Driving in Adverse Rain

When you have no choice but to drive while it is heavily raining, there are some tips that you can use to help you avoid any car accidents that may occur. First, make sure to drive slowly. It may be a simple and obvious tip, but nevertheless a very important one, because driving slowly allows you more reaction time. Tire traction is heavily affected when it is raining because of grease and oil build-up, therefore driving slower would allow your vehicle more traction as well as more time for your brake to adjust. A sudden brake may cause your vehicle to skid and increase the chances of collisions in a busy road. If you do skid on a slippery road, remain calm and try to steer the vehicle straight until you have gained control of the vehicle again.

Next, make sure to keep close attention to the road and other motorists around you. The rain can make visibility difficult, and with other motorists sharing the road with you, you need to have clear visual on their driving as well. Make sure to keep a safe distance from any vehicle around you in order to have enough time to react should an accident occur. Make sure that your windshields are working properly and that your windows are de-fogged to avoid limited visibility. There are many ways that you can defog your windows, so make sure you are familiar with your how your vehicle works for easy defogging.

Lastly, make sure to avoid floodwaters. You can easily do this by staying near the middle of the road where it is built higher than the sides to avoid rainwater build-up. Even if the floodwater seems shallow, the current may be strong enough to push the vehicle out of the road and into other motorists. It may be ideal to altogether stay out of roads and not drive when it is raining, but it is not always the case. There may be nothing that can make up for a loved-ones loss after a car accident, but the website of the car accident lawyers of Williams Kherkher suggests yielding to safety to avoid being in a car accident and stay safe while on the road.

But Why Contact A Car Crash Lawyer?

Wouldn’t any other kind lawyer do? It’s all the same, right?

Those might be the sentiments of a person who doesn’t, exactly, know any better. Think of law as the trunk of a giant tree and from there, it branches out. From those branches, even more branches spread out. Would you really rather trust a person who has only the basic generalized knowledge of your situation rather than a person who has specific experience in the kind of situation you find yourself in?

A car crash can be difficult to go through, yes, and it may be tempting to just go for the easiest route but the easiest route may sometimes lead you to a road that you didn’t know was more difficult in the longer run. This can happen because insurance companies are quick to advise survivors of car crashes to not get legal representation and just take a lump sum that can seemingly take care of everything and just be done with it.

However, what insurance companies don’t tell you about car crash lawyers is that this actually benefits the insurance company more than it does the survivor. A car crash lawyer can know that you are owed much better than what you are being initially offered. The initial lump sum may be enough to cover repairs and any necessary, immediate medical expenses—but it’s the long run of the situation that often gets neglected in the heat of the moment. There are the losses of wages to consider as well as the recompense for treatment for any trauma that may have been suffered.

Getting legal representation from a specific professional only means that they are far more experienced in the situation and can help you navigate through the options better than someone who only knows the circumstances in theory. Ultimately, however, the decision is up to you.

Dashboard Cameras

Dashboard cameras (or drive recorders, as I like to call them) are incredible devices. They are capable of capturing a great deal of footage. Dash cams are primarily installed in cars to help people easily resolve any disputes about fault in car accidents, but they also witness countless interesting events! Here’s an example from Russia, where nearly every car has a dashboard camera installed:

Most Fuel Fed Fires Are Due to Mechanical or Electrical Failures

Despite what you might see on television or the movies, cars don’t always explode or even catch fire when it collides with something or rolls over. However, when it does happen, in a majority of cases it is not initially caused by a ruptured fuel tank or fuel line. Those occur in only 2% of all automobile fires, although it does account for about 15% of deaths due to fuel fed fires. In fact, the most common cause of fuel fed fires is mechanical and electrical failure or malfunction, accounting for 69% of automobile fires between 2006 and 2010 according to data from the National Fire Incident Reporting System of the US Fire Administration and the National Fire Protection Association.

However, mechanical or electrical failure-caused fuel fed fires account only for a total of 12% of car fire fatalities. Rollovers and collisions, which cause only 4% of all automobile fires in the same period, account for 60% of all deaths in fuel fed fires. This skewed cause-and-effect seems to suggest that during a rollover or collision, fuel fed fires are not the actual cause of death but are rather a side effect of the incident. Mechanical and electrical defects do cause the majority of automobile fires and in all probability many serious injuries that in 12% of the time resulted in death. Of special note are the engine and running gear areas which 69% of the time is where a mechanical or electrical defect occurs or is located.

What does this mean for automobile and parts manufacturers? They have a responsibility to ensure that their products meet safety standards that will prevent or at least not start fuel fed fires in case of collisions or rollovers, especially since these types of incidents will most likely end in deaths. The failure to do so may render them liable for injuries or deaths that occur due to the malfunction or defects of these parts or the car on the whole. It also means that as these cars gain a reputation for being unsafe, people start to realize that they can be quite costly to own. Information on this car accident attorney website indicates that cars that are more dangerous end up being more pricey to keep insured as well.

If you or a family member was involved in a fuel fed accident due to some defect or malfunction, you could have an actionable case. Consult with a fuel fed fire attorney to do your investigation for you and prepare your case if it has merit.

Are SUvs Really More Stable Today?

Rollovers are considered to be more dangerous vehicular accidents as these cause more severe injuries if not death. In the US, about 10,000 individuals are killed every year due to rollover accidents, while more than 24,000 sustain serious injuries. Rollovers are usually caused by aggressive, high-speed driving and reckless lane changes; these can also happen when the vehicle skids or slides sideways (especially when driver turns the vehicle very aggressively), causing the driver to lose control and the vehicle to trip.

A rollover can happen on any type of vehicle, however, taller and narrower ones, like SUVs and vans are more susceptible to it since their center of gravity is farther/higher from the ground compared to ordinary cars; their heavy tops or the weighty items placed on top of these and/or the added weight inside (from baggage and passengers) make the SUV less stable, increasing the risk of a rollover.

To make SUVs and vans much safer and, so, reduce the occurrence of rollovers, manufacturers have introduced the electronic stability control system (ESC) and the static stability factor (SSF) in vehicles; these give vehicles greater stability and drivers, more control.

The ESC enables the vehicle to sense when it skids and then applies a brake on each wheel automatically, keeping the driver from losing control. Its introduction in 2006 in a large number of vehicles and its inclusion in new SUVs as standard equipment in 2010 has made today’s SUVs safer than those made in the past.

Despite the move, SUV rollovers continue to appear in the list of vehicular accidents which register the higher numbers of deaths or severe injuries; this is due to the failure of some SUV manufacturers and aftermarket parts makers to produce vehicles or parts that will withstand the demands of the real world.

For extra safety and stability, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) advises SUV owners to observe the following to help reduce the risk of a rollover accident:

  • Steer clear of conditions (like speeding, drunk-driving, etc.) that will lessen your control of your vehicle
  • Observe extra care, especially on rural roads
  • Avoid panic-like steering, especially when your vehicle goes off-road
  • Make sure your tires are always in good condition and not worn out
  • Load any equipment in your vehicle properly

If you are a victim of an SUV rollover accident, then you have the legal right to pursue justice and receive compensation from the liable party. This compensation may be available from the liable party’s insurance company, as a person generally won’t have the funds to pay your expenses. According to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, certain policies include what is called “personal injury protection” that is used for the purpose of protecting yourself from going bankrupt paying someone’s medical expenses after you’ve caused an accident.