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Keep Safe in Holiday Traffic with These 7 Tips

Keep Safe in Holiday Traffic with These 7 Tips

Every single year, the number of deaths in the US spikes around Thanksgiving. The death rate remains fairly high throughout the winter. While some of these deaths can be attributed to coronary issues, many are due to traffic accidents. As a car accident attorney, I want you to stay safe over the holidays. Accelerate and Decelerate Slowly Applying the gas slowly is one of the best ways to gain traction and avoid skids. It takes more time to stop when the roads are icy, so you should take your time to slow down for a stop sign or a red light. Do not hurry, or you will hurry on the way to the hospital. Avoid Hills if You Can Going up or down a hill presents a massive challenge when the roads are snowy. When you press the accelerator while going up a hill, you may just be spinning your wheels. If you can, try to build up some momentum before getting onto the hill. On the descent, remember that it takes longer to come to a complete stop. Apply the brakes before you think you need to. Give Other Drives Space Chances are, not every driver is as careful as you are. Turning, stopping, and speeding up are all far more difficult when conditions are poor. Other drivers do not always understand that, and may do something unexpected to compensate for a bad decision they made. Carry Emergency Supplies There are a few items that every car should have: Tow and tire chains Antifreeze Small folding shovel Basic tool kit Warning flares Road salt All of these can...
I was the Passenger in a Car Wreck. Can I Make a Claim?

I was the Passenger in a Car Wreck. Can I Make a Claim?

There were almost 13,000 car accidents in Morris County alone last year. Many of us ride with passengers. They can be our friends, family members, or anyone. The aftermath of a car accident is scary and confusing for everyone involved, especially people who have no control over the situation. That is where we can help. At DeZao Law, we want you to know your rights, duties, and responsibilities. As part of our service as New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyers, we want to enlighten you on this area of law. Passenger Injury Claims In a vast majority of car accidents, someone is considered to be at fault. When someone hits another car, a pedestrian, or an inanimate object with their vehicle, the court may hold them legally responsible. The judge weighs their actions or inactions to determine who was negligent. Sometimes, no one is negligent. No one can reasonably expect a wild animal to jump out in front of their vehicle, and it is possible that the driver might not be found to be negligent. When a drunk driver hits someone because they were not in control, it is likely that they will be found negligent. If the accident involved multiple vehicles, an investigation will be conducted to determine who is at fault. Incidents, where neither party is deemed to be at fault, are extremely rare. If you were a passenger in a car accident, you will almost never be deemed to be at fault. This makes the entire process easier for you. The only exceptions might involve a passenger grabbing the steering wheel or otherwise causing the accident. You...
the 411 on Dog Bites and Animal Attacks

the 411 on Dog Bites and Animal Attacks

Dogs bite more than 4 million people every year in the United States. Between 6,000 and 13,000 people are hospitalized because they are attacked by dogs. In worst case scenarios, a dog bite leads to death. Dogs are not the only pets that harm people. Exotic pets, such as snakes and tarantulas, have injured 336 people and killed 45 Americans. It seems as if every home has a pet. In New Jersey, we love our animals. For some people, their cat or dog is essentially a member of their family. It is important to keep in mind that they are still animals. An animal’s actions are not always predictable. Dog Attacks in New Jersey Two-thirds of people who are attacked by a dog know the canine before the bite. Sometimes the dog is your own, while at other times it is the dog of a friend or family member. Legally, if someone else’s dog clamps down on you with its teeth, you have the legal right to sue. New Jersey is known as a strict liability state when it comes to dog bites. This means that you are allowed to make a legal claim even if the owner did not know the dog might bite or took reasonable precautions to restrain the dog. The owner is always legally responsible for a dog bite. If someone is bitten, they have a right to sue to recover damages. The exact amount of compensation depends on the severity of the injury. Strict liability only applies to dog bites. Citizens of New Jersey can sue for damages due to negligence. When a dog...
Dash Cams in Auto Accidents

Dash Cams in Auto Accidents

Can dash cams help in automobile accidents? Dashboard-mounted cameras, or dash cams, provide valuable evidence when there is uncertainty about a case. With proper use, footage from your dash cam will establish evidence and help you settle an auto accident claim in your favor.   Read more to find out the role dash cams can play in auto accidents, and see if it is a worthy investment for you. Why Use Dash Cams in Auto Accident Claims? Auto accidents happen unexpectedly. No matter how careful you are, you cannot account for the behavior of other people on the road. A car can suddenly cut you off, a person can jump in front of your car, or a distracted driver can ignore a red light and hit your car while going through the intersection. Settling auto accident claims often become a tedious process because both parties can claim innocence. But technology has made it possible to add a layer of objectivity in auto accident cases. Before personal dash cams became popular on the market, they were already associated with the police. Police vehicles have dash cams installed as another potential source of documentation and evidence. Now, dash cam footage from privately-owned cars provides the same benefit in auto accident claims. In fact, law enforcement authorities prefer the use of dash cams in settling auto accident claims. Dash cams record video directly to an SD card. Some can even record sound, have night vision, and built-in GPS. Though having dash cam footage does not mean you automatically win the claim, it still benefits the proceedings of the case overall. In this...
Post-Accident Symptoms and Treatments

Post-Accident Symptoms and Treatments

Death by vehicular accidents is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Every year, millions of people are injured or killed in car crashes. In order to lessen these accidents, car developers continue to make all sorts of safety improvements. Countless lives have been saved through these developments. However, accidents just simply cannot be avoided. Being part of a car accident is truly an unfortunate situation. This may cause stress, trauma, and all sorts of physical injuries. In more serious accidents, you will be able to see the more obvious symptoms of injury immediately. But sometimes, symptoms of injury may only be felt hours or days later. Headache Headaches are common to experience after having been involved in a car accident. If you strike your head hard, your brain may hit the inside of your skull, causing you to sustain a concussion. Symptoms do not often show up immediately. Apart from headaches, you may also feel disoriented, nauseous, and have difficulty in thinking and retaining information. A splitting headache may also mean you have incurred another undiagnosed head injury, or even a blood clot.  A doctor will typically prescribe pain relievers so that you will feel some immediate comfort. You must also get some good rest and avoid doing any strenuous activities. In order to more precisely diagnose your injury, have a CT scan of your brain done. Joint and Muscle Pain Being involved in a car accident means that your body may have taken in a lot of force and trauma. This may cause you to feel sore and all banged up. One of the...
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