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5 Tips to Avoid Auto Accidents This Holiday Weekend

Labor Day weekend demands especially careful driving to avoid auto accidents. While not all car accidents can be avoided, you can reduce your chances of ending up a victim. The National Highway and Transportation Administration says that Labor Day weekend is among the ten most dangerous times to be driving. Even running errands can be more dangerous this weekend. If you can’t stay at home, here are some tips for safe driving.

Tip 1 – Avoid driving between midnight and 3 a.m. and be very cautious on rural roads.

The National Highway and Transportation Administration says that night driving, in general, is more dangerous than daytime driving. The most dangerous hours are those between midnight and 3 a.m. when there is a higher percentage of drivers under the influence. Ironically but logically, the safest time to be on the road is between 4 and 6 a.m.

If you are planning a camping trip or other events that include driving on country roads be particularly careful. It seems counterintuitive, doesn’t it? We think of freeways with their crowding and high speeds as being more dangerous. Yet, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that fatal accidents happen 2.5 times more often on rural roads than highways. They say that drivers tend to drive faster for the conditions on rural roads and a much lower percentage of drivers wear seat belts.

Tips 2 & 3 – Make sure you are driving sober and slow down.

As you know, there will be more drivers under the influence this weekend. Thus, in addition to avoiding the peak hours for drunk drivers, it’s most important to make sure you have no drugs or alcohol in your system when you drive. That will allow you extra moments to react to reckless drivers. Slowing down also accomplishes the same result. It gives you extra time to take evasive action.

Tip 4 – Avoid distractions.

Of course, distracted driving is now illegal in Washington State. And, I know that we are all are constantly tempted. It is especially hard when we are going somewhere new and using our phones to navigate. We are certainly more likely to do that on holiday weekends. If possible, use voice navigation only. When necessary pull off the road to txt or make calls.

Yet, mobile phones aren’t the only source of distraction. Driving with children can be even more distracting. You know the routine. “Mom, make brother stop looking at me.” And then there’s escaping from seat belts and outright fighting. Make it a policy to pull over any time a distraction develops and resolve the situation before you continue traveling.

Tip 5 – Make sure your auto is in top shape.

Once again, avoiding accidents depend on quick responses. Make sure your equipment is in great shape. In addition, we’ve just had two weeks of smoke-filled air. Clean your headlights, taillights and signal lights. Also, give even your side windows a good cleaning, so you have an unimpeded view.

As Kitsap County attorneys we know all too well that there are too many ways that we all can be harmed. Please do all you can to be as safe as you can. And, if the worst happens to you, we stand ready to guide you through the legal process to better times.

If you are injured, call or message our personal injury attorneys.

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Premises Liability – slip and fall

Premises Liability attorneys work to make sure you get a fair settlement

When you suffer an injury due to an accident on someone else’s property, don’t assume the insurance company will cover the cost of medical bills. Often their offers are far lower than what you need to get well. Often they deny your claim and claim that you are at fault.

When such a situation occurs, call a premises liability attorney at GSJones Law Group, P.S. Our responsive and experienced legal team has served Port Orchard, WA and the whole Kitsap County area for 20 years. We work on your behalf to get a fair settlement. We have experience in all aspects of personal injury practice, including reading medical reports, applying the law and fighting like tigers to get you what you deserve. For instance, in Washington State, very few claims can be denied because the injured person is at fault.

What kinds of accidents?

Premises liability deals with injuries that occur on either private or public property. The injury usually occurs because of some dangerous condition that you were not aware of before the accident, but that the property owner knew about and failed to correct.

Property owners have a responsibility to ensure their invited guests are reasonably safe while on the property. This means they usually need to take steps to repair defects on the property. For example, if a guest slips and falls on the sidewalk because the owner didn’t de-ice the ground, the owner could be found negligent, which is where a slip and fall attorney comes in.

Other common causes of injury on private or public property include:

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  • Poor building security
  • Broken or uneven floors
  • Toxic materials

Remember that the existence of these elements does not automatically mean the property owner was negligent. A premises liability lawyer examines the situation and determines whether or not the owner knew of the problem and refused to take steps to remedy the situation. Figuring out who was at fault for your accident is an important step towards getting you compensation.

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More information…

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Guide To Personal Injury Cases