Injuries from Minor Vehicle CollisionsWritten by Maricon Williams
Approximately 12.8 million motor vehicle accidents in United States were reported on December 2003. This amounts to about one crash per second - quite an alarming data.
To boot, we should dispel myths, misconceptions and erroneous judgment about vehicular accidents. Some say that drunk persons don’t get injured as much. This is fallacious. A study showed that occupants of vehicle who were aware of immediate danger of collision had less severe injuries and considerably less at risk. Another erroneous assumption is that amount of injury is directly proportionate to amount of damage to car. There can be grave inverse correlation between vehicle damage and injury levels. As vehicle becomes more rigid or inflexible, damage costs are lessened however occupant is susceptible to an increasing potential for injury.
Aside from aforementioned assumption, others also believed that few residual spinal problems result from MVA injuries. The truth is that spinal injury is primary concern in a collision. Minor injuries include cervical spine trauma, neck injuries, soft tissue abnormality, cervical-thoracic injury and post MVA disabilities.
Another misconception is that if a vehicle has a 2.5 m.p.h. bumper and said bumper was not damaged, impact was under 2.5 m.p.h. Empirical evidence discloses that in vehicle to vehicle collisions, bumpers will not likely be damaged until bumper standard speed has been exceeded by a factor of 2 to 8 times. It is noteworthy that design of modern bumpers often prevents direct observation of bumper damage without physical removal of bumper.
You and the Tort Law: A GuideWritten by Carla Ballatan
Everyday, we’re always at risk of falling victim to misfortune whether it is from using defective products or unknowingly falling off into a manhole, or sustaining vast injuries due to serious highway accidents. You may think that accidents that happen everywhere to other people are of nobody’s fault than theirs alone…But, once something happens to you, say you were bit by a dog whose owner was careless enough to let it wander off, you may cry out, indeed – “not my fault!”.
Injuries may range from trivial to critical, depending on how it was obtained physically, mentally or emotionally. If an individual or group has a liability for your accident, you can file for claims under tort law. This area of law is invaluable you need to have knowledge of it.
Torts are private and civil wrongs or injuries that may be remedied through a court of law by a lawsuit for damages/compensation. Once an individual or a group of individuals violate their duty to others created under general or statutory laws, a tort has been committed. Liability in tort law is based upon “…the relation of persons with others; and these relations may arise generally, with large groups or classes of persons, or singly, with an individual…The common thread woven into all torts is idea of unreasonable interference with interest of others.” Prosser & Keeton, supra,p.5. Thus, chief aim of action in tort is that an individual be compensated for loss he has suffered within scope of his legally recognized private interests, as best method of relief.