Traffic Crimes: An Overview of the Major and Minor Ones

Traffic crimes are not a federal concern. As result they are treated separately by different states. The punishments may vary slightly from state to state for each offense. There are several types of traffic crimes and not all are serious. Punishment of course depends on the type of crime and the number of time the crime has been repeated by the offender.

Driving Under Influence also known as Driving While Intoxicated in some states is one of the most common traffic crimes.

Reckless driving also accounts for a considerable portion of overall traffic crimes committed. There is overlap between driving under influence and reckless driving. Reckless driving has the potential to cause grievous injury to life and property. This is because the driver in such case disregards threat to life and property while driving.

Reckless driving can cause suspension of driver license, jail term, etc. Getting caught in this type crime can impact your insurance rates related to automobiles negatively. There is another serious charge- Manslaughter using while driving a vehicle.

Some states label this offense as a direct manslaughter under their statutes. Some other states have specific provisions while dealing with manslaughter. It should be pointed out in this regard that nature of crimes depend on place, time and season.

Traffic in big metropolitan areas is quite heavy during office hours. The highways where cars speed may result in braking of speed limits. During vacation time there is great traffic towards beaches (like- Key West) and other places of tourist attraction. The volume, speed of moving traffic and the way traffic is managed by the local authorities will determine traffic crimes. Local Key West Traffic Attorneys have become habituated in fighting this type of cases.

There are parking related rules which call of fines if broken. These fines have to pay within 10 days from the day of violation. Additional late fee of $5 will have to be paid in case of non payment within stipulated time. 20 days later another $5 will be charged from the day of violation.

After 30 days of non-recovery of parking fine, the responsibility will be transferred to a collection agency. In case of residential permits, they are of two types:

• Residents of business district. These residents don’t have access to off street parking.

• For Monroe County residents living in old town. Cars with tag of Monroe County can park in any residential parking place.

Specialized tags like- Firefighters, Miami Dolphins, etc can’t park in residential spaces. It should also be kept in mind that one permit is allowed per vehicle. In case of any criminal charges related to driving and parking, contact a Key West Traffic Lawyer.

How a Good Traffic Lawyer Can Get Your Case Dismissed

Contrary to popular belief, traffic ticket and speeding ticket lawyers aren’t always about using procedural loopholes and sneaky tricks like subpoenaing the officer and hoping he doesn’t show up. Some times it is actually about practicing law, effectively questioning witnesses, pointing out the flaws in the city’s case, and winning because a traffic infraction actually didn’t occur. And sometimes it’s even more technical than that. Let me give you an example to demonstrate what I’m talking about.

This example comes out of real life, in the City of Seattle (my city, where I am a traffic lawyer, by the way). It is actually a pretty sad story, but one that demonstrates what having a good traffic attorney on your side can do for you. Here are the facts.

There was a guy driving a van in Seattle in September of 2006. It was the morning, and he was likely on his way to work, on his way to a job site, running an errand, or some other innocuous thing. He was driving the speed limit. He’d never had a traffic infraction before. He was sober. He had not been using drugs. And his life was about to change forever.

He was traveling southbound on a two way street (there was traffic coming northbound) and at some point during his drive he needed to make a left turn. Like all of us do, he waited in the intersection for oncoming traffic to clear, and he proceeded to make his turn. However, on this specific day, in this specific intersection, a biker was proceeding southbound. And the driver of the van didn’t see her.

I don’t think the collision was severe, but it did cause the bicyclist to fall off her bike. And, tragically, while she was wearing a helmet, she suffered head injuries ultimately resulting in her death. After the incident the driver was forthcoming with his fault for failure to yield, he and his insurance company settled with the bicyclist’s family, and he attempted to move on with his life.

While the van driver was trying to move one from this horrendous event, as typically happens in cases like this, King County law enforcement officials reviewed the case to determine if there was any need to file criminal charges. In the end, only one possibility existed for a criminal charge under the facts – vehicular manslaughter. The requirements for vehicular manslaughter, however, didn’t quite fit this situation. One of three things is needed: (1) operating a vehicle while intoxicated; (2) operating a vehicle recklessly; or (3) operating a vehicle with reckless disregard for the safety of others. In this case, none of those occurred. Because of that King County declined to press charges.

The City of Seattle, however, wasn’t ready to give up so easily. They had recently passed an ordinance criminalizing traffic infractions when great bodily harm or death resulted from the violations. In this case, the City decided the van driver had committed the crime of assault on the bicyclist, and they went after him. The problem with this, from the perspective of the van driver’s Seattle traffic lawyer, was that the Washington State Legislature explicitly made most traffic violations non-criminal infractions, punishable by fine only. And, wouldn’t you know, failure to yield was one of those crimes.

So, the Seattle traffic lawyer moved the court to dismiss the charges based on the invalidity of the statute. And the court denied the motion. After a bench trial found the van driver guilty of assault under the statute, they appealed the decision to the King County Superior court. At that court, the statute was seen for what it was, a circumvention of the law as created by the Washington State legislature, and ruled the statute invalid. After appealing that decision to the Court of Appeals and losing (you can read that decision here, the City is believed to have given up.

So, the moral of the story? Getting a traffic lawyer who knows what they are doing can help you immensely, not always for the trips and procedural traps they know about, but because they too are excellent attorneys dedicated to a practice area where they are sorely needed.

New York Traffic Ticket Article – Legality of Text Messaging and Driving

Our law firm was retained to fight the first known ticket of its kind – illegally driving while text messaging. After researching the issue, we concluded that this practice is not currently illegal under New York law.

On March 6, 2008, the motorist was operating his car in Manhattan while allegedly using his cell phone to write and transmit a text message. It was at that time a NYC police officer pulled him over and issued him a ticket for using his cell phone illegally.

The motorist then retained 888 RED LIGHT who quickly concluded that the motorist had been incorrectly charged under a statute which only prohibits voice calls without a hands-free device.

The judge at the Traffic Violations Bureau agreed with NY traffic attorney Matthew Weiss and, on May 21, 2008, the case was dismissed.

This decision comes as the New York is contemplating joining New Jersey and Washington states by making it illegal to write, read or send a text message. Sen. Carl Marcellino (R-Oyster Bay) and Assemblyman Felix Ortiz (D-Brooklyn) are sponsoring the bill, and the measure has already been approved by the New York State Senate (S.3195-C). The enactment of such a law will have a large impact upon drivers as a recent Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company survey found that 20% of people admit to texting while driving.

The deaths of five teenagers in the Town of Canandaigua in July 2007 is spurring on this legislation. Tests conducted after the SUV collision with a tractor-trailer showed that the 17-year old driver had been driving inattentively due to apparent text messaging.

While acknowledging the dangerousness of texting and driving, Mr. Weiss stated “We are glad the judge agreed with our interpretation of the traffic law and correctly dismissed this moving violation. While it carries 0 points, this type of traffic ticket can adversely affect a driver’s insurance rates.”

The author, Matthew J. Weiss, Esq. graduated Hofstra Law School in 1984. He was Law Review and won the law school’s prestigious Procedure Award. Upon graduation, he became one of the first Hofstra Law School graduates to work at the New York State Court of Appeals (New York State’s highest court) working on various appellate matters.

Mr. Weiss then worked for two years at Rivkin, Radler, Bayh, Hart & Kremer, a 200-plus attorney law firm, representing various clients, such as municipalities, insurance companies and large corporations, in various litigation matters. He also continued to do substantial appellate work.

Got a Traffic Ticket – Now What?

PLEASE NOTE: This article only applies to traffic citations received in North Carolina. This article is designed for general information only. The information presented in this article should not be construed to be formal legal advice nor the formation of an attorney/client relationship.

Traffic laws are frequently violated by many people, but there are consequences to violation of those laws, primarily financial. As a private citizen or a business owner, everyone is subject to those costs if you, a member of your family, or one of your workers is convicted of a traffic violation. This article is intended to better help you understand those consequences. I have spent time as an assistant district attorney prosecuting traffic cases, and I have worked as a defense attorney defending traffic citations. Hopefully, some of my observations will be helpful to you.

First, what should you do if you get stopped and get a ticket? A good start is to cooperate with the officer. He or she is just doing their job, and the officer has some discretion as to whether to cite you for every violation that he or she finds. However, because you could be facing criminal charges, do not admit to any violations. If you admit the violation, that admission may be used against you in court. Keep your conversation with the officer to a minimum. The cooperation with the officer should consist of being polite and following the officer’s instructions. I also recommend that you be polite to the officer. It has been my experience that officers frequently remember the persons that were polite to them. If the officer mentions that fact to the assistant district attorney (ADA) that handles your case, it is more likely that the prosecutor may give you a break. Also, keep in mind that some officers make notations on their copy of the citation that indicates whether a person was rude or obnoxious to them. This notation will not show up on your copy of the citation and will only hurt you in negotiating with the ADA.

Second, don’t get angry. Getting angry will not do you any good and may tempt the officer to cite you for a minor violation that he or she might otherwise overlook, such as a burned out taillight or an expired inspection sticker. If the officer has decided to write you a citation, your anger is certainly not going to change the officer’s mind.

Once you have received the citation, what do you do then? If the violation is “non-waivable,” then you must appear in court at the time and time specified on your citation and either plead guilty or defend yourself. Examples of non-waivable offenses include driving while license revoked (DWLR) and driving while impaired (DWI). For serious traffic offenses such as these, you should strongly consider hiring an attorney to represent you. If you cannot afford an attorney, you should consider asking the judge to appoint the public defender or a private attorney to represent you. (Some counties in North Carolina have public defender’s offices, but most do not. If there is no public defender office in the county where you must appear, then the judge may appoint a private attorney to represent you.) Depending on your prior criminal record, a conviction for some non-waivable offenses could result in active jail time and a fine. Therefore, if you have a prior criminal record, it can be more important to at least consult with an attorney before appearing in court.

If the traffic violation is minor and is considered “waivable,” you can pay the ticket without appearing in court. However, this is not always a good idea. However, keep in mind that, by paying the citation, you are pleading guilty to the offense and inviting all of the consequences that may be imposed by your insurance company and the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles. If the offense is sufficiently minor, such as a citation for an expired inspection sticker, you can pay the citation without incurring insurance points or driver’s license points (see discussion below of the point system). If you do decide to pay the citation, (1)pay it on time, (2) pay the payment with a cashier’s check, not a money order (money orders are more difficult to trace if lost in the mail), and (3) hand deliver the payment to the Clerk of Court or send the payment by commercial delivery service (such as Fed-Ex or UPS), or by certified mail so that you have proof the payment was received and can track the payment if necessary. If you pay in person, the Clerk should give you a receipt that indicates your case docket number, how much you paid, and what the payment was for. If you send the payment by mail or carrier, provide the Clerk of Court with a stamped, self-addressed envelope in which to return the receipt and include a note asking the Clerk to return the receipt in the provided envelope. Also, you should keep the receipt in a safe place to guard against administrative errors in logging your payment.

However, before you pay a citation, keep in mind that many waivable offenses have financial consequences that are not immediately apparent but can continue for years. In those cases, rather than blindly paying the ticket, you may want to hire an attorney to help you through the court system and possibly minimize the consequences. The consequences of a seemingly minor citation can be severe. For example, a conviction for speeding 81 mph in a 70 mph zone in N.C. will cause your license to be revoked for at least 60 days and will cause your insurance company to impose four (4) insurance points, resulting in a 90% rate increase for the next three years! If, for example, your insurance coverage cost you $1000.00 per year before such a conviction, then your insurance would cost you $1,900.00 per year after a conviction for speeding 81 mph in a 70 mph zone. If you hire an attorney to represent you, that attorney might be able to convince the assistant district attorney to reduce the citation to a lesser violation that might protect your privilege to drive and/or prevent your insurance rates from increasing.

Even if you decide to pay a traffic citation rather than fight it, before paying the citation, you should consult an attorney so that you will understand the consequences of pleading guilty. Many attorneys, including myself, will give you a free telephone consultation and explain your options. Other reasons for consulting an attorney on a traffic citation include these: (1) The district attorney offices in different counties in North Carolina deal with traffic citations differently, with wide variations from county to county. Unless you consult with a local attorney, you will not know what to expect with your citation in that county. (2) If you hire an attorney, except for DWI, DWLR, and other serious traffic offenses, you will usually not need to come to court. (3) An experienced traffic attorney is usually more likely than a non-lawyer to be able to achieve a good result. An experienced traffic attorney knows the local court system, the law, the court rules, the local prosecutors, and the local judges and will know what results to expect in most cases.

If you are considering acting as your own attorney, keep in mind that it is frequently a bad idea. You will be going up against an experienced, licensed Assistant District Attorney, who will probably prevail over you at trial. Before that ADA got to court, he or she graduated from a four year college, completed three years of law school training, passed a difficult two day bar examination, and probably has already tried and convicted multiple other defendants. You may consider talking to the DA and asking for a reduction yourself. However, unless you speak with an attorney before you come to court, you may not have any idea what kind of offer to expect from the ADA or whether any plea offer made by the ADA is reasonable. You should speak with an attorney before you go to court so that you are better informed as to whether to accept a plea offer. Also, it is not a good idea to go to trial without an attorney by your side, as you will be at a severe disadvantage at trial unless you are an attorney.

Last, I need to mention North Carolina’s point systems. If you are convicted of a moving violation, either because you plead guilty or because you were convicted after a trial, then there are consequences in the form of points that are administratively applied. There are two systems for points, – insurance points and driver’s license points. Insurance points are assigned by your insurance company, and driver’s license points are assigned by the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles. Insurance points determine your insurance rates, and driver’s license points determine whether you can keep your privilege to drive. A table showing the insurance points assessed by insurance companies in North Carolina is on the Insurance Commissioner’s website at (Click on the link on that page to “Safe Driver Incentive Plan.”)

Insurance points translate to increased insurance rates. Insurance points are assigned based on the relative severity of various traffic violations and on the number and severity of accidents the driver has. For example, a driver with a clean record with a conviction of speeding 81 mph in a 70 mph zone will cause four (4) insurance points to be assessed, resulting in a 90% insurance rate increase for the next three years. Also, that same conviction will cause the driver’s license to be suspended.

What Is Tort Law Exactly?

Have you ever done something that was against the rules? Well, torts are something like that; but much more serious. Torts are civil wrong-doings; immoral behaviors and actions against civilians. The law identifies a tort as immoral, and approves it as grounds for a lawsuit. Most often, torts come with severe consequences, like serious injuries and death. These consequences establish a civilian’s right to file a personal injury claim against a wrongful party.

Torts that result in serious injury or death can be punishable by imprisonment; however, the objective of tort law is to acquire compensation for damages incurred by victims and families of victims. In addition, and equally important, intent is to prevent similar wrongdoings from occurring in the future. In fact, victims of tort can take legal action for an injunction in order to inhibit further torturous conduct of the opposing party.

Explaining Torts and Tort Law

Victims of tort can pursue fair compensation for damages incurred as a result of the offence. Exemplary damages include everything from pain and suffering to loss of companionship, and much more; such as lost wages, hospital bills, medical expenses, scarring or disfigurement, funeral expenses, prolonged rehabilitation, permanent disabilities, and much more. Injured victims can also pursue compensation for damages like diminished quality of life and loss of benefits from loved one’s death. Tort law is established to protect injured victims that were wrongfully hurt by a negligent party. Negligent parties can include people, companies, individuals, organizations, products, and much more.

Categories of Tort

There are several individual capacities of tort law that all depend on the type of injury or accident that harms a person. Types of tort include motor vehicle accidents, product liability, assault and battery, sexual harassment, drunk driving accidents, wrongful death, slip and falls, head or brain injuries, dog bites, nursing home neglect, motorcycle accidents, and several other types of deliberate inflictions of emotional or physical trauma.

Every type of tort can be grouped into three separate categories of tort law; these categories are Intentional Torts, Negligent Torts, and Strict Liability Torts. Intentional torts are deliberate, premeditated, and purposeful. Assault and battery, sexual misconducts, and nursing home neglect are some examples of intentional tort. Negligent tort occurs as a result of carelessness and disregard. Disobeying traffic signals and causing an accident that harms another person is an example of negligent tort. Other examples include pedestrian accidents, hit-and-run accidents, medical malpractice, legal malpractice, and slip and fall accidents. Strict liability torts, on the other hand, occur when a particular action causes harm or damage to another person; such as liability for making and selling defective products that are hazardous.

If you are a victim of tort, or was recently injured in an accident caused by the negligence or misconduct of another party, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages. Contact a licensed personal injury law firm for professional guidance and counsel. It is important to take immediate action following a serious injury before the State’s statutes of limitation runs out. An experienced tort lawyer will substantially increase your chances and likelihood of winning your personal injury claim recovering compensation for your damages.

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Common Benefits Received From Workers’ Compensation

It is common for people who are injured on the job to collect workers’ compensation benefits. The amount of compensation and degree of benefits received by injured workers largely depends on the extent of their injuries or damages. Damages can include but are not limited to pain, suffering, prolonged rehabilitation or illness, diminished quality of life, lost wages, medical expenses, hospital bills, mental trauma, PTSD, and much more.

It is wise to hire a personal injury attorney that specializes in workers’ compensation law to recover the full and fair recompense deserved. Continue reading to learn what type of benefits to expect, or that is possible, to receive after being injured while on the clock.

Workers’ Compensation Benefits

Not all workers’ compensation claims are for physical injuries. Although most involve some sort of bodily harm, mental anguish or trauma can be just as damaging. Sometimes, personal injury cases can involve sexual harassment, discrimination, assault or battery, contracting a work-related illness or disease, experiencing an armed robbery, and more. Either way, the common coverages and benefits received from workers’ compensation claims are as follows:

Paid Hospital Bills, Medical Expenses, Physical Therapy, Medical and Vocational Rehabilitation, Doctor Visits, Counseling, Prescriptions, Etc.

Paid Weekly Earnings for Time Off Work Longer than One Week (2/3 of Average Weekly Pay-400 Week Maximum)

Benefits for Dependents in the Case of a Wrongful Death at Work

Punitive Damages in Cases of Malicious Intent or Blatant Disregard

Compensation for Excessive Pain, Suffering, Loss of Companionship, Mental Anguish, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Diminished Quality of Life, Etc.

Travel Expenses (If Applicable)

There are several other types of benefits available to those injured on the job, however, they vary depending on the company’s policies, insurance coverage, the extent of injury, and much more. It is strongly encouraged to discuss your recent work injury with a licensed Indianapolis workers’ compensation lawyer for accurate case assessment and legal guidance. They retain the proper resources, experience, and knowledge to navigate your workers’ compensation claim.

In order to recover the full and fair remuneration deserved to an injured victim and their family, a personal injury lawyer is the path to take. Be sure your personal injury law firm employs attorneys with extensive trial and litigation experience in workers’ compensation cases. This will further ensure you are choosing a lawyer that can successfully navigate your claim and have a better chance of recovering for your damages and losses.

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Who’s Liable for Injuries Sustained in Public Transportation Accidents?

Public transportation is a wonderful asset for thousands of Americans all across the country. Buses, trains, subways, limousines, metros, taxi cabs, and more are just a few examples of the variety we have to choose from when it comes to public transport. As customers and clients, we generally trust that these choices are safe and reliable; but sometimes unexpected accidents happen.

If someone is injured while using public transportation, who is at-fault for their damages? There can be several outcomes when determining who is liable for accidents such as these. Continue reading to understand all the possible parties that might be liable, under law, for injuries sustained to public transient customers.

Public Transportation Traffic Accidents

When it comes to public transportation, buses are one of the most popular. Tickets are inexpensive, and some buses are complementary to individuals in the community. School buses are also widely used for public school transportation. With the rising popularity of public buses, more and more are on the roads every day. As a result, the number of bus accidents continue to increase each year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 300 bus accidents happen every year, all of which resulting in fatalities.

Bus crashes, and other public transport cases, are complicated to litigate. Determining the at-fault party is a bus crash can be tricky because it may be more than one, or none at all. It requires the professional litigation skills and trial experience of a licensed car accident attorney to effectively pursue a bus accident injury lawsuit or claim. If you or someone you loved has recently been injured in a public transportation accident, like buses or taxis, contact a local personal injury lawyer to learn your rights.

Possible At-Fault Parties:

  • The Driver
  • Management Company
  • Other Negligent Vehicles
  • Government Entities (If Public)
  • Equipment Manufacturers
  • City Traffic Management (If Defective Light or Sign)

Common Causes:

  • Drunk Driving
  • Driving Under the Influence of Drugs
  • Defective Stop Light or Traffic Sign
  • Hazardous Weather Conditions
  • Reckless or Careless Driving
  • Poor Equipment Maintenance
  • Treacherous Roads
  • Defective Equipment
  • Obstruction of Views
  • Other Negligent Vehicles on the Road

Traffic accidents, public or not, can happen very suddenly, and usually result in serious injuries and damages to innocent bystanders and drivers. If a person is injured using public transportation as a result of another carelessness or negligence, they are entitled to legal compensation for their pain, suffering, lost wages, medical bills, and more. 

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A Myth Regarding Personal Injury Protection

I often get told by my clients that they “do not want to make any claims on their own insurance policy” because “it will raise their rates.” Like many things, this is an insurance tactic meant to scare people from claiming what is rightfully theirs. Let me elaborate further.

Under Texas law, every person in the State must carry Personal Injury Protection (“PIP”) coverage on their auto insurance policy, unless you expressly sign a rejection or “opt-out” of this coverage. The State minimum requirement is $2,500, although many people carry $5,000 or $10,000 in coverage (or sometimes even more, depending on what their auto insurance carrier offers). Importantly, under the Texas Insurance Code, it is illegal for your insurance company to raise your insurance rates, drop your coverage, affect your credit, etc. for making these claims. Therefore, if you have this coverage, you always want to use it.

PIP coverage is meant to reimburse you for two things: (1) medical bills you have already incurred or (2) lost wages (although it will only cover 80% of your lost wages). Additionally, Texas allows “stacking” of insurance benefits. For example, let’s say you get into an accident and you are taken to the emergency room where you incur a $10,000.00 bill. Let’s also say that you have the standard $2,500 PIP policy through your insurance company. After you are finished treating, we send that same $10,000 bill to both the Defendant’s insurance company and to your own. We get you paid $10,000 from this insurance company plus $2,500 from your own PIP coverage for a total reimbursement of $12,500. That’s right, you get paid $12,500 for a bill that was originally $10,000.

I always tell my clients the same thing: If you pay for this coverage every month in your premium, and if your insurance company cannot raise your rates for using it, then why wouldn’t you use it? It is free money falling out of the sky. However, because it’s free money falling out of the sky, many insurance companies (and their agents) will deliberately try to convince you that you do not need it because “it cost more.” Again, this cannot be further from the truth. The cost of this coverage is literally pennies on the dollar for what you get in return should you need to use it. Further, the best part is that this coverage is no-fault, meaning you are entitled to these benefits whether you caused the accident or if someone else hit you.

For these reasons, it is a no-brainer not only to have this coverage, but also to use it once you need it.

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How to Complete a Self-Health Assessment Following a Car Accident

As soon as you are involved in a car accident, the first priority is to have your health and over-all condition assessed by a professional emergency medical technician on-site or at the hospital. For less serious car accidents, it is still important to assess your own health to be sure you are not suffering from a head, spine, or neck injury. The issue with these kinds of injuries is that they can become evident or worse as time passes. So you might seem fine after a car wreck, but can then start to develop symptoms later on that point toward neck and back injuries.

There are signs and symptoms to look for, as well as, tips to learn how to identify the difference between vague soreness and tenderness of muscles, and an actual serious injury. Continue reading for a post-accident health assessment guide and information about filing a car accident injury claim for injuries and damages sustained in a serious collision.

Checking On Your Health

Once you have been involved in a car accident, whether it was your own fault or not, is to seek immediate medical attention. As a car accidents happens, authorities are usually alerted almost immediately; either by someone involved in the wreck or a bystander. Police will ask if you or your passengers need to go to the hospital if it is not obvious or evident that someone is hurt. You can make this assessment yourself, or you can simply have an EMT check you out at the scene of the accident or at the hospital.

You can choose to ride in an ambulance for a faster commute to the hospital for emergencies, but for less serious and less evident injuries, you may choose to take yourself or have a loved one drive you. In other cases, you might feel like you are not injured enough for professional medical care, and pass up the opportunity to go to the hospital altogether. Once you are familiar with how to assess your own condition after an accident, you will be able to responsibly make the choice of seeking further medical assistance, or to care for yourself.

Here are some symptoms to look for immediately after, as well as, the days following a motor vehicle accident:

  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Soreness or Tenderness of Neck
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Increased Heart Rate
  • Mental Confusion
  • Pain or Tenderness in Lower Back
  • Pain in Neck or Spine
  • Difficulty Standing
  • Pain When in the Seated Position
  • Swelling of Neck, Back, or Head
  • Redness or Abrasions on Body
  • Nausea or Dizziness
  • Blurred Vision
  • Slurred Speech
  • Bleeding
  • Broken Bones
  • Immobility

Any of these symptoms could be a sign of a more serious injury or internal damage. If you are experiencing more than three of the above symptoms, it is strongly encouraged to go to the hospital or to request an EMT at the sight of an accident. Concussions are one of the most common and overlooked head injuries that results from car accidents. And the problem with this type of injury is that a person can seem fine at first, only to later suffer serious consequences and health decline as a result of a neglected head, brain, or spine injury.

Filing a Car Accident Injury Claim
Contact a licensed personal injury lawyer for information about filing a car accident injury claim against a negligent party that caused you or a loved one serious harm following a traffic accident or collision. You may be entitled to compensation.
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Personal Injury Should Be Well Taken Care Of

If there is ever a situation where a person is suffering terribly from an injury, disability or in worse case scenarios, even death, mostly due to a careless negligence of an individual, in such cases, the personal injury law covers these instances and extends its hand for help.

A severe injury can cost an individual to shell out a lot of money, sometimes an amount that the individual might not even be capable of paying, if you opt for a personal injury claim in such desperate moments then you are eligible to seek some compensation for the injury you have faced and the payment gets taken care of because of the claim.

Mostly this law covers all the kinds of injury that can possibly take place, these injuries can be of any type. It can either be something that can cause a lot of harm to your body or it can make you face some kind of emotional trauma as well. It can be anything and at anytime and having a claim especially for these kinds of injuries will help you in emergencies.

Be alert and be careful of every step you take.

Let us have a look at some of the tips that can help you get this claim:


The first and foremost step that you need to take when you get an injury is to seek out for medical help immediately and instantly. Do not under any circumstances delay that step because the more you delay it, the more serious it can get, therefore seek out for some medical help as soon as you find yourself in such a situation.


Be absolutely confident and clear in what you say in the accident scene. Do not say anything that might make the situation much more complicated than it already is or give rise to some kind of a conflict. Be clear in what you have to say and keep it straight when asked about it. This will help in dealing with the process much quickly.


This would include all the bills in the hospital. Be it expense bills; diagnose bills, medical bills or any other tests that you might have undergone. Have a record of all the expenses because it might be asked for when you go to claim for compensation. You can also keep a record of some lost wages that you might have faced due to missing work. Keep a track of everything.

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