Back To Basics: Spring Driving Dangers

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Winter came to an end and the weather is a little better. You’d think the roads would be safe again but there are plenty of spring driving dangers. We have some tips that can help get you and your car safely to summer. But first, let’s take a look at why spring driving is so dangerous.

Causes Of Spring Driving Dangers

Slippery Road Conditions and Flooding

According to the Federal Highway Administration, spring rain was responsible for 46% of road accidents from 2002- 2012. Wet pavements on the other hand accounted for 74% of weather related accidents. So why does rain make spring driving dangerous? For starters, it increases the distance it takes to stop and it reduces your car’s handling. Traction on your tires can also be significantly reduced by big puddles and could lead to hydroplaning.

Hailstorms

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If you live in an area that’s particularly affected by hail storms like Missouri, Kansas, Colorado or Wyoming then you are at an increased risk of getting into an accident. Here’s why:

If it rains balls of ice, the roads aren’t that good for you or anyone for that matter. Moreover, hailstones can shatter wind shields.

Wear And Tear

Winter wreaks havoc on roads in many states. Sand, salt, ice and the aftermath of ice can cause significant wear and tear on the roads. Once the snow melts away, you should expect to see new potholes.

Increased Animal Activity

Spring is the season when animals are most active. Some animals [Read more…]

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7 Great Motorcycle Passenger Tips This Spring

motorcycle passenger riding tipsIf you have been a motorcycle rider long enough, you probably have a few stories about passengers who have made your ride challenging. There are a number of reasons why your rides transpired the way they did. Thankfully, they don’t have to be like that anymore especially after you have taken so much time to prepare your motorcycle for spring.

You can easily customize your motorcycle riding experience depending on what you want. You might decide to ride with a motorcycle passenger on your way to work or for a road trip. Whatever the case, you have to consider a number of substantial details before and during carrying your passenger.

If you want your passenger to be the kind of person you enjoy riding with, here are some great motorcycle passenger tips:

1. Tell Them To Wear Protective Clothing

They should first of all have some sort of protective gear for their eyes. A good helmet should serve the purpose of protecting them not only from the impact of an accident but also from harsh weather elements like the sun and the wind. If the helmet does not have a face shield, they should wear sunglasses.

Durable leather gloves and footwear should be able to protect their feet, ankles and hands. You should also tell them to wear some durable pants; preferably leather. If they don’t have leather pants then [Read more…]

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How To Prepare Your Motorcycle For Spring

prepare your motorcycle for springIf you rode all winter, then your bike should be ready for spring but if your motorcycle spent the entire winter in the garage or some other storage facility, then it’s far from ready to just get and go.

How exactly should you prepare your motorcycle for spring? Below is a checklist you should use every time before you hit the road on your bike:

Check Your Stands

You want your stands to work properly whether it’s a kickstand, side or center stand. They have to be secure to the bike. You don’t ever want to be the guy whose kickstand falls off the bike and you end up leaning it against the wall to support it.

Check Your Chassis

We are talking about suspensions, including your battery. Your belts and chains might require a few adjustments but your driveshaft might not. You don’t have to be a mechanic to see that your bike’s belt is worn out, torn or loose. If it doesn’t look right, don’t ride your bike regardless. Have a trusted mechanic check it out instead.

Batteries don’t usually require maintenance nowadays but they have [Read more…]

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What Are The Common Causes Of Slip And Fall Accidents?

causes of slip and fall accidentsWhen a property owner fails to warn visitors of potential dangers or carelessly maintains their property, it can easily lead to a slip and fall accident. If you are a victim of a slip and fall accident you might end up with severe injuries but the good news is that you can recover compensation by filing a personal injury lawsuit.

Here are some quick facts about slip and fall accidents.

There are many causes of slip and fall accidents and different conditions can cause them. During winter pedestrians and children can slip and fall on icy paths or sidewalks. Sometimes people can slip and fall in an aisle of a poorly maintained supermarket. Unfortunately, proving fault in a slip and fall accident may not be as straightforward as we all would like.

There are many causes of slip and fall accidents. Some of the causes are:

1. Wet And Slippery Floors

Ice, tracked in snow or spills if not promptly cleaned up can lead to serious falls. After you have mopped the floors in your building, you should put up signs to warn visitors of wet floors in areas where there is high traffic.

2. Cluttered Floors

Debris, trash, equipment, supplies or merchandise staked on isles represent a tripping hazard. Ensure that all floors are kept free of clutter.

3. Icy Walkways

You are responsible for removing snow and ice that accumulates on your sidewalk, parking lot, stairs and steps. You are not required by the law to [Read more…]

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Why You Shouldn’t Represent Yourself In A Personal Injury Claim

So you have been involved in an accident, there was property damage and you suffered some serious injuries. You have barely even recovered from the shock of the accident yet doctors, police officers and insurance companies are already bombarding you with tough questions about what happened.

personal injury lawyerYou realize you have spent so much money paying your hospital bill not to mention how much of your wages you have lost since the accident happened. You decide to pursue justice and file a personal injury lawsuit against the person responsible for your accident. But because your bank account balance doesn’t look like it can help you afford a lawyer, you decide to represent yourself and pursue claims for compensation and damages.

Representing yourself sounds like a great idea doesn’t it? Sadly, it’s not. In fact, not only is it a terrible idea but it’s not a profitable one. Let’s face it, you are not a personal injury lawyer and you shouldn’t pretend to be one. Don’t be deluded by what you see on TV shows. It takes years of experience to become a good personal injury lawyer.

Here are some reasons why you shouldn’t represent yourself in a personal injury claim.

1. You Can’t Tell If It’s Worth It To Pursue The Case

Do you really know if your case is worth pursuing or not? A personal injury lawyer will be able to tell you right from the start whether your case is a time waster or not. There are many factors that are usually considered when making a personal injury claim.

First, are your injuries severe? Does the person you plan on taking legal action against have insurance? And if they have insurance, what is the maximum that it can cover? Some of the information required to make a solid personal injury case can’t be obtained without a court order and you need a personal injury lawyer for this.

2. You Will Have To Work Through The Paperwork

Honestly, there will be lots of paperwork to go through…are you prepared for it? You will need to take time to analyze confusing [Read more…]

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What Happens At A Personal Injury Lawsuit Trial?

If you have filed a personal injury lawsuit, you might be wondering what happens at trial. A trial is the most high-profile phase of a personal injury case and in most instances, it never gets to that. Most injury claims are resolved before trial.

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When Should You File A Personal Injury Lawsuit?

You should file a personal injury lawsuit when you and the insurance adjuster fail to come to a compromised settlement payment where you are both satisfied. Sometimes you may fail to reach a compromise when the negotiation process breaks down. Break down happens when the adjuster doesn’t think your injuries are severe or thinks the amount you are asking for is ridiculously high.

When Do You Start Your Personal Injury Lawsuit?

You can start any day after your accident but technically, it begins when you can’t reach a compromise with the insurance adjuster. Most people avoid trials because they can drag out and are very expensive. Before you consider going to trial , analyze if the benefits outweigh the disadvantages.

If you decide to go to trial, these are some of the expenses that you should be prepared to encounter:

  • Cost for copying witness statements, police reports, medical records, etc
  • Expert witnesses such as doctors who will provide expert testimony
  • Cost of paying the court reporter for transcripts and depositions
  • Time off from work
  • Cost of having a constable or sheriff serve your lawsuit
  • Filing fees for the petition

You should never let emotions cloud your judgment. This means that you shouldn’t file a lawsuit just because you are angry or offended by the amount the insurance company has offered you. You also shouldn’t file a lawsuit if you suffered minor injuries…you may end up wasting your time and money. If you are not sure whether you should file a lawsuit, you should contact a trustworthy personal injury lawyer.

Is There An Alternative To Filing A Lawsuit?

Yes there is and it’s called [Read more…]

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What Are The Stages Of A Personal Injury Case

There are certain steps that you must take in a personal injury claim before you are eventually compensated. If you don’t know what these steps are, you might easily get confused. I have highlighted the stages of a personal injury case but before we get to that let’s discuss what makes a good case.

stages of a personal injury caseWhat Makes A Good Personal Injury Case?

Liability Must Be Clear

If you want to build a strong case, it must be very clear who is liable for your injuries. In a product liability case, for example, it has to be very clear that the manufacturer produced a product with a defect.

Damages

You must sustain real injuries or there must be significant damage. You can suffer different types of injuries ranging from fractures from car accidents to strokes from taking dangerous drugs. You can also suffer from economic losses such as lost wages. A good personal injury lawyer will not take on your case if your injuries are minor. They will also not refer you to a “good doctor” to help you increase your medical bills.

Insurance Coverage

Finally, the person who is liable for your injuries has to have insurance coverage. It doesn’t make sense to [Read more…]

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7 Steps For Negotiating A Personal Injury Claim

negotiating a personal injury claimPart of filing a personal injury claim is negotiating. There are no compulsory rules that should be followed when negotiating a personal injury claim but there are some guidelines that you should follow if you want a positive outcome.

What Should You Know About The Negotiation Process?

The negotiation process isn’t something that you can rush…it requires adequate planning, persistence and patience. We advise all our clients to take their time in between offers and counteroffers because it’s a great opportunity to reflect on how the case is progressing so far.

It’s very rare to make a mistake when negotiating a personal injury claim and even if you mess up, we can easily take care of it without doing any damage to your claim. Plus, you don’t need to spend sleepless nights worrying about what you said or didn’t say.

When you start negotiations, don’t expect the insurance adjuster to treat you fairly just because you are the victim of an accident. They are not bound by law to treat you fairly. In fact, there are adjusters out there who will take advantage of your situation and inexperience by offering you less than you deserve.

You have to be very patient with personal injury claim negotiations. Never ever show the adjuster that you need the money as soon as possible, even if you do. Once the adjuster senses that you are anxious, they will [Read more…]

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Do You Want Compensation For Your Dog Bite Injuries? Then Read This

compensation for your dog bite injuriesYou have seriously been bitten by a dog and now you want to be compensated for your injuries. Who do you hold liable? How do you even assess liability? Two dog bite injuries can never be the same. Dog bite injuries are either minor or major and the answer as to who is liable may be straight forward or complex. Liability is not always easy to determine which is why it is good to talk to an experienced dog bite injury lawyer as soon as you get medical help.

There are certain factors that need to be considered when assessing liability in a dog bite injury case but first let me explain the dog bite law in Rhode Island.

Rhode Island Is A Strict Liability State

If a dog bites you outside the dog owner’s property or if the dog has a record of biting people and/or other animals, you could be compensated double for the damages. If the dog was with a keeper and not the owner, the keeper will be responsible for the damages.

However, if the dog attacks you within the dog owner’s property, the strict liability law does not apply; instead, the common law liability applies.

The Vicious Dog Statute

In Rhode Island for example, there is a vicious dog statute where a dog is not considered vicious if it attacked you while you were trespassing or assaulting, teasing, provoking, torturing or abusing the dog. If the dog was also defending its owner or another person from an unjustified attack the vicious dog statute will protect the owner and you won’t get compensation.

What Defines A Vicious Dog?

This is a dog that:

  • Approaches any person in public with the intent to attack yet it wasn’t provoked in any manner
  • Is known to endanger the safety of people as well as other animals
  • Attacks a person or animal without being provoked
  • Is owned for the purpose of fighting or trained to fight.

What Responsibilities Do Owners Of Vicious Dogs Have?

Vicious dog owners are legally obligated to:

  • Display a warning sign on their property warning that there is a vicious dog on the property. The sign should be placed where everyone can clearly see it.
  • Register the dog and have its registration identification number tattooed on its upper inner left rear thigh.
  • Maintain liability insurance of no less than $100, 000 to cover any injuries caused by the dog.
  • Inform a dog officer or the police within two hours if the dog escaped, attacked another person or animal or died.
  • Neuter or spay the dog unless a qualified and licensed vet says that the process might endanger the health of the dog.
  • Pay $1000 fine if the kills or injures a person when unprovoked. This is in addition to the civil liability suit.

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RI Slip And Fall Attorneys In Providence Give Tips On How To Prevent Slips And Falls This Winter

With winter around the corner, businesses should take measures to help prevent slip and fall accidents within their premises. Slip and fall attorneys in Providence have some tips on how this can be achieved.

slip and fall attorneys in ProvidenceWinter is coming and the shift in weather is something every business owner dreads. Slip and fall accidents tend to occur often in this kind of weather and are among the leading causes of injuries on residential and commercial property. Ice and snow increase the risk of slip and fall accidents tenfold. It’s therefore important to start practicing good housekeeping and maintenance this winter to prevent injuries. Remember that you can’t blame the weather when someone gets hurt in your building simply because you did not prepare early in advance for the upcoming winter months.

Start From The Outside

The weather can affect both inside and outside your business premises but chances of slips an falls occurring outside your building are much higher than inside. Ensuring that you maintain your outdoor area well may help to keep the inside of your building free from some dangers. One way that you can do this is by [Read more…]

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