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.
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'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.
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.
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?
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.
An interesting new ride-sharing/carpooling/taxi service is emerging in the form of apps that can be used to help you find a ride from point A to point B. It's a very innovative idea, but as a personal injury lawyer, I can't help but look at this from a liability perspective. This new phenomenon reminded me of the old ride board that we had at college where students would put a note on a bulletin board so you could get a ride home for the holidays. This is basically a sophisticated form of hitch-hiking. One of the apps is called Side Car. The FAQ page on their website says: