Tuesday, April 20, 2004
SUV Accident News
The nation's top auto-safety regulator said sport-utility vehicles and pickup trucks -- among the most popular and profitable vehicles sold in America today -- aren't safe enough and that consumers should think twice before buying one.So much for the idea that bigger is better. Car accidents can be avoided; but a big truck is not going to help.
Jeffrey W. Runge, head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, said SUV drivers are especially vulnerable to fatal rollovers because the vehicles' high center of gravity makes them more likely to tip during sudden maneuvers. Marking an intensified campaign to boost SUV safety, Dr. Runge warned that if auto makers don't make these vehicles safer and put more head-protecting air bags in them, the government could step in to mandate changes.
"The thing that I don't understand is people, when they choose to buy a vehicle, they might go sit in it and say, 'Gee, I feel safe,' " said Dr. Runge, who was an emergency-room physician for 20 years before taking over the top NHTSA job in 2001. "Well, sorry, but you know gut instinct is great for a lot of stuff, but it's not very good for buying a safe automobile." Dr. Runge said his agency is considering new performance standards that would push auto makers to install more safety technology in vehicles, particularly to deal with the risks from rollover and side-impact crashes.
SUV: Increased Rollover Fatalities
Rollover accidents accounted for just 3% of all U.S. motor-vehicle accidents in 2001, but they caused nearly a third of all vehicle-occupant fatalities, Dr. Runge said. An SUV occupant was three times as likely to die as a result of a rollover than an occupant of a passenger car, he said. Moreover, fatalities in single-vehicle rollovers increased in 2001 by 22% to 8,400 deaths, with pickups accounting for the biggest gain, an increase Dr. Runge called "astounding."
Source: Dow Jones & Company, Inc. . DETROIT (Jan. 15)
A quick Car Accident GuideOver at a website called Car Accident Lawyers they give this good advice:
Call 911 if you or someone else has been injured.
Exchange information with the other parties involved in the accident..
Gather the names and phone numbers of any witnesses.
Make a note of the details of the scene of the accident.
Do not admit fault.
After the Accident:
Report the accident to your insurance company.
If you are hurt, seek medical attention immediately.
If you were injured or have any legal questions, contact an attorney.
Do not give give an oral or written statement to the other driver's insurance company.
Save your evidence.
Keep your narrative brief when you fill out your accident report.
Saturday, April 17, 2004
A good quick guideAs car accident attorney is being built, you may need a quick guide to how to hire a car accident attorney.
Auto Accident Lawyer covers the basics of both making and defending against a personal injury claim.
Getting the Right AdviceWhen you are involved in a car accident you often need legal advice. A skilled attorney can make the difference between collecting the damages you have suffered or having to bear your loss on your own.
Rule 1. Sign nothing. There is no reason for you as an accident victim to sign any document. So don't.