You’ve probably heard lawyer advertisements promising you that you won’t owe your attorney anything if she can’t win your case. Have you ever wondered exactly what that means?
Can I Afford to Hire an Injury Attorney?
Lawyers who handle personal injury claims typically do so on a contingency fee basis. That means that the attorney’s fee is contingent on whether or not the attorney recovers a sum of money for her client. If the attorney is not able to obtain a settlement or verdict for her client, then the cost to the client for hiring that lawyer would be free. An attorney who works on a contingency-fee basis only gets paid if the attorney is able to obtain a recovery for her client.
If the attorney is able to obtain a recovery for her client, then she would receive an attorney’s fee, which would be a percentage of the amount of money the attorney is able to obtain for her client.
With summer now in full swing, many people are driving in and through other states. If you are injured while driving in another state, you should do most of the same things we tell our clients to do when they are injured while traveling in state.
An 18-Wheeler Against a Car, Pickup, SUV, Motorcycle, or Minivan is Not a Fair Fight.
We know that, and you know that, but sometimes truck drivers act like they don’t. Big trucks take longer to stop, are harder to control, and cause more damage, destruction, and injury than other vehicles on the road. Sometimes truck drivers are careless, but sometimes they have been pushed too hard by their bosses to drive too long, too hard, with too little sleep.
Either way, you are the one who ends up suffering the consequences.
Be careful out there! Just because there’s ice on the roads doesn’t mean you’re off the hook if you plow into someone while you’re driving.
You might think that if you have a wreck while driving on snow or ice, you can’t be sued. After all, the wreck wasn’t your fault, it was the weather’s fault, right? Well, not exactly.
Arkansas Law requires a driver to drive at a reasonable and prudent speed “under the conditions and having regard to the actual and potential hazards then existing.” Ark. Code Ann. § 27-51-201(a)(1). Basically, what that means is that if you’re driving on snow or ice, you’d better drive slow enough that you don’t run into someone.
When the temperatures start dropping, we all want to rush to bundle up our little ones to keep them warm. Crash test videos featured last week on the Today Show, however, reveal why we should be hesitant to mix those bulky winter coats with kids in car seats. Because bulky coats are compressed in a car crash, the result is very loose harness straps. The video below shows how that compression effect can result in kids actually coming out of their harness straps, resulting in serious injury.
Instead of putting heavy coats on your kids when they’re in the car, you can keep a blanket in your vehicle to cover kids (over their car seat harness) or put their coats on them backwards over the car seat harness. The key is that you don’t want to put anything extra or bulky between the child and the car seat straps other than their normal clothes.
A recent study shows that Arkansas ranks 7th in the United States in fatalities resulting from road crashes. In 2013, Arkansas had 16.3 road deaths for every 100,000 in population. By way of comparison, Montana was the highest (22.6 per 100,000) and Utah was lowest (7.6 per 100,000). Overall, there are 32,719 fatalities in the United States resulting from road crashes.
The number of traffic-related deaths in Arkansas decreased by nearly one-third between 2004 and 2013, according to a recent article in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.
The article referenced the Arkansas 2013 Traffic Crash Statistics report posted on the Arkansas State Police website, which contains voluminous information about traffic crashes in Arkansas. In addition to the statistic about the decrease in traffic fatalities (from 721 in 2004 to 499 in 2013), the report notes that traffic-related injuries are down from 64,331 in 2004 to 26,375 in 2013 (a 59% drop), and traffic accidents overall are down from 74,059 in 2004 to 58,449 in 2013 (a 21% drop). The Arkansas Democrat Gazette article speculates that these decreases are a result of “newer and safer vehicles with more air bags, plus a higher rate of seat-belt use.”
After you’ve been injured in a car accident (or other accident), the first thing you should do is make sure that everyone who needs medical treatment gets it. But once the dust settles, there are four things you should keep in order to make sure that when the time comes, the insurance company pays you what your case is worth.
1. Keep Your Cool
After an accident, it’s important to keep your cool. You need to focus on one thing only, and that’s getting well. But that’s going to be harder to do than you think.