bookmark_borderWhen to Call Your Lawyer After a Vehicle Collision

Nobody desires to get into an accident or is ready for a collision when one occurs. In the United States alone, over 30,000 people die from car collisions each year. Of course, that doesn’t count the 2 million individuals who annually suffer injuries from wrecks. Many of these people end up requiring a vehicle collision lawyer.

Even if you are not suing another person responsible for the car accident, you may require the help of an attorney to receive the funds you need from your insurance company. But it helps to know just when you should give your lawyer a call. In this article, we will discuss the situations that warrant a call to your lawyer after a vehicle collision.

  1. Serious Injury

After the car accident, did you or anyone in your vehicle suffer broken bones, injuries that may cause permanent physical problems, or hospitalization? If so, this is a time when you should contact an attorney.

  1. Death

If an individual involved in the collision died as a result of the crash, contact a lawyer immediately. Falk & Falk says this is recommended whether the deceased person was a passenger to your vehicle or of the opposing car in the wreck.

  1. Fault

When it’s clear which party to the collision is at fault, it is a good idea to seek legal guidance.

  1. Inaccurate Police Report

If the police report has been made using inaccurate information, this can negatively impact the outcome of your claim. For example, if the report states you at fault when this is not the case, you will need the help of an attorney to aid you in fighting the case.

  1. Insurance Problems

If a vehicle involved in the collision was not insured, or if you did not pay your premium/limits of insurance are too low, call an attorney to help.

  1. Other Attorneys are Involved

Should anyone else involved in the car accident call an attorney, you do not want to face the case without a lawyer of your own.

  1. Additional Parties

In the instance of other involved persons, such as those in another vehicle or even pedestrians, it is a good idea to seek out legal counsel.

Of course, other circumstances would be better handled with the help of an attorney. These include times when you are not sure of your rights, stuck in negotiations with your insurance company, and when you are not sure of the good faith of your insurance company.

bookmark_borderMotor Vehicle Rules For Bike Lanes

It’s important to understand that a bike is considered to be a vehicle motor, or not. That being said, it’s important that motorized vehicles stay out of bike lanes. These are two different types of transportation and they don’t go at the same speed or work in the same fashion. Today, more than ever, more areas are designing bike lanes to help improve the flow of traffic.

At no time, other than to make a right-hand turn, are motorized vehicles allowed to be in a bike lane. Many people mistakenly think that since the lane is there, they can pass another vehicle on the left. This is a very dangerous practice and, it’s against the law.

There are different ways that a bike lane will designate an intersection depending on where you’re located. Some will have dotted lines, others will retain the solid white line that designates a bike lane, and others will stop several feet from the intersection and then start up again after the intersection.

According to the letter of the law, motorized vehicles are to make their right-hand turns from as close to the curb as possible, however, this can present a huge challenge when there is a bike lane and many motorists are failing to check over their right shoulder to ensure that there aren’t any bicyclists coming.

Regardless, it’s up to the motorized vehicle to know where the bike is at and to maintain proper safety procedures at all times. It’s easy to assume that the motorized vehicle has the right-of-way, however, this isn’t the case. Just as a four-way stop works by having the driver on the right go first, the bike has the right-of-way.

Unfortunately, not all motorists understand this so it’s often up to the bicyclist to ensure their safety by keeping an eye on the motorized vehicles. There have been many recorded accidents where a motorized car has turned in front of a bicyclist and caused a serious accident.

As a general rule of thumb, it’s wise to regard all traffic as you would like them to regard you. Common respect and courtesy dictate that you use caution at all times when making a right-hand turn and there is a bike lane. If there is a bicyclist coming, stop with a turn signal on and wait for them to pass unless it is safe to pass before they arrive at the intersection.

Safety rules and guidelines should be followed at all times when driving a motorized vehicle.