Will COVID-19 Impact Car Accident Litigation?

Many of us have questions about the potential impacts of what appears to be the most dangerous viral outbreak in the modern era — and sadly, few of those questions seem to have answers. Science has been slow to provide them even though researchers are working nonstop to do exactly that. Will COVID-19 impact car accident litigation? Of all the questions asked, it seems like one of the silliest until you dig into the details.

After all, this pandemic has affected aspects of our world — and how it functions at the most basic levels — that no one ever imagined. And yes, COVID-19 will absolutely affect car accident litigation moving forward.

First, we expect many fewer lawsuits in the coming weeks and months. Car accident attorneys provide a resource for those who have been injured in, well, car accidents. And with fewer people traveling on the road during lockdowns and self-isolation, accidents have dwindled to a few. This is good news! Hospitals are already under intense pressure because of a lack of resources to fight the new viral threat, and they don’t need the added strain of car accident victims to make things worse.

Second, we expect fewer lawsuits over the long-term. This is primarily because COVID-19 could — and probably will — crop up in peaks and troughs, hitting parts of the world that weren’t initially affected months later. Likely, it will return with a vengeance later this year if Americans are successful in flattening the curve (although the preventative measures taken so far should have been far more restrictive if that was the ultimate goal).

Many non-essential businesses have been asked to close their doors for the duration of this outbreak, but law firms were not among their number. That’s because people need financial protection now more than ever, and regardless of how many fewer car accidents there are over the next few months or even years, there are still some. We’re here to help those who need it now the most.

We urge our readers to heed CDC warnings and take cautionary measures while going about their day to day lives. Are you a non-essential employee, suddenly out of work? Please stay home! You can still go out for a walk or to pick up some groceries, but socializing as you normally would will cause great damage heading into May. 

Should the numbers continue to advance at such a pace, we can expect 3,000 dead Americans each day by the end of April. We’re on track to eclipse seasonal flu deaths very soon. Please take care of yourselves and others!

The New Car Technology That Will Make Your Trip To Work Easier In 2020

Automobiles are changing. Technological progress follows an exponential curve, which means the more time goes by, the faster technology changes. This is especially true for cars, which are beginning to implement safety tech faster than ever before. What’s more, some newer vehicles are even using learning software to “teach” older models how to drive more safely. These are a few of the new car technologies that will make your trip to work just a little bit easier in 2020 and beyond.

The 2020 Nissan Altima. Although the price is going up, so are its capabilities. The “Safety Shield 360” will implement a “ProPilot Assist” that will automatically keep a driver from veering too far from the center of a lane. An adaptive cruise control will also function somewhat like Tesla’s Autopilot does (during some highway driving, you can hand over most of the responsibility to the computer so long as your hands are on the steering wheel and you’re ready to take over at a moment’s notice).

In addition, the Altima will detect pedestrians and automatically brake when necessary. The cameras will monitor and detect cars both in front of you and behind, providing collision warnings or, once again, braking when necessary. There are a number of other safety features included in the package.

Toyota Manufacturing. This carmaker plans to introduce a number of electric vehicles in the coming years, which should help it catch up to other carmakers who are already doing the same. Toyota had previously provided a sales outline that included 5.5 million electric cars by 2030, but now the company has moved up the timeline to 2025.

Toyota also plans to unveil a solid-state battery “if possible” by the time the Olympic games take place. This follows an agreement by Toyota and Panasonic to research, develop, and manufacture batteries based on solid-state designs. In order to increase sales of both these batteries (when they release) and its platform of electric vehicles, Toyota has also paired with Subaru.

Toyota Lexus. This automaker recently unveiled plans for the “Lexus Safety System Plus” standardization in 2020. These safety measures help vehicles detect potential crashes in order to prevent them. The Lexus version of adaptive cruise control doesn’t work like the Altima’s; instead, it allows you to set both speed and following distance. If the set speed would take you too close to the car in front of yours, then the vehicle will slow down.

The vehicles will also come with automatic high beams to prevent blinding unwary drivers, lane departure warnings (steering-wheel vibration in conjunction with audio-visual warnings), and automatic emergency braking to prevent crashing into the vehicle in front of you. The Lexus will also detect pedestrians.


Driving At Night Is Dangerous

According to the National Safety Council, the risk of a fatal crash is three times greater at night than it is during the day. Factors contributing to this include night vision, rush hour traffic, impaired drivers from drugs and alcohol, shorter days and fatigue. It also doesn’t help that in dark things such as depth perception, color recognition, and peripheral vision all decrease. Bright headlights from oncoming traffic can also cause a driver to squint or be temporarily blinded from the road. And on dark roads with no street lights, visibility from headlights even on the highest setting is reduced up to 50%.

So what can you do to help prevent accidents at night? Make sure your headlights are aimed correctly and are thoroughly cleaned. Avoid speeding to make sure you can stop in time and clean your windshield to eliminate glare from oncoming headlights. If you wear glasses, making sure the lens are anti-reflective can also help at night.

If you suffer from bad night vision, the American Optometric Association recommends having annual vision exams, driving slowly, minimize the amount of distracted driving at night (such as listening to the radio or bringing passengers into the car). Elderly people might suffer from cataracts or degenerative eye disease so it recommended that they don’t drive at night.

A National Sleep Foundation poll says that 60% of adults have driven while they were tired and roughly 4 million of them have admitted that they have caused a crash by falling asleep while driving. The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration said that 100,000 police reported crashes were a result of driver fatigue. To prevent drowsy driving, getting proper sleep at night and only driving during hours you are normally awake can help prevent accidents.

Driving at night is unavoidable but if there’s option to wait until morning, it might be the safest thing you can do.

The Most Common Types Of Motorcycle Accident Injuries

It’s probably not a surprise to anyone that there are a far greater number of motorcycle accident injuries than automobile accident injuries. Bikes aren’t nearly as safe as motor vehicles or trucks, and that can only be compounded by the thrill-seeking personality of most motorcyclists. Insurance premiums for these vehicles are often more expensive not only because of the number of accidents, but also because of how catastrophic they usually are.

Here are a few of the most common types of motorcycle accident injuries:

Road Rash. Have you ever had a really bad rug burn? A terrible noogie? Well, road rash is indescribably worse. When your bike tips and slides at high speeds, you’ll suffer from road rash. At that point you may have been flung away from the bike and started to rub against the pavement all by yourself. No protective gear or clothing is enough to prevent the skin loss that results.

The injury is often made worse by subsequent irritation, inflammation, and infection. Hopefully you won’t need skin grafts.

Muscle. Doctors and surgeons will often notice muscle damage after motorcycle accidents. If an accident leaves you paralyzed, your muscles will start to wither away. Any major injury will require physical therapy in order to build you back up to where you were before the accident.

Don’t forget about the loud sounds of the roadways–wear earplugs or buy a helmet that protects your ears in order to prevent bursting eardrums of an increased chance of deafness later in life.

Legs and Arms. When you fall–this is after the road rash but before the muscle damage becomes permanent–you’ll likely experience damage to the leg and arm on the side of the impact. Broken or shattered bones are commonplace, or perhaps you’ll be fortunate enough to experience only scrapes and lacerations.

Biker’s arm occurs because of the instinctual reaction to being flung from a high-speed vehicle. When you place your hands and arms in front of your face, you won’t just suffer from broken bones–you’ll suffer from nerve damage.

Other. You’re also prone to permanent disfigurement, amputation, paralysis, and traumatic brain injury (or TBI). About ten percent of individuals who experience TBI cannot live on their own after the accident because of permanent neurological damage. Be sure to wear a helmet when you’re on the road!

What To Do About Motor Vehicle Theft

Motor vehicle theft occurs when one’s vehicle is taken by another without permission. Technically, such theft would be considered a larceny under the law. A larceny, in simplest terms, is any theft of personal property. However, due to the severity of motor vehicle theft, and the frequency that they occur, the government has designated this form of theft its own category. Thus, motor vehicle theft has its own punishments and laws that come with it.

Penalties For Motor Vehicle Theft

Typically, motor vehicle theft is classified as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the state and severity of the crime. However, some states have additional nuanced penalties depending on the type of motor vehicle theft committed. For example, in the state of Alaska, operating the vehicle in “a dangerous way” during the theft increases the potential punishment. In California, if the vehicle stolen was a police car, the level of vehicle theft increases from a misdemeanor to a serious felony. Texas gets even more nuanced — if the vehicle theft was committed in county designated by the governor as disaster area, the penalties are increased. Furthermore, as is typically the case with most crime, repeat offenses increase the severity of the penalties associated with it.

What Do I Do?

Well, if you’re a driver, it is relatively simple to protect yourself from being a victim of motor vehicle theft. There are a few crucial steps to minimize your potential risks. First, always make sure to lock your car doors. Even if you are just going outside your vehicle for a brief moment, this step is imperative. Next, make sure that all of your windows are rolled up completely. Don’t forget the sun roof if your car has one! In addition to these steps, you want to place all valuables out of sight. This means they can go in the trunk, glove compartment, or stay with you. Lastly, you can always opt to put an alarm sticker on your car window, informing potential thieves that you are secure.

If you have been accused of motor vehicle theft, the following steps are not quite as simple. In some cases, this accusation may be truthful, in others, the situation may be far more complex. Regardless, there is one step ubiquitous to all cases: contacting a criminal defense attorney. They can help develop a legal defense to best represent you and your motor vehicle theft case.

Will I be Held Liable if my Car was Stolen and in an Accident?

Unfortunately, car accidents happen every day. They can be a tragic event involving fatalities or as small as a tiny dent on a bumper. Regardless, all car accidents should be reported to the police and the respective drivers’ insurance companies.

The only thing worse than being in a car accident yourself, is if your car is stolen and involved in an accident. Not only do you have to deal with the stress that comes along with a stolen vehicle, but you have to deal with the stress of your car being in an accident.

What Are Your Responsible For?

Well, first off, when you discover that your car was stolen, you should:

Call the Police: Tell the police all about your car. Let them know that it has been stolen, the make, model, color, license plate, and any other important information.

Call your insurance company: After you call the police, the next step is to call your insurance company. In case anything happens with the vehicle, you should document that the vehicle was stolen.

Are You Liable?

If your car has been stolen and has been involved in an accident, you will not be held liable. The reasoning behind this ruling is that you did not willfully lend your car out to someone.

Tips to Prevent Vehicle Theft

The first step to avoiding a situation like this is to take steps to ensure the security of your vehicle. Some tips to prevent auto theft are:

  • Have a security system installed
  • Try not to park in high crime areas
  • Avoid dark, shady areas
  • Purchase auto theft insurance

Contact a Car Accident Attorney

If you, or your vehicle, has been in a car accident, the next best step after alerting the authorities is to contact an experienced car accident attorney. A car accident attorney will investigate your case and decide whether or not you will be held liable. In the case that you are injured in the said crash, a car accident attorney will file a lawsuit.


Steps You Should Follow After A Car Accident

Car accidents are a stressful experience and the collision can be terrifying. A car accident can leave you with injuries that range from mild, like a sprain or fracture, to severe, like a traumatic brain injury or paralysis, and in some cases death. Car accidents tend to have long lasting effects, whether it is an injury or emotional stress from being in the accident and possibly having to get a new car. If you are involved in a car accident and are injured you should contact an experienced car accident attorney.

Steps To Take After a Car Accident

After a car accident, there are some important steps you should follow; they are:

  1. Check yourself and your passengers for injuries: Check yourself and your passengers for any injuries. If you discover an injury, call 911 immediately.
  2. Stay at the scene: It is important that you remain at the scene of an accident until it is appropriate to leave. If you leave the scene early and the other driver suffered damages, injuries, or died in the accident, you may be brought up on criminal charges as a hit-and-run driver.
  3. Get to safety: If you are able to, pull over to the side of the road. Proceed by turning your engine off, turning on your hazard lights, and setting up road flares, if you have any. By turning on your hazards and putting out road flares, other drivers will be able to see you and avoid a collision with your car.
  4. Call the police: Whether you are in a fender bender or a major car accident, call the police. The police will come and file a report. You should ask if it is possible for you to obtain a copy of the accident report. The accident report outlines what happened, often proving fault and noting if any traffic laws were violated.
  5. Exchange Information: When things begin to settle, it is important that you exchange information with the other driver. It is recommended that you do not discuss fault of the accident or any other facts about the accident with the other driver involved in the collision. Some documents you will want to take note of are:
    1. Full name and contact information
    2. Insurance company and policy number
    3. Driver’s license and license plate number
    4. Type, color, and model of the vehicle
    5. Location of accident
  6. Document the accident: In an effort to protect yourself, you should document the accident. Take the following steps:
    1. Identify the officers: Get the name and badge number of all police officers who respond to the call.
    2. Get a copy of the police report: Ask a police officer if you can have a copy of the accident report.
    3. Take pictures: Take pictures of the accident from different angles; try to get the other driver’s license plate in one of the pictures.
    4. Take down a name: Write down names and addresses of every party involved. This includes passengers in the other vehicle.
    5. Talk to witnesses: If there were any witnesses to the accident, take note of their full name and contact information, as well.
  7. Inform your insurance company: Let your insurance company know you were involved in an accident. Be truthful, cooperate with them, and let them know of any injuries you have suffered. If you are not truthful with your insurance company, they withhold the right to deny you coverage of the incident and future insurance coverage. Obtain a copy of the police report for proof of fault.
  8. Keep track of medical visits: Note any doctors visits, physical therapy, or any other medical professional you receive treatment from. Keep a record of all treatments or medications you receive. Request copies of all medical reports and bills in order to help you prove your medical expenses later. 
    Tracking pain and suffering can be difficult. In order to do so, take note of how your injuries affect your day-to-day life. It is important to keep track of any missed work days, a list of any activities you cannot partake in, and describe how the injuries have affected your family life.
  9. Hire an attorney: If you have been in a car accident and you or a member of the crash was injured, you should contact a car accident attorney. A car accident attorney will help you either maximize your recovery for damages or defend you, if necessary.

Accident Statistics Involving Distracted Driving

Distracted driving poses perhaps the single greatest growing health risk to Americans today. Yesterday, it was the danger that results from drinking and driving. Now, it’s the danger that results from driving with a phone in your hand. The statistics show a trend toward increased cell phone use while driving, and the consequences for being caught on your phone are serious. If you cause an accident because of distracted driving, the consequences grow exponentially. Automated vehicles won’t solve this problem anytime soon, so it’s important to know what the statistics mean to you.

Distracted Driving Statistics

There are nearly 330 million people living in the United States, and by 2009 about 210 million of those were licensed drivers. That number experiences an annual increase of over 1.5 percent, and so the number of licensed drivers in 2017 is much higher. About 660,000 of those drivers will be on their phones at any point in the day. That means this: whenever you’re behind the wheel, there are over a half million people in your position but on their phones at that exact moment. That’s a terrifying number.

2.35 million people are injured each year in these accidents. How many years would you have to drive in order for it to be statistically likely that you’re one of that number? Do the math. Of those 2.35 million injuries, 330,000 are the result of distracted driving. Nearly a quarter of all accidents in the United States are the result of a driver texting behind the wheel. That’s not a surprise, because every time you try to send a text from the road, you’re increasing the amount of time that your eyes aren’t on the road by a staggering 400 percent.

These numbers are even more appalling when you acknowledge how many people believe there should be a national ban on texting while driving: 94 percent. 74 percent believe that you shouldn’t even be able to have access to a cell phone while you’re driving. These are common sense numbers until you accept how many people decide to use their phones because the laws aren’t actually in place. If you believe something is for the greater good, then act like it!

Every day, 11 teenage drivers die because of distracted driving. In a direct parallel to the number of drivers who believe there should be a ban on texting while driving, 94 percent of teens agree. 35 percent do it regardless.  

37,000 people die in traffic accidents every year. An enormous chunk of these deaths were caused by distracted drivers who knew the risks, but did it anyway. Don’t be just another statistic; be safe. If you were affected by a distracted driver, contact specialized legal counsel as soon as possible. You have rights.

What is Whiplash?

If you’ve been in a serious automobile accident, then it’s likely you know what whiplash is. Even so, whiplash can result from any severe impact at high speed. If your head jerks forward and back again, the strain can be extremely painful. The muscles and tendons inside of your head, neck, and back can be stressed to such an extent that they stretch or tear, leading to excruciating pain and sometimes permanent damage. Athletes often suffer from neck strain, which is itself just another name synonymous with whiplash. If you think you’re experiencing this condition, then you should probably know a little bit more about it and how it can be treated.

What is Whiplash?

It’s important to know when you do indeed suffer from whiplash, as opposed to a sprain. Whiplash concerns any damage done to muscles or tendons in the aforementioned areas, while a sprain results when the ligaments are torn. You might not know the difference since the symptoms of a strain or sprain are similar or the same, and many people believe that tendons and ligaments perform the same function.

Actually, tendons help connect muscles to other structures inside of your body. Ligaments primarily hold bones together.

Symptoms of Whiplash

If you have whiplash, you’ll likely experience a reduced range of motion. This limitation can affect your ability to carry out daily tasks. You might also feel a distinct tight sensation in the muscles within your neck. If a sensual neck rub doesn’t help alleviate the knots, then you might have whiplash.

In addition, these strange sensations can be accompanied by pain when you try to move your neck in any direction. You may also experience headaches unlike those you’ve felt before. This pain is unique in that it will radiate from the base of your skull toward your forehead.

Just because you don’t experience any of these symptoms in the minutes and hours directly following a brute force impact such as that of a car accident or sports injury, it doesn’t mean you don’t have whiplash or some other injury. Sometimes symptoms can take days to fully develop. Following any accident, you should seek medical attention immediately. Another common medical condition in any car accident is concussion, and there is a strong possibility you may have both.

In order to find out for sure, a doctor will order X-rays, CT scans, and likely perform a number of other standard tests. If you do have whiplash, then the best therapy is icing the neck and taking anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen. The doctor may also provide a neck brace in order to keep your head steady. After a few days of icing, you may apply a warm, moist towel to the affected area.

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If you are in a car accident and suffer from this type of neck injury, you may be entitled to seek compensation for your injury. The experienced car accident attorneys at Memphis Law Firm have tried many whiplash cases. Contact us to set up an appointment to discuss your case.

Top 5 Cities Where Hit and Run Accidents Occur The Most

Fleeing the scene of an accident is a serious crime, and the legal consequences for doing so are further compounded if you’re the one responsible for the accident. One of the most commonly provided reasons for hitting and running isn’t a surprise: no insurance. Not having insurance is almost always illegal, and it certainly isn’t a legal excuse for running from an accident. Almost 20 percent of children killed in traffic accidents under the age of 14 were killed while walking. You don’t always have to be in the vehicle to suffer the consequences of a serious car accident. Here are five of the cities where hit and run accidents occur the most.

Los Angeles

It’s difficult to find accurate statistics on the problem at hand, but we know enough to know there is indeed a problem. Although Los Angeles is pretty far down the list as far as the pedestrian danger index is concerned (coming in at number 27 with an index of 66.91), there is a hit and run problem within the city because of the aforementioned lack of insurance. Almost half of all accidents are hit and run, which is far above the national average of only 11 percent. According to LA Weekly, there are about 20,000 hit and run accidents each year, and 4,000 of those result in serious injury or death.


According to the NYPD, there were 38,000 hit and run accidents in NYC in 2015. While this is a much higher number, so is the population. Proportionally, Los Angeles still beats out NYC as the city with the most. Most of these accidents involved some form of property damage, 4,000 involved injuring another person, and 48 involved serious injury or death. NYC is not high on the list as far as pedestrian danger index is concerned.


While all of Florida saw 92,000 hit and run accidents in 2016, the cities of Florida are noteworthy for being some of the most dangerous for pedestrians. Orlando scores a much higher pedestrian danger index than any other city on the list (at 244.28). Clearwater, St. Petersburg, and Tampa trail distantly at 190.13, which still represents a high score.


For cities outside of Florida, Memphis scores especially high on the pedestrian danger index as well, coming in at 131.26. Even so, the size of the city results in a much smaller number of fatalities inside of city limits when compared to other cities on the list. There were around 130 fatal accidents in 2016–but that was 20 percent higher than in 2015.


This city scores a 119.64 on the pedestrian danger index, and is number seven on the list. In 2012, there were 3,399 fatalities reported as a result of traffic accidents in Houston, which represents about one person every two minutes and seventeen seconds.

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Hit and run accidents can take you by surprise, cost you money, and leave you injured. In some cities, hit and run accidents occur more than others. In Memphis, the rate of hit and run accidents is particularly high. If you are the victim of a hit and run accident, you can seek compensation for your damages. Contact us to schedule an appointment so we can discuss and evaluate your situation.