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Annually, there are over 6,000,000 auto accidents in the US with over 3,000,000 people injured and over 40,000 people killed. Auto accidents are the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of thirty. Alcohol is involved in almost 40% of fatal accidents. At an average rate of 115 fatalities per day, auto accidents cost a staggering 150 billion dollars yearly. Given the high number of automobile accidents it is likely that you or someone you know will be involved in at least one auto accident in your lifetime.
The laws regarding automobile accidents are complex and can be very confusing. Many states have mandatory Personal Injury Protection Benefits (sometimes called No-Fault benefits) and/or Medical Expense payment benefits on all automobile insurance policies issued in that state. In some states, Personal Injury Protection Benefits can be coordinated with other medical or disability benefits to insure maximum compensation to the injured person. It is very difficult for an individual to understand the complex nature of these auto insurance benefits. Some states, not all, have provisions in the automobile insurance policy that allow for the reimbursement of lost wages if you are unable to work as a result of an automobile accident. Property damage to an automobile could be negotiated with your own automobile insurance carrier or with the insurance carrier for the negligent driver. Many states have adopted tort reform legislation that limits the ability of people injured in an automobile accident to recover damages. Lastly, there are significant differences between the benefits that are offered on a car, motorcycle or commercial vehicle. Whenever you have been in an accident, as a driver, passenger or pedestrian, and have any questions, feel free to contact us.
At the Law Offices of David P. Cline we only earn a fee if money is collected on your behalf. You may not be fully compensated unless you hire an attorney who is knowledgeable about all aspects of your claim.
If you are in an automobile accident follow these steps:
- • Stay calm, do not panic.
- • Call the police.
- • If someone is injured call for medical assistance.
- • If you are injured, seek medical attention. This is not a time to be stoic. Very serious injuries are not immediately apparent. It is better to be safe than sorry.
- • Obtain information from the other driver(s) involved in the accident such as name, address, telephone number, driver’s license number, license plate number and insurance card information.
- • Seek out all witnesses to the accident and get their names, addresses and phone numbers.
- • Do not give a statement to anyone other than a police officer.
- • Contact our office for free legal advice regarding your rights.
Truck Accidents due to their size, 18-wheel trucks can cause massive damage in an accident. When you combine the size of the truck with the fact that some truck drivers drive in excess of the speed limit, often on little sleep, you have a recipe for disaster. Moreover, whenever you are litigating a case against a tractor trailer driver, the attorney must be familiar with the U.S. Department of Transportation regulations that strictly regulate interstate trucking.
Our law office has extensive experience in representing people injured in Tractor Trailer accidents.
Attorney David Cline has had a motorcycle license for thirty years. Motorcycle accidents result in some of the most tragic injuries that occur on the highway. It might be difficult to see a motorcycle on the road if a driver is not keeping a watchful eye. However, drivers on the road have a duty to operate with care and must keep a lookout for other vehicles, including motorcycles.
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