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Personal Injury Lawyers Target Snapchat as Reason for Potential Car Crash Suits

POSTED 5:56 PM, APRIL 30, 2016, BY , UPDATED AT 05:54PM, APRIL 30, 2016

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Personal injury lawyers across the country have been asking people if they’ve been in a car accident that may have involved Snapchat.

Attorneys have set up websites to explain local laws on distracted driving, sent out press releases about Snapchat’s potential involvement in certain accidents, and written blog posts about the dangers of the app.

At issue are the app’s “speed filter” feature that tracks how fast someone is traveling while they take a selfie. Because Snapchat photos and videos disappear after viewing, they demand more concentration, one lawyer argues.

“If they are behind the wheel of a car and they want to view a Snapchat picture, 100% of their attention has been removed from the road,” California litigation attorney David Azizi writes on his blog.

Some lawyers make a more direct plea for potential clients.

“If you have been injured by a distracted driver, someone who was texting or playing with Snapchat or other social media apps call us today for a free consultation,” writes Steers and Associates, a California firm.

“Is Snapchat causing car accident deaths?” Wolff and Wolff Trial Lawyers in St. Louis ask on a dedicated page.

Earlier this week, Georgia resident Wentworth Maynard sued Snapchat and a young driver for a car crash that left him with serious brain injuries.

The suit alleges that the driver, a young woman, was using Snapchat while she was speeding at over 100 mph because she was using the speed filter feature.

While she was distracted, her car crashed into a Mitsubishi that Maynard was driving, according to the complaint. He suffered serious brain trauma as a result.

Jay Peavy, a general litigator from Atlanta, is co-consul with one of the Wentworth’s attorneys on another case.

He told CNNMoney on Friday that Clayton County, where the accident took place last year, is a blue collar area where most drivers only have the minimum insurance coverage of $25,000.

Peavy suspects that the woman being sued had the minimum liability insurance, which is probably not enough to cover the medical expenses that Wentworth is seeking.

“Any good plantiff’s lawyers [are] looking to see if they can get good deep pockets,” he said.

Snapchat is not commenting on the suit, but has issued this statement: “No Snap is more important than someone’s safety. We actively discourage our community from using the speed filter while driving, including by displaying a ‘Do NOT Snap and Drive’ warning message in the app itself.”

Snapchat isn’t the only app that’s been targeted by personal injury lawyers for new cases lately.

Steers & Associates, for example, also describe ways to deal with accidents involving Uber and Lyft.

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How Big Is Cycling? Big Enough to Have Its Own Personal-Injury Lawyer.

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Bruce Deming is happy, mostly for the right reasons, to see Washington’s surge in biking. The trim, 59-year-old DC attorney is a once-avid road racer who still takes the occasional 50-mile weekend ride with the National Capital Velo Club.

But he also sees a market in the snarl of cyclists, drivers, and pedestrians jockeying for space amid construction sites, double-parked vans, and gridlocked intersections. Deming specializes in representing injured bike riders, and business is booming.

“The growth is primarily among new riders in their twenties and thirties who use bikes for transportation,” he says, adding diplomatically, “They’re less skilled in the art of accident avoidance. They also trust in bike lanes a little more than they should.”

Deming began his career suing oil companies for price violations at the Department of Energy 30 years ago. After leaving government in the mid-’80s, he “sort of fell into personal-injury law,” he says. “When I started my practice, I did everything, but I rode bikes daily and I raced. Biking friends called for help.” As Washington increasingly took to two wheels, “one case led to another,” he says. “Bicyclists are a social group, so your name gets around.”

Deming takes only about half of the 200 or so cases he hears about each year, earning about a third of damage awards that range from hundreds of dollars to millions: “I pick my fights—and it’s always a fight.”

What makes bike-injury cases difficult, according to Deming, is cops’ casual attitude toward reporting accidents. Last year, Jeanie Osburn,62, a longtime DC bike commuter, was pedaling near FBI headquarters on Pennsylvania Avenue when a driver slowed while preparing to turn left and fooled Osburn into thinking he saw her. She was wrong—and went to the hospital with back and shoulder injuries. When it came time for Osburn to make a claim against the driver’s insurance company, the police report was inaccurate and incomplete. “There was a sea of blue,” she recalls of her accident scene, “but no officer took down witness names.”

Read Full Article – http://www.washingtonian.com/2016/04/11/cycling-personal-injury-lawyer-biking-in-dc/

Tips for finding a top personal injury lawyer

You’ve been hurt in a wreck. You’re in pain and you now have medical expenses and lost wages from missed work.

Who do you turn to for help? Aside from your medical care provider, a personal injury lawyer is an important part of any recovery plan.

But, not all lawyers are created equal. You’ll want to work with one you can trust, feel confident about and that is results minded and prepared to provide aggressive representation on your behalf.

Here are three suggestions to help you in your search to find a lawyer after an accident.

Ask around: Personal referrals from family, friends and co-workers are a good place to start in your search for an injury lawyer.  Keep in mind that even though their input is valuable, you’ll still want to contact the law firm directly to make sure they are a good fit for you and your type of injury claim.

Read reviews: Online attorney directories are another place for you to research a potential attorney.  Avvo, Nolo and Legal Match are just a few sites to learn more about a law firm and read reviews about specific attorneys.

Contact a law firm directly: A third option is to call a law firm directly and schedule a free consultation. During this meeting you’ll be able to go over the basics of your accident and get a better idea if they are right for you.

What to bring to a consultation

Once you have a list of potential lawyers and scheduled an initial free consultation, you’ll want to put together a list of questions to bring with you. You will also want to bring copies of your police report, medical records and bills, loss of income details and any correspondences you’ve have with an insurance company.

Important questions you should ask during a consultation include:

1. How long have you been practicing personal injury law?

2. Would your personal injury claim be handled directly by an attorney or other legal staff member?

3. Are there any potential costs that might be associated with handling your personal injury claim?

4. How long will it take to settle your case?

After you find a lawyer, there are additional steps you will need to take to help get your personal injury claim settled. Luckily experienced attorneys, such as those at Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys, can help you through the process.

Wise Law’s legal team of board certified personal injury attorneys provide aggressive, results driven representation for personal injury claims throughout the great country of America.  Just like family, the law firm is available 24/7 — giving you peace of mind knowing that you can get assistance after an accident and / or injury, day or night.

Call them directly at 800-270-8184 for a free consultation. The call is free and there are no out-of-pocket costs and no fees unless they win compensation for your case.

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