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May 2013 Archives

Your West Virginia Personal Injury Case and Social Media

One of the preliminary questions asked to clients when they come to our office is if they use any type of social media.  Sites like Facebook and Twitter are very popular among people of all ages to connect with friends and family.  However, when an individual is involved in a personal injury case, social media habits and usage should change.

Workplace injuries in West Virginia

While many employers in West Virginia follow the rules to keep you safe, some employers cut corners to put profits over people.  When employers violate safety regulations people end up injured.  In West Virginia, after an individual has suffered a workplace injury, the individual has several options.  First, the individual can use the workers' compensation system when they have been hurt on the job. 

Safety Tips for an Enjoyable West Virginia Memorial Day

Memorial day is the unofficial start of summer for most Americans and, more important, a day where we remember the sacrifices so many made for our country.  In celebrating and remembering this memorial day, millions of Americans hit the road, have barbecues, and spend time outdoors with loved ones.  To ensure you have a safe and enjoyable memorial day, here are some safety tips to follow:

Fayette County, WV Car Collision Kills 1

A car collision in Fayette County, West Virginia has claimed the life of a Summers County resident.  The collision occurred around 2:30 p.m. on state Route 61 near Camp Branch Road in Oak Hill, West Virginia.  According to initial police reports, it appears that an individual lost control of his car, crossed the center line and hit the vehicle driven by the Summers County resident head on.  The Summers County resident was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision. 

Cellphones cause many more car collisions than reported

Cellphone are causing more car collisions than are being reported.  In a recent study published by the National Safety Council, it was determined that in 2011, only 52 percent of fatal crashes reviewed by the National Safety Council were coded as involving cell phones.  While driver admission of cell phone use is the most valid way to confirm that a cell phone was involved in a crash, even when drivers admit to using a cell phone during car collisions, only 50 percfent of fatal crashes were coded as involving cell phones.  Based on these finding, the NSC concluded that evidence indicates a substantial underreporting of cellphone involvement in fatal crashes. 

What is underinsured motorist coverage?

In West Virginia, it is mandatory to carry certain types of car insurance.  By law, every driver in West Virginia must carry liability insurance in the amount of $20,000 per person; $40,000 per collision; as well as $10,000 for property damage.  One type of insurance coverage that many drivers are unaware of, and that is not required in West Virginia, is underinsured motorist coverage. 

Pedestrian Safety Tips for West Virginians

Safety is always a top priority.  As the weather gets nicer and people begin doing more outdoor activities, its important to keep pedestrians in mind.  A pediestrian, as defined by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and for the purposes of this post, is any person on foot, walking, running, jogging, hiking, sitting, or lying down who is involved in a motor vehicle traffic crash.  In 2010, 4,280 pedestrians were killed and an estimated 70,000 were injured in traffic crashes.  (Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration).  Also, in 2010, pedestrian deaths accounted for 13 percent of all traffic fatalities and made up 3 percent of all people injured in traffic crashes. 

Traumatic Brain Injuries After a Car Collision

Car collisions can present an individual with many different types of injuries.  One type of injury that can occur after a car collision is a truamatic brain injury.  A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or a penetrating head injury that disprupts the normal function of the brain.  TBI's range in severety from mild to severe.  A mild TBI is often categorized as a brief change in mental status of consciousness while a severe TBI is often categorized as an extended period of unconsciousness or amnesia after the injury. 

Texting while driving offenses on the rise in WV

To curb distracted driving, starting in July 2012, it was against the law to text while driving.  In the ten months since the law took effect, according to the Charleston Gazette, there have been 125 convictions of drivers who texted while driving in West Virginia.  While the overall number of 125 convictions may seem small, when compared to larger neighboring states like Virginia, which had 316 texting while driving offenses, West Virginia's enforcement of the law appears on track. 

Motorcycle Safety in West Virginia

Motorcycle collisions can be very serious and often deadly. As Spring comes into full gear and warm weather and nice days become more frequent, motorcycle enthusiasts are more visibile on our West Virginia roads.   Here are some safety tips for motorcyclists from the US Department of Transportation:

Brain Injuries after Car Collisions

Car wrecks are one of the leading causes of brain injuries in the United States.  50,000 people die annually from traumatic brain injuries, while 230,000 people are hospitalized and survive, and an estimated 80,000-90,000 people experience the onset of long-term disability as a result -- currently, over 5.3 million people are living with disabilities resulting from a TBI.

Do I Have a Personal Injury Case?

You've just suffered an injury from a car collision, medical negligence, work place injury, or other catastrophe.  The bills are starting to pile up, you are trying to recover, and attempting to get back on your feet.  The question arises in your mind of whether or not you have a claim that amounts to a personal injury case. 

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