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March 2014 Newsletter

March News from Bruce A. Hagen

I’m pleased to announce that the Bruce Hagen Law app is now available as a free download for smartphones. It contains important phone numbers, a checklist for what to do after an accident, a note pad – plus functionality to send voice recordings and photos right to my office. Install it today, and please share it with your family and friends – they’ll be glad to have it in the case of a car accident. For more details, click on the appropriate button:

Social Media and Your Personal Injury Case

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Social media is so prevalent in everyday life that you may not think about how it might have the potential to hurt you. Whether it’s a Facebook page, a Twitter profile, or an Instagram, the content and pictures you post can have a serious impact if you are involved in a personal injury case. You may think that the things you post are private, especially if you have strong account privacy features in place, but at the end of the day those pictures and posts can indeed come back to bite you.

A Case In Point

Let’s just say you’ve been in a car accident and are suing for pain and suffering. You’ve claimed that, due to the injuries sustained in your accident, you can no longer live the active lifestyle you once enjoyed. If you’re making this claim, you better believe the lawyers on the other side will be watching your social media activity and will be very interested in that Facebook photo you posted while hiking. As a matter of fact, that lone picture can be the smoking gun that loses your case. (Read the entire article.)

Paying Attention to Distracted Driving

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Many people don’t see the harm in checking one message or reading the screen of their in-car devices, but in the time it takes to read one text, a driver may take their eyes off the road for nearly five seconds. To put that in context, if you are driving at 55 miles per hour, you will have driven the length of an entire football field without looking.

Each year since 2010 April has been declared Distracted Driving Awareness Month, in the hopes of reminding drivers of the harm distracted driving causes. The goals of the program include identifying possible distractors, such as cell phones, multi-tasking and passengers. Related campaigns also seek to point out that using hands-free devices and built-in features may not be as helpful in reducing distractions as they once were thought to be. (Read the entire article.)

Three Things to Keep in Mind after a Car Accident

You’re driving along I-285, enjoying the sunny day and thinking about the great afternoon you had at work. Suddenly, someone swerves into your lane. Before you have time to react, you’re in a car accident. Your great day just took a turn for the worse.

This is an unfortunate situation for anybody. However, if you keep three important points in mind, it can make your bad situation more manageable – so you can get on with your life as quickly as possible.

1. Insurance Companies Will Try to Trick You
There is no way to avoid an insurance company. The thing is, insurance companies want your money. They definitely do not want to pay out in the event that you have an accident. For this reason, they will find ways to turn things around so you are left high and dry at an already stressful time.

Recorded Statements – Oftentimes, an insurance company will ask you for a recorded statement, even claiming it is mandatory. It isn’t mandatory and you probably shouldn’t do it as it is not hard for a big company to twist words (even in recording) to fit their own agenda. (Read the entire article.)

If you are a victim of an auto accident, call the legal offices of Bruce Hagen today for help with your case.

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