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How Our Attorneys Can Assist You with Your Personal Injury Claim

Learn Why You Should Not Go It Alone. Here’s How a Mullen & Mullen Attorney Can Assist You with Your Personal Injury Claim.
Don’t Go It Alone
We previously discussed the importance of not providing a recorded statement to insurance companies without the assistance of legal counsel. An injury attorney can help make sure you are asked fair questions, prepare you for the questions you are likely to face, and instruct you not to answer “gotcha” questions designed to allow the adjuster to delay, deny, or devalue your claim.

We are sometimes asked to assist someone after they have already attempted to negotiate a settlement on their own. These are good people who are usually absolutely shocked when the insurance adjuster – who had been acting like a trusted friend – suddenly offers them pennies on the dollar. In fact, adjusters routinely offer unrepresented injured victims less than their incurred medical bills alone… […]

By |June 17th, 2019|Categories: Personal Injury|Tags: |0 Comments

4 Ways to Avoid Damaging Your Personal Injury Case

Here are four ways to avoid damaging your personal injury case brought to you by the attorneys at Mullen & Mullen Law Firm.

1. Don’t Provide a Recorded Statement Without Counsel
We previously discussed the importance of minimizing gaps in treatment to avoid damaging your case. A lengthy delay in seeking medical care and/or sporadic treatment can lead to a significant decline in case value.

Often clients retain us after they have already provided a recorded statement of the accident to the insurance company and that’s okay. We should still be able to assist with the case. Sometimes accidents are straight forward – as in a rear-end collision. Sometimes an independent witness is available to provide an unbiased account. Sometimes you get a fair adjuster who asks fair questions. Here’s the thing – sometimes you don’t.

So here’s some straight talk: Insurance adjusters often try to deny as many claims as they can. After […]

By |May 31st, 2019|Categories: Personal Injury|Tags: |0 Comments

How to Keep Your Teens Safe While Driving

How do you get a teen to acknowledge that they too can end up seriously injured, or even lose their life in a car accident, when they don’t drive responsibly?
An old joke goes,”I was surprised how little my dad knew when I was 14 and how much he learned when I turned 21.”

That about sums it up for teens, right?

In 2017, the fatal crash rate per mile driven for 16-19 year-olds was nearly 3 times the rate for drivers ages 20 and over, says the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Facts startle and convince concerned parents of teens.

And teens certainly hear about these stats and certainly have awareness of the dangers of driving. Their high schools and driver’s education courses tell them multiple times.

But…their serious and fatal accident rates still remain disproportionately high.

So how do you get through to teens, who might already know everything, including that there’s absolutely no possible […]

By |May 21st, 2019|Categories: Auto Accidents|Tags: |0 Comments

How to Overcome Your Teen’s Objections to Wearing a Seatbelt

Those stubborn teens… they know so much more than you, don’t they? Well, here’s what to do about that. And yes, you can get through.
Remember what you were like when you were a teen?

Did you smile and say “yes” and do exactly what your parents said every single time, realizing that they’ve walked your path before and might know a little more than you?

…If only teenage minds worked that way, right?

Or, did you smile and say “yes,” immediately discard what your parents said, and then go and do precisely whatever you wanted?

Maybe you were openly defiant and started arguments with your parents, trying to prove your case to them and why they’re wrong.

Truthfully, your brain doesn’t fully develop until around the age of 25. So, you, and your teenage son or daughter, simply can’t fully comprehend reality until that age.

Well then what do you do when you have a teen […]

By |May 6th, 2019|Categories: Auto Accidents|Tags: |0 Comments

4 Ways to Help Keep Yourself Safe When Driving Alone

Most fatal car accidents happen with just a single driver. Here’s how to make sure you don’t find yourself involved in a serious, or even fatal, accident.
Did you know 58% of police-reported fatal accidents involve only one vehicle?

To add to that, 40% of fatal accidents are caused by collisions with fixed objects or don’t include a collision at all (example: a rollover).

So even when you’re driving alone, without any distractions, you still have a serious risk of an auto accident.

When you’re driving alone, what can you do to keep yourself safe and minimize your risk?

Here’s what to remember:
Keep Your Car Maintained
Healthy maintenance includes keeping your gas tank full. Fill up when your tank’s half empty rather than almost bone dry.

Have your tires checked and rotated so you always keep good control. Have your fluids checked and filled with every oil change.

When you’re aware of a maintenance issue, have it fixed […]

By |April 29th, 2019|Categories: Auto Accidents|Tags: |0 Comments

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