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How to spot a drunk driver before a crash

You know that drinking and driving get worse at night and on the weekends. You also know it's a serious threat during the holiday season. Unfortunately, you can't help but drive during this time, so you decide you're going to be vigilant and look for drunk drivers, hoping you can spot them before an accident happens.

What should you look for? Clearly, it varies from case to case. Some drunk drivers get very good at disguising it, while others don't. A few things to watch out for include:

  • Not using headlights after dark
  • Swerving from one side of the lane to the other
  • Driving fully or partially in the wrong lane
  • Braking for no reason, in an erratic and sudden manner
  • Braking much too soon or too late when approaching a stoplight
  • Making incredibly wide turns
  • Just barely missing collisions with other cars
  • Not turning on a green arrow or not moving forward promptly at a green light
  • Sitting very close to the steering wheel
  • Tailgating other cars consistently
  • Accelerating very slowly or very quickly
  • Making illegal turns
  • Turning suddenly or almost missing exits

Motorcyclists often have great financial impacts from wrecks

Just because the weather isn't warm and sunny doesn't mean that motorists can stop watching for motorcycles. There are still some individuals who might enjoy feeling the brisk air as they ride to enjoy some beautiful scenery our state has to offer. With this in mind, it is necessary for everyone to drive as safely as possible so motorcyclists can make it home to their loved ones at the end of their ride.

When a motorcycle is struck by another vehicle, there is a very good chance that it will be thrown off balance. This can throw the rider off the bike, which means that not only do they have to deal with the injuries that come with the initial impact, they also have to cope with the impact of hitting the ground.

Drunk driving fatalities happen far too often

Drunk driving is a huge problem in this country. As the holiday season moves forward, everyone who is on the road must ensure that they are doing what they can to keep everyone else safe. This includes only driving while sober.

Around 28 percent of traffic-related deaths are due to impaired driving. These could all be prevented if people would just avoid driving drunk. This is the reason for the laws that forbid people from driving if they are impaired.

Pedestrians must ensure they remain safe this winter

As the winter weather approaches, pedestrians must make sure they remember some basic safety tips as they walk outside. Employing these may keep them from being involved in an accident. Pedestrian accidents during the winter can be particularly troublesome due to the cold weather, which might initially mask some injuries.

One of the biggest risks for people walking around during the winter is the slick surfaces. Not only do pedestrians have to worry about how these conditions impact them, they also have to keep an eye on vehicles being driven in inclement weather. Below are a few tips that may come in handy

  • Remember to wear appropriate footwear and take your time. You need flat shoes that can provide some traction on the snow or ice. If you must wear heels, bring them with you and put them on when you get to your destination.
  • Always walk on sidewalks when possible. When choosing your path, it's preferable to walk on areas that have been shoveled and treated with salt or sand. There is a chance that if you are walking on slippery sidewalks that you will slide off, which might end with you in the street.
  • Use crosswalks when they are available but keep an eye on cars. Some drivers don't take the road conditions into account when they drive. They may not allow themselves enough time to stop before they enter the crosswalk. This can lead to them hitting you even if you had the right of way.

Compensation can protect your finances after a crash

Car wrecks cause a lot of strain on the body, but they also impact the mind. There are many ways that this can affect the victims. In the worst of cases, the person who is struck will have major injuries that could kill them or leave them disabled. Having to deal with these can take a lot of time, money and effort.

We understand that you didn't want to have to deal with this at all. You don't deserve it. Unfortunately, we aren't able to make the impacts of the crash go away. What we can do is help you seek compensation so that you can try to get the help that you need to get your life back on track.

Drivers should stay away from unsafe commercial drivers

Bus drivers and truckers need to ensure that they are driving safely around other vehicles. Whether they are driving on the highway or in the city, it is imperative that they take steps to keep themselves and others from harm.

Motorists who see drivers operating commercial vehicles unsafely should try to stay away from those vehicles. There is a chance that you might be able to avoid an accident by being proactive.

Victims of drunk driving crashes should demand compensation

As the holiday season approaches, people will be heading out to parties to celebrate. Many of these are going to include adult beverages. This means that anyone on the road has to be aware that drunk drivers might be near them. Unfortunately, even the safest driver might fall victim to a drunk driver's negligence.

We understand that you never thought that you would be injured in an accident with a drunk driver. When this occurs, you might be unprepared to have to pay for the medical care that you need due to your injuries. Seeking compensation from the drunk driver is one way that you can find closure for the accident and try to get the medical bills covered.

Know what terms come with a settlement offer

The severity of the injuries that occur in a semitruck crash can devastate every area of a person's life. One thing that these victims can do is to seek compensation to try to get the trucker, trucking company, insurance company or another liable party to cover the costs associated with the crash. This isn't always easy, but it is one of the few ways that they can find relief.

For some people, the focus is on going to trial and letting the actions of the liable party become part of the court record. For others, the need is a bit simpler – get compensation to help pay the bills that come with catastrophic injuries. For people who are concerned with the financial aspects of the case, going through a trial might not be desirable.

Bikers can be seriously injured in crashes with other vehicles

Motorcycle accidents can lead to injuries that completely change the course of the biker's life. Unfortunately, these occur more often than what many people realize. Other drivers just don't give these two-wheel vehicles the right of way and respect they deserve. When another vehicle hits a biker, the motorcycle is going to go off-kilter, which will throw the person from it. This can lead to road rash and catastrophic injuries.

When a biker is thrown off the motorcycle, there is a chance that they will be thrown under a vehicle or against an object. These situations can be deadly, but they can also lead to spinal cord injuries, broken bones or back injuries. For this reason, anyone who is on the road must ensure that they are driving in a safe manner and watching for motorcycles.

Beware of common autumn hazards for motorcyclists

There are a few changes that you need to make when you are going to ride your motorcycle during the autumn months. These come because of the new challenges that you face but might not readily think about as you ride. Here are some points that you should consider before you venture out.

First, make sure that you are dressed for the ride. The temperature you feel when you ride is a bit cooler than the ambient temperature around you. Even if it is fairly comfortable when you stand outside, you should still add some layers before your ride. Additionally, remember to grab your helmet to protect your head if something happens.

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