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Personal Injury Claims for Crime Victims

On Sep. 26, 2016, the
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released its annual report,
Crime in the United States, 2015, which reported a 3.9 percent increase in violent crime in the United
States compared to 2014. The report also revealed that there were 1,197,704
violent crimes nationwide – and those figures don’t account
for the violent crimes that weren’t reported.

Here are a few highlights from the FBI’s report (2015 figures):

  • There were about 15,696 murders in the United States.
  • There were an estimated 90,185 “reported” rapes.
  • Across the country, there were about 327,374 robberies.
  • In 71.5 percent of the murders, a firearm was used.

As you can see, violent crime is a serious issue in the United States,
and we want to bring something to light: As personal injury attorneys,
we felt that people should understand the rights of crime victims. Because,
what some crime victims do not realize is that in many cases, victims
of physical and sexual assaults can file personal injury claims.

Often, someone is attacked while at work, or while on someone else’s
private or commercial property. When attacks occur on others’ property,
crime victims may be able to file a claim against the property owner’s
insurance policy. Or, if an attack happened at work, the injured worker
may be able to file a
workers’ compensation claim.

Types of attacks that may lead to a personal injury claim:

  • Attacks at work or on the job site
  • Attacks at motels and hotels
  • Attacks in parking lots
  • Attacks at businesses
  • Assaults on private property
  • Attacks at amusement parks
  • Attacks at concerts, bars, and nightclubs

There are many situations where a crime victim can seek compensation, even
if the perpetrator is in custody and awaiting trial, has limited assets,
or was never caught by the police. It’s just a matter of exploring
your options.

Are you, or someone you love a crime victim? If so,
contact Jones & Swanson to meet with a Kennesaw
personal injury attorney for free!

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Fidget Spinner Safety Concerns

Simple gadgets can sometimes take the world by storm – one of the
most recent being fidget spinners. You’ve likely witnessed youth
with one of these devices, whether you knew what it was or not. A fidget
spinner is a ball-bearing device that continuously spins when you rotate
it with your fingers. It’s small enough to fit in the palm of your
hand and is said to reduce stress. Many people have even claimed benefits
from these devices to children with ADHD and autism. Unfortunately, fidget
spinners have also been a cause of distraction to children in schools.
Many classrooms have banned the devices. And like most consumer products,
recent studies claim safety risks with fidget spinners as well.

In both Texas and Oregon, children have been rushed to the hospital after
choking on fidget spinner pieces. They are made of small pieces and prongs
with a circular pad in the middle. Users hold these gadgets by this middle
circle with a finger and thumb, spinning the toy with other fingers. Reports
show that brushings within the toys can pop out easily, leading to risk
of choking.

A Texas mother was driving with her daughter in the backseat when she heard
choking noises. Her daughter had apparently tried to clean the fidget
spinner by putting it in her mouth, which led to her accidentally swallowing
the device. X-rays from the Emergency Room revealed part of the device
stuck in the child’s throat. Because the spinner is approximately
the size of a quarter, surgery was necessary to remove the object.

In Oregon, a fidget spinner broke, causing a metal bearing to fly into
a child’s mouth while playing with the device. She also had to have
the object removed at a local hospital.

While all products have potential dangers, it is important to understand
the risks in an attempt to prevent injury – especially to children.
Parents, we urge you to explain the risks and dangers of fidget spinners
to your children as a safety precaution.

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Preventing Traffic Jams

The metro-Atlanta area is well known for higher than average levels of
traffic. Because the city has such a large population and is used as a
connector to more southern states, the number of automobiles traveling
through on a daily basis is great. Unfortunately, public transportation
is not fully developed throughout the metro area – another cause
of high traffic. Summer months will only see an increase in traffic due
to vacationing families and travelers.

In high-traffic areas, auto accidents and traffic jams are inevitable.
Here are a few tips to prevent being involved in an accident and to limit
traffic jam wait times:

  • In the event of an accident, avoid slowing your vehicle to look at the
    vehicles on the side of the roadway. This only slows the traffic behind
    you more substantially.
  • Changing lanes excessively causes an increase in the need to brake and
    affects drivers behind you.
  • Don’t cut into lanes of traffic – use your turn signals and
    wait for the appropriate time.
  • Only use the express lane if you’re traveling faster than the vehicles
    around you.
  • Be on the lookout for pedestrians – they have the right of way in
    every situation.
  • Don’t use your cell phone while behind the wheel – even when
    in traffic.
  • Plan ahead by checking traffic maps and reports to attempt to avoid high
    traffic areas or jams. When possible, avoid traveling by during rush hour.
  • If your vehicle breaks down or you’re involved in an accident, try
    to pull to the side of the roadway. Turn on the emergency flashers and
    use warning triangles if you have them to alert oncoming traffic.
  • When possible carpool with others going to the same area of town. This
    cuts down on traffic levels tremendously.

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25-Car Pileup on I-10 in New Mexico Leaves Six Dead

Six are dead and dozens more injured after a 25-vehicle pileup on Interstate 10 near Lordsburg, New Mexico. A dust storm kicked up Monday evening reducing visibility, which led to the pileup. The crash included a mix of commercial vehicles,

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One Killed in Multi-Vehicle Accident on PA Turnpike in Bensalem

A fatal multi-vehicle crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike early this month left one man dead.

According to police, the 51-year-old was driving a Honda SUV that was involved in a collision with a tractor-trailer around 3 am close to Bensalem on the westbound PA turnpike.

After the accident, both vehicles pulled off to the shoulder. The driver of the SUV exited his vehicle and was struck by another car on the highway.

The accident did not result in any other serious injuries, but all westbound lanes were shut down between the Willow Grove and Bensalem exits for almost seven hours.

The identity of the victim has not been released.

After an accident, it’s important to put safety first. Exiting a vehicle after an accident can be deadly, especially if you are disoriented. If you can’t move your vehicle after an accident on the highway, remain in the vehicle with your seat belt on and call 911. Never get out of your car on a roadway unless you feel your life is in imminent danger if you remain in the car.

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Takata Airbag Recalls Continue with Additional Alpha Inflator Warnings

Numerous auto manufacturing companies have announced defects and recalls
as a result of
Takata airbags. Millions of Takata airbag brands have been labeled dangerous due to the
potential for rupture during a crash. Unfortunately, at least ten deaths
have been attributed to these defects.

More recently, Honda announced that certain vehicles from 2001 through
2003 were equipped with “Alpha” inflators. These were the
original driver’s airbag inflators and have recently been assigned
a particularly high risk factor in a crash. Acura and Honda vehicles manufactured
in those years may face a rupture risk of as high as 50%. Of the ten deaths
confirmed by Honda related to Takata airbags, at least eight involved
these Alpha inflators. Potentially more troubling is that these recalls
have been reported as higher risk in areas of high humidity and heat –
things that Georgia is well known for.

Honda urges owners of these Alpha vehicles to drive only to repair locations
authorized by the company. Thus far, more than 74% of these Alpha vehicle
airbags have been fixed – but that leaves a quarter of vehicles
still on roadways in danger of these defects. For a complete list of vehicles
that include Alpha inflators included in the recall, visit
hondaairbaginfo.com.

If your vehicle is included in the list of recalled models, you should
have little trouble receiving service. Most authorized dealers for repair
have an excess of parts and all offer free corrections. Honda is even
offering complimentary rental or loaner vehicles while your vehicle is
being repaired. There’s no risk in taking your vehicle for repair.

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Tractor Trailer Blind Spot Safety

Have you ever been driving along the highway and an 18-wheeler forced you
into another lane or off the roadway? It’s a common occurrence and
is scary for even the most experienced drivers. Because big rig drivers
have larger blind spots than a typical vehicle, it’s not surprising
that so many accidents involve tractor trailers. Jones & Swanson has
experience with 18-wheeler accidents and hopes to use that knowledge to
educate you on how to drive safely alongside 18 wheelers.

Big rig trucks bring a certain extra level of danger to the roads and the
patrons surrounding them. These18-wheeler trucks have blind spots in front,
on both sides and behind the large rig. Since the driver may not be able
to see you, you may experience a time when the 18-wheeler will move over
in to your lane without seeing you – in turn, forcing you out of the way!

It is important for you to remember to stay out of the “danger zones”
when driving next to an 18-wheeler truck on any road or highway. Staying
out of these “danger zones” will drastically reduce your odds
of an accident with a large semi-truck.

“Danger Zones”:

  • 20 feet in front
  • On both sides
  • 30 feet behind

Below is a great visual representation of where these blind spots can be found:

big rig blind spots

Although the length of the danger zones on both sides of a truck can be
unknown, it is important to use extreme caution when passing one of these
large rigs on the highway. Riding alongside a large truck for any length
of time can cause you to ride in the “danger zone.”

If you feel uneasy or uncomfortable near an 18-wheeler truck, consider
changing lanes if you can do so safely to avoid their blind spots. The
size difference between a typical tractor-trailer weighing 80,000 pounds
and a standard passenger car weighing 5,000 pounds is an obvious reason
to give the tractor trailer adequate road space.

If you have been injured in a car accident involving an 18-wheeler, or
have any questions regarding tractor trailer safety, please give the knowledgeable
attorneys at Jones & Swanson a call at 770-427-5498.

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