For all the high and the adrenaline rush it gives to riders,
motor-biking is actually quite risky. Although it’s immensely enjoyed as
a sport and also as a very quick and convenient way to get around, the
number of accidents involving motor bikes is high; and worse, the number
of casualties and serious injuries are high as well. Because bikers and
riders are the ones to be hit hardest in any kind of road accident, you
can file a special motorbike accident claim if you’ve been in one.
Generally, bikes and bikers are more susceptible to accidents than cars. Also,
even in the case of a minor accident, those on a bike will suffer much
more damage than those in a car. A simple slip can turn fatal in
seconds. Also, almost anything could trigger the accident. The balance
maintained by a bike running on the road can be upset by something as
simple as ice on the road, or a small brush against another vehicle. And
if the biker is inexperienced, even looking away from the road for a
second could lead to a fatality.
Usually in an accident or collision involving a bike and a larger vehicle, the latter is assumed to be at fault. This is generally because the latter can cause much
damage to the bike and also because bikers can often be missed by the
drivers of bigger vehicles, who will claim the biker, “came out of the
blue”. These accidents are most common at junctions, sharp turns,
T-junctions and at night.
If involved in a motor bike accident in which you were not at fault, you
can seek compensation. You will need to take the help of a solicitor who
deals with compensation claims, in particular road traffic accident
claims. The solicitors will tell you whether your claim is valid, what
steps you need to take, what you will need to pay (if at all), what you
stand to win and how they will approach the whole case. However, it is
important to have a good lawyer on your side – someone who specializes
in road traffic accident claims, or better yet, has dealt with motorbike
accident claims in the past. You will easily be able to find lawyers
and firms online, or you could look in the local classifieds for one. If
that doesn’t work either, you could go to the local bar association
where you’ll be bale to get a list of lawyers who specialize in personal
injury or accident claims.
While you’re looking for a lawyer it is also a good idea to begin collecting all the evidence you can to support your claim. It is also important to share every little detail of
the accident and the events before and after it with you solicitor, so
it would help if you jogged your memory a bit. Keep medical records of
injuries ready, along with photos of the scene of accident, statements
from witnesses, passengers, police and by-standers.
Along much of the country’s coastal regions, big storms are an unwelcome yearly visitor but don’t let stormy weather keep you from enjoying living in some of the most beautiful areas in the country. Some people will tell you that storm-proofing your home is an unnecessary expense. It’s true that not all storms reach the hurricane or tornado level of destruction, but why not play it safe and be prepared?
In Florida the stormy weather can include thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes. Storms are so part of the culture here that the state requires that shingles pass a wind test of 110 mph to be approved. Both your yard and your home need attention for the best outcome when the stormy season is upon us.
The most important aspect of storm-proofing your house is your roof. Make sure that your shingles are in good repair and properly glued down. If you have any concerns about them, they can be spot glued for additional strength. This will help keep water damage out of your home.
Just like shingles, siding can be pulled up and off your house by storm winds. Make sure that your siding is properly nailed down. Aluminum siding will resist being pulled off more than vinyl siding, but can be dented by flying debris.
Either invest in storm shutters or impact resistant windows. One major cost to homeowners in a hurricane is caused by projectiles smashing windows and allowing the storm into their home. This is also why it’s a good investment to purchase metal outer doors and a good quality garage door that is rated for higher pressures. Make sure that you replace the weather stripping on your doors as soon as it starts to wear. Weather stripping can make a world of difference to how much water can get forced in about doors and windows.
Don’t forget your basement too! You can’t weather-proof it from the outside, but you can have a water-proof barrier painted on the inside of your basement to help keep water out. Make sure that your eaves are functioning properly. If you have trees around your home make sure that you clean the eaves fairly often. Backed up eaves can cause your basement to flood.
The drainage issue leads us into the realm of storm-proofing in your yard. One of the biggest issues here is making sure that you have adequate drainage because a tropical storm can dump a huge amount of water on your property in a very short time.
Maintain the trees on your property. Make sure that your trees are healthy and unlikely to come down in a storm. Better yet, make sure that you don’t have any tall trees near your house. Shorter trees will do better in a storm because they are closer to the ground.
If you live in a region that has storms with high winds, avoid landscaping with rocks. Strong winds like tornadoes will pick up anything it can and use it to hammer at your house. Don’t give it any ammunition. If you have items like garden statuary or birdbaths in your yard, make sure you secure them or move them to your garage in case of strong storm warnings.
As last minute prep for an imminent storm, it’s also a good idea to pick any vegetables from your garden, make sure that any chemicals or fuels are stored safely in sealed containers in your garage, and take any fish out of your pond. Any vegetables in your garden may be inedible after a storm due to flood contamination. Yard and garden chemicals like fertilizers can get waterlogged and seep into your yard or garage if not properly sealed up, making for a nasty clean up.
The thing to remember with living in an area that gets big storms is that it’s always better to be prepared so that in storm season you don’t have an overwhelming amount of things to take care of. Spread your prep out during the year so that you don’t have to do it all or spend a lot of money all at once.
For anyone who lives in an area that experiences storms, the need to takes steps to storm-proof your house is a fact of life. For those of us living in locations that get yearly storms ranging from thunderstorms and tropical storms to tornadoes and hurricanes, we know that an ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure.