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Four things that must be done after an accident

We hope that our readers enjoy the holiday weekend. After all, it is the height of the summer and time for families to spend time together, for fantastic getaways and great barbeques. With as many people primed to hit the road to get to their favorite holiday destination, it is imperative for people to use the utmost care while driving.

While no one really expects to be in an accident, it is an unfortunate reality that they happen. When one occurs, it is critical to be prepared. This way, you don’t jeopardize your ability to exercise your right to compensation should you be injured in an accident caused by a negligent driver.

The damages that can be sought after a car accident

Who actually thinks that they will be involved in an accident over the holiday weekend? The answer to this question likely is: very few people. Despite this contention, the Fourth of July holiday weekend is one of the most dangerous times of the year to be on the road. The combination of potentially drunk drivers, distracted drivers and aggressive drivers could make driving to your favorite destination hazardous.

In the unfortunate event you are in an accident, you should know that you have rights. One important right is to be compensated for your injuries, as well as the expenses associated with them.  This post will focus on some of the damages (i.e. basis for compensation) that can be sought.

High definition screens on trucks could save lives

For summer getaways, it is common to use two-lane roads in order to get to one’s destination. While these drives may be tranquil and without too much traffic, they may be annoying when having to follow a large truck.

Indeed, cars and trucks normally travel at two different speeds, even though they commonly share the same speed limit. Because of this, cars tend to overtake trucks; but sometimes it can be difficult to do because drivers may not be able to see around such large semi-truck trailers. Some drivers may take unnecessary chances by trying to pass trucks when they can’t really see what’s coming from the other direction.

Four things you should not do after an accident

With as many miles that people drive during the summer months, no one actually expects to be in an accident, despite the safety precautions that may be taken (i.e. wearing seatbelts, limiting distractions, or driving within the speed limit). Nevertheless, accidents do happen, and it pays to be prepared to preserve one’s right to recover money damages.

However, there are some instances where people may panic and do things that could hurt their chances of prevailing in an action to seek damages, even though they may believe that they are doing the right thing. This post will highlight a few of things that drivers in accidents should not do.

Why you should deal with the temptation of road rage

It seems too early for the height of the summer to come about, but the Fourth of July weekend will be here before we know it. Known as the midway point of the summer, this weekend is also known for getaways to Wisconsin Dells and other summer vacation spots. With getting away being such a popular pastime, traffic is certain to be heavy in spots. With that, patience should be at a premium.

Not only is traffic inevitable on busy holiday weekends, it could increase the risk of an accident. Not only through driver error (i.e. distracted driving, drunk driving) , but also through road rage actions. According to the website, road rage is defined as actions by a driver to commit traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property. This could include assault with a motor vehicle, or the use of a dangerous weapon to intimidate or harm another driver. 

The dangers of using a cell phone while driving

Summer time in Wisconsin is known for road trips. Wisconsin Dells is not a top summer vacation destination for nothing. And with the Fourth of July holiday weekend coming up, it is expected that tens of thousands of people will be taking to the road across the state.

The increased traffic on the road also increases the chances for an accident to occur. Combine that with the potential number of drivers who may be on their phones for one reason or another (i.e. talking with friends, confirming reservations, looking for directions) and driving on the highway could be a recipe for disaster. 

NHTSA's Jeep inquiry could lead to a recall

In a number of our posts this year, we noted that 2015 could be a greater year for recalls than 2014, which was unfortunately a record year for automotive recalls. Indeed, many people remember the ignition switch recall that plagued General Motors as it was revealed that scores of injuries and deaths were attributed to the defect. 2014 ended with more recalls due to defects found in many automakers’ cars from Japanese airbag maker Takata. 

When should I bring a lawsuit after a car accident?

With the summer driving season in full swing, we can expect more traffic on Wisconsin’s freeways and interstates. We noted in a previous post how dangerous this time of year can be for young drivers; but the reality is that any time of year can be treacherous for those who  do not use reasonable care while behind the wheel.

For those who have been in accidents; especially those occurring during the winter months, it is important to know about the time frame allowed for bringing a lawsuit to garner compensation. This time frame (or time limit) is known as the “statute of limitations.” Essentially, if an accident victim does not bring a lawsuit within this time frame, they may lose the right to sue for damages.

Trucking accident injuring Tracy Morgan to be settled

One of the most high profile accidents of 2014 appears to be nearing a settlement. Comedian Tracy Morgan, likely best known for his stint on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” reportedly has reached a settlement with Wal-Mart stemming from the accident he was involved in last summer.

As we have highlighted in prior posts, Morgan and several other people were seriously injured when the limousine van they were riding in was struck by a semi-truck owned and operated by Wal-Mart. Initially, the retail giant claimed that it was not at fault for the injuries, even after it was learned that the driver of the truck had been awake for more than 24 hours before the crash. Instead, Wal-Mart claimed that the parties were injured because they were not wearing their seatbelts.

Advice that graduating drivers should take to heart

Graduation season is nearly upon us. For most future grads, this is the best time of their lives. Not only are they excited about getting ready to go to college (or in some cases, to grad school), they are more than ready for the parties that will occur to celebrate the occasion. While we fully support the notion of celebrating a job well done, the reality is that accidents involving young drivers are apt to occur around this time of year.

Fatal auto accidents are tragic reminders that there are people on the road who fail to use reasonable care while behind the wheel. While auto accidents are the leading killer of young drivers, the likelihood of fatal car accidents increases during the summer months. As such, it is prudent for parents to have honest and frank conversations about the dangers that can befall a young driver.