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Driving on Wet Roads

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Yesterday brought the first rain of the fall and winter season to Orange County, California, and the rest of the state begins to experience increasingly wet weather as well. Last year around this time the state was still gripped in drought, but the 2016-2017 wet weather season brought precipitation to the state in amounts not seen in decades over such a short period of time. Will this year bring the same amount of water to California? Perhaps not, but it doesn't take record rain and snowfall to create havoc on our roadways and transportation systems. A few tips on driving and commuting in wet weather may serve you well.

Slower Braking

What is the most common car accident? The rear end accident. Every day throughout California, thousands of drivers fail to brake in time and end up slamming into the car in front of them. Sometimes both drivers walk away without injury, while other car accidents of the "rear ender" variation can result in serious injury, and not just the driver or occupant of the car that is hit. Sometimes, the driver of the car that initiates the collision by failing to brake in time is also injured. Passengers from both cars are regularly injured from rear end accidents. The cause of these common accidents is a failure to brake in time. When traffic is busy and people are in a hurry, bumper to bumper traffic can progress hour after hour without a collision. However, when there is water on the roads, drivers cannot stop their cars as fast as they can in dry conditions. And, if you have been driving on wet roads and not needed to brake, when you do finally brake, it may be too late to realize you needed more time to stop.

How To Brake In Wet Weather

The first recommendation is that you must have plenty of space. The more distance you have before you need to stop your vehicle, the better. If your car doesn't have antilock breaks, you should pump your brakes. This can be helpful even if your car is equipped with antilock brakes, as it will prevent your car from sliding. Making sure your vehicle has proper tires is also important. If you are driving on "bald" tires on wet roads, you will not be able to stop as quickly as you would driving a car with tires that have proper treat. This is a danger to people driving around you, and should be taken seriously. Finally, you should not "slam" your brakes, or brake hard during wet weather, as this tends to cause slide, where you are out of control. 

Proper Lighting

Although unrelated to your ability to brake, making sure your rear tail lights are operating properly can be helpful. Consider that visibility is diminished in rainy or foggy conditions, and that in diminished daylight hours or at night, the vehicles following you have less time to stop as it is. If your lights aren't working, they are more likely to hit you. You may avoid injury by simply making sure the bulbs in your brake lights are working properly. Also consider what kind of lights you have on your car. If you purchased your car on the secondary market, popular modifications to darken the brake lights have become increasingly common. Many of these aftermarket modifications do not meet California DMV safety standards, yet many cars still use them. The effort is to make the aesthetic of the car appear darker. If you purchase a black or grey car, and the previous owner installed these brake lights, you should be certain the vehicle is legal as per California DMV safety standards. These brake lights are simply not bright enough in normal driving conditions. In wet and rainy weather, they can be almost impossible to see the brake lights, creating a danger to the driver.

California Car Accident Injuries During Wet Weather

More people tend to be injured as a result of rear end accidents this time of year in California due to changing driving conditions. If you were injured, you should seek immediate medical attention if you need it. Do not worry about placing blame on the driver who hit you. First, attend to your health. Even though common "rear end" accidents tend to establish the at-fault driver as the rear car, modern trends by insurance agencies show that they are denying injury claims on rear end accidents if there is not expensive property damage to your vehicle.

If you were injured in a California car accident during the intermittent wet weather, you may need to discuss your case with an injury attorney in order to be compensated fairly by the at fault driver's insurance. The Lions Injury Lawyers handle car accident cases throughout California, from San Diego to Orange County, Los Angeles to San Francisco-Bay Area. The car crash lawyers at The Lions Injury Lawyers are familiar with the tricks and tactics by bodily injury insurance adjusters, and their lawyers will help you navigate your injury claim. To speak with a car accident lawyer about your injury, the attorneys at The Lions Injury Lawyers are ready to discuss your claim today.

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Common Mistakes After a Dog Bite

Not Seeking Medical Care Will Hurt Your Claim

Many people feel apprehensive about seeking medical treatment following a dog bite injury. A dog bite is nothing to be ashamed of. Some of the worst injuries come from dog bites. Occassionally people injured in a dog bite incident feel shy about seeking medical treatment because they feel they should not have been injured by the dog. Young dogs, for example, have extremeley sharp teeth. Injuries caused by an aggressive, young dog can be severe, and the injured should not hesitate to treat wounds appropriately.

How Common Are Dog Bites?

The CDC estimates there are approximately 4.7 million dog bites each year. Of these, nearly 800,000 people require medical attention immediately. In 2015 alone, 34 dog bites resulted in fatality. 

Studies show that victims who hire an attorney settle their claims for approximately 3.5 times higher than their counterparts who attempt to settle on their own.

Frequent Mistakes

If you require medical attention, seek it right away. Insurance carriers will try to reject your claim for compensation if you wait too long. Also, regardless of how serious the bite looks, a dog's mouth is home to bacteria that may lead to infection. Sometimes, an infection from a dog bite can spread throughout your body without you knowing. The safe route is to seek medical treatment if the skin is broken.

Contact the Police or Animal Control

Also, you should contact local authorities. Animal control should be aware of the incident. This protects you, and it also protects your community. If nothing else, this shows you are a responsible citizen who is concerned about the safety of others. Animal control (often called in by the police) will have additional information that may be helpful.

Document Your Injuries

Failure to document injuries will hurt your claim. It is best to take photos immediately after the bite, as well as occasionally in the weeks and months following the dog bite. This will enable your lawyer to show the extent and long-term effects of the dog bite. 

Don't Settle On Your Own

Attempting to settle your claim on your own is unlikely to result in you receiving the true value of your claim. Insurance adjusters tend to especially dislike dog bites, as they view them as somehow less severe or significant. Do not be pushed around by an insurance adjuster who tells you your injury does not merit compensation. 

Speak With An Injury Attorney

Nobody expects to be bitten by a dog and then have to contact an attorney. However, failure to review your case with an attorney will ensure you receive less money from the dog owner's insurance company. Some of the worst injuries we have seen at The Lions Injury Lawyers, P.C. are from dog bites. We know that a serious dog bite can result in life-long scarring, both mental and physical. Contact The Lions Injury Lawyers, P.C., today for a free evaluation of your dog bite or animal bite case.