HAPPY TRAVELS! HERE’S TIPS TO KEEP YOU SAFE ON THE ROAD
You don’t have to be a prepper to be prepared. Here’s The Top Ten Things You Need In Your Car, a list that covers the bare minimum you should always carry in your car. We’ve designed it with everyday emergencies in mind, but not to enable you to survive a zombie apocalypse of World War III. For those situations, you’d do better off investing in an electric, self-charging tank with a built in hydro garden for oxygen and food supply.
NO. 1 Your Cell Phone. Sure, it’s obvious, but there are plenty of people who leave home without it. Your cell phone should be programmed with the following numbers set for quick dial: your area’s equivalent of 911; your emergency car/towing service (Like AAA); your significant other’s numbers; your parent’s numbers; and of course, your lawyer’s numbers. You should also enable the app to allow your cellphone to be tracked. Yes, I know this sounds like a huge invasion of privacy, but the ability of law enforcement to track your phone will be made easier and more accurate with this feature enabled, and that just might save your life.
NO 2. A Mobile Phone Charger: If your car battery fails on a lonely highway, you’ll be glad you brought this.
NO. 3 A Well-Stocked, Emergency Safety Kit: Go beyond basic here. Your kit (and you may have to buy a starter and add to it, should contain at least: flashlight, first aid kit, booster cable, matches, protein bars, gum to chew to keep you alert, and some form of emergency caffeine for the same reason.
NO. 4 A Six Pack of Bottled Water: If you run out of gas on a hot summer day, it’s important to say hydrated. You should always carry at least 2 water bottles per passenger.
NO. 5 A Solar Powered Crank-Able Radio/Emergency Light with blinking capacity. These are cheap on Amazon, and the multi-function can really help in a variety of situations.
NO. 6 A Cardboard Sun-Shade for Your Dash. This can also be used for traction behind your wheels if you get stuck in mud or snow, and you can flip it to the non-reflective side and write emergency messages on the brown card board side like, “GET HELP!” if you have…
NO. 7 Red and Black Poster Size Sharpies. See No. 6. above.
NO. 8 Credit Card and Emergency Cash of at least $50.00. Some tow truck companies do not take credit cards, and the same goes for some mini-marts and gas stations.
NO. 9 An Umbrella and Rain Poncho. If you have to hike it in the rain, you’ll be glad you have these.
NO. 10 Spare Clothes, Including Sweat shirts and Sweaters. Delay a trip to the Goodwill a season or two and keep a bag of warm clothes and maybe a t-shirt or two in your car. If you get wet, you’ll have a spare, plus the sweat shirts and sweaters can sub as a blanket in cold weather.
Just like you, your car requires special attention when you drive it in during the hotter months. You both require extra fluids during the summer, so be sure to carry water bottles in your car, and to check your car’s engine coolant system and coolants so that its engine doesn’t over heat. Also check your car’s other fluids, including motor oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid and brake fluid to ensure they are at appropriate levels.
You and your car should avoid driving with or in excessive heat where-ever possible. First, avoid driving on local roads, when the highways are available. Highways are typically better maintained and treated to deal with excessive heat. For the passengers, make sure your car’s air condition system has been checked by a certified technician, preferably a dealer. Do not let your local oil change facility change out your air conditioning filter with an after-market filter. These can sometimes be rejected by your car’s computer system and cause all sorts of problems.
Under and over inflated tires are more likely to blow-out. According to the Rubber Manufacturers Association, most cars being driven do not have properly inflated tires as 85 percent of motorists do not know how to properly inflate their tires. Learn how to do this or have your dealer or service station check your tire inflation before any long trips.
On long trips, give your yourself and your car regular breaks. Stopping every hour during a long trip will allow your car’s engine to cool off, and give you a break needed for you to stay alert while driving.
Avoid boredom, sluggishness, and sleepiness caused by heat, by taking frequent stops, changing drivers, staying hydrated and keeping high protein snacks to avoid drops in your blood sugar. Beware of any sign you’ve dozed off for even a second, such as when your car drifts over to the other lane, or you space out, only to jerk alert and realize you don’t know where you are. If one of these happens, get off the road immediately, and either find a safe place to nap or change drivers! According to Sleephelp.org, driving while sleep deprived is a significant contributor to driving accidents, with some studies indicating it causes between 15 and 25% of all driver-caused accidents! For more on this issue, see: https://www.sleephelp.org/truck-driver-fatigue/
Also, read all medications before taking them when on a long road trip to ensure they do not impair your driving ability. As a word of caution, don’t start that long vacation road trip if you are suffering a right leg, foot or hip pain! A little ache can become a big problem in as little as an hour, and driving while in pain can definitely impair your over-all attentiveness. Finally, and obviously, don’t drink and drive or drive while impaired by alcohol. While illegal, it can also lead to drowsiness while driving, slow your reaction time, and affect your judgment. All of which are critical to driving safely in order to protect not only your precious cargo, but everyone else on the road.
With a little precaution, you and your car will arrive safely at your vacation destination!
ABOUT TRIAL ATTORNEY T. K. READ:
TK obtained her law degree from the University of Louisville Law School, where she was the winner of the Pirtle Washer Moot Court Competition. She attended the Atlanta College of Trial Advocacy in 1988, and obtained a L.LM in Litigation from Emory University in 1989. She is a member of all Georgia state and federal bar associations and the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association.
TK has a client-centric practice focused on personal injury, advocating for victims, and litigation. She became involved in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) through her construction litigation practice in the early 90’s. At that time, she recognized the value of Internet based ADR as a conflict resolution tool and in 1995, established GAMA, the Global Arbitration Mediation Association, Inc., as the world’s first on-line ADR Company. GAMA and its assets were later sold with substantial pay-outs to the company’s investors. In her personal injury practice, TK represents victims of motor vehicle accidents, sexual assault, work related incidents, slip and trip and falls, medical malpractice and injuries occurring due to premises liability. Practicing for close to 30 years, she has obtained millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for her clients.
TK is also a trained mediator and has mediated hundreds of cases.
Contact TK at email@example.com.
TK spends her free time running, hiking, and writing children’s books. Here’s links to her personal website and latest book, Ranger Nader & The Sunstruck Phantom:
and, here’s where you can go to buy her books: https://amzn.to/2yMX15A
You’ve been injured through no fault of your own, whether it’s by a trip or fall, on the job, or in an auto-accident. You’ve broken a bone, herniated a disk, or your back, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, legs or any part of your body tingles and hurts, or you hit your head and have aches; What should you do? First, seek immediate medical care. Your first call should not be to a lawyer. Lawyers are not doctors and just as lay people should not give legal advice, lawyers should not give you advice on how to treat your injuries.
That said, you can’t wait forever to seek legal advice. In general, in Georgia you have two years from the date of injury to settle your personal injury claims or file a lawsuit. So, yes, you will need legal advice on what to do next within a reasonable amount of time after you are injured. How soon to seek legal advice can be affected by your injuries, your health insurance status, your age, and other factors. Generally, seeking legal advice within two weeks of being injured is reasonable, whereas waiting six months before talking to an attorney may not be.
Lawyers can and do refer clients who don’t have health insurance but need treatment to medical providers willing to provide services while taking a lien on the client’s personal injury case. When a medical provider agree to take a lien, they are agreeing to wait for payment out of your settlement proceeds when your case settles. If you don’t have health insurance, then that is one very good reason to see a lawyer sooner, rather than later.
There are a lot of law firms out there who claim to represent people who have suffered personal injuries. Here are some questions to help you narrow your potential attorney list and make sure you get the best possible representation:
- Has your firm handled personal injury cases like mine before? How many?
- If we can’t settle my case (either because you are still treating or because the adjuster has made low offers), will your law firm be the one to file a lawsuit on my behalf? Note some of “one call does it all” large personal injury firms will refer out any cases requiring litigation.
- Are you the attorney that will be handling my case and talk to me when I call with questions about my case? Be wary of firms who push client relations off onto paralegals or investigators. These people cannot give legal advice and should not be your main point of contact.
- What is your contingency fee? Is it different if we settle without filing a lawsuit than it is when filing a lawsuit is necessary? Here at The Read Law Firm, we stagger our contingency fee based on the amount of work we put into a case to get it settled or tried. Our percentage is higher once we have thoroughly pursued pre-suit settlement and file your case in court.
- Do you help negotiate my medical bills as part of your service? There are a hundred different prices for the same medical services, and your attorney should try to see if the providers are willing to take a lower amount than what they initially charged.
To discuss your personal injury case with T.K. Read, please call 770-929-8644. If she is not in, she will get back to you as soon as she can.
*Please note, the above is not legal advice. Your reliance on it is at your own risk. Provision of this article as a public benefit does not create a contract between you and the attorneys at The Read Law Firm, P.C. Law changes and the intricacies of a particular case should always be discussed with a competent attorney.
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TK recently published a children’s book under the pseudonym, Kam Karem. The book is called, Ranger Nader & The Sunstruck Phantom and features a teenage boy who duels crazy King Gilgamesh to save Earth in an epic battle. Here’s link’s to more about that book, and to a press release about it:
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Our clients are our number one priority here at The Read Law Firm, P.C. As such, we strive to achieve justice for them, whether that takes the form of damages for their injuries, putting a stop to fraudulent business activity or insuring that an innocent person does not serve time for a crime they did not commit. Read below for some of the comments our clients have left for us:
We at The Read Law Firm, P.C., believe in supporting to our local community. In keeping with this commitment, you will find us out in our community for some part of every month.
Here’s what we’ve been up to since Christmas:
- T. K. Read attended the January, February, April, and May meetings of the Olde Town Merchants Association, and has volunteered to help on the Olde Town Beautification Committee and at a special event;
- T.K. Read attended the Wilbanks Child Endangerment and Sexual Exploitation Conference at the University of Georgia on January 26-27, 2018;
- T.K. Read will be hosting open to the public, free Writer Events at The Read Law Firm’s offices on February 3, 2018 and March 3, 2018. For more information on these events go to www.tkread.com.
- T.K. Read will be hosting free, open to the public Writer Events at The Read Law Firm’s offices on May 12, 2018 and June 16, 2018. For more information on these events, go to http://tkread.com/2018/05/may-and-june-are-show-mo-months/
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To get to The Read Law Firm, P.C. take Exit 80, the Conyers, West Avenue Exit, off Interstate 20. If you are going West on I-20, you will turn right onto West Ave. If you are going East on I-20, you will turn left onto West Ave. Proceed down West Ave. until after you cross the Rail Road tracks. Turn right immediately after crossing the tracks onto Rail Road Street. Proceed down Rail Road Street, crossing several streets. Proceed across Center Street into Olde Town Conyers and you will pass the yellow Welcome Center. Park in the parking lot on Rail Road Street as close to the Welcome Center as you can. Immediately across the from Center’s deck there is an alley that cuts from Rail Road Street to Commercial Street. Go down the Alley and take a right on Commercial Street.
For the curious, here’s our beautiful historic office building, inside and out. It was built in the 1800’s, has the original red brick, and was gifted a balcony by the TV series The Originals when they transformed Olde Town Conyers into New Orleans.
Settled! Time to box it up!
We settled a major medical malpractice case last week for a substantial award to our client. Unfortunately, we’re not allowed to provide the actual settlement number, but let’s just say it’s a life changer for our client and we count that as a definite win!
After two years of hard work, $30,000.00 + in expenses, and sixteen banker boxes of documents, we get to pack this case up and move it to storage.
For those of you suffering from injuries at the hands of your doctor or other medical professional, please note, that while the law offices of TK Read PC, litigate medical malpractice claims, we have to be very picky about the cases we take. This is because medical malpractice cases in Georgia pretty much never settle prior to being brought to court and in order to file a case here you MUST include an affidavit of a medical professional practicing in the same area as the Defendant with your complaint. This affidavit MUST detail the standard of care the Defendant violated and state that this breach proximately caused the Plaintiff’s injuries. And all of this MUST generally be prepared and filed in court within two years of the date of injury (unless it involves a foreign object left in the body, then within one year after discovery or the injury involves a minor, in which case different time limitations apply).
This is a steep, costly and time intensive burden. Finding an expert with the training, credentials and willingness to testify against a fellow professional within a short period of time requires your attorney to have tenacity, ingenuity and a large bank roll.
Approximately, nine out of ten medical malpractice cases that are filed in court and go to trial result in a verdict in favor of the Defendant Doctor. This isn’t because the doctors have better lawyers, or their patient’s did not suffer significant injuries, but because medical malpractice is hard to prove and juries are reluctant to hold medical personnel responsible.
60% of liability claims against doctors that are filed end up being dismissed without payment and of those going to trial, Plaintiffs win only 10%. The Case for Medical Liability Reform, American Medical Association.
The median medical malpractice jury award is under $500,000. See Medical Malpractice Insurance Claims in Seven State, U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), March 27, 2007.
Since it costs on average $20,000.00-60,000.00 in expenses for a Plaintiff to bring their case to trial with the attorney paying expenses up-front and most malpractice cases are taken on a contingency fee (the attorney is paid a percentage of any settlement or award), an attorney has to be very sure he/she can bring the case to a successful conclusion.
As a result of this, we have to analyze a potential medical malpractice case very carefully before committing to it. We are more likely to take your case if:
- It involves death, loss of use of limb or organ, paralysis, stroke, brain injury or other major injury;
- It has medical expenses exceeding $70,000.00;
- It has been less than a year since your injury occurred.