VEHICLE ACCIDENTS

Auto and Autumn: Tips on Driving This Fall

Submitted by jrlaw on Sep 16th, 2011
Autumn is really one of the best times of year for driving. To begin with, the weather is cooled off enough that it's a lot nicer to be on the road. It's also the end of the summer tourist season, so there tend to be fewer drivers on the road who are lost or confused in just about every major city. There are some things you'll want to be sure you keep in mind, however.
 
The Light
 
If you're a morning and afternoon commuter, you're going to start having light in your eyes at some point during your commute in the autumn. This will mean that your visibility will be seriously impaired. The worst thing about this situation is that sunglasses actually make it worse for some drivers and that, if you have a dirty windshield, you'll oftentimes end up with so much glare that you cannot see at all.
Obviously, there isn't much that you can do about the sun, so you have to accommodate these changes in lighting where you can. Make sure that your windshield is always cleaned off so that you don't end up blinded when light hits dirt or other debris. You may also want to experiment a little bit to see whether wearing sunglasses during these times of day and evening helps you or hinders you in terms of improving your visibility.
 
Temperature Changes
 

The Severity of Being Rear-Ended

Submitted by jrlaw on Aug 31st, 2011

 

Accidents that involve drivers being rear-ended are among the most dangerous accidents to occur. There are some signature injuries that these accidents cause, and it's a good idea to visit a doctor if you have been involved in such an accident (just in case). Even if you do not feel pain or discomfort at first it does not mean that you haven't been injured. Some of these injuries take a while to manifest.
 
One of the classic injuries that frequently results from rear end crashes is “whiplash”. Whiplash develops when the victim's head snaps back and forth very quickly causing trauma to the spine and the muscles around it. This injury can be very serious and, unfortunately, it can take a long time before it even becomes apparent. This is the reason you need to visit a doctor if you have been in one of these type wrecks
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One of the reasons that rear end accidents end up injuring people quite frequently is because people simply do not see it coming. In a lot of instances they're not ready for the impact, and when it hits they end up being hurt a worse because of that. Of course, it's much harder to avoid being in a rear end accident because of this as well.
 
Danger Zones
 

Big Rigs Big Problems

Submitted by jrlaw on Aug 29th, 2011

 

It's easy enough to deal with big rigs when they're on the Interstates around Dallas, but it gets harder when they're driving around the city. This is when their size becomes a significant hindrance and when you really have to make sure that you're watching out for them. Here are some things to watch out for.
 
Don't Stay Alongside Them
 
It's usually best if you can either stay a safe distance behind a semi or get ahead of them quickly. Driving alongside them is a particularly dangerous thing to do. Their tires tend to kick up debris from the road and, if one of those tires happens to blow, it can create an obstruction very quickly. The draft alongside a semi is dangerous to motorcyclists and bicyclists.
 
Watch for Them Backing Out
 
Semi drivers cannot avoid taking up both sides of the road when they're backing up into or out of driveways in some cases. If you see them in a position where they're crawling across the road, slow down and plan on waiting a minute for them to finish what they're doing. It's frustrating sometimes, but it's the only way that they can get into some driveways and loading bays and they don’t have much of a choice.
 
Intersections
 

Cure For The Common Car Crash

Submitted by jrlaw on Aug 29th, 2011
Some of the most common types of car wrecks can be avoided without having to pay a lot of money to modify your vehicle to do it. Some vehicles also come with features that you may want to look for if you're buying a new vehicle that can help you avoid being involved in an accident.
 
Sideswipes
 
Being sideswiped is one of the most common types of accidents. These usually occur when somebody is driving in another driver's blind spot in the driver tries to move over into the lane without checking by turning their head. One of things you can do to avoid these kinds of wrecks is to purchase a blind spot mirror. These are small mirrors that attach to your side mirrors that give you a better view of the lane next to you. Remember, however, that you always need to check with your head before you change lanes. Having a blind spot mirror just gives you a way to confirm what you see when you check by turning your head.
 
Rear Ended
 

Avoiding Negligent Drivers

Submitted by jrlaw on Jul 27th, 2011

Sometimes, you’ll notice that a driver is being negligent before you end up getting in a wreck. If you happen to have a chance to see it coming, it’s best to steer clear of a bad situation that’s about to happen. Here are some of the classic examples of negligent drivers that you can easily avoid.

Wolf Packs

This happens when several cars begin tailgating one another on a stretch of road. They’ll bunch up, usually taking up both lanes and they’ll all keep around the same speed and within a close distance of each other. These are pile-ups waiting to happen. You can either let them get by you or lag well behind to avoid becoming part of the wreck.

Swerving Drivers

They may not be drunk, but they’ll be cutting across lanes very quickly and taking sharp turns. These drivers are either very bad behind the wheel or they’re in a rush. You’ll want to keep your distance and, if they get alongside you, expect them to cut in front of you without any warning.

Lost Drivers

They may be fiddling with their GPS or trying very hard to read the addresses on the side of the road, but they’re not looking in front or alongside them. Expect quick turn offs and sudden stops from these drivers. Hang well back, if possible.

Three Things that Make You Wreck

Submitted by jrlaw on Jun 22nd, 2011

Car wrecks happen all the time. If you've ever wondered why wrecks happen, here are three common causes of car crashes.

1. Poor Maintenance

Your vehicle is a complex machine. It has a lot of different systems, and some of those systems are made up of hundreds of different individual parts. They have to be maintained. Everything from the windshield washer fluid to the brake pads have to be in the proper condition to allow for safe driving. This doesn't always cost a lot of money. For example, you can learn to change your own windshield wipers, check your own tires and other small tasks, even if you aren't mechanically inclined. Most mechanics, in fact, will probably give you some pointers.

2. Inattentive Driving

You have to pay attention to the road when you're driving. If you're talking to someone, don't look at them while talking.Keep your eyes on the road. It's hard to imagine, sometimes, how far you travel in the second or two you take your eyes off the road to look at your radio, a passenger, your phone or anything else. At the very least, you should make sure that you're watching out for the other drivers out there who aren't paying attention as there are plenty of them.

Three Things that Indicate that You Should Slow Down

Submitted by jrlaw on Jun 16th, 2011

In many cases, drivers are injured when they overestimate how much control they have over their vehicles. There are specific situations where drivers tend to do this more than others and, if you want to be a safe driver, you should learn about these situations and what they mean about how you should adjust your speed to compensate for them.

Rain and Snow

Dallas isn't known for its snow, but it does fall occasionally. Rain can be just as hazardous for drivers. If you find yourself driving in conditions where heavy rain or snow is falling, be sure to slow down a little bit. As a general rule, you should have your headlights on whenever you turn your windshield wipers on. This ensures that the other drivers on the road can see you coming. While your visibility might be quite good, you can never be sure how someone else's windshield wipers are functioning or how well they compensate for driving in these types of conditions.

Night

One of the biggest mistakes that drivers make is outdriving their headlights. At night, the minimum stopping distance you need translates directly to the amount of road that your headlights illuminated front of you. Remember that the reach of your headlights may be much shorter than the stopping distance of your car at highway and freeway speeds. Even in a residential area, your headlights may not be illuminating that much road and you should slow down to make sure that you can stop in time to avoid hitting anything that suddenly appears at the limit of your vision.

Helping an Attorney Help You: 3 Tips

Submitted by jrlaw on Jun 16th, 2011

A Dallas car wreck attorney will do their best to help you get compensated if you've been injured due to a negligent driver. You have to help them, however. There are three things you can do—or not do—to help them do their job and to help you get compensated for the Dallas car accident you were in.

Vehicle Accidents | Causes

Submitted by Anonymous on Jun 7th, 2011

3 Things that Make You Wreck

 

If you're wondering how people get into wrecks, there are  three things that you should be aware of. They aren't all things that you do  while you're behind the wheel, but they are things that do cause all kinds of  bad situations.

 

1. Poor Maintenance

 

Your vehicle is a complex machine. It has a lot of different  systems and some of those systems are made up of hundreds of different  individual parts. They have to be maintained. Everything from the windshield  washer fluid to the brake pads has to be in the proper condition to allow for  safe driving. This doesn't always cost a lot of money. For example, you can  learn to change your own windshield wipers, check your own tires and other  small tasks, even if you aren't mechanically inclined. Most mechanics, in fact,  will probably give you some pointers.

 

2. Inattentive Driving

 

You have to pay attention to the road when you're driving.  If you're talking to someone, don't look at them when you're talking to them.  Just look at the road. It's hard to imagine, sometimes, how far you travel in  the second or two you take your eyes off the road to look at your radio, a  passenger, your phone or anything else. At the very least, you should make sure  that you're watching out for the other drivers out there who aren't paying  attention; there are plenty of them.

 

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