Scary Car Accident and Fatality Statistics [Infographic]

Every year there are six million car accidents across the U.S. Six million! It seems shocking, but with the annual increase in population, there’s going to be a greater amount of cars on the road. More people driving, more accidents.

Luckily, the number of accident fatalities has been on the decline since 1970, thanks to safer cars and advancing technology. On another note, distracted driving – using cell phones, texting – has contributed to slight jump in car accident fatalities from 2011 to 2012.

Let’s all make the roads safer for everyone, be as careful as possible and don’t drive distracted.

Car Crash Statistics - INFOGRAPHIC

Car accidents do happen. Make sure you have the right legal counsel on your side when it does. Contact Gazda & Tadayon with any of your auto accident needs or questions.

 

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The 15 Most Irritating Things People Do Behind the Wheel

The only thing worse than a bad driver is a really bad driver.  What annoying driving habits do you witness the most?  Here are our top 15.

1. When You Let Them Through and They Don’t Wave to Say Thank You

What kind of family did you grow up in? It’s culturally expected that you give the obligatory thank-you wave, or at least a friendly nod in the direction of the kind heart who let you in. If you don’t, be surprised not when that person rides your bumper for the next two miles. Those are the rules of the road, my friend.

no thank you when you let someone in

2. When They Don’t Signal Before Turning/Switching Lanes

Do you see that little stick resting beneath your steering wheel? That’s called your turn signal. The automotive giants wanted to give you a way to let the people around you know that you’re about to move. When you push on it, your car starts to blink.  Revolutionary!

no turn signal

3. When They Text While Stopped at a Red Light and Then Don’t Notice When It Turns Green Again

We realize that Shania just broke up with her boyfriend and now she’s rebelling by cutting her hair and getting a nose ring, so you’re providing emotional support via your telephonic portal; but that stoplight has been green for approximately three seconds and you haven’t budged. Call Shania later.

Mean Girls

4. When They Swerve In and Out of Lanes

We understand that your life is more important than everybody else’s, but this isn’t the Monaco Grand Prix, speed racer. Slow down and pick a lane.

Clueless - driving scene

5. When They Go Too Slow

There’s a name for this: It’s called “impeding traffic,” and it’s just as dangerous as driving too fast. If you can’t go the speed limit or within 5 mph of it, take the bus.

driving slow

6. When They Brake at the Last Second

You were probably just doing the person behind you a favor. You probably just wanted to make sure that their seat belts functioned properly. Right? No. Give the person behind you enough time to stop safely, or get used to the idea of your trunk ending up in your backseat, fast.

when someone suddenly brakes

7. When They Stare at You While You’re Both Stopped at a Red Light

Do I have something on my face? Did you hear me address you by name? …No? Avert your gaze, then.

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8. When a Single Drop of Rain Falls and They Forget How to Drive Entirely

This isn’t Mario Kart. You won’t hit a puddle, lose control of your vehicle, and get caught in a swirling eddy of water and despair. Of course, maneuver defensively; but if I can walk faster than you’re driving, we have a problem.

Jim Carrey standing in rain

9. When Their Music Gives You Heart Palpitations

What is this? Are we at a rave? Did you bring the glowsticks? Throw on your neon tube top and pin on your fake flowers.  Or better yet, turn your music down. This isn’t the Electric Daisy Carnival.

annoying loud music

10. When They Try to Show Off Their Fancy Car

I get it: You’re better than me. You drive a Maserati Granturismo Convertible and I drive a Ford Pinto. Quit revving your engine and flicking your cigarette buds at me. I have feelings too.

Brad Pitt in Se7en

11. When They Tail You While You’re Speeding

Your front bumper is almost touching my back bumper. You’re so close to me that I can smell your breakfast on your breath. Where’s the fire? Relax. Slow down.

 Chased  by T-Rex

12. When They Steal Your Parking Spot

Nothing makes me want to go all Fight Club more than the person who steals my parking spot. You saw me waiting; you saw my turn signal; you defied the rules of the lot and ripped my parking space from my judo-like grip. Unacceptable.

The Mask movie clip

13. When They Drive Without Headlights

Oh, I’m sorry–are you using your magical headlights, the ones that only you can see? That’s peachy. Thanks for all the help.

Morgan Freeman

14. When They Drive With Their Brights On

REALLY?

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15. When They Drive the Wrong Way Down a One-Way Street

I guess the giant sign that says ONE WAY and the 20 cars driving in the opposite direction weren’t enough of an indication. Get off the road, please.

driving in the wrong direction

We could go on, and we’re sure you could, as well. Let’s keep the roads safe for everyone and be the best drivers we can be.

Gazda and Tadayon have over 30 years of experience combined and are a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. If you have been involved in a car accident and need the best attorneys to represent you, give us a call today!  Contact us for your free consultation. (702) 220-7128

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6 Strange Driving Laws [INFOGRAPHIC]

When it comes to driving, we do our best to get from point A to point B safely and without getting a ticket. Being pulled over by a cop is one way to ruin a perfectly good day. To prevent your day from going south, you may want to take a look at this infographic. Here are 6 bizarre rules of the road you should obey when venturing around the U.S. (If you have thought about doing any of these, you probably shouldn’t be operating a motor vehicle)

6 Strange driving laws infographic

 

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7 Personal Injury Lawyers You Should Follow on Google+

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Move over, Facebook. Google+ is taking over. Educate yourself on local and national legal matters and keep abreast of newsworthy topics by following these seven personal injury lawyers on Google+.

#1: Jeffrey Lapin


Lapin’s presence in the Google+ community is certainly something to be proud of.  12,805 other users have this Nebraska lawyer in their circles, and his profile proves to be a wealth of knowledge spanning topics from texting and driving to food poisoning. He also loves sharing quality information and takes the time to tell you he enjoyed your post.

#2: Burnetti, PA

There’s plenty to like about the information displayed on Burnetti’s Google+ profile, namely the mention of a free consultation, no upfront costs, and no fees if there is no recovery.  The 1,162 people who keep Burnetti in their circles agree: Keep an eye on this one!

#3: Cross Prescott APC


Cross Prescott’s page is chock full of advice for people who need legal assistance.  A quick glance at their page reveals tips on how to handle parking lot accidents, how to write a successful demand letter, traffic laws, and more.

#4: Michigan Auto Law

 

Like Cross Prescott, Michigan Auto Law gears their posts toward local residents looking for quick and accessible information.  Tune into their page to educate yourself on car insurance, biking safety, and texting and driving bans.  These lawyers are also quick to respond to your comments and +1s!

#5: William Bill Hurst


You can find Hurst all over the Internet, from Twitter and Facebook to YouTube and Picasa.  This Indiana lawyer has represented hundreds of victims and has done nothing but personal injury cases for over 35 years.  Review his comments and +1s — there are plenty.

#6: Stephan Futeral

 

Futeral’s 2,038 followers take his posts seriously; not a single one goes by without several subsequent +1s, and, very frequently, shares.  We love how personal he’s made his page, and how frequently he addresses specific people by name.

#7: Gazda & Tadayon


Ok, so we had to save the best for last. Just kidding! We find Google + to be a great platform to share information and connect with other lawyers around the U.S. It’s wonderful to part of the G+ community and we look forward to all the posts and 1+s. See you around the interweb.

 

Do you need representation?  Contact Gazda & Tadayon today at (702) 220-7128.  We offer free personal injury consultations!

 

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What To Do After a Car Accident [Infographic]

Car accidents can happen any time, any where and unfortunately there’s not an app to tell us when. Even if you’ve never been in an accident, you can probably imagine how disorienting and stressful it is. That’s why it’s a good idea to keep a list of “what to do’s” in your car or purse. This infographic provides you with a simple step by step guide on the actions to take immediately following a accident.

Infographic - steps to take after a car accident

 

If the day comes you find yourself on the side of the road in a car accident, please contact Gazada & Tadayon for any legal assistance and advice. We are here to help in any way. Drive safely!

 

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Civil Lawsuit vs Criminal Lawsuit: What’s the Difference?

Most people assume that a lawsuit is a lawsuit, and that the same rules apply no matter what kind of court your case is taken to. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. Criminal and civil cases involve different laws, court systems, and burdens of proof, which is why it’s possible for a murder suspect to be acquitted by a criminal court but held liable for the victim’s death in civil court.

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Criminal Lawsuits

Criminal lawsuits are what most people think of when they hear of legal proceedings being brought against someone. They generally involve offenses against the state or society in general, and usually involve a trial by jury. The defendant is provided an attorney by the state, if he or she can’t afford one, and his or her guilt must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. The punishment for criminal lawsuits can include jail time as well as monetary damages.

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Civil Liability

Civil liability, on the other hand, is considered less blameworthy than criminal liability and so is treated as a lesser offense by the legal system. Civil offenses generally involve disputes between people or groups regarding the legal duties and responsibilities owed. To be found guilty in a civil lawsuit, the prosecutor must only show there was unlawful conduct or intentions that lead to the crime. Most civil cases are decided by a judge instead of a jury, and the state will not provide an attorney to the defendant; they must either hire one or choose to represent themselves. Punishment involves monetary damages or an injunction to do or not do something, with jail time being rare. In addition, protections afforded in criminal lawsuits such as the protection against illegal searches and seizures provided by the 4th Amendment do not apply in civil cases.

It is possible for a defendant to be charged with both criminal and civil offenses, such as a murder, leading to both a murder trial (a criminal lawsuit) and a wrongful death trial (a civil lawsuit).  The most famous example of this is the OJ Simpson trial, where he was found not guilty of murder but convicted in a civil court of causing his wife’s death.

The law is very complex and often difficult to understand, which is why it’s important to have an experienced wrongful death lawyer on your side when you file a lawsuit. Contact Gazda and Tadayon today at 702-220-7128 for a consultation with the best lawyers in Las Vegas!

Do I Need a Lawyer After a Car Accident? Yes! 8 Reasons Why

When you’re injured in an auto accident you may not have the physical or mental energy to think about defending yourself and that’s exactly when you need to speak to an attorney! A good lawyer will help you defend your rights and seek the compensation you’re legally entitled to – compensation that can ease your financial and emotional burden. Think about these eight reasons to bring an experienced attorney into your accident case.

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1.You Need to Know Your Options

Most insurance companies will try and resolve the case out of court by offering a settlement. You need to understand the ramifications of accepting a settlement since doing so requires you to give up your right to sue in the future. An attorney will help you understand what the settlement means in the long term.

2. Expert Presentation of Your Case

Since filing a suit is expensive and complex, you want to present the strongest case you can. Even when you have a police report and witness statements there are legal precedents, case histories, and laws that can be used to strengthen your case. An attorney has the knowledge and experience to build the best case that will get you the compensation you deserve.

3. Your Insurance Company is Running a Business

Your insurance company may compensate you quickly and provide you great service but they will also try to keep their costs low. A lawyer doesn’t have the same personal connection you do with your insurer and can work on your behalf to get you all the compensation you need to rebuild your car, health and life.

4. You Need to Know the Rules

In most states you have one to two years to sue following an accident. If you don’t file in time, sue the wrong defendants, or don’t sue for the right damages then you could lose the case and the right to sue again. Presenting the proper information at the right time is fundamental to a successful lawsuit and an experienced lawyer can help you navigate this complicated system.

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5. You Should Know All the Potential Damages You’re Entitled To

Your first concern after an accident may be to get your car repaired and medical needs covered but if you’re injured you may have rights to sue for many other damages. An attorney may be able to help you recover lost wages, or include things like emotional distress, loss of companionship and pain and suffering in your suit.

6. A Lawyer Will Move Your Case Forward

After an accident you usually have one to two years to file a lawsuit depending on the state you live in. If you’re badly injured you may need to spend that time getting your health back and getting back to work. Changes to your abilities or energy will take precedence and the details of a lawsuit may get pushed aside. A lawyer will be working on your behalf to keep your case moving forward so you can focus on your personal needs.

7. Filing a Lawsuit is Difficult

Compiling and filing a lawsuit means following very specific rules ranging from font size and language to rules about evidence and legal precedent. A lawyer who knows this process can ensure your suit is filed correctly, professionally and quickly.

8. Laws Vary by State

Every state has unique laws regarding auto accidents and insurance. In some states you can sue even if you were partially at fault. In other states you cannot sue at all following an accident except in special situations. An attorney will help you learn the rules pertaining to your state and case and help you discern your legal entitlements.

As you can see, filing a lawsuit after a car accident can be time-consuming, stressful, expensive and confusing. To make things easier from the very beginning, it’s best to hire attorneys that have the experience and knowledge to file your lawsuit and win your case.

If you’re in need of personal injury lawyers in Las Vegas, NV to represent you after a car accident or other injury case, contact Gazda & Tadayon today at 702-220-7128

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