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What to Do Immediately After a Car Accident

Posted by on Aug 4, 2019 in Car Accident | 0 comments

It goes without saying that no one enjoys car accidents. Not only do they pose a great risk to our safety and security, but we often waste time, money, and energy dealing with their aftermath.

There’s good news, however. There are a few tips you can use to make dealing with a car accident less of an inconvenience. Take a look at them below!

Seek Out Medical Attention. First things first — the safety of you and anyone else involved in the accident. Check to make sure you and others involved in the accident are okay — even if you think the crash was extremely minor.

Receiving medical attention greatly improves one’s chances of survival and recovery. Dealing with insurance can come later — make sure everyone is okay first.

Contact the Police. Per the law, all accidents must be reported to the police. Whether or not the crash was your fault, the police will file a report that can be used as evidence in your claim. The more information you have to present to your insurance company, the better.

Take Pictures. This may seem like common sense, but in the heat of the moment, you may forget some simple steps. Make sure to take photos of your car, the other driver’s car, the surrounding roads, and any debris that may have made its way onto the road as well.

These could potentially be used to prove any negligence on the other driver’s part or disprove any false claims they make. You can also submit these photos to your insurance company.

Talk to Witnesses. No matter where the accident occurred, there are likely witnesses who saw what happened from another perspective. These witnesses can provide valuable information to you when you file your claim, or additional evidence if you need to contact an attorney. Witnesses will also talk to police and help them file a report as well.

Keep Record. A common theme in this post is to keep a record of what happened before, during, and after the crash — and a great way to do that is by writing down what you remember.

When you have a free moment, jot down what you can remember about the crash. Write down where you were traveling, what lane you were in, any weather conditions or obstacles on the road. This can also be shown to your insurance company and given to your attorney if necessary.

Contact an Attorney. If you’re having difficulty with the other parties involved our having difficulties filing with your insurance company, consider reaching out to an attorney with experience with car accidents like Evans Moore, LLC. An attorney will help make sure that you receive the proper damages possible and do not have to pay any more than you need to.

Additionally, an attorney will be able to prove that the other driver was negligent, or prove that you weren’t negligent. Don’t attempt to represent yourself — reach out to a skilled attorney as soon as possible.

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The Trip’s Off, Let’s Party

Posted by on Oct 13, 2017 in Craft Beer | 0 comments

Who’s up for a big party this weekend? This guy, that’s who. I’ve decided to blow my summer savings on a few fancy new party tools since I won’t be able to go on that killer trip I had planned (major disappointment there, but more on that in a minute).

To ease my sorrows about missing out on the big road trip out west (RIP plans for sunrise hikes in Yosemite and Yellowstone, maybe next year), I’ve picked up some great craft beer growlers and this awesome new invention: beer growler taps of Growler Chill.

Basically, the thing keeps my growlers cold and allows me to pour out pints, which makes me the coolest guy having a party this weekend. It’s like having my own bar at home, and every pint is going to be fresh as the first. I’m super excited to try it out.

So, the trip. My car broke down. Not the main one, but my road trip car. If you’ve been following me for a bit, you know I refuse to sacrifice my beautiful Bonnie Lass (that’s her name), my classic Mustang, on this trip. First, there wouldn’t be room in her, and second, as much as I love the idea of speeding around the West with the dust under Bonnie’s tires, I just can’t bring myself to put that many miles on her. There are also considerations like the price of gas, and getting a tuneup before I go, but overall, it’s the wear and tear that would be required.

So I bought a van on the cheap that looked like it would be in good enough working order for the trip. I had everything all set. And the van died on me. I got it fixed, and it died again. Now, I don’t have the cash to buy another van or to keep repairing it.

The trip is off is what I’m saying. And yes, I looked into lemon laws, but I had the van too long and made too many repairs, so they don’t apply. Just be glad I’m not sulking around why my brew and keeping it all to myself. Instead, I’ve decided to be generous and open my doors to the thirsty folks in my neighborhood.

If you happen to be one of those thirsty neighbors, or you happen to be in the area, stop on by and come help me drown my sorrows over a few. And hey, if you happen to know anything about van repair, go ahead and see what you can do for my travel van out front. Maybe I’ll end up getting some decent repairs done in the end.

Even if not, it’ll be a great weekend, with a lot of great weekends to look forward to up ahead. They’ll just all be at home, I guess.

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Watch out for Negligent Drivers

Posted by on Jul 26, 2017 in Car Accident | 0 comments

Careful drivers can avoid car accidents by staying focused on the task at hand and staying aware of their surroundings. Accidents happen when careless drivers are

  • Distracted
  • Inebriated
  • Speeding
  • Aggressive
  • Reckless
  • Fatigued

Negligent drivers often disregard traffic signs and laws, try to multitask while operating their vehicle, or even drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. They put the lives of all other drivers and passengers on the line when they do pay attention to their actions in their 3,000-pound vehicle. The first step in making the roads safer is holding reckless drivers responsible for their negligence against everyone else on the roads.

For the victims of tragic accidents, compensation may not cover all their pain and suffering from an accident, but it is the first step to start their healing. Such an accident can leave a family with countless medical expenses, lost wages from the time taken off to heal, and enough pain and suffering to last a lifetime.

In Coventry, RI, a personal injury attorney is who a victim and their family should call directly after seeking medical attention following an accident. There is a time limit on how long a victim can wait before their claim expires and they forfeit their right to any compensation at all called the statute of limitations. Calling an attorney helps keep the victims focused on what is most important after a crisis: their health and well-being.

Attorneys can assist in making sure the victim receives all the compensation necessary to cover the expenses caused by a negligent driver and can hold them responsible for the pain and suffering they caused others, thus making the roads safer.

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Why Rollover Accidents are Dangerous

Posted by on Jun 5, 2017 in Car Accident | 0 comments

Why Rollover Accidents are Dangerous

A rollover accident happens when a vehicle turns over on its roof or side. There are many factors that may make a vehicle turn over. Typically, rollovers happen as single-vehicle accidents and the drivers are the ones at fault, such as when they are speeding or driving too fast when the road and weather conditions are considered.

The problem with fast-moving vehicles is that their tires have limited traction on the pavement, making them more likely to overturn, especially during a curving or turning movement. Worse, these vehicles may crash on embankments or fall from elevated roads, such as those from mountainous areas.

There are vehicles that are more vulnerable to rollovers as well, such as sports-utility vehicles, vans, and trucks. This is because they have higher centers of gravity compared to other vehicles.

But rollovers can also happen on collisions. A vehicle that has collided with another, an obstacle on the road, or a barrier may rollover, if the angle is right and there is enough force involved. According to the website of The Benton Law Firm, those who have been injured in rollover accidents may get compensation from the parties that have caused the accidents. When you think about it, the instances where somebody else has been injured because of the negligence of another are more tragic.

Rollover accidents are so devastating that they are some of the most fatal traffic accidents in existence. Those who are lucky enough to survive sustain serious injuries. The most vulnerable areas are the head and neck, as they may hit hard surfaces inside the vehicle as it overturns. These hard surfaces may include steering wheels, roofs, doors, windshields, and even pavements and rocks if the victims are ejected.

The victims may also be vulnerable to projectiles and debris, such as breaking glasses, mirrors, and bouncing personal items in the vehicle that are not fastened or secured.

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Domestic Violence: Victimizing both Abused Partner and Children

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Domestic Violence' | 0 comments

More than 10 million cases of domestic violence are reported in the United States every year. A great majority of victims are, of course, women, usually aged between 16 and 34. They are raped, physically abused or stalked by their intimate partner.

Domestic violence is a form of abusive behavior committed by an individual over his/her intimate partner. Its forms include emotional, psychological, physical or sexual abuse or threats of abuses to enable the perpetrator to gain control and power over his/her partner. This abusive or threatening behavior is meant to terrorize, frighten, injure, hurt, humiliate or intimidate a partner until he/she loses his/her sense of self-respect and self-confidence. Anyone can be a victim of domestic violence regardless of religion, age, race, nationality, economic status and educational background.

Forms of violence or abuses in the home include:

  • Psychological abuse –this is committed through intimidation, threat of harming or hurting one’s self or children, partner or those close to the partner, like family or friends, and destruction of property, all for the purpose of instilling fear in the victim.
  • Economic abuse– one’s complete control over financial resources by withholding or greatly limiting the other partner’s access to money, prohibiting attendance at school or reporting for work to create in him/her total financial dependence;
  • Emotional abuse– committed through repeated criticism, name-calling or taking no notice of one’s abilities, to undermine the other’s sense of self-worth / self-esteem;
  • Sexual abuse – this type of abuse is usually committed by treating the other partner in a sexually humiliating way or forcing sexual act after physically mistreating him/her; it may also be a case of marital rape or attacks on a victim’s sensitive or private parts;
  • Physical abuse – this is the most common type of abuse committed. It includes slapping, hitting, pinching, hair pulling, grabbing, shoving, biting, forcing intake of alcohol / use of drug upon the other and denying the other the medical care he/she needs.

The effects of domestic violence can be lifetime psychological trauma. However, it also has immediate effects, like injuries or an illness, which can lead to absenteeism which, in turn, usually results to termination from work. It also causes the abused to withdraw from family, friends or other people who may be capable of providing help, due to loss of self-esteem and embarrassment.

Violence against one’s partner (usually the wife), does not only hurt the victim, though, for whatever hurts the wife, can and will hurt the children too. And since children cannot protect their mother from being abused, they are burdened with the feeling of guilt. Mixed feelings of shame, fear, stress and confusion are developed in children too, feelings which can lead to emotional and school problems that may make them withdraw and shy away from others.

According to the law firm Horst Law, ‘When the police respond to an incident of alleged domestic violence, state law mandates that the preferred response of officers is to arrest the primary aggressor. Though this law is intended to protect victims of domestic violence, it may also force the hand of the police to make arrests that they may not have to. That being said, regardless of the events that led up to your arrest, you will need to do everything you can to defend your rights and protect your future as you work your way through the coming legal process.”

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