Motor vehicle accidents are the most common causes of personal injuries and wrongful deaths. According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 30,000 deaths occurred in the United States in 2011 due to automobile crashes. While automobile travel has become markedly safer with time it remains an unfortunate reality that accidents do occur and you or loved ones can be injured in the process. Knowing your rights to fair and just compensation is essential when dealing with the at-fault driver’s insurance carrier representative who is trained to minimize your injuries to maximize insurance company profits.
Texting and Driving
With the rise of smart-phone use in the United States during the past 10 years distracted driving has become a major health hazard impacting all Americans. Studies have shown that in the 5 seconds it takes to send a text a car traveling at 55 miles per hour travels the length of an entire football field. Moreover, texting drivers are 23 times as likely to be involved in a car accident. The numbers do not lie. Distracted driving is a real issue that injures and kills people every single year in automobile crashes. Texting is now the root cause of 25% of automobile crashes and a teenager dies every 11 seconds in the United States in a text related automobile crash.
If you or a loved one is involved in a texting related automobile crash, immediate action is required. Evidence to prove the at-fault driver was on his/her phone at the time of the collision is needed. Legal preservation of this evidence is required. We at Harrington, Thompson, Acker & Harrington, Ltd. have the first hand experience in obtaining such critical evidence to support your case and potentially provide you or a loved one with access to the compensation needed to be made whole as the result of a tragic injury.
Uninsured and Underinsured Motorists
Unfortunately, many drivers fail to maintain the minimum levels of liability insurance. To protect drivers who are injured in accidents caused by uninsured motorists, several states require drivers to maintain uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage as part of their basic automobile insurance.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to another driver’s negligence, it is important to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. With over 175 years of combined legal experience, we have the expertise to successfully handle even the most complex motor vehicle accident case. To schedule a free consultation to discuss your case, contact Harrington, Thompson, Acker & Harrington, Ltd. today