Oct 6, 2015 | Views: 5
Nobody wants to be in a car accident unless of course he/she is suicidal or has some ulterior motif such as attempting insurance fraud. From missing work to possible traffic citations, liability issues and even injuries, a car accident is more than enough to shake you up especially, if you are the “at-fault” party.
Car Accidents in the U.S.: The Numbers Say it All
This is a really serious issue in the U.S. considering that there were around 2.24 million car crashes in the country in 2010 alone. However, the good news is that the country saw a drop in motor vehicle crashes in recent years. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports, there has been a 25 percent decrease in the number of road crash fatalities over the last 10 years.
That said, the likelihood of most U.S. drivers being involved in a car crash at least once (no matter how minor it is) in their lives is quite high. Even the most cautious and safest drivers can get involved or become a victim of a car accident.
If you are involved in a car accident, there are a few things you need to do to ensure your safety as well as the safety of the other driver(s)/people involved in the crash. For example, you need to properly document everything for both legal and insurance reasons. In addition, there are a few things you should NEVER do after a car accident.
This article points out the things you should not do after a wreck and explains there legal consequences, regardless of how innocent and appropriate they may look and feel at that moment.
1. Don’t Run Away
The damage has already been done, running away from the scene will only make it worse. Never do this. For humanity’s sake as well as to help your case later in court, stop the car to check on the other person(s) involved, no matter how severe or minor the damages are. Also, if you or someone else is injured and need medical assistance, try to arrange for the same. In addition, you need to call your lawyer even before speaking to the law enforcement officer.
Another thing you should do as a responsible citizen is to set up flares and/or keep your flashers on to prevent further accidents, especially if the area is poorly-lit. In case your car’s lights aren’t working, use a flashlight while you wait for the police to reach the accident area.
2. Don’t Say Sorry (Even if You are)
Saying sorry after a car accident is almost like accepting you are at fault. In most cases, the general tendency is to say sorry (mostly out of compassion) to the other person(s) especially if they are injured. It’s understandable that you are probably feeling bad and want to make the other person feel better. But saying sorry is the last thing you want to; it might be used against you later to imply that you have accepted your fault and have caused the accident.
3. Shying Away from Calling the Police
Be it a minor accident or a major car crash, be the first person to report the incident to the police. This is not just a lawful thing to do, it will even help you in the court in case of a lawsuit or when making your car insurance claim. The other car driver may try to make a settlement and insist on not informing the police, especially if he/she is at fault.
Don’t fall into the trap as in most cases, such drivers have an outdated or fake auto insurance policy. This means you will get no compensation and since there is no report, you cannot file a lawsuit against them. Wait till the police comes and also speak with your car insurance lawyer to get a clear idea of thing you need to do.
Besides, the police report along with the photographs taken by the law enforcement officers work as evidence when you are filing a lawsuit/insurance claim.
4. Not Documenting the Work
Once you have called 911 to report the accident, document the wreck. Start with noting down the name, address, as well as the insurance policy number and company name of the other driver(s). You will need this information at the time of filing the insurance claim. See if there are other witnesses; get their details as well. Also, take pictures of the accident scene using your mobile camera including pictures of your visible injuries and any visible damage caused to your car.
After the police arrives, tell them what happened exactly without manipulating the truth. Never ever misstate, guess or speculate any fact; tell them directly if you are unaware of certain facts. For example, if you don’t have any visible injury and are not sure whether or not you are hurt or injured, tell them so instead of saying no. The police will arrange medical assistance to examine you as injuries and pains from car accidents often become apparent later on, sometime hours after the accident. Besides, there is a chance for internal injuries as well.
Also, make sure the other driver(s) are giving accurate statements as well.
5. Never Lose Your Temper
The accident was perhaps not your fault, but losing your temper is. It is quite obvious to get angry or even aggressive when you are hurt or in pain, especially when it wasn't your fault. But keeping your cool in such a situation will help you in the long run. Take deep breaths, keep calm, and analyze the situation. Ask the others involved in the accident if they are hurt. Instead of being aggressive and hurtful towards other, be helpful.
Take all the steps that are necessary if you get involved in a car crash; help yourself and others but never blame yourself for the accident. A simple “I should have been more careful” or “What was I thinking driving through this dark lane” can ruin your chances of being compensated. Try not to show your frustration and avoid making any comments before you have spoken to your lawyer as ‘anything you say or do can be used against you in the court of law.’
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Sep 18, 2015 | Views: 26
In 2014, General Motors recalled 1.6 million cars due to a defect in them which caused as many as 303 deaths. The affected models include the Ion and Cobalt models, 2007 Pontiac G5 models, 2006-07 Saturn Sky models, 2006-07 Pontiac Solstices, and 2006-07 Chevrolet HHRs. All these cars have issues related to faulty ignition switches and none of them are in production anymore. Out of these 1.6 million recalled cars, 1.4 million cars were in the U.S.
As of February 2015, GM had received 3,866 injury claims and 479 death claims and GM decided to pay at least $1MM to each eligible death claim under the guidelines of compensation expert Kenneth Feinberg. Besides, GM is facing several lawsuits, including two class action suits because of their faulty cars.
But this wasn’t the first time the country experienced the horrors of faulty auto parts leading to fatal crashes.
U.S. Auto Product Liability Cases
Many car crash incidents in the U.S. were linked to faulty vehicles or automobile parts. Let’s take a look at some of the major incidents.
While the 2014 General Motors recall was one of the biggest in the history, this wasn’t the first time GM was involved in product liability claims. The company has faced such claims previously as well, which cost them dearly.
Back in August 1999, the company faced a product liability and personal injury lawsuit due to a faulty gas tank on a 1979 Chevrolet Malibu model that resulted in gas tank explosions, killing six individuals. GM was sued for a whopping $4.9 billion by the plaintiffs in punitive damages.
Again in March 2008, motorists from around the country brought a product liability suit against GM claiming that the Dex-Cool coolant used by the company caused leaks and damaged the car engines. Around 35 million customers filed a class action suit against GM claiming almost $20 billion, although individual payments that the customers received were between $400 and $800.
In addition, several notoriously big names in the car manufacturing industry faced product liability lawsuits due to faulty automobile parts. The likes of which include many top-tier auto manufacturers such as Toyota, Nissan, Ford, Chrysler, Mazda, BMW, Honda, Jeep and Lexus.
The country also saw another wave of recalls this year over faulty airbags involving several car manufacturers, including Takata Corp. In fact, Takata has faced over 70 proposed class actions over airbag product-liability claims in the past few months. The complaints are against defective Takata airbags that explode violently and spray metal debris, posing risk of injury or death.
Who to Sue
If you or a loved one has been a victim of auto product liability case, the first thing you need to do is identify the potential defendants. The best practice is to include all potential defendants i.e. all parties involved and participating in the ‘chain of distribution’ of the faulty vehicle and/or vehicle part that caused the accident. Your product liability lawyer can help you identify all the potential defendants; however, it generally involves the following types of defendants:
* Manufacturer: When it comes to an auto product liability case, the manufacturer (being a large company) is usually the prime defendant that has more money to compensate your damages and/or injuries. However, to fight against car manufacturers you will need highly skilled, experienced and high-priced attorneys to defend the case.
* Parts Manufacturer: If the accident was caused due to a faulty part like the car battery, tires or air bags, you can also include the company manufacturing the part in your lawsuit. However, if you have purchased the defective part separately such as a replacement tire, you can file a lawsuit only against the part manufacturer as the vehicle manufacturer isn’t involved in the chain of distribution in this case and is not liable for your loss.
* Car Dealers/Automotive Supply Shop: The person(s) or shop selling that specific defective vehicle part is also liable for your damages. You can file lawsuits against them even if you are not the actual buyer.
* Shipper/Middleman: As said, any individual or company involved in the chain of distribution is likely to be liable for your injuries and damages caused by the faulty vehicle or the defective part. This also includes the shipper and/or other middlemen involved in the process.
In case of defective used cars, the dealer is usually liable in certain cases. However, the law regarding this area is still developing and it often varies from state to state and largely depends on specific circumstances of your case.
Things to ‘Do’ When Pursuing an Automotive Product Liability Case
Litigating involving auto product liability cases are typically complex and technically challenging. Besides, they are expensive. You should therefore be very careful when pursuing such claims.
The following is a checklist you need to follow in order to improve your chances of winning the lawsuit.
* Inspect the suspected “defective” vehicle at the place of the accident or at its present location as soon as possible.
* Move it securely to an indoor facility to preserve its condition. If you cannot move it, at least properly cover the vehicle at its present location.
* Document and inspect the other vehicle(s) involved in the crash
* Document, inspect, and analyze the accident scene for critical evidence like gauges, tire marks, and fluid trail etc.
* Get pictorial evidence and (if possible) videos of the accident scene and vehicles. You can get them from the police or you can take photos and video using your camera/mobile camera as well. Also, get police, fire, and EMS reports.
* Get details of the witnesses and interview them and the rescue personnel
* Perform a background check of the vehicle(s) involved including customer complaints, defect investigations, and recalls.
* Get all your vehicle repair records in place
* Get all the material and evidences reviewed by your product liability attorney to help determine the merit of your case before filing a lawsuit.
If you suspect that a faulty vehicle or a defective part was the potential cause of the accident, the first thing you need to do is contact an attorney specialized in product liability litigation, preferably soon after the accident so that the attorney can help you obtain all the information and evidence available before it is tampered with. The goal is to gather as much information as possible in order to improve the merit of your case.
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Sep 8, 2015 | Views: 28
As per data stated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), car accidents are responsible for killing more than 30,000 people in the country almost every year. There is one car accident death reported every 12 minutes, on average.
Almost 50 percent of car accidents result in injury claims and a large number of those claims become lawsuits. Apart from the vehicle damage claims, the victims of car accidents also file claims for medical expenses and compensation for lost wages. The claims are usually higher in cases of permanent disability and death due to the accident.
However, there are certain errors, no matter how innocent they are, that can ruin your lawsuit and the chances of receiving the claim. But before discussing them in detail, let’s take a look at the legal documents you would need when filing a car accident lawsuit.
Legal Documents Required to File a Car Accident Lawsuit
In case you are involved in a car crash and want to file a lawsuit, the first thing you need to do is find a personal injury attorney who shall represent your case in the court and also negotiate with the insurance provider(s).
In addition, you will need the following documents to build your case:
* Insurance Policy- The insurance policy has to be evaluated in order to understand the elements which you are entitled to. In case you are not able to provide this information, a copy of your insurance can be recovered from the given company on your approval.
* Receipts of premium payments- Policy premium receipts are of utmost importance as they validate that the insurance is active.
* Exchange of relevant information at the scene of the accident- Recordings of statements made by the insurance representative, photographs of the car after the accident. Both of these could establish your claim.
* Issue of Tickets- It is important to produce a copy of a ticket issued to you with reference to the accident in front of the attorney.
* Medical records- Most car accidents require you to seek medical aid to cure your injuries. In such cases, a copy of the medical record can be produced to your attorney to understand the severity of the case.
Common Mistakes to Avoid When Filing a Car Accident Lawsuit
The following 6 mistakes can harm even the most legitimate cases. It is therefore essential to be aware of them and avoid them to prove your case in court.
1. Paperwork Mistake
Not being able to produce relevant documents, like insurance policy premium receipts, ownership details, car registration documents and other papers with reference to the car or the accident can put the case in favor of the defendant. In order to claim for reimbursement, there are a specific set of forms like the No-Fault form in which the data provided by the claimant has to be accurate. Mistakes will result in the termination of the claim and no insurance benefits can be used.
2. Application within a Specific Time Frame
There is a time frame in which the car accident lawsuit can be applied. This particular law ensures coverage of important auto insurance benefits, wage losses, medical bills, mileage replacement services, and attendant care. If the case is not applied for within the time period, such benefits shall be levied off.
3. Tampering or Misplacing Important Evidence
Tampering or misplacement of documents generally happen due to sheer negligence. All relevant documents, from a bottle of medicine to the damaged parts of the car, need to be preserved until the settlement of the case. You never really know which piece of document could reveal vital information for your case and make it stronger.
It is best to consult your lawyer for all details regarding your case. Even when the defense lawyer tries to contact you in order to extract information always ensure to communicate only through your lawyer.
4. Medical Examinations Related to Insurance
The insurance company often sends doctors to investigate auto accident victims. They are appointed to understand the severity of the accident which would further validate the claims made by the victim. However, in most cases the doctors manipulate the information and reduce the claim drastically. So it is always important that you call your lawyer when the doctor sees you.
5. Social Security Disability
Claims and cases can be affected when you apply for the social security disability conditions without consulting your lawyer. Such applications can directly impact the case against the defendant’s insurance company on grounds of economic damages. Hence, it is extremely important that you understand the nuances well before applying for the same.
6. Signing of a Medical Release
In case you are admitted to the hospital on account of injuries caused due to the accident, make sure that you finish the ongoing treatment. Also, all medical records need to be preserved and submitted while claiming for insurance.
Never sign on any release unless you secure the copies of the same, along with a written statement from the doctor treating you citing the reason for your admittance to the hospital. This shall help the adjusters of insurance company understand the full scope of the injury.
Also be careful to mention any pre-existing injuries. If you happen to mention such information, the defendant party is more than likely to take advantage of it, claiming that the accident was a result of the exacerbation of your previous injury.
Never try to settle out a case on impulse. You have to understand the extent of the injuries, the damage, and the terms of your insurance policy before claiming for the same. Collection of proper documents and contacting the correct set of adjusters to settle your case is of immense importance.
Although insurance companies claim to take full responsibility of those insured under them, it is the victim’s responsibility to continuously follow up the case. Be wary of mistakes while filing a lawsuit. In case you fail to understand the insurance liens, it is very important that you hire someone who can negotiate well on your behalf.
It is advisable that before you go for any legal representation to take advantage of a free consultation to understand the nuances of the same.
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Aug 13, 2015 | Views: 65
We all know and understand that losing focus when driving can result in fatal accidents. However, there are several steps you can take to stay awake and alert when driving long distances.
It isn’t always easy to figure out when you’re too weary to be driving. Mentioned ahead are a few signs that indicate that pulling over may be a good idea –
* Daydreaming and thinking about random things.
* Experiencing heaviness in the eyelids along with trouble focusing on the road.
* Constant blinking.
* Rubbing your eyes and/or yawning frequently.
* Difficulty remembering the last few miles driven.
* Skipping traffic signals and missing exit signs.
* Drifting from your lane or tailgating.
* Feelings of restlessness and irritability.
Driving when drowsy is extremely dangerous as it causes lapses in attention, thereby resulting in slow reaction times. While seemingly effortless, driving is a complex activity that involves quick and critical decision making. Many a times, the brain finds itself inadequately equipped to function optimally and tackle such decision making, even if you’re wide awake. Herein lies the importance of being alert when driving.
Think you can stay alert even when drowsy? Get this – the National Survey of Distracted and Drowsy Driving Attitudes and Behaviors in 2002 found that more than a third of adult drivers have fallen asleep at the wheel at least once in their lives.
Another study conducted in November 2014 revealed that drowsy drivers are involved in an estimated 21% of fatal crashes.
Here’s how you can increase your alertness when behind the while and stay safe on the road.
1. Find a Companion
When embarking on a long drive, it is best to take someone along so that you will have someone to talk to. This means both of you need to be awake throughout the drive and, if possible, even take turns behind the wheel. This is one of the easiest ways of staying awake.
Remember, if the passenger is feeling exhausted, chances are the driver is too. This is when you should pull over and get some much-needed sleep.
2. Turn up the Music
So you’re driving alone and have no one to talk to you and keep you awake? No problem! You can make music your best friend. Carry your playlist along and listen to some peppy numbers or engaging audiobooks. Still feeling dull? Crank up the volume a tad. This should pump you up. Don’t have a music system? Sing along. Loud!
3. Caffeine Helps
Drinking black coffee can do wonders when it comes to keeping you up and alert! Whether you brew it yourself or buy it, get your hands on some black coffee before you hit the road. Apart from acting like a stimulant, the coffee’s bitterness will give you the much-needed jolt before even entering your bloodstream. If you don’t drink coffee, consider sipping on an energy drink instead.
4. Healthy Eats
Snacking at the right time can provide you with the energy boost you’re going to need for the long drive. However, avoid sugary snacks. While they will provide you with an instant surge in your energy level, it will be followed by a low which can cause physical and mental lethargy. Think healthy food combinations such as peanut butter and whole wheat crackers/celery sticks, baby carrots and low-fat dip, or yogurt and fresh fruit/nuts.
5. Try Facial Exercises
While facial exercises are known to tone your face muscles and reduce wrinkles, you should also know that they can be quite effective in keeping you alert. The next time you go on a long drive, try these common movements -
* Extend your lower jaw out in the front, then move it side-to-side.
* Suck in your cheeks and hold them that way for about 10 seconds.
* Open your mouth wide, then tightly pucker your lips.
* Open your eyes wide, then raise your eyebrows. Repeat.
6. Get Some Fresh Air
Sitting in the same place and doing the same thing for extended period of hours can get dull and cumbersome. To add to that, the car enclosure and the processed air can make you sleepy. Switch off that air-conditioner and roll down the windows, open up the sunroof or drop the top and get your dose of fresh air (if the weather permits). It’ll breathe a new lease of life into you and wake you up.
7. Let There Be Light
Environments with dim lighting can incite weariness and sleepiness. Exposure to bright lights, on the other hand, can increase alertness. It is, therefore, suggested to keep the interior car light on when driving in the evening or at night. You don’t want to be negligent when driving in the dark. However, if you’ve been a victim of someone else’s negligent driving as a result of them driving under the influence of alcohol or illegal/dangerous drugs, do get in touch with a skilled lawyer to sort out the matter in a lawful manner.
8. Stop. Stretch. Rest. Repeat.
Regardless of how much of a tearing hurry you may be in, it is crucial that you make frequent, short stops to rest and stretch. Make it a point to make hourly pit-stops at an eatery, gas station, or rest area to get some fresh air, stretch your limbs, take a quick nap, or do whatever it takes to recharge yourself for the next hour.
A lot of drivers think that they can keep their mind alert even when feeling drowsy or sleepy. The truth, however, is that the urge to sleep is a natural phenomenon, one that is powerful enough to take control of even the best driver. An important part of being alert is realizing when you need to stop and rest. This is the most effective way of staying safe. Plus, the above tips should go a long way in helping you dodge the sleep bullet and have a pleasant road trip.
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Aug 11, 2015 | Views: 67
According to a study conducted by the University of California, poor weather is associated with 7,000 fatalities, 800,000 injuries and more than 1.5 million car crashes nationally each year in the U.S., with an estimated economic toll of $42 billion.
Slush, sleet and slippery streets are a part and parcel of winters, and before you know it, a snowy jaunt may turn into a dangerous drive. You cannot prevent the occurrence of these elements. However, you can save yourself from being in an accident by avoiding some common driving errors during inclement weather.
Here are seven mistakes you should avoid to steer clear of trouble.
1. Not Matching Speed to Driving Conditions
Driving without following the specified speed limit is the deadliest mistake a driver can make.
In winters, driving too fast reduces the amount of time you have to react to road situations and increases the magnitude of a crash.
It is, therefore, important to match your driving speed with the weather conditions. Lower your speed if the conditions are challenging due to slippery road surface or reduced visibility. You should be extra cautious when driving on hills and around turns/corners.
2. Not Checking the Weather Conditions before Leaving
Assessing the road conditions before setting out to drive is essential. You can check with the local radio stations and the news channels for the latest on weather warnings, traffic and road conditions.
This information will help you make the right decisions related to changing the route, watching out for snow or cancelling the trip altogether. Most importantly, it will help you avoid getting stuck in an unforeseen weather gridlock.
American Automobile Association suggests postponing road trips if bad weather seems likely.
3. Not Carrying Emergency Supplies
The following items can be extremely important if you get stuck in snow or experience car trouble during chilly weather:
* Compass and road maps
* Extra pair of gloves and boots
* Long-lasting foods like nuts, dried fruits or granola bars
* Engine oil
* Washer fluid
* Snow shovel and ice scraper
* Water bottle
* First-aid kit
4. Not Gearing up Your Car for Winters
Several drivers find themselves caught off-guard as the frosty weather approaches. Preparing your car and brushing up on your winter driving skills is important.
Follow the essentials to prepare your car:
* Make sure your car tires are adequately inflated.
* Check your car battery for signs of fraying or corrosion.
* Fill your engine with oil with low viscosity, in order to ensure that it functions smoothly.
* Use the appropriate amount of antifreeze and water in the radiator.
* Check the belts and hoses for signs of wear and tear and replace them, if needed.
* Have your car’s four-wheel drive inspected by a mechanic.
Most importantly, remember, winterizing your car won’t prevent you from accidents altogether. It is a safety measure you should take, but you should also have a trustworthy car insurer and a lawyer by your side.
If you’ve been a victim of an accident or car damage due to another person’s negligence, consult a reputable car accident attorney. He/she can help you claim the compensation you are entitled to. Online search can be quite helpful. You could search online for a car accident lawyer and this will provide you with a list of several lawyers.
5. Driving with Poor Visibility
Not being able to see clearly when driving can result in disastrous consequences!
Good visibility plays a crucial role in driving safely. Windows, lights, windshield and wiper blades should be cleaned regularly and kept in good shape so that drivers can see and be seen without difficulty.
6. Not Knowing How to Control a Skid
If you feel your tires are starting to slip, slamming your brakes is a strict no-no. Not only will it remove traction from your tires, but also make it difficult for you to control your vehicle. Instead, you should ease off the accelerator and let the car slow down on its own.
When driving through snow-covered corners, you should begin to apply the brakes slowly yet steadily as you approach the turn. Once in the corner, ease off the brakes and use the car's remaining traction to steer through the turn.
7. Tailing the Vehicle in Front of You
Tailgating is dangerous, regardless of what the weather is like. But, in winters it can pose more risks for the driver as well as others.
Why, you ask?
It takes four to ten times longer to brake on icy or snowy pavement than it does on dry asphalt road. That gives you less time to react in case of an emergency, so make sure to keep a safe distance between your vehicle and the car in front of you.
Winter can bring along a plethora of adverse weather conditions such as snow, fog, rain and ice. Driving in chilly weather is not only cumbersome, but also dangerous. You need to be vigilantly attentive. Even a second of inattention while driving could lead to a disaster or even cost a life. Avoid the above mentioned mistakes and driving in winters won’t seem so arduous. Remember, merely knowing the safety measures is not enough. Follow them religiously and you will save you a lot of hassle.
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Jul 18, 2013 | Views: 369
Giving your car a makeover is an excellent way to rectify the above. You can employ garage services for this, except it won’t be easy on your pocket. Your car might not even need all of the services mentioned in a makeover/makeover package, but you will pay for them regardless.
Save that money for yourself. Read on for ways in which you can have your worn-out car lookingspanking new again. Consider it a DIY job that won’t take up more than a Sunday morning.
Learn what the garage service providers use
No one will tell you what they use to make the cars gleam like they do. No worries. Employ your research skills to find that out. Excellent research is a great way to produce excellent results.
Also find out where you can buy that raw material. This is easier than it sounds, trust me. Just get to it.
Invest in a car polishing kit
A car polishing kit (could be known differently in your area)is nothing short of a magic kit. It typically does the following:
- The polish gives the car’s surface a finish worthy of a showroom.
- The kit contains scratch-removal liquids that work like a charm.
- Not only that, they also make the car scratch-proof (to a certain extent). This is the best and the easiest way of ridding your car of those pesky scratches that seem to have a mind of their own.
- The wax/polish cleans the upholstery, too. You will see layers of dirt and grime literally disappearing in front of your eyes, revealing the upholstery underneath looking brand new.
- The polish also makes jaded plastic, like the dashboard, the steering wheel, etc. look sparkling new.
- It does an equally brilliant job of cleaning the glass – the windows, the mirrors, and the lights.
The liquids and the wax are used so sparingly that one kit can be used for multiple makeovers.These kits are also easily available. If you do not find them on the Internet or at your local store, ask your local garage service provider to sell it to you. They will be happy to oblige.If you can’t find a kit, you can purchase the items separately.
Vacuum the car floor
Depending on how badly the floor has been abused a vacuum job may work wonders. If not, you may have to buy new floor mats or liners. If it’s only a matter of cleaning the debris and the waste on the floor though, a good vacuuming session will give you excellent results.
Can I fix broken tail lights, too?
No, you cannot. You should not even attempt to. Physical damage of that kind should only be looked at by professionals. Also, make sure you are adequately covered for such damages. Check out car insurance quotes on the Internet to see if you can do one better on your current policy.
One can get rather creative with car accessories;look to the Internet for some interesting options. You could buy electronic gadgets like new speakers, Bluetooth, and new headphones for your car. Other accessories you might want to consider (depending on the make and model of your care) are window signs, bug shields, air filters, cargo liners, sun shades, dash covers, storage cases, under seat consoles, etc.
Get oil or air-based fresheners to keep your beloved car smelling awesome. Make use of the car cover every day even if you feel too lazy to do it. Keep the car in a good condition. That starts with being responsible toward it, and while you are on the road. Little things add up over time and can make a tremendous difference to how a car ages.
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