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Safe driving tips for this holiday season

Family gatherings, Black Friday and trips to grandma’s house are common during the holiday season in Michigan. With millions of people on the roadways, there is often heightened congestion and frustration. At the Adler Firm, PLCC, we have experience representing clients who have been in car accidents as a result of distracted or negligent driving.

Pay attention to symptoms after a car accident

Drivers and passengers in Michigan who have been involved in an accident often have to deal with a lot of stuff afterwards. Besides exchanging information with the other drivers involved and filling out an accident report, there is dealing with the insurance company and making arrangements for vehicle repair. If a minor ache or pain is noticed, it is possible the victim will not do anything about it because it may not seem like a big deal. Unfortunately, symptoms sometimes take a little while to show up and, if not taken care of, they can lead to more serious issues. Car accident victims should be aware of these symptoms so they can get the necessary medical help.

How does prescription drug use affect driving?

It is a well-known fact to the majority of drivers in Michigan that driving after drinking alcohol comes with dire consequences. Many of them also realize that driving under the influence of illegal drugs is a terrible idea. However, there is a little more confusion when it comes to driving after taking prescription drugs. Because they are prescribed by a doctor for a specific condition, many do not think twice before getting behind the wheel while under their effects, but doing so can lead to the same consequences as a DUI.

Examining your financial needs after a crash

When people think about some of the consequences that car accident victims face, they may focus on the physical consequences of a crash (such as a brain injury or broken bone) or the emotional pain that families experience when they lose a loved one. While these are extremely difficult consequences that shatter the lives of car crash victims, there are many other ways in which victims’ lives are turned upside down. For example, someone who is recovering from a motor vehicle collision may be struggling with a wide variety of financial problems.

Teenagers and distracted driving

Drivers in Michigan are at high risk for driving distracted, and this can lead to serious accidents. Teenagers, especially, are at fault for many types of distractions, mostly due to phone use. To cut down on accidents, there are a number of laws and programs that have been developed to help.

Potholes, downed signs, and traffic light outages

There are a wide variety of hazards on roads across the country, from the negligent behavior of other drivers to inclement weather. However, there are other risks that drivers should be mindful of, such as downed signs, traffic light outages, potholes, and related problems. While some may not think these pose too much of a threat, they can increase the likelihood of a collision that proves fatal or results in devastating injuries. As a result, it is pivotal to watch out for these problems whenever you get behind the wheel.

Recognize a traumatic brain injury before it's too late

Traumatic brain injury is a serious issue that can impact quality of life or even result in loss of life if it is not treated swiftly enough. According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 30 percent of traumatic brain injuries result from automobile accidents. After a minor fender-bender it can be tempting to walk away thinking you only sustained a minor bump to your head, perhaps against the steering wheel or seat. However, due to the unpredictable nature of traumatic brain injuries, it is best to take advantage of Michigan's no-fault insurance laws to seek the best possible diagnosis, treatment and preventative care.

PTSD after a work-related traffic accident

People are hurt while working in many ways, some of which may occur on the road. It is important to bear in mind that the consequences of work-related traffic collisions may extend beyond immediate financial challenges (hospital bills and lost wages) as well as injuries and physical pain. In some instances, a worker who is involved in a crash while carrying out his or her job responsibilities may develop post-traumatic stress disorder. PTSD can be particularly hard for injured workers and those they love, which is why this part of workplace accidents should not be overlooked.

Is it still a hit and run if you don't hit a person?

The night is dark and you may be tired, intoxicated or simply inattentive. The next thing you know you have missed a turn-off and crashed your car right into someone else's parked vehicle, or perhaps a fence or parking meter. Your car is still operational enough to drive, and no one saw you. No one was hurt, even though you may have damaged Michigan public property. You should be safe to drive away and report the incident to your insurance provider later, right?

How does no-fault insurance apply to car accidents?

Of course you know that it is Michigan law to insure your vehicle, as it is in any other state. But did you know that Michigan is unique among other states in its expectation and application of no-fault insurance? But just what is no-fault insurance, and how does it apply to car accidents and personal injury?

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