California legislators commissioned a study to determine the reasonability of legalizing lane-splitting- with certain restrictions and guidelines- for motorcyclists. The comprehensive study, carried out by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, indicates that lane splitting might actually be safer for motorcyclists than not lane-splitting. Read the rest of this entry »
Crash studies have shown that motorcyclists who wear helmets are 29% more likely to survive a motorcycle crash. In addition, they are 2.5x less likely to suffer a serious head injury, compared to those riders who opted not to ride with a helmet on. Yet, not everyone believes that motorcycle helmets are safe. Opponents of mandatory state motorcycle helmet laws say that helmets actually increase the rider’s risk of getting into a motorcycle crash. Why? They believe that they interfere with the rider’s ability to see and hear the surrounding traffic. But is this right? Are Motocycle Helmets Dangerous? Read the rest of this entry »
Rollover crashes are dangerous accidents that have a greater fatality rate than other kinds of accidents. They are rare, but deadly events, claiming one-third of passenger vehicle deaths while accounting for only 3 percent of all crashes.
Tripped and un-tripped rollover accidents are the two different types of these kinds of crashes. Contact with external forces, such as curbs or collisions with other vehicles can lead to tripped rollovers. In fact, the most common scenario for a tripped rollover happens when a vehicle’s tires strike the curb as it slides sideways, digging into soft ground on the shoulder of the road causing a sudden increase in lateral force.
Untripped rollovers happen when a vehicle is destabilized by cornering forces. As a vehicle turns a corner, three forces act on it: tire forces, inertia, and gravity. The forces from the tires act below the vehicle’s center of mass, pushing it toward the center of the curve. Inertia acts horizontally away from the center of the turn. When these two forces overcome the force of gravity, the vehicle begins to roll over. Read the rest of this entry »
The findings, published in the December 2014 issue of the Journal of Applied Biomechanics, indicate that among the thirty young adults tested, texting on cell phones as they walked affected their walking speed, the width of their step and double stance time increased, as toe clearance, step length, and cadence diminished. Read the rest of this entry »
Colorado hit and run accidents can be extremely upsetting for victims and their families.The perpetrator may be at large, leaving the important issues of justice and liability unresolved.
Call Personal Injury Attorney Mickey Smith today for a free consultation and review of your case. He can help you retain the money you need now, so you can focus on your recovery.
A study of over 40,000 pediatric brain trauma cases published by the New England Journal of Medicine indicates that the best method of reducing the severity of head injuries in children is to safeguard them in advance. This most recent study confirms findings from previous research conducted on pediatric brain trauma and sends an unequivocal message to parents that safety and prevention is paramount.
Over the course of the groundbreaking comprehensive study, it was determined that falls were the primary cause of brain injury in children under age 12. Most of those falls were related to bicycle, scooter, or accidents on similar devices. In fact, among adolescents in the United States, automobile accidents, physical abuse, and sports-related injuries are the chief causes of brain trauma. Read the rest of this entry »
By law, your insurance company is obligated negotiate the claims of their clients and third party claimants fairly and in good faith. This means they must honestly investigate, process, and issue decisions on insurance claims. If your insurance company imposes discriminatory or unreasonable expectations on you, or denies your claim without just cause, they could be guilty of bad faith practices. Read the rest of this entry »
Product defects in automobiles can lead to serious injuries, which can affect every aspect of a person’s life—as well as the lives of family members. Consumers want to believe that all parts of their vehicle are manufactured to be safe and efficient, and rarely imagine these parts and products could leave them injured, impaired, and unable to work. The root of the problem could be a design flaw, a manufacturing defect or lack of safety warnings, and any or all of these things could be considered negligence on the part of the designer, manufacturer, distributor or retailer. Read the rest of this entry »
A significant number of motorcycle accidents are the result of defective motorcycle equipment. In far too many cases, a police report will put the blame for an accident on the motorcyclist rather than a defectively designed or manufactured motorcycle. Some of the most common types of defective motorcycle claims involve: Read the rest of this entry »
According to an analysis of 2 million insurance claims, surgeons and general practitioners are tops on the list of drivers most likely to cause a car accident. In fact, the top ten list of most accident-prone drivers includes an alarming number of healthcare professionals. Read the rest of this entry »