Bicycle Safety Tips – For Drivers

It is obvious that bicyclists are some of the most vulnerable people on the road. Their protections are limited to gears like helmets and pads. The facts that they are small and hard to see also don’t help in their vulnerability. It can be argued that bicyclists should be the ones who are more careful, so they don’t put themselves in a situation where a bicycle accident can occur.

But it is also fair to say that car drivers should also make an effort. After all, they are controlling large pieces of metal that can easily injure someone, especially if that someone also has the right on the road, like a bicyclist. Also, according to the website of these Tucson personal injury lawyers, negligent drivers who have caused bicycle accidents may be held accountable. So, even if a person has no morals, he should still make an effort to avoid bicycle accidents just because of the legal consequences.

Below are simple tips for drivers so they can avoid getting involved in an accident with a bicycle.

Follow traffic rules

The most basic safety tip, for drivers and other motorists, is to follow traffic rules. They are there to ensure that no collisions happen and that everybody is safe in a space where accidents can be fatal. If you follow traffic rules, you are already halfway there to a bicycle accident free life.

Mind your lane

Make sure that your car is properly inside the lane, because even just a sidemirror that occupies the bike lane is enough to trigger an accident. It becomes worse if you are traveling at a relatively high speed.

Drive slow in dark areas

Bicyclists are particularly hard to see in dark areas, and that is why they often have reflective clothing and bike lights. Still, there are times where these things are not enough to make them visible enough, resulting into vehicles hitting bicyclists. If you are in a poorly-lit area, drive with caution, because sometimes, you will never know when a bicycle or pedestrian is there.

Look before you turn

It should be a habit of all drivers to make a signal in a considerable distance and look before a turn, so the others around them can adjust accordingly. If a driver fails to do this, the turning maneuver can result into a collision with a bicycle traveling the same direction or the adjacent road. The same thing can be said for overtaking and pulling out aggressively.

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Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder Recall

Companies are legally required to make sure that their products are safe. If they fail to commit to this responsibility and this failure has resulted into injury or death, they may be held liable. An example of this is the Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder and how it is currently being recalled by Zimmer Biomet.

The Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder is a surgically implanted device used to restore shoulder and arm functions and relieve pain. This is typically acquired by people who suffer from a deficiency or tearing in the rotator cuff.

Reason for Recall
The Food and Drug Administration has designated a Class I Recall on the shoulder replacement. Class I Recall is highest form of recall. It is issued to products that are capable of injuring or killing. The device is being recalled because its fracture rate is higher compared to what is in its label, and there are a lot of reports regarding the failure of the device, particularly fracturing.

Device failure, such as fracturing, may require corrective surgery, to remove the device and replace it with another. But this is not without consequences, as it may result into injury and infection. On worse circumstances, it may even result into the total loss of function in the shoulder area. In the worst circumstances, it may even result into death.

Possible Damages
A patient who has sustained injury because of the device may have legal options to pursue, such as filing a Zimmer shoulder replacement lawsuit. The injury does not just cause the patient pain and suffering, as it may also cause unnecessary financial burdens, like the costs of corrective surgery and hospital confinement, lost time in the workplace, and possibly, loss of earning capability.

Family members of those who sustained fatal injuries have it worse. Aside from the financial issues associated with death, such as medical and funeral costs, they would also suffer from the pain of losing a loved one.

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What To Do In Case of A Fire?

One of the most common types of accidents in the premises is a fire. There are many factors that can trigger a fire. It can start from a candle left lit or wires short circuiting. Depending on the circumstances, the website of Russo, Russo, & Slania reveals that it is generally the duty of the property owner to ensure a safe environment for their tenants. When you find yourself caught in a fire accident, here are some tips on what to do:

1. Keep calm
First things first, don’t panic. When you panic, you will not be able to think clearly. Just keep calm.

2. Know your way out
You should have an idea of where the exit points are or how you can get out of the room. The idea is to get outside quickly and in the safest possible manner. If one of the exit points is blocked, you should know the location of the others.

3. Evacuate
Before anything else, sound the fire alarm. If you are in a building with several floors, DO NOT USE THE ELEVATOR. Find the nearest evacuation route. Save anyone who is in danger. Exiting through the door is your first priority but if it is impossible, you can also escape from the windows. If there are collapsible evacuation ladders, use them especially if you are located in the upper floors of the building.

4. Stay Low
If there is smoke, stay low to the ground as you make your way out of the building. The smoke and poisonous air are more potent than the flames. By staying low, you will breathe less smoke. You can crawl under the smoke using your hands and knees.

Property owners can conduct fire drills once in a while. This way, they can help their tenants act quickly during a fire accident. Likewise, they should conduct regular inspections of their properties if there are loose wires or other fire triggers.

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How a No-Fault Car Insurance Liability Coverage Affect Injured Drivers

One requirement that all drivers in any part of the US are required to prove is the capability to compensate a person whose property they may damage or who they may injure in case of an accident. While this proof of capability may be shown through posted bonds or whatever state-approved means, the most basic is carrying an auto liability insurance policy.

While there are different types of automobile liability insurance coverage, three of the most common types are the limited tort, the full tort, and the no-fault or personal injury protection (PIP). In limited tort automobile liability coverage, the premium that a driver pays is lower compared to full tort coverage; however, as its name suggests, there is a limit as to what a victim in an accident can actually claim from the at-fault driver’s auto insurance provider, namely, the cost of medical treatment, but only for that which is related to the injury sustained in the accident. In full tort auto liability coverage, the parties involved in an accident have the right to file a civil suit against each other for purposes of proving fault and seeking compensation for whatever damages the victim in the accident may have, and will still, suffer. Compensation covers cost of medical treatment, lost wages, and pain and suffering among others.

The third type of automobile liability insurance coverage, the no-fault or personal injury protection (PIP), covers medical expenses needed by the injured driver and his/her passengers, lost wages due to days off from work, and funeral expenses if the accident is fatal (no-fault coverage, however, does not compensate a person for his or her damaged property; a separate property damage liability insurance will have to be purchased by the driver for this purpose.

No-Fault car insurance liability coverage presents drivers the following benefits:

  • faster payment of compensation since there is no more need to file a lawsuit to show who really is at fault in the accident
  • payment of lower premiums as there are no longer court fees to be paid
  • the drivers involved in the accident are paid by their own insurance provider, regardless of whose fault the accident is

Irrespective of the type of liability insurance a state requires on drivers, the Spiros Champaign Law Firm, explains that the most common problem encountered by car accident victims is having their claims paid or receiving the right amount of compensation, that is, of course, assuming that their application for claims is approved in the first place – a thing that has been a source of discouragement to many drivers because it appears that many insurance providers are more prone to denying claims rather than approving and paying these.

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Driver Error – The Cause of More than 90% of Car Crashes in the US

Every year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) receives reports of more than five million car crashes on US roads and highways; more than two millions of these crashes result to injuries, while at least 35,000 are fatal. An accident, whatever its result is, will always cause a change in people’s lives, whether he or she was the driver, a passenger or someone who merely witnessed the tragic event.

There are many different causes of car accidents, each falling into either one of two categories: causes that are beyond a driver’s control (such as car/car part defect and road defect) and causes that are within the control of a driver (like drunk-driving, overspeeding, reckless driving and driver error).

The 2008 National Motor Vehicle Crash Causation Survey (NMVCCS), a study conducted by the NHTSA, shows that from 2005 to 2007, about 93% of the total number of car crashes were due to driver error, making it the major cause of accidents on roads and highways.

There are a hundred different things which can be construed as driver error, most of which are often unnoticed, like distractions while behind the wheel. The ones most often reported though, and which, without doubt, are mistakes, include:

  • Overspeeding or driving too fast for certain road conditions
  • Driving despite feeling drowsy or driving while impaired by alcohol
  • Not wearing a seatbelt
  • Driving recklessly, like driving through a red light, not stopping at intersections, changing lanes improperly, tailgating, improper turning, improper overtaking, unsafe passing
  • Texting, calling someone or answering the phone while driving
  • Allowing oneself to be distracted by things that will lessen road focus, like eating, using an electronic device, looking at a map, adjusting a GPS, conversing with a passenger, and so many others.

While no driver would want to be involved in an accident, much more injure anyone, it is definitely important to realize that committing any of these errors can very likely result in injury-causing accidents which, in the very first place are totally preventable because all these errors can be avoided – simply by being responsible on the road.

It is a sad reality that once an accident occurs, its results can no longer be undone. The law firm Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, however, explains online that victims of car accidents have the right to file a civil lawsuit against the guilty party in order to seek compensation for whatever damages (present and future) the injury will cause them.

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