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Rural Hazards That Cause Car Accidents

Atlanta is a big city with a lot of hazards when it comes to driving. We went over some of the bigger ones in our last blog. But what about when you are out in a more rural area? There isn’t much traffic or high speeds. What could possibly cause accidents in the middle of nowhere? Well, let us tell you…

Wildlife

When you are on the open road, in the dark, it is hard to remember that you are not the only living being out there. There are all kinds of animals out there that don’t know when a car is coming. A deer crossing the road (or prancing across) or maybe even just a raccoon could cause more damage than you would expect. Most of us try to stop for an animal in the road but sometimes that requires us to swerve and that could mean ending up in a ditch.

Roads

Because rural roads aren’t as heavily populated as urban roads are, they tend to be the last to be repaired. So this means that the roads can have potholes, patches of gravel or even bumps in the pavement that can cause a car accident. Be careful to watch the road carefully especially if it is your first time on the road.

Signs

Similar to unmaintained roads, lack of road signs can cause confusion and accidents. If a stop sign is missing or in the wrong place, it can create chaos. If a street sign is missing and you are looking for the right street, you have to slow down to see causing the car behind you to potentially rear end you.

As always, the best thing you can do to avoid creating or being involved in an accident is to make sure that you are giving your full attention to the road. If the unthinkable happens, call the personal injury lawyers at James A. Rice today.

Urban Hazards That Cause Car Accidents

Unfortunately, every driver at some point has not given their full attention to the road and their surroundings. The sad fact is there are so many things out there that cause us to lose focus. But some of those things are out of our control and no matter how much we are focused on our driving, we can still be involved in an accident. Here, we will talk about some of the hazards that drivers come into contact with everyday. It is up to us to not cause car accidents.

Traffic

We have all sat on a freeway, at a standstill, cursing whatever is causing the hold up. Sometimes distracted drivers don’t see that the cars in front of them are stopped and crash. This is potentially life threatening to everyone involved.

Sun Glare

There is a period of time everyday where the sun is right in your eyes no matter what you do. Car visors can’t help, neither can sunglasses. When the sun is like this, you are lucky to get home in one piece.

Poor Weather

Here in Atlanta, we aren’t known for getting much snow (2014 excluded) but we get our fair share of rain storms. At times the rain can come down in sheets, making visibility next to nothing. Be sure to slow down to an appropriate speed so that you have adequate time to stop.

There are many more hazards out there that can impair your driving skills. To make sure you are not involved in a car accident, make sure to use caution when your visibility is low and watch out for other drivers. If you are in a car accident, call the lawyers at James A. Rice to get the help you need.

More Outside Distractions That Cause Auto Accidents

In our last blog, we talked about some of the distractions that can be going on outside of your vehicle that may cause a car accident. There were so many of them we, thought that we would talk about more in this blog. Although these are not all of the things that can distract you, they are things to be aware of when you are driving so that you do not end up in an auto accident.

Other Cars

Have you ever been driving along, minding your own business, when a car comes out of nowhere and does something crazy? Maybe they are weaving in and out of traffic. Maybe they decide that it is ok for them to turn right from the left lane. Whatever the situation is, we are now focusing on that person and not what we are doing. Our attention is no longer on the car in front of us, slowing down. Our attention is focused on the crazy driver. We are thinking about how they are going to cause an accident and then it happens, except it’s you that causes it.

Scenery

This one is not so obvious when you think of distractions. We look at our surroundings all of the time, right? When we are driving, especially on long drives or out sight seeing, we tend to get carried away in what we are looking at and forget about driving. Whether it is mountains, animals or a skyscraper, taking your eyes off the road for just a second can cause a car accident.

Construction Sites

If someone isn’t paying attention to the road like they should be, a construction zone can sneak up on them. They could be going too fast and not see the break lights from the car in front of them. Even worse, they can end up hitting one of the workers or run into some of the machinery.

No matter how you got into your car accident, the lawyers at James A. Rice will do everything they can to help you get the money you deserve. Call us today for a free consultation.

Outside Distractions That Cause Auto Accidents

We are always talking about things that are distracting to drivers. Things like our cell phones, the radio, or even eating. But all of that is inside the car. We don’t often think about things outside of the car being distracting because, after all, that is what we are trained to look for, right? Auto accidents happen for a lot of reasons but it is important to make sure that you are always giving your full attention to the road.

Pedestrians

People walking on the sidewalk or crossing the street always gives drivers a little anxiety. We, as drivers, have no idea what they are planning. Are they going to cross the street in front of us or wait their turn? Are they even going to look for oncoming cars or are they just going to dart into traffic (it happens!)? Lots of states have it written into law that pedestrians get the right of way but not all pedestrians know that they still have to follow the rules of the road.

Other Accidents

Humans are a curious people. When we are approaching an accident, we can’t help but want to know what happened. The term “turkey necking” has become a common phrase when it comes to the traffic around an accident. Some people get so caught up in these accidents that they end up causing a secondary accident. Same thing goes for a simple traffic stop by a police officer. Drivers can become so consumed in the goings on around flashing lights that they forget that they are operating a vehicle.

In our next blog we will talk about some other outside distractions that cause car accidents. If you have been hurt in an auto accident and need help, call the personal injury lawyers at James A. Rice today.

Distracted Driving Causes More Auto Accidents

Back in June, Google released a statement saying that, not only did they have driverless cars, but that these cars have only been in a dozen accidents since 2009, none of which were caused by the driverless cars. Google has 32 vehicles in its fleet which means that a little more than one car a year was involved in an accident. This report also means that, for the majority of accidents, a human driver is to blame. This information leads us to believe that most accidents happen because the driver is distracted.

Technology

Whether it is your cell phone, the radio, the navigation or something else, technology is distracting while we are driving. Did you know that if you are texting and driving, you are 23 times more likely to be involved in an accident? This is why there are so many campaigns trying to get drivers off their phones while driving.

Children

Children are more distracting passengers than other adults. They cry, scream and ask questions the whole trip. Don’t get us wrong here, we are not saying to leave your children at home instead of driving with them. What we are saying is that they need something to keep them occupied that will entertain them enough to get to your destination in one piece.

Eating

While eating and driving is convenient, it also distracts you. Taking a hand off the wheel or dipping food into a sauce can cause you to lose focus on the road which can lead you into a ditch with a potential lawsuit in your future.

If you were involved in an auto accident involving a distracted driver, call the car accident lawyers at James A. Rice today.

Tractor Trailer Accidents

It seems like an everyday occurrence that we hear about an 18-wheeler truck being involved in a crash that ends up closing a portion of the freeway. These truck drivers have very long days and don’t always get a lot of sleep while on the road. They are more prone to getting into accidents because of this. Federal laws have been created to prevent drivers from becoming too tired. Drivers are not allowed to drive for more than 11 consecutive hours in a 14 hour period and they must have a rest period of nothing less than 10 hours.

Even with these rules in place, there are still accidents involving tractor trailers. Just like every other law, there is a chance that it will be broken. This law was created in 2011, but in 2012 3,802 trailers were involved in fatal accidents, 77,000 were involved in crashed were an injury was reported and 253,000 were property-only crashes. Granted, some of these accidents could have been caused by weather or traffic violations and not falling asleep at the wheel but that doesn’t make much of a difference when you are injured in the accident.

As personal injury lawyers, it is our job to determine if that the accident that you or your loved one was involved in was due to the truck driver’s negligence. These cases can be difficult to prove and need to be documented carefully. If you need help proving your case, call the personal injury lawyers at James A. Rice today.

The Issue Of Drunk Driving

Drunk driving is a huge problem in America today. We are constantly hearing about accidents caused by people who had been drinking before getting into the car. Famous actors and athletes are often found guilty of this, namely Lindsay Lohan, Warren Sapp, and Todd Helton. It seems as though, because these people have money, they are able to move on with their lives without any repercussions. But most people don’t hear about the behind the scenes, court proceedings.

In the United States alone, someone dies from an alcohol related accident every 51 minutes. More than one million people are injured in drunk driving accidents every year and that number is on the rise. It is believed that a person will drive under the influence 80 times before they will ever be arrested. Because we can’t take away someone’s right to consume alcohol and get behind a wheel, all we can do is deal with the aftermath if, heaven forbid, anything were to happen.

It seems like no matter what laws are put in place to prevent drunk driving, we will always have an issue with it. If you are involved in an alcohol-related accident and have been injured, the first thing you should do is find a great personal injury lawyer so that you can get the help that you will need to pay for medical bills and any other bills you will have if you have to be out of work.

If you are in the Atlanta or Duluth area and are in need of a personal injury lawyer, call us at James A. Rice today.

Steps To Take After A Car Accident

The moments following a car accident can be confusing and rushed. You have no idea what’s happening while it’s happening. Sometimes we are just eager to get to the side of the road so that we aren’t holding up other cars. Other times, we are in a more serious predicament and we can only think about how we are going to get out of the car. Either way there are things that, as long as you’re conscious, you need to before leaving the crash site.

Step 1 – Stay calm

It is important that you keep your cool after an accident because if you don’t then you may forget to get important information or do a critical task.

Step 2 – Check for injuries

If you are able to move, get out of the car and move around. Move your neck and joints checking for tightness or soreness. If you have doubts call an ambulance before leaving so that you can have documentation for later if you need it.

Step 3 – Move

If you are able to, move your cars to the side of the road but only if the accident is minor. If it is bigger than a simple fender bender, you shouldn’t move the vehicles in case the police need to investigate.

Step 4 – Safety

It is always a good idea to put your hazard lights on so that others know to use caution. If you have them, use cones, flares or any other safety devices.

Step 5 – Call the police

Even if the accident is minor, you should get the police involved. It is helpful if you end up having to hire a lawyer like James A. Rice for assistance.

We want to help you get money to pay for medical bills or to pay for the damage to your car when the other party is not cooperating. Call the personal injury lawyers at James A. Rice today.

10 Causes Of Car Accidents

 

SOURCES:

https://seriousaccidents.com/legal-advice/top-causes-of-car-accidents/

http://www.businessinsider.com/the-cause-of-the-most-fatal-car-crashes-2015-5

http://www.drivers.com/article/1173/