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After a car accident, victims have a lot to worry about – from physical injuries and medical bills to unpaid time off from work, car repairs, and insurance negotiations. You may believe that working with the insurance company will be easy because, well you have paid your bills on time, never filed a claim before, and they told you that you were “in good hands” because they are “like a good neighbor.” News flash: It is never that easy!

Once you file your claim, an insurance agent may contact you offering a settlement. At first blush, the offer may seem generous, but you need to consider the total cost of your injuries – present and future. You should not agree to a settlement before the full extent of your injuries are determined and how long will you be out of work. If you accept an offer, in some cases, you wave your right to file a lawsuit.

Lawsuit Financial advises victims to consult an experienced auto accident attorney who can assist in you in determining how much your case is worth and help you deal with the insurance company. If you need help locating an attorney in your area, we are happy to assist you from our nationwide database. This is a free service!

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During the holidays, traffic on our roadways not only increases due to local shoppers and holiday parties, but also out-of-towners preparing to spend time with distant family and friends. Unfortunately, with increased traffic comes more serious and fatal auto accidents.

I-295 in Jacksonsville, Florida was the scene of a fatal auto accident which claimed the life of two out-of-towners.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the driver of a Ford 500 sedan left the roadway and struck a concrete median. He, then, re-entered the highway and struck a U-Haul attached to a Toyota Sequoia. The force of impact caused the SUV to flip over ejecting a man and a woman passenger, killing them both. According to the FHP report, neither was wearing a seat belt. The other three passengers were taken to hospitals with serious or minor injuries. The driver of the SUV was not injured. All occupants of the SUV were from out of town. The driver of the Ford suffered minor injuries. The investigation is ongoing and charges are pending.

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Motorists have a duty to operate a motor vehicle in a safe and reasonable manner. This duty can be breached if a driver is exceeding the speed limit, following at an unsafe distance, driving while distracted, or otherwise driving in an unreasonable or unsafe manner.

On December 1, a high school senior tweeted “Seatbelt warnings are smart for cars. You could just be driving and someone else could be the dumbass. Be safe.” Less than two hours later he was killed in an auto accident, but not because he was speeding or driving while distracted, and not because he wasn’t wearing a seatbelt.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said the teen was stopped at an intersection when the driver of a Nissan minivan ran a red light at a “high rate of speed”, jumped the center concrete median, and slammed into his Honda Accord. Those two vehicles veered into the path of a commercial gasoline tanker truck, pushing it into a Lexus.

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A 19-year-old Missouri teen was seriously injured in a head-on car crash on an icy stretch of highway. He was transported to University Hospital in Columbia where he was diagnosed with several skull fractures and brain swelling. Doctors placed the teen in a medically induced coma. When he awoke, the young man received more tragic news.

His parents were on their way to see him in the hospital when a vehicle crossed the center line and struck their vehicle head-on, killing them instantly. The couple in the other vehicle was also killed in the crash. The teen’s parents were wearing seatbelts; the other couple was not. Police said that the driver who caused the crash had been in a single-vehicle accident earlier that day. It is believed that icy roads were a factor in all three accidents.

Our condolences go out to this young man who has since been released from the hospital. A GoFundMe page has been set up by a Walmart co-worker to help the teen with medical and funeral expenses.

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If you were involved in an auto accident, you should always take all the necessary steps assuring the safety of those involved, regardless of the party at fault. You should also understand the ramifications that may follow.

Taking an auto accident injury claim to court is a lengthy process. Once you have hired an attorney and your personal injury lawsuit has been filed, it could be as little as six months, but more likely a year – or even years – until the date of the trial. It is not uncommon for the defendant’s attorney to try to wear you down in hopes of settling too soon for too little. Even if you hang in there and are successful in proving the other driver’s negligence caused the accident, with various post-trial motions and a possible appeal, it could still be some time before you actually receive a settlement. In the meantime, you will probably run up significant expenses, including medical bills and the cost of repairing or replacing your car. Obviously, the longer your litigation is pending, the more financially strapped you may become. If you are currently in the process of an injury claim or lawsuit but need financial staying power to pursue the case to trial, Lawsuit Financial can help with a financial support option known as lawsuit funding.

Lawsuit funding is a cash advance to help take care of life’s necessities (mortgage, rent, food, utilities, gas, car payments, medical expenses, transportation, etc.) during a long, and sometimes, bumpy road to resolution. To be eligible for funding, you do not need good credit. In fact, you can have bad credit, or no credit at all, and still be approved. This is because we approve funding based on the merits of the case. Additionally, there is no need for employment verification, and we do not require upfront fees or monthly payments.

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There are many contributing factors in many auto-pedestrian accidents; driver inattention being the most common cause.

A 38-year-old Clearwater, Florida man has been charged with two counts of fleeing the scene of a crash involving bodily harm after he struck two pedestrians on a sidewalk.

According to police, a 2003 Honda Civic driven by the man, passed through an intersection and veered off the road, striking the pedestrians. When the driver failed to stop, a witness on a motorcycle followed him to a convenient store, called 911, and detained the man until police arrived. The two pedestrians were transported to an area hospital with serious injuries.

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A North Carolina woman was killed after a drunk driver ran a red light, striking her car as she was making a left turn. The 76-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene; a child passenger was treated and released from the hospital. The impaired driver was not injured. He has been charged with driving while impaired and aggravated felony death by motor vehicle. A golden retriever in his car was unharmed.

In addition to the criminal charges, the drunk driver may be liable for civil penalties. The family of the deceased woman should consult an experienced auto accident attorney. Although it may be difficult for family members to think about taking legal action following the loss of their loved one, a wrongful death lawsuit is the only way to hold the negligent driver accountable for his actions and for the family to seek compensation for damages, including pain and suffering and loss of companionship.

Sometimes a drunk driver will have no insurance, making a claim against one’s own uninsured motorist’s coverage necessary. In either case, such cases take time. In the meantime, the bills will keep coming. Once a lawsuit is filed, if the family is faced with a significant financial burden due to funeral and burial expenses as well as other expenses, they may wish to apply for lawsuit funding.

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It goes without saying that losing a loved one in an auto accident leaves an emotional scar on any family. In the midst of the grief, it is hard to deal with the financial consequences or think about filing a wrongful death lawsuit. But, cases like the one below are perfect candidates for lawsuit funding.

According to reports, an elderly couple has died after a collision with a tractor trailer in Suffolk, Virginia. Both were trapped inside their Toyota; fire crews had to cut them out of the vehicle. The couple was transported to an area hospital in serious condition. Both died the next day from injuries sustained. The driver of the tractor trailer escaped with no injuries.

The Virginia State Police stated that the couple slammed into the tractor trailer after its driver failed to stop and a stop sign. It is unknown why the tractor trailer driver failed to stop, but often times such reckless driving is due to fatigue or driver distraction. An investigation is ongoing and will hopefully answer some questions. In the meantime, the family of the deceased couple may wish to consult an auto accident attorney to understand their rights.

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Head-on collisions often cause death because both cars hit with extreme opposing force. These accidents are often due to miscalculating the speed and distance of the oncoming car or veering into an oncoming lane due to speeding, reckless driving, distractions, or drunk driving.

Witnesses told police the driver of a white Yukon had been weaving in and out of traffic at a high rate of speed prior to a head-on crash that killed a 7-year-old boy and a 25-year-old woman.

The crash occurred when a white SUV drifted into the lane of a Mazda, striking it and forcing the Mazda into a spin before it was struck by an oncoming Dodge Durango. Police said neither driver had a chance to avoid the impact.

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A street race on San Tomas Expressway in Santa Clara, California turned deadly when a Chevy Camaro traveling at least 100 mph swerved off the road to avoid traffic and hit a tree. According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the driver was racing a silver Acura, which fled the scene and has not been located. Witnesses told police that the two vehicles were racing when they approached stopped traffic. The Camaro veered right, went up on the sidewalk and became pinned between the tree and the sound wall. The Camaro caught fire, but police said it was the initial impact that killed the driver. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. Nobody else was injured, but the impact of the crash sent debris flying over the sound wall and into neighboring backyards.

The crash is under investigation, and the CHP requests that anyone with information about the Acura — to call 408-467-5400.

Innocent victims, or the surviving loved ones, of any auto accident have the right to file a lawsuit seeking compensation for damages incurred. But, in a street racing accident like this, who is at fault? When faced with complex accident claims and liability issues, it is important to hire an experienced attorney who will be able to advise the families of these victims regarding their legal rights and options. If a lawsuit is filed and the plaintiffs need financial assistance, they may want to consider auto accident litigation funding.