Pretty much everyone with a driver's license these days has some form of a smartphone. With these devices, we can surf the internet, check our email and use GPS to navigate around town in addition to sending text messages and making phone calls. But what you may not have guessed is that your smartphone has all the tools you need for documenting important information and gathering evidence at the scene following your car accident.
If you have been injured as the result of someone else's negligence, whether it be a car accident or slip-and-fall situation, one of the first things you want to do is obtain medical treatment for your injuries. However, there are routine mistakes that personal injury victims make when getting treatment that end-up hurting their case. Here are some tips for avoiding those mistakes.
Time and again I have discussed the dangers of sharing the road with large, semi-trucks and tractor-trailers. One of the most dangerous conditions is truck drivers who are exhausted because they are driving in excess of the maximum number of hours permitted by law. However, a new law may help reduce or completely eliminate this unlawful practice.
After you call your insurance company to report a car accident, you can be sure that the first thing the company will do is investigate your claim thoroughly. Unfortunately, this means that the company will begin by investigating you.
During the Spring and Summertime in Georgia, biking is extremely popular for many individuals. During this time, more and more people tend to pull out their bikes. This means motorist need to be increasingly aware of sharing the road with pedestrians and cyclists.
There is no question that driving distracted is dangerous. For this reason, Georgia law prohibits all drivers from texting on their cell phones when behind the wheel. Moreover, young drivers under the age of 18 cannot use a wireless communication device of any kind while driving, this includes speaking on the phone whether or not the driver is using a hands-free device. This is because cell phone use is one of the leading causes of distracted driving, particularly amongst teens and young adults.
In Georgia, highway construction zone accidents occur more frequently than you might expect. Nationwide, approximately 1,100 people die in these car accidents every year and about 75,000 are seriously injured or hurt. Here are a few tips to stay safe when traveling through highway construction zones.
No one wants to be involved in a car accident. And no one wants to deal with the repercussions of a collision, especially. This time can be particularly arduous and intimidating - dealing with insurance claims adjusters, obtaining medical treatment and, of course, the medical bills that come along with it. And these bills can be quite expensive. If the other driver was at fault for your car accident, then typically his or her insurance company will be required to pay for your medical treatment. You may be able to use your own health insurance, too, if you did not sign paperwork waiving your right to do so. For others, you may be able to receive government assistance (Medicaid, Medicare or Tricare coverage) to help cover your medical expenses.
It seems like nearly everyone uses some form of social media these days, whether it's Facebook, twitter, Instagram, or LinkedIn. If you have been injured on the job or in an accident you may want to consider deactivating your accounts until your case is resolved. Insurance companies and defense attorneys may use information you post online against you during settlement negotiations or at trial. In fact, some companies even specialize in trawling social media accounts for information that may be damaging to an injured person's case.
Any serious accident involves uncertainty. Victims wonder if they will recover from their injuries, if they'll be able to go back to work, and if they'll receive enough compensation to cover their medical expenses and property damage. Thanks to a recent settlement reached with major American credit reporting agencies, accident victims will be able to worry less about whether temporarily unpaid medical bills will damage their credit.