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Driving Safe in the Snow: Top 5 Driving Safety Tips for the Winter

Driving Safe in the Snow: Top 5 Driving Safety Tips for the Winter

Driving during winter has its own risks. Apart from slippery roads, getting stuck somewhere might be life-threatening due to the cold temperature. Protect yourself and your family by driving safe in the snow. Here are the top 5 driving safety tips for the winter.   Prep your car.     Preparation is key to avert disaster. This is the reason why it tops the top 5 driving safety tips for the winter. Make sure that your car is in tiptop condition every time you hit the road. You can also switch to winter tires. They are specifically designed to run through snow with the works: better traction, stronger grip, easy handling, and quick braking. You also must check how much gas you have. Not just for long distance driving, a full gas tank does two things. It lessens moisture particularly in the fuel compartment, and it increases the weight of the car making it more beneficial for braking and slowing down. You should also check your lights as well.   Keep a safety kit at all times.   This should be the case whether it is winter or not. For the winter, you might have to double up on supplies, especially if you will be passing through rough roads or covering a longer distance. A typical kit includes the following things: Food (those that do not spoil) Water Flashlight Extra batteries Portable charger for your phone Booster cables Shovel First Aid Kit Special Medication (for family members who have certain health conditions) Reliable glass cleaner (for foggy windows) You can still add more stuff to your safety kit.  Find...
Got into a Car Accident in an Uber? Here’s What to Do Next

Got into a Car Accident in an Uber? Here’s What to Do Next

More than 50 million people use Uber. Uber has been in Morris County since 2014. Lyft, Uber’s closest competitor, has 3 million monthly active riders. Lyft is in Parsippany as well. Smartphones are everywhere today, and in the future, it seems likely that almost everyone will have one. As a lawyer who deals with passenger injuries, I want to help. Dealing with ride-sharing services is a unique and constantly evolving area of law, and we want to assist you in understanding it. Keep reading for more information on what to do if you have been in an Uber accident. The First Steps The first thing you should do after you have been in an accident of any kind is to attend to the medical needs of everyone involved. It is a good idea to check to see that the passengers in the other car are ok. You will want to keep in mind that certain problems or symptoms may not show up until hours, or even days, later so you should stay aware of your medical condition. Call an ambulance, if one is needed. After that, you should record as much of the scene of the accident as you can. This may involve taking photos of the scene of the accident, gathering statements from eyewitnesses, and getting contact info from the other driver. The app itself will give you some information on your driver, but it cannot hurt to ask them for their name and a phone number. You will want to call the police as soon as you possibly can. They will keep a record of who did...
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...
Is Technology the Problem or Solution to Distracted Driving?

Is Technology the Problem or Solution to Distracted Driving?

Around 1 out of 4 car accidents in the United States are caused by someone texting while they are driving. There is more to it than just this though. As your New Jersey car accident lawyer, I want you to understand how you can best avoid collisions while you are on the road. Pros Perhaps the biggest benefit of having technology close by is the fact that you can easily call an ambulance. Accidents happen, with or without technology. When you leave your phone at home, you are opening yourself up to a whole host of possibilities. If you strike a deer, or a tree, you might not have anyone to call emergency services for you. Having a phone close by means that you are taken care of when there is no one else around you. In addition to calling the ambulance, you will also be able to call a loved one so that you can let them know what is going on. Many people use their phones to help them navigate. The phone can direct you through its speaker. You do not even have to look at the phone if you do not want to. This can be far safer than consulting a map every so often. In addition, you can set it to avoid the unsafe parts of town. Cons There is a very strong correlation between distracted driving and getting into a car wreck. There are three different types of distractions while you are driving: manual, visual, and cognitive. Manual distractions mean that your hands are taken off the wheel. Visual distractions take your eyes off...
Bike Accident FAQs: What to Do and Who to Call

Bike Accident FAQs: What to Do and Who to Call

In 2015, 818 bicyclists were killed in crashes. Many more are injured year in and year out, especially in New Jersey. As a New Jersey bicycle injury lawyer, I want you to know what you should do if you have been hit by a car while on your bike. Before we begin, it is impossible to overstate how important it is to wear a helmet if you are riding a bike. If you are riding a bike and are under the age of 17, the law states that you must wear a helmet. While those over the age of majority do not have to wear head protection, having a helmet could save your life. Most deaths and serious injuries are due to damage to the head or spine. As much as 98% of bicycle deaths happen when the rider does not wear a helmet. What to Do after a Bike Wreck If someone has hit you while you are on your bike, it is important to keep calm. The adrenaline will be flowing, and you may have suffered an injury. You may feel stress and anxiety, but we want you to know what to do in the event of a wreck. Immediately after the collision, you should establish if you are injured or not. Depending on how the accident occurred, you may be facing some serious injuries. While it is unlikely that the driver of the car is injured, you should check if they have been hurt as well. Should paramedics be needed, call an ambulance. Something that you will want to keep in mind is that certain injuries...
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...
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