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What if I Wreck My Leased Car?

One of the common reasons people choose the leasing option when purchasing a new car is the ability to trade in for a newer vehicle for less money than buying a brand new car. There are certainly pros and cons involved in leasing a vehicle. But if you ultimately choose this option, be sure to [ ] The post What if I Wreck My Leased Car? appeared first on Cottrell Law Office | Arkansas Personal Injury Attorney.


Common Types of Medical Malpractice Claims in Joplin

Medical malpractice is a specialized type of personal injury claim that is usually based on some type of negligence at the hands of a health care professional. These types of claims can include surgical errors as well as general medical treatment issues. As any personal injury lawyer in Joplin can tell you, medical malpractice claims [ ] The post Common Types of Medical Malpractice Claims in Joplin appeared first on Cottrell Law Office | Arkansas Personal Injury Attorney.

How are Passenger Claims Different Following a Car Accident?

The most common personal injury claims following a car accident, as any Rogers car accident lawyer knows, are claims brought by a driver involved in the crash. However, it is equally possible for passengers to be injured during a car accident. Some of the legal issues that arise are unique to passengers. Here is what [ ] The post How are Passenger Claims Different Following a Car Accident? appeared first on Cottrell Law Office | Arkansas Personal Injury Attorney.

What Should I Know about the Seat Belt Defense?

It is common knowledge these days that wearing a seat belt is an important safety issue.  In nearly every state, there is some version of a seat belt law.  But what happens in car accidents when the victim was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident?  Some states recognize what is [ ] The post What Should I Know about the Seat Belt Defense? appeared first on Cottrell Law Office | Arkansas Personal Injury Attorney.

5 Common Dangers to Motorcyclists and How to Avoid Them

Most people will not argue with the notion that motorcycles are dangerous machines. Yet, biking enthusiasts will likely tell you that they aren t any more dangerous than a car.  Though they may not provide the best protection, they can come with excellent handling, powerful brakes and, of course, unobstructed view.  The bottom line is, if you stay calm and use common sense, you may be able to avoid a trip to see a motorcycle accident lawyer.  Here are 5 common dangers that motorcyclists face, and suggestions on how to avoid them. No. 1 A car turns left in front of you Arguably, this is the most common cause of motorcycle accidents.  There can be several reasons why another driver turns in front of a motorcycle.  Maybe they simply did not see you.  Or maybe they did not properly judge your speed.  Just like with automobile accidents, this type of collision may be the result of distraction, or a blind spot may be to blame.  In many cases, automobile drivers only perceive the abs

Common Damages Following a Trucking Accident

Being in a trucking accident, involving an 18-wheeler or large commercial truck, typically results in substantial damage to you and your vehicle.  Regardless of who is responsible – the truck driver, trucking company, or some other party, you should be entitled to compensation for your injuries and other losses.  Which types of damages you can recover and whether or not there are any limits, depends on the laws of the state where the accident occurred.  This article will mention a few of the most common damages following a trucking accident, for which you may be able to seek compensation. Medical Expenses Following a truck accident, one of the most common damages individuals incur is medical expenses. The law generally allows you to seek compensation for any medical expenses from doctor visits, surgeries, hospital stays, physical therapy, or medication related to an injury. Also, because many injuries require prolonged or even lifelong care or treatment, you may be entitled to co

Common Defenses in Motorcycle Accident Cases

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, it is common to take legal action in order to receive compensation for your medical expenses, as well as pain and suffering.  If you are considering whether to file a lawsuit, it is important to at least become familiar with some of the common defenses in motorcycle accident cases.  That way, you can prepare for them.  This is equally important, even in situations where a lawsuit is not filed.  Defenses are still important in negotiating settlement with an insurance carrier. Categories of defenses in motorcycle accident cases There are basically two categories of defenses that most often arise in motorcycle accident cases: those based on the facts and those based on the law.  Factual defenses can only be based on the specific factual circumstances of each case, and often include the failure to mitigate damages and contributory or comparative negligence.  On the other hand, legal defenses can bar a claim, based on some law or reg

How to Avoid Common Motorcycle Accident Situations

We all recognize that riding a motorcycle can be dangerous – in some cases, more dangerous than riding in a car.  However, if you know what to do, riding a motorcycle can give you the best possible circumstances to avoid an accident — incredibly powerful brakes, obstruction-free vision, excellent handling and very efficient tires.  Knowing how to avoid common motorcycle accident situations can mean the difference between injury and death. Be familiar with general motorcycle safety The best way to reduce the risk of being injured in a motorcycle accident is to educate yourself on motorcycle safety in general.  In fact, if you are a new motorcyclist, it is highly recommended that you complete a basic course in riding.  Also, be sure to invest in appropriate safety gear. Bright colors will help other drivers on the roadway to see you, which could also help in avoiding some of the common motorcycle accident situations.  Two of the most common situations are when a car turns left

Common Motorcycle Accident Scenarios

Motorcyclists are well aware of the serious risks of being involved in potentially catastrophic accidents.  A recent motorcycle accident in San Diego demonstrates how, even the most careful motorcyclists can suffer debilitating injuries.  A San Diego City College student lost a limb after being struck by an automobile while on his motorcycle.  So, what can motorcyclists do to avoid such injuries?  Being familiar with some of the common motorcycle accident scenarios may be a first step. When a car turns left in front of you One of the most common accident scenarios occurs when a car unexpectedly turns left in front of a motorcyclist.  Automobile drivers often have a tough time estimating the speed of a motorcyclist, or simply do not see a motorcycle on the roadway at all.  The trick to avoiding these types of accidents is to pay attention to the other drivers around you.  If you can anticipate the potential accident, you may be able to adjust your direction and speed, in order t

Most Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries?

Catastrophic injuries are a very unique type of injury.  They are more serious and often result in permanent injuries or even disabilities.  In addition to physical injuries, catastrophic injuries can be emotional and economic.  They most often have a more significant impact on the victim and the victim’s family.  Catastrophic injuries can be the result of trauma or a serious disease or illness. For instance, the body’s impact against a hard surface or exposure to fire can cause catastrophic injuries. Traumatic catastrophic injuries include burn injuries, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries resulting in paralysis, organ damage, broken bones, and amputations. What makes an injury catastrophic? While there is no standard legal definition of catastrophic injury, it is generally agreed that a catastrophic injury is one that severely injures someone and leads to long-term, if not permanent, disability or disfigurement. Catastrophic injuries typically require a difficult recovery,