How Distractions Can Make Winter Driving Even More Dangerous


Driving can be dangerous at any time of year, as there are always road hazards, inclement weather, and dangerous drivers that may cause an accident at any moment. However, driving during the winter can be particularly dangerous as outside weather conditions, such as snow and ice, can have a number of effects that increase the chance of an accident occurring, such as making roads slick, making it harder for drivers to see, and making it difficult for drivers to maintain full control over their vehicles.


As the number of accidents that occur in the U.S. tends to increase during the winter months, it is even more essential that all drivers focus on the road and do their utmost not to endanger others on the road. Unfortunately, not all drivers take this responsibility seriously and engage in reckless driving behaviors, such as distracted driving. In fact, many drivers continue to engage in the following examples of distracted driving despite the more hazardous weather conditions that winter brings:

  • Visual – removing the eyes from the road to look at something else in the car, such as a mobile device or other person.
  • Manual – taking one or both hands off the wheel to use another object, such as a phone.
  • Cognitive – thinking of things other than driving and surroundings, allowing these ideas and thoughts to distract the driver.

Under any circumstances these types of actions are dangerous behind the wheel; however, when the conditions in which you are driving become more hazardous due to winter weather, these types of distracted driving behaviors can greatly increase the chances that an accident will occur. While most drivers realize that winter weather can make driving more dangerous, many people are unaware of why exactly this is the case. Snow and ice, in addition to high force winds and other winter weather elements, can have a number of serious effects on the roads and a driver, such as the following:

  • Pushing a car from side to side, which can be particularly dangerous if the driver does not have their hands on the wheel, thus cannot correct their path.
  • Snow can cover hidden road defects, such as potholes or shoulder drop offs, that a distracted driver may notice too late in order to take defense or preventative action.
  • Ice can make roads slick, which distracted drivers may fail to account for or drive appropriately on, causing an accident.

Drivers who choose to engage in distracted driving despite the known hazards of winter weather can recklessly endanger the lives and well-being of others. In such a situation, an unsuspecting person may sustain serious injury, allowing them to potentially seek restitution from the responsible driver with the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer. Any time a driver chooses to drive in an unsafe manner, whether in the winter or otherwise, they should be held accountable for the consequences of their actions.

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Can a Taxi Passenger Pursue a Whiplash Claim?


If you are injured in a road traffic accident that was not your fault, you can pursue a compensation claim for the damage you have suffered. Remember, you do not have to be the person driving the vehicle to take legal action; even if you were a passenger in a taxi, you will be entitled to claim for any injury you have wrongfully sustained. It is in your best interest to speak to an attorney as soon as possible.

Taxi Passenger Whiplash Claims

Incidents of taxi passenger whiplash unfortunately happen all too frequently, and we often receive inquiries from injured passengers asking whether or not they are able to pursue a claim. The simple answer is yes: if you have suffered whiplash in an accident for which someone else is to blame, you will be considered a victim of personal injury. It is, therefore, your legal right to recover compensation for the pain, suffering and loss of finance you have incurred.

Furthermore, it does not matter whether the person at fault was your taxi driver or another road user. It will of course be necessary to establish which party is liable, as this will determine who you claim against. For example, if your taxi driver was driving erratically or without due care or attention, thereby causing an accident in which you suffer whiplash, your claim will be dealt with by his or her motor insurer. On the other hand, if another road user is responsible for your injury, you will need to obtain their details. These must include their name, registration number and contact number. If they fled from the scene of the accident or do not have a valid insurance policy, you will still be able to make a claim, but it must be taken through the Motor Insurance Bureau.

However, what happens if you were not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident? It is not unusual for people to jump into the back of a cab and forget to put their seat belt on. But will you still be able to claim if your failure to wear a seat belt contributed towards your whiplash injury? Again, the answer is yes: as a passenger, you cannot be held responsible for the accident, even if you were not wearing a seat belt. Nevertheless, there will be a case of ‘contributory negligence’, meaning your injuries were partly caused by your failure to take the necessary safety precautions. Consequently the sum of compensation will be considerably less.

Seek Early Legal Assistance

If you have been injured while you were traveling as a passenger in a taxi, it is vital you seek early legal advice. A solicitor who specializes in whiplash claims will be able to advise you upon what action to take next. If this involves making a claim, you could stand to receive a significant sum of compensation for the physical, emotional and financial damages you have endured.

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A Safety Guide for New Motorcyclists


Unlike seasoned bikers, new motorcyclists are more likely to get involved in accidents, particularly because of their inexperience on the road. Old riders who are losing their agility are equally susceptible to crashes as well. Since the likelihood of getting involved in a bike accident exists, it goes without saying that amateur bikers should take the necessary precautions to keep them safe on the road. Below is a look at some fundamental safety measures every new motorcyclist should adhere to.

Enroll for Safety Classes

Before you even get on the road, you need to be well acquainted with the basics of safe biking. You need to distinguish different road signs and what they mean. As a motorcyclist may enjoy a little more mobility and freedom on the road but a small mistake may lead to a fatal crash. Hone your skills before hitting the road as it makes you more confident. Safety classes will prepare you for a better first time on-road experience. Be sure to enroll for refresher courses once in a while to take your riding proficiency a notch higher.

Choose the Bike According to Your Riding Abilities

As a beginner, you’re better off with a bike that you can easily control. There is nothing wrong choosing a powerful bike, but if you can’t control it, then that’s a recipe for disaster. The size and the weight of the motorcycle are equally important. The lighter the bike, the easier it is for you to control it. Go for a cycle whose handlebars and controls are easy to reach. Most importantly, you should be able to touch the ground with your feet while sitting on the bike.

Wear a Helmet

According to statistics, wearing a helmet while biking lessens the odds of a head injury by 50%. An estimated 97% of all motorcyclists who die in a crash do not have their helmets on. Thus, every biker, irrespective of age or level of experience should wear a helmet every time they ride.

Fit Your Bike with Anti-Lock Brakes

To reduce the risk of getting involved in an accident, your motorcycle needs to come to a halt within seconds of pulling the brakes. However, without anti-lock brakes, the likelihood of losing control of the steering is relatively high. Not being a position to control the bike during an emergency stop can lead to a serious crash. Consider fitting your bike with anti-lock brakes because they are quite affordable, and could save your life. Besides, bikes with anti-lock brakes attract a discount on insurance premiums.

When Involved in a Motorcycle Accident, Seek Legal Help

Even with the most careful biking, the risk of getting involved in an accident always exists. When a motorcycle accident occurs, contact a personal injury attorney as fast as you can. The after effects of an accident may be too weighty to handle on your own. However, with a motorcycle accident lawyer by your side, dealing with an accident case is swift and easy. The attorney will pursue compensation for damages caused by the accident on your behalf, thereby allowing you to concentrate on recuperation.

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High Stakes and Heavy Machinery: Avoiding Workplace Injuries on US Oil Fields

Oil field jobs consistently rank among the most dangerous globally. In fact, over 4,000 oil field workers were hurt in 2007 during their daily routines, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It’s not a coincidence that oil field workers receive so many injuries because there are numerous hazards in their work environment including flammable substances, toxic chemicals, heavy machinery, high platforms, and more.  If you are injured, contact the personal injury lawyers at The Clark Law Office for more information and learn how to protect your rights. While exercising caution at all times should keep most workers out of the hospital, here are some specific ways to make oil fields safer for the good people who work there.

Make Wearing Protective Gear Mandatory

There is no excuse for not wearing protective clothing and equipment while working on an oil field. This is especially true when one must complete tasks in areas with many known hazards. Shielding oneself from head to toe with anti-flammable jackets and pants, hard hats, safety goggles, gloves, work boots, and other gear should be required at every oil field. Employees who come unprepared or unwilling to abide by safety protocols should be denied entrance to the field and sent home without pay. Keep a close eye on the functionality of machinery and equipment Mining for oil requires the use of various machines, vehicles, and tools. All of these things are shared between hundreds if not thousands of workers to get the job done. Since these machines see frequent use, they can degrade quickly to become less efficient, inoperable, or even dangerous. Always test to verify that the equipment is functional and in good working condition before using it. Look out for suspicious signs such as wear, breakage, improper fit, rattling, excessive noise, smoke, sparks, and more using monitoring tools from GV Sensors or any other reputable provider of machine safety and diagnostic equipment.

Ensure that all employees are well-trained

Oil field jobs are specialized ones the require a lot of training. Not just anybody can show up and get things done competently. All new workers should receive extensive training under the supervision of an experienced worker before being allowed to work on their own. Supervisors should also be aware of employee competencies so that workers can be placed in the most fitting positions. This will help to keep them safe while increasing productivity on the oil field. Approximately five percent of all oil field workers are injured as a result of some kind of accident every year. Since the nature of the work is dangerous, oil field accidents have a higher chance of occurring than those in many other work environments. However, they can still be avoided when the proper precautionary measures are taken.

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Are Driving Laws Enough to Deter Road Incidents?

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