VEHICLE ACCIDENTS

Avoiding Big Accidents

Submitted by jrlaw on Dec 15th, 2010

Car wrecks come in all shapes and sizes. The most common types are the fender benders that most people are familiar with. Sometimes they result in one party calling a car wreck attorney, but many of them occur without anyone being hurt financially or physically in any significant regard. There are accidents, however, that get very large and that pose a serious risk to the lives of those involved in them.

Some of the most deadly types of wrecks are big pileups. In these wrecks, several cars rear end each other after a vehicle at the lead of a pack stops. These wrecks occur at both high and low speeds. When they occur at freeway speeds, they can be incredibly dangerous. If you’re on the road and you notice people driving too closely to one another at too high of speeds, back off and give yourself room. It’s best to stay as far away from such groupings of cars as possible. In wet or snowy road conditions, these accidents occur even more easily.

In some cases, a big rig crash will end up involving a large number of vehicles. These crashes are deadly because of the mass of a semi, but also for other reasons. For instance, there have been many wrecks where a semi hauling something slick or environmentally dangerous has spilled onto the roadway. These situations can become disasters very quickly.

Mild Winters are Dangerous Winters on the Road

Submitted by jrlaw on Dec 15th, 2010

In the winter, the comparatively mild conditions sometimes make it seem like you’re at less risk of getting in a Dallas car accident than is truly the case. In areas where the winters are severe and the snow is deep, just about everyone is a very experienced, competent and, above all other things, patient winter driver. In Dallas, winter weather is usually characterized by freezing rain and sometimes a bit of snow. Believe it or not, this presents some dangers that people in snowier climes don’t face quite as often.

In a very snowy area, drivers who start sliding out of control will oftentimes aim for the closest snow bank to stop themselves. It does damage, to be sure, but it’s a lot better than hitting a car, telephone pole or other unyielding surface. In climates such as Dallas, there may be enough snow on the road to make you lose control, but there’s certainly not a 6-foot snow bank anywhere to stop you from sliding. In some ways, milder climates present the same dangers with none of the benefits of having a roadway covered in soft, forgiving snow.

Personal Injury Lawyer | Getting out of Dangerous Traffic Safely

Submitted by jrlaw on Nov 15th, 2010

In many cases, a car wreck could have been totally avoided if someone had known what to do in a dangerous traffic situation. In some cases, people will find themselves involved in a Dallas car accident because they didn’t even identify a hazard that may have been obvious to another driver. If you’re making your way around the city, be sure to follow some simple guidelines that apply in any urban area. If you do, you’ll find yourself much less likely to end up on a car wreck.

Watch out for packs of vehicles following one another very closely and riding alongside each other in different lanes. This sort of bunching tends to happen naturally, as people driving about the same speed start to get grouped up, passing those going slower and being passed by those going faster. If you can get away from these packs of cars, do so. When cars are grouped tightly, every driver has less time to react to hazards on the road and pile ups often occur.

Keep an eye out for drivers who are being overly-aggressive. If someone is riding your tail or trying to muscle their way into a lane and it’s safe to do so, get out of their way. Even if you have a bigger, heavier vehicle, it’s best to just let them go, frustrating as it may be sometimes.

Common Causes of Big Rig Crashes

Submitted by jrlaw on Sep 13th, 2010

Big rig crashes are far too common occurrences on America’s highways. These vehicles have the potential to do so much damage that there is a host of regulations designed to make them safer for everyone on the road, including the drivers of those rigs. Unfortunately, some companies decide to cut corners on safety. The consequences of doing so can be deadly. At the very least, the consequences of these actions oftentimes involve serious injuries and damage to property that is far too expensive for those in the path of semis to pay for themselves.

A big rig collision is usually not something that happens in a vacuum. There are generally causes that lead up to it and they oftentimes have to do with companies trying to save a bit of money by skimping on safety. If this is the case, those companies may be liable for the damages they’ve caused you. Remember that an attorney is the only one who knows this for sure, and you’ll have to consult with one before you can be sure whether or not you have a case. Oftentimes, this consultation is free and you can explore your options with them without committing to filing a case.

Highway Safety Tips for New Drivers

Submitted by jrlaw on Sep 10th, 2010

Any car accident personal injury attorney can tell you that young people account for a lot of the roadway accidents. This is usually the result of a lack of experience and the risk-taking behavior that is characteristic of young people. Some of the hazards on the road, however, are not posed by young people but pose particular threats to them. Adult drivers have years of experience under their belts that keep them safe. For younger drivers, there are some basic concepts of staying safe on the road that should be kept in mind at all times.

Intersections are among the most dangerous places on the road. If you’re in a Dallas car accident, it’s very likely that it will be at a stoplight or a stop sign. Watch out for drivers who roll up to intersections without slowing until the last minute. Drivers who approach stop signs and stoplights fast aren’t thinking about stopping; they’re thinking about driving through. This is something that you have to learn to accommodate as a driver. Not all drivers are courteous, and you need to be aware of when one of them is about to do something less than intelligent.

Dallas Car Wrecks and Legal Representation

Submitted by jrlaw on Sep 8th, 2010

Anyone involved in a Dallas car accident should investigate whether or not they have a right to monetary compensation. People are sometimes discouraged from seeking a lawyer because of their worries about fees. There are lawyers who take cases on contingencies. Under such an agreement, the lawyer’s sole way of getting paid is if they win your case. They may win it in court through a jury or settlement, but they have to win you some sort of compensation before they collect any fees for their services.

A car accident personal injury claim starts the moment the wreck is over. If everyone is okay and after speaking to law enforcement, call your attorney. Note that you should call your attorney before calling your insurance company. The attorney will advise you on how to handle the insurance company, or they may elect to handle the insurance company on your behalf. In either case, it means that your case isn’t self-sabotaged by your incorrectly dealing with your insurer. Even though they may be a great company, insurers do have an interest in denying your claim as making is profit is always their first and foremost concern.

Big Rig Collision - What Now?

Submitted by jrlaw on Aug 26th, 2010

A lot of the Dallas car accident cases that make their way to court are big rig crashes. These accidents can be devastating for those involved and, oftentimes, they can mean the loss of someone’s life. There is a vital time frame, however, after the accident when you’ll be presented with several options. If it’s clear that you’re not at fault, it’s likely that one of those options will be a settlement from the trucking company. This is not always your best option, even though it may seem like the company is being generous with you.

A big rig crash will almost always involve a sizable company. In some cases, you may be hit by an independent operator, but these small business people are a rare sight these days. The large trucking companies have certain obligations they have to meet under the law. Among the most important of these obligations is that they maintain their trucks properly and that their drivers are well-rested and provided with all that they need to do their jobs safely. These companies, to avoid an even bigger problem, will oftentimes offer settlements to drivers they’ve injured due to their negligence.

Filing an Accident or Personal Injury Claim

Submitted by jrlaw on Aug 3rd, 2010
There are recourses available if you’ve had a Dallas car accident. While legal affairs are usually quite expensive, there are ways you can file a claim without being put out for a lot of money. In fact, you can actually file a claim for an accident without paying money up front. This is done through a contingency arrangement, which is a good way to make sure that the case you’re filing is worthwhile. In this arrangement, the lawyer doesn’t get paid unless you go to court or win, or unless you get a settlement.

In a contingency arrangement, the vehicle accident lawyer usually offers a free consultation. At this time, they’ll sit down with you and go over the details of your case. They’ll need to know as much as you can offer; be sure to bring all the relevant paperwork with you. The attorney will be able to tell you if your case has a good chance of winning. If it does, you’ll have to work with the attorney to come up with a concrete figure to seek for damages. This is a basic part of how this type of law works. Sometimes it’s hard to put a dollar value on some kinds of injuries, but this is where the attorney’s prior experience comes in.

Surviving a Big Rig Crash

Submitted by jrlaw on Aug 3rd, 2010

There are few things as terrifying as a big rig crash. These massive vehicles, when they’re loaded and moving at freeway speeds, can utterly destroy a passenger vehicle. Sadly, this happens every year to too many people. In the worst cases, someone dies. Too often, these deaths occur because of negligence on the part of the truckers or the companies for whom they work. If someone you love has been hurt or killed, or if you’ve been injured, there are people who will help you deal with the financial and emotional fallout of these wrecks.

A wrongful death lawyer can handle these cases and make sure that you get your day in court. In some cases, the companies will offer a settlement, helping you to avoid the further trauma of going to trial. In any case, these lawyers are able to stand up to these companies for you and, no matter how much money the trucking company may have behind it, you won’t be outmatched. Lawyers who handle these cases are not intimidated by what the trucking company may throw at you, and there’s no reason you should face this kind of a fight on your own.

Avoiding Dallas Car Wrecks

Submitted by jrlaw on Jul 9th, 2010

Urban driving is a challenge, even for the very experienced. You could learn a lot about it from a car wreck attorney. They handle cases that cover all types of injuries and accidents. Many of those injuries and accidents—and sometimes deaths—happen to individuals who are good drivers but who run across individuals who have no consideration for others on the road. Such bad drivers include everyone from the casual speeders to the individuals who can’t be bothered to stop at lights or signs. You can do a few things to decrease your chances of being injured or killed.

Be Ready

Car accident personal injury attorneys get quite a few clients who “never saw it coming”. Oftentimes, this isn’t entirely the fault of the person who was struck. The first rule of defensive driving is to assume that you and your car are completely invisible to other drivers. When you approach an intersection, a driveway or any other feature that changes traffic flow, assume that someone is going to pull out in front of you, and be ready for it.

Watch for Signs

Even if you’re in a neighborhood that you’re very familiar with, there may be new traffic control devices added at any time. Be on the lookout for Stop Ahead signs and for other important traffic controls. When you’re driving, you need to be sharp at all times. Don’t drive on auto-pilot. You never know when conditions may change.

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