Gage Mathers Gage Mathers 2020-10-23T16:33:28Z WordPress /wp-content/uploads/sites/434/2019/11/cropped-favicon-32x32.png On behalf of Gage Mathers <![CDATA[There Are Several Key Instances That Cause Motorcycle Accidents]]> 2020-10-23T16:33:28Z 2020-10-23T16:33:23Z motorcycle accidents, they may wish to work with law firms that handle these types of cases. The attorneys in these firms have the experience necessary to navigate these types of cases.]]> On behalf of Gage Mathers <![CDATA[Study: Older drivers safer than middle-aged drivers]]> 2020-10-15T15:16:43Z 2020-10-15T15:11:45Z Seniors are safer drivers According to IIHS researchers, drivers in their 70s are less likely to be involved in a fatal crash than drivers ages 35 to 54. The study also points out that seniors not only have fewer fatal accidents per licensed driver, they also have fewer police-reported motor vehicle crashes per mile than middle-aged drivers.

Comparing the two age groups

IIHS compared drivers over 70 to drivers ages 35-54 in four crash categories:
  • Fatal crash involvement per 100,000 licensed drivers
  • Fatal crash involvement per vehicle mile traveled
  • Police-reported crash involvement per vehicle mile traveled
  • Number of driver deaths per 1,000 police-reported crashes
A combination of safer vehicles equipped with better crash-prevention technology and improvements in infrastructure design and roadway signage have helped to lower crash rates across all ages.

Examining the crash data

From 1997 to 2018, the fatal crash rate per licensed driver among people ages 35 to 54 had a dramatic decline of 21 percent. The fatal crash rate for drivers 70 and over dropped even more: 43 percent. The IIHS says “virtually all those reductions occurred during the first half of the study period.” In the second decade of the study period, the fatal crash rate for older drivers stayed steady, while the rate began to increase for middle-aged drivers. Fatal crashes per mile and police-reported crashes per mile both “rose substantially for middle-aged drivers in recent years,” the IIHS states, while declining for drivers 70 and above. Researchers found that from 2009-17, fatalities per 1,000 police-reported crashes dropped about 15 percent for drivers ages 35-54 and about 25 percent for drivers ages 70 to 79.

Room for improvement

Though the data shows that older drivers are safer than ever, there is clearly plenty of room for improvement in not only vehicle and infrastructure designs, but in driving habits that put seniors and everyone else at risk of injuries and worse in motor vehicle crashes.]]>
On behalf of Gage Mathers <![CDATA[2019 car crash fatality numbers see only slight decline]]> 2020-10-12T22:23:51Z 2020-10-12T22:23:45Z Use of ADAS may be helping in the decline While the NSC did not theorize as to what is causing the decline, experts have given several possible reasons. One of them is the increasing availability of advanced driver-assistance systems on new vehicles. ADAS consists of features like: • Forward and rear collision warning • Automatic emergency braking • Adaptive headlights • Lane departure warning Studies have shown that these features can help prevent crashes or, at the very least, mitigate their severity. This may partly explain how 2019 also saw a 2% decline in the number of crash victims who needed to go to the hospital. Nevertheless, the number of such individuals came to 4.4 million.

City-wide traffic safety improvements another factor

Another potential factor lies in the improvements in traffic safety many cities have made, especially those that have adopted Vision Zero models for the future. This can include redesigning high-crash areas and lowering the legal limit for blood alcohol concentration.

Legal representation for your injury case

Many motor vehicle accidents are the fault of one of the parties. Maybe you suffered harm at the hands of a drunk, drugged, drowsy or inattentive driver. You may be eligible for compensation under personal injury law, but you might first want to see an attorney who's familiar with this field. The attorney may take your case to the negotiation table and seek a settlement that covers your medical bills, lost wages and more.]]>
On behalf of Gage Mathers <![CDATA[Traffic deaths in 2019 see 2% decline, says NSC report]]> 2020-09-29T19:00:13Z 2020-09-29T19:00:04Z A 2% decline from the previous year Both the number of fatalities and hospital patients represent a 2% decrease compared to 2018. The number of fatalities was 4% less than in 2017 when 40,231 people died. The decline varied from state to state with Vermont (31%) and New Hampshire (30%) seeing the most improvement. Unfortunately, some states saw an increase in traffic deaths, most notably Maine (35%) and Wyoming (32%).

Reasons for the slight decrease

The NSC did not touch upon causation, but several factors could be raised. First, more new vehicles are coming with advanced driver-assistance systems, which encompass features like collision warning and automatic emergency braking. Another factor is that more large cities are redesigning high-risk areas and implementing other measures to crack down on negligent driving. For example, Utah lowered its legal BAC limit to 0.05. Individual drivers must, of course, do their part by staying safe. This means avoiding distracted, drunk, drugged and drowsy driving; learning about a vehicle's safety systems; and keeping up on recalls.

For the victims of a car accident

Victims of motor vehicle accidents have the ability to file a claim for their monetary and non-monetary losses, such as hospital bills, lost income and pain and suffering. If you're wondering about your options, a lawyer may help clear things up with a case evaluation. The lawyer may be able to help you file the claim and negotiate for a fair settlement, hopefully out of court.]]>
On behalf of Gage Mathers <![CDATA[Speeding behind a quarter of fatal accidents in 2018]]> 2020-09-24T20:17:28Z 2020-09-24T20:17:22Z Speeding risk increases with age Speeding is more common among men and among younger drivers. Of all the male drivers aged 15 to 20 who were in a fatal crash in 2018, 30% were found to have been speeding. Of the female drivers in that same age group, 18% were speeding. On the other hand, the percentage for male and female drivers between 65 and 74 was 10% and 6%, respectively.

Alcohol and road conditions

One thing that excessive speed goes together with is alcohol abuse. Of those drivers aged 25 to 44 who were involved in fatal speeding-related crashes, 42% were alcohol-impaired. The second largest group was composed of drivers aged 55 to 64 (32%). As for those under 21, they composed 21% of drivers in these crashes. Accidents on dry roads seldom involved speeding in 2018 (16% in all). This was far from true, though, for accidents on roads with dirt, gravel or mud (45%) or crashes on icy or frosty roads (41%). As for crashes on roads with moving or standing water, 37% had a link to speeding.

Pursuing a catastrophic injury case

Like many victims of speeding-related auto accidents, you may have suffered catastrophic injuries that have diminished your ability to earn a living and support yourself and your family. This is a stressful time for you, but with a lawyer, you may find it easier to file a claim against the responsible driver's insurance company and seek compensatory damages.]]>
On behalf of Gage Mathers <![CDATA[City council pays in death of woman with misdiagnosed blood clot]]> 2020-09-16T01:36:29Z 2020-09-16T01:36:22Z wrongful death lawsuit filed by the woman's family against the Phoenix Fire Department. A second suit filed by the family identified a doctor and staff members at Dignity Health as defendants. The woman, who was four months pregnant at the time of the incident, sought treatment at a hospital the day before her encounter with the paramedic. Tests revealed her pulse was faster than it should have been.   Court documents allege that doctors failed to question the woman about her family history that involved blood clots. Both her sister and father experienced past problems with blood clots. The trip to the doctor ended with a bronchitis diagnosis and a prescription for an inhaler.   A day later, the woman collapsed in her home after telling her daughter she was having trouble breathing. The daughter called 911 for help. The paramedic that arrived instructed the woman she was experiencing a panic attack and there was no need for additional medical treatment. The next day, the woman went to her primary care doctor, who had her transferred to a local hospital.   Patients depend on medical professionals to get a diagnosis right when they are suffering a medical crisis. When this does not happen, life-threatening consequences are possible. Individuals and families who have endured pain, suffering, or loss due to a medical misdiagnosis may benefit from a conversation with a personal injury attorney.]]> On behalf of Gage Mathers <![CDATA[Trucks may see 50% fewer rear-end collisions with AEB]]> 2020-09-03T19:02:05Z 2020-09-03T19:01:58Z AEB leads to fewer rear-end collisions The benefits are clear enough. One Arkansas-based company saw a 50% reduction in rear-end collisions after installing AEB and FCW on 98% of its tractor-trailers. It also experienced shorter equipment downtime and was able to retain its drivers for longer because the features would mitigate any crashes that did occur. So, for example, an accident would lead to injuries when it would have been fatal without AEB.

Pushing for an AEB and FCW mandate

Approximately 45% to 50% of heavy-duty trucks being sold today come with AEB, but this is because truck fleets are choosing to incorporate it. Most passenger vehicles, on the other hand, will have the technology by 2022. Many are urging the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to consider the nationwide adoption of these features for trucks. So far, only stability control has been mandated; the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration made that decision back in 2017.

Representation for truck crash victims

Naturally, ADAS cannot prevent crashes without the driver's cooperation, as they do not make a vehicle self-driving. When truckers become distracted or drowsy, and when they cause truck accidents as a result, then those who are injured have the right to compensation. You want to file a claim and have that right protected, in which case you may want a lawyer by your side.]]>
On behalf of Gage Mathers <![CDATA[How truckers can avert fatigue on the road]]> 2020-08-20T05:16:55Z 2020-08-20T05:16:50Z Truck drivers in Arizona have to deal with long, stressful shifts and a lifestyle punctuated by lack of sleep and exercise. However, they should not be resigned to this because it all leads to drowsiness on the road, which puts everyone in danger.

Regular sleep and a healthy diet

Truckers need to get in six to eight hours of sleep a day, even if this means taking a nap on occasion. A NASA study of military pilots and astronauts found that 40-minute naps improve performance by 34% and attention by 100%, so truckers will no doubt experience similar effects. A good diet also helps prevent drowsiness since it provides nutrients while the body uses up its energy in digestion. Instead of eating fast food, truckers could consider a chicken or tuna sandwich, says the National Institutes of Health, and go for English muffins or bagels rather than donuts.

Rethinking what you drink

Truckers should drink more water and limit the intake of alcohol and caffeine, both of which lead to drowsiness: one in the short run and the other in the long run. Water consumption can prevent muscle cramps and headaches, too. Lastly, truckers may want to ponder how the truck cab, with its constant shaking and rattling, is affecting their health and, with it, their level of alertness. They may consider a seat suspension system.

How you can be reimbursed for your injuries

Drowsy truckers are behind many truck accidents. If you happened to be involved in one, you may be able to receive compensatory damages for your medical bills, car repair or replacement costs, lost wages and other losses. A lot depends on your own degree of negligence. Consider having a lawyer look at your case, and you may learn how much you could recover. You may leave negotiations to the lawyer.
On behalf of Gage Mathers <![CDATA[Importance of brake safety and inspections for truck drivers]]> 2020-08-06T04:38:48Z 2020-08-06T04:38:46Z Accidents with trucks are a serious matter and saw an uptick in 2018. Since a truck is heavier than a passenger vehicle, the driver requires a longer runway for coming to a complete stop. If their breaks are in questionable condition, the runway needed to come to a complete stop is even longer and more dangerous. When a truck's roadside inspection is conducted during Brake Safety Week, the brake hoses and tubing are going to receive extra attention. The brake hoses and tubing must be properly attached and undamaged. There can be no leaks, and they must be appropriately flexible. During the 2019 International Roadcheck inspection blitz, 45.1% of all out-of-service violations were brake system and adjustment violations. The 2019 Brake Safety Week rendered only 13.5% of violations brake-related. Driving on the road means that there are risks, so all drivers must exercise solid defensive driving skills and pay attention to the road. Accidents still happen, though. Individuals who are involved in motor vehicle accidents may wish to procure legal help. If an individual was the victim of a truck driver's negligence, a legal team may thoroughly analyze the evidence. If the truck's brakes did not give the driver enough time to break, then that will be brought forward during the proceedings, and the truck company or manufacturer might be liable as well.]]> On behalf of Gage Mathers <![CDATA[Be aware of distracted driving]]> 2020-09-01T23:11:16Z 2020-07-30T18:04:13Z This is about more than just texting Distracted driving is about more than just texting or using your phone behind the wheel. Of course, those are the most common examples, but even not getting enough sleep is a form of distracted driving. It can also include eating or listening to loud music while driving. Anything that takes your focus off the road can be distracted driving.

You are responsible for minimizing your distractions

Many drivers do not comprehend the effect of even momentary distracted driving. When they take their eyes off the road, drivers can travel the distance of a football field in a few seconds. This is even scarier when you realize that many younger drivers send texts while behind the wheel. Cutting down on distracted driving starts with putting the phone away. Then, you should minimize all other distractions that can take your attention away. You should also cut down on conversation and not drive with an overly full car. It is up to each individual driver to take the necessary steps to keep themselves and their passengers safe. If you have been injured in an accident with a distracted driver, chances are that they have been negligent. As a result, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries. A motor vehicle accident attorney may help you with the process of filing a claim with the insurance company. The attorney may then be able to negotiate on your behalf with the insurance company as you pursue the settlement that you deserve. The attorney may ultimately need to file a lawsuit in court.]]>