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Two Dead and Two Injured in Fatal Semi-Truck Accident in Arizona

Two Dead and Two Injured in Fatal Semi-Truck Accident in Arizona

Two are dead and two are injured after a fatal three-vehicle accident Friday around Buckeye Road and 69th Avenue in Phoenix Arizona.

A semi-truck that was traveling westbound on Buckeye Road turned left across all lanes of traffic and entered the eastbound lanes of Buckeye Road.

The front of the semi collided with a Ford pickup, while the trailer of the semi hit a Chevrolet pickup.

Four people were in the Ford, two of which were pronounced dead on scene.

The semi-truck driver claimed a mechanical failure caused him to lose control of the vehicle.

An investigation into the accident is still ongoing.

Alex R. Hernandez Jr. handles wrongful death, 18 wheeler, and motor vehicle collisions nationwide. 1-888-HDZLAW-8

More People Are Likely To Die From Opioid Overdose Than Car Accident

Opioid Overdose Exceeds Car Accidents

For the first time ever, Americans are more likely to die of an accidental opioid overdose than in a motor vehicle crash, according to a new report from the National Safety Council. Car crashes were higher than drug overdoses for decades. Both are preventable injuries.

The group calculates that the chance of dying from an opioid overdose has increased to 1 in 96, surpassing the odds of dying in a car accident, at 1 in 103. It’s also greater than the odds of dying from a fall, a gun assaultpedestrian accident, or drowning. These statistics are sad, more people die from drugs than car accidents. It just needs to stop.

Heart Disease is Still The Leading Cause of Death for Americans

Overall, heart disease and cancer continue to be the leading causes of death for Americans — accounting for 1 in 6 and 1 in 7 deaths, respectively. But the report also found that fallsare killing more Americans than ever before. The lifetime risk of dying from an accidental fall are now 1 in 114, up from 1 in 119 just a year ago.

“The opioid crisis remains an abstract issue for many people; they still believe it will not happen to them, or it isn’t a risk facing them or their family,” Maureen Vogel, spokeswoman for the National Safety Council, told CBS News. “These numbers show the gravity of the problem our country is facing. We need to reprioritize and regroup, because all these deaths are preventable.”

Each day more than 130 Americans die after overdosing on opioids, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report finding the number of drug overdose deaths among middle-aged women skyrocketed between 1999 and 2017, with opioids, including fentanyl and heroin, being the main driver. Deaths from prescription and illicit opioids in children and teens also tripled over the same time period, according to a recent study published in JAMA Network Open.

Data reported last year showed drug overdoses killed more Americans in 2016 than the Vietnam War, with three-quarters of those deaths caused by opioids.

The National Safety Council recommends a number of steps for tackling the problem of opioid misuse: increasing access to addiction treatment; making naloxone (also known as Narcan), a drug that can reverse an opioid overdose, more readily available; and increasing training in pain-management for opioid prescribers.

There are real solutions to the opioid crisis

Public health and drug policy experts say there are solutions to the opioid crisis. First, America could dramatically expand access to addiction treatment — which, based on a 2016 surgeon general report, remains inaccessible to the bulk of people who need it. That should entail dramatically boosting access to medications like methadone and buprenorphine, which are considered the gold standard of treatment for opioid addiction and reduce the mortality rate among opioid addiction patients by half or more.

We are handling Opioid overdose cases as well as car accident cases. The United States lifetime odds of being in either is too high and we are the law firm that is ready to protect it’s citizens.

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Why Do I Need A Car Accident Attorney ? Why Can’t I Just Handle It Without a Lawyer?

So you’ve been in an accident and don’t know whether you should call your insurance company, call your mother, or last on your mind… call a lawyer.

Why do you need a lawyer if the insurance company is going to pay you?   The answer- because they’re in the business of not paying claims, it’s their business to keep money, to make money, it’s a risk business.

A lawyer will have knowledge of law and knowledge of the insurance companies process

Hiring a personal injury attorney to represent you after a car accident means you will have a professional working for you — one who is knowledgeable about the relevant laws and procedural rules that may affect your case.

An attorney can advise you of any time limits (called statutes of limitations) that can prevent you from filing a lawsuit against the negligent driver.  For instance, in many Texas you must file your lawsuit within two years of your car accident or be forever prohibited from filing your lawsuit. An attorney will also be able to inform you about any special exceptions to the statute of limitations — for minors, for example. A minor can generally wait until 2 years after the age of 18 in Texas.

There is a lot of work that goes into negotiating an insurance settlement and taking a personal injury lawsuit to trial. After you have been in a car accident, taking on this time-consuming work may be the last thing you want to do, assuming you’re able. An attorney can do it all for you.

Whereas this may be your first time dealing with the ins and outs of an accident claim, injury attorneys have dealt with all manner of claims and a variety of insurance companies and adjusters. They have experienced staff  who can obtain the necessary evidence to support your claim, including gathering police reports, witness statements, medical records and bills, and employment and lost wage information. The firm may even have investigators who collect data.

Even though a lawsuit is rarely necessary, the threat of legal action offers strong leverage when negotiating a fair settlement.

Your attorney can file a lawsuit on your behalf against the at fault driver and will know how best to defend you. In addition, once your case goes into litigation, your lawyer will play an invaluable role in preparing your case for trial — and even going to trial if your case doesn’t settle. You have to have a trial lawyer on your side if it goes that far.

A lawyer’s staff may have knowledge of the insurance players and adjusters and help you negotiate your case.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, having an attorney who is knowledgeable about the law evens the playing field, especially when you are going up against the experience and vast resources of a large insurance company.

The law firm does all the legwork. A law firm can’t go to treatment with you or recover for your serious injuries but they can process everything needed for your case to close and for you to get maximum benefit.

Hiring a lawyer from the start of your case minimizes the risk the insurance company will low ball your case, maximizes your case with the knowledge of the system and takes the case to trial if the insurance company refuses to settle. We recommend hiring a law firm and we recommend hiring Alex R. Hernandez Jr. PLLC, whether you need a personal injury attorney near you or are looking for someone nationally known to handle your case, when it matters most call
Alex R. Hernandez Jr. first. 1-888-HDZLAW-8

 

Don’t Do the Birdbox Challenge While Driving It Will Cause a Car Accident

A 17-year-old Utah driver covered her eyes in a stunt inspired by the Netflix movie “Bird Box” and caused a highway crash earlier this week, a Utah Police Department revealed in a Twitter post.

“What happened was, she and the teen boy passenger of hers were driving down the road and decided they wanted to do this challenge. She was wearing a sort of beanie hat and pulled that down over her eyes and covered her eyes,” Lt. Lyman of the Layton Police Department reported.

He said the teens were mum at first about the cause of their movie meme-inspired crash.

“They were not initially forthcoming, but over the course of a few days, we did some follow-up interviews,” Lt. Lyman said. “We ended up getting tip from the school where the girl went saying she had been trying this, and it happened as a result of the Bird Box challenge.

In a viral tweet posted Jan. 2, Netflix issued a safety warning about the challenge.

“Can’t believe I have to say this, but: PLEASE DO NOT HURT YOURSELVES WITH THIS BIRD BOX CHALLENGE. We don’t know how this started, and we appreciate the love, but Boy and Girl have just one wish for 2019 and it is that you not end up in the hospital due to memes,” the company tweeted.

Teens tend to follow social media and one YouTuber Jake Paul (the same one that videod a suicide), took to social media attempting the BirdBox challenge all day including while driving.

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