offices of an auto accident attorney. Keep these tips in mind whenever you use your vehicle and stay safe on the road.

Have you been involved in an accident such as this? Share your story in the comments section below!

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Jurors Keep The Public Safe

Written by Jon Remmel on . Posted in Blog

Today, pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson voluntarily agreed to pay a $2.2 Billion Dollar settlement to resolve both criminal and civil claims over allegations that they marketed three drugs for uses that were never approved.  Some of the claims alleged against the publicly traded company involved paying “kickbacks” to physicians who prescribed the drugs to patients like you and I.

Now, I want you to think about this for just a minute.  A major, billion dollar corporation just freely admitted that it has been paying licensed medical doctors financial incentives to distribute drugs to the public for treatments they were never approved for!?  I hope that concerns you at a very core level because this is a prime example of corporate greed.  This is the same type of conduct Ford was guilty of when it knew that the Explorer was a dangerous vehicle, but decided to place “profits over safety.”  So, why do these corporations keep pressing the boundaries of safety and ethics, regardless of the criminal or civil consequences?  After dealing with billion dollar insurance companies for more than a decade, I am convinced it is because they see the public’s disdain of the jury system — the last utility that actually protects the public’s well being.

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Unlike politicians who are paid millions in annual campaign contributions from major corporations, the jury is the only real “checks and balances” utility left in our government today.  The jury system is so fundamental to keeping the public safe, it was expressly protected by our forefathers in the Constitution.  Think about that for a minute.  What other public safety mechanisms have been individually safeguarded by the express text of the Constitution?  Off the top of my head, I can only think of two.  The right to vote and the right to a jury trial.  My hopes in sharing this is for you to see the importance of a civil jury system and what a true blessing it really is.

Today’s courtroom has become the modern day Elah valley, where an otherwise insignificant “David” can take on the corporate-funded “Goliath” and actually have a chance of winning.  Large corporations do not fear lawsuits.  To them, it’s a cost of doing business.  What they really fear, and have taken steps to eradicate, is the civil jury system.  Why?  It’s the only neutral entity that can hold them financially (and criminally) accountable for acts of corporate greed that otherwise, pose a direct threat to public safety.

If you see the importance of the civil jury system and want to take steps to protect the public, please participate in the process when you are called upon at a State or Federal level.  As a juror, learn what the law is and make every effort to follow the law (even when you disagree with what the law is).  Hold corporations (and individuals) accountable for any acts or omissions that endanger the public.  If you don’t, there will be nothing that stops them from going further and hurting more people.  The civil jury system is the only way a greedy corporation is held accountable to the public.  As the public, we should do everything in our power to protect this very precious gift.

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