Thursday, July 31, 2008

Working with Your Lawyer

Don't withhold info from a lawyer or else a case could unravel.

Let's say that you are ready to file a lawsuit. You look for the best possible attorney you can hire and discover a Pennsylvania lawyer that has a strong track record for success. If you are hiring this attorney you are doing so because you want to win the case. So, why would you do things that would undermine your ability to win the case?

Undermine the case? Who said anything about doing that? Well you don't have to say anything if you are going to embody traits that make it difficult for the attorney to win the case. For example, many people will not be 100% honest or forthcoming with their attorney. This could be downright disastrous! Yet, there are those will do exactly that.

For example, let's say that the client is involved in a car accident. However, the client had not had the brakes of the car checked for four years. This is a terrible oversight that they never should have made. But, they had been less than enthusiastic about taking care of their car. So, when the client goes into the meeting with the Philadelphia lawyer they do not divulge such information. Later on, when the information is finally revealed perhaps in the discovery process, the case may be ruined. Now, who would want to be in a situation like this? Yet, people will do this because they do not embarrass themselves in front of their attorney by admitting negligence. Well, nothing will be more embarrassing than having the truth come out and a very inopportune time; particularly, when this information should have been divulged to the attorney in the first place.

Remember, your attorney is there to help you and if you undermine your attorney you would only be harming your own case. Obviously, this would be ill advised.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Using the Internet to Find a Qualified Attorney

Using the internet and online evaluation forms can help with procuring an attorney.

The internet is a great thing because it allows people to perform a number of duties that previously could not be performed with any ease. One such "new use" for the internet is the ability to find a qualified attorney to handle a particular case. More often than not, the internet is the perfect vehicle for finding the right attorney that meets your particular needs. One way this is done is by filing out an online case evaluation. Often, a case evaluation sends information to the attorney who then will respond. In other instances, the case evaluation will automatically provide a numerical grade for the validity of the case. This type of evaluation can be problematic. While such numerical grading is helpful it is far from an absolute authority.

In a perfect world, a numerical evaluation would be worth its weight in gold. Of course, the world is not perfect and any device providing automated legal advice on the validity of a case is dubious at best. Such a program should be used for informational purposes only and not as an authority on the merits of a case.

The only way to truly ascertain whether or not the case has merits is to discuss the case with a qualified Pennsylvania lawyer in depth and in detail. This is why many a Philadelphia lawyer offers consultations prior to taking a case. There is simply no way a computer program can possibly decide the validity of any litigation. So, approach any information derived from such software for informational purposes only. That is, rather than accept it on face value it would be best to discuss whatever results you receive in a face to face interview with an attorney. This way, you will truly know the merits of the case as the well as discovering the proper method of moving forward.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Car Accidents - Car Owner - Road Safety Agencies

The WHO statistics indicate that more than one million people die in road accidents worldwide every year. Surveys of road accidents point to a multitude of factors that contribute to these unfortunate events.

Car Accidents - Their Causes
Automobile boom has no doubt fuelled economic growth, but it has also brought about a rise in the number of car accidents causing deaths and injuries to millions each year. Statistically speaking car accidents can never be avoided in totality. Nevertheless, a lot can still be done to considerably improve road safety.

An insight into the contributing factors of car accidents will provide a fair idea as to how we can improve road safety.

    • Human factor – Human factors contribute to more than half the car accidents reported. The causes of accidents include intoxication, driver error and concentration lapse.
    • Speed Choices – Statistically, speeding causes more automobile accidents than lower controlled speeds. However, risks of accidents are always high when cars are traveling both at lower and higher than average designated speeds.
    • Driver impairment – Physical fitness and mental alertness of the driver play a significant role while driving. Driving requires good reflexes and split second decisions. Poor eyesight, fatigue, old age, and disability can seriously impair a person’s ability to drive safely.
    • Road conditions – Badly constructed and designed roads cause accidents even when drivers adopt all safety measures.
    • Roadworthiness of vehicles – Improperly maintained cars can result in serious mechanical failure. The onus is on the car owner to keep the car in top shape for his own safety.

It is for the government and road safety agencies to take stock of the above factors and identify solutions that can reduce the rate of injury and fatality.