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Documents you should bring to an attorney after a car accident

You got into a car accident — now what? Should you see an attorney right away? If you do see an attorney, what information should you bring? Car accidents are disorienting, frustrating and frightening experiences, and they bring up many uncertainties. These are all valid questions if you are wondering what to do next.

Meeting with a personal injury attorney is a great idea to avoid any pitfalls during the claims process. To make the most of your first consultation, be sure to gather these important documents.

How to deal with road rage without injury

Any type of distracted driving can be dangerous, and road rage is considered a cognitive distraction, meaning it takes your mind off the road. Road rage behaviors include speeding, honking, brake checking, flashing headlights, tailgating and cutting others off. When you are faced with a driver who is angry, the situation can quickly turn frightening.

If you know how to handle a driver who is in the middle of a rage, you could save yourself from a tragic incident. More and more, drivers are using weapons and deadly force during simple traffic disagreements, and you must know how to protect yourself.

Is your car ready for spring?

Winter is over, at least for now. In anticipation of spring, perhaps you have done some cleaning and touching up. Maybe you have even revamped your wardrobe. Among all you are doing, though, remember to ensure that your car is ready for spring. 

This preparation is important because winter takes its toll. For example, it can leave a lot of potholes on the roads. It can also cause large puddles and flooding from melting snow. Accidents often result from these scenarios.

What an attorney can do for your personal injury case

Being hit by a drunk or distracted driver. Slipping on icy pavement. Getting hurt by a toy. Suffering the pain of a dog bite. These are just some of the ways that personal injury affects Americans every day, causing high hospital bills, emotional suffering, lost wages and more. Many times, injured people choose to handle these claims on their own. However, an attorney has the potential to greatly enhance your case. Here is a review of why.

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What to bring to a free consultation with an attorney

Perhaps you are seeking advice and/or compensation after a car accident. You research attorneys and notice online that many offer free consultations, but what exactly are they?

Free consultations are sessions, often capped at 30 minutes, where you and an attorney discuss your case. It is a way for you to compare attorneys at little to no cost, and attorneys discover whether they are interested in your case. Because of the limited time, it is important to bring a few essentials so that you use every moment wisely.

The surprising reason for increased traffic fatalities

The National Safety Council compiles all kinds of nationwide statistics about traffic accidents, and is therefore able to spot trends. For example, the NSC reported that in the first half of 2015, the number of serious injuries resulting from car crashes increased 30 percent over the same period in 2014. The number of deaths-about 19,000-represented a 14 percent increase. This upward trend in both injuries and fatalities includes causes such as drunk driving, distracted driving and lack of seatbelt use. However, there is another reason for car crashes.

How risky are construction zones to drivers?

If you have been driving on Colorado's highways, you have no doubt seen the signs warning you about construction zones and traffic. They are ubiquitous, and very necessary, because workers are often injured when motorists lose control or lose track of where individuals working on the road are standing in relation to traffic lanes. More often, though, construction zone accidents involve two or more vehicles and do not involve workers, so you need to have a better understanding of those risks and how to be vigilant and defensive when driving in construction zones.

The link between understaffing and nursing home abuse and neglect

Placing your parent or loved one in the care of someone else is rarely easy, but the process can be less emotionally taxing on everyone if you feel confident in your choice of nursing home or continuing care facility. Unfortunately, understaffing is a serious problem that, per NursingHomeAbuseGuide.org, affects more than 90 percent of American nursing homes. While understaffing is a problem for those who work in such environments and have to perform extra duties and spread themselves thin, it also poses a threat to facility residents.

Should you worry about a residential gas explosion?

Gas explosions are usually associated with industrial locations, chemical plants and the like. The nature of these places make them highly susceptible to explosions, yet residential areas also come with the risk of gas exploding and causing a fire. Distribution pipes bring natural gas to residences, and defects in the pipes or applianc es can lead to a blast. Apartment residents are more likely to suffer harm as the proximity to other apartments allows for the explosion to affect many. Learn the signs of a potential gas explosion, what to do to prevent it and next steps if it happens to you.

4 things to look for in a personal injury attorney

When you become injured in an accident, you do not want to call just any personal injury lawyer whose number you find. Who you hire will affect the outcome of your case, so you need to decide carefully the attorney to represent you in a settlement negotiation or trial. Look for the following four qualities as you search for the right personal injury lawyer to help you with your claim.

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