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5 Tips for Driving Safely on Wet Roads

The Harding Law Firm - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

You should always drive cautiously, but when the roads are wet, it is even more important to do so. Driving with caution during rainy/snowy conditions will help reduce the risk of automotive accidents, and make a safer driving environment for yourself and others around you.

Follow these 5 tips for driving safely on wet roads:

  1. Keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you. A good rule of thumb is for every ten miles per hour you are traveling, you should be one car length’s distance from the vehicle in front of you. So, if you are traveling at 50 mph, you should maintain a distance of about five car lengths to be able to safely stop in time, if needed.
  2. Use your headlights to make yourself more visible. If your windshield wipers are on, your headlights should be on as well.
  3. Make sure your car is prepared for this type of weather, meaning your wipers, lights, tires, and brakes are in working order.
  4. Slow down. When the conditions aren’t ideal for driving, it is best to take your time. It’s better that you arrive safely and a little late, than to be involved in an accident.
  5. Try to follow the “tracks” of the vehicle in front of you to reduce your risk of hydroplaning.

If you’ve been injured in an automotive accident due to someone else’s neglectful driving in wet weather, contact us today for a free evaluation.

Motorcycle Season is Approaching – Avoid Head Injuries with these Tips

The Harding Law Firm - Tuesday, April 05, 2016

One of the common cases that we deal with at Harding Law is accidents involving motorcyclists. Motorcyclists are more likely to be injured or killed in an accident than someone in an actual vehicle. With that being said, and with bike season quickly approaching, it is important to think about how you, as a motorcyclist, can avoid accidents that could potentially end fatally or with injuries.

Here are some tips for reducing your risk of accidents and injuries as a motorcyclist:

  1. MOST importantly – wear a helmet! Bikers who don’t wear a helmet are 40% more prone to fatal head injuries.
  2. Be aware of your surroundings. Although other drivers should be cautious around motorcyclists, it is best to prepare for the worst and always pay attention to what is going on around you and ride defensively.
  3. Anti-Lock Brakes. If your bike is not equipped with anti-lock brakes (ABS), consider making the investment and getting them installed. This type of brake system allows you to keep control when coming to a sudden stop, especially in wet conditions.
  4. Make sure you can handle your bike. Before you ride, make sure you are completely comfortable with your motorcycle.

Using the above tips will help you exercise caution when riding your motorcycle and reduce your risk of accidents. However, if you or someone you know has been injured in an accident while on a motorcycle, contact the Harding Law Firm for a FREE consultation today!