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September 28, 2021

5 WAYS TO PREVENT AUTO ACCIDENTS

No matter how much people try to avoid auto accidents they happen. Especially in Greenville, NC, with East Carolina University back in session, there are more students and drivers on our roadways. There are many types of collisions, from rear-end accidents to DUI accidents or simple fender bender crashes can can range in severity and intensity. Safe driving goes a long way to improving your safety.

HERE ARE SOME TIPS ON PREVENTING AUTO COLLISIONS:

Obey our traffic lights and stop signs – You should always come to a complete stop at red traffic lights and stop signs. Running a red light increases your risk of being involved in an accident and possibly causing a wrongful death due to a side-impact accident or rollover collisions. To avoid these types of accidents, always come to a complete stop and look both ways for oncoming cars before proceeding.

Keep your distance – Make sure you drive a safe distance from the car in front of you so if they suddenly stop you will not rear-end them. It is recommended to you leave one full car length per 10 miles per hour  between your car and the one in front of you.

Don’t get distracted – Distracted driving is the number one cause of auto crashes. Distracted driving is when you take your attention or eyes  off the road (texting, talking, changing the radio station, etc.).

Use your turn signals – Making unsafe lane changes can be dangerous to both you, and the drivers around you. To prevent auto collisions use your right and left turn signals and always check your blind spots before changing lanes.

Never drive drowsy – Tired driving is not discussed nearly enough. Drowsy driving can be as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. When you drive tired there are similar side effects just like if you were to drive under the influence. If you find yourself behind the wheel and feel yourself wanting to fall asleep, pull over, take a nap or get a room for the evening.

It’s important while on the road to pay attention to your driving and those around you. Stay alert so you can try to prevent any possible collisions that may occur.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident, call Hardee, Massey & Blodgett, LLP after you’ve contacted authorities and received medical treatment. Call our team at 252-378-2525 for help with your next steps on moving forward.

September 22, 2021

WHAT TO DO IF YOUR TEEN IS IN AN ACCIDENT?

Every parent dreads answering the phone and hearing that their teenage driver as been involved in an accident. Here are five steps you can take if your daughter or son has been involved in an accident.

1. Address their health

The most important thing you need to do after the accident is determine if your child has sustained any injuries. The body releases adrenalin and other chemicals during a crash, these can temporarily mask symptoms of the accident, so you need to make sure your teenager receives medical attention and is checked for unseen injuries.

2. Go to the accident scene

Meet your child at the accident to not only provide emotional support, but to see first-hand what happened at the scene of the accident.

3. Take photos of the scene

Make sure your teen driver knows that they should take pictures of the accident with their phone if you are not there to do so. They need to take lots of pictures of the scene, damage to any and all vehicles and street signs or other things that may be of importance down the road.

4. Prepare a checklist

Once you arrive at the scene of the accident and check on your child’s health, go through the checklist below:

  • Ensure your child exchanged contact and insurance information with the other drivers. Remind your son or daughter not to discuss the accident or the cause of the accident with anyone at the scene. They only need to speak with you and an attorney.
  • Make sure the police and emergency personnel were contacted if there are obvious signs of injuries at the scene of the accident.
  • Note when the accident occurred as well as details such as weather and road conditions.
  • Get the contact information from all witnesses at the scene of the accident.

5. Seek an attorney and compensation

Your teenage driver may see a doctor and there could be additional medical costs associated with those visits. The next step if for you to contact an attorney who specializes in accidents and then file an insurance company claim.

Remember that if a negligent driver was responsible for your child’s injuries, your child could be entitled to compensation to cover those medical expenses and more. This is why you need to contact an attorney. The experienced personal injury attorneys at Hardee, Massey & Blodgett, LLP are available 24/7 and all consultations are free. Put our team to work for you and your family.

September 17, 2021

IS PTSD FROM A CAR ACCIDENT POSSIBLE?

If you’ve been involved in a severe car crash, you may be dealing with lingering physical issues that could include broken bones and spinal cord injuries which are easy to see. However, mental scars are harder to identify. PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, can affect anyone who has been injured in a car accident.
Severity and Impact

The American Academy of Family Physicians says that the most common symptoms of PTSD include confusion, fear and changes in mood. And, the more severe that the crash was the greater chance that you could have lingering emotional issues from the car crash.

If you’ve had trauma from other events in your life that along with the crash could increase your chances of developing PTSD. Even fairly minor crashes can cause mental anguish – and there there is no answer on how an accident is going to affect someone and possibly cause PTSD.

Emotional complexities

After an accident, you could become hesitant to ride in a car for fear of another accident. Memories of the accident could linger in your head and those memories could cause you to avoid getting into a car even once you’ve physically recovered,

Thinking about an issue over and over is a common sign of PTSD. These can put a strain on your life and your daily routine, especially if it is left untreated. If you have a family history of psychological issues, you could have an increased risk of developing PTSD or if you were severely stressed during the time of the accident that could also trigger PTSD.

You may think that feelings of fear or confusion will naturally fade away. However, with PTSD, emotions like this could actually increase and become more of a strain. Trauma from a severe car accident is serious, if you are struggling with these types of issues after a car accident you should seek help.

 

September 14, 2021

COMMON RV ACCIDENT CAUSES

Since COVID-19 began in 2020, many individuals are seeking alternative forms of entertainment and travel. A popular way to travel and a spend time with the family was with a recreational vehicle (RV).

COVID-19 also brought new work-from-home policies from many businesses which allowed individuals to consider working remotely from an RV.  RV rentals and purchases saw a huge increase with rentals services noting their bookings increases to to 50 percent.

RV accidents are not uncommon because recreational vehicles are prone to issues such as extended breaking distance, lack of maneuverability and blind spots. RV’s do not have to go through rollover and crash tests. And, even the ones that do receive crash tests are performed on the frames that the RVs are built, but RVs.

Safety in crashes depends on factors such as the type of collision, RV class and where passengers are located. In a minor fender bender, the large Class A motor homes may be the safest when passengers are seated. However, for all-around safety, Class B camper vans are the best choice.

Most RVs are not designed to take significant impact from either the side, front or rear. Add-ons like tables, TVs, tables and other items that are loosely-anchored can hit passengers and cause harm during an accident. If passengers are standing or walking during that can also cause serious injury.

Most recreational manufacturers belong to the RV Industry Association (RVIA) who performs inspections of production facilities to ensure they are meeting all requirements and are up-to-code.

The most common causes of RV accidents include:

  • Speeding
  • Inexperienced drivers
  • Overtired drivers
  • High winds
  • Overloading with too much weight
  • Runaway trailers
  • Rollover due to RV’s having a higher center of gravity
  • Miscalculated turns
  • Poor stopping distances (RV’s require longer stopping distances)
  • Poorly balanced loads
  • Failing to see another vehicles due to a blind spot

If you or a loved one has be injured in an RV accident, please contact the experienced accident legal team at Hardee, Massey & Blodgett, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. in Greenville after you’ve received medical attention. Our attorneys are available 24/7, and there are no costs or attorney fees until we receive a monetary recovery for you. Contact our office today, 252-378-2525.