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Roadway Safety During the Holidays

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With New Year’s Eve just around the corner, it’s important to talk about roadway safety. Whether you are driving to visit friends house, going out for dinner, or staying close to home and driving to the store, roadway safety is something that everybody should take into consideration. Over the years, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has remained diligent about providing information on the dangers that are present of the roadways during the holidays. Inevitably, the roadways are busier during the holiday season than any other time of year. Busy roadways play a significant role in increasing the risk of injury from an auto accident. The NHTSA has indicated that it has increased its efforts on drunk driving prevention and seat belt safety awareness. According to the NHTSA, “The nationwide seat belt use rate was 90.1 percent in 2016” (nhtsa.gov, 2017). Unfortunately, data from the NHTSA also shows that there were approximately 781 people killed in December 2016 as a result of drunk driving auto accidents, and nearly 4,000 people died from auto accidents that involved drunk drivers. This year, the NHTSA has begun a campaign title “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” as a way to draw attention to drunk driving....

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What is considered wrongful death?

Losing a loved one can be a very traumatic experience. The constant reminder of their demise exists in the remaining bills whether they are from medical expenses or funeral costs. Fortunately, each state has similar laws that allow compensation to be collected in the event of a wrongful death. Different states have their own regulations on the people who may recover damages, but there are laws in place to allow such a recover. Although there may be limitations to the compensation amount a person may recover, there is also a distinction between recovering losses of an estate and a family-member’s right to damages of their passed away relative. How can wrongful death happen? Wrongful death can occur in several ways including a drunk driver auto accident, a negligent surgeon, or an unsafe environment just to name a few possibilities. Generally speaking, wrongful death happens when an individual has no lawful justification for causing the death of another person. Essentially, wrongful death is “a cause of action for the death of a person caused by the wrongful act or neglect of another” that has fatal results to another person. Negligent/Careless Driving It is common for a wrongful death suit to be filed against a person whose...

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