Addressing Our Clients’ Confusion and Concerns, One Question at a Time
Injury claims are by their nature confusing, and insurance companies go out of their way to make them even more so. However, we believe our clients deserve straight answers to their questions—without confusing legal jargon. This is why, to better serve you, we address common injury questions as clearly as possible.
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My family constantly receives text messages and phone calls, even while we’re in the car. What can I do to keep myself and family from becoming distracted while driving?
The tragic consequences and horrifying risks of phone distractions and texting while driving are constantly being shown in the news, on television, and on billboards. However, these risks are still somehow being ignored by drivers.
What are they thinking?
- “It’s only going to take a second, and a second won’t matter.”
- “I won’t get into an accident. Other drivers will protect me.”
- “No one is coming; I’ll be fine.”
That’s all well in good until...
- It takes more than a second. The average text takes five seconds or more to send.
- The other driver was also texting, assuming that you would protect him.
- There was someone coming, but you were too distracted by your phone’s beeping to notice
Instead of hoping that your phone’s distractions won’t cause you or a family member to get into a horrific accident, learn how to avoid the distraction in the first place. Not only will you reduce your risks of causing an accident, you can improve your chances of avoiding a crash caused by someone else.
Distractions Disrupt Focus
Although many people pride themselves in being able to do several things at once, the human brain isn’t designed to be able to put full focus on more than one thing. Sure, you can sometimes physically accomplish multiple things at once, but neither task will receive your full attention and they won’t be your best work.
It’s even worse when your mental concentration is critical. Imagine you’re talking on the phone and reading a book. After two minutes, can you recite what you just read as well as what your conversation was about, or are you going to have to reread that paragraph?
Multitasking is a lie. When your mind becomes distracted, it can’t focus on everything that is happening around you. In some cases this is fine: forgetting to put the mayonnaise on your sandwich because you were also watching the television isn’t going to kill you. But forgetting to stop at a stop sign because you’re texting may indeed be fatal to you or a pedestrian.
Driving requires your full attention and focus in order to recognize and respond to potential dangers. However, when you try to sneak in a text or respond to an email, that attention is diverted, causing you to lose focus and put you and your family at risk. This is why it is extremely important to not only understand these risks but also learn how to avoid the distraction before it gets to the point of causing harm.
Tools to Help Silence Technological Driving Distractions
The safest thing to do with your phone, tablet, or any other distracting electronic device is to keep it turned off while you’re driving. Unfortunately, in today’s society many people believe that their phones must be on at all times in case someone has to reach them. Although this may be practical when at work, home, or a party, that just doesn’t work while driving.
Fortunately, for those drivers who feel that they must be reachable at all times, there are safer methods of texting, talking, and communicating without the need to physically hold a phone or take their eyes from the road. Although these methods give the driver better control over their vehicles, talking can still be distracting. When using these methods, make sure that you keep it short and focus on the road ahead, rather than a response you give.
Alternative phone communication methods include:
- Automatic messaging responders. These particular apps respond with an automated message whenever you can't make it to the phone. You can turn the app on before you get behind the wheel, and if you receive any texts, it'll respond to the sender with whatever you program it to say—for instance, “I can't respond right now; I'm driving. I'll get back to you as soon as I get out of the car."
- Silence or vibrate mode. If you can’t ignore the sound of a text coming in, put your phone on silent, vibrate, or turn it off completely so you’re not tempted to respond.
- Cinema mode. Some cinema mode apps will not only automatically silence your phone but will also dim your screen, so you won’t know you received a message until you have stopped safely.
- Hands-free. Bluetooth can be set up in your car to allow you to make calls and talk without needing to use your hands.
- Voice-to-text apps. VTT apps allow you to speak a message and send it via text messaging without the need to type. For example, Siri can be used on most iPhones.
Communicating Safety to Stop Distracted Drivers
Knowing your options for decreasing your phone distractions is regrettably only half the battle. Although you are now equipped with the knowledge you need to protect your passengers from your own temptations, the unfortunate truth is that other distracted drivers can’t be trusted to drive safely.
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When should I contact a lawyer?
In many personal injury situations the obvious response is to act quickly. Even if you think you have lots of time to consider your alternatives, deadlines sneak up on you and personal injury lawyers need time to prepare. If you wait to talk to a personal injury lawyer, you may do things that could hurt your claim without even knowing. Insurance companies often rely on you to submit information. If you don’t know when to submit that information, they may withhold money from you. Your Vegas Lawyers always recommend looking for a personal injury lawyer sooner rather than later.
If you’ve suffered an injury due to an accident, keep in mind that time limits exist on your right to file a lawsuit. These “statutes of limitation” vary greatly from state to state and depend upon the facts and type of each case. In some instances, the law requires a claimant to notify potential defendants about any injury within an extremely short period of time – as little as a few weeks or months.
If you sit on your personal injury rights, you could lose them. You might have been angry about an accident and the pain you have felt following that accident, but if you wait too long to obtain medical attention, the insurance carrier is going to deny you were ever injured in the first place.
Do I need a Las Vegas Personal Injury lawyer?
While you may be able to get through a legal problem in Las Vegas without hiring a personal injury lawyer, remember this timeless saying, “when you represent yourself, you might have a ‘fool for a client’.”
When deciding if you need a Las Vegas personal injury attorney, ask yourself, “What’s at stake?” For example, expensive medical bills and credit card debt are the leading cause for bankruptcy in the United States. This inability to pay usually stems from personal injury, illness or loss of a job. Both personal injury and job loss are direct concerns for people involved in motor vehicle accidents. Often, medical treatment is needed and the question arises, “who will pay for the treatment?”
Additionally, a personal injury can be severe enough to hinder your ability to work and can lead to termination of employment, or dramatically reduced income. All the while, you are faced with an insurance company that seeks to minimize your personal injuries and pain, and deny you just compensation.
Do not let this happen to you. Jones Wilson are experienced personal injury attorneys who will assist you with these concerns and will battle for you to receive the compensation you deserve.
How much money is awarded in Vegas personal injury cases?
You will be awarded “damages,” which is money intended to restore you to the position you were in before your personal injury. This money is not considered income, and is not taxable as income by the federal government or the states. Always remember that every personal injury case is different; therefore, compensation for a personal injury case will vary.
Jones Wilson provides you with the best representation for your personal injury case in Nevada. The amount of money Jones Wilson will be able to fight for will vary depending on the extent of your personal injury or injuries. Extreme care will be taken by Your Vegas Lawyers team to hold the insurance companies and defendants accountable for the personal injury they have caused.
Jones Wilson knows that when it comes to Your Injury, you deserve Your Money, that is why you choose Your Vegas Lawyers.
What type of lawyer do I need?
Personal injury attorneys specialize in one type of law – personal injury. Other lawyers handle a wide range of matters – such as criminal law or patent law. You want to hire an attorney who has expertise to represent you effectively with respect to your legal problem.
Your Jones Wilson specialize in personal injury cases to ensure you receive the fair compensation you are entitled. Personal injury claims can be highly technical and specialized; for this reason we are committed to fight for you as your Las Vegas personal injury attorneys.
For example, a simple car accident or slip and fall injury can become complicated lawsuits when property damages, insurance companies, and medical bills start knocking on your door. Jones Wilson experienced personal injury attorneys will protect your rights and help you receive the money you deserve.
If the accident was my fault, can I still win?
Every case is fact driven. Whether or not you will win is based on a thorough review of your personal injury case. By filling out the free no-obligation evaluation form, Jones Wilson will see if the Your Vegas Lawyers team of elite professionals can help.
Jones Wilson filter through the facts of your personal injury and look for substance to substantiate your claim. You’ll never know if you should have received money unless you contact Jones Wilson today for a free consultation of your personal injury case.
Can I do this on my own instead of hiring an attorney?
Again, we at Jones Wilson do not recommend that you stand on your own against the insurance giants. Jones Wilson know and understand the law and will protect your rights each step of the way.
Plus, Las Vegas Injury Lawyer will consult with you about your personal injury case for free. Jones Wilson care about you. Jones Wilson want you to receive the best representation for your personal injury so you can receive the money you deserve.
The insurance company made me an offer, should I take it?
In most personal injury cases, a personal injury attorney review of your personal injury case is critical to guide you through the personal injury claim process. This is what we, at Jones Wilson, do every day and in almost every case we will be able to increase your compensation from the insurance company more so than if you dealt with the insurance company directly. Again, a thorough examination of your personal injury case will be needed before making this determination.
Jones Wilson is here to answer your accident and personal injury questions. Contact Your Vegas Lawyers team of personal injury specialists today for a free consultation on the Jones Wilson homepage.
Only my car and property are damaged. Do I have a case?
Yes, you have a personal injury case, these are referred to as “physical damages.” If someone else is at fault for your personal injury, they or their insurance company would be responsible for compensation. Again, completing an initial consultation will determine the likeliness of compensation for your personal injury case.
Jones Wilson provides a free no-obligation consultation of your personal injury case to help you know if Jones Wilson are the attorneys you need. Jones Wilson will review your case and will let you know if you have a legitimate personal injury case as well as let you know how they can help.
How can I prepare to talk to a lawyer?
Your ability to keep notes and records about your personal injury is very important to you, to us, to your claim and to getting you and your family the money you deserve. Be sure to have strong documentation about your personal injury and accident. One of the first things you should do after you are injured is write down everything you can about your personal injury. This includes details about your personal injury and the effect the injury is having on your daily life. Having notes to remind you of the details and what you are going through, is both easier and more reliable than counting on your memory. You will need a doctor’s report, an accident report, photographs, any type of evidence and a list of witnesses. If you don’t have this information, Jones Wilson can help you get it.
Be sure to write down notes about any anxiety or loss of comfort resulting from your personal injury. You can demand additional compensation for these types of personal injuries. If you don’t make notes about these important results of your personal injury as you experience them, you may not remember these injuries later. Writing down the experiences from your injuries will help you remember to report them to a doctor or other medical provider when you receive treatment.
Most personal injury claims involve more than just physical pain; they include loss of income, medical bills, increased insurance premiums, damaged property, other losses involving family, social, and educational opportunities, and emotional damages, such as stress, embarrassment, depression or strains on family relationships.
Notes on these personal injury matters should include anything you have lost because of the accident and your associated injuries such as: job opportunities, work hours or income, educational opportunities or promotions, lack of participation in events, social gatherings, vacations or anything else which would have benefited you. Or which you would have enjoyed, but were prevented from experiencing because of the personal injury incurred due to the accident.
To find out what “damages” you might be qualified to receive, contact Jones Wilson immediately.