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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. 

Wal-Mart reaches settlement with McNair family

Recovering from the physical injuries after a truck accident can take a great deal of time and energy. Aside from bones healing, you may have to endure months of physical therapy so that your muscles work correctly after you recover. Even after this is completed, you may have to go through counseling to deal with the emotional injuries stemming from such a traumatic experience.

Obviously, all the recovery processes cost money, and it is certainly tough to endure these costs while you are unable to work or if your insurance coverage does not cover them. As such, you may seek compensation from the offending trucking company in order to set things straight. This was likely the motivation behind several lawsuits filed by people who were riding in the limousine bus that was struck by a Wal-Mart truck last summer in New Jersey.

Undercover officers try to limit distracted driving crashes

In 2009, North Carolina voters approved a measure that would make it illegal to send or read text messages while operating a motor vehicle. It was ostensibly in response to the growing concerns over distracted driving and followed suit with more than 30 other states that enacted similar laws.

Law enforcement agencies have issued thousands of tickets under the new law, which calls for a $100 fine for a first offense, and a larger fine for subsequent offenses. Enforcement apparently has been difficult, since people instinctively put down their phones upon seeing a patrol car. 

OnStar customers could seek insurance discounts

Have you ever wanted to know how insurance companies would evaluate your driving? Would you want to be assessed even if it meant you could save a few dollars on your insurance premiums? You may be in luck if you are an OnStar customer.

According to a recent carriermanagement.com report, the satellite road assistance company announced that it will offer customers the opportunity to enroll in a new service that can tell them how well they drive, which could lead to good driver discounts from Progressive Insurance. 

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