Avoid Being a Distracted Driver

Over 400,000 people are injured each year because of distracted driving car accidents.

Distracted driving car accidents have reached an epidemic proprotion. If you have been the victim of a car accident where the driver was clearly not paying attention to the road, speak with a St. Louis car accident attorney today.

The Scary Story of Distracted Driving

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recently announced that the incidence of death in distracted driving car accidents has reached over 3,000 per year, and injuries are over 400,000. This is an increase from prior years and shows that the message is not getting across that distracted driving can be deadly.
It is estimated that 660,000 drivers around the country are using technical devices while they are driving. Texting and cell phone use top the list of offending activities, but GPS and iPods are also a problem. There are also the non-tech related distractions, such as eating, drinking, and even smoking.

How to Avoid Being a Distracted Driver

The last thing you want is to be the cause of an accident simply because you responded to a text message. Distractions do one of three things – they make you take your eyes off of the road, your hands off of the steering wheel, or your attention away from driving. Not surprisingly, reading and responding to texts involves all three, which is why there is such a focus on trying to convince St. Louis drivers to refrain from texting and driving at all times.

Take care of your calls before you start the ignition. Once in drive, put away your cell phone and focus on the road in front of you. Use a hands free option to help you navigate your GPS or radio, but use these sparingly as these activities may keep your hands on the wheel, but your mind is still not on the road.

Set a Good Example

If you drive with young people, set a good example by keeping your cell phone out of sight while driving. Missouri drivers between the ages of 17 to 25 are the most likely to be involved in a distracted driver car accident. Practice what you preach to young drivers in order to help prevent them from getting into a car accident.

Just because you have learned how to not let distractions interfere with your driving, doesn’t mean that everyone else on the road has. If you are injured by a driver who was on their cell phone,  contact a St. Louis auto accident attorney from The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. immediately. We will investigate your claim and help you recover compensation for the damages you have incurred.

The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C.

(314) 361-4242

Construction Zone Car Crashes in Missouri

Construction zones are hazardous areas where caution should be exercised in order to prevent automobile accidents.

construction zone accident

Many a times we come across drivers who are negligent, inattentive, or reckless while driving through a construction zone. These drivers pose a hazard to construction workers and other drivers who are following the rules of the road.

Construction zones may cause disorientation and confusion among drivers, resulting in severe car crashes. Motorists passing through construction zones have an obligation to follow the Missouri’s statutory Rules of the Road. The motorists are obliged to follow all the traffic signs and construction signs posted on the streets (Section 304 of the Missouri Revised Statutes). Failure in obeying these rules can result in a civil charge for negligence if another person, a worker, a motorist, or a pedestrian, gets injured or killed in an accident.

A reckless and negligent driver is a hazard on the roads and accidents resulting out of this recklessness can be extremely devastating. Dangerous or aggressive driving in construction zones can result in serious accidents like roll-over accident, T-bone collision, head-on or rear-end crashes, etc. These accidents can result in severe injuries to pedestrians, workers, and occupants of cars involved and can even result in the death of victims.

If you or a loved one has been victim of a construction zone accident, you are have the right to seek compensation for your damages and injuries. The compensation will generally have to be sought from the insurance company of the at-fault driver. The insurance adjuster will try to save money for his or her company and may make an extremely low offer.  It will generally be in your best interests to speak with an experienced car accident attorney that can ensure your receive the full compensation you are entitled to.

Most of the victims of such personal injury cases are tricked by the insurance companies in accepting low offers. It is not uncommon for victims to sign the documentation in haste and then have to make do with the low amount of compensation. While this practice seems unfair, it is far too common. Insurance companies use interviews with victims and families, and even casual discussions against the victim to hold him partially liable for the accident, thus reducing the total payout.

St. Louis Car Wreck Attorney

The most important thing to do after a car crash in the construction zone, after seeking medical attention, is to speak with a car wreck attorney as soon as possible. The presence of an experienced lawyer will strengthen the case and the insurance company of the at-fault driver will not be able to take your case for granted. Since they are aware of the presence of your attorney, they will not try to trick you into signing any insurance or liability forms. This will ensure that your case is protected and that you receive the compensation you deserve.

Pedestrian Accidents on Interstate Highways

An accident on an interstate highway involving a pedestrian involves complex legal issues.

Pedestrian accidents on highways are not uncommon. Almost 10 percent of all pedestrian fatalities happen on interstate highways. An accident on an interstate highway involving a pedestrian involves complex legal issues. It is the duty of a pedestrian to be protected in a particular circumstance by using an appropriate level of care and caution. However, if the conduct of the pedestrian fails to meet the standards required and an injury happens, the compensation claim that the pedestrian makes may be reduced or completely denied.

Injured Pedestrians Compensated for Injuries

Pedestrians who have been injured on a highway have been compensated for their injuries. A pedestrian may file a negligence claim against an at-fault driver for causing the accident. The pedestrian may also pursue a legal claim against the federal and state agencies that are responsible for designing the highway, road construction, and maintenance. These agencies are required to exercise proper care while carrying out their activities and keep in consideration all the people who may use the highway, including pedestrians.

If a highway defect becomes the cause of an accident involving a pedestrian, the agency and its contractors may be held liable for failing to correct the defect in a timely manner. If you or a loved one has been injured in such an accident, seek legal counsel from an experienced St. Louis car accident lawyer. Although pedestrians are not allowed on highways, there are various instances when a pedestrian finds it unavoidable to be walking on the interstate.

Crossing the Highway

Many pedestrian accidents on highways occur when pedestrians are walking across the highway. Vehicles are moving at high speeds and a motorist does not have adequate time to stop to avoid hitting a pedestrian. While on an interstate highway, a motorist never expects a pedestrian to be there, and when that happens, a motorist may fail to see the pedestrian until it is too late.

Walking on the Highway After Dark

highway car accidentThe majority of pedestrian accidents on highways happen during dark. The main contributing factor to this is suicidal behavior of the pedestrian, driver inattention, and alcohol use by pedestrian or driver.

Standing or Walking on the Shoulder

In some cases, pedestrians walking on the shoulder have been struck by a vehicle. Driver error and driver distraction may cause the swerving of the vehicle onto the shoulder and strike a walking pedestrian.

A Stalled Vehicle

When a car breaks down in the middle of the road, a driver may try to push the car aside and fix the vehicle. The driver now becomes a pedestrian, in danger of being struck by incoming vehicles. These accidents usually are caused by drivers who are distracted, sleepy, or drunk.

Tending to a Previous Car Accident

There are cases when passengers who have been thrown from their vehicle following a crash have been struck by incoming vehicles. At other instances, the people tending to an accident or exchanging information have been struck. These accidents happen mainly because of driver inattention and poorly lit roads.

If you have been injured in an interstate accident, contact an experienced St. Louis pedestrian accident attorney from The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. before you give any statements to the authorities or insurance company. Protect your legal rights.

The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C.

(314) 361-4242

What Steps Do I Take After a Car Accident?

If you are involved in a car accident, take the following steps to protect your legal rights.

A car accident can be a difficult time and is not something that one plans for. If you are involved in a car accident, there are various steps that you need to take to protect your rights. The first and foremost action is personal safety and the safety of other persons involved in the accident. Thoroughly inspect yourself and others for any injuries and call emergency services if anyone needs medical attention.

Gather Information

Exchange information with the other driver(s) involved in the accident. This information should include name, address, telephone number, driver’s license number, and insurance details. Record the names of witnesses, if any, and the badge number of the law enforcement officer present at the scene of the accident.

Contact Your Car Insurance Agent

The next step is contacting your car insurance agent. This can be done when you have come back home or the day after the accident. It is an essential step even if you believe that the other driver is at fault and you intend to pursue a claim for compensation against the other driver or the driver’s insurance company. The other driver’s insurance company may not agree with your claim and the case may get complicated. Your vehicle may require repairs and your insurance company may have to authorize the repairs. You may also need a rental car for the duration that your car is under repairs. If you have notified your insurance agent about the accident, then these issues can be resolved by your insurance company.

Car Accident with an Uninsured Motorist

Notifying your insurance agent becomes even more important if the other driver does not have any insurance. In such a case the cost of repairs is covered by the uninsured motorist coverage of your insurance policy. In case of injuries sustained in a car accident, the insurance policy provides coverage for medical treatment and other associated expenses. Your insurance agent can provide information on the coverage options available.

When you contact your insurance agent, provide details regarding the date, time, and place of the accident, the names and addresses of other drivers and witnesses of the accident, insurance policy details of the other driver, and the details of the law enforcement agency who responded to the accident.

St. Louis Car Accident Lawyer

You can probably handle a simple car accident claim on your own. However, if liability is disputed, seek legal counsel from our experienced St. Louis car accident lawyer from The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. We will ensure that your rights are protected and you receive the rightful compensation for any losses incurred and injuries sustained.

The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C.

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