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What Should I Do After an Uber Car Accident

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For passengers, it’s important to know what to do if you are ever involved in an Uber car accident. What recourse do you have if it should happen? It’s something few think of when they pull their smartphone out on Saturday night to hail a driver. Within a matter of minutes, that driver appears, greetings are exchanged, and you and your party enter the car, and head home. It’s that easy—most of the time. (more…)

Benefits of Hiring an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney

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the benefits of hiring a personal injury lawyerAn experienced personal injury attorney is the best way to ensure you will be fully compensated for any injuries sustained as a result of someone else’s negligence. It’s unfortunate, but accidents that lead to personal injuries caused by others through no fault of your own do happen. It can be life-altering. Accidents can occur at work, while shopping, in a vehicle, through a defective product, incompetence, or hazardous property conditions—and result in a personal injury. By every right and by law, you’re entitled to be awarded the compensation you deserve. (more…)

What Laws Regulate the Safety and Testing of Self-Driving Trucks?

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Hardy Wolf & Downing - Blog Self-Driving TrucksIf your Uber or Lyft car has ever rolled up with a roving camera on the roof, you may have felt a twinge of excitement (or fear) at your first chance of riding in an autonomous vehicle. But while consumers have their eyes trained on self-driving cars, company owners are looking forward to a future of self-driving commercial trucks that could increase fuel efficiency and boost their profits. (more…)

A Guide to Legal Latin

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Legal Latin - Hardy Wolf & DowningEvery profession has its jargon. A doctor may need something “stat,” a boxer may be “on the ropes” and a computer scientist may espouse that “A.I.” will take over the world!

In a court of law, you may even hear a lawyer say “ignorantia juris non excusat.”

… Come again? (more…)

Dog Breed Blacklist: Top 3 Breeds Banned by Insurance Providers

For many homeowners, a house isn’t a home without a dog. Although you may be ready to find Fido at your nearest breeder or shelter, you should always remain aware of breeds that may cause financial headaches down the line. The dog you choose may be the sweetest animal in the world, but some insurance companies will hold your pet’s breed against them, potentially refusing to provide home or renter’s insurance coverage for households with dogs of a particular breed. Familiarize yourself with the most commonly blacklisted breeds before committing to a dog to make sure your insurance coverage remains intact. (more…)

Tips on How to Stop Distracted Driving

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Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of auto accidents, and the top culprit behind it all is cell phone use while behind the wheel. A study conducted by driving analytics company Zendrive found a staggering 88 percent of drivers use their phones while driving. The study found drivers spent 3.5 minutes on their phones per hour of travel time, which may not sound too terrible, but stats show that two-second distractions can increase the risk of a crash as much as 20 percent. (more…)

What is Negligence?

What is Negligence? Negligence is when failure to act as a “reasonable person” directly causes injury to someone else.1 Legally, people have a “duty of care” to protect other individuals. For example, you shouldn’t be putting others in harm’s way by texting and driving. Similarly, business owners, property owners, and manufacturers are supposed to ensure that buildings are safe for occupants and products are okay for consumption. (more…)