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Does an ignition interlock device keep people safe?

You were having the time of your life with your friends and family before your accident. You had planned to travel down the highway and stop at unique destinations along the way. Unfortunately, a dangerous and drunk driver struck you on the road, leaving you and several of your loved ones injured.

Drivers who drink before getting behind the wheel have no place on the roads. They made a bad decision to get into a vehicle without the right mindset and put themselves and others in danger. Now, you're one of the people suffering the consequences.

Ignition interlock devices work: Here's why

You love driving in your area. The local area has lots to see and do. Unfortunately, not everyone pays attention to the roads, and now you have injuries as a result.

The shock of finding out that the driver was intoxicated is just another thing that you have to come to terms with. Now, you want to know that the driver won't be able to drive drunk on the roads again. One thing the courts may do is to require the driver to use an ignition interlock device.

There is no such thing as multitasking

People often think of performing multiple tasks simultaneously as multitasking. Perhaps you often find yourself taking on the phone to a client while sending an email to your boss and answering a colleague's question at the same time. You are the poster child of productivity in your Biloxi workplace. Or are you?

The problem is that multitasking, in the sense that we normally think of, does not actually exist. Researchers point to the concept of multitasking as a tool today's society uses to feel more efficient in what is generally a stressed environment.

Prevent right cross bicycle accidents

A right cross bicycle versus auto accident happens when you're riding straight across the line of an intersection or a driveway. If a car is entering the intersection, or crossing the road from the right side, it could hit you with its front or pull in front of you and cause you to hit its side.

Right cross incidents are the most common bicycle versus car accidents on the road, so bicyclists need to be aware of them and how to avoid them.

Study shows that reckless driving causes most cycling accidents

When you hit the road for a training or a commute, how many cars honk their horns at you while you are pedaling like mad? How many close calls have you had with drivers that did not see you? Of these encounters, how many times did they occur because you were not following traffic laws, wearing brightly colored clothing or staying in the bike lane? Chances are that 99.99 percent of these occasions occurred for no other reason than because you were cycling.

In general, drivers think of cyclists as annoyances, riding their bikes where only cars are meant to be, and causing road hazards. In reality, only a very small proportion of cycling accidents happen due to the actions of the cyclist him- or herself. While many reports seem to be pointing the finger at cyclists for engaging in risky behavior, such as ignoring traffic signals and riding with earbuds in, a government study suggests otherwise.

How to prepare for a settlement

Driving through Biloxi on your way to work can come with all sorts of dangers. You have to dodge semis that try to change lanes while you are next to them. Then, there are people that decide it is a good idea to send a text message while they are driving. And, of course, there are the ones that think that the traffic laws do not apply to them. Staying vigilant will help you avoid most accidents, but no matter what, there may be that one that you cannot get away from.

After an accident with a negligent motorist, such as a distracted driver, you may be entitled to receive compensation from that individual's insurance company. You certainly should not have to foot the bill for your injuries and the damages to your vehicle because of someone else's recklessness.

Consider all options after a crash with a drunk driver

You follow the law and make every effort to drive safely. Unfortunately, the bad decisions of other people can still put you and the people you love at risk. While certain factors increase the risk of a collision with a drunk driver, including the time of day and day of the week, it is not your responsibility to avoid driving after midnight just because someone could be drunk on the road. In fact, depending on the schedule of the person who decided to get behind the wheel intoxicated, you could experience a collision with a drunk driver in the early morning on your way to work. It's impossible to predict.

Car accidents can take a serious toll on the people involved. First, there's the physical trauma of the accident. It's relatively common for people to experience severe bruising, broken bones, head injuries and even spinal injuries in car crashes. The more serious the crash, the more likely it is that you'll be missing work afterward while you recuperate. You'll also have to handle the expenses involved with repairing or replacing your vehicle. This can cause severe financial hardship particularly if the drunk driver was either uninsured or only carried state minimum insurance.

Tips for avoiding distracted drivers

You have seen them while you have been sitting in traffic -- the teenager sending a text, the executive checking his email, and that one time you actually saw someone steering their car with a knee while eating a sandwich. In a world where multitasking is the key to getting things done, distracted drivers are everywhere and they account for a significant numbers of motor vehicle accidents. Fortunately, there are things you can look out for in order to spot and avoid distracted drivers.

If you or a loved one has already been the victim of a distracted driver, you might be entitled to compensation for injuries, lost wages and property damage. An experienced personal injury attorney in the Biloxi area can help you fight for the compensation you deserve. Read further for tips to spot distracted drivers so that you have a better chance of avoiding another accident.

After a car accident, document everything

Imagine driving to the supermarket on Friday to stock up on food and drinks for your Saturday barbeque. You were almost there when another driver ran a stop sign and hit you on the passenger side of your sedan. The impact was enough to leave you with an injured neck and back. It is likely that your car is totaled. Now, you will have to buy a new vehicle, pay for medical treatment, and miss work until your doctor clears you to return. Since the other driver was at fault in the accident, you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries, lost wages, and the damage to your car.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident, it is important to remember that you have options. An experienced attorney in the Biloxi area can help you file a claim to recover your losses due to an accident with a negligent driver. If you plan on filing a claim, there are things you can do to make your case stronger. Like with many situations, documentation is often key when it comes to winning a case. Read further to find out more about how keeping detailed notes about your injuries can help your case.

3 things that affect the outcome of your personal injury claim

Every car crash is different, but three things are always the same: the factors that influence how much your settlement or award will be. After a crash, you need medical care and other financial support as you recover. It's the responsibility of the person who struck you to cover your losses.

Your attorney can help you file a claim against that individual, so you can receive the payout you deserve. There are three things that affect how much you'll be awarded. Understanding these factors helps you make the most of your case.