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Distracted Driving, Part 2: Causes and Effects of Distracted Driving

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Multitasking is an inescapable fact of modern life; we grab lunch on the fly, check emails and text messages while teleconferencing, glance at the news while shopping online. But when it comes to operating a motor vehicle, not focusing on the most important task at hand can be disastrous. Every year thousands of fatal traffic accidents are caused by distracted driving. In the first part of our three-part series, we discussed the ways in which texting while driving slows response time and increases the risk of a crash — a risk so great that driver texting is now prohibited by law...

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Distracted Driving, Part 1: How Does Texting and Driving Affect Others?

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[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Study after study of traffic accidents in the United States and elsewhere have identified many different causes but one common theme: carelessness. Although some accidents may be unavoidable — the result of bad weather or poor road conditions, for example — the vast majority are preventable. In fact, the data indicates that human error accounts for more than 90% of all crashes. Some common forms of “human error” include excessive speed and driving while intoxicated. Increasingly, though, another driving behavior is proving to be a significant factor, in part because many drivers don’t realize how dangerous it is. Distracted driving, a...

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What Are the Leading Causes of Fatal Car Accidents?

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According to data gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 37,133 people lost their lives in motor vehicle crashes across the U.S. in 2017. That’s actually a slight decrease in fatalities after two years of sharp increases, but it’s still a disturbing figure — particularly since the majority of those crashes were caused by human error and were entirely preventable. One way to work at reducing the death toll on our nation’s roads is to raise awareness about the underlying causes of fatal accidents. But that can be a more complicated process than it sounds. Although researchers have collected vast amounts...

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What Pictures to Take after an Accident?

Taking Pictures of an Accident

In the first painful minutes after a car accident, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. There’s so much that has to be done, seemingly all at the same time: checking with all parties involved for injuries, assessing damage to the vehicles, moving to safety, summoning police, exchanging information and contacting insurance companies. With so much on their plate, it’s not surprising that many drivers forget to take one additional step before leaving the accident scene: taking photos to document what happened. Snapping pix may be the last thing on your mind in the aftermath of a crash, but it can prove tremendously useful...

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FAQs Regarding Medical Liens in Auto Injury Cases

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Nobody likes sticker shock — the moment you discover the true cost of that new car you’re about to buy, complete with extras, dealer charges, and taxes. Unfortunately, people who have been injured in a car accident sometimes experience a form of sticker shock when they discover that something called a medical lien must be paid to health care providers before they can receive their settlement. In order to avoid unpleasant surprises, it’s important to understand what your rights and obligations are when it comes to a medical lien on your settlement. Here are a few frequently asked questions and answers...

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TIPS ABOUT CAR INSURANCE – WHAT DOES CAR INSURANCE COVER?

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Insurance companies spend a lot of money persuading consumers that they’re paying too much for the car insurance offered by their competitors. When it comes to insurance headaches, perhaps the only thing worse than the sneaking suspicion that you’re paying too much is finding out too late — after an accident, in other words — that the policy you have doesn’t provide the coverage you need. Shopping for car insurance can be confusing and frustrating. Here are a few tips about the basics of coverage that can help you decide what you truly need to protect yourself and your loved ones....

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Part 3, DOES INSURANCE COVER ROADKILL?

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No one wants to hit a deer or other animal while they’re driving. Most people value living creatures and don’t want to be the reason for killing any. Hitting a deer or other large mammal also can cause accidents as well as car damages. Handling a roadkill collision can be daunting if you’re unclear about which steps to take. Read below for tips to avoid hitting wildlife on the road. You’ll also learn what to do if you cause or encounter roadkill and how your auto insurance coverage might cover any damages in an animal-related accident.  Jump to:Part 1: How To Avoid...

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Part 2, WHAT TO DO IF YOU HIT A DEER?

No one wants to hit a deer or other animal while they’re driving. Most people value living creatures and don’t want to be the reason for killing any. Hitting a deer or other large mammal also can cause accidents as well as car damages. Handling a roadkill collision can be daunting if you’re unclear about which steps to take. Read below for tips to avoid hitting wildlife on the road. You’ll also learn what to do if you cause or encounter roadkill and how your auto insurance coverage might cover any damages in an animal-related accident.  Jump to:Part 1: How To Avoid...

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WHAT SHOULD A PASSENGER DO AFTER AN UBER CAR ACCIDENT?

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In just a few short years, ride sharing services such as Uber and Lyft have transformed the way we think about personal transportation. They have added hundreds of thousands of jobs to the gig economy and brought new forms of competition and convenience to the age-old business of moving people from point A to point B. But they’ve also added to the complexity of the legal landscape. What happens if you are in an accident while riding as a customer in an Uber vehicle? Here are a few steps you should take to protect yourself if the ride you hired got...

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Part 1, How To Avoid Hitting a Deer and Other Animals on the Road

reindeer on the road

No one wants to hit a deer or other animal while they’re driving. Most people value living creatures and don’t want to be the reason for killing any. Hitting a deer or other large mammal also can cause accidents as well as car damages. Handling a roadkill collision can be daunting if you’re unclear about which steps to take. Read below for tips to avoid hitting wildlife on the road. You’ll also learn what to do if you cause or encounter roadkill and how your auto insurance coverage might cover any damages in an animal-related accident.  Jump to:Part 1: How To Avoid...

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