Auto Accidents: Who are the Real Liable Parties?

The National Safety Council (NSC), which is a 501 public service organization that is both -profit, non-governmental, is an ally of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in the task of saving lives by preventing injuries and deaths (in homes, at work, in communities and) on the road through leadership, advocacy, education and research. But rather than just counting fatal public road accidents, which is the practice of the NHTSA, the NSC includes those that occur in private premises, and for the year 2013, the NSC was able to record 35,200 fatal traffic accidents plus 3.8 million crashes more resulting to injuries that require medical attention. The council also states that the most common causes of the accidents are human errors, such as drunk-driving, reckless road behavior, overspeeding, texting while driving, running a red light, tailgating, and an endless list of other mistakes.

Motor vehicle accidents are due to factors that are either within or beyond the driver’s control. Manufacturing defects and sub-standard car parts, to which vehicle and vehicle-parts manufacturers are answerable for, and road defects, to which the government may be held responsible, are factors beyond the driver’s control.

In May 2014, the NHTSA posted (in its website) a list of vehicles that were being recalled by their manufacturers. Obviously, the vehicles had defective parts that were serious enough to put lives at risk. Some of these defects are a steering wheel that could malfunction, engine parts that can cause gas to leak, child locks that could possibly disengage, wipers that may not function, brake pads that may disengage from the caliper, and so forth.

In the case of roads, potholes, ruts, cracked asphalt and ice patches were discovered too and unless repairs are made and maintenance ensured, the American motorists will continue to carry the burden which translates to costly vehicle maintenance and repair, more fuel consumption and greater risks to accidents.

Whatever the causes of car accidents are, all these usually boil down to only one fault: negligence. Now, any harm that befalls an innocent victim, who may be a motorist, a pedestrian, a bicyclist or a motorcyclist, whether the harm is a personal injury or wrongful death, the liable party will be legally responsible in compensating the injured victim or the victim’s bereaved family. This compensation ought to cover the victim’s lost wages, cost of medical treatment and all other damages (present and future) that result due to the injury.

The litigation process, which will allow the victim or his/her family to receive compensation, is not an easy process, though. Evidences will have to be shown that the victim is, indeed, a real victim, which means that he/she is totally without fault in the accident. Proving who the real liable party in the accident is, is not easy too as the real cause of the accident may have been a defective car part or a defective road, and not necessarily driver error.

It is a sad fact that many victims have lost civil lawsuits in the past or were awarded just a small amount of compensation simply because they lacked proper legal representation. Victims should understand that legal professionals are their strongest allies in legal battles where their rights and financial situation are at stake.

There are a number of highly-qualified legal professionals to whom victims can turn to for strong representation, such as Massachusetts car accident lawyers, a Milwaukee car accident lawyer or an Oklahoma personal injury lawyer. These people are just a phone away and, surely, their actions in helping and representing victims can make a lot of difference in the court.

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Saving Your Future from Possible Ruin through a Good Criminal Defense

Being accused of a crime can result to serious damages to one’s professional and personal reputation. A conviction, however, will affect all other professional and personal concerns, despite having spent time behind bars and paying costly fines. An informational article speaks of these same predicaments that accused or convicted individuals face and may suffer from for the rest of their lives.

Well, the fact is, majority of those who have been convicted of a crime seldom get the chance to live the kind of worry-free lives that they once enjoyed. For no matter how great the punishments they have undergone for the crimes that they have been accused or convicted of, the accusation and conviction will be a mark that will: hinder employers from hiring them; for landlords from leasing to them a place to live in; for governments from allowing them to travel internationally; for family courts from awarding them child custody or visitation rights; and, cause in them many other forms of limitations and inconveniences.

Criminal defense lawyers are fully aware of the psychological burden suffered by those charged with a crime. They know how the accused person’s relationships in the workplace and in the community can suddenly change. Simply put, any criminal charge can ruin a person’s future.

Aside from possession and sale of narcotics, DUI or DWI, robbery or theft, another very serious offense is murder, also called manslaughter or intentional/criminal homicide (a homicide may be made in reference to either a criminal and non-criminal act, where the latter refers to accidentally killing a person due to self-defense or due to the act of defending another).

A very serious offense, defense to a murder case, thus, necessitates only the most competitive and experienced lawyer who would be ready with evidences (products of weeks of deeper investigation regarding the case) that will prove the innocence of the accused, counter-arguments and an effective tactic that will depose witnesses from the opposing side.

In 2012 alone, about 12,765 murder cases were reported, which means the same number of highly-competitive legal professionals needed to make strong and convincing defenses that will earn for all those accused, verdicts of acquittal.

Not all lawyers have the same competitive leverage, however; thus, it is necessary that the accused finds only the best lawyer to represent him/her. Seeking the help of a skilled lawyer from your city can definitely be a really wise move for this will mean entrusting your case to someone who really knows the criminal law and is an expert in criminal defense.


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