Year: 2017

Rain can cause car accidents

Preventing Car Accidents when Driving in the Rain

Spring is here! With it comes severe weather and lots of heavy rain. Springtime weather in Joplin is unpredictable, to say the least. Severe downpours and flash flooding are frequent occurrences. Fortunately, knowing how to drive in the rain can help keep you safe from a car accident.

Tips for Preventing Car Accidents when Driving in the Rain:

  • Slow Down! Rain decreases your visibility. This leads to a worse reaction time. Slowing your speed will give you a better chance to avoid a collision. The rain also makes road slick and harder to stop on. Slowing down will improve your ability to stop on a wet, slick road.
  • Back Off! Keep more distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. The rains makes it much harder to stop, so give yourself a good amount of buffer space.
  • Don’t Drive on Worn Out Tires. Heavy rains create deep puddles on the road. When you car hits one of these puddles, it can hydroplane. A hydroplane will make you car uncontrollable. The less tread you have on your tires, the more likely your car is to hydroplane. Hydroplaning is a major cause of car accidents in wet weather.
  • Turn Your Headlights On. Not all cars have daytime running lights. Whenever your wipers are on, your headlights should be on too. Having your headlights on will make your car more visible to other drivers. Remember the rain impairs the vision of all the other drivers on the road. Make yourself easier to see by turning on your headlights.
  • Replace Your Windshield Wipers. The ice and cold temperatures of winter wreak havoc on the delicate rubber on your wiper blades. A great way to prevent a car accident is to replace your wipers every spring. Do this before the Spring rains start. March 1 is a great time to replace your wiper blades.
  • Pull Over if Necessary. Don’t be scared to find a safe place to pull over if torrential rains make it too dangerous to drive. Most of the time, torrential rains will pass within a few minutes, and you can resume your trip.

At Austin Bradley Law Office, we represent victims of car accidents everyday. If you have been involved in a car accident, please give us a call at (417) 385-1338. You can also contact us through our website by clicking here. Your first consultation is always free.

What is a Personal Injury Attorney?

A personal injury attorney is a licensed attorney that focuses his or her practice on helping those who have been injured. The main job of a personal injury attorney is to collect insurance money for the injured clients he represents. The insurance money is used to pay the client’s medical bills, lost wages, and to help make up for the injured person’s pain and suffering.

Personal Injury attorneys frequently represent people that have been injured in car crashes and workplace accidents. Car crashes and workplace accidents are two of the most common personal injury claims. Other claims frequently handled by personal injury attorneys include dog bites, motorcycle accidents, wrongful death, and product liability (when a dangerous product injures someone).

The process of collecting money from an insurance company can be long and difficult, particularly without  an attorney. Insurance companies are in the business of denying and underpaying claims. They are not in the business of paying a full and fair amount for every claim in a timely manner. A good personal injury attorney knows the ins and out of insurance companies. They will know how to maximize the amount of money an insurance company is willing to pay to settle a claim. The will also know how to file a lawsuit in a court of law if the insurance company refuses to pay a fair amount to settle a claim. Good personal injury attorneys also know how to take a case in front of a judge and jury when necessary.

In addition to handling the insurance company, a personal injury attorney will also be able to negotiate your medical bills. This will ensure that you do not overpay for the medical services you were provided. Medical providers are regularly paid out of the settlement proceeds. While medical providers should be paid a fair amount for the services they provide, medical providers frequently send inflated bills. A thorough personal injury will be able to help negotiate any inflated medical bills downs to a fair amount.

Personal injury attorneys usually get paid on a contingency fee basis. This means the attorney who handles the case pays for all the expenses involved in pursuing the claim. If money is recovered for the client, the attorney then gets paid a percentage of the financial recovery. If no money is recovered, the client does not owe the attorney anything.