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The Coolest Job, Ever

Posted by on Apr 30, 2019 in Car Accidents | 0 comments

Do you remember being asked what you wanted to be when you grew up, as a child? I certainly do. It was a question that even at a young age, filled me with existential dread. I was always worried that I would pick the wrong job and hate my life.

Thankfully, I picked a career that I love. The cliche that if you pick a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life worked out for me. But I wasn’t always so confident. Graduating from elementary school wasn’t the end of the existential crises I experienced. A few years ago, when I was still trying to decide on different career paths, I found out about a pretty interesting option.

When a car accident happens, victims are ushered as quickly as possible to hospitals and emergency rooms to take care of injuries. Soon, their damaged cars and belongings are carted off to storage units or to the victims’ homes.

But vehicles almost always leave behind skid marks and physical evidence. According to this website for a law firm named Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton, LLP, some people work to analyze car accident sites. They are called car accident reconstruction experts.

By analyzing debris and site crashes, including photos from police reports, car accident reconstruction experts employ principles of engineering to determine details of the speed, course, and collision of the vehicles involved in accidents. This knowledge can be used to argue liability or responsibility for crashes.

For this reason, car accident reconstruction experts are often contracted by personal injury lawyers. Lawyers will hire the experts to examine their clients’ accidents and make educated assumptions about the crash. The information is crucial for cases relying on details about speeding or vehicle malfunctions.

From my research, it appears that the job of an accident reconstruction experts is easier and more detail-oriented than it used to be. Now, many reconstruction experts use 3D scanning technology to document evidence such as the exact location of a broken barrier or a pothole that played a role in the accident.

Old-fashioned investigations are still necessary to the job, though. Interviewing witnesses on the street or drivers and passengers is a common starting point for reconstruction experts. This way, they can have somewhere to begin as they try to replicate the crash in either a written record. Complex consultants even go so far so to recreate the crash through digital simulations, sometimes.

I think this job is so cool. You basically get to play detective and solve a case. However, the stakes are much lower and many experts work for themselves as consultants hired on by personal injury lawyers. Using and adapting to new technology is exciting, as well.

The reason I was not able to ever work as a car accident reconstruction expert is my lack of engineering experience. The mathematics involved in determining speed, path, and angle of collisions is something in which I have no experience. Perhaps if I could do it all over, I would study in my math classes a little harder. Then I could have become a reconstruction expert!

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We need a new bus driver

Posted by on Oct 2, 2017 in Car Accidents | 0 comments

I want to sue a school bus, but I don’t know how to go about it. My daughter rides the bus every day to school, we live outside Detroit, it’s a nice area, the streets are safe, people are mostly polite drivers, and yet this driver seems to just not be with it. I constantly see her stopping suddenly or speeding up too much in our neighborhood. I’ve had conversations with her about it, and while she always acts respectful, she doesn’t ever change.

Well, now my daughter has a sore neck, and about 99 to 1, it’s this woman’s fault. She stopped particularly suddenly on the way back from school yesterday when she was of course already going too fast and one of our neighbors, a nice old lady who doesn’t pay that much attention to what’s going on around her, walked into the street to check her mail. Thankfully, she wasn’t hurt, and there was no accident, but my daughter’s neck has been aching since last night, and I think it’s time someone scared the school district into firing this driver.

My daughter has had a headache and been unable to sleep. I had to take the day off work and take her to her doctor, who said that yes, it probably was due to the strain of stopping quickly, that the symptoms matched.

I don’t know how much you have to be suing for in order to get the case heard. I’m looking around at lawyers—these guys claim to deal with bus accidents, so that’s a start—and I hope when I find one, I can get a decent answer on what I should do to get this process started. Can I sue for $1? Or can I sue because I missed out on work? I could make a case that cost me quite a bit since I own my own businesses and today could have been productive if I’d been able to go in.

I don’t really care about the money, as you can see, but I do want this driver gone. I personally don’t have any problem with her. I hope she goes on to be very successful somewhere, doing whatever she wants, I just don’t want her driving my streets and driving my kids.

Oh, I called the school about this, and they gave me the typical run around about how they understood my concern and they would look into it. Basically, they just pushed the situation off, and they’ll probably never do anything unless of course, someone is threatening a lawsuit.

I plan to make a big stink about this. I’m not only writing this post, but I’m also going to draft a letter for the local paper and the neighborhood newsletter.

It’s times like this I wish I’d become a lawyer. Then I could take care of all this on my own.

This is just so frustrating.

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Cellular Phone Use and Texting While Driving Laws in the U.S.

Posted by on Jan 5, 2017 in Car Accidents | 0 comments

The National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) and the National Safety Council (NSC) say that 2015 is most likely the deadliest driving year for Americans since 2008 due to the rise in motor vehicle deaths. About 38,300 people were killed on U.S. roads, while 4.4 million were seriously injured (road fatality in 2014 was 32,675).

The dramatic increase in the number of cars on the road, one of the effects of gas prices going down, is one of the key factors for the rise in road fatalities, according to the NSC. And, with more cars on the road, were also more incidences of alcohol-impaired driving, speeding, people failing to buckle up, and many more instances of distracted driving.

Distracted driving, specifically, refers to any form of activity that takes a driver’s attention away from the primary task of driving. This bad road behavior takes many forms, including, but definitely not limited to, eating and/or drinking, cell phone use and texting while driving, smoking, and adjusting the radio. Since the introduction of cell phones, however, and now, the expansion of smartphone functions and wider use of social media platforms, driving distractions have donned a new front and it makes threats to road safety appear fun and exciting. Many drivers today, especially teens and young adult drivers, not only read, send and/or reply to texts while driving, but also send emails, snap selfies, conduct video chats, shoot videos, and use Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Snapchat; some even watch YouTube videos while driving, practically believing that they can drive and do anything else safely.

Despite differences of states laws on cell phone use, one thing is the same anywhere: there are no current laws, in any state, that ban all cell phone use for all drivers. Below is the cellular phone use and texting while driving laws in the U.S. (from the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) (

Hand-held Cell Phone Use Ban: 14 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands prohibit all drivers from using hand-held cell phones while driving.

All Cell Phone ban: No state bans all cell phone use for all drivers, but 37 states and D.C. ban all cell phone use by novice or teen drivers, and 20 states and D.C. prohibit any cell phone use for school bus drivers.

Text Messaging ban: 46 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands ban text messaging for all drivers.

Despite the bans on texting and cellphone use while driving, so many drivers refuse to be dissuaded from texting and using their cell phone while behind the wheel. The state of New Jersey, in particular, where distracted driving has been the top cause of fatal crashes for five straight years (2010 – 2014), saw the need to raise fines for talking or texting on hand-held wireless communication devices to discourage and stop anyone from further violating the ban on cell phone use.

Well, let’s face it. Many driver may see the figures above as nothing more than just statistical data provided by lawyers. However, for those who have actually been hurt in a car accident and know fully well how their injuries have altered the way they live, making a statistical impression would be a thing they would rather have erased if only time could be turned back. If you are driving, just drive, therefore, before you get involved in something you’ll be sorry for, for a very long time.

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Motorcycle Riding Safety Tips

Posted by on Aug 10, 2016 in Car Accidents | 0 comments

When you are out riding your bike, it can be easy to lose focus especially with all the sights that you will see as you go towards your destination. Motorcycles provide an easy way to cut through traffic and reach your destination quickly. Even so, your safety should still be your priority. Of all the vehicles, motorcycles are the most prone to accidents. According to the website of Abel Law Firm, motorcycle accidents can result to serious and fatal injuries.

Driving a motorcycle is one of the fun things you can do but one of the most dangerous as well. You will never know what will happen when you are out on the road so it is better to be safe than sorry. Here are some safety tips you need to bear in mind when riding a motorcycle:

Wear the proper gear

By wearing the proper motorcycle gear, you can reduce the risk of a motorcycle accident. At the same time, it offers protection from distractions such as bugs, heat, debris, and weather.

Helmet. A helmet serves as the most important piece of gear. It protects you from head injuries, windblast, cold and flying objects. A helmet that protects the whole face is recommended.

Gloves. Gloves help protect your hands. Whenever you fall off the motorcycle, the first thing you do is extend your hands to protect your fall. Instead of breaking your hand, you are likely to come away with just a few scratches.
Boots. Boots protects your foot and ankle from injuries and also gives you a good grip on footpegs and road surfaces.

Jacket & Pants. The jackets and pants helps protect you against sunburn, road rash & winduburn. Wear light colors or reflectives to increase your visibility especially at night.

Be as comfortable as you can

Comfort is an important consideration when riding a motorcycle. The height of the handlebars, seat paddings, leg positioning is important in ensuring a great ride for you.

Riding a motorcycle is fun but all that will change when you get involved in an accident with another vehicle. Always consider your safety and you can have fun with your bike for as long as you want.

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