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.

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

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6 Ways to Prevent Auto Accidents and Become a Better Driver

6 Ways to Prevent Auto Accidents and Become a Better Driver

Driving is perhaps the most dangerous everyday activity. And, despite the fact that as many as 40,000 people die every year in traffic accidents in the United States alone, in many areas traffic is only getting worse. To stay safe you have to form good driving habits. Yes, that means taking it back to the basics. Read ahead to find out the top 6 ways to prevent auto accidents and become a better driver.

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6. Keep Your Eyes Peeled

You’ve got to keep your eyes on the road, of course, but safe driving isn’t about simply staring straight ahead. The safest drivers use visual scanning to track traffic and other information both behind and beside them. If you’re driving in an unfamiliar area, it is doubly important to be carefully reading road signs and lane markings so that you can avoid switching lanes at the last moment and do a thorough reconnaissance of your blind spot. Having a keen eye on the road also insures that you’re ready for any sudden hazards.

 5. Keep Your Distance

The rule of thumb for safe driving is that you keep one car length of distance between you and the car ahead for every 10mph. If you’re going 60mph, you should be staying behind about 6 car lengths (be generous in your estimate). This will give you ample space in which to make a sudden stop and also improves your visibility of the road ahead (see tip 6). If roads are slippery or visibility is low, give yourself even more of a safe stopping distance.

4. Keep a Buffer at Red Lights

When many drivers pull up behind another car at a red light or other stop, they skooch up to within a foot or two of the other driver’s bumper. Pulling up this close increases the likelihood of a multicar pile-up in the event that you are rear-ended, and also prevents you from getting stuck behind stalled or otherwise disabled vehicles. A good rule of thumb is to leave enough room between your car and the car ahead that you can see their rear tires.

3. Wear Your Seatbelt

Your mother was right. Seatbelts (and airbags, and crumple-zones) are designed to save your life in case of an accident. In addition, most states now allow police officers to pull you over for seatbelt violations. Belt in no matter how short the trip.

2. Don’t Give Into Road Rage

Other drivers can be infuriating. They cut you off, try to sneak into your lane, run red lights, and everything in between. But getting into a an argument with another driver (not to mention a roadside fight) will accomplish nothing–and you certainly won’t get to your destination any faster. Just take a few deep breaths and keep on keeping on.

1. Assume Everyone is Incompetent.

This advice isn’t as cynical as it sounds. There are many safe, competent drivers, but there are also many drivers who are unskilled or inexperienced on the road. To hedge your bets, you should simply assume that every driver on the road is at least a little incompetent. This means keeping an eye out for lane changes without turn signals, giving a pause before going on green lights (red light running sometimes seems like an epidemic these days), and occasionally giving up the right of way to prevent accidents with dangerous drivers.

Sometimes accidents are unavoidable. Factors such as intoxicated drivers, icy weather, and unexpected hazards are always a possibility. If you or someone you love has been involved in an unfortunate accident, you’re going to need the top auto accident attorneys on your side. Contact Gazda & Tadayon today to get started on your case.

Winter Car Seat Safety: How to Keep Kids Safe

Children’s car seats are carefully designed to keep kids in place in case of an accident, and thus significantly reduce injuries. Car seats are so effective that they are legally required for children under a certain age. However, you may not know that extra precautions must be taken during the winter months when buckling your child into their car seat.

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Winter Clothes and Children’s Seats

Bulky coats and clothing can pose a real hazard for your children when they’re buckled into their car seat. Because the seats are designed to work best when your child is snugly secured, thick jackets and other winter gear can create too much space between the child and the straps. That’s why it’s important for children to be buckled in wearing no more than a sweater or sweatshirt.

It’s easy to forget that everything inside of your car is traveling at the same speed as your car. If you’re going 50mph, that means your child is also traveling at 50mph–and if the car suddenly stops, everything inside will continue moving at that speed. Extra space, created by coats, between your child and the straps will make the child move more than is safe, if a sudden stop is made.

How to Secure Your Child in Their Car Seat in the Winter

The first thing is to make sure the car seat is properly installed. Surveys indicate that as many as 1 in 3 car seats are improperly, and unsafely, installed. The next thing is to make sure your child is not wearing more than they would typically wear indoors. It may take a few extra moments to get them ready, but it may save them from serious injury in case of an accident. If you’re worried about your child’s comfort, strap them into the car seat and then put their arms through the sleeves of a jacket or cover them with a blanket. Just make sure there isn’t anything too bulky between your child and the straps of the car seat.

Tis the season to visit loved ones near and far. If you have unfortunately been involved in a car accident during your holiday travels, please give the auto accident attorneys at Gazda and Tadayon a call today. We are here for you. 702-220-7128

 

Upcoming Holiday Party? Keep Employees from Drinking and Driving with These Tips

Do you have a company holiday party coming up? You may be surprised to learn employers could be held legally liable for employees who drink and drive and cause a fatal car accident after leaving a company event. Read on to learn how business owners can prevent post-party tragedy and encourage responsible driving.

 

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Don’t let anyone – even Santa Clause – get behind the wheel if they’ve been drinking.

In the California case Purton v. Marriott International Inc, the defendant, Michael Landri, was employed as a bartender at the Marriott Del Mar Hotel in San Diego, CA. At the hotel’s annual holiday party, Landri consumed high amounts of alcohol throughout the event and when he attempted to drive a co-worker home, he rear-ended and killed the driver of another car. The appellate court sided with the victim’s family, stating that a reasonable judge or jury would conclude that the legal cause of death – Landri’s intoxication – had taken place during his employment activities with the hotel.

What this case illustrates is the responsibility employers have in ensuring the safety of guests who attend company-sponsored events. The following are some tips employers can follow in order to reduce the risk of party guests engaging in unsafe behaviors.

How to reduce employer liability risks and keep employees safe:

 

  • Hold the party at a local hotel and offer discounted or complimentary rooms for employees so they won’t drive home intoxicated
  • Hire a cab or limousine company to provide free rides for employees who are too impaired to drive home
  • Check employees’ coats and keys when they arrive at the party, so you can withhold the keys if need be when they’re ready to leave
  • Hire a bartender to serve drinks so employees and guests cannot serve themselves
  • Offer an adequate amount of non-alcoholic beverages and juices
  • Designate a person to be responsible for monitoring guests’ alcohol intake
  • Discourage excessive drinking and stop serving alcohol to those who appear intoxicated
  • In the holiday party invitation, include the company’s policy on drinking and driving, and mention that the company supports drunk driving laws
  • Give stickers to all designated drivers to wear at the party
  • Stop serving alcoholic beverages 90 minutes before the party’s end
  • Serve a variety of food that will help absorb the alcohol consumed by guests

Holiday parties are about having fun, but not at the expense of peoples’ safety. Keep your employees and other drivers and pedestrians safe this holiday season by encouraging smart and responsible driving.

If you or someone  you know has been the victim of a drunk driving-related auto accident, call the car accident attorneys at Gazda and Tadayon at 702.220.7128.

December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month

December is the month of holidays. Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Years Eve, all provide wonderful opportunities for people to get together with their families, friends and coworkers for festive parties. Unfortunately, these good times often lead to people getting behind the wheel when they have had one too many. To combat the bad holiday tradition of driving under the influence, December has been turned into National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month. This month, if you’re driving, don’t drink, and if you’re drinking, find a safe way to get home.

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Why December?

Let’s take a look at the statistics (collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). In 20011, 760 people died in drunk-driving-related crashes in the month of December alone. Looking at just Decembers from 2007-2011, total drunk-driving fatalities were a staggering 14,000+. During December, testing indicates that as many as 16% of weekend drivers during the holiday season test positive for illegal, prescription, or over-the-counter drugs, with 11% of night-time drivers testing positive for illicit drugs such as marijuana and cocaine. All this combined with icy and snowy conditions in some regions make December a very dangerous month to drive.

DUI Laws in Las Vegas

In Nevada, the DUI charge applies not only to alcohol but also prescription and over-the-counter drugs that can impair your driving ability. For alcohol, the Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) limit is 0.08% for all over-21, non-commercial drivers. If other drugs are detected in your body, they will receive the same penalties as if drunk, and perhaps more. These limits are coupled with the Illegal Per Se Law, which means that, while being over the limit is an offense in itself, a driver can also be cited for having a lower, detectable amount of alcohol in their system. The Implied Consent Law in Nevada means that a driver must submit to BAC testing when requested by a police officer. The act of getting into the car while under the influence gives implied consent to alcohol testing and resisting could turn into an arrest.

December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month, that means we are responsible for ourselves, our friends, our co-workers, and our family members. If you know someone who who has been drinking and decides to get behind the wheel, take  away their keys and call a cab. Let’s keep ourselves and others safe during this special time of year. Happy Holidays from all of us at Gazda & Tadayon.

If you or someone you know has been involved in a DUI related accident, contact the Las Vegas personal injury lawyers at Gazda & Tadayon today at 702-220-7128.

How Much Is a Personal Injury Case Worth?

In personal injury lawsuits, financial compensation is given to the plaintiff by those found legally responsible for the accident. This compensation, often referred to as “damages,” is determined after considering what the injuries have cost you financially, physically, and mentally. For those not familiar with the legal system, it can be difficult to determine how much your case is worth. Let’s take a look at the various types of damages that are commonly awarded in personal injury cases.

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Medical

This one is pretty straightforward. Medical damages are compensation for your medical treatment, both for which you’ve already received and the anticipated cost of any future treatment needed.

Income

Many types of injuries could leave you out of work. You will likely receive some compensation for the income you lose due to your injury. This is referred to as “loss of earning capacity,” and includes money you would have been able to earn in the future if you had not been injured.

Property Loss

If any of your property was damaged at the time of your injury, you will receive reimbursement for any repairs at the current fair market value to replace the property.

Emotional Distress

This is harder to quantify than medical, income, or property loss damages because it’s difficult to put a dollar value on someone’s emotional state. Nevertheless, it’s not uncommon in personal injury cases to be given damages for the psychological impact of your injury such as stress, fear, or sleep loss.

Loss of Consortium

These damages relate to the effect your injury will have on your relationship with your spouse, such as the inability to continue a sexual relationship.

Loss of Enjoyment

Damages for loss of enjoyment are awarded when your injury prevents you from pursuing activities you enjoy, such as sports or other hobbies.

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Of course, you don’t want to be sorting out these legal issues on your own after suffering a personal injury in Las Vegas, NV. That’s where we come in! Contact us today at (702) 220-7128 to schedule a free consultation!

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!

5 Texting And Driving Apps Designed To Help Your Teen

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The thought of your teen on the road can be very worrisome, particularly if he or she is never without a cell phone. Check out five texting and driving apps that may help prevent distracted driving and contribute to peaceful feelings even when your teen is behind the wheel:

1) Canary: iOS, Android

A great app for parents, Canary lets you know if your teen’s phone is unlocked while operating a vehicle. It will also alert you when your teen goes beyond the designated speed limit, out of town, or isn’t home in time for curfew.

2) Text Limit: iOS, Android

Is your teen not allowed to text or otherwise use the phone for a certain period of time? With this app parents can set a speed at which their child’s phone will be inactive. It also allows for parent contact even when this is the case and can send them alerts when their child exceeds a certain speed.

3) CellControl:  iOS, Android

This app requires a bit more work. A device is installed under the steering column which monitors when the car is in motion. There is a blocking screen that pops up on the phone when the car is moving and prevents the driver from texting, it will disappear when the vehicle stops.

4) Drive Scribe: iOS, Android

While DriveScribe doesn’t do anything to prevent texting or calling while driving, it does promote safety in that drivers are given a “safe driver score” after each trip is complete. All that safe driving is accumulated in a points system redeemable for Amazon and Sports Authority among other retailers. How’s that for getting your teen to stop texting and driving??

5) DriveSafe.ly: iOS, Android, Blackberry

An app that lets drivers hear rather than read texts and emails, it also provides an automatic “I’m driving, leave me the heck alone” response. (Okay, so maybe that’s not exactly what it says!)

Although these phone apps are designed to prevent your teen from texting while driving, they aren’t fool proof. If you’re concerned about your teen’s phone usage while behind the wheel, it’s best to teach them to leave their phone in their purse, pocket, or glove compartment. When it’s out of sight, it’s out of mind. If there is an emergency…instruct your kid’s to pull over to the side of the road and use their phone.

At Gazda & Tadayon, we care about the safety of our fellow Nevadans. Stay safe and please don’t text and drive. However, if you have been involved in a car accident and are looking for personal injury lawyers in Las Vegas, NV to represent you, give us a call at 702-220-7128.

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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What to Do If You’re Involved in a Car Accident: 10 Important Steps to Take That Will Help Your Case

Getting in a car accident is a nerve-wracking experience. Be aware of these 10 steps ahead of time so you’re prepared.

1. Exchange driver and insurance information, including the following information:

  • Name, address, and phone number
  • Driver’s license number
  • License plate number and state
  • Car insurance company and policy number

2. Find people who may have seen the accident, write down their names and phone numbers. Witnesses can help bolster your claim in the event of accident discrepancies.

3. Never admit fault to the other driver, even if you believe you caused the accident. It’s best to let police and insurance companies handle the incident and arrive at their own conclusion.

4. Don’t voice any injury concerns. It’s hard to know what injuries the accident may have inflicted so soon after the event. Claiming injuries that a doctor later refutes may make your case difficult.

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5. Know the coverage you have through your car and health insurances BEFORE an accident occurs to see if you’re covered for ambulance rides, rental cars, or tow trucks. Check your car insurance and obtain additional coverage if such necessities are not currently covered.

6. Make sure to document the accident with either a disposable camera kept in an emergency kit or your smart phone. Take pictures of the damage to your car, the other car, and any skid marks. Photograph the entire accident scene to give claims adjusters a clear picture of the incident.

7. Get medical attention, even if an injury seems minor at the time. Small injuries, like whiplash, can worsen after a few days. The sooner an injury is documented, the easier it is to file insurance claims.

8. Call your car insurance company and report the incident, even if the accident is minor and the other party involved want’s to settle outside of the insurance company. A small fender bender could prove to have caused frame damage down the road.

9. While waiting for a tow truck call your lawyer, who can advise what you should be asking after the accident occurs. Involving your lawyer right away will help in the event of a dispute.

10. Remove any valuables from your car before it’s towed, such as insurance papers, wallet or purse, and electronic devices.

 

If you have been in an accident and are seeking legal justice, contact Gazda & Tadayon, your Las Vegas injury lawyers immediately. We are here to assist you and provide you with support. Call today  for your free consultation 702-220-7128.