What You Need To Do BEFORE You Get In A Car Wreck, And What To Do If You Already Have
Driving is scary.
Dealing with the insurance companies and navigating the ins and outs of the recovery process can be even scarier sometimes.
That’s why Roberts Wilson PA, is here to help you be prepared to deal with the crazies that exist off the road, ready to profit off your misery.
There are certain things you must do if your airbag fails, if you’re hit by an uninsured driver, or a company reports a defect in your current vehicle.
Let’s dive in…..
Do This Before You Ever Think You’ll Get Into A Car Accident
- Be sure you are properly insured
- Be sure you have Uninsured Motorist Coverage
- Be sure your vehicle is in proper working order
- Use your vehicle safety features (Seat Belts)
- Don’t drive sleepy
- Don’t Drink and Drive!
I highly suggest that you print out the following documents, and then put them into a folder to leave in your car or your house where they can be easily found:
- List of all your doctors and medical conditions
- List of prescriptions, supplements, and vitamins you take
- List of all of your allergies
- Auto insurance information
- Health insurance information
As you’re about to see with work-zone related injuries, these details above can be crucial for the survival or well being of you or a loved one.
Do it once, and then forget about it so you can focus on driving safely.
Are You Aware That Your Airbag May Be Defective?
Take a moment and see if your car is in this list compiled by the NHTSA:
DON’T SKIP DOING THAT!
Several people reading this probably own a BMW, Dodge Ram or Durango, Honda Accord, or Nissan Maxima……
That’s only a few models off the list as I didn’t want to overwhelm you with the lengthy list of all the makes and models on that list.
You see, according to this article by Bloomberg, there is a chemical used in airbags called ammonium nitrate which caused certain types of airbag parts to explode into pieces of shrapnel-like material, while the driver was using the vehicle.
This isn’t old news either as this news was broken at the end of October this year (2014).
It was all so that the car companies could find a cheaper outsourcer in a foreign country to make the airbags. The factory that made these devices actually exploded during a day of production, but later reopened.
If your car was on the list, and you want a free consultation to discuss your rights in this situation, then please click the button below to see what damages you may be entitled to and if you have a case in which we can help. You will also want to to get a replacement part as soon as possible to avoid a potential injury.
More than 14 million vehicles, mostly manufactured prior to 2009, have been recalled worldwide due to these defective and dangerous airbags manufactured by Japanese-based Takata Corporation. And at least five deaths have been linked to the airbag defects.
The Risks Of Driving Through A Work Zone
Of the almost 33,000 fatal motor vehicle traffic accidents that occurred on U.S. highways last year, 609 of those took place in work zones. This is mostly because of the heavy amount of traffic on the busier roads, which often get the most work done. And unfortunately, those highways get the craziest drivers who feel the need to race everyone on the road and see how quickly they can make it out of a work zone. Rear-end crashes due to a failure of the speeding driver to slow down or stop before hitting the vehicle in front of them are the most common type. Other typical crashes in this area involve bad road conditions like ice and rain. 18 Wheelers also need extra room and lane sizes are often reduced in work zones. The main things to do to avoid this are common sense things you should do in all driving situations:
- Slow down and “Give ‘em a Brake”
- Give courtesy to the construction flaggers and their instructions
- Keep a safe distance between the drivers around you
- Use your turn signals and give plenty of warning before changing lanes
- Avoid anything that’ll distract you like the radio or your mobile phone
What To Do If You’ve Already Been In A Wreck And Need To Consult An Attorney
First off, there is absolutely NO FEE unless your claim is successful. Whether you have a problem with your airbag like we mentioned earlier, you have an accident that wasn’t in a work related zone, or if you just have a burning question that you want one of our attorneys to try and answer….. We’ll be happy to take your call and discuss a case with you. And if you’re curious what the process looks like on our side, here are some examples:
- Take photos of vehicles if available
- Investigate the accident scene
- Stop all communications between client and insurance companies
- Contact the other person’s insurance company
- Contact our client’s insurance company
- Check for uninsured motorist coverage
- Gather medical records
- Demand Settlement
- Negotiate with the insurance company
- File suit if insurance company won’t pay what our client deserves!
Once hired, we will handle this as well as any and all communication with the insurance companies, gather medical records for you, and search for all available sources of recovery and insurance.
Here’s an article we wrote telling you why you shouldn’t take on the insurance companies by yourself, and why you should get advice before talking to them.
An attorney or representative of our firm is often available to visit your home or visit you in the hospital throughout North Mississippi.
Whether you live in Tupelo, Greenville, Clarksdale, Greenwood, Marks, Sumner, Hollandale, Indianola, Cleveland or Charleston, we are happy to bring our office to you.
Thanks for reading, and we look forward to hearing from you soon!
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