Car Accidents

Semi-Truck Collides with Convoy of US Politicians

Posted by on Sep 25, 2017 in Car Accidents

For anybody who ever drives, and even people who are just passengers, the possibility of a car crash is something you must always be aware of. As this Des Moines Car Accident Lawyer’s website says, car accidents can impact people’s lives in many ways, both health-wise, financially, work-wise, and emotionally. The effects of a crash can vary significantly. Sometimes, it’ll only be a fender that does negligible damage to either damage. Sometimes it may only be the car that is seriously injured. But, distressingly often, car accidents do something that’s far worse than property damage- they kill or seriously injure people. Sometimes, they may be people who were at no fault at all for the crash, and just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time.

Fortunately, no one was seriously injured in a recent car wreck that involved several US politicians. The accident occurred when a semi-truck collided with a vehicle convoy. Two members of the staff of the House Agricultural Committee, along with one from the US Department of Agriculture, were sent to the hospital following the accident. They were discharged soon after, following medical examinations that showed no long-term injuries to either of them. Sid Miller, the Texas Agriculture Commissioner, was driving in another car that was hit. However, he suffered no injuries and was able to leave the scene on his own.

The politicians had arrived in Houston following Hurricane Harvey. The plan was to assess the damage to the area and determine the best course of action to deal with the devastation. They were about to go to a news conference after hearing from a group of local farmers. Sadly, their efforts had to be cut short because of the accident. It is unclear when they will be able to resume their efforts to help the city of Houston.

The accident easily could have been much worse than it was. Truck accidents are some of the most dangerous car accidents to be in, and collisions on the highway have a very high rate of casualties. The people involved should consider themselves lucky that they were able to walk away from it so lightly.

And we should consider this a lesson. Car accidents can happen to anyone, at any time, no matter how many precautions we take to keep ourselves safe. The only way to ensure you won’t be involved with one is to not drive. But you can take steps to make sure that you aren’t the cause of one, and that if one does happen, you’re as safe as possible. First of all, make sure you’re always alert while driving. Don’t text. Don’t eat. Don’t apply makeup. Don’t talk on your cell phone. Keep your eyes on the road. Always wear your seatbelt. Regularly check on your car and make sure all the safety features are working properly. As long as you do this, you can minimize the risks from any crash that may happen.

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Joplin, MO Cracks Down on Car Accidents

Posted by on Jul 11, 2013 in Car Accidents, Personal Injury

Joplin is a city in Missouri with a population of 49,526 (2011 estimate). The recent devastation of the 2011 tornado that claimed 161 lives has made Joplin authorities determined not to add to the body count by tightening regulations on preventable car accidents.

One of the preventive measures employed by the Joplin Police Department is to establish a checkpoint for impaired drivers or those driving while intoxicated (DWI) over the March 29, 2013 weekend. The project was aimed at making Joplin residents aware of the consequences of impaired driving. DWI is the cause of nearly one-third of traffic accident fatalities in Missouri on average; that number for 2011 was 218, with a further 867 sustaining serious injuries. DWI in Missouri carries fines, license suspension, jail time and other undesirable consequences such as felony record for repeat offenders.

Another preventive measure was the “Click It or Ticket” campaign, which imposed fines for drivers and passengers who were not using their seatbelts. About 70% of all car accident fatalities in Missouri had been unbuckled, which approaches the state average seatbelt use of 79%, 6 points below the national average. The campaign ran from May 20 to June 3, 2013.

The need for catching DWI drivers before they do any harm and the wisdom of using seatbelts was tragically illustrated in a traffic accident that occurred in Joplin on May 30, right in the middle of the Click It campaign. A vehicle travelling erratically just past midnight rolled over as it hit the curb, killing the unrestrained female passenger and seriously injuring the driver. Further investigations will reveal if the driver had indeed been intoxicated as initial reports indicate. The Joplin-based driver is being charged with involuntary manslaughter, and may also be facing a civil lawsuit for wrongful death.

If you are ever involved in a car crash in Joplin in the near future due to negligence or recklessness of other, it is not due to any lack of preventive measures by the authorities. Consult with a Joplin personal injury attorney and help drive home a point.

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Getting Complete Police Car Wreck Reports not so Easy in Wisconsin

Posted by on Jul 3, 2013 in Car Accidents, Personal Injury

Getting a police report for a car wreck in Wisconsin may not be as easy as it sounds. While the Wisconsin Department of Transportation instructs the public to obtain a police report for any car accident that occurs in the state ($6 fee), those who are in need of one may find that they will not always be given a complete one.

Approximately 135,000 car accidents occur in Wisconsin annually, or one every 5 minutes, and upwards of 700 people are killed and about 50,000 people are injured and the cost for the state is about $2.9 billion. For each one of these accidents, a police report is filed and is supposedly available for those who have a legitimate right to it, such as the parties directly involved in an accident.

However, there has been an increasing tendency for law enforcement agencies to redact or block out information stated in police reports, including those for car accidents. A federal law protecting the right to privacy of drivers whose information may be obtained from motor vehicle registers is the basis for this policy, but it is doubtful whether the 1994 Driver’s Privacy Protection Act was meant to apply to individuals who have a right to a full car accident report for insurance and civil litigation purposes.

This redaction policy is a reaction to a lawsuit against a city in Illinois that originated from a parking ticket stuck to the windshield which contained full details regarding the owner of the vehicle, including name, address and birth date. The plaintiff claimed that this violated the DPPA law, and the case is now pending at the US Supreme Court. By withholding vital information, the law enforcement agencies in Wisconsin are hoping to avoid similar lawsuits. Ironically, a city in Wisconsin is now being sued for violating the open records law with their redaction policy.

If you are injured in a car wreck due to the negligence of others, you may find your work cut out for you in obtaining a police report you can use in a personal injury lawsuit. Retain the services of a Wisconsin car accident attorney who will have the knowledge and resources to obtain the records you need for your claim.

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