Four Things You Should Never Say After a Car Accident

Dec 15, 2021 | Sean Content Team

After an accident, your head is spinning. You might be in pain, struggling to get out of your vehicle, and wondering how it all happened. It’s hard to think straight after an accident. You’re going to be staring at your car, at theirs, and emotions start to brew. You’re starting to feel angry, frustrated, and stressed. You might start thinking about the cost of repairs or how long it’ll take until you can drive your car again. Basically, you want it all to be over and done with.

Despite the onslaught of emotions and “to do’s” that start the second you get out of your car, it’s important to remember a few things NOT TO SAY when you start talking to the other party. While it’s hard to predict when, where, or under what circumstances you’ll be in a car accident, reading these tips now can help prepare you should that day come.

“I’m Sorry”

It’s very human of us to apologize, even for things that aren’t our fault. Normally the phrase “I’m sorry,” is harmless, simply a courtesy that can mean barely anything at all. “I’m sorry” can relieve a very tense situation in day-to-day life, but after a car accident, “I’m sorry” is the last thing you want to say.

What matters after a car accident is who’s at fault, and “I’m sorry” will be construed as an admission of fault. You can bet that the other driver in the accident will remember if you apologized, and hold it against you. Even if the accident wasn’t your fault in the slightest, you could suddenly be liable for the crash, and on the hook for thousands of dollars. Do not give the other party any reason to think you are guilty.

“Let’s Handle it On Our Own”

If you get out of your vehicle and find there is only minor damage, it might seem like a hassle to get the police, lawyers, and insurance companies involved. That is a mistake. Even if the other driver is pressuring you to just keep it between the two of you, even if they admit fault and say they’ll pay — refuse. Always call the police, then consult a lawyer.

That might seem like overkill, but it’s the best way to seek compensation. If you don’t file a police report, or consult a lawyer about the accident, it’s simply your word against theirs. And even if they admit fault, or say they’ll pay, there’s no way to ensure that they’ll compensate you for damages. The only way to properly seek financial retribution is with the help of a professional.

“I Don’t Need a Doctor”

If you’ve been in a car accident, chances are you’re going to hop out of your car and be anxious. You are going to call a loved one, call the police, start talking to the other driver, and examine your car. In the bustle and adrenaline of those first few minutes, you might stand up, walk around, and feel fine. The other driver asks you if you’re okay and you might say “Yeah, I don’t think I’ll need a doctor.” This is a huge mistake.

Though you might feel fine immediately after the accident, once the dust settles you might notice a migraine, lingering neck pain, limb pain, or even symptoms of a concussion. If you tell the other driver that you don’t need a doctor, you’ve ruled out them paying for your medicine, physical therapy, and appointments as part of a settlement. Even if you feel fine, don’t say you don’t need a doctor. Take time to assess your health, and contact a lawyer about receiving compensation if the other driver is at fault.

“I Accept / Yes”

After the accident, the other driver’s insurance company will likely contact you with a settlement. It’s important you do NOT accept this. That insurance settlement represents the absolute minimum you should receive. Before accepting any deal or settlement, it’s important you consult your own experienced attorney.

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If you’ve been in an accident, you need an experienced attorney in your corner. Our skilled team will be able to organize the facts of the accident, communicate with the other driver’s insurance company, and work hard to help you get the compensation you deserve. The Virginia car accident attorneys of CHASENBOSCOLO have advocated for your community for decades.

Our team is here to help. We know that you don’t need complex legal jargon and a bunch of numbers in your head while you heal. That is why we lead with patience, compassion, and kindness. While you get better and get back to your life, we will be crunching the numbers and fighting hard for you.

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What Are Truck Driver Training Requirements?

Dec 01, 2021 | Sean Content Team

Semi-trucks are massive and can cause massive damage. If improperly trained, truck drivers can cause catastrophic accidents.

So what are the training requirements for truck drivers? The answer differs for every state in the U.S. While the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration sets some regulations, most training for drivers is determined by the states themselves. Read on to learn more about what it takes to qualify for a Commercial Driver’s License.

Applying for a CDL: The Paperwork

It is important to note that the federal government does not require any formal training for drivers prior to applying for a CDL. Though it ultimately depends on the state, it is possible, and even common, to simply begin the application with the state before having driven a commercial vehicle.

When an individual applies for a CDL, the first thing a state must do is verify the driver’s driving history in its databases. The state must know whether or not the driver is disqualified from having a CDL in that state, or if he or she holds a CDL in a different state. If the latter is the case, the state must ask the driver to surrender his or her CDL from a different state.

Once the databases and history of the driver is verified, the state must inquire as to the type of operation the applicant expects to do. The applicant will ‘certify’ the type of work he or she will be conducting with the license and then this operation will be added to the driver’s record.

Following the applicant’s self-certification, the state must obtain confirmation from the medical examiner that the driver is healthy enough to operate a commercial vehicle. This information must also be added to the driver’s record.

Knowledge and Skills Test

Often when we think of driving a commercial vehicle or 18-wheeler, the first thing that comes to mind is how difficult it must be, and how different it would be from driving a regular car. And yet, when it comes to actually obtaining a CDL, the knowledge and skills test is the second priority.

States develop their own written knowledge and skills tests which are required to meet minimum requirements outlined by the FMCSA.

According to federal regulation, the written tests cover 20 areas and have no less than 30 questions. The passing score is 80 percent or above. The skills tests are passed when applicants successfully perform all skills noted by the FMCSA in a vehicle that approximates the one they will drive in the course of their work.

Obtaining a CDL

When it comes to the issuance of the license itself, the states have near-total control. States determine the application process, deadlines, application fees, license renewal regulations, renewal procedures, and any reinstatement procedures. Federal regulation outlines what must be included on a CDL including the name of the driver, driver’s date of birth, driver’s mailing address, license number, name of issuing state, date of issuance and date of expiration of the license, and the class of vehicle the driver is authorized to operate.

What Happens If a Driver Is Improperly Trained?

The weight and length of commercial vehicles are immense. Even the smallest of mistakes can have disastrous consequences. That is why it is absolutely critical that drivers be trained properly. Here are just a few examples of what can go wrong when a driver is inadequately trained.

  • Mistakes When Driving: Drivers who lack training may take curves too sharply, or have difficulty properly accelerating and decelerating on hills, leading to accidents.
  • Improper Cargo Loading: Commercial vehicles carry thousands of pounds of cargo. If this material is loaded improperly, trucks are more likely to cause an accident due to weight imbalance.
  • Failing to Identify Mechanical Problems: Drivers without training are often less familiar with their vehicles and are therefore unable to diagnose problems that could later cause an accident.

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If you have been hurt in an accident involving a truck that was not your fault, call the Virginia truck accident lawyers of CHASENBOSCOLO today. As you now well know, training for truck drivers is not nearly as intense or nationally regulated as most believe. This can lead to gaping holes in training and hundreds of inexperienced drivers on the road.

If you’ve been injured by a reckless truck driver, don’t suffer any longer. Call our experienced lawyers at (301) 220-0050. We will get to the bottom of how the driver caused your accident and identify just how much you are owed in compensation. Most importantly, we will fight for you to get the money you deserve.


CHASENBOSCOLO Celebrates 6th Year with Toys for Tots

Nov 30, 2021 | admin

CHASENBOSCOLO is proud to celebrate the sixth year of our partnership with Toys for Tots. Throughout the years, our firm has been dedicated to giving back to the community, and has lent support to a variety of local and national charities.


How Do Helmet Laws Impact Fault in a Bicycle Accident?

Nov 15, 2021 | Sean Content Team

If you have been involved in a bicycle accident, you may be wondering how helmet laws apply to your case. Bicycle helmet laws vary considerably between states and even between cities. The specific helmet laws pertaining to the location of your accident, as well as the types of negligence rules used in your state, will determine who is at fault in a bicycle accident.

Bicycle Helmet Laws in Your Locale

In Maryland, Virginia, and D.C., state laws require children to wear helmets when riding a bicycle, but not adults. There are city and county laws that do require bicycle riders of all ages to wear a helmet, however, so it’s always a good idea to check the laws pertaining to the exact location you are riding in.

According to the Bicycle Safety Helmet Institute, studies have shown that wearing a helmet while riding a bicycle halves a rider’s chances of brain injury or death in the event of an accident. Whether or not a bicycle helmet is required by law, it is always a good idea for a rider to wear one to protect themself from physical injuries and from legal defenses against them in the event of an accident.

Contributory Fault Rules and Bicycle Accidents

Maryland, Virginia, and D.C. are three of only five states in the U.S. that follow contributory fault rules. This means that a victim who is injured in an accident in one of these states is not entitled to any damages if they contributed to the accident or their injuries in any way.

So, as an example, let’s say you were riding your bicycle without a helmet in a city where you are required by law to wear one. A driver failed to stop at a stop sign and hit you, causing you o sustain a variety of injuries. In this case, even though the driver was at fault, you would not be entitled to any compensation under the comparative fault rule since you were negligent in not wearing a helmet.

As a comparison, let’s take the same scenario in a location where you were not required to wear a helmet by law. Assuming you were following the road rules when the accident happened, you would not be considered negligent in any way and therefore would be entitled to compensation for your injuries. It is important to realize in this scenario, however, that an insurance company is likely to try to deny or reduce the amount of your claim on the grounds that the severity of your injuries was increased because you were not wearing a helmet.

Why You Need a Personal Injury Attorney

Bicycle accidents often involve many severe injuries and large compensation claims. Whether you are making an insurance claim or filing a lawsuit, the process is complicated due to the variations in local helmet and negligence laws that can impact who is considered to be at fault in an accident.

Whether you are a driver who was involved in a bicycle accident or a rider who has been injured, you need an experienced personal injury lawyer who can understand the specifics of your case and the local laws that apply so they can advise you on your rights. They can also help you decide on the best plan for action, whether that involves filing a claim with insurance or filing a lawsuit in court.

How CHASENBOSCOLO Can Help

At CHASENBOSCOLO, we have been fighting for justice in personal injury cases since 1986 and have recovered over $750 million in compensation for our clients during that time. Over the years, we have successfully handled all kinds of personal injury cases, including many bicycle accidents. We understand the physical, emotional, and financial impact an accident can have on your life, and we are here to take care of you every step of the way through the legal process.

Known as “the trial lawyers that care,” we have a reputation as aggressive trial lawyers who can effectively fight insurance companies in court to obtain the best possible outcome. We offer a No Fee Guarantee so you don’t have to pay anything until we recover money for you. Don’t wait! Call us at (301) 220-0050 today to schedule your free no-obligation consultation.


What Not to Say to an Insurance Adjuster

Nov 01, 2021 | Sean Content Team

When you are dealing with shock and injuries in the aftermath of a car accident, it can be difficult to think about what to say to an insurance adjuster when they contact you. What you do and don’t say, however, can make or break your case, so it’s critical that you understand how to communicate with them.

The Role of the Insurance Adjuster

An insurance adjuster is employed by an insurance company to investigate and assess the company’s liability in the claims they review. It is the insurance adjuster’s job to settle the claim as quickly as possible for the lowest possible amount. Unfortunately, this means that the insurance adjuster is not on your side. Even though they may sound friendly and inquire about your wellbeing, their goal is to give you as little compensation as possible.

What You Should Do When You Talk to an Insurance Adjuster

Within a few days of an accident, you can expect a call from at least one insurance adjuster. Here are five things you should be sure to do on this call:

  • Find out who they are – Write down their name and the company they represent.
  • Refuse to allow your statement to be recorded – One of the first things the insurance adjuster will ask is if they can record your statement. A recorded statement can be used as evidence against your case, and you have the legal right to refuse the recording.
  • Only provide basic information about yourself – This can include your name, address, and phone number. Remember, you don’t have to answer all their questions.
  • Only provide basic information about the accident – This may include time, date, location, and vehicles involved. Once again, you don’t have to answer all their questions.
  • Refer them to your lawyer – If you have hired a car accident lawyer, you can refer them straight to your attorney if they have further questions.

What You Should Not Say to an Insurance Adjuster

What you do not say to an insurance adjuster is critical to the outcome of your case. The adjuster is looking for any reason they can find to reduce the insurance company’s liability, and whatever you say can be used as evidence against you and could be used to minimize your claim. The less you say, the better, so keep the conversation as brief as possible and remember not the say the following:

  • “Sorry, it was my fault” – Whether or not you think you did something wrong, do not offer apologies or admit fault. Most accidents are caused by many variables, some of which you may not be aware of.
  • “Here’s what I think happened…” – The insurance adjuster will ask you questions about the cause of the accident. You need to state the facts but keep your answers brief. Do not speculate, exaggerate, or provide your opinion about who was at fault.
  • “I’m fine” – The insurance adjuster may casually begin your conversation by asking “how are you?” Even if you do feel fine, don’t tell them so. In some cases, a victim can be so shocked by an accident, that it takes a few days for injuries to present themselves through symptoms.
  • “My injuries include …” You cannot be sure of exactly how serious your injuries are until you have been examined by a doctor. When the adjuster asks what injuries you have sustained from the accident, tell them your lawyer will send them a list.
  • “Sure, you can talk to my doctor” – The adjuster may try to obtain details of your medical history to identify pre-existing conditions and injuries that can reduce the value of your claim. Do not provide any of these details or give them permission to access your medical records, even if they say they need this information to verify your injuries.

How CHASENBOSCOLO Can Help You

At CHASENBOSCOLO, we have helped thousands of car accident victims obtain hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation. Our compassionate and skilled attorneys are here to guide you through the complicated insurance claim process and advocate for your rights to help you obtain fair compensation for your losses. We offer a No Fee Guarantee so you can rest assured that you won’t pay anything until we recover money for you. Contact us at (301) 220-0050 today for a free consultation and learn how we can help you.

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What Is a Truck Driver’s Travel Log?

Oct 15, 2021 | Sean Content Team

Trucks deliver the majority of goods that consumers buy in stores or online. Certain regulations are in place to make sure all truck drivers operate safely. A key component of truck driver safety is the truck driver’s travel log. This documents various operating details for each driver. Completing the log is a requirement set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), a part of the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT). In addition to documentation, the log also serves a preventative safety purpose. Truck drivers are limited by the FMCSA in the duration of their drive time and hours of service. By requiring truck drivers to continually maintain their log book, the FMCSA is able to enforce these limits.

Hours of Service Limits

FMCSA uses three maximum duty limits that all truck drivers must follow. These are the 14-hour driving window, the 11-hour driving limit, and the 60/70-hour duty limit. The 14-hour driving window means that all driving must occur during this 14-hour period. The driver may only drive their truck for up to 11 hours within that 14-hour window. After either of these limits is hit (whichever comes first), the driver must take at least ten consecutive hours off-duty before they are allowed to drive again. Also, once the driver has been on-duty for eight consecutive hours, they must take a 30-minute rest break before they may drive again.

The 60/70-hour duty limit is an additional requirement that works on a rolling basis. Which specific limit is used depends on the driver’s company. If the company operates vehicles each calendar day of the week, then the driver may drive a maximum of 70 hours in any rolling eight-day period. If the company does not operate vehicles on each calendar day of the week, then the driver may drive a maximum of 60 hours in any rolling seven-day period. Once the applicable limit is reached, the driver must wait until their number of hours drops below the limit for a seven or eight-day consecutive period, as applicable.

Driver’s Daily Log

The log book itself is the tool used by truck drivers to track and document their hours of service to make sure they do not exceed the maximum limits set forth by FMCSA. Drivers must fill out their log for each calendar day, and this must account for all 24 hours of each day. This includes days when they are not driving.

The actual implementation may take several forms. Drivers are permitted to use a hand-written hardcopy log, an automatic onboard recording device (AOBRD), or a similar electronic logging device (ELD). At this time, all commercial trucks are required to be equipped with an ELD.

The driver must fill out their own log book, and all information must be true and correct. Drivers may be subject to log book inspection at any point by authorized government inspectors. Requirements include that each of the prior eight days must all be logged. In addition, the driver’s log must be up-to-date for the present day as well, including their current status. When inspectors verify a driver’s logs, they are checking to make sure that the driver is in compliance with hours-of-service limits for the previous eight days. If a driver is in violation, they may receive a fine, or they may be taken out-of-service.

Information contained in the log includes data such as dates worked, miles driven, goods hauled, and company name. The central part of the log is the total hours corresponding to each duty status, which must add up to 24 hours. For each time period, the driver must account for their status as either: driving, on-duty (but not driving), off-duty, or sleeper berth.

Two exceptions exist that may not require a driver to complete a log if certain conditions are met. These are the 100 Air-Mile Radius exception and the Non-CDL Short-Haul exception. Certain stipulations apply, and essentially these exceptions are for non-long-haul and non-over-the-road drivers.

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If you were the victim of an accident involving a commercial truck that wasn’t your fault, you might be entitled to compensation. You need an attorney who is familiar with truck accident claims to guide you through this complex legal process. Your medical bills may be piling up, and you should not have to pay for treatment for an accident that was not your fault.

Call us today at (301) 220-0050 to speak with one of our Virginia truck accident attorneys about your case. CHASENBOSCOLO has successfully handled many similar injuries for prior satisfied clients. We are ready to take charge of your case, and we will guide you each step of the way. You deserve to receive all the money to which you are entitled so that you can move on with your life and put your accident and injury behind you.


How Are Truck Accidents Different From Other Truck Accidents?

Oct 10, 2021 | Sean Content Team

Accidents involving 18-wheeler trucks are not the same as passenger vehicle collisions. Potential settlement payouts are high, which means the stakes are high for everyone involved. The legal process is complex, and the parties who may be liable to pay you will do everything they can to avoid paying.

Having an experienced attorney on your team is important because they will forcefully advocate for you each step of the way. Your attorney will negotiate aggressively so you receive the full amount to which you may be entitled. This may include economic damages for medical bills, lost wages, and future earnings, as well as noneconomic damages, such as pain and suffering, disfigurement, and emotional distress.

Parties Involved and Liability

Legal action for collisions involving 18-wheelers is much more challenging to pursue than the average passenger vehicle collision. Preservation of time-sensitive evidence is critical, including testing for drugs and alcohol, documentation of service hours, records of truck inspections, weight tickets, and dispatch instructions.

Collisions caused by 18-wheelers typically involve many potentially liable parties. These may include the truck driver, the truck owner, the driver’s employer, companies that perform maintenance, parts manufacturers, and freight owners.

The negligent parties will fight aggressively to reduce the amount they are required to pay. In many cases, they and their insurers are experienced in legal action surrounding 18-wheeler truck accidents. Most cases are resolved by settlements because the negligent parties do not want the case to go to trial. In a trial, they risk being liable for much greater monetary compensation than in a settlement.

Visibility

Truck drivers sit higher than drivers of passenger vehicles, which affects their ability to see the road and other vehicles. A truck driver’s vantage point is greatly impacted by the geometry of the truck, which includes large blind spots. When a truck driver changes lanes or makes a turn, they may be unaware of passenger vehicles in the truck’s blind spots. This may cause an accident or may even force another vehicle off the road.

Size, Force, and Stopping Distance

Trucks are significantly larger than passenger cars, which means that there is a greater area of the vehicle that may lead to a collision. In addition, the greater mass of the truck means that at traveling speeds, the truck generates a much more violent force than a passenger car. On top of this, the truck will need a longer distance to come to a stop than a passenger vehicle does.

All of these characteristics combined mean that trucks are more powerful, more dangerous, less predictable, and less easily controlled than passenger cars. The types of accidents that a truck may cause are also greater than accidents involving only passenger vehicles. Truck crashes may result from many different types of situations, including rollovers, jackknifing, sideswiping, and cargo spills.

Severity of Injuries

The massive difference in size and mass between a truck and a passenger car means that catastrophic injuries are much more likely in truck accidents. This is true at low speeds and even more so at operating speeds, such as those on highways. Due to the factors described above, injuries sustained in a crash with a truck can be far more violent than those with a passenger car. The resulting impacts are often devastating, permanently life-altering, and may even include death.

The severity of these types of injuries may cause far-reaching negative impacts to the life of the person injured, as well as their family. The victim may require ongoing medical treatment as a result of the crash, including physical therapy, surgeries, and medication. They may have been permanently disabled, which may affect their ability to hold a job or earn income. They may require long-term assistance from a caregiver, and their quality of life may have been severely impacted.

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If you were the victim of an accident with a commercial truck that wasn’t your fault, you might be entitled to compensation. You need an experienced attorney and legal team who will hold each party accountable and get you the full amount of compensation to which you may be entitled.

Call us today at (301) 220-0050 to speak with a personal injury attorney from CHASENBOSCOLO. You may have medical bills piling up that you should not have to pay if this crash wasn’t your fault. We have helped many satisfied clients successfully navigate their cases to get them the compensation that was rightfully theirs. We are ready to go to work for you so that you can move on from this distressing experience and go forward with your life.

 


How to Prevent Autumn Motorcycle Accidents

Sep 15, 2021 | Sean Content Team

The season of autumn brings with it shorter days and more temperate weather that makes for enjoyable motorcycle rides. While the temperature has cooled down a bit and heat is less of an issue, there are still many factors of which to be aware. It’s true that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and each of these strategies will pay great dividends in the long run. By keeping these items top of mind, you will be well-equipped to safely enjoy the brisk autumn riding days.

Keep Your Motorcycle Maintained

motorcycle maintenanceA motorcycle is a complex machine with many moving parts, some of which may wear out and need to be replaced. Even with regular visual inspection by the owner, a motorcycle will still benefit from periodic care by a professional mechanic. They will know what potential issues to look for and how to prevent them from becoming dangerous. Since they see so many motorcycles, things will be obvious to them that may not be obvious to the rider. This includes major areas such as tires, brakes, and lights.

Adjust for Sun Glare

When Daylight Saving Time (DST) ends, the extra hour we get comes with a drawback, which is that our rhythms and habits are thrown off autopilot. Commutes that were previously dark may now be light and vice versa. It’s critical to stay aware of the location of the sun in the sky and how sun glare may affect you or the drivers around you. Consider a tinted helmet visor if your morning or evening commute has you predominately looking into the sun.

Stay Weather Aware

driving a motorcycle in the winterThe cooler temperatures may also bring other weather changes, such as rain and the opportunity for wintry precipitation. There may be snow or ice on the road at times, both of which are a particular challenge for vehicles with only two wheels. Planning ahead will keep you from being surprised by extreme weather and will allow you to make decisions like choosing when to drive a car on certain days instead of riding your motorcycle.

Dress for the Day

Staying on top of the weather will allow you to choose which days to dress lighter and which days to make sure you have layers or warmer clothes. Autumn riding involves potential weather-related risks such as hypothermia. Even in less extreme weather, the cold can cause discomfort or shivering that can both be a distraction and make the rider less aware of their surroundings and road conditions.

Wear Bright Visible Clothing

The shorter days mean that the drivers in the vehicles around you are also adjusting to the new lighting conditions. While you and your motorcycle may have been highly visible in the summer, this may no longer be the case in autumn. For example, if your motorcycle clothing is dark, you may barely be visible when surrounded by other dark elements during the morning and evening. By wearing bright clothes, especially a jacket and helmet, since these are most visible to vehicles, you will ensure the greatest visibility and safety for yourself.

Anticipate Hazards

Riding proactively on a motorcycle is the best way to give yourself as much space and reaction time as you can. While many hazards are unexpected, you can begin with the assumption that something may happen and stay alert for changing road conditions. Leaving extra space between yourself and the vehicles in front of you is a great way to make sure you see everything in your path and have enough time to react. In autumn, hazards may include leaves, which, when wet, can result in a situation where the road is much more slippery than normal.

Stay Aware of Your Mental State

Autumn brings with it challenging aspects such as the approaching holiday season, which is statistically a stressful time of year for most people. Other considerations include Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which may result from the reduced amount of sunlight we get each day in autumn. Both stress and mild symptoms of depression may have a negative effect on a rider’s abilities and awareness. Specifically, a rider may be less aware of roadway conditions and other vehicles around them.

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If you or someone you know has suffered a motorcycle accident that wasn’t your fault, you need an attorney who is experienced in handling motorcycle crash cases. You may be facing a stack of growing medical bills as well as the physical and emotional impacts from the injury itself. Call CHASENBOSCOLO today at (301) 220-0050 to speak with a Virginia motorcycle accident attorney. We have helped many clients in similar situations, and we will do the same for you. We will help put your mind at ease and work to help you get the money you deserve so you can move on from this challenging time.


How to Prevent Autumn Car Accidents

Sep 10, 2021 | Sean Content Team

The leaves are changing, the temperatures are dropping, and there is a chill in the air. Autumn not only signals the start of the holiday season but also the start of new necessary driving precautions. As you begin to travel the highways to see relatives, make your way to and from airports, and make more and more shopping trips, remember that there are important steps you can take to keep your family safe on the roadways.

Fallen Leaves

fall drivingThe first thing most people think about when they hear autumn is beautiful fall leaves. The reds, oranges, yellows, and greens are wonderful to look at through a car window. But did you know that fall leaves can present serious road hazards?

The leaves can cover the lines and indicators on the road. As it becomes harder to see the lanes, drivers are more likely to drift out of their lane, potentially hitting others.

In addition to the visual impairment they present, fall leaves are often covered in rain and dew. When wet leaves cover the pavement, your tires are more likely to slip on them. Any quick maneuvers could lead to full spin-outs or serious accidents.

Fog

Moist fall weather often means morning fog. Fog is a massive driving safety hazard. It is nearly impossible to improve your vision in fog beyond turning on your headlights. In fog, you won’t be able to see as far, the turn signals and brake lights of other vehicles are more difficult to discern, and road debris or wildlife are nearly impossible to spot. The safest way to drive in fog? Don’t.

Wildlife

Fall is mating season for several breeds of wildlife, including deer. Mating season means that animals will be more active, crossing streets and highways with greater frequency, causing more accidents. A fully grown deer can weigh up to 300 pounds, and hitting it can cause windshield damage, damage to your car’s body, and injury to you. Furthermore, combining active wildlife with any of the weather conditions common in autumn is a dangerous situation. A large deer hopping out of the fog right in front of your vehicle is sure to cause a problem.

Schoolchildren and School Zones

driving in school zoneFall also means back to school. Expect children and teens to be walking, blading, biking, and scooting all over your neighborhood roads. After a long summer, it’s all too easy to ignore the posted school speed limit zones. However, it’s critical to take those signs seriously and adjust your plans to accommodate slower stretches of driving. Remember, ignoring a school speed limit could be fatal.

Cooler Temperatures

Break out the sweaters. Many people’s favorite aspects of fall are the cooler temperatures. While appearances of sweaters and hats are on the rise, so too are driving risks.

Icy Roads

Naturally, cooler temperatures mean the chance for roads to freeze. Icy roads severely reduce the amount of traction and control you will have over your car, increasing the probability of an accident. Further, fall brings on the possibility of black ice. “Black ice” is ice that is so clear it blends in with the black pavement, making it nearly impossible to see. When drivers can’t see ice, they can’t adjust for it and make safer driving choices. When temperatures drop below freezing, your best bet is to drive with the possibility of ice in mind.

Tire Pressure

While it’s natural to connect colder temperatures with icy roads, most don’t think about colder temperatures changing your tire pressure. When air is cold, the molecules condense, reducing the space the air takes up and reducing your tire pressure. Driving with low tire pressure is dangerous. Under-inflated tires flex more than properly inflated tires. This leads to instability when cornering and braking and greater heat buildup that can lead to tire blowouts.

The End of Daylight Saving Time

Fall also brings the end of Daylight Saving Time. When the clock falls back, that means it gets darker earlier, and you are likely to be doing your commute in the dark. Therefore, in the fall and winter, you are going to be spending more time driving at night. Night driving comes with lower visibility and greater chances for fatigue.

Call CHASENBOSCOLO Today

As the driving conditions become more hazardous this fall season, accidents will happen. If you’ve been injured in a car accident due to the actions of a reckless driver, call CHASENBOSCOLO at (301) 220-0050 today. Our experienced attorneys will help you navigate through the legal implications of the accident and can help you pursue compensation for your injuries and other losses.

 


CHASENBOSCOLO Celebrates 5th Year with Toys for Tots

Dec 07, 2020 | admin

CHASENBOSCOLO is proud to celebrate the fifth year of our partnership with Toys for Tots. Throughout the years, our firm has been dedicated to giving back to the community, and has lent support to a variety of local and national charities.

Click here to read about our Toys for Tots program on WJLA.