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Archive for July, 2014
- Paul Walker. The Porsche driven by his friend, was traveling at about 90 mph when it began to drift as it emerged from a curve. The vehicle slammed into a light pole and was engulfed in flames. Both men died. Walker left behind a beautiful young daughter and was in the middle of filming the Fast and the Furious 7.
- Ryan Dunn. The actor of “Jackass” notoriety was killed in June 2011 when his speeding Porsche 911 wrapped around a tree and burst into flames.
- Lisa Lopes. The flamboyant recording artist was killed while vacationing in Honduras. She apparently lost control of her rented SUV and the vehicle tipped over. Lopes died with a head injury. The other eight passengers survived with varying degrees of injuries.
- Princess Diana. Attempting to flee the paparazzi while vacationing in Paris with her companion Dodi Al Fayed, her driver inadvertently slammed into an interior wall of the Pont de l’Alma tunnel. Only Dianna’s bodyguard survived the crash.
- Grace Kelly. The talented actress turned Princess was driving her Rover 3500 in Monaco when she crashed through a retaining wall. She and her daughter were trapped as the Rover careened 120 feet through tree branches. Grace was killed on impact while her daughter survived with multiple injuries.
- Steve Prefontaine. The track and field star was on his way home from a party when he swerved his MG convertible to prevent a collision with another vehicle. His car flipped after hitting a stone wall, fatally pinning the young athlete underneath.
- Jayne Mansfield. The screen siren, her lawyer, and a night club owner were all killed when Mansfield’s Buick Electra rear-ended a tractor-trailer. Sleeping in the back seat, Mansfield’s three children survived the crash.
- Jackson Pollock. The career of this avant-garde painter was cut short when a single-car, alcohol-related crash claimed his life in Springs, NY in 1956.
- James Dean. The vibrant young film star was killed when his prized Porsche Spyder collided head on with another vehicle. His passenger survived with head injuries and a broken leg, although Dean was nearly decapitated. He was pronounced dead on the scene.
- Failing to Notify the Police: Call the Denver police immediately following a car accident and stay on the scene so that all damage and injuries can be properly documented. A police report is invaluable to your attorney when establishing liability and can help you obtain the compensation you need quicker.
- Admitting Fault: Never apologize or make any admission of responsibility for the accident. Regardless of whose fault it is, you can damage your potential case by admitting fault. Even a simple “I’m Sorry” can be twisted to show that you admitted fault for the crash.
- Failing to Seek Medical Attention: Never tell the other driver that you are ok. Ride in the ambulance to the emergency room if injuries are obvious. Otherwise, visit your personal physician after leaving the scene of the accident. Numerous injuries take hours or even days to become fully apparent. Even then, the full extent of your injuries may not be realized for weeks.
- Failing to Exchange Information with Others Involved: Collect names, phone numbers, and addresses of everyone involved. Even the makes, models, and license plate numbers of their vehicles will be invaluable. If there are eyewitnesses, be sure to obtain their contact information as well. Your attorney may wish to interview them for your case.
- Failing to Alert Your Insurance Company in a Timely Manner: Again, even if the accident was not your fault, your insurer needs to be made aware that you were involved, so they can assist you with filing a claim according to their guidelines.
- Failing to Collect Evidence and Maintain Good Records: A picture is worth a thousand words at the scene of an accident. Photograph all damage and the surrounding area, if possible. Keep these pictures and every document you receive pertaining to the accident and your injuries in one file.
- Signing Away Your Rights: Consult a Denver car accident attorney before signing a medical records authorization, which could be used by the insurance company to deny or reduce your claim. Make no mistake about it; insurance companies are looking for a reason to reduce your claim. They may claim that your injury was pre-existing or that you are not as injured as you claim.
- Accepting a Quick Settlement: You only get one chance to collect compensation. Don’t let the insurance company strong-arm you into accepting any money before consulting a Denver car accident attorney. Research has shown that individuals who retain a lawyer receive nearly 40% more compensation than those who do not.
- Using Social Media Sites: Insurance adjusters can spy on you through Facebook and other sites. If you post something that contradicts your injury claim, it can be used against you. Never post on Facebook or a social media site without first consulting your attorney. Your attorney will be able to tell you how best to proceed and what to avoid on social media sites.
- Failing to Contact a Denver Car Accident Attorney: A Denver car accident attorney can help you with all of these important steps and, statistically, increase your recovery 3.5 times more than going it alone. Your attorney can help negotiate with insurance companies while you recover from your accident.
- Head Injuries. These types of injuries are often horrific because of their ability to cause permanent damage to your eyes and ears, resulting in sight or hearing loss. Facial or jaw fractures and tooth loss are also common.
- Facial Injuries. Your face is how people will identify you throughout your life. Any injury to your face can result in horrific and permanent scarring and disfigurement. Scrapes, cuts, burn, and fractures of the face are commonly caused by airbags, the dashboard, or steering wheel. These injuries are often difficult to repair and require multiple cosmetic surgeries and skin grafts. Even when surgeons are able to repair these injuries—you will likely never look the same.
- Brain Injuries. This is perhaps one of the most horrific injuries because of the permanent damage that can occur. The brain can be easily damaged by blunt force or penetration with a sharp object. Both can cause traumatic brain injury, which can lead to vision and speech impairment or memory and emotional dysfunction.
- Back Injuries. Sprain, strains, and herniated discs are all common lower back injuries associated with car accidents. They can cause significant pain and limit your mobility. While they may not seem horrific, back injuries often result in chronic pain and disability throughout life and result in decreased quality of life for accident victims.
- Neck Injuries. Whiplash is the most common car accident neck injury. It is caused by a quick hyperextension and retraction of the neck at impact. Cervical dislocation and disc injury are also common, and can be quite painful and debilitating. Neck injuries are often tricky to heal and many require spinal surgery to correct.
- Spinal Cord Injuries. Misplaced bone fragments, disc material and ligaments can tear into spinal cord material and damage axons which transmit signals between the brain and the body, leading to loss of feeling or function. Permanent paralysis is devastating to accident victims and will completely change their lives. If the paralysis is complete and the result of a cervical fracture, the accident victim may be on a ventilator for the rest of their lives.
- Internal Organ Injury. Life-threatening injuries are commonly caused when fractured ribs punctured lungs or other organs. Organ damage can quickly turn deadly and internal bleeding may be difficult to diagnose until it is too late.
- Connective Tissue Injuries. The type of injury most frequently seen in a car accident, severity can range dramatically. These injuries are typically signaled by soreness or stiffness, and require medical attention even though they might seem minor. When they are treated, many of these injuries require surgery, extensive physical therapy, and may even result in permanent loss of range of motion.
- Leg and Knee Injuries. Occurring often because of impact, these injuries can be uncomfortable and debilitating, and may require physical therapy and surgery. For many, leg and knee injuries will result in a loss of activity and may result in significant disabilities later in life.
- Chest and Upper Limb Injuries. Because of airbags, drivers are especially susceptible to these types of injuries. Broken arms, wrists, fingers, and bruised or fractured ribs are common. This can prevent accident victims from working in their chosen profession, typing on keyboards, or even performing their basic daily care, such as dressing, brushing teeth, and showering.