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The car accident attorneys of Parke Gordon Law Firm have years of experience representing car accident clients and obtaining impressive results in their behalf. Our law firm believes every client deserves fair representation against big insurance companies with deep pockets. You can beat Goliath! Call (541) 485-4878 now for a free consultation.

What Should You Do After a Car Accident?

Call 911 immediately after a car accident so that a law enforcement officer investigates the accident and documents that the other driver was negligent. The police officer will take statements and usually issues a traffic citation to the driver responsible for causing the crash. Without the police officer's report, the other driver might lie and make it difficult to obtain a good settlement.

If the police officer wrongly finds you at fault, Parke Gordon Law Firm can still help. We've helped numerous clients fight tickets and obtain settlements when an investigating officer makes a mistake as to who was at fault for causing a car accident.

The next step is to get your injuries examined by a licensed physician. This is not the time to be tough and hold back. Injuries might not be apparent right after an accident. You need to document the areas of your body that are in pain by getting checked at the emergency room or an urgent care center. Make sure you tell the doctor of all the injuries you suffered to avoid confusion and false claims later. Insurance companies can sometimes accuse car accident victims of lying about their injuries.

After you have had a medical evaluation, you should call a car accident attorney. There is no up-front cost to hire a car accident attorney. An attorney will only get paid when the case settles.

Your attorney can deal with the insurance adjusters, help get you a rental car while your vehicle is being repaired or appraised, and ensure your injuries are properly diagnosed and treated. Once your injuries are resolved, your attorney can negotiate a settlement that pays you money for everything you've gone through.

Value of Your Car Crash Case

The value of every car accident case is different and depends on a number of factors such as who is liable, the severity of your injuries, and how hard your attorney is willing to fight for you. A great attorney will build the value of a car accident claim by pursuing recovery of all damages by hiring doctors, economists and other experts to document all recoverable damages. Our attorneys are experienced in maximizing the value of your case and will fight to get you every penny you deserve.

When Should You Contact a Car Accident Attorney?

If you've been injured in a car accident, you should call an attorney immediately. Many people have lost money by not contacting an attorney and failing to properly document their injuries, failing to obtain the necessary diagnostic test, speaking to the adverse insurance company and saying something detrimental to their case. There's no need to risk hurting the value of your car accident case, call us now to let us begin working on your case.

Tips for How to Avoid a Car Accident

Parke Gordon Law Firm is here for you in the event you have been in a car accident. Avoid getting into a car accident with these helpful tips.

  1. Check your car before driving. Make sure the dashboard is not showing any warning lights, your tires are properly inflated and have enough tread, and everything else is working properly such as your airbags and brakes. It is always a good idea to have your car well maintained in a timely manner as directed by the owner’s manual.
  2. Look both ways before entering an intersection. Even after a light changes green, look both ways to make sure another car is not running a red light.
  3. Be extra cautious when driving next to another car or truck. It may be a good idea to speed up or slow down just in case they don’t check their blind spot or become distracted and swerve into your lane.
  4. Be aware of emergency vehicles. Remember emergency vehicles may have to drive the opposite direction of traffic or through red lights. Always move out of the way if you see flashing lights or hear their siren sounding.
  5. Always remember to use your turn signals. Using your turn signals warns other drivers around you if you are planning to turn or wanting to change lanes.
  6. Use your side mirrors and check your blind spot before changing lanes. Cars coming out of parking lots or side streets might appear out of nowhere. Checking the lane you plan to move into before moving over will help you to avoid side-swiping accidents.
  7. Watch out! Always be aware of your surroundings. Know what is happening in front of you, on both sides and behind you. Constantly check your car mirrors and predict what other drivers might do based on how they are driving. This will also help you to know where other cars are in case you want to change lanes.
  8. Leave a safe distance between you and the car in front of you. Especially when driving in heavy traffic it is a good idea to leave yourself plenty of space and watch out for cars that might cut you off. It takes several seconds after you push the brake for your car to react and stop. The faster the speed, the more distance you should leave.
  9. Plan an easier route. It’s a good idea to avoid heavy traffic by taking a longer route with less traffic to avoid a car accident.
  10. Avoid distractions. Never use your cell phone when driving or do anything else in your car that is going to stop you from having your eyes on the road.

Fatal Car Accident Statistics from Drunk Drivers

In 2015, 10, 265 people were killed in a car accident involving an alcohol-impaired driver reported the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It was also reported that 28 people die every day in the United States in an alcohol-related car accident. The chance of being in an alcohol-related crash is one in three in the course of a lifetime. On the upside, drunk driving fatalities have fallen by a third in the last three decades.

How DUI Affects Your Ability to Drive

Driving under the influence of alcohol may seem harmless. However, the effects alcohol has on the function of the brain is greater than most people realize. When driving drunk, the brain is not able to function the same. Effects include improper muscle coordination, reasoning, and impaired thinking. These things are essential when operating a motor vehicle safely.

How to Avoid a Car Accident in the Rain

Avoid a car accident while driving in the rain with these tips to keep you calm and in control. Some people may feel anxiety when driving in the rain and not know how to respond correctly. Statistics show on average over 950,000 automobile accidents each year in the United States due to wet pavement. These accidents have resulted in 4,700 deaths and 384,000 personal injuries. These numbers have been reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

There are some simple things you can do to avoid a car accident while driving in the rain. Supervising instructor at D&D Driving School, Inc. and member of the Driving School Association of the Americas in Ohio, Brent Praeter suggests these tips when driving in the rain.

Use Your Head–Think

Often when driving people tend to drive without much thought. Remember to concentrate on the road in bad weather conditions and watch out. Stay alert at all times.

Slow Down

As in all hazardous driving situations, slow down. The speed limit is for ideal driving conditions such as good weather and light traffic. In the rain or on wet pavement, your vehicle needs more time to stop than normal.

Use Your Headlights

When there is low visibility it is the law in all states to turn on your headlights. Many states also require the headlights to be on if the windshield wipers are in use.

Do Not Use Cruise Control

In a downpour, do not use cruise control. When roads are wet in icy, cruise control could cause you to lose control of the vehicle.

Avoid Hydroplaning

Hydroplaning is the action of a vehicle sliding uncontrollably on a wet surface of the road. It is easy for a vehicle to hydroplane. To hydroplane, only a small amount of wet pavement and speeds of over 35 mph are required.

Car Crash Statistics from Failing to Yield

Thousands of car accidents and injuries occur every year from drivers failing to yield. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported more than 3,100 fatal car accidents in 2011 due to failure to yield.

Avoiding an Auto Accident in or Around a School Zone

Mental Awareness of School Zones

Many distracted drivers will often breezy through a school zone without noticing the flashing lights warning drivers to slow down. Remember to always keep your eyes and focus on the road at all times. Most school zones are preceded by numerous warning signals such as flashing lights, speed bumps, and/or warning signs to notify drivers of the school zone. Avoid a car accident by being aware of these warning signals.

Slow Down in or Around a School Zone

The speed limit in school zones is significantly slower than what is posted in other areas on the same roadway. It is a good idea to slow down and become more aware even before you reach the school zone. Children walking to school are often hit by vehicles before they even reach the school zone. Make sure you have enough time to safely slow down without having to slam on the brakes to avoid a car crash or hit a pedestrian.

Expect Increased Traffic in or Around a School Zone

School typically starts between seven and nine in the morning and two and four in the afternoon. Even if the school crossing guard forgot to turn on the flashing lights, be aware of the time so you can be safe. Traffic is going to be more congested in a school zone as parents or other caregivers are dropping off kids for school. Remember to slow down and be careful during these times to avoid an accident.

Expect More Pedestrians

Many school zones have an increased number of crosswalks to allow students to walk safely from nearby neighborhoods. Remember to always yield to pedestrians on the road even if they are not using a marked crosswalk. It is also important to keep in mind patience as many kids will be walking across the road to get to school.

Be Aware School Buses

Always yield the right of way to school buses at all times. These drivers have a harder time navigating in increased traffic due to their large size. When a school bus driver puts out the stop sign on a bus, you must stop when driving on the same side of the road. If you are traveling in the opposite direction as the stopped bus, you can only proceed if two lanes of travel are present.

Obey All Traffic Officers, Crossing Guards, and Policemen

Crossing guards and other officials who have the right to stop traffic should always be obeyed by all drivers. These officials take precedence over any traffic signs or signals that normally control the area to direct traffic in an orderly manner. Police officers park in or around school zones to ensure the safety of everyone. School zones often have severe fines that are double or triple the normal speeding fine for the area. Please understand these increased amounts are to persuade drivers to slow down and pay attention while driving through school zones.

How DUI Affects Your Ability to Drive

In 2015, 10, 265 people were killed in a car accident involving an alcohol-impaired driver reported the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It was also reported that 28 people die every day in the United States in an alcohol-related car accident. The chance of being in an alcohol-related crash is one in three in the course of a lifetime. On the upside, drunk driving fatalities have fallen by a third in the last three decades.

Driving under the influence of alcohol may seem harmless. However, the effects alcohol has on the function of the brain is greater than most people realize. When driving drunk, the brain is not able to function the same. Effects include improper muscle coordination, reasoning, and impaired thinking. These things are essential when operating a motor vehicle safely.

How to Avoid an Accident with an Emergency Vehicle

Drivers of emergency vehicles are to exercise due care but are not required to obey all traffic laws when in a hurry to get to an accident. Here are some tips to avoid a car accident with an emergency vehicle.

When an emergency vehicle approaches from behind, pull over to the side as soon as it is safe to do so. Even when attempting to move out of the way of an emergency vehicle, it is still very important to look for any other oncoming traffic such as a pedestrian or bicyclist.

If an emergency vehicle approaches from the front, still slow down and pull over to the side. Sometimes police cars, ambulances, and fire trucks have to drive on the wrong side of the road to avoid traffic. By pulling over, you give the necessary space to emergency vehicles to proceed.

In the event, you find yourself following an emergency vehicle, leave 300 to 500 feet in front of you for the following distance. Never tailgate an emergency vehicle as it could be very dangerous.

When an emergency vehicle is stopped in your lane, move over and proceed with extreme caution. It is when an emergency responder is required to stay in the follow of traffic that is becomes the most dangerous for them.

Call a Car Accident Lawyer in Eugene, Oregon Now

Don't wait to call a car accident attorney! Call us now at (541) 485-4878 for a free case review. We can usually tell you over the phone if you have a good case. Our lawyers can take the stress out of a claim and we'll fight to get you full value for your car accident injuries.  Parke Gordon Law Firm has a goal to make your process of recovery as stress-free as possible. While you are recovering from injuries, let our law office work to collect evidence regarding your accident, write an insurance claim on your behalf, and negotiate with the insurance company.

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