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SIGNS OF NEGLIGENCE ON THE ROAD

Jan 27, 2021

Roughly 33% of car crashes could be avoided if everyone made a conscious effort to prevent careless and reckless driving. While you can’t control how others act behind the wheel, knowing these signs of negligence on the road can prepare you to identify and avoid a potentially dangerous driver.

TAILGATING

Following too closely is a sure sign of careless or reckless driving and is liable to cause a rear-end collision if you brake too quickly or move out of lane. If a driver is at an unsafe distance, try to let them pass you or pull over if it is safe to do so. Equally important is that you never “brake check” or attempt to “punish” a tailgating driver, as that would potentially leave you at fault for the crash.

SWERVING

Beware any driver who is weaving through traffic or struggling to stay in their lane. Likewise, try to minimize lane changes as much as you can. Each successive lane change dramatically increases the risk of a crash.

A driver swerving at night should raise a huge red flag. If you see a driver struggling to stay in their lane after dark, they could be intoxicated or too drowsy to drive safely. In either case, you should try to give them as much space as possible and pull over if you suspect they’re unsafe to drive.

UNSAFE BRAKING

A driver who waits until the last second to hit the brakes is careless, if not reckless. If you hear the squeal of tires when approaching a stoplight, it means the driver is braking too fast.

A driver who slams the brakes can quickly lose control of their vehicle and may drift out of their lane or even spinout, especially in the winter. If you see someone who isn’t braking safely, allow for an additional car length of space when following behind them.

DRIVING WITHOUT HEADLIGHTS

More than half of all car accidents occur at night, and visibility is a huge contributing factor. Some drivers forget to turn on their headlights in urban areas and rely on streetlights to get them home.

Not using headlights significantly increases the chances of being involved in a crash, especially a pedestrian accident. If you see a driver who doesn’t have their headlights on, flash your brights at them as a friendly reminder.

If you or someone you love suffered serious injuries at the hands of a negligent driver, we are here to listen. If you’d like to schedule a free case consultation with an experienced Michigan auto injury attorney from Fieger Law, don’t hesitate to call (800) 294-6637 or send us an email.

DRUNK DRIVING SIGNS: WHAT TO WATCH FOR ON THE ROAD THIS HOLIDAY

Nov 22, 2020

Nov 22, 2020

We know that the holidays bring about an increase in potentially drunk
drivers. Unfortunately, these drivers lead to an increased number of crashes
and injuries. It helps to recognize the various signs of negligence that
could indicate a drunk driver is nearby. If you see a drunk driver, stay
clear and report the driver to the local authorities. Never attempt to
pass a driver you suspect them to be intoxicated.

Swerving

Drivers who are intoxicated are more likely to swerve into other lanes
as they suffer from cognitive impairment and other problems that impact
their ability to drive carefully. If you see a driver swerving from lane
to lane, it could indicate that they’re distracted, tired, or drunk.
In any case, don’t try to pass the vehicle as the driver may swerve
into your car.

If you’re driving late at night and see a vehicle without their lights
on, it could be an indication of negligence. Unfortunately, this reduces
their visibility and may make it more difficult to see the vehicle whenever
you’re approaching them.

Erratic braking can be a sign of a drunk driver, especially if there’s
nobody else on the road in front of them. If the driver in front of you
brakes for no reason, it may be due to them being intoxicated, and their
depth perception is flawed.

No Lights

A drunk driver may speed up and then slow down randomly once they recognize
that they’re going much faster than they should. Unfortunately,
this can lead to problems, whether you’re in front of or behind
the potentially drunk driver.

At Fieger Law, we want you to stay as safe as possible. Our mission
is to provide you with the counsel you need to move forward if you do
suffer a severe injury due to negligence. Our Michigan
car accident lawyers aim to give you the voice you need to pursue compensation.

Call our firm today at (800) 294-6637.

TOP ROAD DANGERS THAT CAUSE ACCIDENTS

Nov 20, 2020

Nov 20, 2020

While negligence is often the contributing factor in accidents, there are
some situations where road dangers may play a factor. Of course, it’s
on all drivers to be aware of these road dangers and drive with caution,
but the hazards themselves can be significantly dangerous.

Weather Dangers

Despite these conditions, all drivers must understand their responsibilities,
including driving safe for the conditions. Recognizing various road dangers
is imperative, so you can stay safe even when other drivers are not.

As winter approaches, the change in weather is always a cause for concern.
Rain and snow should result in people driving much safer, but this isn’t
always the case. Many drivers still fail to account for slippery roads
and reduced visibility, speeding whenever they get the chance. This action
can easily lead to the driver losing control of their vehicle and causing a crash.

Throughout the year, oil builds up on concrete and starts to sit on roads
and highways. When the rain finally hits, it starts to bring that oil
to the surface, making the road slick and slippery. Hitting this oil patch
can potentially prove disastrous if a driver is not paying close attention
to the road.

Oil Slicks

Be aware of potholes on the road as these may not seem like much, but they
can quickly damage tires, causing a blowout. A driver who hits a pothole
at a high speed and encounters tire problems can quickly lose control
of their vehicle.

Drivers must be aware of all dangers on the road and drive safe for conditions.
If they don’t, they are considered negligent and put you and all
others at risk of harm.

If you suffer severe injuries, our
Michigan car accident attorneys stand ready to help you. At Fieger Law, we’re committed
to your needs and best interests, working hard on your behalf to obtain
the compensation you deserve during such a difficult time.

Call our firm at (800) 294-6637 today to
discuss your rights.

THE STATISTICS DON’T LIE: HOLIDAY DANGERS ARE A REAL THREAT

Nov 20, 2020

Nov 20, 2020

Did you know that the three holidays—Thanksgiving, Christmas, and
New Year—see an increased total number of accidents that arise on
the road? Even more, there is a significant number of fatal traffic accidents
around this time of the year.

Biggest Problems

Unfortunately, 94% of traffic accidents that occur are the result of human
error. With more vehicles on the road and an increase in the chances of
crashes occurring, it’s vital to stay safe. Here are some things
you should know about holiday dangers and how you can stay safe.

While we know that drunk driving is one of the biggest issues around the
holidays, it’s crucial to understand all dangers and their underlying
factors. Here are some of the main issues that can lead to traffic around
the holidays:

There are very few things you can do to prevent negligence completely.
However, you can do things on your own accord to stay as safe as possible.

Staying Safe on the Road

It helps to recognize all ways to stay safe on the road and not become
part of the daunting statistics around this time of the year. Some of
the things you can do include maintaining your vehicle, staying rested
before you drive, and checking road conditions any time you plan to travel.

If you can, avoid driving late at night when many drunk or tired drivers
are out. And while you may not be able to avoid an accident completely,
be sure to put on your seatbelt to help prevent severe injuries.

At Fieger Law, we’re here to protect your right to pursue
compensation. Our
Michigan car accident lawyers are ready to champion your voice and seek the most favorable outcome possible
on your behalf.

Call us today at (800) 294-6637 or
fill out our online contact form.

QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN HIRING A LAWYER FOR A PERSONAL INJURY CASE

Sep 5, 2019

Sep 5, 2019

attorney shaking hands with a clientAny time you think of a legal battle, it’s easy to feel anxiety and
stress about what to do, what comes next, and how to handle the whole
thing. This is no different in
personal injury law, but when you’re already dealing with your physical and emotional
pain, you don’t want to have to worry about the legal system.

For anybody enduring an injury as a result of someone else’s negligent
actions, it’s imperative to take action and pursue justice and compensation
for any and all damages experienced. As such, you want to know what to
expect, which means having an experienced attorney on your side.

Before you hire just anyone to represent you, though, you want to ensure
you’re asking specific questions to help make the right decision
on your choice of lawyer. Here are some of the questions you should consider
during your consultation to determine if the lawyer is right for you.

Unfortunately, many people want to know the value of their case before
they continue with taking legal action, but this isn’t always possible.
Determining value can be difficult and varies based on a number of different
factors involved in the act that caused your harm and your losses.

When looking at the value of a case, the courts must consider economic
and non-economic damages first and foremost. There is also the possibility
of receiving exemplary damages.

Experience can prove to be very beneficial in any personal injury matter.
It is often the difference between walking away with nothing and winning
the compensation you need to move forward. This is because lawyers with
significant experience have a firm understanding of the courts in the
area, the defendants’ tactics, and the most favorable way to position
your case.

Finding out how much experience an attorney has can give you peace of mind
in a complex time. You don’t want to have to worry about the legal
matters—and having a lawyer with significant experience allows you
to focus on your own health and well-being while negotiations and trial
is being handled by someone who has done it before.