Common Causes of Road Accidents Every Novice Driver Should Be Aware Of

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Car accidents happen every day all over the world. There are many different reasons why drivers get in accidents; some easily prevented while others are unpredictable. It is sad, however, that these accidents often claim a lot of damages regarding the monetary value of all vehicles involved. It also causes a lot of trouble, not just to the driver but his passengers and pedestrians as well. It does not only cause damage to properties, but it could also severely hurt and even claim the lives of people. 

For those types of accidents that can be prevented, it is best to know about them so you can avoid them. No one wants to be in a car accident. And other things you need to consider are your passengers and other innocent bystanders who could get hurt because of a mistake you make. The following factors cause most accidents: 

Inclement Weather

One reason for many accidents is inclement weather. Drivers are advised to drive carefully at all times, especially if there is heavy snowfall or rain. Snow and rain have a tendency to make the road slippery, thus, making it highly accident-prone. When the weather is terrible, you should consider driving slower than usual and give extra attention to the road. Better yet, postpone your trip unless it’s very important. 

Irresponsible Driving

Even if you are a careful driver, some people, on the other hand, are irresponsible when it comes to their driving. And this kind of driving can lead to road accidents. Reckless driving happens if a driver is too fast when changing lanes, or driving too close to other vehicles, or tailgating. These kinds of drivers are often impatient in traffic and will try to get ahead if he or she sees an opening, which often leads to accidents.

Beating Red Lights

Similar to reckless driving, beating the red light is a type of road violation where a driver doesn’t follow traffic signals, especially traffic lights. It’s easy to remember what the lights signify: green means go. Amber or yellow means slow down. And red means you have to do a full stop. However, some hard-headed drivers ignore both the yellow and red lights. Instead of slowing down or stopping, they drive faster instead. This recklessness can often lead to a car accident. Always look and strictly follow road signs and traffic lights to avoid road accidents.

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Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is said to be the leading cause of car crashes in the United States. When we say distracted driving, the reason is comprehensive. There are many possibilities for why a driver is distracted. Did you know that many terrible accidents were caused by just a split second of inattention? Simple things such as checking your phone, texting or calling, eating food, putting on makeup, checking on bags, and many more are common causes of distracted driving. If you are doing any of these, it is best to stop them before you regret the consequences. If you need to use your phone or if you want to eat some food, parking on the side for a few minutes will not kill you.

Driving While Intoxicated

Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) is another common reason for car crashes, especially in Florida. And the rate of such accidents often increases during the holidays as parties and drinking sessions are everywhere, and most of the time, it is irresistible to stop drinking. No one is preventing you from drinking to your heart’s content as long as you’re responsible enough to plan how you’ll get home. Most people who attend parties in groups assign a designated driver, someone who promises to remain sober and drive the rest of the group safely home. A first DWI offense may not be severe, but other consequences of drunk driving may be dire. It is best if you try to take a cab or sleepover if you are alone and severely intoxicated. 

Over Speeding

Accidents due to over speeding are often the result of being in a hurry. Many of us lead a hectic lifestyle that we need to run from one place to another most of the time. However, you have to consider that exceeding the speed limit of the road you are traversing is dangerous, and you might get in an accident that will cause you a lot of trouble and pain. Whenever you travel, even when the roads are clear, do not exceed the speed limit. Those limits are there for a reason. They are dependent on the make and purpose of the drive, as well as its terrain.

Driving at Night

Driving during the day has its risks. These risks are doubled at night. At night, many drivers have trouble seeing what’s up ahead on the road, making it difficult to anticipate as they drive towards it. It is essential to slow down and switch to defensive driving during the night to lessen the risk of a road accident.

Counter Flowing

Similar to not following road signs, counterflowing is a traffic violation by going in the wrong direction. For example, entering a one-way street will cause distraction and confusion both to you and to the other drivers coming in the opposite direction. To avoid accidents and traffic violations, make sure to pay attention to road signs, and follow them to avoid traffic violations and accidents.

Not Using Winter Tires

Roads tend to become slippery during winter due to the snow. It is vital to change your regular tires into winter tires for added safety. After all, winter tires are designed to help the car have a smooth drive during winter. It makes your car easier to control on a slippery road. 

Tire Blowouts

If your car tires are more than three years old or already worn out, then you might want to consider replacing them with new ones. Not changing your old tires will only increase your chances of getting into a road accident in the future since your car may experience a tire blowout. 

Street Racing

Street racing may look cool, especially in movies. This is why a lot of people, often young ones, seek to try drifting and racing if they can. However, racing without proper knowledge and experience would only cause you to get into a road accident, especially if you are going to try this on public roads.

As a novice driver, you should focus on learning all the traffic rules and regulations first and follow all the road and traffic signs. Moreover, don’t forget those common road accidents mentioned above so you can avoid them at all costs. If you ever get into serious trouble like a car accident, you can ask for help from experienced car injury lawyers, such as Dennis Hernandez and Associates, Florida, for legal advice.

DENNIS HERNANDEZ

Dennis started practicing law at just 23 years old. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Duke University and continued to earn law degrees from Florida State University College of Law and Harvard Law School. Blessed with multiple associations, memberships and awards, Dennis graduated from the Trial Lawyers College. Mr. Hernandez is one of only 1,378 attorneys who claim this distinction. In 1996, he founded firm Dennis Hernandez & Associates, P.A., which concentrates in the areas of personal injury, medical malpractice and product liability. Dennis is admitted to practice law in all State of Florida courts, The Supreme Court of the United States, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh District, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

February 25, 2020 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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6 Qualities to Look for in Your Criminal Lawyer

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It’s usually not the best of time in one’s life when he visits a criminal lawyer. Nonetheless, most of us have to go through this at least once in life. It can be pretty exhausting and confusing to find a person who will be your tongue in the court. If that person doesn’t do his job right, you are likely to end up in a lot of trouble. You should take the proper time to find one criminal lawyer that has all the right qualities.

One with the Passion

A man with passion can do a better job than one with formal education and profession. You should look for a lawyer who is not only an educated professional lawyer but also loves his work. He will put more effort and push his limits to get the best results. A passionless man would only care about the money. As long as he gets his payment, he wouldn’t care much about your case.

Experience is a Must

Even the most highly educated law graduates from prestigious institutes have no value in the court until they get practical experience. Find a lawyer that has proven experiences of many years. He would know better how the court matters work. Criminal defence barristers have to predict all possible outcomes and attacks of the opposition to prepare their case. A rookie lawyer wouldn’t have this skill.

Works only Criminal Cases

All experience is not the same when it comes to court cases. A professional dealing with divorce cases would have a basic understanding of the criminal cases but can’t fight them effectively. That’s why you should only count the experience of criminal cases. If possible, find a lawyer that only deals with such cases and knows every nook and cranny of this field.

Has a Team

Fighting a criminal case in the court is not a one person job. The lawyer will be the one presenting your case, but it takes a lot of research and work to prepare that presentation. You should also meet with paralegals and other administrative staff at the office of the lawyer. Look for another professional if he doesn’t have a team or you don’t feel comfortable with them.

Makes only Realistic Promises

Some unprofessional lawyers would say anything to get the work. They will make promises that they can’t keep. These are the kind of people you need to stay most away from. Look for a lawyer who would only promise what he can deliver. He won’t misguide you and tell you everything you need to know. If there is a risk involved, he will guide you prior hand and give advice that is best in your interest.

Has a Good Reputation

A criminal defence lawyer working in the field for years would have a good name. You are likely to find reviews from many different people if you meet an experienced lawyer. Make sure you ask around to learn about his reputation and past cases.

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Monday morning with Alex Williams’ cartoons

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This cartoon is by Alex Williams who draws the Queen’s Counsel cartoons for The Times and in numerous books including The Queen’s Counsel Lawyer’s Omnibus. He offers almost all of his cartoons for sale at £120 for originals and £40 for copies and they can be obtained from this email info@qccartoon.com.

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Monday morning with Alex Williams’ cartoons

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Knowing the Difference Between a DUI and an OUI in Rhode Island

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If you’ve come across these two acronyms, DUI and OUI, you will know that these are closely related but are not exactly alike. DUI stands for Driving Under the Influence, and OUI stands for Operating Under the Influence. These two are both punishable by law as misdemeanors for the first two times and as a felony for the third time. The main difference between the two is that OUI doesn’t necessarily require the person to be driving for law enforcement to make a stop and an arrest.

So what exactly is an OUI? If you were slapped with an OUI in Rhode Island, this means you were found behind the wheel of a vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of higher than .08. You don’t need to be driving for this to happen. If you were parked on the side of the road or in a parking lot and your keys are in your car’s ignition while you are intoxicated, you can be arrested for OUI.

The reason why you can be arrested for OUI even if you’re not driving, and are parked and sleeping the alcohol off, is because of the keys in the ignition. With your keys in the ignition, it indicates the intent to drive. If your keys are not in the ignition, this means you have no plan to drive off while you’re intoxicated.

What Happens When You Get Arrested for DUI or OUI in Rhode Island?

Whether you are stopped on the road for driving while intoxicated or for operating under the influence, the penalties are pretty much the same for both. Rhode Island follows a three-tier system when it comes to the penalties meted for such offenses. These are as follows:

Tier 1 Offense – BAC is .08 to .10 – This can get you a fine of at least $100, possibility of up to a year in jail, suspension of your license of up to 180 days, and community service of up to 60 hours. You might also be asked to enroll in a driving school because of this and be asked to attend alcohol treatment programs.

Tier 2 Offense – BAC is .11 to .15 – This can get you a fine of around $400 and possibly up to one year in jail. Just like with a tier-one offense, you can get your license suspended, be asked to take driving lessons, attend alcohol treatment programs, and do community service up to 60 hours.

Tier 3 Offense – BAC is higher than .15 – This can get you a fine of upwards of $800 and a license suspension of up to one year. You can also expect the same penalties as the other two tiers, but with longer times for community service and up to one year in jail.

Aside from this tiered approach to OUI and DUI, repeat offenders will find themselves being slapped with stiffer penalties and longer jail sentences if found guilty. First time and second-time offenders will go away with a misdemeanor but those who are arrested for a third time due to an OUI or DUI will be charged with a felony. This usually comes with higher fines and penalties plus possible jail time of more than a year. License suspension for those who are repeat offenders will also be longer, with third-time offenders getting up to three years suspension.

Those who are arrested for second and third offenses will also be asked to attend mandatory drug and alcohol treatments. Fines for repeat offenders will also be higher, with the lowest possible penalty being $1,200 for second-time offenders and up to $5,000 for third-time offenders.

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This cartoon is by Alex Williams who draws the Queen’s Counsel cartoons for The Times and in numerous books including The Queen’s Counsel Lawyer’s Omnibus. He offers almost all of his cartoons for sale at £120 for originals and £40 for copies and they can be obtained from this email info@qccartoon.com.

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Monday morning with Alex Williams’ cartoons

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This cartoon is by Alex Williams who draws the Queen’s Counsel cartoons for The Times and in numerous books including The Queen’s Counsel Lawyer’s Omnibus. He offers almost all of his cartoons for sale at £120 for originals and £40 for copies and they can be obtained from this email info@qccartoon.com.

January 27, 2020 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Monday morning with Alex Williams’ cartoons

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This cartoon is by Alex Williams who draws the Queen’s Counsel cartoons for The Times and in numerous books including The Queen’s Counsel Lawyer’s Omnibus. He offers almost all of his cartoons for sale at £120 for originals and £40 for copies and they can be obtained from this email info@qccartoon.com.

January 20, 2020 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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Monday morning with Alex Williams’ cartoons

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This cartoon is by Alex Williams who draws the Queen’s Counsel cartoons for The Times and in numerous books including The Queen’s Counsel Lawyer’s Omnibus. He offers almost all of his cartoons for sale at £120 for originals and £40 for copies and they can be obtained from this email info@qccartoon.com.

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