The breaks didn’t work

Not sure who to go to and ask about this, so I’m just going to post it here. What do you do if you’ve caused a car accident but it wasn’t your fault?

That probably sounds ridiculous, but I swear, that’s what’s happened to me recently. I was driving down the road and someone stopped suddenly in front of me and I crashed into them. So far, sounds like my fault. But it wasn’t. The car in front of me stopped because the light changed to red really quickly. I wasn’t expecting it, but I was driving at a pretty safe distance. But when I hit the breaks, the car didn’t respond. Or not right away at least. I felt the breaks grab after a second, but it was that second that led to the collision. And now…

Now, I’m in trouble. The cop who responded to the call didn’t believe my story. And my insurance doesn’t believe me either. The guy whose car I hit wasn’t the nicest guy in the world, and he doesn’t believe me either. Nor do my parents. Nor do my friends, who all laughed at my story and said I was making it up.

So no one believes me. But it is true. I swear it is. The breaks didn’t catch until it was too late.

The cop says I was on my phone texting and that is the reason, which just isn’t true. My phone was out, yes, but it was on the passenger seat. I won’t deny that sometimes I do text and drive. I know I shouldn’t, but everyone does sometimes. Sometimes you have to get back to someone.

But I wasn’t doing it just then. I actually had both hands on the wheel and I was facing forward. I hit the breaks when I should. I shouldn’t be at fault.

Of course, because of my driving record, no one believes me. I’ve had a few crashes, all minor, and usually due at least partly to me. I’ll admit that. But this one wasn’t.

As I said, this is important because I’m in trouble now. My insurance is dropping me. I may lose my license. If I lose my license, I’ll lose my job. I don’t have the money that my insurance is saying I’ll have to pay to fix my car and this other guy’s. And that guy isn’t willing to cut any deal. I don’t have the money, and I may not have a job, so I won’t be able to get the money.

What do I do? Is there anyone out there who has an idea? I’ve looked at lawyers, but I’m afraid to take that step. Maybe just because no one else has believed me. But probably because I’m afraid they’ll take what little money I have and run.

I may not have a choice, though. I may have to find a lawyer now. I just don’t see any other way out.

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General Causes of Car Accidents

Car accidents often include enough force to injure someone and destroy property. Aside from the risk to life, injuries and property damages translate to financial burdens. There are the medical costs of injuries and the repair costs of property damages, and there is the possibility of lost wages for losing time at work because of the physical limitations sustained from the accidents.
Also, according to the website of the Chicago car accident lawyers of Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, those who have been hurt in car accidents, especially those that have been caused by someone else’s recklessness or negligence, may have legal options. So, if you have involved an innocent party in your car accident, you have further financial damages, in the form of legal fees and monetary compensations.
The best way to avoid car accidents and their associated financial burdens is road safety, but before that, it is important to know the general causes of car accidents, so you actually have an idea what you are trying to prevent.

Driver Error or Recklessness

Drivers control the vehicles, so it is not surprising that they are some of the primary causes of car accidents. Driver factors can generally be divided into two – error and recklessness. Errors are legitimate driving mistakes, such as failing to use the turn signal or negotiate a curve during a turn. Recklessness involves reckless behaviors in the road, often intentional, like drunk driving and speeding.

Auto Defects

Defects in the vehicle or its parts can also cause accidents, especially if the parts involved are brake systems, door latches, seatbelts, and tires. Designers and manufacturers should be responsible for this, but not solely, because drivers should also maintain their vehicle to prevent wear and tear and inspect them from time to time for possible defects.

Auto Design

The design of the vehicle can also contribute in triggering car accidents. For example, narrow and long vehicles, such as SUV’s and vans, have higher centers of gravity, so they are more likely to rollover. If the driver is not aware of this, he or she may be particularly vulnerable of rolling over, especially during a turning maneuver.

Dangerous Conditions

Dangerous road and weather conditions are some of the most overlooked driving hazards. Conditions such as slippery roads and fog blankets can affect tire traction and road visibility, while defects such as malfunctioning traffic lights can create right-of-way problems.

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Nursing Home Abuse

As our loved ones reach a certain age, there comes a time when they might need to move to an assisted living facility. Many of these facilities are wonderful and can help residents live happy and healthy lives and provide peace of mind for their families. However, some of these facilities prove to be harmful places, in which the elderly are subject to tragedies such as theft, molestation, or abuse. Nursing home abuse is a tragedy that no family should have to face, yet these occurrences happen every day to some of the most vulnerable victims. These occurrences cannot go ignored and families should be vigilant and wary when entrusting a caretaker with their loved one.

According to the website of the Abel Law Firm, some warning signs family members should be on the lookout for include:

  • Staff members who are unwilling to answer questions or let you tour certain areas
  • Unexplained bruises, cuts, or other injuries on your loved one
  • Deterioration in your loved one’s health not explained by pre-existing conditions
  • Signs of trauma in your loved one (regressive behavior, sudden aggression, social withdrawal)
  • Unnecessary restraints or overmedication

These signs should always be investigated, as they could serve as red flags that alert family to a greater tragedy that is occurring in a place they considered to be intrinsically safe.

The website of the Sheboygan personal injury lawyers at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® notes that “although nursing home abuse can take many different forms, the challenges that elderly residents may face as a result of any type of abuse can be devastating.” This behavior can be extremely harmful and traumatic for the victim and the victim’s family. It cannot be tolerated and anyone who learns of this should seek legal representation and prevent anyone else from suffering any further.

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Explosion Accidents

Explosions are generally things we associate with action movies or war zones, not threats we expect to face in our everyday lives. However for some, these far away or fictional threats become all too real. Some work in workplaces which process or produce substances that pose a risk of combustion. Others can find themselves at risk for an explosion in their own homes. Though these are not the most common occurrences, explosion accidents do occur and the effects can be devastating. Victims can be badly burned and find their homes or property destroyed in the blink of an eye. Many of these accidents are life threating or deadly. It is important to know all the areas in which one is at risk for experience an explosion that is anything but a Hollywood illusion. Anyone concerned for their safety should be aware of these risks.

According to the website of the some of the more common examples of explosion accidents are: propane explosions, industrial explosions, commercial fires, home fires, home explosions, and vehicle explosions and fires. The website of the Law Offices of Yvonne Fraser also lists oil and gas fires and chemical plants as more common areas for explosions that could result in severe injuries.

An Appleton personal injury lawyer will probably know that explosions can lead to some of the most severe injuries that a person can experience. There is little one can do to prepare and protect themselves for such an accidents, and therefore the effects are often devastating. It can take many years to recover from these injuries, and some may never be the same. Sometimes, these severe and life altering accidents are simply due to unfortunate circumstances. Sometimes, however, they are due to the carelessness or neglect of another. If this is the case, the victim of such an accident may be owed certain damages.

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Motorcycle Accidents

The roads can be a dangerous place for anyone operating a motor vehicle. Accidents happen every day and even the most cautious drivers can find themselves the victim of unfortunate circumstances. Road accidents remain a leading cause of injury and death in the United States. However, some motor vehicles offer more protection than others. Louisville personal injury attorneys would probably tell you that while motorcycles have always been a classically cool and stylish way to travel, they offer far less protection on the road than cars or trucks. Therefore, motorcycle accidents can be far more dangerous then accidents which do not involve this mode of transportation. It is important to understand the potential dangers for common motorcycle accidents to know how best to avoid them.

Motorcycle accidents are more likely to happen between a motorcycle and another vehicle than multiple motorcycles. Common examples of this are trucking accidents and drunk driving accidents. According to the website of the personal injury attorneys of Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC, “some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents for which other motorists can be held liable include: failing to yield the right of way, driving recklessly, not checking before making turns, and failing to stop at red lights or stop signs.” Defects within the vehicle or road defects can also cause unfortunate accidents at no fault to the driver.

Motorcycle accidents are far more likely to result in death than any other type of roadway accidents. The safety measures that are consistently provided in cars, trucks, and other motor vehicles are not found in motorcycles, which leave the driver completely exposed to outside elements. Sometimes, these tragic and traumatic accidents are simply due to unfortunate circumstances. Sometimes, however, they are due to the carelessness or neglect of another. If this is the case, the victim of such an accident may be owed certain damages.

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