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Road Trip Safety Tips

Spring break and warmer weather means road trip season has begun. There is nothing like loading up the car with your gear and your favorite people and hitting the open road in search of adventure. But we all have that story of the time we were stranded by the side of the road because the tire blew out and we didn't have a spare, or the three extra hours tacked onto the length of the trip from driving in circles in the desert after our phone battery died and we lost our GPS. Those stories make for amusing anecdotes at a dinner party, but aren't too funny in the moment.

4 ways to spot a distracted driver

Imagine driving to work and traffic slowly comes to a stop. You apply the brake and come to a halt, dreading the long wait until traffic starts to move again. Unfortunately, the driver behind you was too busy texting his boss that he was going to be late and failed to notice that the cars in front of him were not moving. Now, you have a nasty case of whiplash and a car that vaguely resembles an accordion.

You cannot help but wonder if there was some way you could have avoided the accident. In this case, it is really too late to worry about what you could have done. Instead, the tips below might help you avoid another collision with a distracted driver. After a car accident with a negligent driver, you should speak with an experienced personal injury attorney in the Salt Lake City area to find out if you can file a claim for compensation.

4 emotional issues you could experience after a car accident

You're heading home from a long day at the office, driving in rush hour traffic, when someone tries to run a red light - everyone's in a hurry at 5:30 - and hits your car. Your physical injuries are significant, but they'll heal.

While you may deserve compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other damages, it's important to note that the issues you'll face after the car accident could go far beyond just the physical injuries. Medical experts note that you could deal with any of these psychological and emotional issues in the aftermath of a car accident:

Slope Safety for Skiers and Snowboarders

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Skiing and snowboarding are some of Utah's most cherished recreational activities. But they can also be dangerous. Skiing and snowboarding accidents happen all the time, it's just a part of the game. Sometimes, those accidents can cause injuries that are not your fault. In these cases, you may be entitled to some compensation. Handy & Handy Law, in Salt Lake City, knows just how to help you.

Never just "walk away" after being hit by a car while cycling

Every morning before work, you wake up to log some miles on your road bike. You have been training for the last few months for the annual century ride in the spring. Usually, traffic is not very heavy, so you have become a little too complacent about the risk of cycling every morning.

Why should you be worried? You wear all the proper gear, including a top-of-the-line helmet and reflective gear, and your bicycle is lit up like a Christmas tree. In addition, you always ride in the bike lane. Unfortunately, taking every available precaution will not keep you safe from every driver. At some point, there could be that one driver who did not see you in the blind spot, or the motorist who was too busy checking his email on his phone to pay attention.

Accidents & Self Driving Cars

Imagine that you're on a cross country road trip in your brand new self-driving car. It's hour six with only two hours to go. You've been enjoying the scenery, maybe a book and pleasant conversation with your fellow passengers. Suddenly, a large deer crosses your path and the vehicle's brakes lock. Will you be able to react fast enough?

Self-driving cars may sound like something straight out of Blade Runner, but these automated vehicles have been road legal since 2011. Google, Tesla and even mainstream manufacturers like BMW and Toyota are preparing self-driving cars for the road. Currently, eight states and the District of Columbia have addressed laws and concerns specific to driverless cars. While there aren't many on the road yet, 2016 saw the first incident of a fatal accident in a self-driving vehicle. Considering the 1.25 million people who die each year from collisions, one fatal accident in five years is not a bad track record. However, there are deeper implications to this technology.

Avoiding Ski Injuries

At Handy & Handy Law we can help you out with your injury claim if you are harmed while skiing. However, there are some ways you can avoid a skiing accident in the first place. First and foremost, all skiers and snowboarders should become familiar with the Skier Responsibility Code. As for protecting yourself from injuries, here are some pointers:

Avoid: ACL Injuries

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries are the most common of all skiing injuries. They can cause issues in the future, which can make it difficult to ski or even walk. ACL injuries can happen if you catch the edge of a ski and abruptly rotate your leg or in a jump or fall. Rigid ski boots lock the ankle and lower leg into one position, making it impossible to transfer the shock of a fall through the legs and placing pressure right on the knee. To avoid injury, skiers shouldn't ski on slopes they are unfamiliar with or do tricks that could cause a fall. In addition, keeping a 45-degree angle on the skis can help avoid catching.

Best New Vehicle Safety Features

Backup Camera

Backing up your vehicle in a crowded parking lot is stressful, especially when children, shoppers or objects seemingly appear from nowhere. When you're simply trying to get out of your parking spot without hitting anyone or anything, backup cameras can be a literal life- saver. The backup camera on your back bumper sends video to a monitor on your dashboard. Many of these monitors overlay graphics to show the path of your vehicle. These devices are so useful, the US Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) passed a law that will require all new vehicles under 10,000 to have a backup camera by 2018.

Forward Collision Warning

Even careful drivers can be in the wrong place in the wrong time. Forward collision warnings vary between vehicles, but most often use all-weather radar, lasers or cameras to detect oncoming crashes. Depending on the vehicle, these systems alert the driver to act or take action automatically through brakes or steering. You can expect this to be a standard feature in new vehicles by 2022.

Accident with an uninsured motorist? Don't panic

The weather forecast called for perfection, so it was a perfect time to pack up the car and head for Zion National Park. A weekend of hiking and star-gazing was just what the doctor ordered.

You had barely made it out of Salt Lake City before your plans drastically changed. Instead of spending the weekend hiking, you were now spending it recovering from a car wreck.

What to do if you are in an accident with a commercial truck

Winter driving in Utah can be nerve-wracking. No one wants to get into an accident, but they still happen. All too often, drivers suffer injuries in accidents with commercial trucks. In cases where a personal vehicle is struck by a large commercial truck, the potential for injury and property damage is higher.

Semitrucks and 18-wheelers have a harder time than usual making turns and coming to a stop in snowy and icy weather. If you or someone you love has been in a vehicular accident with a large truck, you can seek advice from an experienced personal injury attorney.

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