It's Dangerous Out There!

Again this week — this time due to a car accident on North Academy and Rebecca Lane — we were reminded of the importance of driving skills and concentration when one operates a car (or truck for that matter). Though this car accident story is developing, the fact that people were critically injured indicates that this collision was significant, and those involved will see repercussions for some time.

When car accidents occur, individuals miss work and have substantial medical bills (including high co-pays), both of which affect their diminishing ability to pay for their daily and monthly bills. It is not until this point many victims will seek the legal advice of a personal injury lawyer.

A car accident not only has an impact on people the day it occurs, it can have an impact on the victims and their families for days, weeks or months… We have even seen accidents affect individuals and families for years. In extremely difficult circumstances, it can affect folks for a lifetime.

Every time you get behind the wheel of an automobile you have a responsibility, not only to yourself, your family, and your own life’s obligations; you have a responsibility to all the other people who have a legal right to use public roadways. Remember, other drivers, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians (which include walkers, runners, and other outdoor enthusiasts) have their right to access various roadways in our community. This means you, as a user of public roadways, need to be aware of the rules on any given roadway or public access. (This is why the local and state government posts all those signs! They are there to protect you and others.)

If the negligent operation of a car on a public roadway has had a detrimental effect on your life, you should seek the advice of a car accident lawyer. The ways in which the accident disrupts your life may continue to develop over time and a competent accident lawyer will know how to and be able to assist you in predicting and preparing for your future.

As you are well aware, there are many dangerous situations we will all encounter in our daily travels. When we use the public roadways, we all have a right to travel and do our business without incident. If a car accident occurs, don’t let yourself be found as the at-fault driver. Know the rules of the road because it’s dangerous out there!