Insurance companies can use information you share on social media to fight your claim for personal injury compensation. There are specific rules on admissible evidence in court or a settlement, social media is a gray area.
It’s safer to be careful with the information you share on your social networks. Follow these quick tips to help avoid issues:
It’s safer to assume anything you post online can be used against you. Because the rules on using social media evidence aren’t clearly defined, it's better to seek immediate legal advice.
For more information talk to the Cedar Park, Round Rock, Georgetown, Burnet, Marble Falls, Austin, and Liberty Hill attorneys of The Valentine Law Firm today. Call us at (512) 300-5240.
Rain has been the cause of thousands of car accidents year in and year out. Our Austin, Central Texas Attorneys know that some of the most heavily populated areas in Texas — Austin, Central Texas, & surrounding areas — have rain periodically during the year, and some people forget how to drive in it. Therefore, drivers need to understand exactly how rain can cause an automobile accident.
A Lot of Drivers Don’t Know How to Drive in the Rain
In bad weather conditions, there are two types of drivers who can significantly increase the risk to others: excessively timid drivers and reckless drivers.
Excessively timid drivers tend to overestimate the danger of weather conditions and drive at unreasonably low speeds. When the weather limits the number of available traffic lanes, such as can happen following heavy rain, this type of driver can cause traffic to back up, increasing the risk of a rear-end accident.
Reckless drivers often ignore the consequences of bad weather and may even think it is a good thing that the weather has forced a lot of other drivers off of the road. Reckless drivers may well drive at full highway speed or greater, even when visibility is low or the roads are drenched. Even with four wheel drive (4WD), cars can still skid. When they lose control on a slippery road, their high speed makes it much more likely for a car accident to occur.
Rain Makes the Road Slippery
Rain can make it more difficult to stay on a roadway, to stop, or to avoid colliding with other vehicles. This is especially true when it first starts raining because roads are their most slippery at the beginning of a rainstorm. When the road first gets wet, oil rises to the surface and creates a greasy surface. If you can’t stop your car in time, that’s when accidents happen.
Rain Decreases Visibility
During rain storms, it can be difficult for drivers to see to see other cars. When rain is combined with dirty water kicked up from the road by other drivers, windshields can quickly become dirty. That is why it is always important to make sure that your car has functional windshield wipers.
Car Accident Prevention Tips For the Rain
1. Drive slower.
This is an obvious but important tip, as it allows for better reaction times. Rainwater causes grease and oil built up on the road to surface and tires traction suffers as a result. If you drive slower, your tire traction will improve and you will also have more time to brake.
2. Keep your eyes on the car ahead of you.
In the rain, it’s often hard to see very far ahead of you. On a clear sunny day, you can see the traffic situation a couple hundred feet down the road and react accordingly. On a rainy day, it helps to watch for the reaction of the driver ahead of you. When he brakes, you brake. Still keep a safe following distance from the car in front because you’ll need to brake more slowly on a slippery road to avoid skidding. So stay as far from the car in front of you as possible while also remaining close enough to keep it in clear sight.
3. Do not brake suddenly.
Sudden braking may cause a skid. Since the roads are slippery, stopping the wheels too quickly may cause them to lose all traction with the road, and an imminent car accident becomes a distinct possibility. In the case that skidding occurs, however, remain calm and do not make sudden turns because doing so may make the skidding even more dangerous. Just try to remain calm and steer straight until you feel the car regain traction.
4. Correctly defog your windows.
The windows on your car might fog, further limiting you visibility. You try to defog with the heater, but that will only further fog up your windows. To defog, keep your air conditioning blowing at both your windshield and your back window. If your car has a defog function, just press the button, and defogging should start automatically.
5. Avoid standing or flood water.
Most roads are built with the middle of the road higher than the sides, so try to stay near the middle of the road where it would be less likely to have a buildup of rainwater. No automobiles can drive through the ocean floor and have firm tire grip in deep water like the sport utility vehicles presented in commercials, so stay away from pools of water. If you do expect to go through standing water, lightly tap the brake pedal beforehand to dry the tire off a little.
Ideally, all rainy car accidents could be prevented if people stopped driving when it rains, but that is an unrealistic assumption. Everyone has things they must attend to, so just keep these tips in mind when driving in the rain. You can always pull over to the side and wait it out if you really think it’s raining too hard to drive. Nothing can make up for the loss of loved one in a fatal car accident, so always yield to safety.
Call Us Now to Maximize Your Auto Accident Settlement
If you’ve been injured in a car accident during the rain that you didn’t cause then call us now at (512)300-5340 for a FREE consultation with an experienced automobile accident attorney as to how we may help you.
Our Cedar Park law firm looks forward to providing good advice so that you can make smart decisions about your case.
Motorcycle accidents often result in life-changing injuries that cost a veritable fortune to treat. Some victims are sidelined from work for months while they recover, and the loss of income puts their financial security in jeopardy. If you were injured or lost a loved one in a motorcycle wreck, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost income, and other damages arising from the accident.
The Texas motorcycle accident lawyers at The Valentine Law Firm will assess your case for free to determine if you have grounds for a claim. Our attorneys know how important this case is to you and your family. We will compassionately represent your interests and aggressively fight for the compensation you deserve.
Importance of Hiring a Texas Motorcycle Accident Attorney Right Away
As if the pain was not enough, there’s a lot to do after a motorcycle crash to give your claim the best chance of resulting in a fair settlement. Many of these tasks need to be completed as soon as possible—while valuable evidence is still available.
You will need strong evidence to prove liability and damages, but much of this evidence might be erased or altered to cover up evidence of negligence. For example, if you were hit by a semi-truck, the truck driver or trucking company might destroy black box data or alter the hours of service log book. If a dashcam or surveillance camera recorded your crash, its footage might be erased before you have a chance to obtain a copy. The less evidence you have to support your claim, the more challenging it will be to recover fair compensation.
The motorcycle accident attorneys at The Valentine Law Firm will guide you through every stage of the claims process from start to finish. We will help you avoid crucial mistakes early in the proceedings that would jeopardize your claim. We will explain the importance of avoiding social media websites, following your doctor’s treatment instructions, tracking your damages, and taking other steps to give your claim the best chance of success.
Proving Negligence & Liability After a Motorcycle Accident in Texas
With many decades of experience in legal practice, the Texas motorcycle accident attorneys at The Valentine Law Firm can determine what evidence will be needed to support your claim. We will get to work immediately and conduct a thorough investigation so we have the strongest case possible case before entering settlement negotiations.
Damages in Texas Motorcycle Accident Cases
Medical bills lost income, and vehicle repairs can add up quickly after a motorcycle wreck. These are called “economic damages,” which are objectively verifiable losses. Economic damages also include loss of earning capacity, home modifications, and other calculable losses you incurred due to your injuries.
You may also be entitled to non-economic damages, which are intangible losses such as emotional distress, loss of society and companionship, loss of consortium, injury to reputation, humiliation, and pain and suffering.
If the driver who caused your accident was fleeing from police, driving while intoxicated, or otherwise acting with fraud, malice, or oppression, exemplary damages (or “punitive damages”) might also be recoverable.
Contact Our Texas Motorcycle Accident Law Firm Today!
The attorneys at The Valentine Law Firm understand how challenging it can be to move on with life after a serious motorcycle crash. We are here to provide you and your family with compassionate and aggressive legal representation through every stage of the claims process. Call us today at 512-300-5240 or fill out our contact form to arrange a free consultation.
If you were seriously injured in a bus accident, you probably have a lot of questions. Can I sue the bus company? Will my case go to trial? What damages can I claim? The Texas bus accident attorneys at The Valentine Law Firm are here to answer your questions and help you determine the most strategic way to proceed with your case.
We are well-versed in the laws that govern bus accident claims in Texas. With many years of experience in legal practice, our attorneys have the skills and resources to help you and your family fight for the maximum compensation. Call us today at (512) 300-5240 for a free consultation.
We Handle All Types of Bus Accident Cases in Texas.
Each bus accident case is unique. There are countless factors that contribute to these collisions, and victims can suffer a variety of severe injuries including brain trauma, broken bones, soft tissue injuries, internal organ damage, and many others. The bus accident lawyers at The Valentine Law Firm handle all types of bus accident cases including:
Determining liability is often more complicated after bus accidents than after collisions involving regular vehicles. Besides the driver, there are many other parties who may be liable for your damages, and it is possible that multiple parties share a percentage of fault.
The Texas bus accident lawyers at The Valentine Law Firm will review the evidence to determine which parties may be liable for your damages. Those parties might include:
The Texas bus accident attorneys at The Valentine Law Firm have seen firsthand just how devious insurance companies can be when it comes time to file a claim. They employ all sorts of tactics to reduce their liability and find reasons to undervalue and deny claims. Our lawyers will help you stay one step ahead of the insurance company and avoid critical mistakes that would derail your case.
DO NOT SPEAK TO THE INSURANCE ADJUSTER until you have consulted an attorney from The Valentine Law Firm. You might be coerced into making a recorded statement that can be used against you. It is also advisable that you stay off social media until your case has been resolved.
During your free initial consultation, our attorneys will explain the steps you should take (and the mistakes you must avoid) to give your claim the best chance of success.
Discuss Your Case with a Texas Bus Accident Attorney Today
The bus accident lawyers at The Valentine Law Firm are here to help you and your family pursue justice and the maximum compensation. To learn more about our law firm or to schedule a free consultation, call us today at (512) 300-5240 or fill out our contact form to reach us online.