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How to Handle Your First Call with an Insurance Adjuster After a Car Accident

After you're injured in a car accident, the opposing party's insurance adjuster will want to get in touch with you if you intend to file a claim. However, do not speak to them. First, call a trusted personal injury lawyer to discuss your case. Conversations with insurance adjusters can be complicated and anything you say can be used against you later.

How to Prove Someone Hit Your Car

If you are involved in an automobile accident and suffered a serious injury, you will need to prove the other driver was at fault to get money from the insurance company. This requires the help of a lawyer who must present a case for the other driver's fault to their insurance company. The underlying issue, however, is that insurance companies will often attempt to limit their liability to pay as little as possible. So, it's suggested that the carrier provides his/her lawyer with detailed evidence of the accident that can prove the other driver was at fault.

How to Bike Safely in Traffic

action-activity-adults-172484.jpgAs more people turn to bicycles to commute to work, they need to familiarize themselves with the rules of the road. According to data from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Fatality Analysis Reporting System, 835 cyclists were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2016. This is the highest number of cyclist deaths in 15 years. Cyclists can work toward avoiding an accident with other motorists by learning how to bike safely around cars.
Read on for tips on how to be a safe cyclist on the roads:

3 Most Common Injuries Caused by Rear-End Collisions

12125pexels-photo-229015.jpgEach year, there are about 1.7 million rear-end collisions on U.S. roadways. About 17,000 people die in those collisions and another 500,000 are hurt. Rear-end collisions often take drivers by surprise, jarring them suddenly as they sit at a stop light or come to a dead stop in traffic. While many rear-end collisions allow the victims to walk away completely unharmed, there are several common injuries that can be very severe.

Are You Guilty of These Common Car Maintenance Mistakes?

3333pexels-photo-769892.jpgWhen a car does what it's supposed to do, it can be easy to take it for granted. But things can (and do) go wrong with no notice at all. Sometimes parts fail without any kind of warning. But let's face it, most drivers are guilty of ignoring issues with their vehicles at some point or another, and that's the first fatal flaw. Cars always need regular maintenance to remain reliable and safe.

New Season, New Driving Hazards

111img_3496bfree (1).jpgAs the weather shifts from fall to winter, it is important to be aware of the new driving hazards you will encounter. Mornings will begin with frost, snow, and ice on your car, and by the time you leave work, you might be scraping ice off your windshield again to drive home in darkness. Bearing this in mind, it is important to adjust your driving habits to accommodate the change in seasons.

The basics are simple: increase your stopping distance and decrease your speed in the winter when conditions aren't favorable. If it's snowing, give yourself extra time to drive. It's important to remember that not all ice can be seen; even if the road looks drivable, be cautious of ice and black ice when the temperature is below freezing.  

More so than just snow and ice, you should be aware of the change in visibility. Even when you take the time to de-ice your windows and mirrors, you have no way of knowing if everyone else on the road is doing the same. This time of year is a good time to check your headlights. The brightness of your headlights can diminish over time, even if the bulbs themselves haven't burnt out yet. Try to be mindful of this as you navigate darker roadways.

Speaking of headlights, don't forget that your headlights should be used more than just at night. Nowadays, most cars have daytime running lights, but not all of them do. If the weather is rainy, gray, misty, or snowing, you should be using your headlights to increase your visibility and caution other drivers on the road.

Cold weather brings battery malfunctions -- if your car's battery is more than three years old, it may have difficulty starting your car in low temperatures. Keeping jumper cables in your car can help give your battery or someone else's the jolt it needs to continue on.

The cold and ice of winter are dangerous to your car but it also poses a danger to you. If misfortune strikes and you are stranded in your vehicle, having the added warmth of an extra coat, blankets, or an emergency car kit can be life-saving. Adding these items to your car is a simple way to be prepared for the unknown.

If you do fall victim to a car accident, especially if you suffer an injury, you may want to seek the advice of an attorney. Dugan & Associates are Pittsburgh's car accident attorneys, with the expertise to get you the compensation you deserve in your time of need. If you have questions, contact us for a consultation.

Snapchat and Driving: The Ugly Truth

driving.jpgSnapchat is all the rage in the world of social media, allowing users to share pictures or short videos which then disappear within seconds. Teenagers and young adults in particular are avid users of the app, embracing it as a fun way to communicate with their friends. Unfortunately, while snapping may seem like a harmless pastime, there are increasing reports of people using Snapchat while driving, resulting in an increase in car accidents and injuries.

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