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The Extreme Cost of Motor Vehicle Accidents

Even though injuries and deaths are the worst part of motor vehicle accidents, there is something else to consider: the price paid by the economy as a whole.

According to data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motor vehicle accidents cost the country approximately $1 trillion in loss of life and productivity in 2010.

The Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association shared additional information regarding the cost of such accidents, noting the following:

  • In 2013, the average insurance comprehensive claim was $1,621. The average collision claim was $3,144.
  • In 2013, the average auto liability claim for bodily injury was $15,443. The average liability claim for property damage was $3,231.

The cost of a motor vehicle accident goes well beyond what you see on the surface. Even if there are no injuries or deaths, it still costs somebody money.

If a person is injured in any type of on the road accident, they should learn more about their legal rights and how to collect the compensation they deserve.


Slip and Fall Accidents and Injuries: Indoor and Outdoor

What comes to mind when you think of a slip and fall accident? Some immediately think about falling in some type of commercial setting, such as a grocery store or shopping mall.

Conversely, there are those who identify slip and fall accidents with the outdoors, such as a walkway that is not cleared of snow.

Slip and fall accidents occur both indoors and outdoors on a regular basis. For example, indoor accidents are often caused by a liquid substance on the floor. Outdoor accidents, however, are commonly caused by a slippery surface, broken step, or a hole.

Here is what you need to remember: the longer a condition is left untreated, the more likely it is that the property owner is responsible for any injuries. For example, there is a big difference between a liquid that was spilled yesterday and a spill that occurred one minute before an accident. In the first scenario, the store had plenty of time to remedy the situation.

If you want to learn more about slip and fall injuries, including your legal rights, you can do so on this page of our website.


Use these Tips to Help Prevent a Pedestrian Accident

There are things you should and should not be doing as a pedestrian. While you have the right to use the roadways and sidewalks as a mode of transportation, it is important to take the steps necessary to remain safe at all times.

Here are some of the things pedestrians can do to help prevent being struck by a motor vehicle:

  • Increase visibility when possible. This can include carrying a flashlight when walking at night.
  • Cross the street at a designated intersection or crosswalk.
  • Walk on a sidewalk as opposed to the road, when possible.

Unfortunately, even when following these tips, there are times when a pedestrian accident cannot be avoided. Instead, a driver makes a poor decision, such as texting and driving, which causes an accident.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, our website shares a variety of information on the steps to take, your legal rights, and much more.


How to Dispute a Wrongful Car Insurance Claim Denial

When two cars are involved in an accident, it is common for both to be damaged. This almost always leads to a car insurance claim by both parties.

While you hope that the damage will be covered, car insurance companies are not always easy to work with. Instead, they may put up a fight, hoping to avoid paying a claim or to lessen their responsibility.

Disputing a wrongful car insurance claim denial is possible. Take these steps to get started:

  • Contact the insurance company to provide more information, including an explanation of their mistakes and any supporting documentation.
  • If the insurance company still puts up a fight, contact your State Insurance Commissioner.
  • Consider a lawsuit on the grounds of a bad faith insurance practice.

You deserve for your claim to be handled in the appropriate manner. If for any reason an insurance company puts up a fight, it is time to learn more about your options. Don’t be shy about disputing the denial, as this may be the only way to get what you deserve.


Proof that Disability Discrimination Remains an Issue

Earlier this month, we discussed disability discrimination and reasonable accommodation.

Even in today’s world, discrimination in the workplace remains an issue. This holds true both among current employees, as well as those who are interviewing for a particular position.

Here is a story, direct from the EEOC, proving that disability discrimination has yet to be eliminated.

It discusses two companies, an employer and staffing agency, that discriminated against a potential temporary worker due to a hearing impairment. Here is an excerpt:

“In its lawsuit, EEOC charged that Sims and All-Star violated federal law by refusing to assign an individual temporary work because she has a hearing impairment. EEOC’s suit contended that All-Star assigned the employee to work at a Sims recycling facility in LaVergne, Tenn. When Sims learned the employee had a hearing impairment, Sims and All-Star told the employee she could not work there.”

For taking part in such behavior, the companies will pay $25,000 to settle the lawsuit.

If you feel you have been a victim of disability discrimination, let us help. We can review your case and help you decide which steps to take next.


When to Hire a Personal Injury Attorney Following a Car Accident

If you are involved in a car accident, it is natural to have a lot on your mind. Along with the emotional stress, you have to receive treatment for any injuries while also handling all the finer details associated with your insurance claim.

There may come a time when you reach out to a personal injury attorney, but there is something else that comes first: your health. You should not delay in seeking medical care. Not only does this put your health at risk, but it makes it more difficult to prove that your injuries were related to the accident.

You need to hire a personal injury attorney as you attempt to collect compensation for injury and damages resulting from the accident. For example, insurance companies are not always willing to cover all your expenses, regardless of what your policy says. You may find it a challenge to have your medical bills paid. In this case, consulting with an attorney is a must.

When you contact us following a car accident, you can rest easy in knowing that we will steer you in the right direction. We know what you are going through and will do whatever it takes to provide professional legal assistance.


Disability Discrimination and Reasonable Accommodation

Despite the fact that most employers are familiar with employment laws, including those opposing discrimination, trouble still comes to the forefront from time to time. Discrimination in the workplace remains an issue that can impact any worker in any state.

It is not against the law for your boss to act in an unfriendly, rude manner. It isn’t even against the law for your company to provide a poor work environment. What is a violation of the law, however, is discrimination against an applicant or worker based on disability, race, national origin, gender, handicap, religion, sex, or age.

If you are disabled, for example, your employer is expected to provide reasonable accommodation. This is defined by U.S. Office of Personnel Management as follows:

“Reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that allows an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job functions, or enjoy equal access to benefits available to other individuals in the workplace.”

A victim of workplace discrimination may be in position to file a lawsuit to receive compensation for: back pay, future lost earnings, emotional distress, and punitive damages.

Getting on the right track often starts with contacting a qualified attorney.


July 2015 Blog Review

As back to school season closes in, we continue to update our blog with news articles, advice, tips, and much more.

If you were too busy in July to stay current with our blog, don’t hesitate to check out what you missed.

Here are five of the most popular posts from July 2015:

  1. Why do Motorcycle Accidents Happen?
  2. How to Report Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
  3. Workplace Discrimination: Yes, It Happens
  4. Common Types of Pedestrian Accidents
  5. Summer Road Trip Driving Tips

We have a lot of content planned for August, so be sure to check back on a regular basis. And if you have anything to add, feel free to do so in the comment section.


Summer Road Trip Driving Tips

Are you getting ready to embark on a summer road trip? It doesn’t matter if you are traveling alone or with friends and/or family, safety always comes first. As much fun as you are sure to have, you never want to overlook the steps you can take to increase your overall level of safety.

These three driving tips can greatly increase your chance of reaching your destination without incident:

  1. Never drive distracted. As tempted as you may be to send a text message, grab a bite to eat, or converse with passengers, avoid any activity that will take your attention away from the road.
  2. Pay attention to other drivers. Even though you may be doing everything possible to remain safe, other drivers don’t always follow the same course of action. Pay attention to these people and keep your distance from anybody who is driving in a dangerous manner.
  3. Carry an emergency roadside kit. You never know when you will get a flat. You never know when your engine may overheat. Unexpected events happen on road trips, so make sure you are prepared for anything that comes your way.

Don’t avoid a summer road trip because of safety concerns. Instead, follow these tips and enjoy yourself!


Recent Motor Vehicle Accidents in the Boston Area

Motor vehicle accidents are common in and around the Boston area. While most accidents are fender benders, causing nothing more than damage to the vehicles involved, others are much more serious. These types of accidents can cause serious injury and even death.

Here are several motor vehicle accident stories from the past few weeks:

  1. I-93 Crash Nearly Sends Car Off Highway Overpass
  2. DA: Worker, 28, killed in accident at Malden car wash
  3. 3 hurt when police vehicle, car collide in Dorchester

Although the circumstances of every accident are unique, nothing changes the fact that any incident can lead to injury or death. In some cases, the victim or their family decides to file a lawsuit in an attempt to collect compensation for injuries and other damages.

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