Appeal judges in New Jersey held that the sender of a text message can "potentially be liable" if an accident is caused by texting, but only if the sender knew or had special reason to know that the recipient would view the text while driving and thus be distracted.
After the initial shock of the accident has subsided, an injured victim suddenly finds himself/herself saddled with mounting medical bills. There is also the uncertainty of the severity of such injuries and the impact such an accident may have on the victim's working ability and the foreboding future medical costs.
Some of our clients had initial reservations about making claims against third parties. Many of such reservations are unfounded. We explain.
In 5 years' time, driverless cars will be ready for commercial sale, according to one of Google's co-founders (see the Economist - The future of the Car).
Drivers make cars dangerous, some argue. Remove the driver, reduce the likelihood of a car accident.
The statistic is staggering - 1.2 million killed a year in road accidents worldwide. The benefits of the driverless (and allegedly near crash less) car appear to be aplenty. Senior citizens no longer have to worry about not being 'certified fit to drive'; 'good drivers' no longer need to be penalised by paying more for insurance premiums due to 'bad drivers'; there will be no more drink driving/text driving; no more road blocks; no more strikes by PRC bus drivers of SMRT; no more instalments of Fast and Furious.
If you have unfortunately met with an accident or contracted an occupational disease at work, you may seek compensation under the Work Injury Compensation Act (WICA)
You may also consider suing for damages in a civil law suit under common law.
What is the difference?
"A truly great lawyer is one who will start the contract draft out fair and balanced, rather than trying to make a one-sided agreement with the hope the other party will just sign without reading."
We take pride in our work. This means hours of research coupled with attention to details. It also means stepping back and looking at the big picture.
Hence, we were very comforted by this article ("Nothing is more expensive than a cheap lawyer"), written by a client, who appreciates that fees to dedicated lawyers, whilst appearing to be hefty at the outset, potentially save a lot of heartache and costs in future.
A recent High Court ruling has brought out an issue that one should take note: a fall in a car park (or any other location) might not be simply 'bad luck' or purely a 'fault of your own'. In this recent case, a resident successfully sued the MCST of the condominium he was staying in for damages, arising from his fall at the car park.
In our previous article, we spoke of how a Singaporean mother lost an appeal to keep her child in Singapore, after returning to Singapore from Germany with the child.
What happens if your spouse/ex-spouse runs away with your child to another country?
In a recent High Court case, a SIngaporean mother lost an appeal to keep her child in Singapore. This is the first case under the International Child Abduction Act that is heard by the Singapore Courts.
At the Scene
1. Keep calm.
2. Do not remove your vehicle until photographs of the position of your vehicle is taken.
3. If there is someone seriously injured, call the ambulance and police immediately. If the accident took place in Malaysia, you have to make a police report before a claim can be intimated, regardless of whether anyone is injured.
4. Take photographs of damage to vehicles, positions of vehicles etc. Keep these photographs in your digital camera/handphone.
If your vehicle is involved in a motor/traffic accident, you are generally required to notify your insurer within the next working day.
You may either notify your insurer at any of the IDACs (Independent Damage Assessment Centres) or any of the workshops approved by your insurers below:
*This article is applicable for Singapore vehicles involved in road accidents in Singapore and Malaysia.
These articles are aimed at providing short , basic and comprehensive information, without confounding legal jargons. New developments may also be discussed. However, do note that these cannot be construed as legal advice. Kindly contact us if you have any query.