Mar 18, 2017

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Fatal Car Accidents

Those who are relatively lucky will get away from car accidents with traumatic injuries. But those who are not so lucky may end up dead. Traffic accidents may be fatal because of a variety of reasons, such as when the impact is so great because of the speed of the vehicles involved or when the vehicle has crashed and rolled over in a violent way.

Common Causes of Fatal Accidents

Car accidents can happen because of driver error, vehicle malfunction, or dangerous road or weather conditions. But the worst reason is driver negligence, such as those who drive while drunk or distracted, those who are speeding, and those who are intentionally reckless.

Drunk and distracted drivers have limited body coordination, which is important in driving. The influence of alcohol and the distractions around them may force them to put their hands off the steering wheel and gears, eyes off the road, feet off the pedals, and mind off the act of driving.

Speeding drivers have limited control of their vehicle, potentially putting them out of the road, especially during a turn. They also have limited time to react to the actions of other drivers.

Those who are reckless, like those who tailgate, swerve, and weave, are also at risk of crashing or colliding with another vehicle, as they have disadvantages in terms of positioning and mobility.

Damages of Fatal Accidents

According to the website of Goings Law Firm, LLC, family members of those who have been killed by negligent drivers may take legal action, such as getting compensation from the damages they have sustained.
The most obvious damage is funeral costs, which can easily reach thousands of dollars. If their loved one has not been killed instantly, they may even sustain further financial damage from medical costs.
The financial damage does not stop there. As the victim is most likely a worker, the family will take a hit on their economic status. The loss of an earner from a person who has an income and gives support to a family can affect the family’s lifestyle and future.

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Oct 21, 2015

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A step-by-step account on how airbags work

Apart from seat-belts, airbags provide an added layer of protection among passengers during a car crash. In the U.S., cars with model year 1998 and onward are all required to have airbags for front passengers. But today, airbags are not only limited in the steering wheel and in the dashboard, they are also mounted on doors and chairs; and they are a big help in reducing fatal accidents in every U.S. roads.

But how does this amazing car safety component work? Here is a step-by-step account on how an airbag deploys:

  1. The airbag is equipped with sensor that tells whether a crash has occurred. This sensor is equipped with an accelerometer (an instrument that measures acceleration) to detect sudden decrease in acceleration. When there is sudden, possibly fatal deceleration, the sensor will trigger the airbag circuit.
  2. The circuit will then ignite a solid propellant that would trigger a chemical reaction. This chemical reaction would generate a large amount of gas so fast that it would inflate the airbag within a quarter of a second.
  3. The airbag is coated with talcum powder so that it would unwrap seamlessly. Also, the airbag is made of nylon fabric with tiny holes on its edges. The airbag deflates as the occupant’s head pushes it down.

However, there are certain scenarios where airbags do not deploy. According to the website of Williams Kherkher (view website), defective designed, manufactured, and mounted airbags may malfunction in times of collision. Furthermore, an airbag may not deploy in any of these situations:

  • A frontal fender bender
  • When you hit a moving object (an animal or a moving pole)
  • When you have been involved in an angled or rear crash
  • When the direction of the force during a car crash is downwards (ex. when your bumper is lodged below a semis’ loading platform, or when you drive over a large pothole)

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Mar 21, 2015

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Distracted Driving is Deadly

Many car accidents happen for the most innocent of reasons. There has been such grim attention paid to drunk driving that people tend to be relaxed about texting, talking on their mobile phones, eating, applying makeup, or even changing the radio station. However, any kind of distracted driving can lead to an accident. It only requires a few seconds of inattention for it to happen.

The thing is, there are laws against drunk driving but not for the above causes of distracted driving. This may be because it is possible to get physical evidence of driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence. There are field sobriety tests, breathalyzer, and blood tests to confirm if a driver is unfit to drive. What kind of evidence can you get for changing a CD at the time of an accident?

This makes it harder for a Des Moines car accident lawyer to prove a case of negligence against a defendant who was texting, for example, at the time of an incident in Iowa. Unless the defendant admits to it, or allows the lawyer access to phone records, then that is pretty much it for the easy route. According to the website of Spiros Law, P.C., at the most, the victim of distracted driving will be able to get some compensation for medical expenses, but this will still depend on the circumstances.

It seems unfair but that is how the system works. A layperson with no legal background will have practically no hope of getting compensation without good legal representation. If you are in this situation, your best move is to consult with a car accident lawyer in your state.

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