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What to do on wet roads during spring

 

The old saying “April showers brings May flowers” may have some significance if you love gardening. But if you are a regular driver, the April rains should resonate with you because they can become a hazard. Just like icy roads during the winter, drivers must be vigilant when driving on wet roads as well. For those who are not familiar with how dangerous driving in downpours can be, keep in mind that more than 1 million accidents occur each year across the United States.

New travel guide should renew focus on road safety

Spring is here! Gone are the cold and icy days of winter; and with them, the threat of black ice that slows everything down to a crawl. With that, the Charlotte Observer recently published its latest travel guide edition that featured more than 30 destinations across the state that people must drive to.

Some included coastal locations, including Port Fisher, Jockey’s Ridge and Pea Island, as well as mountain destinations, such as Hanging Rock, Chimney Rock and Mount Mitchell. The travel guide is poised to provide tourists from throughout the Carolinas and beyond with ample inspiration for road trips. 

The most common accidents where a driver is at fault

 If you have been in an accident, chances are that you may be questioning whether you are at fault, or was the other driver responsible for the crash. Depending on the type of crash you are involved in, you probably know that you were not to blame. But in either event, there must be proof of negligence to prevail in a personal injury lawsuit.

But in lieu of such proof, there are certain types of accidents where the moving party is almost always at fault. This post will highlight them. 

How to make the best of a parking lot accident

One of the great things about the end of March in our region is that the weather is considerably better than the beginning of the month. You may even start to see trees blooming, birds chirping and grass beginning to return to the color we love most. Yes, spring is just around the corner; which also means that people will be returning to shopping malls in earnest.

When this happens, the likelihood of parking lot accidents rises. Because of this, drivers must be additionally vigilant. Even with this, accidents still happens. So drivers should know what to do they crashes occur. 

Safe driving tips for motorcycle riders

Weather-wise, it looks like we have turned a corner. Gone are the threats of snow covered highways and threats of black ice; coming are warmer days and sunsets around 8:00 in the evening. These are telltale signs of spring. With that, people will bring their motorcycles out again.

Since motorcycles have not been around in earnest for a number of months, it is almost as if drivers have to get used to seeing them again. Because of this, there may be an adjustment period. During this time, motorcycle riders and drivers must take additional care to share the road. Even though this responsibility is shared, motorcycle riders stand to be seriously injured in an accident. Because of this, we offer this post that will highlight some helpful tips for riders to stay safe. 

Snow is melting, but road hazards still exist

There are many great things about the month of March. Daylight savings time and March Madness are two of the most popular things that people look forward to. But the break in winter weather is probably the most anticipated aspect of March. Gone are the arctic temperatures and constant threats of black ice. However, that does not mean that drivers must be any less vigilant while behind the wheel.

In some regions where a great deal of snow and ice fell, there are still areas where melting ice have formed pools of water on streets and highways. This creates the possibility for cars to hydroplane and lose control. Contrary to popular belief, it only takes a small amount of water to cause a car’s tires to lose contact with the road. Indeed, a number of tires are proficient with distributing water so that this does not happen when large puddles are hit, but hydroplaning can occur. 

How you can help your accident case before it goes to court

When it comes to “winning” a car accident claim, it is always helpful to have favorable facts. However, having information to help your cause may even be better. After all, it is better to win a case before you even get to the courtroom. Insurance companies certainly like it this way. This is why they want to take their time if there are any questions as to liability. Basically, if there is a chance that the other driver may be liable, the insurer wants to know about it.

Just because the insurer wants to investigate, this does not prevent you from doing the same. With that said, there are three things that can help your case, and they may be enough to stave off legal action. This post will identify them. 

Why you must slow down when the weather gets bad

When you think about the phrase “oh, the weather outside is frightful…” you may think about picturesque visions of snow during the holiday season. No way you think about a snow and ice storm during the last week of February. Nevertheless, here we are, enduring yet another bout with icy conditions. In fact, more than six inches of snow is expected in the region

In our last post, we highlighted some helpful tips for those who may encounter black ice; thin, virtually invisible sheets of ice that form when snow melts and then refreezes on streets and highways. Since ice is so much more unforgiving than snow, it is imperative that drivers be especially vigilant on the roads (if they go on them at all.) Not only is there a practical reason to be careful, there are legal reasons as well. 

What to do if you hit black ice

We’re not meteorologists, but we can say with reasonable certainty that the foul weather that has gripped our region over the past several days will be leaving soon. With better weather, our streets and highways will be safer as well. Essentially, drivers will not have to deal with the icy conditions that have led to accidents in the northeast and across the south.

But until then, drivers will have to be especially careful because of the threat of black ice. Unsuspecting drivers can find themselves in a ditch or plowing into another vehicle because they may not see an ice patch until it is too late. Nevertheless, there are a few things that a driver can do to possibly avoid an accident even after hitting a patch of ice. 

Another cautionary tale about distracted driving

If it is one thing that we stress as personal injury attorneys with regard to car accidents, reducing distractions will reduce your chances of being in one. This is especially concerning given how prevalent texting while driving is in North Carolina. With spring around the corner, and new young drivers on the road, it is important for them to understand the risks of distracted driving.

An example of this risk was on display over the weekend in Malibu, California. Former Olympic gold medalist and reality TV star Bruce Jenner was involved in a multi-car crash where one driver was killed and several others were injured. 

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