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Is Personal Injury Compensation Possible After an Accident?

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Truck accidents can occur for many reasons. One driver, two drivers or several drivers can be at fault, and personal injury compensation may still be available.

What Happens When a Truck Hits a Car on the Road?

No victim ever expects that a truck will run into the vehicle in which he or she is riding. Nevertheless, more than 130,000 people suffer injuries because of trucks. The trucks that are involved in the incidents include big rigs, semi-trucks, tractor trailers and 18-wheeler vehicles. The accidents occur for a number of reasons. Victims do not always realize that they have the right to contact a truck accident attorney in Las Vegas and ask for assistance.

Whose Fault Is a Truck Accident?

Determining the fault in a trucking accident will require careful examination of the incidents leading up to the accident. A personal injury lawyer will look for obvious signs of neglect by the truck driver or the trucking company. Examples of neglect are drunk driving, distracted truck driving, disobedient driving, truck malfunctions, or an ignored need for vehicle repairs. A judge could find the truck driver or the entire company responsible for a trucking incident.

How Much Compensation Can Someone Get for a Truck Accident?

Because truck accidents affect so many people, the compensation could vary. Truck accidents are some of the most devastating personal injury accidents of them all. The judge will want to look at the victim’s financial losses first. The lawyer will need to present documentation for medical bills, vehicle repairs, lost work wages, physical therapy, psychological assistance and more. Compensatory damages will cover all those areas. Punitive damages are extra monies that a guilty party may have to pay if the judge finds that the accused party was extra negligent. An example of extreme negligence is a truck driver that has a high blood alcohol content.

How Can a Victim Get Help?

An accident victim can get help by calling a law office that has a high success rate. Such an office will usually charge a 25 percent contingency representation fee. The attorney may offer a free consultation, as well. The consultation will reveal some information about the case such as the amount of potential it has

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7 Sure-Fire Reasons to Make You Road Rage

In a perfect world, we are the only ones driving on the road. Just yourself, the wheel, and the breeze blowing by your face. Unfortunately this isn’t a prefect world and we are surrounded by loads of people who seem to do everything except pay attention while they drive.

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1: When someone forces you to listen to their music at a stop light

It doesn’t get much more irritating than when you’re quietly jamming to Bob Marley and a carload of teens creeps up with their One Dir-Bieber engulfing the sound waves.

2. The stoplight stare-down

There seems to be an unwritten commandment that everyone else follows: Thou shalt make direct eye contact with thy stoplight neighbor, regardless of consent from both parties. Ensuing awkwardness is inevitable.

3. People who insist that the speed limit is for speedsters

The speed limit exists for a reason. It helps keep traffic flowing at a rate that should at least meet those standards. Driving excessively under the speed limit (especially in the fast lane) can be just as dangerous as driving excessively fast. Obey the speed signs, please.

4. Drivers who cut to the front of the merge line

“Hey, I know how to drive in a big city, and the rest of these people are nice farm folk; they’ll let me in at the front.” No they aren’t, and no they won’t. Merge when you’re supposed to, and we’ll all have a good time together. Otherwise, everyone will collectively wish for your tires to fall apart.

5. The parking spot thief

You’ve stalked them as they walk to their car. You wait restlessly for their car to start and their reverse lights to shine. Blinker engaged, you make the move without hesitation. Out of nowhere, a Smart Car sneaks in front of you and poaches your parking spot. Emotionally paralyzed, you can do nothing but make the drive of shame to the end of the parking lot.

6. Blinker fail

Down is left. Up is right. The automobile blinker is a wondrous, simple-to-use tool that you’d actually have to try to avoid while turning the steering wheel. Not only is it a musical instrument (whose tempo always fails to match up to the blinker beat of the car ahead of you), it lets other drivers know where you’re going. It’s the alternative to driver-to-driver telepathy.

7. When it rains, it pours

It seems that rain, even in the warmest of weather, makes people believe they are driving on a sheet of ice. Please don’t brake 300 feet before an intersection, with anticipation that the light might someday turn red. Drive freely, little birdie; it’s only a little water.

It’s amazing (and rather alarming) that most of us are witness to at least one of these “crimes against the road” on a daily basis. Perhaps all it takes from us is to pay a little more attention to the road, and show a bit more courtesy to our fellow drivers. If one of these road-rage inducing incidents results in an accident, and you need an auto accident lawyer in Henderson, call Hunt Law Offices at (702) 450-4868.

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5 Things You Wish Your Car Could Do

Americans are getting lazier by the minute.  Good news, though: That means that our cars are getting cooler.  You can get a massage, surf the Internet and stock up a mini-fridge – all from the comfort of your driver’s seat.  Some things are still missing, though.  Here are five things we all wish our cars could do.

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1. Cool Your Buns

We have seat warmers for the winter, and they feel absolutely delightful.  What about the scorching summer months when you sit down and the leather leaves third degree burns on your poor little legs?  It hurts for the next week, you do an excessive amount of complaining and nobody’s happy.  Every car needs seat coolers with three temperature settings: “I’m in the 7th Circle”, “I Have a Sweat Mustache” and “It’s Just a Little Stuffy in Here.”

On a similar note, a heating and cooling system for the steering wheel would also be nice.  Gripping with your sleeves works fine…until you actually need to start making driving maneuvers.

2. Talk to You

If you say you don’t talk to yourself while you’re driving, you’re lying.  The “conversation” can range from a quick burst of “I forgot those files!” to a full-on monologue concerning exactly how a thermos is able to keep things both hot AND cold.  (But seriously, how does it do it?)  Point is, it’d be nice if you had someone, or something, to answer you.

3. Go Invisible

We all have to go places where we don’t want to be seen.  Sometimes it’s the third trip through the Del Taco drive-thru on a lonely Friday night, sometimes it’s to slowly creep behind the bad guys because you are out fighting crime. Regardless of your reason, an invisible option on your car would be pretty cool.

4. Door Ding Deflectors

Your car starts to lose its value as soon as you drive it off the lot. Never mind the fact that you will probably park next to a horrible human being that has no concept of space (or physics) the day after you purchase your it. Enter: door ding.

I’ve named this hypothetical device “Door Ding Reflectors.”  Every time ANYONE gets close to opening his/her car door into your car door, a tiny person will run out and punch him/her in the shin.  Problem solved.

5. Sonar

Do you live in the northwest where it rains 25/7?  What if there existed a method for measuring the depth of water?  OH WAIT.

Unless your car magically turns into a submarine, you might be better off staying away from the roads.  Use your vehicle’s built-in sonar to determine whether or not you’re down for braving the commute to work.

Unfortunately, there are no plans for these features to be added to cars anytime in the near future. In the time being, if you’re in an accident in your normal, not quite as cool car and you need an auto accident attorney in Henderson, call Hunt Law Offices at (702) 450-4868.

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What you Should NEVER do After a Car Accident in Las Vegas

two cars crashing“I want to go out and get into a car accident today.” These are not words anyone ever says or thinks about. After all, car accidents are scary and they are expensive. Between the medical bills and the repair bills, most people cannot afford to get into an automobile accident.

Due to the fact that an automobile accident is something no one ever wants to happen, most people do not bother thinking about how to prepare for an automobile accident either. More importantly than just hiring a car accident attorney in Las Vegas, you need to know what you shouldn’t do after a car accident as well.

Leave the Scene of the Accident

Easily the biggest mistake an individual can make after being in an accident is leaving the scene of an accident. Even if you are in an accident that does not seem like a big deal, the last thing you should do is drive away. You need to pull over, exchange information, and make sure the other driver is alright. If the other driver seems hostile, stay in your car and call 911.

Decide Not to Call 911

If you end up deciding later that you want to file an insurance claim to get the dent on your car fixed, you are going to regret deciding not to call 911. A police report stating what happened can only be filed if you call the police to the scene.

You make some sort of agreement with the other driver and then later you get a phone call from an insurance company telling a very different story than what actually happened. Calling the police is about protecting yourself.

Getting Emotional

The last thing you want to do is get angry or upset when you get in an accident, especially towards the other driver. Even if you are 100 percent certain the accident was their fault, chances are pretty good they feel bad about it. There is no reason to shout at them.

When you approach the other driver, you only really need to ask them one thing. Are they alright? Yelling at them or telling them it was all their fault is not going to change anything. It certainly is not going to make the accident go away.

You also do not want to fight with the other driver if they are hostile or losing their cool. Just sit in your car and wait for the cops.

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A Helpful Guide to Handling your Insurance Company after a Las Vegas Auto Accident

las vegas car crashThe unthinkable has happened. You’ve been in an automobile accident. Now what happens? The first steps are fairly simple. Move your car out of the way (if possible), see if anyone has been injured, call 911, snap a few pictures, and exchange contact information with anyone who saw what happened. Eventually calling your insurance company makes that list.

The question is: what happens when your insurance company calls you?

How to Deal with the Insurance Company

Even if you have gone through the motion of hiring a Las Vegas auto accident attorney, you are still going to have to exchange words with the insurance company. At some point in time, you will need to give a formal statement about what happened. Giving the wrong kind of statement can end up hurting your chances of getting any financial compensation.

When you talk to the insurance company for the first time, they are going to collect personal information. They are going to ask you a few questions:

  • Where is your car right now?
  • Did your car get damaged?
  • How did the accident happen?
  • Did anyone get injured?

Each of these questions need to be answered to the best of your ability. You need to make sure you are supplying the insurance company with honest answers. Eventually, someone will find out if you lie about how the accident happened.

Your insurance company is going to want to know where your vehicle is because if it was damaged and it is at a tow yard, they are going to want to move it. They want to move it to one of their body shops. This will make the repair bill that they have to pay cheaper.

That is Not the Battle You Want to Fight

If the insurance company wants to more your car or tow your car to a certain auto shop, just let them do it. This means that chances are pretty good that they are going to foot the bill.

You have the right to tell them not to record your statements given on the phone. They are required to ask you if they can record. You do have the right to say no. It is a good idea to talk to the Las Vegas auto accident attorney that you have hired before you may any sort of agreements with or statements to your insurance company. Your attorney would be more than happy to speak to your insurance company for you.

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Nevada Hosted an Alternative to Distracted Driving Tickets

driver textingIt’s no secret that distracted driving has become an issue. Car accident lawyers have seen a rise in these types of cases due to texting, talking on the phone and other distractions, while driving. Many cities and states have started issuing tickets for distracted driving and they have started cracking down quite a bit.

However, the state of Nevada has decided to take a different approach. Instead of just issuing a ticket for use of a cellphone while driving, the state has started an online program to help drivers clear their record.

This program was introduced in early July and allowed Nevada Highway Patrol troopers the opportunity to offer those with clean records the chance to keep it that way. Drivers pulled over for distracted driving have to complete online tasks for 28 days in a row to avoid the fine they would pay and the black mark on their driving record.

The tasks they must complete pertain to a time when a driver was able to stay safe because they were not distracted by their cellphone. Some of the tasks include sharing a video about distracted driving on social sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, while others have the driver take a quiz about driving distracted.

This new program is called “It Can Wait for 28,” and may be adopted as a normal program throughout the state. The state has received support from the Nevada Department of Public Safety, the Clark County Justice Court and the Highway Patrol.

How Will This Program Help Keep Our Roads Safe

With distracted driving becoming a problem, the “It Can Wait for 28” program is aimed at educating offenders about this issue. Instead of just giving them a ticket, this program allows the driver to save the money they would pay on the fine and become educated about the seriousness of distracted driving.

Not only does the program help to educate the offenders, but also their friends and family. Since the program includes sharing videos about distracted driving on social media sites, it helps to spread the word to those that have yet to be caught.

If this program becomes successful, it could help everybody put their phones down, while their driving. Statistics have already shown a distracted driver is at least as bad as a drunk driver, if not worse. This is a problem and the state of Nevada is leading the way in the hunt for a solution.

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What Should You do after an Auto Accident near Henderson, NV?

two cars crashedAfter you get in an accident with another vehicle, you may be inclined to call an auto accident attorney immediately. Even though this isn’t a bad idea, there are other things you should make sure to do after the accident. Here are five steps to help you handle a car accident in Henderson properly.

Call the Police

Before you do anything else, you should always dial 9-1-1 and get the proper authorities on their way. Even if nobody is badly injured, this is a smart thing to do. Make sure you remain on the scene after you call the police, as well.

Once the police arrive, they will help sort things out and they will create a police report. This will give you everything you need for the insurance company and it can provide many details about the accident, such as those involved, where it happened and when it happened.

Get Contact Information

After calling the police, you want to get the contact information from the other driver’s involved and passengers. You may need the passengers as witnesses, so make sure to get names and phone numbers from everybody. Even though the police report may contain this information, you don’t want to rely on it.

Seek Medical Help

If you’ve been injured, make sure you seek medical help as soon as possible. When the EMS arrives, make sure they know you’re injured, so they can treat your injuries properly. Medical records will also play a big part in the process if you file a claim.

Take Pictures, if Possible

If you have a camera or cell phone handy, take as many pictures as you can. Pictures are the best evidence you can have and you want to take pictures of damage, injuries, skid marks, the position of the vehicles and as much of the scene as you can.

Find a Good Accident Attorney

After you’ve dealt with the scene of the accident, it’s time to find a lawyer to help fight for your rights. If you were injured or someone in your car was injured, you need an attorney to help fight for lost wages, punitive damages, medical bills, future medical bills and other damages.

After an accident, you may want to call an attorney immediately. However, make sure you take care of the other steps on this list, as they will help you and your attorney if you decide to file a claim.

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Connected Cars: The Future of Driving?

A completely different way of driving may not be too far into the future, so long as app developers and vehicle manufacturers agree on the right proverbial course. The idea of the “connected car” could do for drivers “what the USB cable did for computers,”  but will it actually better the driving world? Let’s take a look:

Reasons to Connect

Cars used to be vehicles that took drivers from their homes to school, work, malls, on roadtrips, the beach and anywhere else they needed or wanted to go. Nowadays climbing into the driver’s seat is something of a multimedia experience, with vehicles offering features for iPods, DVD players, smartphones and even connections to home, such as turning the air conditioner on before you park in your driveway. Connected cars would expand on these features, including:

  • Self-Diagnosis: Connected cars would be able to diagnose what’s wrong, then alert you to the nearest service station or auto part shop.
  • Proactive Navigation: A connected vehicle could easily keep you away from traffic jams, accidents and anything else that results in slow-downs.
  • Safety: The car becomes a travel partner that tells you to “stay away from that swerving van” or to “steer clear of the bus full of children up ahead.”

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Today’s Technology Equals Driver-Centric Solutions

deCarta is a company currently “leading the charge” concerning connected cars. The company has patented software that searches the road as you travel, and provides possibilities within 20 minutes of wherever you are, such as gas stations, rest stops, hotels, restaurants, and any other resources you may need. The company’s CEO, Kim Fennell, hails today’s technology as “driver centric,” with the days of inefficient “old nav” results long gone.

Fennell’s company has enlisted the help of partners, such as Best Driving, to fine-tune in-car interfaces. Best Parking is a company that has garnered over a million downloads for its parking space location app. Its founder, Ben Sann, notes that trying to use a bunch of separate driving-related apps is frustrating and time-consuming, however such apps are much more accessible when everything is “integrated into your dashboard.” For example, your car will know exactly where you’re going and how long it will take to get there.

When Can We Expect This Change?

As exciting as the connected car possibility is for many drivers, it may take a bit longer for the option to happen. Industry standards such as software reliability, data security and safe driver behavior all must be accounted for, with Sann remarking how challenging it is to ensure such standards are given consideration.

Even if it does take awhile for the connected car vision to become reality, the proverbial (and perhaps actual) wheels are turning. Within a few years the connected car is expected to be the “norm,” and it’s simply a matter of which company offers the best version first.

If a decrease in car accidents is on the horizon with the implementation of connected cars, we’re in for a treat. Until then, the streets of Las Vegas remain a dangerous place for drivers and pedestrians alike. if you’re in an accident and you need a car accident attorney, give Hunt Law Offices a call at (702) 450-4868.

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Road Trip Anthems: 10 Songs to Listen to While on the Road

The proper soundtrack has the power to take any road trip from ordinary to extraordinary. Songs that get you in the mood to cruise and offer a connection to the open road are ideal. Whatever your travel reason may be, there’s nothing like the perfect songs to enhance your journey.

“Fast Car” by Tracy Chapman

Myth buster: This song isn’t actually about a fast car; it’s about a dead-end relationship, and a dead-end situation.  The lyrics inspire making a significant change in your life. “You gotta make a decision, leave tonight or live and die this way” are powerful lyrics that encourage an escape on the open road, and moving on to bigger and better things. Thanks for the extra push, Tracy!

 

“Tiny Dancer” by Elton John

If this scene in “Almost Famous” doesn’t make you want to jump on a tour bus and drive across the country, nothing will. When “Tiny Dancer” plays on their tour bus, the tension among the band subsides, and camaraderie returns. For the moment, they are reminded of what a miraculous affect music can have on people and they regain the passion for being performers. The going may get rough, but there’s always a silver lining. And how fun is Tiny Dancer to sing along with?! Don’t leave this one off of the playlist.

 

“Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

Every road trip playlist needs an upbeat, “his and hers” love song and “Home” is the perfect choice. This song will remind you “Home is wherever I’m with you.” Home, then, isn’t an actual place, but rather a state of mind. Who needs a settling point when you’ve got each other?

 

“Cats In The Cradle” by Ugly Kid Joe

Ugly Kid Joe provides the perfect sing-along tune with “Cats In The Cradle.” Though there’s a sad life lesson it the undertone, it’s still a feel good tune of which everyone seems to know at least a couple lines from.

 

“Tonight I Have To Leave It” by Shout Out Louds

At the end of your first listen, you will be shouting “Tonight I have to leave it”– “it” being your current surroundings. The song is about wanting something real in life, and that might be exactly what you are looking for while on the road. Include this in your playlist to remind you exactly why yourself set out in the first place.

 

“Ticket To Ride” by The Beatles

You can’t have a good road trip soundtrack without at least one Beatles hit. “Ticket To Ride” describes a girl who is unhappy with her life and relationship with the narrator, so she literally rides out of his life and starts anew. It is rumored that the “ticket” is a ticket from British Railways and “ride” symbolized the town of Ryde on the Isle of Wight.

 

“Road to Nowhere” by Talking Heads

A road trip doesn’t necessarily need a destination, just the desire to get up and go. In many cases, having a “Road to Nowhere” is exactly what you need. Allow the Talking Heads to accompany you on your journey…wherever it takes you.

 

“Like A Rolling Stone” by Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan is the kind of singer that will make you sit back, relax and enjoy the musical journey. This song emphasizes feeling lost and struck by reality. “How does it feel, to be on your own, with no direction home?” Well, Bob, it feels pretty darn good.

 

“The Passenger” by Iggy Pop

Sometimes it’s nice to let someone else take the driver’s seat for a bit and simply relax in the passenger’s seat. This punk classic will shed some light on how to get the full experience out of your road trip. “I am the passenger and I ride and I ride.”

 

“You Make My Dreams Come True” by Hall and Oates

The best part of a long car ride is the extended amount of time to jam out. Whether you’re alone or with a group of friends, this classic will have you singing at the top of your lungs—”You-hoo, you, you-hoo, hoo, you, hoo.” And how about John Oates’ mustache? Perfection.

 

Whether you know where you’re going, or you’re just going until you feel like stopping, these songs will serve as a proper soundtrack. Be sure to take safety precautions while out on the open road. Should you find yourself in an accident and in need of a lawyer’s assistance, give Accident Lawyer Henderson a call.

 

 

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Las Vegas Metro Warns Drivers about Car Accident Scam

Being involved in a car accident can be extremely stressful, and it’s common for people to feel rattled and uncertain immediately following a crash. Unfortunately, identity thieves have found a way to take advantage of the vulnerability accident survivors experience. These crooks can persuade frazzled drivers to disclose highly sensitive personal information, such as their driver’s license numbers, birth dates and social security numbers, at the scene of the collision. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is warning drivers to be vigilant and take precautions to avoid becoming their next victims.

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Photo by C. Holmes

With the recent law changes in Las Vegas making it unnecessary for officers to respond to car accidents, identity thieves are taking advantage of this lack of authority at the hands of innocent and vulnerable drivers. These crooks will ask drivers for details about their identities, such as their driver’s license numbers, birth dates and addresses. Armed with this information, the individuals can wreak havoc – obtaining credit cards, taking out loans, and even committing crimes in their names.

Las Vegas Metro officials have publicly confirmed that the department relies exclusively on uniformed law enforcement officers to investigate auto accidents. They have warned that anyone who is not wearing a uniform and approaches drivers at an accident scene could be a thief. They’ve also alerted drivers to the possibility that identity thieves could pose under other guises to obtain personal information, and they recommend that drivers take care in their interactions with those present at the site of crashes. But what else can drivers do to keep their identities safe?

What You Can Do To Protect Your Identity

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It’s important to remember that you can still call a police officer to the scene if the other driver refuses to give up their info, fails to stop or escalates the situation. The best way to protect yourself is to be knowledgeable of the laws and rules of Las Vegas auto accidents. To protect yourself from identity theft after an accident, follow these guidelines:

1.) Avoid revealing sensitive information about your identity to people you talk to at the site of a collision.

In Las Vegas, drivers involved in a collision are required to share only their driver’s license numbers, home addresses and vehicle registration information with one another. They don’t have to disclose their insurance information, but it’s usually a good idea to do so. Drivers should be prepared to provide this information to uniformed officers, as well.

2.) Review the immediate steps you should take following an auto accident now, so you’ll be prepared if you ever need to use them.

Make sure you have a complete knowledge of what should occur immediately after a crash, and don’t stray from your plan. Car crashes can be a dizzying experience, take the time to collect your thoughts and act appropriately. Following an auto accident, it’s important to get to safety, understand the situation and apply useful knowledge to avoid losing your identity.

3.) Do your best to document what happened during the accident. Take photographs using your smart phone, and write down as many details as you can about the incident while it’s still fresh in your mind.

It’s a smart idea to keep an “accident guide” in your glovebox that outlines what information you should take down following a crash. If someone approaches you at the scene of a crash and you realize they weren’t involved in the accident, inform the police immediately and consider filing a report. Taking such action could be the key to preventing others from being victimized. For more information on what to do following a car accident, contact us today or give us a call at (702) 450-4868.

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