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April 30, 2021

DISTRACTED DRIVING STATS

The definition of distracted driving is when a driver engages in any non-driving activity then they are behind the wheel. Since the invention of the car, there have been many cases regarding this phenomenon – and most times, drivers are aware of the causes, consequences, and risks they can bring.

There are three types of distracted driving – manual, visual, and cognitive. In an effort to provide clients with greater insight into what distracted driving means, we will share some of the most noteworthy statistics and facts.

Distracted driving has some horrifying statistics to its name. Despite that, it’s important for drivers to understand its dangers so that they can make safer choices. Below are some of the most important statistics on the subject.

  • 21% of teen drivers that are involved in a car wreck were distracted by their cell phones.
  • Texting or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for at least 5 seconds.
  • A teen driver with a passenger in the car is 2 times more likely to be involved in a fatal car accident.
  • Men are 4 times more likely to drink and drive, while women are more likely to text and drive.
  • In some states, a distracted driving ticket can raise insurance rates up to $750.
  • Parents with young children in the care are more likely to be distracted than adults without kids in their car.
  • According to the NHTSA, 660,000 drivers use electronic devices while driving.
  • Reaching for an object increases your changes of a car accident by 8 times
  • Once a driver becomes distracted, it only takes 3 seconds for a car crash to happen
  • About 9 people are killed every day due to car crashes involving a distracted driver in the United State.
April 26, 2021

HOW TO PREVENT DISTRACTED DRIVING

In the United States about 8 people are killed in crashes that are reported to have involved a distracted driving every day. Distracted driving is the act of driving while doing something else that takes your attention away from your driving. Distracted driving increases your chances of being involved in a motor vehicle crash.

What drivers can do to prevent distracted driving?

  • Do not multitask while driving. Whether you are adjusting mirrors, picking music, eating a sandwich, making a phone call, or reading an email―do it before or after your trip, not during.
  • Consider using an app to reduce your distractions while driving.

What passengers can do to help prevent distracted driving accidents?

  • You can speak up if you are a passenger in the car with a driver who is distracted. You can ask the driver to focus on driving – put away the phone, put down the sandwich, etc.
  • You can help the driver reduce distractions by assisting with navigation or answering calls or texts.

What parents can do prevent distracted driving?

  • Talk to child about the rules and responsibilities involved in driving. Share stories and statistics related to teen and young adult drivers and distracted driving.
    • Remind you children that driving is a skill that requires the driver’s full attention.
    • Emphasize that texts and phone calls can wait until arriving at a destination and should not be handled while driving.
  • Familiarize yourself with your states graduated driver licensing system and enforce them with your teen.
  • Know your state’s distracted driving laws. Many have novice driver provisions in their distracted driving laws. Talk with your teen about the consequences and make your child aware of the penalties for texting or talking while they are driving.
  • Set consequences and set rules of the road for your family and child. Your family’s rules of the road can be stricter than state laws.
  • Set a good example for your child. Keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel while driving so your child sees you following your state’s laws.
April 22, 2021

THINGS TO LOOK FOR IN A CAR ACCIDENT LAWYER

Finding a reputable car accident attorney you can work with is more important than you may think. If you’ve been injured in an accident, you need to focus on your recovery, so you need to find a car accident lawyer to represent your best interest with the insurance companies. A good accident attorney will be able to make sure any paperwork is complete and filed properly. They will legal advice, determine what a settlement is, collect evidence to strengthen your personal injury claim, negotiate with insurance adjusters and companies, and, if needed, represent you in court.

To ensure you find a reputable car accident lawyer, one you can trust to handle your case to the best of their abilities, you should look for the following things when consulting with prospective lawyers:

1. Clear and concise communication

A good lawyer makes it easy for you to understand how they can help you with your case. They will provide clear information about their fees, legal process, firm values, and more. They should answer any questions you have, and you should never leave their office with more questions than answers. If you do not have clear insight into their practice after your conversation, there’s a chance you’ll have issues with communication during your case if you hire them.

2. Engaging conversation

The right lawyer will be interested in you and your case. A lawyer who’s not engaged will not put in the amount of effort required for your case. If this happens, you could end up getting a smaller settlement than you could have gotten because of this. You may ask, how can I tell if my lawyer is engaged? The answer is, they should ask you  detailed questions about you, your case and what your expectation for the case would be.

3. Willingly provide references

You should always ask an attorney for a list of references that you can contact and speak to. The references should speak to the reputation of the lawyer. Even if you choose not to contact their references, you will have confidence in the fact that they provided a list of references to you. A lawyer that won’t provide you with any references, or won’t, should be avoided.

4. An organized office

The more organized an attorney’s office looks, the more organized they probably are. Keep an eye on how their staff works and how tidy the lawyer’s desk is. If they are shuffling through piles of paper to find what they’re looking for and they staff struggles to answer phone calls, there is a chance they are not organized, and this could have an affect on how they handle your case.

5. Ask about experience

Finally experience – ask your lawyer about this specifically. Make sure they have experience handling car accident cases. You will also want to be sure they have experience arguing cases in court, litigation, and have a winning track record.

These are five things you should look for when meeting with a car accident lawyer. We are confident that you will find all five of these things when you speak with an injury attorney at Hardee, Massey & Blodgett. To schedule a free consultation, call our office today.

April 20, 2021

DO HANDS-FREE DEVICES PREVENT DISTRACTED DRIVING?

Most states now have laws prohibiting cell phone use while driving. However, in most states the laws often allow the use of hands-free devices, which allow you to talk on your cell phone while you are behind the wheel of a car.

People may assume that this removes the distraction, however to Science Daily, the distraction of your cell phone could be more about your mind than the actual physical act of using your cell phone.

DISTRACTION IN YOUR MIND

There are three aspects involved in distracted driving. The physical aspect is the actual act of holding your phone and taking your hands off of the wheel. The visual aspect is looking away from the road to your cell phone. It’s true that hands-free devices help eliminate both of these because you are not handling your phone or looking at it when you are operating it

However, the trouble is actually with the third aspect – mental distraction. A hands-free device cannot stop mental distraction because you cannot completely focus on the road and driving when you are focused on managing or making a cell phone call.

CALLS TAKE FOCUS

When talking on the phone, you are focusing on the conversation you’re having with the person on the other end. You may be so focused on the call that driving becomes secondary. You may not notice obstacles or stop signs – and your reaction times could be delayed. You cannot fully engage mentally on driving when you are talking on the phone, and because of this, distraction still occurs despite you are using a hands-free device. The bottom line is that hands-free does not mean safer, and you still should not talk on the phone when driving.