Driving Accidents

Keeping Safe On The Boston Highway With Protective Motorcycle Gear

Posted by Kathlyn on October 10, 2013
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Motorcycle enthusiasts will tell you that nothing compares to the thrill of riding a motorcycle at high speeds down an open roadway. Although motorcycles are an exciting way to travel and afford riders many benefits, these vehicles also pose a degree of danger not seen in other vehicles.

This is largely due to the fact that motorcycles provide no exterior protection for riders as do conventional automobiles. Because of this fact, even the smallest incident or collision could result in serious harm to a motorcycle rider. While an injured motorcyclist may be able to take legal action against the party responsible for their accident with the help of a motorcycle accident lawyer, there are things that motorcyclists can do to protect themselves from suffering serious harm in the first place.

One of the easiest and most important things that motorcycle riders can do to stay safe on the road is to outfit themselves with the proper motorcycle safety gear. Not surprisingly, the single greatest piece of safety gear a motorcyclist can invest in is a reliable helmet, particularly one endorsed by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Although an accident can result in damage to any part of your body, if the head or brain is damaged, it can result in devastating health complications, life-long disability, or even death. As such, it is essential to take action to protect this part of the body every time you get on a motorcycle, whether the law in your state requires you to use a helmet or not.

In addition to using a helmet, a motorcyclist needs to make sure that the rest of their body is adequately protected, as well. According to the website of the Sampson Law Firm, this is usually done by wearing think, protective clothing, such as heavy boots, long pants, and protective jackets. Leather is especially beneficial for protecting riders from devastating road rash and other injuries in the event of a collision or skid, which is likely why items such as leather jackets have become so iconic among motorcycle enthusiasts.

Although this type of gear cannot prevent an accident from occurring in the first place, it can significantly reduce the damage that a motorcyclist sustains in the event that an accident does occur.

Ford Recalls Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis, Lincoln for Faulty Steering Shaft

Posted by Kathlyn on October 04, 2013
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In a pre-emptive move, American auto-maker is recalling three models of cars which have been found to have a faulty steering shaft.

Ford Motor Company has recalled 370,000 vehicles of the make Lincoln Town Car, Ford Crown Victoria, and Mercury Grand Marquis from Canada and the US which were manufactured between 2005 and 2011. It was found that there was a risk of corrosion of the lower intermediate steering shaft for these vehicles, which could lead to a loss of steering control while in operation.

The car maker is set to replace the part for free for all cars that are brought back to them starting October 21 if it shows signs of corrosion, or to simply secure the lower steering column bearing. It will depend on what is found during the inspection. Car owners are encouraged to get in touch with Ford to find out more about the recall.

If the recall had not been made, and a motorist suffers injury from a car crashed caused by the separation of the bearing or corrosion of the shaft, it could mean a considerable financial settlement. Affected car owners include but are not limited to those from Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Iowa, Kentucky and Ohio.

What Students Should Look Out For in Used Cars

Posted by Kathlyn on February 25, 2013
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Shopping around for used cars can be hard, especially if you don’t know anything about cars aside from driving it to the nearest automotive shop. Buying used cars is not like buying brand new cars, because the quality of used cars depends mostly on how well the previous owner maintained it, and for what it was used for.

In Austin, it is easy to go to a used car dealer. There are about 300 car dealers in Austin alone, so you have got a lot to choose from. If you do go to a used car dealer, choosing the right car can be easier if you do your research first. Find out if there have been any complaints against a particular dealer. You can go online to find customer reviews, or check with the Better Business Bureau. But even if you find a reputable used car dealer, you should still know how to assess a car’s value and capabilities.

If you have a particular make and model in mind, go online first and see what the going rate is for that particular car so you have an idea of what price you may have to pay. If you don’t have anything in mind, check out what’s available in the lot and do the same thing for any car you might like.

When you do find a car you think you like, you’ll also want to investigate its:

  • Body – look for dents, scratches, loose parts
  • Suspension – test a car’s suspension by applying pressure on the bumper and fender and listening to the sounds they may make. Any clacking or banging sounds may indicate a problem with the suspension.
  • Brakes – check how far down the pedal will go; it shouldn’t go further than halfway. If it does, you may have to get it repaired.
  • Interior – A worn interior might mean that the car’s mileage is high. So if the odometer says 60,000 but the carpet is worn ragged, it could be more like 160,000.
  • Engine – check under the hood; if the engine is greasy, it might be a sign of a leak. But even if it looks clean, it’s no assurance the engine is sound. You may still need to bring it to a mechanic to get an independent assessment.

These are just some of the factors you need to consider before committing to buying a used car. The best thing for you to do is to get the dealer of the used car to give you a written inspection and repair estimate that you can use in case the car is in worse shape than you believed.



Staying Safe on the Road after Finals and the Holidays

Posted by Kathlyn on December 30, 2012
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Fortunately for the majority of college students, the most dreaded time of the year – finals – has come and gone. Weeks spent arduously pouring over notes and past lectures, writing page after page for that perfect essay or dissertation, and getting those final labs completed has finally come to a much sought after end. While many college students look forward to the completion of the seemingly endless studying and the ability to start sleeping again, most choose to first celebrate the end of finals by spending time with family and going out with friends. However, this comes at a time when the parties and celebrations are only starting with the beginning of the holidays. As a result, January is often a time when college students and others alike are trying desperately to catch up on much-needed rest.

Unfortunately, while in this sleep-deprived state that finals and the holidays often create, college students could be putting themselves and others at a much greater risk of being involved in a car accident due to driving while drowsy. Although many people understand the dangers that accompany drowsy driving, the AAA Foundation reports that nearly 33% of Americans continue to drive when they are sleep-deprived.

As a result, it is estimated that one in six car accidents are the result of a drowsy driver operating their vehicle, with many of these accidents resulting in serious injuries, costly property damage, and victims taking legal action with the help of a car accident lawyer. Fortunately, there are steps that drivers can take to prevent these accidents from occurring. Some ways to decrease your chances of being involved in a drowsy driving accident include the following:

  • Be aware of the signs that may indicate that you are becoming too tired to drive. These signs include difficulty focusing, trouble focusing on the road/not daydreaming, missing signs/turns/exits, having trouble keeping your head up or eyes open, swerving repeatedly, and having difficulty remembering the previous miles driven. If you notice these signs, you should pull over to rest.
  • Take a break frequently – depending on how long you are driving and how tired you are, you should stop at frequent intervals (anywhere from every 20 minutes to every 2 hours) to rest, take a break, grab some food, or walk around. This can keep you engaged and awake.
  • Drive with a friend for long distance trips – if you are taking a drive that extends for more than a few hours or couple hundred miles, you should seriously consider bringing a friend with you so that you can switch drivers throughout the trip. This not only gives you a break from the monotony of driving, but it also allows you to sleep/rest during your break.
  • Avoid sugary caffeine drinks – while some people think that sugary drinks will help wake them up, the effects of these beverages are short lived, and can cause a driver to crash later on.

It may be impossible to avoid driving while tired after this hectic time of year; however, by taking these and other preventative actions, you can better keep yourself and others on the road safe.