The Johnson Law Firm 2020-06-08T23:39:24Z https://johnsonlawfirm.net/feed/atom/ WordPress https://johnsonlawfirm.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/johnson-favicon-150x150.png Marion <![CDATA[Distraction while driving can come in many forms, not just phones]]> https://johnsonlawfirm.net/?p=3754 2020-06-08T23:39:24Z 2020-05-26T23:36:11Z If you or a loved one is currently dealing with the aftermath of a serious car accident, then you know can be terrifying. Sure, your car might be totaled, but your physical and emotional health is much…

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Distraction while driving can come in many forms, not just phones

Distraction while driving can come in many forms, not just phones

Distracted driving has become nearly as well-known as drunk driving in terms of irresponsible behaviors that can directly contribute to a crash. Still, as with drunk driving, there is a lot of misinformation and confusion regarding distracted driving.

Quite a few people seem to think that someone only drives distracted when they pick up a cellphone or similar mobile device with the intent of using it while driving. While cellphone use is one of the more serious and obvious forms of distracted driving, it is far from the only one.

Distracted driving has been an issue for as long as people have been on the road, and no technology is necessary for someone to distract themselves from the task of driving safely.

Anything that takes your hands off the wheel is a distraction

Are you one of those people who constantly surfs through the channels on the radio while on your way to work? Every time you take your hands off the wheel to scroll through the radio channels and your eyes off the road to look down at your console, you drive distracted.

Eating at the wheel, applying makeup, changing or adjusting your clothing and reaching for items in the passenger seat or back seat of the vehicle are all also examples of distraction that people don’t think is as risky as mobile phone use.

Letting your mind wander is as dangerous as letting your hands wander

Driving is a stressful activity because of all of the danger involved. Still, it is also often very dull, meaning that people struggle to stay focused while driving. Some people actively entertain themselves at the wheel by daydreaming or calling people. Others listen to books on tape and sing along with the radio to pass the time.

There is a fine line between appropriately occupying yourself so that you don’t fall asleep out of boredom and becoming so mentally focused on another task that you can’t drive safely.

Any activity that keeps you from focusing on driving and keeping your hands on the wheel could increase your risk of a distracted driving crash, as even internal distraction like daydreaming can result in missing changes in traffic conditions.

The Johnson Law Firm, LLC, can answer your questions about what our legal practices. Contact us for a free consultation. We are located in St. Charles and serve the surrounding areas of Missouri.

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Marion <![CDATA[What kind of damages can I get help with after a car accident?]]> https://johnsonlawfirm.net/?p=3751 2020-06-08T23:34:52Z 2020-04-17T23:30:48Z If you or a loved one is currently dealing with the aftermath of a serious car accident, then you know can be terrifying. Sure, your car might be totaled, but your physical and emotional health is much…

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What kind of damages can I get help with after a car accident?

What kind of damages can I get help with after a car accident?

Unfortunately, car accidents happen and can leave victims with extensive physical, financial and emotional damages they must contend with. Victims may need help with their damages following a variety of different types of traumatic accidents that cause them harm, including car accidents and slip-and-fall accidents.

It is helpful for victims to know what types of personal injury damages may be available to help them and how they can receive the compensation they need. Personal injury damages can include:

Medical Damages

Victims may be able to recover compensation for their medical expenses for the medical care and treatment they need. Medical damages can include emergency care costs, doctor’s visits, medications and medical equipment and even travel expenses. Additionally, if future medical care is required, the victim may be able to recover compensation for future medical care costs as well.

Lost Wages Damages

Victims may be able to recover compensation for their lost wages while they are unable to work because of the injuries they have suffered. Additionally, if the victim’s long-term ability to work is impacted by the injuries suffered in the accident, they may be able to recover lost-earning capacity damages as well.

Pain and Suffering Damages

Victims may be able to recover pain and suffering damages for the emotional trauma of the unexpected accident and the emotional toll that it takes on them. Damages for disfigurement and disability may also be available.

A personal injury claim for damages can he brought against a negligent party, such as a negligent driver, responsible for the harm suffered by the victim. Personal injury legal remedies are an important resource for car accident victims and their families to be familiar with as they struggle with the unexpected aftermath of a car accident.

The Johnson Law Firm, LLC, can answer your questions about what our legal practices. Contact us for a free consultation. We are located in St. Charles and serve the surrounding areas of Missouri.

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Marion <![CDATA[Why do slip-and-fall accidents happen?]]> https://johnsonlawfirm.net/?p=2062 2020-05-01T22:46:58Z 2020-04-02T15:26:57Z If you or a loved one is currently dealing with the aftermath of a serious car accident, then you know can be terrifying. Sure, your car might be totaled, but your physical and emotional health is much…

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Why do slip-and-fall accidents happen?

Why do slip-and-fall accidents happen?

A slip-and-fall accident has the potential to turn your life upside down before you know what hit you. From your injuries to the impact on your finances, there’s a good chance that you’ll need to make some immediate changes to care for yourself and protect your legal rights.

An understanding of the primary causes of slip-and-fall accidents can help you maintain your safety. Here are some things to be on the lookout for:

 

  • Slippery floors: For example, if you’re walking into an office building after it’s been raining, consider the fact that the entryway may be slippery.
  • Spills: This is a major concern in grocery stores, as a store employee or visitor could spill something that puts you at risk. For instance, if someone drops a carton of eggs on the ground, it makes for a slippery situation. Should you step on the spill without seeing it, there’s a good chance you’ll tumble to the ground.
  • Excessive polish or wax: The problem with this is that you can’t see it. Recently polished or waxed floors may look a bit shinier than usual, but not always enough for you to take notice to the point of slowing down.
  • Inadequate outdoor lighting: Take, for example, a shopping mall parking lot that doesn’t have proper lighting that allows you to see the ground and your surroundings. This could result in your stepping in a pothole or tripping over a curb. Either way, you could fall to the ground and suffer an injury.

If you’re injured in a slip-and-fall accident, do the following:

 

  • Stay where you are as you assess your injuries
  • Call 911 for help if you require the assistance of paramedics
  • Inform the property owner of the incident
  • Preserve evidence, such as by taking photos of the scene

When a property owner fails to maintain a safe premises, it has the potential to result in a slip-and-fall accident. If you’re the victim, receive treatment for your injuries and then take action to obtain compensation from the negligent party. You were injured through no fault of your own, so don’t wait to protect your legal rights.

So what are you to do if you or a loved one have been disabled in an accident? It’s worth considering these steps:

The Johnson Law Firm, LLC, can answer your questions about what our legal practices. Contact us for a free consultation. We are located in St. Charles and serve the surrounding areas of Missouri.

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Marion <![CDATA[Your auto insurance might put their well-being above your own]]> https://johnsonlawfirm.net/?p=506 2020-05-01T22:47:15Z 2020-03-31T10:29:10Z If you or a loved one is currently dealing with the aftermath of a serious car accident, then you know can be terrifying...

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Marion <![CDATA[Insurers may not be so friendly as money’s flowing the other way]]> https://johnsonlawfirm.net/?p=504 2020-05-01T22:47:31Z 2020-03-31T10:28:24Z If you or a loved one is currently dealing with the aftermath of a serious car accident, then you know can be terrifying...

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Insurers may not be so friendly as money’s flowing the other way

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Marion <![CDATA[Fall-injury rates see Missouri slipping behind national averages]]> https://johnsonlawfirm.net/?p=501 2020-05-01T22:47:44Z 2020-03-31T10:27:37Z If you or a loved one is currently dealing with the aftermath of a serious car accident, then you know can be terrifying...

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Fall-injury rates see Missouri slipping behind national averages

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Marion <![CDATA[Motorcycle safety and accident prevention]]> https://johnsonlawfirm.net/?p=2463 2020-04-20T21:02:20Z 2020-03-18T21:00:39Z If you or a loved one is currently dealing with the aftermath of a serious car accident, then you know can be terrifying. Sure, your car might be totaled, but your physical and emotional health is much…

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Motorcycle safety and accident prevention

Motorcycle safety and accident prevention

As spring approaches and the weather warms up, we begin to see an increase of motorcycles on Missouri roads. Unfortunately, it also means an increased risk of motorcycle accidents.

Motorcycles are some of the most vulnerable vehicles on the road, and accidents typically result in more catastrophic injuries. As a rider, it is important to understand the behaviors that cause accidents and what you can do to stay safe. 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that in the U.S. 4,976 people died in motorcycle crashes in 2015, up 8.3 percent from the previous year. Motorcycle accident injuries were at approximately 88,000 in 2015. Cumulative data from 2016 will no doubt be similar, although it has yet to be released.

Below are some rider behaviors and safety issues that contribute to crashes, and what you can do to prevent them.

Alcohol and drugs

According to the NHTSA, 27 percent of riders involved in fatal accidents had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 percent or higher. Motorcycle safety can be greatly increased by refraining from alcohol or drug use.

Speeding

In 2015, 33 percent of riders in fatal motorcycle crashes were speeding. Slowing down and adhering to posted speed limits will help with safety on the roads.

Helmet use

The NHTSA reports that motorcycle helmets saved 1,772 lives in 2015. In Missouri, helmet use is required for all riders and passengers.

Proper licensing 

In 2015, 27 percent of riders in fatal accidents did not have a proper motorcycle license. Obtain motorcycle training and licensing before you ride to increase your safety and skills.

The Johnson Law Firm, LLC, can answer your questions about what our legal practices. Contact us for a free consultation. We are located in St. Charles and serve the surrounding areas of Missouri.

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Marion <![CDATA[Disabled after a car accident? Think about this]]> https://johnsonlawfirm.net/?p=375 2020-04-17T15:25:43Z 2020-03-09T05:06:09Z If you or a loved one is currently dealing with the aftermath of a serious car accident, then you know can be terrifying. Sure, your car might be totaled, but your physical and emotional health is much…

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Disabled after a car accident? Think about this

Disabled after a car accident? Think about this

If you or a loved one is currently dealing with the aftermath of a serious car accident, then you know can be terrifying. Sure, your car might be totaled, but your physical and emotional health is much more important. All too often, car accidents result in serious injuries that reshape the ways in which victims live their lives. In many cases, car accident victims are left permanently disabled.

A spinal cord injury, for example, can leave an individual with significant physical limitations. He or she may suffer from extensive paralysis that makes living what was once his or her normal life nearly impossible. These individuals often have to relearn how to perform everyday tasks, usually in a different way, requiring a significant amount of medical treatment and rehabilitation.

As stressful as these limitations can be, and the impact they can have on one’s emotional well-being, they can also be costly. Treating the most severe spinal cord injuries can cost millions of dollars over the course of an individual’s life, and even those who suffer from a less severe spinal cord injury can still see lifetime costs upwards of a $1 million in medical costs alone. When lost wages and lost earning capacity are taken into account, the damages can skyrocket further.

So what are you to do if you or a loved one have been disabled in an accident? It’s worth considering these steps:

  • Surround yourself with support: Family and friends are ready to help you in any way they can, so don’t be afraid to ask for help. Seeking assistance doesn’t mean that you are weak, either. Just trust that you have individuals in your life who love you and support you.
  • Be patient with yourself: It’s going to take some time to acclimate to your new life with a disability, so be patient. Allow yourself to make mistakes and to learn from them.
  • Don’t be afraid of new treatments and technologies: The medical field is in a constant state of evolution, which means that new technologies are constantly entering the market. Keep your eyes and mind open to trying out new products and treatments that might help you live the life you deserve.

The Johnson Law Firm, LLC, can answer your questions about what our legal practices. Contact us for a free consultation. We are located in St. Charles and serve the surrounding areas of Missouri.

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Marion <![CDATA[Top causes of motor vehicle accidents in heavy traffic]]> https://johnsonlawfirm.net/?p=493 2020-04-17T15:25:04Z 2020-02-20T10:19:33Z When you find yourself sitting in heavy traffic, it’s easy to crawl out of your skin. Even if it’s something you deal with every day of your life, it doesn’t change the frustration level. It’s critical that you never…

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Top causes of motor vehicle accidents in heavy traffic

When you find yourself sitting in heavy traffic, it’s easy to crawl out of your skin. Even if it’s something you deal with every day of your life, it doesn’t change the frustration level.

It’s critical that you never look past the steps you can take to maintain your safety when navigating heavy traffic. If you do, you could end up suffering a serious injury in an accident.

Understanding the top causes of motor vehicle accidents in traffic can help you prevent trouble. Here are a few to be aware of:

 

  • Being impatient: If you begin to look for ways to speed up, such as passing other vehicles on the shoulder, you take risks that you would otherwise avoid. It’s easy to become impatient in traffic, but you need to take a deep breath and deal with what’s in front of you.
  • Distracted driving: When traffic backs up, it’s natural to search your vehicle for ways to stay occupied and pass the time. This can lead you to scan the radio stations, text your friends, make a phone call or turn around to chat with your children in the backseat. All of these distractions, among others, put you at risk of an accident.
  • Reckless driving: This takes on many forms in heavy traffic, such as continually changing lanes, changing lanes without signaling, lane splitting and yelling at other drivers.
  • Following too closely: Slow traffic makes it much easier to drive closely to the vehicle in front of yours. It’s tempting, especially in bumper to bumper traffic, but leave a few extra car lengths to enhance your safety.

Safe drivers know how important it is to avoid any behavior that increases the risk of an accident. However, even if you fall into this group, another driver could make a mistake that puts everyone in a bad spot.

Should you find yourself part of a motor vehicle accident in heavy traffic, such as the result of someone hitting you from behind, move to the shoulder of the road and then call 911 for help.

Your health and recovery is more important than anything, but don’t forget to file an insurance claim and look into other ways to hold the negligent motorist responsible for causing such as serious crash.

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Marion <![CDATA[What happens if I am charged with my second DWI?]]> https://johnsonlawfirm.net/?p=496 2020-04-17T15:23:10Z 2020-01-21T10:26:49Z If you or a loved one is currently dealing with the aftermath of a serious car accident, then you know can be terrifying. Sure, your car might be totaled, but your physical and emotional health is much…

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What happens if I am charged with my second DWI?

You may have one DWI on your record and think, “I’ll never make that mistake again.” However, a one-time slip-up or lapse in judgement could mean that the police are pulling you over on your way home from the bar or a party and before you know it, you are facing DWI charges once again.

The penalties for a second DWI

The penalties for a first-time DWI are significant, and include fines and jail time, along with the suspension of your driver’s license. However, a person in St. Charles County who is convicted of DWI for a second time can expect a harsher sentence. In addition to fines, a judge may sentence the with a 30-day minimum jail term, along with a one-year revocation of their driver’s license. Plus, if it is a person’s second DWI conviction within five years of the first one, that person may face a five-year driver’s license denial.

These penalties can have a major impact on your life. After all, you may have a family to care for and you may have a job that you’ve spent years working in. Jail time means time away from both these things, and even after you’re released it is difficult to get to work or your children to school when you are unable to drive. Moreover, you may be stuck with a fine that hits you hard in the pocketbook. Simply put, a second DWI can cost you more than just money — it could potentially cost you your job and have a significant effect on your finances and your family life.

Legal help is available

It’s important to seek the advice of an attorney if you are facing DWI charges for the second time. Those facing their second DWI need to develop a defense strategy that protects their driving privileges and keeps them out of jail. St. Peters DWI defense lawyers are professional and knowledgeable, and they can be trusted to understand how multiple DWI convictions can affect your life, all while providing practical advice that allows you to make informed decisions.

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