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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Road Hazard Warnings and Car Accidents

In order to keep our roadways safe, it is important that the roads are properly maintained. When crews are out working on the roads, proper signage should be placed in advance of the work zone so drivers are prepared. Unfortunately, many people don’t heed the warnings of these signs and then accidents happen.

Some of the main reasons that car accidents within construction zones are so devastating are because of the environment within these zones:
  • There are multiple people working on and near the road
  • There can be large trucks and machinery near the road and entering into traffic
  • The roadways may be under construction, which leaves the pavement unsafe at high speeds
  • There may be oncoming traffic in the next lane due to re-routing the roads
  • The workers may be treating the surfaces with an certain products which can make the roads very slippery

Most construction zone accidents are preventable. The main reason that so many people get hurt by vehicles within construction zones is because drivers do not heed the warnings and slow down. Some simple things you can do to help prevent construction zone accidents are:
  • Pay attention and heed all warning signs
  • Slow down
  • Make sure you keep an eye on what traffic is doing ahead of you
  • Take an alternate route if possible

If you have been in a car accident at the negligence of someone else, please contact our offices. In our free consultation we will give you advice on your personal injury claim and help you recover any monetary damages that are rightfully yours.

posted by Patti at 8:28 AM

Friday, October 17, 2008

What to do after a Car Accident

Every year, thousands of people are involved in car accidents on our roadways. There are approximately 160,000 accidents in Canada each year. Close to 3,000 of the people involved in these accidents die as a result of their injuries. Compared to other countries, Canada’s statistics are relatively low, but despite that fact, accidents still happen and it’s important to know what to do after an accident.

The things you should do if you have been in a car accident are:
  • Stay calm. Panicking will only make the situation worse.
  • Identify several witnesses, as they can be very important in assessing fault in the accident
  • Assess the damage, paying close attention to any injuries that require medical attention.
  • File an accident report with the police. Make sure you file a report even if the accident is minor. It is important to avoid leaving the scene until the report has been filed.
  • Be careful to discuss the details of the accident with only the police. After an accident everyone is shook up and it is sometimes difficult to remember or explain the details surrounding the accident accurately.
  • Obtain the names, addresses, phone numbers, and insurance information for all parties involved in the accident.
  • Call your insurance agent to report the claim. If possible, call from the scene of the accident.
  • If the accident was caused by another party’s negligence, contact a personal injury attorney to assess the accident and help you pursue a claim.

Even when you drive carefully, accidents are sometimes hard to avoid. If you have been in a car accident due to someone else’s carelessness, contact our office to receive free advice about your claim. We can help you assess the damages and recover any money that you deserve for your injuries.

posted by Patti at 8:21 AM

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