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August 30, 2021


As the last summer holiday, Labor Day brings an increase in travel. With more vehicles on the highway this upcoming weekend, here are some tips to keep you and other drivers safe behind the wheel.


Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

During Labor Day weekend there is typically an increase in drunk driving deaths. You are likely to see police officers and state highway patrol out in full force for the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign aimed to educate drivers on the consequences and dangers of drunk driving.

This weekend you should have a plan whether you are driving, riding or hosting a party:

  • Before you begin drinking, make sure you have a plan for a safe and sober ride home.
  • Don’t let anyone get behind the wheel if they know they’ve been drinking.
  • If you’re having a party, please make sure all your attendees have a safe and sober ride home.
  • If you see an impaired driver, call 911.
  • And make sure you are wearing your seat belt as it is the best defense against impaired drivers.


Don’t Drive Distracted

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 3,142 people were killed by distracted driving in 2019. To help lower this figure, drivers should make sure they are giving their full attention when they take to the road. A large part of this includes staying off of cell phones and not texting and driving.

Distracted driving goes beyond texting and driving – it also includes playing with the radio or other items on the dashboard, eating and anything that takes a driver’s attention away from the road.


Plan Ahead for Road Congestion and Construction 

With more drivers on the road there is likely to be more congestion and slowdowns. Drivers should plan ahead and leave extra time to ensure a timely and safe arrival. If possible, drivers should try to avoid traveling through the peak rush-hour times.

One way to avoid some highway congestion is planning ahead. Construction areas often reduce the number of lanes open and require lower speeds, causing traffic to back up. GPS technology can reroute drivers around these areas and find quicker routes. This will save time and fuel, making it more efficient for drivers

Drivers who end up in a traffic jam should exercise patience on the road and remember safe driving techniques such as signaling lane changes and allowing extra space to brake.


Stay a Safe Distance Behind the Car Ahead of You

Drivers should follow the 2-second rule – ensuring they are keeping a 2-second distance between their vehicle and the one in front of them. This gives extra space to allow the vehicle to stop suddenly if the car in front of it slows down or comes to a stop. Larger vehicles should allow more time, as it will take the heavier trucks more time to come to a complete stop. Drivers should also allow more space between vehicles during poor driving conditions, like wet roads.


Check Your Vehicle Maintenance 

To avoid any unexpected breakdowns while traveling, vehicles should be current on any needed maintenance before hitting the road. Keeping up with preventative maintenance will help identify any potential issues the vehicle and driver might encounter, allowing them to be serviced before the problem becomes bigger and could lead to a potential breakdown. Your vehicles’ air conditioning and cooling systems should also be checked.


An accident is probably the last thing you’d like to consider while planning your holiday. However, if you are in a car accident you need to know what to do. First, don’t panic. Help others and call emergency services. Call law enforcement. If you were injured by another driver, you may need a personal injury lawyer. Make sure you gather evidence at the scene of the accident, which your personal injury attorney can use later. Car accidents can be a traumatizing experience. The dedicated personal injury lawyers at Hardee, Massey & Blodgett are here to help you. Contact us today for a free consultation.

We hope you have a very happy and safe Labor Day weekend.

August 3, 2021


It’s time to jump in your car and head off to work or on a trip. There are some things that everyone should always do before starting their car and driving off. The things listed below can be done to prevent you, and others, from driving distracted, such as:

  • Program the GPS before you back out of your driveway
  • Make sure your children and pets are settled and secured
  • Set the temperature and radio station
  • Put your cell phone away so you won’t be tempted

Make sure all loose items that can cause distractions are put away and secure. If you hear something rattling in a bag or in the glove compartment you will want to check it. In the time it takes you to check the bag or glove compartment an accident can happen. Preparing and securing everything before you drive off should be part of your pre-driving ritual, because you can never be too careful when it comes to avoiding and preventing distracted driving accidents.

Cell phone are the obviously the biggest distracted driving offenders and drivers deal with them every day. We know it’s hard to put this technological wonder down. You want to scroll through social media one last time, send a “quick” text to a friend or call your spouse – the list is endless, and bad habits can be hard to break. And the longer your trip, the harder it becomes to put the phone away, especially if you are traveling alone. With cell phones we never feel we are not alone, but when you use your cell phone you to look away from the road which can lead to a distracted driving accident.

Personal injury attorneys in Greenville, NC

If you or a loved were involved in an accident due to a distracted driver, call the offices of Hardee, Massey & Blodgett. LLP. Our team of knowledgeable attorneys have decades of experience working with these types of cases. Let our team handle the legal matters while you get better. Our goal is to help injured clients and their families receive the compensation they may you deserve for their injuries. Call us for a free consultation today.

May 21, 2021


Most people do not think of their car as a “workplace,” however lots of people use a car as transportation to and from a job – so in a sense, driving could be considered a job, and it is one of the most dangerous jobs out there.

When you get behind the wheel, your mind has to be focused on other vehicles (trucks, motorcycles, bikes, and cars), the speed limit, road conditions, pedestrians and more. No matter how far you are driving, a mile or hundreds, safety matters when you get behind the wheel.

Before you ever start your car, you should be looking at your vehicle and making sure everything is in good working order according to Automotive Fleet. If the car you are driving is unfamiliar to you, such as a rental, be sure you take time to locate important controls such as wipers and lights and adjust the seat and mirrors before you head out. You don’t want to be distracted trying to find them later.

Multitasking may be part of most jobs, but it should not be part of driving. Any distraction increases your chances of being involved in a car accident. There are three basic reactions that can be affected by distractions: the time it takes to perceive a situation, the time it takes to act on that information and the time it takes your vehicle to complete the response. Even a split-second delay in your reaction time can lead to an accident. Be sure to pull over before using your phone. Use your navigation tools before taking off on long trips – do not try to type while driving. Build time into your travel plans to stop and eat. And if possible, keep items you may be tempted to use in your trunk and the things you may need, like sunglasses, close in hand.

More than half of all serious injuries and fatalities from car crashes involve people not buckled up or not buckled in properly. Make sure you buckle up before heading out. Make sure you follow posted speed limits and watch for changing conditions based on weather. Make sure you pull over if you feel tired or drowsy and never drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

This blog is provided by Hardee, Massey & Blodgett for informational purposes only.

April 30, 2021


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.