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3 Tips For Safe Holiday Travelling

Do you have exciting holiday plans? Whether it’s visiting family across town or travelling to another country, it always pays to be safe on the roads. South African roads become more dangerous over the holiday season, as more and more people start using them. Most people have more free time for trips to the beach, to friends and events or even just quick trips to the shops around this time of year. Additionally, for many people the season offers more opportunities to drink and party, which sadly means that there may be more people driving under the influence. It is important to remember that the roads are busier and more dangerous in these months, and to adjust your driving habits and plan accordingly.

How to remain safe on the roads

First and foremost, remember to follow the law when on the road. Pay attention to road signs and road regulations, wear a seat belt, remain within the speed limit and do not drive if you have been drinking alcohol. By following the rules, you are doing your part in preventing another road accident. Secondly, have foresight and plan ahead when you intend to be driving. If you are going to an event where you might be drinking, organise a lift home with a sober friend in advance. Carpooling or arranging a taxi service is an excellent idea for groups of people travelling together. You can also try to avoid peak traffic hours, dangerous routes or accident zones to make your trip safer. Thirdly, if you are travelling long distance, you need to prepare for the journey. Make sure your vehicle is up to date on its service and is in good condition, remember some extra cash for any toll gates (and your passport for country borders), pack a map or GPS to avoid getting lost, and pay attention to the road and weather conditions.

Drive safely, get there happily

Being prepared is essential for any travelling, whether that means being aware of long queues or slow-moving traffic on your way to the mall or packing for the worst-case scenario on a cross-country road trip. If you need any advice regarding travelling this holiday season or road accidents, contact Paul du Plessis Attorneys.

Were You Prescribed The Wrong Medication?

Have you ever felt worse, instead of better, after taking new medication for a health complaint? There are several ways in which you could have received the wrong medication. Firstly, your condition may have been misdiagnosed or not examined fully by your doctor, who then prescribed medication that didn’t correspond with your condition. Secondly, the… Continue Reading

What Personal Injury Damages Can I Claim?

Did you know that you can make a legal claim if your personal injury was caused by the negligent or malicious actions of another person? Personal injuries often occur when a person visits premises that are not effectively maintained, for example by falling through a hole or on a wet floor, having part of the… Continue Reading

What Documents Do You Need For A RAF Claim?

Here in South Africa, we take care of all our road users. That’s why we have the Road Accident Fund. It’s a form of public insurance that covers the expenses of anyone injured by a negligent driver. Part of the fund comes from a tax on fuel prices, and anyone can make a claim. However,… Continue Reading

Get Professional Help No Matter Where You Live In South Africa

What are the circumstances where you might need a lawyer? There are obvious situations, like criminal procedures and settling the estate of a deceased relative. Sometimes, your need is of a more personal nature. You might be dealing with the results of an accident, personal injury, birth defect in your child, or something similar. Whatever… Continue Reading

You Didn’t Give Your Consent To Treatment. What Do You Do?

Many are raised to believe that doctors know best, so when something goes wrong during medical treatment, it is hard to believe they’re at fault. The situation becomes particularly dire if you didn’t give informed consent. Some doctors are quite self-assured, so they might not feel the need to explain your treatment options. They may… Continue Reading

You Can Claim For Assault – Let Paul Du Plessis Guide You

In legal terms, assault is a very specific crime. It covers intent and capability to cause bodily harm. If you have experienced assault, you can make a claim for personal injury. The process can seem tedious and challenging, but with the right help, it’s simple. And you can find the right help at Paul du… Continue Reading

Bitten By Your Neighbor’s Dog? What You Need To Know To Claim Compensation

There are multiple local regulations regarding pets. They involve cleanliness, animal health, and prevention of cruelty. Some rules are aimed towards the comfort and safety of neighbours. These include giving shots to the dog and keeping them on a leash. If your neighbour refuses to follow these guidelines and their dog bites you, you can… Continue Reading

Know What You Can Claim Before You Open A Case

The average citizen is nervous when it comes to dealing with lawyers. They are equally anxious of challenging a doctor, because we are raised to believe they are superior, infallible, and that they know everything. Most of the time, doctors are in complete control of our health, and they make us all better. But sometimes,… Continue Reading

Been In A Road Accident? Get Help With Your RAF Claim

Accidents happen. It’s what comes after that’s the real challenge. As an accident victim, you have to deal with your medical recovery and rehabilitation. You need to recover from psychological trauma of your injuries. You want to be sure your loved ones are looked after while you’re out of commission. And you have to pay… Continue Reading

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