What You Need to Know About Slip-and Fall Injuries.

Slip-and-fall injuries are not only common, but they also can lead to substantial problems for those who are hurt. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 17,000 people die, and more than 1 million people suffer injuries due to slip-and-fall accidents every year.
Common Causes of Slip-and-Fall Injuries

  1. Walking — Simply walking can result in injury, whether you trip over a broken piece of concrete, slip on icy pavement or fall after catching your foot on a broken floor surface.
  2. Dangerous conditions — Conditions on a piece of property may make it unsafe for people to be there. Also, the person harmed must not have been able to anticipate the dangerous condition under the circumstances. When a dangerous condition exists, the property owner can be held liable for the damages someone else suffers because of a slip-and-fall.

Known Defects
Property owners have to take reasonable steps to ensure they correct known defects. Knowing about a problem and not addressing it in time can make them liable.
If you or a loved one have suffered from an injury and have been thinking about filing a claim, Joe and Martin can help you. Call us at (843) 357-8888 to discuss your rights and legal options during a FREE, comprehensive case evaluation.

What are the Real Dangers of Truck Accidents?

According to Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety, 100,000 people are injured and 4,000 are killed every year in truck accidents. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 33,736 people were killed in auto accidents in 2016. While truck accidents make up only a small portion of that number, these accidents can be more serious. That means an alarming number of accidents involving commercial vehicles result in serious or fatal injury. In fact, it is less common for those in smaller vehicles to walk away from a truck accident injury free. This makes collisions involving big rigs more dangerous than most other types.
Truck accidents sometimes result in:

  1. Head and brain injury
  2. Neck and spinal cord injury
  3. Broken bones
  4. Death

These injuries can require intensive medical treatment followed by months, years and, in some cases, a lifetime of rehabilitation therapy. Some truck accident injuries make working difficult or impossible and many can alter quality of life.
If you or a loved one have suffered from an injury and have been thinking about filing a claim, Joe and Martin can help you. Call us at (843) 357-8888 to discuss your rights and legal options during a FREE, comprehensive case evaluation.

Did You Know Frustrated Drivers Cause More Auto Accidents?

Frustrated drivers can cause an auto accident in traffic easier than any other driver. You already know that you shouldn’t be driving when you are intoxicated, distracted, or overly tired. But you might not realize your mood can impair you’re driving and might cause you to cause an accident. Driving while frustrated can lead you to make poor decisions behind the wheel. Some of the risks associated with frustrated driving include:

  1. Slower reaction times making you a dangerous driver;
  2. Making risky moves to get ahead in traffic – i.e., cutting several lanes at a time, not leaving enough space when changing lanes, or driving on the shoulder;
  3. Losing the ability to perform driving skills that require precise timing – i.e., merging onto the freeway or adjusting speed with traffic.

Being frustrated is a common state of mind for many drivers. Some of the most frequent cause of road frustration are:

  1. Slow Drivers
  2. Long Commutes
  3. Crowded Areas
  4. Texting and Driving
  5. Rude Drivers

“I was frustrated” isn’t an excuse for getting into an accident. But, there are steps you can take to reduce your frustration on your drive.

  1. Leave extra time for your commute: If you find yourself feeling like you’re rushing to get to work or other places on time, try factoring in some extra time so that if something comes up and you are held up in traffic, you won’t become anxious.
  2. Find something that calms you down: Take deep breaths, count to 10, listen to music – do something that will help you relax without taking your attention off the road.
  3. Find a less stressful route: If you are always stressed out on the route you take, try taking another route. Even if it happens to be slightly longer, it might end up being faster because there is less traffic.
  4. Don’t engage with an aggressive driver: If a driver honks, yells, or flips you off – don’t retaliate. When you retaliate, you are more likely to make both you and the other driver more frustrated.

When you start to become frustrated while driving, do your best to calm down. You can’t control traffic, but you can control your reaction.

6 Mistakes That Could Potentially Ruin Your Personal Injury Case

  1. Failing to call the police: If you have been in an accident that another driver has caused you must call the police. Although they might try to convince you not to, the police report is vital to your personal injury case. This is because it is one of the best ways to demonstrate that you were not at fault. Without that police report, the other driver might try to manipulate the truth when speaking to their insurance company to try to appear not at fault.
  2. Falling to seek medical attention: If you feel like your injuries are minor you still need to seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Medical documentation is very important to your injury claim. If you wait too long to see a doctor, the insurance companies may argue that you couldn’t have been hurt that seriously and don’t deserve to be compensated or they might say that you got your injuries a different way.
  3. Failing to be honest with your doctor: Answer all of your doctor’s questions as honestly as possible. Don’t try to hide any previous injuries or illnesses, as this can both impact the quality of the care you receive and harm your legal case.
  4. Missing any of your doctor’s appointment: During your personal injury case, your medical records can be accessed by the insurance companies. These records will contain information about any missed appointments and this information can be used as evidence against you.
  5. Neglecting to take prescribed medications: Not taking the medication prescribed to you is a lot like missing your doctor’s appointments. This demonstrate a lack of commitment to recovery and could severely harm your claim.
  6. Ending medical treatment prematurely: If you decide to stop your medical treatment too early, insurance companies may argue that you must be completely recovered from the accident. Also, if, for some reason, there is a large period of time between your treatments, the insurers may argue that you could have recovered from your initial injury and may now be seeking treatment for an unrelated injury.

If you or a loved one has suffered a car accident injury and have been thinking about filing a claim, Joe and Martin can help you. Call us at (843) 357-8888 to discuss your rights and legal options during a FREE, comprehensive case evaluation.

Rear End Accident

Who is at fault for a rear-end collision?

Who is at fault for a rear-end collision?

When you think of who is at fault for a rear-end collision, you normally think that it is the car behind you that is at fault. While this is most likely the case, it is not always 100% true. The circumstances of the accident will end up determining who is truly at-fault. Sometimes the car in front can be considered responsible. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident, it is important to speak with an attorney. An attorney can help establish liability, but also ensure that the other party does not try to hold you accountable for something that wasn’t your fault.
At times, the front diver can be at-fault. This is because that driver could have hit their brakes suddenly which did not give the car behind them enough time to stop. Generally, the rear driver should be following far enough behind to avoid a rear-end collision. But sometimes, at high speeds, if the car in front does stop without warning, there isn’t a distance that is far enough to avoid it. The front driver could also have burned out brake lights – this would also leave them at-fault.
Road hazards can play a role in determining who is at-fault too. Say you hit a pothole and you end up losing control and hit another vehicle or another vehicle could hit you. In this situation, it isn’t your fault or the other drivers –  it is instead the fault of whoever maintains the road. The maintainer would then be responsible for any damages that result from that accident.
If you or a loved one has suffered a car accident injury and have been thinking about filing a claim, Joe and Martin can help you. Call us at (843) 357-8888 to discuss your rights and legal options during a FREE, comprehensive case evaluation.

Road Conditions Accidents

When Road Conditions Cause Accidents, Who is at Fault?

When road conditions cause an accident, who is at fault?

Poor road conditions can lead to devastating accidents.Determining who is liable for these damages is not always an easy task. You must prove that the road conditions were unsafe and that the government agency or third party responsible for the road conditions was negligent.
Who is responsible for the road maintenance?
The city, county, or state typically maintains the roads. Some private roads are maintained by the homeowners. There are different responsibilities that go to different agencies – sometimes multiple agencies. For example, the state could be responsible for potholes and paving roads, but the city is responsible for plowing and de-icing.
How do you prove negligence? 
Once you figure out who was responsible for maintaining the road, you must prove that they were negligent. This means that the responsible party had plenty of time to repair the road but failed to do it. For example, the city had to cut back on funding for repairs which caused the road to deteriorate. If the accident happened because of this, they could be negligent.
If you or a loved one has suffered from a road condition related accident and have been thinking about filing a claim, Joe and Martin can help you. Call us at (843) 357-8888 to discuss your rights and legal options during a FREE, comprehensive case evaluation.

Why Should You Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer

If you have been involved in a car accident that has resulted in a personal injury or monetary loss because of it, you should hire a personal injury lawyer. While you could file your own personal injury claim against an insurance company yourself, they could try to reduce compensation and deny your claim. A personal injury attorney can help you combat an auto insurance company and their lawyers. They can effectively handle the legal work for you and act as your advocate through the duration of your case.
Now that you’ve decided that you want to hire a personal injury lawyer, here’s a few tips to use so that you hire the RIGHT personal injury attorney:

  1. Find an attorney that specializes in your type of case -There are many different areas of personal injury lawyers. Make sure you choose one that focuses on the area you’re dealing with like an auto accident or a slip and fall.
  2. Research the attorney’s reputation – see what others have to say about the lawyer online and if you can, directly from other clients.
  3. Ask about the attorney’s case load – you don’t want someone who isn’t dedicated to your case because they are spread out to thin.

Safe Driving Tips for Cars with Motorcycles on the Road

More than 4,956 motorcyclists were killed in 2015 according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. With a sizeable increase in the number of motorcycles on the road in recent years, drivers must practice safer driving while sharing the road. Here are three things you can do to help keep the motorcyclists safe as well as yourself:
#1 –  Check your blind spots
Not checking your blind spots is the number one reason for accidents involving motor vehicles. Because motorcycles are smaller than most vehicles on the road they can be harder to spot while changing lanes. Looking for larger cars is your first instinct, but a motorcycle and the rider tend to blend in and make them harder to spot. Take your time when changing lanes and pay special attention to your blind spots.
#2 –  Give them the whole lane
Although motorcycles take up less space than a car, they are still legally allowed to have their own lane of traffic. You must move completely into the next lane to pass. There is no reason to pass in the same lane as a motorcycle, even if it looks like there is enough room. Sharing a lane is an accident waiting to happen and it could be your fault.
#3 –  Treat motorcycle turn signals with extra caution
Cars have self-cancelling turn signals, but many motorcycles on the road don’t. So that means if you notice that a motorcycle is driving with their turn signal active for a long distance, increase the distance between the two of you to ensure you have enough time to react when they do turn.

Road Debris: In the way on the way

Imagine you’re driving to a friend’s place, it’s dark, and you suddenly approach a large tree branch in the road. How do you react? Do you slam on your brakes, risking who’s behind you possibly rear-ending you? Do you swerve left into oncoming traffic? Or right and possibly into a ditch?
With only a split second to decide, it makes sense how road debris causes over 25,000 crashes and 80 fatalities per year in North America. ([Crash Course in Collision Prevention and Preparation, Now Available | AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety](https://www.aaafoundation.org/crash-course-collision-prevention-and-preparation-now-available?button=vrrdFS))
And if a static tree branch doesn’t scare you, understand that most road debris actually moves. If other cars on the road drive past or come into contact with road debris, that same object may be moving when you get closer, making it even more difficult to determine what you should do to avoid it. Now, you must not only judge how you should maneuver your vehicle, but how you should maneuver it with respect to another moving object.
The true culprit, however, isn’t always the environment. It’s us! Blown tires, mufflers, bumpers, or cargo like mattresses, firewood, or bicycles that fall off cars are extremely tricky to steer around. Even if you’re an advanced driver you can never be sure how something is going to bounce. With other cars on the road and distractions you’re already dealing with like a phone or a child, lost cargo can be absolutely fatal.
That being said, we each need to do our part to not contribute to road debris. Here are some things you can do to keep our roads safer:
* Always uses ropes, straps, and chains to hold down items. Don’t trust the weight of an object or flimsy materials like bungee cords or string.
* Always anchor your ropes. If you’re going to spend the time tying your cargo down, finish the job correctly by tying a knot on something sturdy.
* Use a bowline, Truckers Hitch, and Double Fisherman’s Bend to secure your cargo.
* Try to keep cargo below the top edge of the truck bed.
* Be sure all bags, boxes, and containers are 100% closed.
* Cover loose items.
And if you are following someone who’s carrying a large assortment of cargo, give them another car length of space. This way you’ll have a bit more time to react should something fly off.
Joe and Martin Injury Attorneys is committed to keeping our roads safe and representing those who have been a victim when it’s not. If your auto accident was caused by someone else’s negligence to properly secure their cargo on the road, we are here for you. Call Joe and Martin Injury Attorneys at (843)357-8888 or visit us at joeandmartin.com.

4 of the most Dangerous Types of Accidents

Truly, all types of automobile accident can be fatal. Below are some of the types of car or truck accidents that are often the most injury causing, life changing, and fatal.

Head-On Collisions
Beginning with the most dramatic, head-on crashes need no introduction. Head-on collisions make an example of Newtons Third Law: for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. If two cars traveling toward one another, both traveling at 40 mph, crash— the resulting impact will be comparable to the impact of a crash at 80 mph. Head on collisions are considered the most fatal of the list.

T-Bone Accidents
T-bone accidents are dubbed so because of the shape two vehicles make when the front of one hits the side of another. These side impact collisions normally take place in intersections. They are especially dangerous because the sides of cars provide considerably less protection than the front and back of a car. Because there is no engine or trunk space in-between you and the other car, the side is an extremely vulnerable position to be hit.

A collision involving two cars is bad enough, but instances do occur when drivers don’t notice or cannot avoid an accident happening in front or around them which results in vehicles piling up on top of one another. This is particularly dangerous because it makes it more difficult for those involved in the accident to escape as well as introduces them to more hazards like flying debris, fires, or explosions.

Larger vehicles like SUVs, vans, and pick-up trucks are more likely to roll over than smaller cars, but rolling a vehicle is a threat to any make and model. Fast, sharp turns or overcorrections made due to drivers trying to avoid a hazard in front of them are typically the cause of rollovers. Rolling over means even less control over your vehicle when crashing and makes abandoning your vehicle much more difficult.

If you or someone you know has been in any of these kinds of collisions, we can help you during this hard time. Call an experience lawyer to fight for you while you fight to recover.

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