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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 13, 2021

TEXTING AND DRIVING ACCIDENTS, GREENVILLE, NC

Everyone is so busy trying to keep up with everyone else that we find it hard to put our phones down. Young and old alike, people in all walks of life are addicted to their cell phone and find it increasingly hard to put it down. Some spend their time talking to family, some spend time scrolling through social media and other are taking pictures and sharing them with friends – there is so much you can do from your phone. It would be great if every once in a while, we could “unplug” and enjoy what is going on around us, be we also realize that time is limited, and phones have become a crutch to staying ahead and keeping up.

The problem is that more and more people continue to spend more and more time on their phones. They will not put them down and focus on what is right in front of them including driving. Not putting your phone down is rude, but it is also very  dangerous.

You can tell someone over and over that they should not use their phones while driving, but some just don’t care. Have you ever been stopped at a stoplight and looked around? Sure, you have. And we are sure you have seen someone playing with their phone while they are behind the wheel. If you are stuck behind them it can be very frustrating because they are more focused on their phone than driving. You cannot move ahead until they go, or they are moving and looking at their phone which is dangerous. It only takes a split-second for an accident to happen when someone is looking down and their eyes are off the road. Doing that is more than enough time for an accident to happen and for it to be deadly.

EXPERIENCED DISTRACTED DRIVING ATTORNEYS

If you or a family member are injured in an accident where someone was texting and driving, you need to call Hardee, Massey & Blodgett, LLP. Our personal injury attorneys have decades of experience representing people who have been injured due to texting and driving accidents. Being involved in a distracted driving accident can be confusing and frustrating, but our attorneys can walk you through the process and will fight hard to get you the compensation you may  deserve. Give our team a call and let our trusted, proven and experienced team go to work for you!

August 14, 2020

SAFE DRIVING ASPECTS

In North Carolina there are quick a few different places to work – farms, factories and offices. However, the most dangerous place of work is quite possibly your vehicle because driving it can be a job all on its own. Your mind has to be focused on your speed, cars and pedestrians around you and much more. A lot of people drive to and for work, even if it is just to head across town to the office or a meeting. But, in any case, your safety matters.

You need to start by making sure everything with your vehicle is in good working order. Whether you use your personal car, if it is part of a fleet or you’re using a rental, you should take a minute, locate the controls for cruise control, windshield wipers and adjust your mirrors and seats. In more than half of all accident crashes, serious injuries and fatalities come from people not being buckled in correctly, so please be sure you are buckled up. Be aware of changing weather conditions and follow speed limits. If you feel tired, pull over and, no matter what, never drive while you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Even if multitasking is part of your job, you should not multitask while driving. Any type of distraction can increase your chances of being involved in a crash. The reason for this is because there are three simple reaction components to driving that are commonly affected by driving distractions: first, the time it takes to perceive a situation; second, the time it takes to act on that information; and third, the time it takes your vehicle to complete the response.

At Hardee, Massey & Blodgett, LLP, we ask you to please put the distraction down because even a quick second delay in your reaction time could be bad and cause an accident. Please pull over before using your cell phone or using navigation during longer trips. Allow time when traveling to stop and eat if the trips are longer. And, keep items that may tempt you in the trunk of the car and the things you need, like sunglasses, close at hand.