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Three Ways Social Media Can Actually Help Your Accident Case

Posted by on Oct 17, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Ways Social Media Can Actually Help Your Accident Case

Whenever the subject of social media comes up in relation to vehicle accidents, it’s usually in a negative context. According to a national survey in 2013, 24 percent of respondents admitted to using the internet while driving. With distracted driving contributing to over 431,000 vehicle injuries and deaths in 2014, it’s understandable why some people may have a negative reaction when you mention social media and car accidents in the same breath. However, social media can actually be very helpful when it comes to winning an accident lawsuit. Here are three ways you can use sites like Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube to obtain compensation for your injuries and losses. Find Video Evidence The proliferation of smartphones and the high-quality cameras they contain have given rise to what The New Yorker and others have dubbed Little Brother, where ordinary citizens manage to capture important events and share them with the public at large. Coupled with omnipresent surveillance from other sources, such as government agencies and local businesses, there’s a good chance the accident you were involved in was caught on tape. Since video can be immensely helpful in proving liability for a collision, it’s worth the effort to search sites like YouTube, LiveLeak, MetaCafe, and other video sharing sites to determine if someone recorded the incident. In a culture where people do the craziest things for likes and shares, you can be sure that if someone taped an accident, he or she would upload the video to the internet for others to view. The challenge comes in sifting through the millions of uploaded videos to find what you’re looking for. Good keywords to use in the search bar would be the name of the road you were traveling, the type of vehicles you and the other party were driving, and the names of any nearby businesses. Sorting video uploads by date, if possible, can also be helpful in finding recordings posted to the net around the time the incident occurred. Enlist the help of friends or family members to search, or use a crowdsourcing site like Fiverr or Upwork to pay someone to assist you with this task. Locate Witnesses Another thing social media is particularly good at is helping people find each other. For instance, one woman found her biological mother on Facebook after 15 minutes of searching. However, social media sites can be used to locate people who may have witnessed the accident also. Social media makes it easy for people to share their experiences, and it’s highly likely that someone who witnessed an accident may post about it on their Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram feeds. Like with the videos, you can do a search on these sites for certain keywords related to the incident, such as the road name or name of the area police. An alternative option is to post a request on social media sites for witnesses to come forward to testify and have your followers help you spread the message as far as possible. Include pertinent information like the date, time, and location of the accident and who to contact (e.g. your attorney). If you’re lucky, your story may get picked up by a news organization, which will help spread your request even further. Just be sure to talk to your attorney first to...

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Tips For Claiming Worker’s Compensation Even With A Pre-Existing Condition

Posted by on Aug 16, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Claiming Worker’s Compensation Even With A Pre-Existing Condition

One common concern workers have when they’re injured at work is how any pre-existing condition might affect the case. If you’re considering filing a claim under your company’s worker’s compensation coverage but you have a pre-existing condition of some kind, that doesn’t mean you’re automatically out of luck. It does mean, however, that you should work with a worker’s compensation attorney to file your claim so that you can be sure you’re getting the benefits you deserve without having to worry about your past medical history. Here are some things you should know about pre-existing conditions and worker’s compensation. A lot of people have pre-existing conditions. In fact, if you have diabetes, are overweight, or even have asthma, all of these things could be considered pre-existing conditions. A sprained ankle or a broken wrist as a child could also be considered as such. If you’re older and have hypertension or even high cholesterol, any of those things may be classified as a pre-existing condition. With one in five adults having cholesterol levels over 200 mg/dL, if every adult with a pre-existing condition was banned from worker’s compensation coverage, there’d be little in the way of benefits ever awarded. Having a pre-existing condition may make the claim harder to prove. While you aren’t prohibited from worker’s compensation if you have a pre-existing condition, you will have to prove that your job aggravated or accelerated the symptoms of your pre-existing condition in order to get those benefits. Otherwise, that pre-existing condition can serve as the basis of a denial of benefits. Your doctor will play a key role in your case presentation. You’ll need medical documentation of the severity of your symptoms so that you can show clear evidence that your job has made the condition worse or led to other complications. Your doctor can show x-rays, lab tests and other assessments that clearly illustrate how your job was responsible. There are several questions your attorney may ask. These questions are designed to help you formulate a complete and reasonable case. Some of the questions you can expect include: Did you experience problems with your pre-existing condition before you were injured at work? This is an important question, because showing no symptoms at all before your injury can clearly tie the problem to your injury. Did you experience worsening pain and symptoms after the injury? This may show that, even if your condition bothered you, it wasn’t bothering you as badly before your injury. During the injury or immediately after it, did you notice any odd sounds (such as cracking) or feel any abnormal feelings from the area affected by your pre-existing condition? This can help to identify how the injury affected your pre-existing condition. Has the area affected by the pre-existing condition experienced other pain since your injury occurred? This may show that the injury directly affected your pre-existing condition. Has your range of motion been further limited since the injury? This is another key factor in connecting the injury itself to your worsening symptoms. You should be eligible for benefits even if your pre-existing condition makes you more vulnerable to injury. For example, if you have a condition that causes low muscle tone and you’re injured when a box falls off a shelf and you have to catch it,...

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Dog Park Injuries: 3 Factors That May Impact A Settlement Case

Posted by on May 3, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Dog Park Injuries: 3 Factors That May Impact A Settlement Case

Dog parks are great ways for your pets to socialize and exercise, but they can also present dangers, and you may be injured at one of these locations. Whether you were attacked by a dog or injured in some other way, you may have to seek the help of an attorney to receive compensation for medical bills and damages. As a case is built for your injury at the dog park, there are three factors to consider for the case. By browsing through each of these factors, you can help build a strong case that gets you an ideal settlement. Negligent Dog Owners If you’ve been attacked or injured as the result of a dog, one of the main issues an attorney will try to prove is dog owner negligence. This can be showcased in a variety of ways. For example, the dog owner may have let their aggressive dog off the leash throughout the park when it shouldn’t have been. Your testimony, along with witness testimony, can attest to these actions and showcase how the dog’s behavior was erratic and should have been controlled better by the owner. Another way that a dog owner could be negligent is with the proper care of the dog itself. If you were attacked by a dog that hasn’t had it’s proper shots, then the owner may be liable for the possible dangers that were presented to you. If the dog is missing core vaccines like the rabies shot, then you may have to be treated for these possible diseases and have an increase in medical costs. An attorney can retrieve vet and medical records to help determine what types of shots the dog has had. Fence & Gate Conditions An essential part of a dog park is having a properly fenced in area that can house the dogs without a danger of escaping. If the fences or gates are in bad conditions, then dogs may be able to escape and cause an injury to you even if you’re just outside of the dog park. If poor conditions led to your injury, then an attorney may look into the dog park owners as a liability in the case. The state or city that owns the dog park has the responsibility to keep the park running safely as long as its open. The injury may have been prevented if the fences were properly maintained. Special gates and fences are often used in dog parks to help separate larger breeds from smaller breeds. If you own a smaller breed dog, your dog may escape the smaller section through a broken part of a fence or gate. As you try to retrieve the dog, you could trip and fall or get injured in trying to stop a larger dog from attacking your smaller one. Besides these examples, there are multiple situations where an attorney can help represent your case and help you get compensation for the injuries that have occurred. Dog Waste & Garbage Bins Another area that should be kept clean are any dog waste areas. When a dog goes to the bathroom in a dog park, the waste should be properly disposed of in a bin. If these bins are full, it can present dangerous conditions on the ground. For example, a waste...

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3 Things You Need To Know About Personal Injury Appeals

Posted by on Apr 5, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Things You Need To Know About Personal Injury Appeals

Whether you’re the plaintiff or the defendant in a personal injury case, you need to be aware of the review mechanism known in the U.S. judicial system as the appeal. This recourse helps ensure that justice is served by making it possible to amend a previous judgement or award. But appeals can serve as a double-edged sword, no matter which end of the weapon you’re facing. Here are three things you need to know about them before you go to trial. 1. You Can Appeal Damage Awards As Well as Verdicts Personal injury cases typically involve not only a verdict but also the awarding of damages to a victorious plaintiff. Compensatory damages can be based on either monetary or non-monetary loss. Monetary damages such as loss of property, past and future lost wages due to disability, medical expenses and funeral expenses are all fairly cut and dry, based on either actual dollar figures or reliable projections. But non-monetary damages can be harder to establish. This category includes financial awards based on such intangibles as pain and suffering and “loss of consortium” (negative impact on spousal and other family relationships), and the damage amounts can therefore be both hard to establish and hard to obtain. Awards for punitive damages — those designed to send a message and deter others from committing similar errors — can also be unpredictable and are very much at the judge’s discretion. The good news is that you can appeal the damage award in your case if you can’t (or don’t want to) dispute the verdict itself. For instance, if you as the defendant feel that the judge went overboard in awarding damages or added damages at his own discretion (an action called a “bench award”), you may have good reason to ask an appellate court to review and possibly modify the award. If you’re a plaintiff who got a raw deal because critical evidence wasn’t admitted that could have secured a larger award, this too could be grounds for appeal. 2. Threat of Appeal Can Encourage Settlement It’s not uncommon for one side in a personal injury case to threaten an appeal during the course of the trial in order to browbeat the other side into accepting a settlement. If you’re the plaintiff in a personal injury case, for instance, you and your attorney may receive a settlement offer from the defendant’s lawyers during a break in the action — along with the threat that they’ll appeal the case if you win. They’re betting that you’d rather walk away with some money now than risk receiving no award at all from the court. Are the other guys right? It depends on how well your case is going. The mere fact that they’re offering a settlement may indicate that they’re nervous about their own prospects. On the other hand, if you’re the defendant, offering a settlement in mid-trial could help you cut your losses when things seem to be favoring the plaintiff. Either way, you must rely on your personal injury attorney’s skill, insight and years of professional experience to help you make the right call. 3. An Appeal Is Not a New Trial One thing you absolutely must understand before you appeal is that you’re not getting a “do-over” of your personal injury trial — you’re...

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Why Medicare Subscribers Should Check Their Insurance Statements After Complicated Hospitals Stays In New Hampshire

Posted by on Mar 10, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why Medicare Subscribers Should Check Their Insurance Statements After Complicated Hospitals Stays In New Hampshire

Are you a Medicare subscriber who has recently been hospitalized in New Hampshire? Did your condition seem to deteriorate while in the hospital’s care? If so, it’s time to have a look at your Medicare summary notice for a telltale sign that you’ve fallen victim to medical malpractice. Read on to learn more. The Dreadful 28 Never Events The term “never events” was coined by a reputable patient safety organization. It refers to a defined group of 28 possible occurrences that should never happen to a patient seeking medical care. Each medical error on the list of 28 is considered serious to the health and well-being of patients, and each is considered largely preventable when proper medical procedures are followed by any hospital staff facilitating care. New Hampshire’s Rising Instances Of Never Events New Hampshire hospitals have been required by law to report medical never events to the state for the past five years. During these five years, the state has shown a steady incline in serious, preventable medical errors. While some medical experts speculate that this rise in reported never events can be attributed to nothing more than better, more thorough reporting measures, this doesn’t change the fact that a large number of medical errors do occur in New Hampshire hospitals, so patients who seek care from hospitals in this state should pay close attention to the standard of care they receive while hospitalized. How Medicare Handles Never Events Medicare will not pay for treatment associated with never events. If you’re on Medicare and your condition worsens while in the hospital because of one of these dreadful, preventable medical mistakes, the hospital has to pay to treat any complications that arise from that mistake; neither you nor Medicare can be billed for the treatment.  However, just because the hospital treats you and flips the bill does not necessary mean that they’ll inform you of their error. If your physician was careless enough to allow a never event to happen to you in the first place, they very well may be dishonest enough to try to hide the information from you in order to prevent a lawsuit. Checking Your Medicare Summary Notice Medicare sends its subscribers a summary notice every three months. This summary notice details all services and supplies Medicare has paid for on your behalf. When you get this statement following your hospital stay, examine it carefully. Compare it with any bills you received at time of service during your hospitalization. If you were issued bills by the hospital but Medicare has not paid for those bills, contact the hospital to see if you still owe for the supplies or services on the bill. If the hospital informs you that you’re in the clear, there’s a problem. If you received treatment and Medicare didn’t pay for it and you are no longer responsible for the bill, then the hospital overrode that bill for some reason. This reason may be that the bill was issued for services rendered to treat a never event, and you simply weren’t informed that your condition worsened while in the hospital because of a hospital error. What To Do If You Find A Discrepancy If your condition worsened while you were in a New Hampshire hospital and you’ve spotted a discrepancy between what you were billed for in the...

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Four Things You Need To Know When Filing A Personal Injury Lawsuit After A Car Accident

Posted by on Feb 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Things You Need To Know When Filing A Personal Injury Lawsuit After A Car Accident

If you are injured in a serious car accident due to a careless driver, you have the grounds to pursue a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent party. However, if you have never filed a lawsuit before and only have second-hand knowledge of what happens during a personal injury case, you should familiarize yourself with some of the characteristics that make this particular type of litigation very different from other kinds of lawsuits. The Adjuster’s First Priority Is the Insurance Company, Not You While an insurance company may not balk at providing enough funds to cover repairs to your vehicle in a personal injury case that involves a car accident, they may not be as magnanimous when it comes to covering your medical expenses, lost income and other costs related to the accident. The property damage liability coverage of the at-fault party will cover paying for damage to your vehicle. The bodily injury liability coverage of the other driver pays for your medical bills and other expenses. Insurance adjustors will assess your claim and determine how much they feel you should receive while looking out for the best interests of their employer. As a result, the adjustor will attempt to set the lowest possible payout to close out your claim without a lawsuit. They will always make a low-ball offer to begin settlement talks. This is one of the major reasons why you need an experienced attorney handling your case and negotiating on your behalf. Hiring a lawyer puts the insurance company on notice that you will not take an offer that is not fair. You May Not Have to Go to Court to Settle Your Case Depending on the nature of your case and the progression of your settlement talks with the insurance company, your case may never end up in court. Many personal injury cases are settled out of court after your lawyer successfully persuades the insurance company to pay out enough money to cover all of your expenses. Sometimes you, your lawyer and the insurance adjustor will participate in a mediation session moderated by a professional or court-appointed mediator. This is common if there is some sort of gridlock in the negotiations. An advantage of mediation is that your case will not have to be decided by a judge and jury. In Most Cases, Your Settlement Is Not Taxable No one likes having their paycheck and other types of income decreased because of taxes. In general, the money you receive from a personal injury case settlement is not subject to taxes if you suffered bodily harm. It does not matter if your case was settled out of court or the result of a court decision. Every cent owed to you will be untouched by federal or state taxes. Fortunately, federal tax law excludes this type of settlement from taxable income. Be aware that if your case is based on a claim for emotional injury, your settlement will still be taxed. You Pay Your Attorney Only If You Receive a Settlement The thought of hiring a lawyer may fill you with apprehension if you are worried about how you are going to pay your legal fees. However, rest easy, as it is general practice for personal injury attorneys to take cases on a contingency basis. This means...

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Contributory And Comparative Negligence: How It Could Affect Your Auto Insurance Claim

Posted by on Feb 1, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Contributory And Comparative Negligence: How It Could Affect Your Auto Insurance Claim

Imagine getting into a fender-bender on the open road, only to find out later on that you might receive little to no compensation for the injuries and damages you suffered as a result. If you’re wondering why, the answer lies with the doctrines used when evaluating negligence. If your own negligent actions contributed in any way to a crash, you could find your ability to pursue damages significantly reduced or even eliminated. Understanding the difference between contributory and comparative negligence can help shed some light on your chances of receiving due compensation and prepare you for the court battle ahead. Understanding Contributory Negligence According to the basic doctrine of contributory negligence, a driver whose own negligence sets the stage for an accident cannot hold another driver responsible for the collision. Even if the amount of fault assigned to the negligent driver is as little as one percent, the negligent driver will still lose his or her ability to be compensated for any injuries or other damages caused by the accident. In many cases, contributory negligence still applies even if the other driver was breaking the law at the time of the accident. The doctrine may also apply if the court decides you violated the “last chance doctrine” by failing to take every safe measure available to avoid an accident. Needless to say, the contributory negligence doctrine can be harsh to drivers who only displayed minimal negligence in regards to their accident. As a result, only four states (Alabama, Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia) and the District of Columbia still utilize it when dealing with auto accident cases. Pure and Modified Comparative Negligence Most other states rely on the comparative negligence doctrine when dealing with auto accident claims. Unlike contributory negligence, comparative negligence allows most drivers to recover damages depending on the amount of negligence attributed to the involved parties. Comparative negligence is usually practiced in either pure or modified forms. With pure comparative negligence, an injured party’s potential damages can vary depending on the amount of fault assigned to them by the court. For example, if a driver seeks $100,000 in damages but is found 70 percent at fault, that driver will only be able to recover $30,000 in damages. If the other driver seeks the same amount and is deemed 30 percent at fault, that driver will receive $70,000 in damages. Modified comparative negligence, on the other hand, allows injured drivers to recover damages from the other party as long as they’re only responsible for less than 50 percent of the accident due to their own negligence. This means that if you’re found over 50 percent at fault for the accident, you won’t be able to recover any damages from the other driver. In some states, the threshold for fault is set at 51 percent. This allows both plaintiff and defendant to recover damages even when both parties were found equally negligent. However, if the court finds one party is over 51 percent responsible or more, the party with the majority of the fault will be completely barred from recovering damages. Improving Your Chances of Compensation Your chances of receiving compensation for your injuries and various damages hinges on your ability to successfully establish significant fault on part of the other party. As a defendant, you’ll have to...

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Experiencing One Of These Three Common Catastrophes? Meet Your New Best Friends

Posted by on Jan 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Experiencing One Of These Three Common Catastrophes? Meet Your New Best Friends

Between the old Yiddish proverb declaring, “Man plans and God laughs,” and Benjamin Franklin’s assertion that, “Nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes,” there’s one clear imperative: Life is full of surprises. Unfortunately, some of these surprises can be less pleasant than others. Just because catastrophe strikes, however, doesn’t mean you can’t recoup your losses and move on. Lucky for you, several professionals can help you overcome everything from minor inconveniences to massive incidents. Read on for a roundup of three common catastrophes along with which professionals can help see you through. Scenario 1: Your pipes freeze. Your new best friend?  A plumber. More than 250,000 American families have their homes destroyed every year when pipes freeze and burst, according to State Farm. This inconvenient and expensive phenomenon is caused by a “perfect storm” of three factors: rapid drops in temperature, improperly set thermostats, and inadequate insulation. But frozen pipes don’t have to progress to burst pipes. If you turn on your faucets during a cold spell and nothing comes out, step away from the hair dryer, stop what you’re doing and call a plumber. Doing so can mean the difference between a return to normal and 250 gallons of water a day spewing from a cracked pipe into your home. Of course, no treatment is as effective as prevention. Taking a proactive approach to your plumbing through regular check-ups and routine maintenance can spare you headache and heartache during winter weather. Scenario 2: You become injured or disabled due to the negligence of someone else. Your new best friend? A personal injury attorney. Between car and truck accidents, medical malpractice, slips and falls, construction accidents, amusement park accidents, and other events, Americans suffer millions of personal injuries every year. And while accidents and resulting injuries may be impossible to predict, they are in many cases possible to prevent.  Think these figures sound like an exaggeration? Think again. Dog bites alone cause 4.5 million injuries every year, according to the CDC. Even worse? Nearly one out of every five dog bites becomes infected. The takeaway? While a dog bite may not be in your future, another debilitating injury may be. If and when one occurs, a personal injury lawyer can act as your advocate and advisor in helping you get the compensation you deserve. Scenario 3: You lose your job and can’t pay your mortgage. Your new best friend? Your lender. While many people think of loan offers as the enemy, the fact is that they don’t want you to default on your mortgage any more than you do. If you don’t have mortgage protection insurance or adequate “rainy day” funds to help you weather the storm until you can generate income again, your lender can actually become a critical resource. In fact, many lenders are willing to work with families during periods of hardship, but only if you contact them before your mortgage is delinquent. Why? Because missing even a single payment can tank your ability to qualify for forbearance programs, which simply defers the missed payments for a set period of time. Just beware that the funds will eventually come due — either tacked on upon the completion of your mortgage or amortized over the course of your loan. When life takes a turn for the worse, another expression can help...

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Motorcycle Safety: Situation Awareness For Accident Prevention

Posted by on Dec 31, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Motorcycle Safety: Situation Awareness For Accident Prevention

According to the National Highway Safety Administration, 4,668 motorcyclists died and 88,000 were injured in motorcycle crashes in 2013. If you recently got your motorcycle license or have had one for some time, it’s important that you develop a sense of situational awarenesness so you can avoid getting into an accident. Of course, you’ll want to watch other vehicles for turning signals and brake lights, but here are a few other things to look for when you are enjoying the open road on a motorcycle.  Watch for drivers looking in rear and side view mirrors When you are following vehicles, take notice of when drivers look in their rear and side view mirrors. Even if they don’t use their turning signals to alert drivers behind them, they will likely look in their mirrors before making lane changes. By being aware of when the drivers in front of you are looking in their mirrors, you will be better able to predict when they are preparing to change lanes.  You also want to do this before and while you pass someone on a highway. Keep a watchful eye on their head movement in your peripheral vision. At the same time, be aware of what is on the other side of you and behind you, just in case you need to take evasive action if the driver suddenly tries to change lanes into the lane you are in.  Look at the tires of vehicles in intersections  When approaching an intersection or a parking lot exit, take a quick look at the tires to get an idea of which direction they will head in when they pull out. If their tires are straight, they are likely planning on going straight, and you can safely assume they’ll continue to wait at the intersection if it’s a red light. However, if their tires are turned to the right, regardless of whether there’s a sign prohibiting right-hand turns or not, it’s safe to assume that they could pull out in front of you. If you don’t see the driver look at you, it’s a good idea to flash your headlight to make him or her aware that you are in the roadway.  Pay attention to vehicles when there are gaps in traffic Gaps in traffic are the times when drivers will be more likely to pull out of parking lots, driveways, and intersections. In areas where traffic is heavy, local drivers may speed up to the corner and turn into the roadway without stopping to look as they rush to beat the next onslaught of traffic. This is particularly true in heavily commercialized areas with a string of red lights, such as a shopping district in a busy city.  On long stretches of roadway, such as in rural settings, take advantage of your obstruction-free visual field and look ahead in the distance for lanes, driveways, parking lot exits and other areas where a car may suddenly appear. Since it’s more difficult for them to notice you on the roadway than it would be if you were a car, truck, or van, it’s a good idea to flash your headlight to make him or her aware that you are there.  Watch for vehicles behind you when preparing to stop Since it can be difficult for some drivers to...

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If You Rear End Someone, Are You Automatically Fully At Fault?

Posted by on Dec 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on If You Rear End Someone, Are You Automatically Fully At Fault?

There seems to be a rumor floating around amongst drivers that if you rear end someone, you’ll be held fully responsible for the accident. Your insurance company will have to cover all of the damages, and if they don’t, the other driver can sue you and will win — because you’re absolutely at fault if you rear ended them. This scary rumor is not always true. While in many cases, you will be named fully at fault if you rear end another driver, there are exceptions to this guideline. Here’s a look at a few of them. The driver whose car you hit was not obeying traffic laws. When you drive, you are expected to maintain a safe following distance so that, in general, you can avoid rear ending someone if they make a driving error like stopping suddenly. However, if the other driver’s behavior was so extreme that you could not have avoided rear ending them even with a safe following distance, then you’re unlikely to be found fully at fault for the accident. Likely, the court (or insurance company) will decide that the fault is shared between you and the other driver. An example of this scenario would be as follows. Imagine you’re driving along, approaching a car that is sitting at a stoplight that has just turned green. You slow down, and since you see the driver’s brake lights turn off, you expect that they are moving forward. However, as you get closer, you suddenly realize the other driver is backing up in the lane! You slam on your brakes, but still bump the back of their car. Since the other driver was clearly disobeying traffic laws and acting in a way you could not have predicted, he or she is likely to be named at least partially at fault for this crash. Poor road or weather conditions contributed to the accident. The law expects drivers to modify their driving in order to drive as safely as possible in the current weather conditions. If it is determined that you are not doing this, and that your rear end collision is the result of your failure to modify your driving based on the weather, then you’ll likely be named fully at fault for the collision. Sometimes, however, even if you do take the proper precautions, weather may contribute to the accident. If your lawyer can demonstrate that this was the case in your accident, you may only be named partially liable and be on the hook for only a portion of the expenses related to the accident. A example of this scenario would be if you were driving in dense fog. You were going only 20 miles per hour, though the speed limit was 45. Your eyes were glued to the road, yet because of the fog, you were unable to stop in time by the time you saw the tail lights in front of you. Since you were taking precautions (driving slowly) you were doing all you could to avoid the accident — but it still happened — so you will probably only be named partially liable. A third driver’s actions actually caused the collision. If a third driver’s actions cause you to rear end a vehicle, then that third driver will likely be named fully...

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