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How to Drive Through a Flooded Roadway

Posted on: July 31st, 2014 by Joe Cunnane

IMG_20110830_084407In the summer time we often don’t think about flooding because Western Washington gets substantially less rain this time of year; but did you know that flash floods can happen as a result of thunderstorms? The following are some tips on how to drive in a flood.

Avoid driving on roads covered by water. They are prone to collapse and may sweep away an average vehicle in only 12 inches of moving water. Driving through water may also stall your engine and cause irreversible damage if you try to restart the engine. If you come to a flooded street then take an alternate route.

If you must drive through water because there is no alternate route then take these extra precautions:
• Try to estimate the depth of water. Do so by paying attention to other cars driving through.
• Drive slowly.
• Avoid water if there are electrical or power lines down nearby.
• Look out for any objects that might be downstream. If they are moving then they may crash into your vehicle.
• If you have driven through water up to the wheel rims or higher, then test your breaks on a clear patch of road at a low speed.
• If your engine stalls in the rising water and you become trapped, immediately abandon your vehicle for higher ground.

The Cunnane Law Office has provided this content for informational purposes only. You should refer your questions to a personal injury attorney.

Why Do You Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?

Posted on: July 21st, 2014 by Joe Cunnane

DSC_3995Here’s what a good Personal Injury Lawyer can do for you:

• Remove the constant stress and hassle of having to deal directly with the insurance company adjuster. (You’ll finally be able to focus on getting well with greater peace of mind).

• Stop harassing phone calls from collection agencies about your unpaid medical bills. (Make sure that the insurance company pays for all your outstanding medical bills).

• Have a strong advocate on your side making sure that the insurance company plays by the rules. (You’ll finally have someone who will watch your back).

• Hire economic experts who will evaluate your future loss of earnings. (Maximize a just and fair settlement in the event you are unable to function at 100% capacity at work).

• You’ll have someone to explain what your legal rights are in plain everyday language. (You won’t find yourself being taken advantage of by a fast talking insurance adjuster).You’ll know how the legal system works. (You’ll never find yourself blindsided by the insurance company).

• Collect critical evidence including: police reports, statements from eye witnesses, photographs, and videos, if available. (Cases are won or lost by the amount of evidence that is presented, and now you will have someone who will invest in making sure all the bases are covered).

• Make sure that you don’t sign any unnecessary documents that could potentially damage your case. (This is critical when it comes to obtaining a fair settlement).

• Determine the amount of insurance coverage that’s available. (You’ll never be fooled into taking a low ball offer because the other side says there is minimal coverage).

• Provide letters of protection to treating physicians if you don’t have adequate insurance coverage. (You’ll be able to get the medical treatment you need).

• File a bad faith lawsuit against the insurance company should they fail to pay your claim. (Avoid all the endless hassles of unpaid medical bills).

• If your case can’t be settled, file a lawsuit or demand arbitration. (This one is pretty straight forward).

• Prepare client for trial in the event that the case can’t be settled. (Remove your stress from appearing in court).

• Make sure that your medical records are updated. (Your medical records are a key component to settling your case, and everything must be accurate).

• If you are unable to return to work an attorney will help you collect disability benefits. (You’ll be able to put food on the table in the event that you are unable to return to work).

• Collect medical records from treating physicians and hospital. (Take care of all the leg work for you).

• Send your medical reports to the insurance company.

• Prepare you for independent medical evaluation. (Help you to understand what the insurance company doctor will be looking for to undermine your claim).

• Send a registered nurse with the injured victim to assist them during the independent medical evaluation. (This helps them to feel comfortable knowing that someone else is on their side)

• Prior to sending records to the other side make sure that they have been properly reviewed.

• Keep you informed as to how your case is progressing. (You can call or make an appointment to stop by to see how your case is moving along).

• Prepare and present medical experts (treating physicians) at trial. (This will help the doctor present evidence that is beneficial for your claim).

The Cunnane Law Office has provided this content for informational purposes only. You should refer your questions to a personal injury attorney.

Personal Injury 101

Posted on: July 18th, 2014 by Joe Cunnane

Injury claimThe most common type of personal injury case is a road traffic accident, but did you know the term personal injury also includes medical and dental accidents? Depending on the intent or negligence of the responsible party, the injured party may be entitled to monetary compensation through settlement.

General damages may be emotional stress or pain and suffering whereas special damages are measurable costs which can be itemized. These may include medical bills, property damages and lost wages. Injuries sustained may last a lifetime and in some cases result in an inability to do one’s job.

Personal injury is usually covered by liability insurance, aka “auto insurance”. The term “personal injury” does not mean bodily injury damages but instead refers to mental injury damages. However, personal injury protection (PIP) does cover medical expenses from bodily injury. PIP is designed to be paid without regard to fault.

The Cunnane Law Office has provided this content for informational purposes only. You should refer your questions to a personal injury attorney.

Multi-Tasking and the Impact on the Human Brain

Posted on: July 12th, 2014 by Joe Cunnane

file0002139337140We have all read prospective employment resumes that state, “I’m great under pressure and handle multi-tasking efficiently.” As a nation, we pride ourselves for being able to accomplish multiple things at once. Furthermore, all of us believe that we can improve productivity by doing so. What really happens when we begin doing more than one thing at a time?

Researchers have utilized MRIs to observe the human brain while multi-tasking and performing various interrupted tasks. What they found is that when working on one task the brain devotes both frontal lobes to managing the work. When two tasks are performed each half of the brain manages each task. When a third task is introduced the brain starts crashing and mistakes begin to rise. Additionally this causes longer response times so productivity goes down.

So how does multi-tasking affect your ability to drive? A study by the University of Utah psychologists found that multi-tasking can be more dangerous than drinking and driving. “Talking and driving are mutually exclusive because the same part of the brain that is used in phone conversation is also used to focus on the road.” This means that when a person is in phone conversation they are paying less attention to what is happening visually in front of them. To learn more about the effects of multi-tasking, visit:

The Cunnane Law Office has provided this content for informational purposes only. You should refer your questions to a personal injury attorney.

Text and Drive Simulator

Posted on: July 8th, 2014 by Joe Cunnane

ae-texting-2jpg-2a653b32d0a2f670With texting and driving on the rise, there are now a number of simulators and games that have been released recently to show young adults just how difficult it is to text while maintaining complete control of a moving vehicle. The New York Times published one simulator that measures your reaction time and how it is affected by external distractions. You can find the link to test out your skills at:

I tested out the simulator and found that there is a delayed reaction when switching between viewing something close up and then something further away due to focusing your gaze. There is an additional delay that results in processing the information you are viewing.

Now of course the more you play the simulator the better you will get at it however this does not translate into getting better at texting and driving. Texting is a distraction that increases your risk of an accident by 23%. Try out the simulator to see just how much texting affects your reaction time.

The Cunnane Law Office has provided this content for informational purposes only. You should refer your questions to a personal injury attorney.

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