Car Accidents: The Most Dangerous Times and Days of the Week
Getting behind the wheel of a car is the riskiest thing most people do every day. In 2014, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 32,675 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents on U.S. roadways. An additional 2.3 million people were injured in crashes in 2014. The dangers you face while driving varies, and there are several reasons why car accidents are so dangerous, including the time of day, simple distractions, or even unsafe behavior while driving.
The time of day.
The time of day plays an important role in evaluating fatal crashes. Driving at night can be very dangerous, as the instances of drunk driving, speeding, and driving without a seat belt all significantly increase at night, and each contributes directly to increased fatality rates. In 2013, the highest percentage of motor vehicle accident deaths occurred between the hours of 3:00 p.m. to midnight, with 16% of these accidents occurring between 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Days of the week.
Mid-week days, like Tuesday and Wednesday, pose the lowest number of fatalities. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, weekends—when the greatest number of people are on the road—predictably see the highest numbers of crash victims, with a combined average of 143 deaths for Saturday and Sunday.
Safe driving: the do’s and don’ts.
While not an exhaustive list, here are a few do’s and don’ts for safe driving.
- Always wear your seat belt
- Keep children in tested and approved car seats
- Follow the speed limits
- Pay attention when you are driving; a number of accidents happen only blocks from home
- Be courteous toward other drivers
- Give pedestrians the right-of-way in crosswalks
- Make room for bicycles
- Don’t drink and drive or get in a car with a driver who has
- Don’t make assumptions about what other drivers are going to do
- Don’t assume other cars know what you are doing
- Don’t tailgate other cars, pass on shoulders, fail to yield, run stoplights or stop signs
- Don’t talk on your cell phone at the same time
- Don’t engage in other activities while driving that distract your attention or reduce your reaction time
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, it is important to talk to an attorney immediately. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Michael Cordova are experienced in injuries arising from car accidents.
The Basics: Timeline of a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit
The length of time for any case will generally depend on the complexity of the case. Generally, medical malpractice claims can be more complicated. Therefore, the timeline for a medical malpractice lawsuit is a little different from the typical personal injury lawsuit.
Incident and subsequent investigation.
Generally, as in any personal injury case, there will be an incident that causes injury. But, medical malpractice injuries may be tougher to spot. While some claims, like failure to obtain informed consent, might be easy to identify, errors in diagnosis, treatments, or surgery could take longer to surface.
First steps to take when you discover your injury.
While not an exhaustive list, here are some of the first steps to take when you discover your injury.
- Contact the medical professional involved—your goal is to get an understanding of what may have gone wrong and allow your doctor to determine whether it is something that can be remedied.
- Contact the relevant medical licensing board—licensing boards can issue warnings or discipline to the practitioner.
- Know how long you have to file a claim—in Arizona, you have a two-year time limit to file a claim for medical malpractice.
- If you decide to file a medical malpractice lawsuit, make sure you gather all of the relevant documents and records relating to your medical care.
If you or a loved one was a victim of medical malpractice, it is important to consult with an attorney immediately to discuss your case and help determine your best options. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Michael Cordova are experienced in medical malpractice claims and can help discuss the strengths and weaknesses of your case.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car crashes are a leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years old. However these deaths and car seat injuries can be prevented by proper use of car seats, boosters, and seat belts.
Child Passenger Safety Laws.
The requirements for the use of a car or booster seat varies from state to state, but the results are all the same, use of proper restraints save lives. In passenger cars, child safety seats reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71% for infants and by 54% for toddlers. For infants and toddlers in light trucks, the corresponding reductions are 58% for infants and 59% for toddlers. What these numbers prove is the importance of getting the right size seat for your child and installing it properly.
Keeping your kids safe.
Car seat defects.
When a child is injured from a defective car seat, the manufacturer of the car seat is at fault for their failure to exercise reasonable care in manufacturing the car seat. As a parent, taking extra precautionary measures is key to ensure your child’s safety. It is important to read the installation instructions, follow them carefully, and then test the seat to ensure you have properly installed your child’s car seat.
If you or your child has suffered a personal injury due to a defective product, it is important to speak with an attorney immediately. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Michael Cordova are experienced in personal injury suits resulting from defective products and can help determine whether you have a valid claim.
The Law Offices of Michael Cordova is excited to announce it is once again offering our annual scholarship to one high school senior. Understanding the value of higher education, as well as the escalating costs of tuition, it an honor and privilege to help an individual obtain their dream of pursuing higher education.
Michael Cordova presenting the annual scholarship award to the winners.
We are in search of one Arizona high school senior who plans on attending an Arizona community college or four-year university. The scholarship recipient will demonstrate this desire as evidenced by their academic achievements, leadership skills, and altruistic endeavors in the local community. Due to the escalating costs of higher education, the scholarship can help ease the burden of a student who has the desire to attend a community college or university. It is an honor and privilege to partake in an endeavor that will aid the winning recipient in accomplishing this esteemed goal.
In August of 2016, the Law Offices of Michael Cordova will present one high school senior a $1000 scholarship award for academic achievement, demonstrated leadership skills, and the desire to give back to the local community. For eligibility, applicants must plan to attend an Arizona community college or an accredited four-year university during the 2016-2017 academic year with a minimum of 12 credit hours completed for each semester; earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale; and submit a 250-word essay explaining why it is important to pursue a higher education. The deadline for submission of all supporting documents will be May 1, 2016, and the winner of the award will be chosen on June 15, 2016.
To download the annual scholarship application and to receive information about the scholarship program, please visit http://www.mcordova.com/scholarship.
We truly look forward to hearing from our candidates.
Nursing Home Abuse: What You Need To Know
Roughly 1,800 deaths occur each year due to elder abuse and nearly 10%, or roughly 150,000 seniors experience elder abuse each year. Elder abuse exists in many forms, many of which may not be evidenced by clear, physical signs. Many victims of elder abuse are frail and vulnerable and often unable to protect themselves or seek needed help. Elder abuse can be difficult to prove once suspicion arises, and a number of nursing home abuse cases go unreported and unpunished.
What is nursing home abuse?
Elder neglect, or nursing home negligence, most commonly occurs when a resident does not receive proper medical, physical, or emotional attention. As a result, neglect can pose a serious risk of harm to victims. In certain cases, neglect may escalate to physical or emotional abuse.
Different types of elder abuse.
Elder abuse—the mistreatment or exploitation of senior citizens—can take many different forms. Instances of elder abuse range from the infliction of physical harm to the use of fraud or coercion to extract financial or material gain from vulnerable seniors. Elder abuse includes: physical abuse (hitting, pushing, shaking, kicking, force-feeding etc.); emotional/psychological abuse (verbal assaults, intimidation, humiliation, threats, harassment, and treating elders like children); sexual abuse (non-consensual sexual contact with an elder, such as unwanted touching or forced nudity); neglect (a caregiver’s failure to fulfill his or her duty to provide the care needed by an elderly person, such as failure to provide a dependent elder with life necessities like food or clean water); financial or material exploitation (cashing checks without authorization, forging signatures, stealing or misusing money or possessions, coercing or deceiving an elderly person into signing a document, etc.); and abandonment, which occurs when a designated caretaker or legal guardian leaves an elder person to fend for him or herself.
Cause of elder abuse in nursing homes and the necessary actions to take to prevent elder abuse.
Elder abuse in nursing homes can be caused by, but is not limited to, nursing home negligence/fault, inattentiveness, or a conscious mistreatment of elders, whether physically or emotionally. It is the duty and obligation of a Phoenix nursing home to ensure the safety of your parent. The following are a couple necessary actions that should be taken in order to prevent elder abuse: background checks need to be performed on all employees for any previous criminal activity; the employees should be knowledgeable on the care and handling of the elderly, especially to avoid malnutrition and bedsores; and the nursing home also needs to be conscious and aware of its employees and their actions around elders.
Potential signs of nursing home abuse.
While not an exhaustive list, here are some signs to watch out for that could hint at the existence of elder/nursing home abuse: sudden weight loss; bedsores or pressure ulcers; injuries from nursing home falls; dehydration; malnutrition; withdrawal or changes in behavior; lack of personal hygiene or changes to appearance; limited exchange with staff; limited socialization with nursing home residents; or environmental hazards, including poor lighting, slippery floors, unsafe equipment or furniture.
If you or a family member has suffered elder abuse, please speak with an attorney immediately. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Michael Cordova are experienced in the area of elder and nursing home abuse.