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Watch what you say at the scene of a car accident

After a car accident, you may have difficulty knowing how to respond and interact with the other parties at the scene while keeping your rights protected. This is normal, but it is important to remember that the way that you behave after an accident may have a significant impact on a subsequent legal claim.

After a car accident, the things you say and the actions you take at the scene may affect the outcome significantly. It is wise to remain calm, avoid speaking to other parties as much as possible, and seek medical care as soon as you can. Even if you do not believe that you suffered any injuries, you may have injuries you cannot yet feel. The sooner that you receive medical care, the sooner you can begin recovering and getting back to your normal life.

Avoid bicycle-on-bicycle crashes with these tips

Motorcyclists and vehicle drivers must maintain auto insurance to protect themselves and others in the event of an injurious accident. This insurance is especially important to make sure enough money is available to pay for the medical care of victims who get hurt in a collision due to no fault of their own. Bicyclist, however, are not required to have insurance.

This is why a bicycle-on-bicycle accident can be problematic from a legal perspective. When an insured motorist injures a bicyclist, the bicyclist can pursue compensation in court, and the bicyclist has a realistic expectation to receive damages provided that the bicyclist has effective legal representation. Pursuing damages from an uninsured, at-fault bicyclist, on the other hand, comes with the risk of the bicyclist not having enough money to pay the damages.

3 things to know about dooring crashes

As someone who enjoys riding your bike, you may already be familiar with the term, "dooring." Dooring is when a driver opens his or her door into your lane of travel without looking. Since you have no time to stop, you'll hit the door and be thrown from your bicycle.

Dooring accidents take place too often to overlook them. Here are a few quick facts to keep in mind.

What should I do immediately after a bicycle crash with a car?

Bicyclists can do a lot to stay safe and avoid accidents with automobiles on the road. However, at a certain point, there is a limit to what a bicyclist can do to prevent a crash. Motorists are often distracted, looking at their cellphones, speeding or breaking the rules of the road. Sometimes, car drivers create dangerous situations for bicyclists on purpose by intimidating bicyclists and even trying to run them off the road.

If you were involved in any kind of bicycle versus car collision, no matter the circumstances, keep reading. The following advice is for you.

Bicycle accident prevention: Avoid 'the crosswalk slam'

As a pedestrian or bicyclist, you would think that crossing a street in a crosswalk is the safest way to get from A to B, but don't let the supposed safety of crosswalks fool you. Drivers do not always look out for bicyclists and pedestrians at crosswalks and intersections - and numerous catastrophic accidents happen as a result of this.

Fortunately, as a bicyclist, there are a few things you can do to avoid a crosswalk bicycle accident.

After a pedestrian accident, emergency care is a must

As a pedestrian, there is one thing you want to avoid at all costs: a collision with a motor vehicle.

Due to the size of the vehicle and the fact that you have no protection, there's a good chance that this type of accident will cause serious injury or even death.

What are the primary causes of pedestrian accidents?

As pedestrian, you may enjoy the fact that you don't have to fight traffic, waste money on gas, or deal with other drivers.

However, there's something you should always remember: You could be part of a pedestrian accident at some point. The thought of this alone should be enough for you to want to learn more about the most common causes of these accidents. Here are some of the many things drivers can do that put you in a bad spot:

  • Distracted driving, which can include things such as texting and talking on the phone
  • Speeding
  • Disobeying traffic signals and signs
  • Failing to yield to a pedestrian at a crosswalk
  • Failing to use a turn signal
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Disregarding traffic or weather conditions

Are you in pain hours after a cycling collision with a car?

As a cyclist, you must constantly remain aware of drivers around you, even in areas with bike-friendly features or protections. The unfortunate truth is, despite increasing awareness of cyclists, collisions with cars and other vehicles do happen.

When a car accident happens, you may regain composure and believe that you are fine, apart from light scrapes and bruises. However, sometimes, pain arises after some time, indicating a delayed onset injury. This can create a difficult situation if you find that you actually did sustain an injury that you did not identify at the scene of the accident.

Chicago bicycle law and the 'common' motorist

A couple months ago, Chicago passed a new law to improve bicycle safety. The motivation for the law was two-fold: Increase safety for bicyclists and increase traffic flow. The law allows motorists to pass bicyclists in otherwise no-passing areas and it also lets bicyclists ride on the shoulders of roads.

According to the chief programs officer of the bicycle safety group, "Ride Illinois," the new law legalizes certain practices that have become commonplace for motorists and bicyclists.

It's important to follow these holiday driving tips

There is a very good chance you will find yourself on the road during the holiday season. It doesn't matter if you are visiting family in the local area or driving across the state or country, you need to remember one thing: Your safety and well-being should always come first.

Although there is no guaranteed way to avoid trouble on the road, there are some holiday driving tips you can use to your advantage. Here are several to keep in mind:

  • Never drink and drive - As tempted as you may be, you don't want to consume alcohol and then get behind the wheel of your vehicle.
  • Get enough sleep before you hit the road - If you're taking a long road trip, make sure you get enough sleep before you depart. Neglecting to do so increases the likelihood of dozing off and causing an accident.
  • Inspect your vehicle - This may not be important if you're traveling locally, but if you're taking a road trip you need to make sure your vehicle is prepared.
  • Learn how to eliminate distractions - For example, you can put your cellphone in the glove box while you're driving. This will help you fight the urge to send a text message or check your email while you're behind the wheel.
  • Have a plan of action - In the event of an emergency or crash, be prepared and know what to do.

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