Construction Worker’s Leg Amputated after Work Injury

On Thursday, August 22, 2013, a construction work was seriously injured after a piece of heavy equipment struck him. The accident occurred in Odenton, Maryland on the 2600-block of Conway Road in Anne Arundel County. The accident took place around 8 AM that Thursday morning.

When emergency responders arrived on the scene, they found the 40 year-old worker suffering from an incomplete amputation of his right leg. His leg was severely damaged. They transported the man to Shock Trauma with non-life threatening injuries that were serious.

A firefighter at the scene of the accident also suffered an injury, but fortunately it was minor and he is being treated at a nearby hospital. While there were no other injuries, many officials are investigating the accident. Maryland Occupation Safety is also investigating the accident as well.

Construction Work Accidents

Construction workers everywhere face the risk of dangerous accidents and injuries. Many construction sites are highly dangerous and fail to measure under safety regulations. For that reason, numerous construction workers are injured everywhere. The construction company is responsible for teaching workers practical safety measures and protecting their safety. If a construction company fails to do this, then they can be held liable for the construction worker’s injuries.

This does not just apply to construction sites though. All places of employment must ensure the safety of their workers from restaurant workers, to those at chemical labs, and plants. The employer must provide an environment that protects the safety of their worker. Any event that poses a risk to employees can cause the company to be fined.

If you feel that your workplace is dangerous, you should contact OSHA. OSHA will conduct a quick inspection of your workplace and inform workers on the best safety practices for your workplace.

Speak to a Personal Injury Attorney

If you were injured while at work, you should speak to a personal injury attorney at the Rawa Law Group. A personal injury attorney will work to earn you monetary compensation for your pain and suffering. Contact us today for a free consultation.  

How to Prepare for a Car Accident

Many people know the basic steps after being involved in a car accident: exchange numbers, insurance information, contact information, and addresses. This sounds about it, right? Wrong.

This is not always the case. Sometimes a person may refuse to give you their information or you may be so distraught or confused that you may forget a certain step in the post-accident process. Either way, you can be left with a financial burden just by one mistake.

While there are many experienced drivers, surprisingly many drivers don’t know the proper steps to take before or after an accident.  Take the following steps in order to be prepared for a car accident before it happens:
  •          Make a list. You will need these things if you are involved in a car accident: the name of the other driver, their license plate number, telephone number, and insurance carrier. These are the most basic thing that you will need. Sometimes people forget to write these down. Never forget. Make this your first rule. It is best to write a list down and keep it in your glove department so you can always pull it out when you need it.
  •          Have a cell phone on you. Most people always carry their cell phone, but there is a slight chance they may forget. It is important to have a cell phone in case someone hits you and tries to drive off. Or, if someone is injured in the accident and you need to call for emergency help. Another reason is that you can take pictures of the license plate and damage. These are also important steps that one should take.
  •          Once you’re safe, try to write down as many details as you can, including date and time, make and model of the cars, where the accident happen, and why it happened. These are details you are going to need when you file your claim.

A Personal Injury Attorney Can Help

If you or someone you know were recently injured in a car accident, you should speak to a personal injury attorney immediately. With the help of a personal injury attorney, you may be able to earn monetary compensation for your pain and suffering. 

Deadly Hit-and-run Kills Two People

A deadly hit-and-run accident took place on Friday in Santa Ana. The accident occurred on Friday, August 23, 2013 around 11 am near Cabrillo Park and East Fruit Street. The accident took place between an Audi and a Nissan. Apparently, the Audi was moving at a very high speed and sped through a stop sign. It was then that it slammed into the side of a Nissan.

Unfortunately, two men in the Nissan died shortly after the crash. Both men were in their 50’s. The two were on their way to buy supplies for a party in their neighborhood. The driver of the Audi got out of his car and attempted to open the Nissan’s door. When he failed to open and get inside the car, witness said that he walked away while talking on his phone.

According to police officials, the man is a gang member who is out on parole. Police officials encourage anyone with information to come forward and call Orange County Crime Stoppers at (855) TIP- OCCS. In addition, a $1,000 reward is being offered to anyone who can provide information that will lead to an arrest.

Highly Illegal and Dangerous

Hit-and-run accidents are extremely dangerous and highly illegal. If you are in an accident and someone is injured, you must always stay at the scene and call for emergency help. Failing to do so and fleeing the scene is not only illegal, but places other people at risk.

 If you commit a hit-and-run accident, you can face multiple charges and prison time. After an accident, always stay at the scene and identify yourself. If someone is injured, call for emergency help. Committing a hit-and-run crime can lead to even greater fees and legal punishment so it is best never to do it.

Speak to a Personal Injury Accident Attorney

If you or someone you know was injured by a hit-and-run driver, you should speak to a personal injury accident attorney. With the help of a personal injury accident attorney, you may be able to earn monetary compensation for your pain and suffering caused by the negligent driver. 

Bus Carrying Troops Overturns Injuring Passengers

On Friday, August 23 2013, an accident occurred with a bus filled with US Army Reserve soldiers. The troops were returning from training. The crash occurred on Friday around 2 PM and left 29 people injured. The bus route was from Charlotte, Douglas International Airport to Salisbury.           

According to police officials, the bus slowed down for turning traffic and accidently slid to the right and ran off the road. Emergency crews reported that 29 people were injured in the accident. Of those injured, 14 were taken to nearby hospitals. According to one soldier, the vehicle had flipped three or four times. Amongst the soldiers hospitalized, one had to be airlifted to a nearby hospital. He remains to be in stable

The 13 passengers that were hospitalized were soon released. The other passengers were treated on the scene and released. Apparently, the bus driver is going to be charged with failure to maintain lane control. The bus is from Holiday Tours and the company is currently cooperating with investigators.

The Risks of Bus Accidents

Unfortunately, bus accidents occur quite commonly and leave many injured. A majority of bus accidents are caused by human error. Often times, the driver will make a mistake from bad judgment. Other times, a driver will cause an accident due to failing to pay attention to the road. Sometimes inexperience is the cause of the crash as the driver lacks years of experience to make good judgment calls while driving.

Other causes of bus accidents may include vehicle failure if the bus company fails to continuously check the brakes and tires. Bad weather can also be faulted for the cause of an accident. Regardless of the cause, many bus accidents leave people injured.

Speak to a Personal Injury Accident Attorney

If you or someone you know was injured due to a negligent bus driver, you should speak to a personal injury attorney immediately. A personal injury attorney will work to earn you monetary compensation for your pain and suffering caused by the accident. Contact us today for a free review of your case. 

Deadly Limo Fire Caused by Vehicle Failure

Police officials have released the results of their investigation of a limo fire that killed five nurses. The accident occurred on May 4, 2013, on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge. A bachelorette party was celebrating and eight women were seated in the limousine. One woman was celebrating her recent wedding; she was among the five that was killed in the fire.

One woman reported that the limousine driver failed to help them as she screamed to pull over and that there was smoke. The limousine driver denies these accusations and defends that he failed to understand her. The limousine was fully engulfed in flames while on the freeway. Only four were able to escape by climbing into the partition while the others died of severe burns and smoke.

According to California Highway Patrol, the fire was caused by the rear suspension system as it fell onto the floor. The friction then caused the carpets to burn and set the car ablaze. One-third of the limousine was completely burned by the fire and the bumper was gone. The limousine driver was fined for allowing 9 people to be seated when the limousine should only hold 8 people.

The Dangers of Failing to Maintain Your Vehicle

In the accident described above, the whole accident could have been prevented had the limousine company fully tested their vehicle and maintain it properly. The accident was caused by a mechanical failure that should never have happened in the first place. As a result, the company can be held liable for the deaths and injuries that the women have suffered. The company is responsible for protecting its passengers and not injuring any of them.

Speak to a Personal Injury Attorney

If you or anyone you know were injured due to a mechanical failure with a company, you should contact a personal injury attorney today. A personal injury attorney from the Rawa Law Group will work to earn you monetary compensation for your pain and suffering. Call our law firm today for a free and confidential review of your case and injuries. 

A Motorcycle Rider Dies during Big Rig Crash

On Tuesday, August 6, 2013, a motorcycle rider died in a crash involving a big rig. The accident took place around 2 PM on northbound highway 99 near westbound highway 120. According to police officials, a motorcycle rider on a 2013 Harley-Davidson was on the westbound ramp when it tried to pass up a truck and drove onto the right side dirt shoulder. Unfortunately, the rider was unable to see a guardrail in front of him. He attempted to avoid it, but ended up colliding between the guard rail and the tractor-trailer.

Police believe that the truck driver may have not even known that he collided with the motorcycle rider. The truck did not stop after running over the motorcycle rider. Consequently, the motorcycle rider died at the scene of the crime. The ramp was also shut down for a couple hours so investigators could research the crash.

The CHP is currently trying to determine the driver of the truck that was involved. According to witnesses, the big rig had a brown container. The motorcycle rider was a 30 year-old male from Modesto, California. The CHP encourages anyone with information regarding the accident to contact their office.  

Reckless Motorcycle Riding

Whether you are a motorcycle rider or a vehicle driver, it is important to drive safely in order to prevent accidents and injuries. In the story described above, the rider should not have entered the shoulder lane in order to pass up the truck. In many instances, drivers will try to cut off other vehicles or recklessly weave in and out of lanes. Unnecessary lane changing and cutting off cars is dangerous. In addition, drivers should refrain switching multiple lanes at once.

Personal Injury Attorney

If you or someone you know were recently harmed by a reckless driver or motorcycle rider, you should consult with a personal injury attorney immediately. A personal injury attorney will work to earn you a substantial settlement for your pain and suffering. Contact us today for a free and confidential review of your claim. We will work diligently to maximize your compensation. 

Driver Faces Multiple Charges After Fatal DUI Crash

One woman is facing multiple charges after causing a fatal crash while under the influence of alcohol. The accident occurred on May 9, 2013 at the intersection of 47th and NW 7th Street at around 2 PM in the afternoon. The woman was making a left turn when she crashed into another car. The driver was traveling at a rate of 70 mph in a zone that had a legal limit of 40 mph.

As a result, the woman caused a crash that involved five vehicles and took the life of a 71 year-old man. The 71 year-old’s vehicle was airborne after being hit and the man died at the scene of the accident. The 36 year-old female driver was under the influence of alcohol when the accident occurred. In addition, the driver told nurses that she took several medications and smoked marijuana the previous day. In total, the woman is facing both DUI and manslaughter charges for the accident.

Think Before Drinking and Driving

Every day, drinking and driving kills numerous people all around the world. To prevent drunk driving accidents, it is best to refrain from drinking and driving. After a night of drinking, call a cab or get a ride from a friend. If your friend is drunk and wants to drive, do not let them. Take their keys and call a taxi instead.

According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), one person is killed every 53 minutes due to a drunk driver while every 90 seconds one person is injured due driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. It is estimated that one in three people will be involved in a drunk-driving crash sometime in their life. Help reduce these numbers of deaths and injuries by being responsible and not drinking and driving.

Relief is Available for Victims of DUI Crashes

If you or someone you know were recently injured by a negligent drunk driver, you should consult with a personal injury attorney today. For a free and confidential consultation regarding your injuries, call our law office.  We will work to earn you a substantial settlement for your injuries from the party at fault.