Thursday, January 17, 2019

What To Do If You Are In A Rainy Day Car Accident

What To Do If You Are In A Rainy Day Car Accident

According to the Federal Highway Administration, roughly 22 percent of car accidents are weather-related, with the lion’s share related to rainfall. Car crashes usually go up on a rainy day in Las Vegas, and Tuesday saw rain along with a 30 percent increase in collisions.

The Nevada Department of Public Safety said low visibility and slick roads were the main factors.

Often time accidents can be minor and handled in small claims court.  However, what should you do if you are injured in a car accident?  Seeking a personal injury attorney can help you recover the compensation you deserve.

If you have been in an accident that was not your fault, you may be eligible for damages.

If you were injured in a car accident, you can ask the other drivers insurance to pay you a cash settlement. If that driver was not insured, you may request this settlement against your own under-insured motorist coverage on your own insurance, if you have this coverage.

Insurance companies may put pressure on you to rush the process after you have been in an accident.  They may make you feel that you do not have a case and that you will not be awarded any financial compensation for your accident.  There is no rush but you do need to be aware of your state’s Statute of Limitations.  The Statute of Limitations means that you must file a lawsuit or close or settle your case within your state time limits. The time clock starts on the day of the car accident. In Nevada the statute of limitations is 2 years for injury and 3 years for property damage. To learn more about your State’s insurance rules and regulations visit Nevada State Website for Insurance Questions.

After a car accident NEVER sign any documentation with the insurance companies in exchange for cash, until you have finished your medical treatment. By contacting a personal injury attorney you will be protected through this process.

After you sign a release to close this case, no matter how serious your injuries in the future, you cannot go back for more treatment, or compensation, even if you made a mistake.

How To Make Sure You Receive Proper Compensation After A Car Accident

  • File a police report.
  • Seek medical attention quickly.
    • Visit the emergency room, your chiropractic physician, or primary care physician as soon as possible after an accident if you are injured. 
  • Be aware of any pre-existing injuries that you are claiming became worse as a result of the accident.
    • Ask your physician to take new x-rays or ultrasounds of those injured areas. Comparisons in the pre-accident and post-accident scans can help show that the accident caused additional damage to the area. This will be crucial in court.
  • Avoid emotional statements that you make to other drivers or passengers after the accident.
    • Keep in mind that although your emotions might be intense following a car accident, you should avoid making promises or statements of blame.
  • Take witness testimonies.
  • Take photographs of the accident scene.
  • Gather up any records and documents that validate the number of days and wages you lost due to the accident.
  • Be aware of any personal injury limits written into your car insurance policy.
  • Take notes on anything you can remember about the accident as soon as you are physically able.
  • Document your injuries.
    • Take photographs and get medical attention to provide evidence of the seriousness of your injuries.
  • Contact witnesses.
    • If you collected witness contact information at the time of the accident, contact them as soon as possible to get their observations down on paper.
  • Return to the scene of the accident to search for and take pictures of evidence.
    • You may notice something, such as a dirty traffic sign, that led you to make a driving mistake and get into a car accident.

Damages In Car Accident Personal Injury Cases

Damages refer to the cost of your injuries. These can be a direct financial cost or an emotional and indirect cost.
  • Direct damages.
    • Cost of medical bills.
    • Lost wages.
    • Loss of earning capacity.
    • Property loss.
  • Indirect damages. 
    • Pain and suffering.
    • Emotional distress.
    • Inability to have children as a result of accident-related injuries.
    • Loss of an extremity.
    • Loss of consortium, if the accident caused a strain on your relationship.
If the defendant was especially careless when causing the accident, you may also receive punitive damages, which are meant to punish the defendant, and are imposed by the court.

If you have questions about damages or your personal injury case in general, speak to personal injury attorney.
 ChiropracTED is  here to help you. We will get you on the road to recovery.  
Call (702) 277-1371 to schedule your appointment today!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019



Rain has been the cause of thousands of car accidents year in and year out, and rain is especially dangerous in dry weather states like Nevada.  Dr. Teddy Sim and his team, here at the ChiropracTED, LLC are passionate about making sure that drivers stay safe and avoid dangerous interactions on the road. Here are several battle-tested strategies for how to navigate rainy weather driving, since many people forget how to drive in it.
San Francisco Car Accident AttorneyWhen it rains, immediately switch into “safe weather driving mode.”
Turn down the radio, avoid talking on your cell phone (even on a hands-free headset), leave extra room between your car and the vehicle in front of you, and minimize the total amount of driving that you do. If you need to go to work, avoid excessive work related driving. 

Get into “wet weather driving mode,” even when the weather isn’t “that bad.” AKA- DRIVER SLOWER!
The initial rainfall that hits the roads within 30 minutes or 45 minutes after a long dry spell creates a serious hazard. The fresh water creates a super slick emulsion by mixing with tar, grease, debris and sand, creating conditions that can cause your vehicle to skid out or hydroplane easily. In other words, the roads don’t have to be totally flooded to present major dangers.
Make sure your car’s components are “up to snuff” – i.e. that they can handle the weather.
Your windshield wipers should be properly installed and appropriate for your vehicle. Your tires should have enough treading, traction and pressure to be safe. And your brakes and steering systems should also “good to go” for the weather.
Keep your eyes on the car ahead of you
In the rain, it is often hard to see very far ahead of you.  It helps to watch for the reaction of the driver ahead of you.  When he or she brakes, you brake.  Still keep a safe following distance from the car in front of you because you will need to brake more slowly on a slippery road to avoid skidding.  
Do not brake suddenly
Sudden braking may cause a skid.  If skidding occurs, remain calm and steer straight till until you feel the car regain traction.  
Correctly defog your windows
The windows on your car might fog, further limiting you visibility.  To defog, keep your air conditioning blowing at both your windshield and your back window.  If your car has a defog function, just press the button, and defogging should start automatically.
In the case you get into a car accident causing injuries, Dr. Ted and his team are here to help you. Simply give us a call at 702-277-1371 and we will get you on the road to recovery.  
Call (702) 277-1371 to schedule your appointment today!