It’s a fact that accidents happen every day. Whether its a child or an adult that is injured, people visit hospitals on a daily basis due to some type of accident they have been involved in. From slips and falls to vehicle collisions, not all accidents are avoidable. But what if they were?
Some accidents are, in fact, avoidable. When people act with caution, they can prevent many types of accidents that send innocent people to hospitals and, ultimately, into the offices of attorneys. Here are some of the accidents that could be prevented if people acted more responsibly.
When a driver acts in a way that they shouldn’t, a vehicle collision can be the result. Many of these actions are completely avoidable. For example, a person who chooses to speed is putting people at risk. A person who chooses to chat away on their cell phone is distracted in such a way that they aren’t concentrating on the road ahead.
These are decisions that people make. A person can just as easily travel the speed limit. They can put their cell phones down and wait to talk to friends and family until they have safely arrived at their destination. There are dozens of decisions a person makes when they are behind the wheel that can either be the right or wrong ones.
Let’s be clear: Not every dog bite is preventable. People are bitten by stray animals after being put in situations they can’t get out of. Being bitten by a family pet or a friend’s dog, however, can be prevented in many situations.
When an owner takes steps to both train and control their dog, that animal is less likely to bite. When parents supervise their children’s interactions with family pets, bites are less likely to occur. If a person chooses to stay off of someone’s property, they may not be bit by the dog that lives in that home.
People slip and fall on cracks in sidewalks. They slip and fall on wet floors. These accidents are often completely preventable. When a property owner keeps their premises free of hazards, things like this don’t happen. It takes work on the part of the property owner and, in the case of businesses, it takes alert employees.
Let’s say that someone is mowing their yard and the mower kicks up a stick. That stick hits a passerby in the face, causing a laceration. Was it an accident? Of course. But the owner of the property could have prevented the accident from happening had they picked up their yard before they mowed the grass.
Many work injuries are avoided when employees follow safety protocols put into place. If no safety protocols have been put into place, the owner of the company could be to blame. Everyone that works for a company needs to work together to ensure that a workplace is free of hazard.
Any employee that feels their workplace is unsafe has the legal right to contact OSHA. There are whistleblower protections put in place to ensure that these people do not face repercussions for trying to make their workplace a safe one.
When doctors and other medical professionals work together and communicate effectively, medical mistakes can be avoided. Medical malpractice involves everything from medication errors to operating on the wrong body part. In some instances, misdiagnoses occur or people are not diagnosed at all. No person who visits a doctor or other medical professional should be subject to injury because of negligence or error.
When an accident occurs, it is rarely a true accident. When investigated enough, almost every accident can be traced back to someone’s choices. Whether they chose to behave in a manner that was reckless or in one that was negligent, that person could be found liable for any injuries or property damage that occurs as a result of their choices. Fault matters. Not only does determining who was at fault for an accident help a victim recover damages, but it also helps to ensure that similar accidents are not made in the future.
If you are involved in some type of accident in West Palm Beach, you have the legal right to seek compensation for your injuries and property damage if someone else was at fault. You may still seek compensation if you had some role to play in the accident. Don’t assume that you are stuck with the financial hardships you are now facing as a result of the accident.
An experienced personal injury attorney can assist you in determining the types of compensation you may be entitled to. Call our office today and schedule your appointment for a free case evaluation. We will review the details of your accident and help you determine your best next steps.