Riding a motorcycle is quite the unique feeling but it does require a special license and skill. It is a liberating and exhilarating feeling riding the open road, but it’s that same feeling that can put you in harm’s way and you can sustain serious injuries. Chances of getting into a motorcycle accident are not only determined by your behavior on the road, but also by the behavior of other drivers around you. Both the motorcyclists and car drivers need to keep in mind that they have to share the road.
Motorcycle accident can happen very fast, in a split of a second, which rarely gives you enough time to react and potentially avoid it. And how matter how big your motorcycle is, it is no match for a car, SUV or truck. And when a vehicle driver fails to practice caution and responsible driving, the end result of a motorcycle accident can be serious injuries or even death. So in case you do get into a motorcycle crash, you will need help from an experienced personal injury lawyer to file a civil action.
Driver mistakes that cause motorcycle accidents
According to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) there are four main types of errors / mistakes that drivers make which contribute to motorcycle accidents.
Braking – In order to slow down, the motorcyclist needs to downshift or roll off the throttle. Since most motorcycles don’t have a break light, the motorcyclist often miscalculate the stopping distance for both themselves and other vehicles in traffic.
Blind spots – The estimate is that nearly 50% of the space around a vehicle consists of blind spots which makes can make motorcyclist invisible for vehicle drivers. However, by properly adjusting the side mirrors can reduce the blind spots and prevent accidents
Hard to see – Motorcycles have a really narrow profile, compared to vehicles, and sometimes drivers are having a hard time seeing them. Vehicle drivers should practice extra caution and watch out for motorcyclists in different road settings, behind object and in poor weather.
Intersections – 42% of all motorcycle accidents happen on intersections. Many motorcyclists fail to yield the right-of-way to another motorcyclist who is driving straight through an intersection. This type of behavior is both dangerous and deadly.
By simply following the rules of the road, many vehicle owners can avoid hitting a motorcyclist. Even more so, vehicle drivers should refrain from negligent behavior while driving.
Dangerous driving behavior that can cause motorcycle accidents
In order to guarantee everyone’s safety in traffic, vehicle drivers should driver responsibly. In case the vehicle driver that hit a motorcyclists engaged in some of the following negligent behavior, he/she could be held liable:
- Driving under the influence of either drugs or alcohol
- Aggressive driving such as speeding, tailgating other drivers etc.
- Distracted driving, whether it’s visual, manual or cognitive
- Drowsy driving which can impair one’s judgement and prompt reaction time
In the event that the driver at fault cannot be charged under criminal proceedings, you are still able to file a civil action for the damages and injuries you sustained. For this, you will need an experienced personal injury lawyer who can properly assess your damages and help you navigate the entire process of filing a civil action. So if you were in a motorcycle accident, contact us today and let us help you get the compensation you are entitled to.
Motorcycle accidents are often pretty severe and it can affect your life substantially.
Knowing how to safely drive on the open road can make a huge difference and can even save your life. Arriving safely at your destination is the goal, no matter if you ride a motorcycle just for fun or as your main way of commuting. We hope that the following tips will help you avoid potential motorcycle accidents.
Protective motorcycle gear
When diving a motorcycle, you can enjoy the freedom of the open road like you never could when driving a car. It is a unique and liberating experience well-known to all cyclists. But that exact freedom can put you in harm’s way if you ever get into a motorcycle accident. When you’re in a motorcycle accident and you hit the pavement, you can suffer various injuries such as road rash, broken bones or other more serious injuries. According to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, the apparel or gear that you wear while on the open road can make a HUGE difference in surviving a motorcycle crash.
Helmets and eyewear can protect you in case of a motorcycle accident
Laws that regulate helmet wearing can differ depending on which state you drive in. For example, in Florida, if you are older than 21, you can ride a motorcycle without a helmet if you have an insurance policy that is $10,000 or higher. But if you are younger than 21, you must wear a helmet.
Even though in some cases, wearing a helmet is a personal choice, we highly recommend that you wear one while on the road, even if you meet the requirements for not wearing one. According to some date released by the CDC, wearing a helmet lowers the risk of brain injury in case of a crash by 69% and the risk of death by 37%.
No matter if you wear or not wear a helmet, in a motorcycle accident, you can easily lose control of your bike which can result in serious brain injuries. However, by wearing a helmet, you can significantly reduce the risk.
Furthermore, having a good and clean view of the road helps you navigate and steer your motorcycle. Some federal states actually mandate that you wear protective eyewear on a motorcycle and this is pretty logical. Eyewear can protect your eyes from insects or debris from entering your eyes, and obstructing your vision.
The type and quality of outerwear you pick for your ride, can truly make a difference in what kind and how severe injuries will you sustain in the event of a motorcycle accident. Someone who decides to go in a pair of shorts on a summer day, might risk getting severe road rash and abrasions on his legs if he gets into a crash.
Researchers and experts are still working on developing products that will be specifically designed to protect motorcycles. However, until those are fully ready and on the market, motorcyclists will have to use tough leather equipment to protect themselves.
Avoid motorcycle accidents by knowing how to ride defensively
Driving responsively and defensively is essential for the safety of all those on the road, not just motorcyclists. So you need to keep in mind that you have to share the road with other cyclists and not to make sudden moves while driving. Here are a few tips on how to drive defensively
- Don’t try to pass a vehicle in the same lane
- Be patient. Even if your motorcycle can fit between two vehicles, between two lanes, that is highly dangerous and against the law
- You must not ride more than to abreast in a single lane
- Maintain control ov your motorcycle at all times. Performing stunts, drag races or wheelies is forbidden
- Passing on the right can be used but only in a limited number of circumstances e.g. when the vehicle in front of you is turning left. In these cases, use extra precaution and care when performing this maneuver.
Car drivers and their behavior can also prevent motorcycle accidents
- Make sure that your mirrors are well adjusted. Nearly 40% of space around a vehicle is made of blind spots and in a blind spot you can’t see a motorcyclist.
- Just like motorcyclist, vehicle drivers should also practice patience.
- Yielding the right-of-way to motorcycles
Hopefully these tips will help you drive safely and prevent motorcycle accidents. In our next post, we will discuss the type of injuries that can be sustained in a motorcycle accident and what to do if you’re in a motorcycle accident.
Untimely death of a loved ones is one of the most difficult time for the loved one’s family or friends. However, in some cases, someone else might be at fault and in those cases, when someone else was negligent, you might be entitled to a compensation. These type of compensations are achieved through a wrongful death lawsuit.
Here, we will discuss what different type of accidents can lead to a wrongful death lawsuit.
Commercial trucking accidents
Most of the time, commercial trucking accidents are classified as auto accident. However, they are different from passenger vehicle accidents in a lot of way. One of the main difference is the mere size of the truck. Since commercial trucks are often heavy and large, they are most likely involved in accidents that result in death.
Commercial truck operation has a lot of elements in it, and each one of them has to be examined by the personal injury or wrongful death lawyer in order to determine how the accident occurred. These elements can include
- Mechanical failure
- Incorrect maintenance of the truck
- Oversized loads
- Loads that weren’t properly secured
- Driving error and
- Driving under the influence of some substance (alcohol or drugs)
In order to determine which party, or parties, are liable in the wrongful death of your loved one, the attorney will review every relevant aspect of the commercial truck operation.
Wrongful Death Through Car Accidents
Traffic collision involving passenger vehicles are one of the most common types of accidents that lead to a wrongful death case. This is due to the number of people that drive and how often they drive.
According to the 2019 NHTSA statistics, over 39,000 car accidents in the US had a fatal outcome. Only in Arizona, there were 911 fatal crashes, and even though this is the lowest number in the past three years, that is still an alarming number
Many of the fatal car accidents are caused by the negligence or one or more drivers. These can be categorized as:
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving or driving under the influence
- Roadway issues
- Speeding and
- Driving while drowsy
Bicycle, Pedestrian or Motorcycle accidents
People that commute with bicycles, motorcycles or on foot, are more likely to be killed in vehicle accidents. This is because they lack the necessary protection that vehicle d rivers have during the collision.
In the majority of these cases, the pedestrian, bicyclist or motorcyclist are killed in accidents mainly because of the negligence of the driver.
Medical malpractice and wrongful death
Even though hospitals should be a safe place, where healthcare providers should be skilled and well-trained to avoid harming the patients. We even have safety protocols set up in all hospitals. But despite that, medical negligence occurs and it can be fatal.
The most common examples of fatal medical errors include:
- Delayed or incorrect treatment
- Birth injury
- Errors during surgery
- Pharmaceutical errors
- Defective devices or medications
- Hospital negligence
- Lack of informed consent
Certain occupations are at greater risk of injury and death because of workplace accidents and dangerous nature of the job. Fatal work accident can occur in any workplace where the workers are required to work under dangerous conditions.
Based on the research of OSHA, the most frequent work-related accidents which result in death, occur due to:
- Being struck by an object
- Being caught between machinery, objects or materials
Defective products are dangerous for users even if they are used correctly. Sometime, even safe use of a defective product can be fatal. The most common cases of defective products, which cause death are:
- Defective drugs
- Vehicles or some components
- Defective children products
- Toxic food or containers
All manufacturers are obligated to only manufacture and sell safe and reliable products to their users. In case the manufacturer creates an unsafe or defective product, which poses danger to the user, then he can be held reliable of the (proper) use of said product leads to the user’s death.
If you or your loved ones has died and you suspect that you have a wrongful death case of one of the types mentioned above, contact Schenk & Podolsky today and schedule a consultation. Let us review your case with you and see if you have the right to claim compensation.
Riding a motorcycle does provide a certain sense of freedom. Although we need to remember that they are not as durable and crashworthy as closed vehicles like cars. According to the Insurance Information Institute, motorcyclists are actually 27 times more likely to be killed in an accident.
Now, you might have excellent driving skills and you have been driving a motorcycle for years, but it’s still important that you know how prevent accidents and stay safe. By taking necessary precaution you can significantly reduce the risk of being seriously injured or killed in a motor accident.
Way to prevent motorcycle accidents
In order to prevent motorcycle accidents from happening, both the motorist and motorcyclist should abide the traffic rules and practice caution every time they are on the road.
Probably the most important thing any cyclist can do aside from following the traffic rules, is to make sure that he/she wears the necessary safety equipment. The right type and quality equipment can protect you from injuries or minimize them, increase your visibility of the road and make your ride less exhausting.
Wearing a properly fitted motorcycle helmet and good quality boots will provide necessary protection for your ride. You can also consider getting a reflective jacket or west so other motorists could easily see you at night or in bad weather.
When on the road, both motorcyclist and motorists should abide the traffic regulations. Even though riding a motorcycle can be exciting and exhilarating, speeding down the road can be extremely dangerous. Maintaining proper control of your motorcycle is crucial and as your speed goes higher, the level of control is lower so you won’t be able to steer as accurately as you should nor you will be able to stop the motorcycle in time. So when you’re out on the road, make sure that you follow the posted speed limits.
During bad weather, when the roads are either icy or slippery, make sure that you ride at lower speeds and as you approach corners, curve slowly and only speed up when you emerge. Turning too fast could cause you to lose control of your motorcycle and crash into obstacles.
The main cause of motorcycle accident isn’t because the motorcyclist isn’t abiding the traffic regulations. Most of the accidents are actually caused by those that are driving near the motorcyclist on the road. So when out on the road, you should always be vigilant about the traffic around you. This is why you should come to a full stop at stop signs, look both ways before crossing an intersection etc.
Car doors and blind spots
At some point you will be travelling through and area where cars are parked alongside roads. You should avoid these areas or practice extra caution because vehicle owners might not see you and open their car doors directly in your path. In other cases, pedestrians might step out in front of you and you won’t be able to stop on time thus cause an accident. And while on the road, make sure that you stay clear of other vehicle’s blind spots. Position yourself towards the front of other cars. This way they will easily see you since you won’t be in their blind spot.
Just like with cars, you need to take good care of your motorcycle and keep it in good shape. This means doing regular maintenance in order to make sure that you’re not riding on worn out tires, having burned out lights or soft breaks, all make your motorcycle unreliable and riding it is a real risk.
After a motorcycle accident
Even if you follow all the traffic laws, motorcycle accidents can happen. If they do, there are a few things you should focus on. First, you need to make sure that you call the police so that they could make a detailed report of the accident. Make sure that you also take photos of the accident and vehicles or ask someone to do it for you if you’re not able to. Then you should collect names and contact information of witnesses and exchange information with the other driver.
Once the police arrive, ask for medical treatment even if you feel fine. You never know if there are some underlying injuries.
When dealing with a personal injury case, it’s nice to know what’s going on. This allows you to have confidence in what’s occurring during your case and not just trusting an attorney blindly. Although it’s important to pick an attorney that’s good at what they do and whom you can trust, it’s still important to be prepared and knowledgeable yourself. Having tabs on your own case and understanding the steps as they come allows you to make an informed decision when presented with one. Below covers some topics on personal injury cases when you are the one who has sustained the injuries.
What Does a Typical Personal Injury Case Look Like?
When an injury occurs at the negligence of another party, most states have laws that allow the person injured to recoup costs. This can include emotional trauma connected to the injury. Negligence can be from a workplace being unsafe or not kept up to code which resulted in an injury. Negligence can also include careless driving, malpractice by a doctor, and more. A typical case will have an injured party and a negligent party seeking to prove whether negligence was indeed the issue.
What Happens After Filing a Case?
The assumed negligent party is then served papers of the notice and becomes the defendant while you become the plaintiff. The next step is called “discovery” as lawyers on both sides gather evidence, ask questions, and build a case. Once this mode has ended, offers can be made before the case is taken to trial. If the offer is refused, it will go to trial and be decided by a judge. However, it’s common for personal injury cases to be settled outside the courtroom.
What Happens if I Win?
A judge or jury will decide an amount for damages and you will be rewarded this amount of money. Those deciding the amount will take into account the injury, grief caused by the injury, future wages lost, etc. All angles will be considered in order to fully cover the plaintiff. This is why cases like this are often settled outside of court.
How Long Do I Have to File a Case?
Each state differs on the length of time following an injury that you have to file a claim. This is referred to as the “Statute of Limitations.” Your attorney should be able to help you with this amount of time for your state. However, it’s always best to file a claim as quickly as possible following the injury. This often helps with evidence trails and the case in general.
Some other important notes to consider are that the defendant of the case isn’t punished. Other than paying out what’s rewarded to the plaintiff if they lose the case, a defendant won’t have to worry about aspects such as probation, jail time, etc. Further, if you decide to settle a case outside of court, this is when you and the defendant agree on a specific outcome of the case without a judge or jury. Your lawyer will handle the details.
As seasons change and various weather patterns come and go, new accidents and dangers present themselves. It’s common for some types of accidents to happen more often during certain seasons than others. One season that is popular for housing a large amount of accidents is summer. Kids are out of school, families are going on vacation, and people are more active than usual. This all is a recipe for fun and memories, but it’s also a recipe for accidents galore.
Pool or Water Accidents
Of course, you had to know this was going to top the list. Water is a large focus of fun when it comes to summertime games and time killers. However, water can be dangerous with slips, falls, head injuries, drowning, etc. Drowning is the fifth leading cause of death with a fifth of those accidents being children under the age of 14. Pools, lakes, and the beach can be a blast, but be sure to take as many safety precautions as possible to keep you and your family safe.
As mentioned above, summer is a great time for getting active and many people utilize their fun in the sun for sports. There are many summer leagues involving sports for children as well. A sport injury can be anywhere from a sprained ankle to head trauma. Sports can leave a window of uncertainty open on when or how a child could be hurt. Be sure to have all the proper safety gear in place for your child and get regular checkups to ensure there are no hidden issues that could arise from their sports involvement. Of course, don’t forget that adults aren’t exempt from sports injuries as well and should be cautious and not overlook safety guidelines suggested for the sport they’re involved in.
Bicycle and Motorcycle Accidents
When it comes to summer, there’s a lot of traveling occuring. On top of this, people like to utilize various modes of travel that aren’t possible or as popular during the cooler months. This includes mopeds, street bikes, motorcycles, bicycles, etc. These types of transportation have to share the road with motor vehicles which can get dangerous at times, especially in heavy traffic. With as busy as people are during the summer months, crashes involving these types of transportation tend to go up in number. Be careful when driving and sharing the road with these modes of transportation and ensure you’re wearing and covering as many safety precautions as possible if you operate one on a roadway.
As mentioned, the amount of travel people are doing goes way up when the summer months hit. Due to this, the amount of car accidents also rises throughout summer. Be aware that you’re not the only added traveler when summer hits and prepare/e aware of extra drivers on the road.
It’s always smart to observe safety parameters during any activity we might be involved in. This doesn’t just go for summer, but throughout the year. However, the accidents listed above are prone to happen more often and frequently when summer hits so, it’s good to be aware of this timing and up the awareness to compensate.
After a traumatic incident occurs, it can be difficult and even confusing to know what the next step is, if any. It’s common for those involved in traumatic incidents to lack proper information into the rights they possess. Knowing what rights you have can help incidents like a traumatic brain injury, feel a little less overwhelming. If you or a loved one has gone through this experience, here is a bit of information on your rights and the steps you should take during the process.
Your First Steps
If you hit your head and there are symptoms arising afterwards, seek medical care as quickly as possible. Even minor head injuries can be quite serious and cause other issues if left untreated. Further, if your incident occurred at work, in a car accident, or other place where someone may be held liable, getting medical care will provide proof of the injury and help with the timeline of events. Sometimes, incidents may occur that do not involve the liability falling on another person. However, brain injuries can be a life-changing event and are often caused at work, in car accidents, etc. This means you shouldn’t be the one to handle all the burdens a brain injury can lay in your lap.
Contact an Experienced Lawyer ASAP
It can be common for people to move quickly in order to protect themselves when it involves an incident they may be liable for. This is why it’s important to protect your rights as soon as possible. Bringing in an experienced lawyer as soon as everything starts to happen can ensure things are handled properly from the beginning. An experienced attorney can ensure your rights are protected and followed to the letter while you go through such a burdening event.
Listen to Professional Advice
We often times want to argue with our doctors and lawyers about certain matters. Sometimes this is warranted however, other times we need to listen to the professionals. We hire them for a reason and it’s because they know what they’re doing. This means you’ll want to follow the treatment and medical plan given to you by your doctor. Some hiccups can occur if a patient during a case doesn’t follow a treatment plan. Further, listen to the tips your attorney will offer you. For example, he/she might tell you to avoid discussing matters freely on social media or with friends and family. This often can also cause hiccups and make the process harder or longer. It’s important you stay aware of your actions and think about how those actions can interfere with your case.
If you or a loved one have experienced a traumatic brain injury, contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible. Not all incidents involving brain trauma require cases however, many do and you’ll want to make sure your rights are covered.
Appropriate Riding Gear
Riders injured in a crash that was not their fault may still have to accept some of the blame if they are not wearing enough protective clothing. The legal term is “contributory negligence” and it can result in a reduced payout for riders, even if they are not at fault.
Contributory negligence is a defense often raised by the Traffic Accident Commission who represent the ‘at fault’ driver. It can cover a wide range of issues. The defense is raised when the TAC considers that the injured person’s damages should be reduced because their injuries were contributed to by their failure to take reasonable care for their own safety. This can be the case regardless of whether the rider’s actions partly caused the accident or if they were criminally at fault.
An example of criminal fault is not wearing a helmet, or being alcohol/drug-affected.
It can also be applied even if the rider’s actions were not illegal and did not contribute to the crash, but they were not wearing “appropriate riding gear”.
What constitutes appropriate riding gear?
In civil cases, the same standard is applied to all of these issues. In a civil setting, the standard that is placed on you is that you take reasonable care for your own safety. In other words, you may not have caused the crash, but if you contributed to your injuries by not wearing proper protective gear, your damages may be reduced due to a finding of contributory negligence. There is a reasonable expectation that if someone is riding a bike at high speed in shorts and thongs and not any appropriate gear, any degree by which their injury is made worse by failing to protect themselves may result in a reduction of their damages.
It may not be illegal to ride in shorts and thongs, but a court might say you could have done more to avoid injury. It can be a persuasive part of the defense argument.
This results that the lump-sum payout may be reduced by a percentage. The jury decides the amount of damages the injured person is entitled to, and then decides by what percentage, if any, it should be reduced by contributory negligence. The judge gives them some guidance but the percentage reduction is ultimately in the jury’s hands.
The lesson for riders is to wear the gear to reduce your exposure both physically and financially. It’s also a good idea to seek good legal representation as soon as possible after an accident.
Most Common Causes Of Motorcycle Accidents
Millions of Americans drive motorcycles every single year. It can be a way of life, or a fun and stress-relieving hobby. Unfortunately, a number of bikers also get into dangerous or even deadly motorcycle accidents while on the road. What factors contribute the most to motorcycle accidents? What are some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents? And how can accidents be avoided to maximize safety for everyone who shares the roads together?
Let’s take a look at the most common causes of motorcycle accidents and what you can do to prevent them. Whether you drive a motorcycle or you share the road with those who do, it’s important for everyone to do their part.
Sometimes, it’s not anybody’s fault but the manufacturer. And if they happen to make a faulty motorcycle, it could possibly cause an accident. This could happen when a part of the bike malfunctions. Some examples could be when safety mechanisms aren’t activated, when brakes fail, or when tires are not properly secured. Sometimes, the motorcycle may even be poorly designed, to begin with. This can be avoided by making sure the motorcycle you buy is of high-quality and safe.
Car Doors Opened Suddenly
If a vehicle driver opens a car door without warning in the path of an oncoming motorcyclist, the person riding the bike may collide into the door. This can cause both injury to the motorcyclist and expensive damage to both the motorcycle and the offending vehicle. If you ride a motorcycle, make sure you drive a safe speed and keep an eye out for car doors being opened. And if you drive a car or other vehicle with opening doors, make sure you check to see if any motorcyclists are in the path of you opening your door when you park along the street.
Driving With Excessive Speed
For drivers of all sorts of vehicles and cycles, speeding can be a major, leading cause of accidents. At high speeds, you may lose control of your ride or be unable to stop in time if there is an obstruction or safety hazard on the road ahead. Unexpected turns or merging lanes at top speed can also easily cause an accident. Nothing is worth the rush of speeding. If you think you may be late or need to get somewhere by a certain time, make sure you leave early to avoid the urge to speed. Besides being dangerous, speeding is also illegal and could lead to a ticket or loss of licensure.
Drivers Influenced By Alcohol Or Drugs
Drivers who are under the influence are major causes of accidents and accident-related fatalities every year worldwide. If you cannot stay sober, don’t drive. It is simply not worth your life or someone else’s.
How To Avoid Motorcycle Accidents
Driving on the road with drivers who prefer motorcycles can be a nerve wrecking experience. Choosing to ride a motorcycle comes with safety precautions you’ll want to take too. It is important to know and understand how to avoid accidents and to be a safe driver for both you and others on the road. Sometimes what seems common is not so common knowledge, so let’s break it down what healthy driving habits you can create to avoid unnecessary accidents.
Wear safety gear/bright, reflective colors: This helps you to feel more comfortable and also to let others have an easier time seeing you. The reflection of a bright color might catch someone’s eye that might have not otherwise seen you. Drivers, you will want to make sure you are aware of your surroundings and looking out for colors/indications of a motorists sharing the road with you.
Be weary of left turns: Depth perception plays a huge role in gauging what someone else’s speed is. It is often that a driver will turn left with no enough time for the second driver to not have to decrease their own speed. See the signs and intentions of the other driver’s next move or turn.
Check your speeds: Turning corners. This also goes for looking and knowing what the road conditions are like with making turns. Driving safe speeds will allow for reaction times, and the ability to make a different decision when something comes up.
Be aware when changing lanes: Know your blind spots and how to effectively spend as little time as possible in them. It’s not enough to look in your rearview mirrors, you need to also look behind you, and signal when you change lanes. Can not stress this enough, because if you change lanes into someone, it could be life threatening. An extra minute of making sure it’s safe to make the change makes a huge possibly years difference for the outcome. If you can not take the extra minute, don’t risk it.
Do not drink intoxicated: This goes for any and all driving and accidents. Drinking or doing drugs and deciding to drive is always a bad decision. It may not be each time you hit the roads that an accident will occur. You might have already driven under the influence and feel as though you had a fine experience. It only takes one time, and doing anything mind altering could create an incident that you will wish was avoided.
(For riders) Do not zig zag through traffic: There’s an impulse that because riding a motorcycle gives you flexibility to drive through the cars in multiple lanes, that you are able to do so safely. You might even actually be able to do so safely, but you can not account for the actions of others who do not see you. If you are driving alone on a road, or if you are practicing somewhere isolated and out of danger, you are free to get wild; don’t do it on the road. This is highly dangerous and should be avoided.
The road can create illusions of safety because you are either on a motorcycle and feel as though you can escape harm’s way easily, or you are in a car/truck and feel as though it will protect you from any potentials; but do not bet your life on it. Be safe and take the extra precautions to make sure that you do not put yourself or others in harm’s way. If something happens, know who to look to, seek the professionals at Schenk Podolsky Attorneys At Law who can save you further worry.