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How Much of a Distracted Driver are You?

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

If you own and operate an automobile, chances are you are well aware of the optimal importance safety plays when behind the wheel of a car. In a perfect world, assuming every licensed driver operated their vehicle with the utmost, attentive focus, auto accidents would be a rarity. Unfortunately, however, this is not the case with not only seasoned drivers but with newly licensed teens as well. Texting while driving has now become a greater hazard than driving under the influence in the U.S., accounting for 1.3 million (23%) accidents in 2013 alone and climbing. Driving while drunk or impaired was the cause of 20% of auto accidents nationwide that same year. What these numbers indicate is this – we can almost expect for a large portion of the drivers we share roads with to be dangerously negligent, distracted or outright reckless! So the question begs – how much of a distracted driver are you? Take a loot at what been documents as the most common distractions while driving. AA010768

Mobile phones – We use our mobile phones for everything: calls, messaging, email, Internet, games, and even as a GPS. Mobile phone use while driving has become such a problem that there are now strict laws in place to control their use.

Food and drink – It can be hard to resist pinching a few fries after going through a drive-through restaurant, but some drivers will attempt to eat an entire meal with one hand on the wheel. Messy and not the best for digestion, it’s also a distraction on the road and can make the eater/driver reckless – research suggests that eating a cheeseburger while driving can be more hazardous than talking on a mobile phone while driving.

If you must bring a hot drink into the car, it’s worth looking into a no-spill travel mug that you can store in a secure cup holder. Even better, get one that keeps your drink hot so that it will be at optimal drinking temperature once you’ve arrived.

Pets in the car – Few pets stay still in a moving vehicle, and it can be very distracting for anyone in the front seat. Getting your pet as comfortable as possible and having appropriate restraints within the car can prevent your furry friend from distracting you. There are laws in place about travelling in cars with pets, so make sure that you’re familiar with these before driving off.

Kids in the car – Squabbling or bored children can be equally distracting. It doesn’t matter how short or long the drive, it’s essential to keep your kids entertained so that you can focus on the road. Our advice? Keep favourite books, magazines, and toys in the car and within easy reach, so that you can dissolve any boredom or potential fights in quick time.

The sun on the horizon – Driving into the sun at dawn or dusk can be particularly distracting if it forces you to squint. Sunglasses are a must, and pulling down the sun visor may help. If the sun is right in your line of vision, try adjusting your sitting position so that your eyes are shaded; if it’s unbearable, pull over and wait the 10 minutes for the sun to rise or set – it’s safer and a much nicer way to appreciate the beginning or end of the day.

Tuning in – can cause you to tune out. Flicking between radio stations, changing CDs or selecting a song on your music player can steal your concentration away from the road and causes you to be a hazard to yourself and other road users.

A hottie –Well, helloooo! In a survey taken by Allianz last year, 51% of male drivers admitted to getting distracted by an attractive pedestrian when driving. And it’s not just the men with wandering eyes – 15% of women admitted to taking in the scenery!

A surprise – Car accidents can happen when something surprises you while driving. A spider in the car, a bee sting, or a passenger sneezing, can give you a fright and cause you to panic and slam your foot on the brake or to swerve. Keep your cool and pull over somewhere safely; and then you can sort out whatever has distracted you and take your time to calm down before rejoining the traffic.

Vanity – Hey there, good looking! Primping or grooming in the rear-view mirror is a surprisingly common distraction for drivers. Applying make-up, fixing hair, adjusting your clothes or simply appreciating your reflection can divert your attention away from what’s happening around your car.

If you or a loved one has recently been involved or injured in an accident with a distracted driver,  you’re entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, auto repairs, and punitive damages. Here at The Law Office of Neil Flit, our team of law professionals will support and guide you through the process of your legal claim. With our small team of highly knowledgeable attorneys, we pride ourselves in our ability to guarantee the personal attention necessary to handle your claim in a timely fashion and hold liable parties responsible for their actions to secure the settlement you deserve. FLIT

A Little Friday Evening Funny for Fellow Atlanta Commuters

Friday, November 6th, 2015

Fellow Atlanta commuters, sometimes enough is enough and we need to blow off a little steam and release continuous hearty chuckles that can be heard from across the street because … Atlanta! Here, at the Law Office of Neil Flit, we get a little overwhelmed with heavy case loads and feeling slightly preachy when we continuously enogucarge Atlanta drivers to be safe drivers every chance we get on this blog and just before the day came to a close, an email thread with a story linked to the Facebook page called “Georgia on My Mind” began to float around the office. The title of the story is called “How to Drive in Atlanta” and truer words have never been spoken! For example – “Road construction is permanent and continuous. Detour barrels are moved around for your entertainment pleasure …” We all got a kick out of it and figured we’d share the laugh! Just little Friday evening funny for our fellow Atlanta commuters! Check it out! We dare you not to laugh your way into the weekend!

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HOW TO DRIVE IN ATLANTA:

1. You must first learn to pronounce the city name, Atlana. Old-timers are still allowed to call it Alana.

2. The morning rush hour is from 5:00 am to noon. The evening rush hour is from noon to 7:00 pm. Friday’s rush hour starts on Thursday morning.

3. The minimum acceptable speed on I-285 is 80 mph. On I-75 and I-85, your speed is expected to at least match the highway number. Anything less is considered ‘Wussy’.

4. Forget the traffic rules you learned elsewhere. Atlanta has its own version of traffic rules. For example, Ferraris and Lamborghinis owned by sports stars go first at a four-way stop. Cars/trucks with the loudest muffler go second. The trucks with the biggest tires go third. The HOV lanes are really designed just for the slow Floridians passing through who are used to hogging the left lane everywhere.

5. If you actually stop at a yellow light or stop sign, you will be rear ended, cussed out, and possibly shot. Unless there is a police car nearby.

6. Never honk at anyone. Ever. Seriously. It’s another offense that can get you shot.

7. Road construction is permanent and continuous. Detour barrels are moved around for your entertainment pleasure during the middle of the night to make the next day’s driving a bit more exciting. Generally, city roads other than the main streets have more potholes and bumps (usually speed bumps) than most dirt roads in the countryside.

8. Watch carefully for road hazards such as drunks, possums, skunks, dogs, barrels, cones, furniture, cats, mattresses, shredded tires, squirrels, rabbits, and crows.

9. Be aware that spelling of street names may change from block to block, e.g., Clairmont, Claremont, Clairmonte.

10. If someone actually has their turn signal on, wave them to the shoulder immediately to let them know it has been “accidentally activated”.

11. If you are in the left lane and only driving 75 in a 55-65 mph zone, k, e.g., you are considered a road hazard and will be “flipped off” accordingly. If you return the flip, you’ll be shot.

12. For summer driving, it is advisable to wear potholders on your hands

How Does This Work? A Step-by-Step Guide to Personal Injury Cases

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

For those of us who have had any involvement in a personal injury case, it’s fairly safe to say that you know full well how long and, sometimes tiresome, the litigation process can become as time goes on. The waiting game seems like it can never be won as the days and weeks pass but knowing the process is half the battle and should give you the piece of mind you need while feeling confident your personal injury attorney is doing their best to get you the settlement you deserve. Just to get a good glimpse of how the process works, take a look!   litigation-support-720x340

Introduction Unless you have been a party to a lawsuit before, it is difficult to know what to expect when you have been injured in a collision or incident. There is an understandable level of apprehension about the litigation process for victims and their families, particularly when the victim has been seriously injured.

The Screening & Investigatory Process The first step in any lawsuit is to obtain information about the facts of the case and conduct a thorough investigation. This process almost always begins with an initial phone call or Email contact from the client, providing an overview of the case and the injuries sustained. Depending on the facts of the case, the investigatory stage can include:

  • Interviewing witnesses

  • Gathering and preserving physical evidence

  • Obtaining photographic/videographic evidence

  • Hiring experts or investigators Contacting insurance companies

The investigatory stage can take anywhere from one to six months or more, depending upon the particular facts and circumstances of your case. After the investigatory phase is over, a lawyer usually can make a final determination about whether the claim should be pursued.

Settlement Negotiations Most attorneys engage in settlement negotiations with the responsible party or their insurance company to determine whether a just and reasonable settlement can be obtained without filing a lawsuit. In the settlement negotiation process, the lawyer collects and puts together all of the physical evidence about the collision or incident, documents regarding your damages (including medical bills and lost wages documents) and any necessary expert reports from physicians, economists, accident reconstructionists or others. Once this information is evaluated, a settlement range is determined for your case. A “demand” is then sent to the insurer. The demand sets forth the facts of the case, explains why the other party is responsible, provides documentation and evidence about your damages and injuries, and offers an amount to settle the case.

In the litigation process most lawyers move quickly and aggressively in the filing and prosecution of lawsuits in the event that a fair and just settlement cannot be obtained on your behalf. Generally, lawsuits in state court proceed in the following manner:

Complaint & Answer The Complaint is the document filed on your behalf which sets forth the allegations about what happened and the damages you have sustained. The lawsuit is generally filed in the county where the act occurred or where defendant resides, although there are some exceptions to this rule. Once filed, the Complaint is personally served on each defendant by the sheriff’s department or by a private process server. The Answer is the documents in which the defendants respond to each allegation contained in the Complaint. If in State, the defendants have twenty days to file an Answer after being served with the Complaint. If Out of State, the defendants have sixty days to file an Answer. Discovery begins once the Answer is served.

Motions Depending upon the case, defendants may chose to file certain motions after discovery is complete in an effort convince the Court to dismiss some or all of the claims you have asserted. A motion is a document filed with the Court asking the Court to take some action, such as dismissing a case. Once a motion is filed the party opposing the motion has between six and fourteen days to respond depending on the type of motion. In some instances a hearing is held by the Court to consider the arguments of the parties.

Discovery Discovery is the phase of litigation in which the parties obtain information, testimony, documents & other evidence from each other and from third parties who have information about the case. In most cases, written discovery is exchanged between the parties; which includes written questions, called interrogatories, and requests for documents. Your assistance in responding to written discovery requests will be required, so it is important that we always maintain accurate contact information and phone numbers for you throughout the litigation.

Motions Depending upon the case, defendants may chose to file certain motions after discovery is complete in an effort convince the Court to dismiss some or all of the claims you have asserted. A motion is a document filed with the Court asking the Court to take some action, such as dismissing a case. Once a motion is filed the party opposing the motion has between six and fourteen days to respond depending on the type of motion. In some instances a hearing is held by the Court to consider the arguments of the parties.

Mediation If the parties believe it would be in their best interest to do so, mediation may be scheduled at any time during the litigation. Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution which consists of a meeting between all the parties, their attorneys and a mediator, who is a neutral attorney. The mediator’s role is to act as a referee between the parties, and the mediation is a setting in which the parties meet, present their sides of the case, and then discuss the possibility of settlement. Offers and counter-offers are exchanged until either a settlement is reached or until the parties agree to disagree. Mediations are non-binding.

Trial One of the most frequently asked questions by clients is how long it takes to get a case to trial. Unfortunately, there is no simple answer to that question. The caseloads of different courts and different judges vary wildly. In some jurisdictions, it is possible to get a trial date shortly after discovery and motions have been completed. In other courts, it may take many months or a year or more. On average it takes between one year and eighteen months from filing to the start of trial.

If you’ve been hit, call The Law Office of Neil Flit in Atlanta, we handle each case with maximum care to meet your needs in a time of hardship. With our small team of highly knowledgeable attorneys, we pride ourselves on our ability to guarantee the personal attention necessary to handle your claim in a timely fashion and hold liable parties responsible for their actions to secure the settlement you deserve! FLIT

Drive Safe: Have You Had Your Eyes Checked Lately?

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

Now that the days are getting shorter it’s safe to assume a lot of us will be doing a great deal of night driving. In doing so, one must be sure their vision is up to par as a number of incidents that happen after dark are a result of a lack of vision scope. So, in order to drive safe, it would be best to have your eyes checked to be sure you’re written a prescription or your current script is updated. If you’re not sure of the last time you’ve had your vision checked, here are a few indicators that you may need an eye exam int he near future. Take a look!

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Sudden Blurry Vision or Problems Focusing

Sudden blurry vision or focus problems can be a sign of a larger health issue and should always be taken seriously. If the blurry vision comes and goes, or is limited to one eye, you should schedule an exam with an optometrist or ophthalmologist as soon as possible.
Sudden appearance of visual disturbances such as floaters, flashes of light, or obstruction of vision Sudden onset of any of these visual disturbances could be a sign of a serious, vision-threatening disorder such as a retinal detachment, retinal tear, or retinal hole. Anyone who experiences these signs must seek immediate (within 24 hours, or sooner) medical attention by an optometrist, ophthalmologist or emergency room physician for proper diagnosis and treatment to minimize vision loss.

Gradual Blurring of Vision

This is the type of vision degradation that gradually happens over time. If you are noticing that you’re moving a book or the computer screen further away from your eyes than you use to to improve clarity, it’s probably time to get an eye exam. Same goes if you notice yourself sitting closer to the television or bring objects closer to you to read them (like a cereal box, for instance.)

Headaches

Frequent headaches can be a sign of a vision problem. Changes in vision take place slowly and are often imperceptible to the patient at first. However, headaches can be one of the early warning signs of a change in vision. If you are experiencing re-occurring headaches, you may want to consider getting your eyes checked.

Eye Pain or Eye Fatigue/Strain

Having some infrequent eye pain or eye strain isn’t usually a big problem. Everything from the amount of sleep your getting to seasonal allergies, or the cold or flu can cause temporary eye pain or fatigue. However, if you experience ongoing eye pain for more than a few days, or if you experience ongoing eye pain with eye movements, it’s a good idea to get it checked out. It can sometimes be a sign of an eye infection or more serious health condition, or even a warning sign that your vision has changed. Get it checked out.

Squinting

Frequent squinting is the quintessential sign that it’s probably time for an eye exam. We squint when we’re having difficulties seeing because the act of squinting reduces extraneous light entering the eye and reduces light scattering, improving vision. This is often one of the first signs in children that they may need eyeglasses. In addition, squinting coupled with an eye turn, more commonly called a “lazy eye”, is a definite red flag that a comprehensive vision exam is in order. This is especially true in children, and if not detected and treated early enough, permanent vision loss may result. If you notice yourself squinting more than usual, schedule an eye exam.

Sensitivity to Light

A sudden onset of sensitivity to light can be a sign that you should get an eye exam. Light sensitivity can be a symptom of a number of disorders or eye diseases (as well as an eye infection.) So if you find yourself regularly experiencing light sensitivity, get an eye exam.

An Eye Infection

If you experience swelling of the eyelids, itchiness, redness, a pink discoloration of the whites of your eyes, and/or discharge, you may have an eye infection. If you experience any of these symptoms, schedule an eye exam immediately to have it looked at.
If You Haven’t Had an Eye Exam in the Past Two Years

If you haven’t had a full eye exam in the past two years, you should schedule one — especially if you are over the age of 40. It is important to note that for some people, an exam sooner than every two years is critical to ensuring your eyes stay healthy.

Natural changes in the eyes associated with age makes more frequent eye exams necessary as you grow older, especially if you haven’t had one in a few years.

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Have You Suffered Airbag Injuries? Have Your Physician Check the Following

Monday, October 26th, 2015

Living in one of the most heavily commuted cities, odds are you’ve seen nasty accidents traveling the highways and major streets. While everyone is relieved that no one was badly injured and all that was damaged was a few cars, at the end of it, we can thank the stars it wasn’t worse. The thing is, however, when you’re blood is rushing and adrenal interference masks internal injuries they may not be noticeable for days – especially when the air bag  deploys. As if canvas balloons propelling from the steering wheel and side panels isn’t scary enough, the internal injury they can potentially cause is just as frightening. If you’ve suffered airbag injuries, have your doctor check for the following: 2004-nissan-titan-crew-cab-airbag-deployment-photo-66335-s-1280x782

The most significant deployment error is a malfunction of the crash sensor. There are a number of things that could go wrong with the crash sensor. It might malfunction and deploy the airbag at the wrong time, such as when you’re driving down the highway. Or, the crash sensor might not deploy the airbag at all when it was supposed to deploy — or it might deploy one airbag, but not the other. Similarly, it might deploy the airbag, but a microsecond too late. Because the timing of the deployment is so critical, deployment of the airbag even a fraction of a second too late could cause serious injury because now the driver or passenger’s head is too close to the airbag.

What are Common Airbag-Related Injuries?

A malfunctioning crash sensor can cause very serious injuries or death. But any deployment of an airbag can cause injury.

  • The speed at which the airbag deploys can cause abrasions or burns.
  • The chemicals released upon deployment can irritate or even cause an asthma attack.
  • Airbags can cause a severe eye injury if the airbag hits someone in the eye.

Even a proper airbag deployment can cause serious or fatal injuries if the front seat occupant is very close to the airbag when it deploys.

For example, if someone is, for whatever reason, leaning very close to or against the steering wheel or dashboard at the exact moment that the airbag deploys, the force of the deployment could cause serious injuries or death. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recommended that drivers sit at least ten inches away from the steering wheel.

If you’ve been hit, call The Law Office of Neil Flit in Atlanta, we handle each case with maximum care to meet your needs in a time of hardship. With our small team of highly knowledgeable attorneys, we pride ourselves on our ability to guarantee the personal attention necessary to handle your claim in a timely fashion and hold liable parties responsible for their actions to secure the settlement you deserve!

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Are You Suffering From Sciatica? Here’s What it Feels Like

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

After a minor accident, sometimes we make the mistake of walking away from a mobile accident thinking all is well and suffered no injuries because they are no visible signs of trauma. After a few days, however, victims of car accidents could find that they do indeed have pain – nerve pain. If you’ve ever been injured in a car accident and have been experiencing pain that radiates from the back into the legs, you could be suffering from sciatica and here’s what it feels like. sciatica-s2-sciatic-nerve

Sciatica is the name for a syndrome which is characterized by pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is the longest and largest nerve in the body — it is as thick as one of your fingers where it arises in the lower spine. It then travels from your lower back through your hip and buttock and down your leg where it divides into two branches at the knee. Each leg has its own sciatic nerve.

Symptoms of Sciatica The pain from sciatica is felt along the path of the sciatic nerve and can be felt deep in the buttock, with pain that travels down the back of the leg, sometimes to the foot. The pain can be accompanied by tingling, ‘pins and needles’, or numbness, and sometimes by muscular weakness in the leg. Sciatica is usually felt in only one leg at a time. Sometimes, a sensation like an electric shock can be felt along the nerve. The pain can range from a mild ache to incapacitating pain. Sciatic nerve pain is often felt when you sneeze, cough, go to the toilet, or when you’re sitting, and may be accompanied by lower back pain. Most sciatica gets better within a few weeks and doesn’t result in permanent damage. If your pain doesn’t go away after a couple of weeks, see your doctor. If you lose control of your bladder or bowels or you have severe pain, weakness of your muscles, or numbness, seek medical attention immediately.

If you’ve been hit, call The Law Office of Neil Flit in Atlanta, we handle each case with maximum care to meet your needs in a time of hardship. With our small team of highly knowledgeable attorneys, we pride ourselves on our ability to guarantee the personal attention necessary to handle your claim in a timely fashion and hold liable parties responsible for their actions to secure the settlement you deserve!

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Highway Safety Tips: Sharing the Roads With Truckers

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

Atlanta commuters, we’re in the throws of the fall season and the days are officially shorter than the evenings and with darkness approaching earlier in the day, the urgency to get home can make us hasty drivers. One can most certainly understand that rush of anxiety one feels when trying to get to home base in a timely fashion, however, one must stay safe – especially considering the trucks come out at night and travel on the same roads and highways as we do. So here’s the deal, we have to stay safe when sharing the roads with truckers and, as a reminder, we’ve put together some highway safety tips for your daily travels throughout the city. Take a look! iStock_000057907662_Large

Rules of the road Driving near and passing an 18-wheeler is different than sharing the road with a standard-sized vehicle. Since the truck is bigger: Their blind spot is bigger They need more space to maneuver They require more time and distance to stop It takes more time to pass them

Passing a truck When passing a truck, maintain a safe and steady speed, keeping the cab of the truck in your rear-view mirror before pulling in front of it. Pass on the left to maximize visibility and ensure there’s enough space between your car and the truck when you merge back over. Getting passed by a Truck If a truck attempts to pass you, reduce your speed slightly to make it easier for the truck to get around your vehicle. When a truck is backing up Never pass behind a truck preparing to back up or is backing up. Otherwise, you may enter a blind spot for you and the trucker. When a truck is making a wide turn When turning right, some trucks must first swing left to negotiate the turn. As a result, they can’t see cars directly behind or beside them, so cutting to the right of the turning truck can cause an accident.

When you’re driving near a truck When driving near a truck, don’t use your bright headlights. The truck’s large side mirrors reflect brights into the driver’s eyes causing temporary blindness. Top unsafe driving habits

The U.S. Department of Transportation ranked the most unsafe driving acts for car drivers to engage in when trucks are nearby: Distracted driving (texting, fatigue, etc.) Improper merging into traffic, causing a truck to maneuver or brake quickly Failure to stop at a light or stop sign Failure to slow down in a construction zone Driving at unsafe speeds (misjudging truck’s speed or approaching too fast from the rear) Following a truck too closely Failure to slow down in inclement weather Changing lanes too abruptly in front of a truck Driving in a truck’s “no zones” – left rear quarter, right front quarter and directly behind Unsafe turning, primarily turning with insufficient headway When you share the road with a big rig, knowing dangers and how to address them can ease your fears and reduce your odds of an accident.

The safest solution is to stay a reasonable distance from trucks plus a little extra especially when weather conditions aren’t the greatest. If you are hit or injured by a truck, it is important to know that truck cases are largely different and you would need a specialized attorney to manage the legal proceedings to follow. Here at The Law Office of Neil Flit, we have a legal team that is well versed in handling truck accidents in Atlanta.

The Violent Crime Called Drunk Driving

Friday, October 16th, 2015

Have you ever been on the road and noticed someone driving so erratically you keep your distance based off the assumption the driver is impaired? Surely, it’s happened to all of us, but the reality of the situation is this: drunk drivers get behind the wheel of a car at alarming rates, repeatedly. The State of Highway

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, in 2013 “three percent of drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2012 had a prior DWI conviction within the past three years. Among these drivers with a prior DWI conviction, 41% were involved in a fatal crash and had a BAC level of 0.15 or higher at the time of the crash.” There’s a name for these people and they’re called Hardcore Drunk Drivers. By definition, according to Responsibility.org, a Hardcore Drunk Driver is a person who drives with a blood alcohol level of .15 or higher on a consistent basis having more than one or several DWI arrests. Unfortunately, in most cases, Hardcore Drunk Drivers have proven to be extremely reluctant to change their behavior regardless of previous consequences and continuously commit the violent crime called drunk driving.

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All too many times a year, we hear or witness stories where drunk drivers end up hurting, permanently incapacitating or fatally harming responsible drivers and their passengers. The statistics we’ve dug up from our partners at the Georgia chapter of  M.A.D.D.,(Mothers Against Drunk Driving) are staggering:

  • drunk driving accidents account for about 11,000 fatalities a year – one death every 52 minutes
  • 2 out of every 3 people will be involved in an alcohol-related auto collision in their lifetime
  • drunk driving amongst teens is responsible for upwards of 6000 fatal car crashes a year
  • on average a drunk driver has driven drunk 80 times before their first arrest
  • 50 to 75 percent of convicted drunk drivers continue to drive on a suspended license

Recent statistics have found that hiring a personal injury lawyer for your claim can increase your settlement by upwards of almost fifty percent in some cases. With a team of well-trained legal professionals representing your case, you can eliminate having to deal with the back and forth with medical billing, insurance companies, and the like. Many victims of such accidents feel as though hiring a personal injury attorney is more of a headache than one caused by whiplash. The daunting task of gathering paperwork and lengthy conversations with insurance agencies and medical professionals can be quite overwhelming and all consuming at a time when recovery and healing should be the primary priority for a victim of negligent driving.If you or a loved one has recently been involved or injured in an accident where a drunk driver is at fault, you’re entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, auto repairs, and punitive damages. Here at The Law Office of Neil Flit, our team of law professionals will support and guide you through the process of your legal claim. With our small team of highly knowledgeable attorneys, we pride ourselves in our ability to guarantee the personal attention necessary to handle your claim in a timely fashion and hold liable parties responsible for their actions to secure the settlement you deserve.

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Atlanta Drivers, Fix That Road Rage

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

If you’re driving through these Atlanta streets on a daily basis and don’t find yourself cursing a fellow commuter and the air they breathe at least once or twice a day, you’re nothing short of a saint! But here’s the deal, engaging in a fit of rage and anger on the road is not only dangerous but it can completely destroy the mood and tone of your day! There’s a way to curb this behavior and, surely, some of us can stand to find a way to eliminate those potty mouth moments in front of the kids and also have better days! Atlanta drivers, let’s fix that road rage together! road-rage

Don’t personalize other people’s bad driving Often when other people drive badly, it’s not our fault. They might be stressed, angry, distressed, upset… before they got in their car to drive. To feel calmer after we experience their poor driving, we can take-on the attitude of “Their bad driving is their problem, not mine. I didn’t cause it. I’m not going to heighten the problem by feeling road rage. I choose my emotions and I choose to remain calm.”

Be a compassionate and empathetic driver Ask ourselves why the driver is distracted, not concentrating, or driving erratically. Are they going to a funeral? Leaving the hospital after a loved one has died? Perhaps attending to an emergency? There are countless reasons why people might be driving badly. If we shift our viewpoint from: “They are driving badly because they are idiots, and idiots make me angry!” to “I don’t know why they are driving badly. I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt and stay calm because I don’t know what situation they are in. They might not be idiots – they might be distressed, devastated, grieving…I might also drive like them if I was in their shoes.” By changing our negative viewpoint to one of compassion and empathy we can lesser feelings of anger, so calm a potentially hostile situation.

Visualize feeling at peace while driving, and say positive affirmations Imagine (visualize) feeling at peace and staying calm while we’re driving. Say positive affirmations to help us stay calm while we drive. Do these throughout the day both while we are driving and not driving. Affirmations can include:

  • I am getting calmer while driving.
  • I can stay peaceful when I encounter bad drivers.
  • I can choose my emotions and I choose to feel calm when I am around bad drivers.

Don’t expect other drivers to always be courteous If we drive with the expectation that other drivers always have to let us us into their lane when we want to change lanes, always need to drive carefully and so on, we are likely to be let down when they don’t meet our expectations. Not having our expectations met can lead to road rage. Accept that there will be some drivers who are rude, pushy, distracted and so on. We are more likely to be calmer while driving if we have realistic beliefs about how other people drive.

Think of the consequences of road rage Road rage can feel good for a while as we vent our frustration, but the benefits can be vastly outweighed by the possible consequences, such as:

  • feeling tense, stressed and angry
  • an increase in heart rate
  • a rise in blood pressure
  • having an argument or fight
  • having an accident, and injuring or killing ourselves and others
  • damaging or destroying our car and others’ cars or property
  • getting a criminal record
  • going to jail
  • all the paperwork that comes with having an accident
  • an increase in car insurance costs

When we start to feel road rage coming on, remember the possible consequences, take some deep breaths, and make a conscious effort to stay in control.

Remember the benefits of keeping calm while driving There are many benefits of staying calm while driving. A few of these are that:

  • we feel happier, less stressed, more peaceful…so have a more pleasant drive
  • the people in the car with us feel happier…
  • we lessen our risk of having a car accident, so injuring or killing ourselves and others, destroying our car or other people’s property…
  • we avoid a criminal record and going to jail
  • we avoid all the possible spin-offs from one or more of the above, for example extra tension in our relationships

Be a safe and courteous driver How we drive affects how other drivers’ react. Drive safely and there’s less chance of getting into a fight or argument with another driver. Let people into our lane if they need to change into it – don’t speed-up and not let them in. Use our indicators when we change lanes, and change lanes smoothly, not erratically. Don’t tailgate. Stick to the speed limit.

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Do You Suffer From Post Accident Nerve Damage?

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

After you’ve been in a car accident it’s kind of hard to make sense of the pain that follows, some days are good, while others are okay, some are so painful you can get out of bed and others days, the pain is manageable. There is a pain, however, that can be hard to pinpoint but the symptoms are telltale – this is nerve damage and there are few different types, take a look! mg21328514.400-1_300

There are many different types of nerve damage that can occur when you are involved in an auto accident, and each one has a different set of symptoms and treatments. The 3 ways nerves are usually damaged are by pressure, stretching or cutting of the nerve itself. The most common ways your nerves can be damaged in a car accident include:

• Whiplash – the severe jerking motion of the head and neck can cause the nerves in this area to stretch or be pinched;

• Blunt-force trauma – hitting your head, arms or legs on a hard surface inside or outside of the vehicle can compress nerves; and

• Lacerations – deep cuts to the skin sustained during an auto accident can sever the nerves in the affected area. Treatment options are varied and can include surgery, physical therapy and medication. Only a trained medical professional can diagnose what type of nerve damage you have sustained and what method of treatment is best for your condition.

You will know if your nerves are damaged when you feel or experience certain signs and symptoms such as the following:

• full or partial paralysis of limbs and appendages such as fingers and toes;

• muscle weakness or pain;

• twitching or uncontrolled movements of the muscles;

• a prickling sensation;

• tingling or numbness on the skin or in limbs; or

• increased sensitivity on the skin to hot and cold temperature. If you experience any of these issues, you may have nerve damage and should go to a doctor or emergency room to be properly diagnosed and treated.

A personal injury lawyer then can work with you and your healthcare professional to determine you current and future medical needs and how they will factor into your traffic accident compensation claim. The effects of nerve damage can take many years to heal, cause substantial medical bills and affect your ability to work and pay for them. Even with medical treatment and rehabilitation, you may never fully recover to your former abilities. You may have the chance of being compensated for this unfortunate change in your life if you have the support of an experienced lawyer to maximize the payment you receive.