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How Seniors Can Avoid Becoming Pedestrian Accident Victims

People age 65 and older account for nearly 20% of all pedestrian fatalities. Learn how to stay safe as a senior pedestrian in a society of constantly distracted drivers.
According to NHTSA data, one pedestrian dies as a victim of a car accident every 1.5 hours (2016).

Further, 2012 data reveals seniors account for a whopping 19.7% of all such fatalities.

So, seniors (defined as those 65 and older) are clearly highly vulnerable to losing their lives when acting as pedestrians.

If you’re a senior citizen, how can you avoid becoming a statistic? Fortunately, you have a lot you can do to keep yourself safe:
Be Seen
If possible, avoid walking in low-light conditions altogether. Walking at dusk or dawn makes you hard to see, and drivers won’t even necessarily expect to see you.

So, walk when it’s bright and sunny out.

However, if you have to walk at certain times, wear bright, reflective clothing that makes you […]

By |April 22nd, 2019|Categories: Auto Accidents|Tags: |0 Comments

3 Unexpected Ways Older Drivers Get Involved in Fatal Accidents

Senior citizens get involved in car accidents in more ways than you realize. Learn the risks, and how you can keep yourself safe.
You’ve heard the stats.

Teens and senior citizens are the most dangerous and vulnerable drivers.

But, what may surprise you about older drivers is the nature of the accidents they find themselves involved in.

Take a look at the below to understand what I mean:
Motorcycle Fatalities Have Skyrocketed
Some driving instructors jokingly call these adrenaline-inducing vehicles “murdercycles.”

But just how dangerous are they?

According to 2015 data from the NHTSA, motorcycle fatalities among older drivers increased an astounding 142% from 2006-2015.

Take action: Of course, you guarantee your safety if you don’t even own a motorcycle. But, we’re probably not going to get you to do that.

The leading causes of motorcycle accident fatalities include cars making left turns, lane splitting, the motorcyclist speeding or driving under the influence, and motorcyclists hitting road hazards or fixed […]

By |April 15th, 2019|Categories: Auto Accidents|Tags: |0 Comments

A Negligent Texting Driver Turned Makynsie Bancroft’s Life Upside Down

Young Woman Who Lost Mother in Car Accident and Endured Multiple Surgeries Fights Back to Win the $2,500 2019 Regis L. Mullen Scholarship and Get Accepted to Indiana University
A single negligent decision by another person turned Makynsie Bancroft’s life upside down. But that driver’s decision hasn’t kept her down. After losing her mom and suffering severe physical injuries of her own, Makynsie Bancroft has fought through extreme adversity to become the 2019 Regis L. Mullen Scholarship winner.

“When I see what other people go through in their lives, especially at such a young age like Makynsie, I’m amazed and impressed,” said the firm’s managing attorney Shane Mullen. “Not only does she not let a tragic situation hold her down, but she even uses it to achieve, excel, and serve others to a degree most others can’t match. I’m more than pleased to make Makynsie our 2019 winner,” he added.

Makynsie’s story contains […]

By |April 8th, 2019|Categories: Personal Injury|Tags: |0 Comments

2019 Accident & Injury Scholarship Winner

We are pleased to announce the winner for our 2019 Regis L. Mullen Accident & Injury Scholarship: Makynsie Bancroft. Below is her compelling story and winning essay.
It was my mom’s birthday, September 20, 2009, when we were on our way home from visiting my dad for the weekend. I was sick that night, throwing up into an orange plastic cup. At about 8:45, as “Party in the USA” played on the radio, a sixteen year old girl who was texting and driving crossed the defined yellow lines and hit our car head on.

As I try to comprehend what just took place, I looked down to see the orange plastic cup shattered in my hand, with the pieces all over the floorboard. I then looked to my right to see my three year old brother screaming, and although the left side of my body was broken in four places, I used […]

By |April 8th, 2019|Categories: Personal Injury|Tags: |0 Comments

Why Male Drivers Are More Vulnerable to Car Accidents (And What You Can Do)

Motor vehicle crash fatality rates are higher among males in every age group (according to NHTSA data).
You’ve probably heard it said that men are more likely than women to get involved in car accidents.

But those stats give you perspective!

And it explains why car insurance rates are higher for men.

Crazy story: one guy in Alberta, Canada actually changed his gender to save $1100 annually on car insurance. It turns out that, in Canada, gender is a state of mind. So you have to simply go through some paperwork to indicate that you identify as a woman (rather than getting an operation).

Anyway, here’s why men get injured or involved in car accidents more often than women:

Men wear their seatbelt 10% less often than women (according to eSurance)
In fatal car accidents caused by speeding, men (25%) were more likely than women (15%) to speed (NHTSA)
In 2013, the FBI reported 536,202 […]

By |April 1st, 2019|Categories: Auto Accidents|Tags: |0 Comments

How to Stop Your Need to Text While Driving

You know the dangers of texting while driving, but how do you actually stop doing it? It’s much simpler than you think, even if it seems impossible. Learn some easy ways you can put an end to texting while driving.
47 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the District of Columbia, and Guam ban texting while driving says the Governor’s Highway Safety Association.

It’s hard for people to come to agreement on any issue. So when you have 47 of 50 states agreeing on action towards any social problem, you know it’s clearly a valid concern.

And states do this for good reason. Studies frequently show texting while driving is just as or more dangerous than driving drunk.

One study quoted in the New York Times found texting while driving increases your chances of an accident 23 times.

Could you imagine chugging several beers, hopping in your car with your kids, and then telling them, […]

By |March 25th, 2019|Categories: Auto Accidents|Tags: |0 Comments

How Can You Reduce or Eliminate Phone Use While Driving?

Cell phone use while driving remains a leading cause of car accidents and fatalities. How can you stop yourself, or your family member, from using the phone while driving? It’s actually simple.
I’m not going to preach to you about the dangers of using your phone while driving.

You know them. You’ve heard the stats so many times you can’t stand them anymore.

Besides, the problem isn’t knowledge or awareness.

The problem involves taking action.

Why don’t you, or maybe one of your family members, stop doing this behavior, despite knowledge that it puts you at more risk for a fatal accident than driving drunk?

That’s the tough question. And it governs human behavior in all facets. Every one of us does something we know isn’t good for our health or in our best interest, rationalizing it won’t actually happen.

So what do you do to overcome that thinking?

Well, I have some possible solutions for you. See […]

By |March 19th, 2019|Categories: Auto Accidents|Tags: |0 Comments

African-American Children 4-7 Account for a Massive 47% of Pedestrian Fatalities

Why do all racial minorities’ children, including African-Americans, account for a disproportionately larger share of car-pedestrian fatalities? Find out what the research says and what you can do about it.
A study published at the National Institute of Mental Health found that in the 4-7 age group, 47% of all car-pedestrian fatalities happened to African-American children.

They also accounted for 37% of pedestrian fatalities in the 8-15 year-old group.

Out of all races, that’s by far the highest rate.

And that same study found children of all non-Caucasian races are more likely to be involved in fatal car-pedestrian accidents than Caucasian children.
Why Do Racial Minorities Get Involved in Fatal Pedestrian Accidents More Frequently?
So, the first question that comes to mind is, “Why does this happen?”

Because when you understand the why, then you can work on what to do about it.

Unfortunately, the study humble acknowledged it did not know exactly why. But it did come […]

By |March 11th, 2019|Categories: Personal Injury|Tags: |0 Comments

A Quick Guide to Car Accident Law in Road Work Zones 

What happens when you get in a car accident in a road work zone in Texas? Learn how this plays out in this article from Mullen & Mullen.
You never want to get into a car accident, but if there’s any place you really don’t want to be involved in an accident, it’s in a work zone.

That’s because fines double in work zones. However, work zones must have signs clearly designating them for that purpose, and workers must be present. That said, fines can easily skyrocket.
What’s the leading cause of accidents and citations?
Speeding.

That comes straight from the Texas DOT.

You’d think construction workers would most frequently experience severe injuries and fatalities.

However, that may not be the case.

85% of the 4,400 people who died in work zone accidents were actually the passengers or drivers of vehicles, says Federal Highway Administration data. And drivers lose their lives more frequently than passengers.
How You Can Show […]

By |March 4th, 2019|Categories: Auto Accidents|Tags: |0 Comments

Shane V. Mullen Named a Top Three Personal Injury Lawyer in Dallas by Three Best Rated®

Three Best Rated®, an online service with more than 1.7 million monthly customers, named Shane V. Mullen one of its three best personal injury lawyers in Dallas, TX for 2019. He also received this award for 2018. The distinction came following his passing of a rigorous 50-point analysis.
“I always aim to get personal injury clients the biggest settlement possible, while also providing compassionate service. And it’s a formula, apparently, they love,” said Shane. “At Mullen & Mullen we have business practices other law firms don’t. For example, we employ a private investigator rather than contracting one. This saves client’s money on top of the reduced contingency fee we offer which is below the industry average. We also have relationships with medical professionals and institutions who delay billing until completion of their claim, which saves them a ton of stress. We intentionally keep our firm small, so each case gets attention, […]

By |February 25th, 2019|Categories: Personal Injury|Tags: |0 Comments