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Raising Teen Driver Awareness with “5 to Drive” Campaign

Published on Oct 19, 2016 at 11:00 am in Auto Accident.

This week’s a big week for driving safety advocates around the United States. It’s National Teen Driver Safety Week and Operation Safe Driver Week. As a Louisville, Kentucky legal practice that’s passionate about keeping our local roadways as safe as possible, we felt this week was the perfect time to discuss the importance of both campaigns.

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Operation Safe Driver Week is a campaign to put an end to unsafe driving behaviors by commercial motor vehicle drivers as well as passenger vehicle drivers. During the week of October 16-22nd, law enforcement agencies throughout all of North America will take part in heightened traffic safety enforcement and education aimed to combat unsafe driving behaviors.

National Teen Driver Safety Week is a campaign that was started by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). During the week of October 16th-22nd, parents and educators around the nation will do everything they can to encourage young drivers to prioritize safety while behind the wheel. This encouragement can take the form of educational activities and pamphlets or individual conversations we can each have with the teenagers in our lives.

NHTSA Investigates a Fatal Crash Involving a Vehicle Driving Itself on Autopilot

Published on Jul 14, 2016 at 2:52 pm in Auto Accident, Auto Product Liability.

A fatal accident occurring in Williston, Florida on May 7 is now under investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Joshua Brown, a 40-year-old man from Canton, Ohio, died when his Tesla Model S electric sedan crashed into the side of a tractor-trailer. The car was in self-driving mode and failed to apply the brakes when the tractor-trailer made a left turn in front of the vehicle. Federal regulators, who are in the early stages of setting guidelines for autonomous vehicles, have opened a formal investigation into the incident. This is the first known fatal accident involving a vehicle controlling itself by means of computer software, sensors, cameras, and radar.

Understanding Comparative Fault

Published on Jun 30, 2016 at 12:47 pm in Auto Accident.

Car accident lawyers are often asked, “What does comparative fault mean?” To answer generally, comparative fault is partial legal defense that can limit the amount of recoverable damages a plaintiff can seek in a claim, based on the degree to which the plaintiff’s acted negligently, contributing to cause the injury.

How a Smartphone Can Save Your Life During a Car Accident

Published on May 3, 2016 at 10:05 pm in Auto Accident.

Whether you have an Android or iPhone, there’s no denying the fact that smartphones make our lives infinitely easier while on the go. Help is only a quick key press away during any emergency, and GPS tracking makes it possible for family members and emergency response vehicles to locate their loved ones during a crisis. A mobile phone can mean the difference between life and death at times.

Top 10 Mistakes Made After a Car Accident

Published on Apr 26, 2016 at 10:10 pm in Auto Accident.

Being involved in a car accident is a traumatic experience that only becomes increasingly stressful if legal concerns are raised at any time. Whether you decide to file a lawsuit against the other driver or file a countersuit, there’s one undeniable fact—filing a lawsuit is complicated. Sometimes the smallest oversight or mistake can completely ruin a case, and the only way to avoid these mistakes is to be aware of them in the first place.

At Thomas Law Offices we’ve seen our share of mistakes made during personal injury lawsuits of all types, but what about mistakes made specifically during a car accident case?

We decided to come up with a list. Here are the top 10 mistakes made when filing a car accident lawsuit:

 

  1. Not going to the hospital right away

During the chaos of an accident, it’s easy to assume you’re not injured—especially once adrenaline kicks in. It’s never a good idea to wait to seek medical aid after a car accident, however. You never know when an injury is worse than it looks or feels, and some injury symptoms like whiplash take hours or days to fully present themselves.

Furthermore, waiting to seek medical aid can look extremely negative on any insurance claim or legal form. Waiting implies your injuries aren’t very serious. This is the exact opposite impression you want to give if you’re seeking legal or financial compensation.