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Considerations When Purchasing or Driving a Truck – Think About Accidents!

One of the main concerns when purchasing a vehicle should be safety, especially if it is intended for a family vehicle. If you are looking for a truck for work or just because you like trucks, one thing to consider is, for the most part, trucks are safer than cars in a car to truck collision because they are bigger, sit higher, have a full frame under them and have more mass than a car.
But on the downside, trucks have a higher likelihood of turning over than a car does due to its higher center of gravity. But when judging from truck to truck looking for the safest vehicle you should take the advice from someone who knows.
2010 Safety Ratings and Statistics
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration knows. They do extensive crash testing of trucks to determine which vehicle ranks highest across six parameters. The numbers for the 2011 trucks have not been published, but for 2010 they have determined that the Chevrolet Silverado, the GMC Sierra, and the Toyota Tacoma have tested the highest in safety.
Frequency of accidents involving trucks rank third, behind cars, which ranked first, followed by SUV’s, which seems to correlate with the numbers owned. The holiday season, October through December, rate the highest numbers of accidents, Thanksgiving being the top producer of injury and death. While the most often crashed day is Friday, I wonder if it is because everyone is in a hurry to get home from work and start their weekend, or because of people going out and drinking on the weekend? Maybe it’s a combination of the two.
And oddly enough, most accidents occur in the day time in fair weather. I wonder if that is because more people are out driving. And it seems that, contrary to popular belief, males out number females in accidents by 20%. Is that because there are that many more males or those women actually do drive better than men? Obviously it’s because there are more men.
What Causes Accidents?
Tailgating, reckless driving and failure to yield rank as the top three causes for accidents, and persons aged 16-20 are the most oft crashed. Of course most of the fatal accidents involved alcohol, and many persons were injured or killed due to the lack of seat belt use. Approximately one quarter of fatal, and nearly half of injury accidents occur on the interstate, while around 75% of intersection accidents occurred in urban surroundings.
The best way to decrease these numbers is to drive safer. Don’t drink and drive doesn’t necessarily refer just to alcohol. If you can’t walk and chew gum, why do you think you can drive and eat that cheese burger? Also, if you are tired, rest, or STOP and get a caffeinated drink like coffee or a soda. And for goodness sakes, DO NOT TEXT AND DRIVE! This is a serious problem among the younger crowd today and needs to be addressed.
Buckle Up!
Follow the speed limit signs, they are not suggestions, they are the law! Buckle up! Pay attention to your surrounding at all times and always expect the other diver to not be paying attention. Obey traffic signs and lights, yellow means caution the light is changing prepare to stop, not floor it! Stop signs mean stop, they don’t mean slow down and look to see if anyone is coming then resume speeding. Just because you are in a truck doesn’t make you safer. All vehicles are dangerous if not operated properly and safely. Follow the rules and drive safe, not just because the life you save may be your own, but just because you might save a life.…

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Automobile Accidents Resulting in Death

When someone that you love is taken from you because of a driver that was negligent, such as getting behind the wheel intoxicated or on drugs, or simply not paying attention to the road, it can be devastating. Not only have you lost a very important person in your life, but possibly income from the money that they brought into the household, love and affection and all the things that you would have learned from them throughout their lifetime. If this has happened to you, you do have recourse and should speak to an attorney.
When you lose someone in a car accident that was caused by the negligence of another it is called a wrongful death. In other words, the death should have never occurred. The person that caused the accident may be responsible for the death of your loved one, and may be made to pay damages that can make up for the monetary loss. Of course, nothing will make up for the pain and the grief that you feel, but if you can collect money for some of what you loss, then at least your family will be cared for while you are grieving. Each state has its own personal injury law and thus speak to aA�personal injury lawyerA�in your own state immediately.
In California, damages from a wrongful death suit can include the money that your loved one would have made in their lifetime, or the lifetime of the heir, whichever time period is shorter, as well as compensation from the gifts that you were expected to receive from a loved one. Also, funeral and burial expenses may be covered as well as what are called household services. The value of these services may also qualify for compensation. This type of compensation is called economic losses in aA�wrongful death lawsuit.
There may also be non economic losses that the heir or spouse of the wrongful death victim can qualify for. Depending upon the relationship that the person had with the victim, you may be able to collect compensation for loss and affection of the victim, money for the loss of enjoyment of sexual relations, and loss of the guidance and teaching of the person in question. These non-economic losses are difficult to estimate but yourA�wrongful death attorneyA�will be able to give you some idea as to what you might receive in a settlement or an award from a jury.
California works on a closest relative system and only the immediate family members of a wrongful death victim mayA�file for a lawsuit for wrongful death. Initially, this includes the spouse or dependent children of the victim, dependent parents or minors dependent upon the victim that have been living in his or her household for at least six months. If those persons do not exist, then the next in line would be those that stand to inherit from the victim. Contact aA�Wrongful Death AttorneyA�@ 800-300-0001, with experience in wrongful death cases to discuss your particular situation.…