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Drunk driving facts that may have been factors in your collision

No matter how safe and responsible you act behind the wheel, every time you drive on a South Dakota roadway, you cannot predict with 100 percent accuracy what other drivers are going to do. Part of what makes motor vehicle collisions so devastating is how sudden and unexpected they can be. In fact, even if you notice suspicious driving behavior in another motorist, you may not be able to react swiftly and safely enough to avoid a crash.

Drunk drivers are menaces to motorists and pedestrians who share their roads. If you suffer because of another person's irresponsible choice to drive while intoxicated, injuries may reach far beyond your physical condition. The emotional and economic losses associated with drunk driving accidents can be just as damaging as physical suffering.

If your loved one died in an accident, what are your options?

Losing a loved one in an accident is a traumatic event. There is nothing that can prepare you for the difficulties of navigating the aftermath of a fatal accident, including the financial losses that often accompany this kind of event. South Dakota families often experience devastation in many areas of their lives and are unsure of how to move forward. 

If you are grieving the loss of a loved one after a fatal accident or other type of personal injury incident, you could be entitled to damages through a civil claim. This will allow your family to recoup certain losses and move forward. These types of claims, however, are time-sensitive, and it is in your interests to move quickly to learn more about how this specific option can benefit your family.

For motorcyclists, auto drivers might pose the biggest hazard

Soon, temperatures will cool down, and if you are a keen motorcyclist in the areas surrounding Spearfish, South Dakota, and Sundance in Wyoming, you will likely take to the roads as much as possible before it becomes too cold. However, you can never be careful enough when you are out riding. Awareness of your surroundings and an understanding of the risks are crucial.

Although there are far fewer motorcycles than automobiles on the roads, a significant percentage of crashes nationwide involves bikes. Statistics also indicate that bikers are more likely to suffer catastrophic or even fatal injuries because motorcycles provide no protection.

Are you worried about drowsy driving? You should be

You already know that drunk driving is dangerous. South Dakota drivers who get behind the wheel while intoxicated usually face steep criminal penalties for their actions, but did you know that other drivers could be just as dangerous? Drowsy drivers are often just as likely to cause a serious accident as someone who is drunk.

This problem is widespread and largely unnoticed. Unlike drinking and driving, you may not associate being sleepy with also being dangerous. After all, most people would take the keys away from an intoxicated friend. But a sleepy friend? Maybe not.

The numerous scenarios in which disaster could strike on the road

Being involved in a motor vehicle accident may rarely be a stress-free experience, and even a minor fender bender can disrupt your daily activities. While you may choose to take measures to avoid a collision, such as remaining alert and aware while driving, you cannot force others to practice such vigilance.

With an ever-increasing number of drivers out on South Dakota roads each day, you may also worry that the chances of encountering a negligent driver are less than favorable. While detecting a possibly hazardous scenario could help you avoid a disaster, it can also prove challenging at times.

Do you know the top 5 causes of truck accidents?

Upwards of 80,000 pounds and 70 to 80 feet long, 18-wheelers make quite an impression on the roadways of South Dakota and elsewhere. If you are like most other motorists, you may tend to increase your speed in order to get around them quickly and may not be comfortable seeing one coming toward you in your rearview mirror.

Your instincts to be wary of these massive vehicles may not be as unfounded as you think. Accidents involving trucks often result in catastrophic injuries for people in smaller vehicles. If you end up in an accident with an 18-wheeler, you will more than likely suffer serious injuries, and your accident may be due to one of five common causes of truck accidents.

What does the law say about being a "reasonable person"?

You may not have seen the other vehicle coming. When it crashed into yours, you may have immediately felt pain or it could have taken a few days before you realized the extent of your injuries. What you do know is that you will be out of work for a significant amount of time, and the medical bills are mounting. 

In addition to dealing with your recovery, you may be dealing with the added stress that comes with the financial losses you are experiencing. You believe that the other driver caused the crash, and his or her insurance company is giving you the run-around. If you decide to take the next step and file a lawsuit, you may wonder how you will show the court that the other person's negligence caused the accident and your injuries.

The legal ins and outs of drowning accidents

Summer will soon be on its way, and with the warmer weather brings outdoor activities like boating and swimming. Safety is a concern for any person engaging in recreational activities, and water activities are no exception. An accident can tragically cut a life short, and when the accident is the result of something that should have been avoidable, it can make it seemingly even more tragic.

Sometimes a drowning incident is a pure accident and no one is to blame. Other times, one or even multiple parties could have contributed to the circumstances that resulted in an individual's drowning. Certain cases, like accidents in public pools, have been known to be caused by lack of oversight or environmental hazards.

When another person's distraction becomes your problem

Have you ever read a book while talking on the phone? Imagine if your friend or loved one, whom you haven't spoken to in a while, calls you to catch up, but you don't want to put down the good book you're reading, so you try to keep reading while having your phone conversation. If your mind feels confused just thinking about multitasking between talking on the phone and reading a book, you're definitely not the only one to have this reaction.

The same type of confusion, stress and difficulty you'd likely experience if you tried to read a book and talk on the phone at the same time is similar to what happens when those driving cars use their cell phones, text or otherwise distract their attentions away from the road. In fact, analysts say it takes approximately five seconds to glance down at a text message while driving, which is comparable to driving across an entire football field with a blindfold over your eyes.

Who is responsible for the damages after a serious dog bite?

If a dog bit you and you suffered an injury, you know that the experience can be traumatic and scary. You may have medical bills as well as pain and suffering. The injuries may have been serious enough that you missed work or spent time in the hospital.

However, you may be reluctant to file a claim to recover your damages, especially if the owner of the dog was a family member or friend. You may be worried that the cost of covering your losses could leave the dog owner in a precarious financial situation. However, many types of insurance that the dog owner is likely to carry should cover your medical and other needs. If your injury is the result of a dog owner's negligence, you are eligible for a full and fair recovery of your damages.

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