What You Need to Know About Pedestrian Accident Prevention

pedestrian accident preventionWhen you’re in a pedestrian accident because of someone else’s irresponsibility or negligence, it can cause many emotions to bubble up. Fear, frustration, and even outright anger are not uncommon.

Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do to control other people’s behavior on the road.

After all, reckless and dangerous drivers have been around since the invention of the automobile. However, there are many things you can do to avoid vehicle pedestrian accidents. Here are just a few of them:

  • Use crosswalks and designated intersections whenever possible. In some municipalities, walking outside these areas is actually illegal, and is known as “jaywalking.”
  • Make sure you’re seen. You can increase your visibility to drivers by wearing bright or reflective clothing, or by carrying a flashlight when walking at night.
  • Avoid traveling by foot after dark. Speaking of walking at night, try to avoid it if you can. The same goes for walking in bad weather, which tends to increase roadway accidents of all kinds.
  • Use the sidewalk. It goes without saying that pedestrians should use the sidewalk, but if one isn’t available, walk on the shoulder facing traffic.
  • Look both ways. Mother’s advice still holds true: always look both ways before crossing the street, and don’t try to dash between cars if there’s not enough time.
  • Travel with friends. Walking in groups provides much greater visibility than walking alone.
  • Be alert. Don’t be distracted from walking safely by talking or texting on your cell phone, or listening to music, which drowns out the sound of passing cars and horns.
  • Don’t drink and walk. Just as you shouldn’t be drinking and driving, don’t walk home from a party or bar intoxicated. For one thing, public drunkenness is often a crime by itself. But more importantly, it leaves you extremely vulnerable to a pedestrian accident.
  • Watch out for more than passing cars. Vehicles that are backing out of their driveways, parking lots, and alleys can hit a person just as easily as a car or truck speeding down the road.

Get an experienced Clearwater pedestrian accident lawyer

For more tips on auto pedestrian accident prevention — or for a free case evaluation if you’ve been in an accident — call the firm of Abrahamson & Uiterwyk. Our staff is available 24 hours a day at 1-800-753-5203 to assist you.

What are Some of the Most Common Car Accident Injuries?

injuries form car accidentDepending on the severity of the crash, auto accident injuries can be devastating.

Even in a fender-bender, you can suffer debilitating trauma and need months to recover — if, in fact, you’re able to get back to your prior level of functioning at all. If you’re in a more serious accident, the results can be even more catastrophic.

We strongly recommend that you contact an experienced car accident attorney if you have suffered any of the following:

Whiplash

This is one of the car accident injuries you hear about most frequently, and for good reason. Whiplash injuries occur when the victim suffers a forceful, rapid back-and-forth movement to the neck, and is usually associated with rear-end collisions.

Concussions

Don’t make the mistake of ignoring any significant trauma to the head when you have been in a car accident. Remember, all concussions are indeed something to worry about – they’re brain injuries which always need to be checked out by a medical professional as soon as possible.

Knee, hip and thigh injuries

Collisions often mean that things from the front of the car – such as steering wheels and dashboards – can slam into those sitting in the driver and front passenger seat. In these cases, knees, hips and thighs often suffer the brunt of the impact, leading to long-term rehabilitation and in some cases, amputation.

Spinal cord injuries

Injuries to the back and spinal cord can be some of the worst a victim can suffer in a car accident. The pain associated with these injuries can be excruciating, and injury victims often face permanent disabilities. Among these are full and partial paralysis, which can lead to a lifetime of unexpected costs and broken dreams.

Need to file a claim for your car accident injuries?

Car accident lawsuits are often more complex than they first appear. The world of courtrooms, insurance companies, and formal legalities can be overwhelming if you’re not used to it. Let our firm fight for you.

For a free case evaluation, contact Abrahamson & Uiterwyk 24 hours a day at 1-800-753-5203.

 

What Happens if You Don’t Get a Car Accident Injury Lawyer

car accident injury lawyerYou’ve been in a bad auto accident, and times are tough. The medical bills are piling up, you’ve been out of work for weeks or months, and you’re wondering how you’re going to make ends meet.

You know that filing a legal claim is your best bet for the compensation you need to recover, and you are considering pursuing a claim on your own. After all, with all your financial problems, you can’t afford to hire an attorney, can you?

Actually, a better question to ask may be “Can you afford not to hire an attorney?” Below are just a few of the negative outcomes of failing to secure a skilled auto accident lawyer:

You may lose time.

A lawyers who knows the ins and outs of courtrooms, legal rules, government officials, and insurance company policies can save you a lot of time. They understand how to cut through the jargon and complex bureaucratic mazes to fight for your rights in an efficient manner.

You may lose your chance for compensation.

If the world were a perfect place, an accident victim would be treated the same way as a lawyer when it came to the world of insurance claims and courtrooms. But unfortunately, we do not live in a perfect world.

The truth of the matter is that insurance companies and defense attorneys are much more likely to take you seriously with a lawyer by your side. If fact, studies show that victims who hire attorneys consistently walk away with more compensation than those who don’t.

No matter how deserving you are or how much evidence there is of the other party’s liability, there is a good chance that you may lose your case if you don’t know how to pursue a personal injury claim effectively.

If you do not hire an attorney, you may forfeit any chance you had at receiving the compensation you need for recovery and for putting your life back together.

You need a car accident injury lawyer from an experienced firm!

Abrahamson & Uiterwyk won’t charge you a dime unless they win or settle your case.  It’s as close to risk-free as you can get!  For a complimentary case evaluation, contact our Abrahamson & Uiterwyk 24 hours a day at 1-800-753-5203.

Understanding Car Accident Liability: What Victims Wish You Knew

car accident liabityIt’s safe to say that car accident victims probably wish they could go back in time and prevent their accident from occurring. If that were possible, they could have saved themselves a great deal of pain, frustration, stress, heartache, and financial loss.

Unfortunately, since no one can go back in time, all we can do is pick up the pieces and move forward. The following are some of the lessons car accident victims learned along their journey:

Drive safely

Although you can’t account for what others will do, you can be as responsible as possible on the road. This will decrease the likelihood of any type of accident. Often this means obeying speed limits, not operating a vehicle while distracted or intoxicated, and always driving defensively.

Get medical attention

Get any medical attention you need, including both emergency care after the accident and whatever follow-up your physician recommends. Remember, nothing is more important than your health. Secondly, seeking medical care for your injuries can play a key role in protecting your rights after an accident.

Document the accident

Take notes, jot down numbers, get photographs, obtain police and witness reports, and collect information that indicates what the accident will cost you. This can include medical bills, car repair expenses, and time lost from work.

Hire a lawyer

Don’t trust the other driver, their insurance company, or even your insurance company when it comes to getting fair compensation. Although they may all seem compassionate and sympathetic to your case, their primary goal is to minimize your payout as much as possible. A focused, aggressive attorney, on the other hand, puts his or her main focus on maximizing your payout and fighting for the compensation you deserve.

Put our experienced Tampa car accident attorneys

to work for you!

If you’ve been in a crash, you should know that car accident liability is a very complicated matter. For a free case evaluation, contact the firm of Abrahamson & Uiterwyk. Our staff is happy to speak to you 24 hours a day – just call 1-800-753-5203.

The Statute of Limitations: How to File a Lawsuit for Your Slip and Fall

file a slip and fall lawsuitSo you’ve slipped and fallen on someone else’s property.

Maybe it was a neighbor’s icy steps, or a cracked floor inside a local store. Regardless, you may have severe injuries, unpaid medical bills, time lost from work, and serious pain and suffering.

You’re thinking of filing a lawsuit, and wondering if you should get it started now, or wait until you’re feeling better.

In almost every situation, it’s best to get started on your claim right away. There are many reasons why, but an important one is something called “the statute of limitations.”

What is the statute of limitations?

The statute of limitations refers to the specific amount of time during which a claim can be brought to the court’s attention. The amount of time can differ depending on the type of claim (a slip and fall as opposed to a car accident), as well as what state the claim is made in.

Why do we have a statute of limitations?

The statute of limitations exists because, without it, the courts would be overburdened with cases. The statute seeks to resolve all claims within a timely period.

How does the statute of limitations affect my claim?

The most important thing to remember is that the statute of limitations in your state restricts the amount of time you have to file a claim. Once the statute has expired, you won’t be able to pursue the matter via litigation or settlement.

This is true no matter how much you deserve compensation, no matter how much you need it, and no matter how strong the evidence is that the other party is liable.

This is why it’s always recommended that you pursue a claim as early as possible, even if you are still recovering from the accident. In fact, resolving your case swiftly may even help you get the compensation you need to recover!

Turn to our experienced Tampa slip and fall lawyers for help!

If you have questions about how to file a lawsuit, a knowledgeable attorney is the person to turn to. The laws surrounding these types of cases – including the statute of limitations – can be complex. For a free case evaluation, contact the firm of Abrahamson & Uiterwyk 24 hours a day – call 1-800-753-5203.

 

 

What are Some Common Injuries Caused by a Slip and Fall Accident?

slip and fall accidentsIf you’ve been hurt in a slip and fall accident, you know that the resulting injuries can be anything but minor. Some are so severe they require you to be out of work for several weeks – or even months.

In fact, according to the National Safety Council (NSC), falls are one of the leading causes of unintentional injuries in the U.S., and are responsible for almost nine million emergency room visits annually.

If you’re like many fall victims, your long-term rehabilitation can be expensive. One study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that the medical cost of falls adds up to $30 billion a year. Look below to see if you have suffered one or more of the more common slip and fall injurie:

Sprains and fractures

Twisted knees, ankles, and other joints and limbs occur frequently during a fall – this often occurs when a person is trying to catch themselves from falling. Broken bones are often the result of landing on a hard surface.

Common injury sites include the wrist, hand, forearm, upper arm, ankle, and leg. Falls can be especially tough on older adults who may be injured more severely and generally take longer to recover.

Shoulder injuries

Shoulder dislocation, or a “brachial plexus injury,” is another common slip and fall accident injury. Additionally, if your shoulder is pushed down forcefully in a fall at the same time your head is pushed up, nerves can be painfully stretched or torn.

Hip fractures

Hip fractures are common injuries among older adults who suffer falls, and are a leading cause of emergency room admissions and long-term care placement among the elderly.

In addition to the surgery and hospitalization it often takes a long time to recover from a hip fracture. In some cases, it may take weeks or months and at times rehabilitation in a dedicated facility may also be necessary.

Back and spinal cord injuries

Many times, slipped and herniated discs are another unfortunate result of slip and fall accidents. The lingering pain and lack of mobility that follows this type of injury can be life-changing. In worst-case scenarios, accident victims may be partially or fully paralyzed due to damage to the spinal cord.

Let us investigate your slip and fall accident

As experienced Clearwater slip and fall accident attorneys, we know firsthand how debilitating these injuries can be. If you were harmed due to a property owner’s negligence, you need experienced help – and fast.

For a free case evaluation, contact Abrahamson & Uiterwyk 24 hours a day – just call 1-800-753-5203.

What are Some Easy Ways to Avoid a Collision and Potentially Costly Car Accident Lawsuit?

auto accident lawsuitWhen we first start out driving, we’re often vigilant about our surroundings and how we handle our car. Hyperaware might be an even better word. After all, we want to pass that driver’s test and finally stop begging our parents for rides, don’t we?

But as the years go by, we tend to let things slide a bit. We don’t glance as long over our shoulder when pulling into traffic. We routinely go over the speed limit because, hey, everybody does it, right?

Even though it’s human nature to get a bit lax once in a while, the results can be dangerous – and even deadly. Take a look below for a quick “refresher course” on how to prevent an accident.

Maintain your car

Accident prevention often starts with keeping your car in good shape. This includes regular oil changes, fluid top-ups (including brake and steering fluid), checking for worn brake pads, and any other recommended maintenance. If your car needs repair, try to get to it as soon as possible.

Don’t tailgate

Give other vehicles plenty of room when you are on the road. Following the vehicle in front of you too closely is a classic recipe for a rear-end collision and potentially a car accident lawsuit.

Don’t ride in the left lane

Remember – the left lane of a highway is for passing, not driving. Also, it’s easier to pull over or avoid a collision the closer you are to the shoulder. In fact, the majority of accidents occur in the left lane.

Keep scanning

Rather than just staring straight ahead while driving, your eyes should be constantly scanning the road. This increases the time you’ll have to react should a problem arise. You’ll also be less likely to rear end the car in front of you.

Drive with your hands at “9 and 3”

Remember how they said to keep your hands at the 9 and 3 o’clock position in driving school? Yeah — that still applies, mostly so you have as much control over the vehicle as possible if you have to maneuver around an obstacle quickly.

If you were in an accident,

you may need an experienced Tampa car accident attorney!

Sometimes, no matter how careful you are, you can still be in a serious car accident.  Contact the firm of Abrahamson & Uiterwyk. We’ll evaluate your case for free – call 1-800-753-5203 24 hours a day.

 

5 Distracted Driving Myths that Simply Aren’t True

myths about distracted drivingThink you know everything there is to know about distracted driving? Check out these myths and we’ll see if that’s true:

Myth #1: It’s legal. Actually, in an attempt to cut down on accidents, more municipalities are making laws against doing anything other than driving while you’re, well, driving!

Myth #2: Everybody does it. Not so. Just because texting and driving accidents, for instance, are a prevalent problem doesn’t mean everyone engages in distracted driving behaviors. Be sure to take the proper precautions while on the road. This is not only to protect others, but you as well.

Myth #3: A couple of seconds won’t hurt. You don’t have to be distracted for several minutes to cause an accident. A fraction of a second is all it takes for terrible, avoidable crashes to cause severe injuries – or destroy lives.

Myth #4: You can safely multitask while driving. Despite the focus on multitasking in our present culture, many studies have shown that human beings are, in fact, very bad at it. Without your full concentration, you will likely perform simultaneous tasks poorly. And if there’s one task that demands and deserves your complete attention, it’s operating a 4,000-pound car.

Myth #5: You can’t be held liable in an accident. In many states, distracted driving is considered a form of reckless driving, which can be prosecuted. But another thing to bear in mind is that prosecution is just the criminal side of it. You can also have a civil lawsuit brought against you for any harm you cause. You may end up paying for damages, injuries, or even a wrongful death.

Make no mistake about it: distracted driving is a bad, bad idea. Don’t take the chance; put down your phone, makeup, or fast-food purchase and arrive at your destination safely.

Talk to an experienced Clearwater car accident lawyer

Were you injured because someone fell prey to these distracted driving myths? If so, our firm may be able to help.  Contact Abrahamson & Uiterwyk 24 hours a day / 7 days a week at 1-800-753-5203.  Call us today for a free evaluation.

 

7 Important Things to Do After a Car Accident

car accident what to doYou’ve been in a serious car accident, and you’re shaken. You’re grateful for having survived, but now your mind is a whirl of confusion, questions, and concerns.

What if you have sustained potentially serious injuries that they do not appear right away, like whiplash?

What if the other driver denies responsibility for the crash, and you’re worried they won’t pay for damages?

These concerns and fears are perfectly normal. If you take a look below, you’ll get a head start on orienting yourself by taking several key steps after a car accident.

Car accident must-do’s

  1. Attend to any injuries. Your first concern is your physical safety and well-being. If you are able, call an ambulance and ask to be taken to the emergency room if necessary.
  2. Call the police. It’s always a good idea to have the police at the scene immediately after a bad traffic accident.
  3. Get the other driver’s registration and insurance information. Make sure you carefully document the name, phone number, address, drivers’ license number, license plate numbers, and similar information from the other driver (or drivers) involved.
  4. Gather the names and contact information of any witnesses. Any bystanders who saw the accident firsthand may play an important part in insurance claims or litigation.
  5. Snap pictures of your car and the scene of the accident.  If you feel up to it, taking photos of your injuries – or having someone else do so for you – can serve as evidence in a lawsuit. They can also serve as a basis for what your insurance pays if you file a claim.
  6. Tell your insurance company about the accident. Be prompt in notifying your insurance company, as any delays can also mean delays in your compensation you might be able to receive.
  7. Call an experienced attorney. Talk to a lawyer who focuses only on personal injury cases. Your accident claim may be worth far more than you realize.

Talk to an experienced St. Petersburg accident lawyer

Would you like more information about what to do after a car accident? Our firm may be able to help. Contact Abrahamson & Uiterwyk 24 hours a day / 7 days a week at 1-800-753-5203. Call us today for a free evaluation of your case.  

 

 

Why Dog Bites are So Common and How to Avoid Them. From a Lawyer for Dog Bites

lawyer for dog bitesAccording to insurers and medical facilities, dog bite claims and hospitalizations are on the rise across the country. Why are these preventable tragedies increasing, and what can you do to avoid becoming a victim? Read on to find out.

Top reasons for dog bites

  1. Strangers approaching the dog. In many situations, this is unavoidable, such as when a postal worker or delivery person must come onto private property in making their rounds. In other circumstances, guests are seriously injured in dog attacks by someone’s pet that is poorly trained or simply out of control.

 

If a protective dog isn’t used to seeing a person on a daily basis, they may interpret them as an intruder and a threat, plain and simple.

  1. Predatory instinct. Like all hunters, dogs naturally have a drive to chase prey. This instinct is often activated when they see a runner or cyclist going past. Many times, these individuals can’t move quickly enough to get away from the dog, either because the dog is faster, or because the terrain (such as hills or wet, slippery roads) makes it impossible.
  2. Because of irresponsible owners. This is very likely the number one reason for dog bites across the county. When dogs are untrained, unrestrained, and unsupervised, it’s a recipe for disaster – even if the dog has never bitten someone before. Leaving a dog alone and untethered in a yard – or worse, allowed to roam free – puts the general public at risk.

 

If you don’t want to be a victim of a dog bite, try to avoid approaching dogs you don’t know. If a dog starts to chase you, stand still and face the dog, but do not make eye contact. If the dog knocks you over, curl up in a ball and cover your head with your hands. Finally, if you were bitten by a dog with an irresponsible owner, consider contacting an attorney and pursuing compensation for your injuries.

Talk to an experienced lawyer for dog bites

Would you like more information about Florida dog bite laws? Our firm may be able to help. Contact Abrahamson & Uiterwyk 24 hours a day / 7 days a week at 1-800-753-5203. Call us today for a free evaluation.