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Apr 27, 2016 - Car Accidents

IS THERE A DEADLINE TO FILE A CAR ACCIDENT INSURANCE CLAIM?

On behalf of Peter Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted inCar Accidents on Wednesday, April 27, 2016. If you’ve been involved in a car accident, you may be wondering if there’s a deadline by which you have to file your insurance claim. While it’s true that insurance policies and providers vary—and so it’s incredibly important to check your own policy—there is generally not a time limit. The reason most people ask this question is simply that they’re worried that they waited too long. Maybe you were involved in a wreck last month, for instance, and you just got too busy to report it. Maybe you didn’t know your car suffered any damage, so you were just going to let it go, but now some damage is apparent and you want to look into your options. The same could be true for injuries. Whether it’s been a day, a week, or a month, you typically can still file your insurance claim. However, the statute of limitations of an injury lawsuit is two years, so be sure you know that these are two very different processes. Most experts advise you to file the claim as soon as you can. If the crash is one that warrants a police report, the police are going to want to know about it quickly. This report can help you if you’re seeking compensation. Waiting too long can make it hard to find the evidence that you need. When trying to show who was at […]

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Apr 22, 2016 - Pedestrian Accidents

SAFETY TIPS PEDESTRIANS CAN UTILIZE

On behalf of Peter Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Pedestrian Accidents on Friday, April 22, 2016. There is an incredible level of danger with any pedestrian accidents, so it’s wise to take steps to protect yourself. Even if you’re not at fault—if a driver hits you while you’re legally crossing the street, with the signal, for example—the ramifications for you are far worse than they are for the driver. Use these tips to stay safe. 1. If you’re out at night, it’s a good idea to wear bright clothes. You may even want to consider clothes with reflectors on them, which are often worn by cyclists. Some experts have said that it can also be wise to carry a flashlight. 2. Stick to the sidewalks as much as possible. This can’t be done everywhere, though, so be sure you face traffic when walking on the shoulder. 3. Look three times before going across the road. For example, start by looking to the left, then look to the right, then switch back to the left before stepping over the curb. 4. Don’t text while you walk. If crossing a road, don’t use your phone at all. Wait until you’re on the other side. 5. Be highly alert for any cars that are turning. Remember, even if the walk signal says you can walk, a driver may also be legally able to turn. He or she is supposed to stop for you in the crosswalk, but drivers sometimes don’t […]

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Apr 12, 2016 - Wrongful Death

READ THE FINE PRINT ON CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS

On behalf of Peter Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Wrongful Death on Tuesday, April 12, 2016. Carbon monoxide is very dangerous because, without a detector, you may have no idea that it’s in your home. Even when building up to deadly levels, you’re not going to see it or smell it. That’s why people often call it a silent killer. A carbon monoxide detector works much like a smoke detector, and there are even combination units that check for both at the same time. If the gas is found, it chimes and tells you to get out of the house before you suffer any harm. However, experts warn that you absolutely need to read the fine print. A lot of detectors are only rated to work at all for seven years. Don’t just assume that the detector is working because it’s not making any noise. After you get past that seven-year mark, it may have failed and it will stay silent even if your home is full of gas. Now, many detectors are set up to chime when they need to be replaced. This is to let you know in case you forgot—or if you bought your home with the detectors already installed and you have no idea how old they are. That being said, this function could break and you may not get any warning, so it’s best to keep track of the lifespan on your own. If you have lost a family member because of […]

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Apr 8, 2016 - Motorcycle Accidents

THE 3 LEVELS OF ROAD RASH

On behalf of Peter Hileman of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. posted in Motorcycle Accidents on Friday, April 8, 2016. Not all types of road rash are the same, and the level that you experience during a motorcycle accident has a lot to do with how painful it will be, how long it will take to heal, and how much it’s going to cost for the treatment. Generally speaking, the different levels are referred to as degrees—the same way that burn injuries are rated. If you just have first-degree road rash, it’s a relatively minor issue. Your skin will be slightly red and could be a bit painful to the touch. This can often be treated at home and will heal completely. With second-degree road rash, the first layer of your skin is actually going to be torn or broken. This can be much more painful and will take longer to heal, as the skin needs to regenerate. There are typically not significant scars, but there can be some scarring. Finally, if you get third-degree road rash, the skin will have been torn right off and the tissue below will be exposed. This is the most painful and requires the most treatment—and the longest healing time. Scarring is likely. In many cases, those who are injured actually need to have skin grafts so that they can heal properly. This is a extensive procedure that can take a long time and be very costly. If you’ve been injured in an accident that […]

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