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February 2018 Archives

Some tips for driving in poor weather conditions

Weather-related hazards can lead to a wreck at any time of year. However, there are certain months, such as those during the winter, which can be especially dangerous. Truck drivers may have to watch out for a number of hazards, depending on where they live, which might include heavy rain, snow, ice on the roads, fog, and strong winds. Sometimes, drivers push themselves to drive even when weather conditions are poor, such as those who need to get to work or take care of an important responsibility. If there is a possibility that poor weather could increase the likelihood of a crash, there are a number of tips that drivers should keep in mind if they decide to take to the road. That said, drivers should never out themselves in danger or drive if road conditions are not safe.

Drunk driving charges can be critical in car accident cases

We understand that an accident can be physically and emotionally jarring. While you recover from your injuries, it is important to have an experienced personal injury attorney investigate the cause of the crash. After all, a large majority of accidents arise out of human error, meaning one (or more) drivers were at fault. This is very likely when alcohol is involved.

Adjusting to life in a wheelchair after a crash

Motorcycle accidents can change a victim’s life in countless ways. Sadly, there are often financial, emotional, and physical challenges after a wreck. For some, the consequences of a collision can lead to permanent difficulties that will require adjusting one’s life significantly. If you were hurt in an accident and are now in a wheelchair, you may be having a hard time coming to grips with the ways in which your life has changed. However, you should try to keep a positive outlook and examine any options, such as legal action, that might help you as you move forward.

Could lower sleep aid dosages lead to fewer accidents?

The devastation caused by distracted driving led a number of states to enact laws banning the practice. The U.S. Department of Transportation also established rules prohibiting truck and commercial bus drivers from using cell phones behind the wheel. While distracted driving remains a national issue, drowsy driving has become equally as dangerous, as many drivers who rely on the sleep-aid, Ambien, were seen causing accidents.

Important elements of a successful wrongful death claim

Losing a loved one quickly due to the negligence of another party can be traumatizing, and in some cases financially debilitating. In such cases, a wrongful death claim may aid in providing some peace in knowing that the responsible parties will pay for what they did.

What can drivers do to cut down on motorcycle accidents?

As many as 5,286 motorcycle riders died in 2016, which is the latest data available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That was the largest number of fatal motorcycle crashes since 2008 and a 5.1 percent increase over the previous year.

AAA: Drowsy driving accidents 8 times higher than prior estimates

"Drivers who don't get enough sleep are putting everyone on the road at risk," said the executive director of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. "By conducting an in-depth analysis using video of everyday drivers, we can now better assess if a driver was fatigued in the moments leading up to a crash."

Is the X-LITE guardrail system hazardous during crashes?

A South Carolina woman was riding in an SUV driven by her husband when the vehicle went off the side of the road and hit a guardrail. Highway guardrails are meant to absorb the impact of a crash, keep the vehicle from going too far off the roadway, and perform another critical function. The pieces are supposed to "telescope," or fold into one another so that the long metal pieces do not cause additional danger.

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