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Get out your grills! Memorial Day is the unofficial kick off to the summer season across America. With the holiday comes some staggering stats in terms of personal injury cases. Every Memorial Day weekend, traffic hits peak numbers breaking records across the country.

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The stats are staggering and need to be something we all keep in mind. Whether you’re driving to camp in the woods or having fun on a body of water, it’s a good idea to stay aware of the amount of people who will also be out and some of the safety hazards that can come with big crowds.

  • Nearly 42 million people travel over the holiday weekend. From that, 36 million will be traveling by auto – AAA
  • Memorial Day is the deadliest Holiday, mainly due to impaired driving, for traffic accidents with an average of over 312 fatal accidents over the holiday weekend. – NHTSA
  • Over 50,000 drivers will sustain injuries in car crashes over the holiday weekend. – NHTSA
  • The Holiday weekend kicks off what MADD refers to as the 100 most deadliest days on the road due to the surge in DUI’s. – MADD
  • Thursday May 24thand Friday May 25thare two of the worst days of the year to travel across all major metropolitan regions in the USA. – AAA
  • Memorial Day weekend kicks off boating season: 560 fatalities, 2,620 injuries, and close to $39 million dollars in property damage occurred due to boating accidents. – U.S. Coast Guard
  • Memorial Day is the second biggest “beer holiday”. In the two weeks around Memorial Day Weekend, Beer sales go up by 15%. – Nielsen

Injury HelpLine wishes you and your family a wonderful Memorial Day Holiday Weekend!

If you or a family member has been injured and you need to connect with a personal injury attorney in your region, contact us today.

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Bon Voyage! With summer upon us, many people are headed off on maritime journeys to exotic locales from various ports around the country.

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While we all daydream about cocktails by the pool, buffets and leisure time, slip and fall accidents on cruise ships are one of the most common ongoing problems plaguing the industry.

Assume most accidents on a cruise ship come from people falling overboard? Think again. In fact, slip and falls are reported more than food poisoning.

Think of all the wet areas on the top deck by a pool or different small sections on a vessel that may not be regularly tended to by the staff on the ship. There are many areas of a ship that go unnoticed by the staff since the large areas are usually dense with the population of travelers and therefore require more attention. Add that to the literal up and down potential of rough waters accompanied with alcohol to make a person sway back and forth even more and you have the perfect recipe for a spill that may ruin a vacation.

Cruise Ship Slip and Fall Statistics:

Over the course of a 3 year study conducted by NCBI, there were 663 injuries as a result of slip and fall injuries on cruise ships that were publically recorded.

62.7% were women were reported aboard; 12.5% were classified as serious.

Accident Victim Median Age: 72 (range: 1-97)

Injuries suffered on board of ship: 65.3%

Most common accident locations aboard: Cabins 20.1%, Bathrooms 13.4%, excursions 29.6%, and while on tour buses 16.1%

Slips/trips/falls: 44.8% of injuries aboard a cruise ship and 69.4% ashore while on excursions

Most injured body part: 43% lower extremity

Most common injury type: 41.6% open wounds

While vacations are all about fun and forgetting about your worries, make sure you stay safe while on that cruise this summer!

If injured while on your journey, be sure to contact The Injury HelpLine. We’ll connect you with a local attorney who can help you with your case.

 

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New Year’s Resolutions: a tool to help rebuild your life

New Year’s Resolutions: a tool to help rebuild your lifeLife is different after a serious accident. This realization becomes all the more poignant as we reflect on the losses we have suffered, while having to face the many challenges the New Year will bring.

New Year’s resolutions can help clear the path and show the way forward. We have prepared a list of goals for 2018 to help you cope with your new reality.

8 New Year’s Resolutions for life after the Accident

Get help – now

People often underestimate the long road to physical recovery. There is only one way to speed up your recovery process, and that is to get more rest. In-home care assistance can be a valuable asset at this time. If you can’t afford paid help, this is the time to reach out to your network of family, friends and neighbors.

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Travel Forecast for this Holiday Season

Stay Safe with our Holiday Road Safety TipsAccording to the American Automobile Association (AAA) 107.3 million Americans are traveling to holiday celebrations between December 23rd and New Year’s Day. This is the highest year-end travel volume on record and a 3.1 percent increase in travel volume compared with last year.

The majority of travelers – 97.4 million – will hit the road, so traffic will be challenging over the holidays.

Below we’ve compiled some important holiday road safety tips to keep you and your family safe whilst traveling.

Holiday Road Safety Tips

Adverse weather conditions aggravate the consequences of reckless or distracted driving, so be sure to drive cautiously and remain particularly alert whilst driving.

In addition, make sure that your car is in perfect condition before hitting the winter roads. Read on to find out how to winter-proof your vehicle.

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Protect your Family from Holiday Decoration Hazards

Holiday Decoration HazardsThe holiday season is a magical time, but Christmas traditions and celebrations create plenty of opportunities for personal injury. Last week we discussed the perils of parking lots during the holiday season. This week we’re focusing on the dangers of holiday decorations.

Emergency rooms across the country treated about 14,700 holiday decorating-related injuries over the past holiday season. Read these safety tips and avoid the ER this holiday season!

Don’t let a House Fire ruin your Christmas

Keep your Christmas Tree fresh

This video by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission demonstrates the dangers of dry Christmas Trees. If you’re buying a live tree, make sure it’s fresh. It should have sturdy, green needles and the branches should be easily bent.

At home, choose a safe spot for your tree, far away from heat sources such as fireplaces, vents and radiators.

Christmas Tree SafetyBefore setting your tree up slice a piece off the bottom of the trunk to help it absorb water. Then, place it in a water stand and keep an eye on the water level every day. Water the tree when necessary.

Get rid of the tree after Christmas. Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside against the home.

If you choose to buy an artificial tree, make sure it’s labeled “fire resistant”. Artificial trees with built-in electrical systems should have the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) label. This means the lights meet national industry standards. 

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Nearly 51 Million Americans on the Road this Year

Thanksgiving Road Safety TipsThanksgiving brings families and friends together across large distances to celebrate the harvest, give thanks and enjoy each others’ company. This year auto club AAA projects 50.9 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more away from home. That’s the highest Thanksgiving travel volume since 2005! Having more people on the road unfortunately increases the potential of vehicle crashes. That’s why we have compiled a series of safety tips to keep you safe on the road.

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What makes a Personal Injury Case

What is a personal injury case?Many people don’t call a personal injury attorney because they aren’t sure if their experience qualifies as a personal injury case. Let’s shed some light on what makes a case.

First of all, for a case to be heard, typically you must have suffered harm as a result of wrongful or negligent actions of a third person or entity. In plain English: Were you hurt and was it someone else’s fault? Then you might have a case.

Personal injury law allows the injured plaintiff to get compensation for the harm suffered, so long as he can demonstrate both liability as well as damages. What does that exactly mean for you? It means that you must be able to prove that whoever harmed you is liable for the damages you suffered. Furthermore, you must be able to explain exactly the extent and nature of the harm you suffered.

Does that all still sound a bit too abstract for you to decide whether you should sue? In that case, we’re here to help. We have connected over 4 million injury victims with experienced personal injury attorneys in their local area. Each of our Injury HelpLine attorneys is prepared and ready to listen to the details of your case. You can choose to hire him or not – the first consultation is free and carries no obligation. At the very least, after talking to one of our licensed attorneys you’ll have a better idea if it’s worth filing a lawsuit.

Types of Personal Injury Cases

If you’re not quite ready to talk to an attorney, we have prepared a list of typical personal injury cases that may help you think through your own situation.

Vehicle Accidents

Vehicle accidents include accidents involving cars, trucks, motorcycles, bicycles, tractors and all terrain vehicles (ATVs). Vehicle accidents are the leading source of personal injury cases in the United States.

According to the National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA), there were over 6 million reported motor vehicle crashes in 2015 alone, resulting in 35,092 fatalities and 2.4 million people injured.

Vehicle crashes can cause a wide variety of injuries, from minor scrapes and bruises, to permanent brain damage or even death.

Injured victims usually file two types of legal claims following a vehicle accident – a claim for property damage, and a claim for personal injury. In fatal accident cases, family members may want to consider a wrongful death claim.

Learn more about vehicle accidents in our car accident claim guide and in our motorcycle accident claim guide.

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personal injury checklistYou or your loved ones have been injured in an accident. It’s a confusing and stressful situation, so be sure to take care of your health first. After getting medical treatment, consult our personal injury checklist detailing the important things to consider after an accident:

1. Determine if the injury was someone else’s fault

If you can show that a third party is liable for the damages you sustained, you may want to consider pursuing a personal injury lawsuit. To see if your situation qualifies as a personal injury case, read our personal injury basics guide.

If you prefer to skip reading and are ready to talk to an attorney, just fill out a quick form and we’ll be happy to connect you for a free consultation.

2. Find out if you can get compensated for your injury

A bar-certified personal injury attorney can help you understand what compensation you can get for the injuries sustained. We can help you find an attorney in your area within minutes.

To get an overview on how much your personal injury case may be worth start by reading our guide to personal injury compensation.

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How to interview your prospective personal injury attorneyYou’ve just been through a traumatic experience and are exhausted from dealing with doctors, hospitals, insurance companies and your own personal feelings about your recent injury. Careful – you still need to keep a clear head so you can find the right personal injury lawyer to represent you.

Here are some key questions to ask your prospective attorney to see if he is qualified to handle your case:

Area of Expertise

• Are you a generalist or do you specialize in personal injury cases?
• How many personal injury cases have you successfully taken to trial?
• Can I get a reference from one of your past clients?
• Will you be personally handling my case?

These questions are aimed at finding out if you will get an experienced personal injury attorney. Most cases settle outside of court, but there is a chance you may have to go to trial. If you think this is likely, be sure to find out if the lawyer is prepared and ready to take your case to trial.

Finally, also make sure that the lawyer you are interviewing will be in fact the one representing you.

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Personal injury legal fees need not deplete your savingsMost people only use a lawyer once or twice in their lifetime, which makes it difficult for them to assess their personal injury legal fees. The last thing you want to do after you or your loved ones have been through a traumatic experience is to add financial risk to an already complex situation.

We’ve compiled a guide to personal injury legal fees that will make it easier for you to determine how you will be charged. We hope this guide will make your search for legal representation as stress free and painless as possible.

Your first consultation can be free

If you are worried about spending money up front, Injury Helpline can put you in contact with a lawyer in your area so you can get a free consultation first. This will help you determine if you have a case and what it may be worth – at no extra cost to you.

Request a summary of fees, if any, up front!

If you decide to hire legal representation, you’ll need to understand how the legal fee system works. This can be confusing, which is why the American Bar Association recommends that personal injury lawyers explain their fees in writing as soon as possible after agreeing to take your case. Be sure to request this information from your lawyer!

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