August 2018 Archives

Reviewing nighttime visibility requirements for cyclists

Depending on the conditions, your bicycle can often get you to where you need to go in Shelby as easily as any other vehicle (and at a much cheaper price). Yet deciding to travel on the road on a bike brings with it risks, chief among those being the hazards posed by motorists. In many of the bicycle accident cases that we here at The Gold Law Firm assist with, a common refrain we hear from the drivers involved is that they never saw the bicyclists they hit (such a defense is typical when accidents occur at night). While yes, you want to ensure that you are doing all you can to make yourself visible on the road, the law does not place the impetus on your being seen solely on your shoulders. 

Eating behind the wheel: a dangerous distraction

Many in Shelby may perceive dangerous driving to only include those practices that are blatantly negligent, such as being intoxicated or texting while behind the wheel. In reality, there are a number of other actions that many undertake while driving that can also impair their abilities. Chief among these is eating while driving. Most consider eating to be such a natural action that it requires little to no thought at all. Yet when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration lists the actions that can be most distracting to drivers, it includes eating right near the top. 

Phantom accidents are a driver’s nightmare

Phantom accidents are about as scary as it sounds. A driver behaves recklessly and puts you in harm’s way without even touching your vehicle. Maybe they caused you to swerve out of your lane, which resulted in you crashing into a pole, tree or ditch. By this point, the driver is long gone. Who is going to deal with this mess?

Considerations when contemplating an insurance settlement

You know that insurers do not remain in business by paying out on every claim; thus, an offer of a settlement from an insurance company following an accident should be expected. Yet just how hard should your stance be on accepting a settlement? As we here at The Gold Law Firm tell many of our clients in Shelby County, an insurance settlement offer is not something to always be summarily dismissed out-of-hand. 

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