Archive for Accident Prevention

Who is at Fault in a “Blind Spot Accident”

               Blind spot car wrecks occur when a driver merges over and hits another car that is traveling in a blind spot. There are many ways to eliminate blind spots and avoid these wrecks. The most effective way is to simply turn and look for a car before merging. Another way is to position your side-view mirrors to eliminate the blind spot.  Proper use and positioning of your mirrors can help prevent a car wreck.  Some cars and trucks now come equipped with technology to alert the driver to a car being in the blind spot.  However, people sometimes just forget to check or are distracted while changing lanes. In the event of an accident where the other party is negligent, they are liable for your injuries and damages from the car wreck. They have the responsibility or duty to not hit your car while they are traveling on the road. Even if they were well intentioned or simply did not see you doesn’t mean that they cannot be held liable for that damages. They were still negligent in not checking their “blind spot” and running into your car. The law protects you from drivers who run into you whether you are in their blind spot or not. If you find yourself personally injured in a car wreck contact the lawyers at Hodges Trial Lawyers, they would be happy to talk with you about your rights.

Dangers of texting while driving

Despite all the warnings and illegality, people are still using their phones while driving.  Adults and teens have formed a habit of reading and sending emails and text messages while driving their cars.  Warnings and statics about the dangers of distracted driving have been published over and over again.  Laws have been passed to make the use of cell phones while operating a car illegal.  However, people continue to ignore the warnings, statics, and laws.

     The dangers of using your cell phone while operating a car are due to the fact that your attention is on your phone instead of the road.  In order to use your phone you must look down at the phone which takes your eyes from the road.  You might as well be driving blind. You are not paying attention to your driving much less the driving of the other drivers on the road.  A distracted driver is more dangerous than a drunk driver.

Spring is almost here, make sure you and your car are ready!

Spring in AL

As the spring begins, there are seasonal changes of which drivers should be aware.  Spring is a time for potholes. During the winter, water under the pavement freezes and thaws, eroding the foundation of the road. Potholes tend to form with the constant flow of traffic going over this weakened road. Be aware of potholes so you do not sustain damage to your car.

Spring is also the season for rain. Slippery roads can make it harder for drivers to maintain control of their vehicles. When it is raining, it is a good idea to give yourself extra time to get somewhere, reduce your speed, and give yourself a couple extra seconds to stop as you are driving to avoid a collision.

We must not forget that Driving is a Great Responsibility

No one likes to sit in traffic, and we all want to get home after a long day as quickly as possible. However, we must not forget that driving is a great responsibility that, when done carelessly, can have grave consequences. Many drivers disregard other people’s safety while weaving in and out of traffic and driving dangerously. This is not only distracting to other drivers, but significantly raises the risk of an accident. Accidents not only affect the people directly involved, but affect family members and many other aspects of the lives of the people involved. There is not only damage to the vehicles, but there can be physical injuries, loss of time at work and property damage. Please remember, next time you are in a rush, getting to your destination safely is much more important that getting there quickly. If you have been in an accident and need advice, call Hodges Trial Lawyers. Our experienced attorneys can sit down with you and review your case and discuss your options.