Archive for September, 2014

Mississippi Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Talk About How to Ride Safely at Night

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

Riding a motorcycle requires a great deal of skill and concentration at any time. Night riding presents even more challenges and requires an even greater level of skillful focus. One challenge is that it is more difficult for other vehicles to see you. Your ability to see important things like signs and pavement markings is affected too. It is also hard to see pedestrians and wildlife at night, and you may have little time to react to them when you come upon them. Riding at night is not only more challenging than riding during the day, it is also more dangerous. Sixty percent of all fatal motorcycle accidents that occur in America happen after dark.

Nighttime riding becomes a little safer if you keep your speed down. By riding more slowly than you would during the day, you give yourself more time to react to anything that you might see in the road, including other vehicles. Riding at night is more taxing for your eyes than riding during the day, and your eyes can actually get tired, even if the rest of your body is well rested. If your eyes get tired, find a safe location and take a rest break. Wildlife are often present near roadways after dark, so be on the lookout for them, as they often stand on the side of the road and then dart unexpectedly into the roadway.

You can also keep yourself safe at night by increasing your visibility. Other motorists should be paying attention and looking out for motorcycles as they drive along. That said, one of the most common types of motorcycle crashes involves a vehicle turning left and into the path of a motorcycle, causing the rider to collide with the vehicle. These left-turn accidents often result in serious injury or death. In order to prevent left-turn accidents and other types of accidents that could occur if a driver does not see you, do as much as you can to increase your visibility to others on the road.

Reflective or fluorescent accents can increase visibility, so display them on clothing, helmets, and even on your bike. Good lighting also increases your visibility. If your bike has a small rear brake light, consider replacing it with a bigger, brighter one. You can also add running lights to the front of your bike, so that there are three lights instead of just one. You can maximize the brightness of your headlight by using a DOT-approved super bright headlight bulb. The angle at which your headlight is aimed matters, too. Check your state’s motorcycle laws, and then raise your headlight to the maximum angle that the law allows.

Giddens Law Firm, P.A.: Mississippi Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

If you or someone that you love has been injured or killed in a motorcycle accident, it is important that you speak with an attorney right away. A Mississippi Motorcycle Accident Attorney can help you to understand the process of pursuing a motorcycle accident case, and what you might expect to happen as your case progresses from start to finish. The knowledgeable Mississippi Motorcycle Accident Attorneys at the Giddens Law Firm, P.A. invite you to contact us. Call the Giddens Law Firm, P.A. today at (601) 355-2022 to schedule your free consultation.

Mississippi Workplace Injury Attorneys Discuss Workplace Falls

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Did you know that over two hundred and sixty thousand Americans will experience some sort of fall while they are on the job and miss one or more days of work?  Almost a thousand American employees die from work – related falls every year.  Some of the most common items that are implicated in workplace falls are ladders, wet floors, and non-moving motor vehicles.  While any worker at any job can fall, workplace falls happen most often for those people whose work involves farming, construction, mining, forestry, and fishing.

The construction industry accounts for nearly half of all of the fall-related deaths and injuries that occur in America.  This makes sense, when you consider that construction involves employees who work in elevated areas, work environments that are fast-paced, large amounts of heavy machinery and power tools at the job sites, and adverse working conditions like rain, wind, and snow.

There are a few types of fall related injuries that tend to occur in work environments. Some common types of workplace falls are falls from ladders, falls down stairs or from one level of a structure to another, slip and fall injuries from wet surfaces, and trip and fall accidents where the accident victim trips over something that has been left on the floor.

The injuries that are caused by work-related falls can vary from minor bruising and lacerations to traumatic brain injury and even death, in some cases.  Factors which influence the severity of a person’s workplace injury include the height from which the worker fell, the force with which they landed, and their body position upon landing, among other things.

Employees who fall on the job are usually eligible for worker’s compensation benefits if their injury happened during the course of their employment.  If you are injured at work, you must tell your supervisor about it within thirty days. Only injuries which require medical attention and/or cause the injured party to miss work are compensable through worker’s compensation. If you are able to pursue a worker’s compensation claim, your benefits could include payment of your medical bills, payment for vocational rehabilitation, and weekly wage replacement. In cases of severe injury or death, even more benefits may be extended to the victim and/or their family.

Giddens Law Firm, P.A.: Mississippi Workplace Injury Attorneys

If you were injured at work, it is important that you speak with an attorney right away. A Mississippi Workplace Injury Attorney can help you to navigate the worker’s compensation claims process and understand what kinds of things are likely to happen as your case progresses from start to finish. We understand that your injury has very likely impacted every area of your life, and we are here to help you pursue the recovery that you deserve. The knowledgeable Mississippi Workplace Injury Attorneys at the Giddens Law Firm, P.A. invite you to contact us. Call the Giddens Law Firm, P.A. today at (601) 355-2022 to schedule your free consultation.

Mississippi Wrongful Death Attorneys Talk About Pedestrian Accidents

Saturday, September 6th, 2014

Did you know that pedestrian accidents often result in wrongful death actions? Many collisions with pedestrians occur when the driver of a motor vehicle is behaving recklessly or negligently. Motorists who strike pedestrians with their vehicles are also often operating their vehicles in violation of the law. Pedestrian accidents are tragic, and they happen more frequently than most people realize. In America, one pedestrian is killed by a motor vehicle every two hours. That amounts to twelve pedestrian deaths every day. While some pedestrians who are involved in motor vehicle accidents survive and suffer from a range of injuries, many pedestrians do not survive accidents with motor vehicles. The force of an impact from a motor vehicle can throw or crush a pedestrian, causing immediate death, or life-threatening injuries which eventually result in death.

Families of the victims of pedestrian accidents often seek two forms of civil damages as the result of their losses. One type of civil action that a family may bring after losing a family member in a pedestrian accident is a survival action against the at-fault driver. A survival action serves the purpose of enabling the victim’s family to recover the damages that the victim suffered as a result of the accident. The second type of civil action that a  pedestrian accident victim’s family is likely to bring against the at-fault driver is a wrongful death action. Wrongful death actions help the victims’ families recover damages that they have experienced due to the losses of their loved ones, including funeral expenses, loss of support, and loss of companionship.

Pedestrian accidents often occur when the at-fault driver is breaking one or more laws. This means that in addition to the survival and wrongful death actions that are pursued by the family of an accident victim against an at-fault driver, the state may also pursue criminal charges. Driving under the influence of alcohol and speeding are two examples of unlawful behavior which often cause pedestrian accident. Sometimes, the conduct of an at-fault driver in a pedestrian accident is so extreme that it requires special treatment under criminal laws. For this reason, vehicular manslaughter or involuntary manslaughter charges may be filed in cases of extreme recklessness.

Giddens Law Firm, P.A.: Mississippi Wrongful Death Attorneys

A pedestrian accident can rob a family of someone that they love in the blink of an eye. If someone that you love was killed in a pedestrian accident, it is essential that you speak with an attorney as soon as you can in order to protect your rights. A Mississippi Wrongful Death Attorney can help you to understand the process of pursuing a survival action and a wrongful death claim, and what you might expect to happen as your case progresses from start to finish. The knowledgeable Mississippi Wrongful Death Attorneys at the Giddens Law Firm, P.A. invite you to contact us. Call the Giddens Law Firm, P.A. today at (601) 355-2022 to schedule your free consultation.

Mississippi Birth Injury Attorneys Tell Potential Clients How to Prepare for an Initial Consultation

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

If your child was hurt or harmed during your labor or delivery, you may wonder whether there is anyone who can be held responsible for the harm that your child and your family have suffered. If the injury to your child was caused by the irresponsible actions of one or more of the medical professionals who cared for you and your child during labor and delivery, you may be able to pursue a birth injury lawsuit against them. The best way to know whether you have a claim for damages related to your child’s birth injury is to consult with a Mississippi Birth Injury Attorney. Birth injury attorneys know, among other things, how to look for specific types of information which could support a claim that that your child’s birth injury was caused by the negligent actions of one or more medical professionals.

When you are looking for an attorney to handle your birth injury case, it is important that you choose someone who you feel comfortable with and who has a good grasp of the laws that apply to your case. Attorneys also like to meet with potential clients before beginning a business relationship with them, so that they can assess what type of birth injury claim, if any, the potential client has. Because it is beneficial for attorneys and clients to get to know each other before formalizing their business relationship, attorneys often offer free initial consultations.

In order for you to get the most out of your initial consultation with your attorneys, it is important that you know what to expect, so that you can bring along any documents or other items that you may need. At an initial consultation for a birth injury lawsuit, the attorneys will talk to you about your pregnancy, as well as what happened during your labor and delivery. The attorneys will also want to know about your life after your child’s birth, including whether they have required any special day to day care or additional medical procedures to correct the birth injury or other injuries or illnesses. It is helpful to your prospective attorneys if you obtain copies of your prenatal care and hospital records in advance of the initial consultation and bring them with you. Also, try to obtain and bring along treatment records from any doctors and hospitals that have provided care to your child after they were born.

Giddens Law Firm, P.A.: Mississippi Birth Injury Attorneys

An initial consultation with Mississippi Birth Injury Attorneys can help you to decide whether to pursue a birth injury case. It also affords you an opportunity to become familiar with the attorneys who will be handling your case. If your child has suffered a birth injury, the knowledgeable Mississippi birth injury attorneys at the Giddens Law Firm, P.A. invite you to contact us. Call the Giddens Law Firm, P.A. today, at (601) 355-2022 to schedule your free consultation.