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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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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.

Tailgating Tips: Football Season is Here!

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Who doesn’t love a good SEC tailgate on a sunny Atlanta afternoon? There’s nothing like packing up the grill, food, beverages and lawn chairs to head towards the stadium with the guys! Food, friends and football – just can’t beat it! When all of these factors exist from beginning to end without any upset, we can call it a successful tailgate and being prepared for all things could be mean the difference between a minor incident and a catastrophe. Just a quick example, let’s say you’re the guy that always brings the fire extinguisher and a grill just a few yards away catches fire – everyone will be thank you for saving the entire tailgate for hundreds of Georgia fans! If you and, say, 3 of your buddies get together, take a look at this list and make sure that between the 4-5 of you, you’ve got the following covered because football season is here!

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Grilling Guidelines

Your guests are hungry and begging for your famous barbeque chicken; it’s tempting to take it off the grill before it’s done but doing so is a recipe for disaster. Although meat will continue to cook for a short while after it’s removed from the flame, you should follow well established guidelines to be sure it’s fit for consumption.
Keep a Fire Extinguisher and First Aid Kit on Hand

You never think it will happen to you. After all, you’re a grill master that’s been tailgating for decades. But even veteran tailgaters need to be prepared for the worst. When you’re grilling, make sure you have a fire extinguisher in close proximity (not packed in your truck). If you don’t need it, another tailgater might. Packing a first aid kit is always a good idea. You never know when a friendly game of Frisbee or a sharp knife might lead to a cut or injury.

Count on a Designated Driver

Let’s face it, tailgaters are notorious for having too much to drink. If your tailgating party includes alcohol, be sure to have one or more DDs. Offer to buy the DD non alcoholic drinks during the game and maybe pitch in for a few snacks to say thanks for their duty. Always offer your tailgating companions non alcoholic choices, including bottled water.

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Party in Numbers

Tailgating and socializing are nearly synonymous, but avoid gallivanting through crowds of rowdy tailgaters alone. Because alcohol impairs decision making, it’s especially important to sick with a buddy if you have been consuming alcohol. If you do head off on your own, make sure your friends know where you’re going and when you plan to be back.

Sun Protection and Hydration

The sun might not be sizzling like it was during summer, but even under a cloud covered sky it’s easy to get scorched while tailgating. If you’re hosting a tailgating bash, have plenty of sunscreen on hand for your guests and don’t forget to protect yourself. Dehydration is another potential tailgating villain. Mild dehydration symptoms include headache, dizziness, sleepiness, strong smelling urine and thirst. Drink water to battle dehydration, not soda, juice or alcohol.

It’s always better to be safe than sorry so do be sure you and the crew have everything covered so you can enjoy a good game with good friends and have good times!

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Think You Have Whiplash? Here’s What It Feels Like

Monday, August 31st, 2015

If you’ve ever been in a car accident, chances are your adrenaline rushed and your body and mind went into fight or flight mode. A lot of times when this happens, people often feel as though they’re physically unharmed because there are not obvious signs of injury like open wounds or broken bones. It’s not until a couple days later, however, one might wake up with neck and back pain which could be indicators of a case of whiplash or spinal injury. While it could very well be a little soreness and stiffness, you want to get checked out immediately to rule out the possibility of extensive neck and spinal trauma. If you’re not sure if you have whiplash – an injury causes by severe jerking of the head – here are a few symptoms to look for. According to WebMD, Whiplash symptoms are as follows.

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  • Pain, decreased range of motion, and tightness in the neck. The muscles may feel hard or knotted.
  • Pain when rocking your head from side to side or backward and forward.
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  • Headaches at the base of the skull that radiate towards the forehead.
  • Sometimes, the pain of a neck strain is immediate. In other cases, it can take several hours or days before your neck begins to hurt.

The blow that causes neck strain can sometimes cause a concussion, too. Since concussions can be serious, you need to see a doctor right away. You need emergency medical care if you are confused, dizzy, nauseous, excessively sleepy, or unconscious.

To diagnose neck strain, your doctor will give you a thorough examination. You may also need X-rays, CT (computed tomography) scans, and other tests, to rule out other problems.

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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Check Yourself: The Most Common Causes of Auto Accidents

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Fellow Atlantans, how many times have you been cruising through traffic and get frustrated by other drivers? Chances are, this happens quite often. With Atlanta being a city packed with transplants from other cities and states – some larger, some smaller – the inevitability of a variance of driving styles are limitless! And because of this, unfortunately, this more than likely increases the odds of being in an auto accident. Nobody wants this headache so it’s best to not only be mindful and aware of the drivers behind you but also check yourself and your habits to avoid being involved in a collision. To be sure you’re not engaging in the most common causes of auto accidents, take a look a this list.

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Distracted Drivers 

Distracted drivers cause between 25-50 percent of all U.S. motor vehicle accidents. The most common distractions include:

  • Cell phone use
  • Rubbernecking
  • Looking at scenery
  • Other passengers or children
  • Adjusting the radio, cassette or CD player
  • Reading the newspaper, books, maps or other documents

Driver Fatigue

Drowsy drivers account for about 100,000 accidents every year in the United States, according to the U.S. National Traffic Safety Administration. The risk is greatest from 11 p.m. to 8 a.m., the time when most people are used to sleeping, however some people also become drowsy from noon to 2 p.m.

 

Drunk Driving

  • Drunk driving fatalities (.08 BAC or higher): 297 representing 25.2% of all total traffic deaths, a 0.7% increase from last year.
  • An average drunk driver has driven drunk 80 times before first arrest
  • Every two minutes, a person is injured in a drunk driving crash
  • On average, two in three people will be involved in a drunk driving crash in their lifetime
  • Every day in America, another 28 people die as a result of drunk driving crashes
  • In 2013, 10,076 people died in drunk driving crashes – one every 52 minutes – and 290,000 were injured in drunk driving crashes
  • In 2012, 29.1 million people admitted to driving under the influence of alcohol – that’s more than the population of Texas

Speeding

Speeding is a multi-tiered threat because not only does it reduce the amount of time necessary to avoid a crash, it also increases the risk of crashing and makes the crash more severe if it does occur. In fact, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), when speed increases from 40 mph to 60 mph, the energy released in a crash more than doubles.

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Aggressive Driving

According to the State Police, it’s anyone who: “Operates a motor vehicle in a selfish, bold or pushy manner, without regard for the rights or safety of the other users of the streets and highways.” This includes behaviors such as:

  • Aggressive tailgating
  • Flashing lights at other drivers because you’re irritated at them
  • Aggressive or rude gestures
  • Deliberately preventing another driver from moving their vehicle
  • Verbal abuse
  • Physical assaults
  • Disregarding traffic signals
  • Changing lanes frequently or in an unsafe manner
  • Failure to yield the right of way

Weather

Inclement weather, including heavy rain, hail, snowstorms, ice, high winds and fog can make driving more difficult. You’ll need more time to stop and may have trouble seeing the road clearly, so when the weather gets bad be sure to leave extra room between the car in front of you and slow down. If necessary, pull off the road.

 

Keep Your Car Cool in The Hottest Months of Summer

Monday, August 10th, 2015

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As other parts of the nation are cooling off and the temperatures are starting to level off to a point where it’s starting to feel like fall – not so much here in Atlanta! Here we experience what is called an “Indian Summer” meaning temps really heat up in August, September and sometimes October making the end of summer the hottest months to bare. In moving around through your daily routine, cars become unforgivably hot  and with those of us who gruel through outdoor workouts or soccer practices and sporting events it’s most important we keep our vehicles cool! Aside from the obvious which is never, ever leave your children, elders and pets in a hot car, take a look at these quick tips to keep your car cool in the hottest months of summer!

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  • Use a sunshade or window visor
  • Use a dash cover
  • Cover your steering wheel with a hand towel
  • Park in a shaded areas
  • Park in a garage when possible
  • Keep windows slightly cracked
  • Purchase a solar-powered fan
  • Throw blankets over your leather seats

While most of these items seem more like a hassle than helpful, taking a few extra moments to keep you from overheating before the car can cool off will make a work of difference during these times of record breaking heat!

 

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Watch That Wrist: A Quick Review of Georgia Drunk Driving Laws

Friday, August 7th, 2015

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It’s officially summer here in Atlanta and there is always plenty to do in the city and its surrounding towns and neighborhoods. From pool parties, music festivals, baseball games and backyard barbeques, the good times keep rolling and we sure love to participate! So here’s the deal – fun is inevitable but it absolutely needs to be responsibly tempered. It’s so easy to be at a stadium or at the pool and the beers get passed around, drinks start flowing and next thing you know you’re 3 drinks deep and have somewhere else to be in less than an hour.  But nothing is worth a DUI.  Just to break it down a bit, a .08 BAC level means you are officially driving while drunk. According to a BAC calculator a woman of 135 pounds will breathe a .083 after drinking 3 beers (12.oz) or 2 cocktails (1.5 oz. liquor) or 3(5 oz.) glasses of wine and waiting an hour, however, after 2 hours 066. For a man who weighs 175, after 4 beers and a cocktail and waiting an hour he will breathe a .091 and after 2 hours a 0.73.

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Let’s be honest here, folks, just about the only measurement you can count on being precise is beer since the bottles are individual and ounce sepcific. With liquor and wine, it depends on who’s pouring. If you’re pulled over by the police and are asked to take a breathalyzer test and breathe a .08, you are going to jail without question. No matter how sober you think you are, you’re going to jail.

Attorney Flit has been a longstanding partner with the local Atlanta MAAD office and after having sat on the board for Walk Like MADD, he’s collected staggering statistics through the years that anyone who makes the decision to drink and drive should be aware of.

  • Drunk driving fatalities (.08 BAC or higher): 297 representing 25.2% of all total traffic deaths, a 0.7% increase from last year.
  • An average drunk driver has driven drunk 80 times before first arrest
  • Every two minutes, a person is injured in a drunk driving crash
  • On average, two in three people will be involved in a drunk driving crash in their lifetime
  • Every day in America, another 28 people die as a result of drunk driving crashes
  • In 2013, 10,076 people died in drunk driving crashes – one every 52 minutes – and 290,000 were injured in drunk driving crashes
  • In 2012, 29.1 million people admitted to driving under the influence of alcohol – that’s more than the population of Texas

One might also want to take into consideration the heavy penalties that come along with driving under the influence of alcohol. According to DrivingLaws.org in the state of Georgia:

  • First offense DUI in Georgia results in administrative license suspension of one year but you may be able to get your license reinstated after three months (unless the arrest included drugs, in which case reinstatement will not occur for six months).
  • Refusals to submit under implied consent laws in Georgia results in one year license suspension, if applicable
  • License reinstatement for first offense, unless otherwise ordered by courts, does not require ignition interlock device, but will require serving out sentence and payment of reinstatement fines and fees
  • First offense penalties in Georgia DUI cases include mandatory minimum period of incarceration for one (1) day with potential of incarceration for period up to one (1) year
  • Fines in first offense convictions range from minimum of $300 to not more than $1,000, but fine amount does not include court costs, surcharges, expenses incurred during completion of terms of sentence, or reinstatement costs
  • Mandatory alcohol/substance abuse/driver education programs possible, as well as community service mandates
  • Convictions of first offense will influence sentencing and charges in subsequent second offense for a period of ten (10) years

Once again, the risk is not worth the consequence! Instead of hopping on the road, why not consider a few alternative options to get to your next location like Uber, for example, there are plenty of drivers services geared specifically towards helping folks get home safe in Metro Atlanta like Designated Driver Alternative, Metro America Safe Drivers and BeMyDD, just to name a few. Let’s take it back to the summer fests, baseball games and good ol’ backyard barbeques, they’re fun and all, but the idea that goes without saying is everyone should get home safely, right?

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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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Quick Travel Reminders: Back To School!

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

While it seems far too early to reignite the daily grind, many metro Atlanta counties are returning to school after what felt like a really short summer vacation. And, of course, this means more folks traveling in the mornings – as if Atlanta traffic couldn’t get any worse – it’s going to!

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So here’s the deal, we want to remind everyone that we’re sharing the road with buses filled with precious cargo and tiny pedestrians walking to and from bus stops. While we’re not as worried for the big kids, it’s the little guys that might be riding the bus alone for the first time or live close enough to their school to walk and might be feeling a little overwhelmed. He or she might be in such a rush they won’t look both ways before crossing the street, dash out into the street and the list continues but it’s our job as responsible drivers to pay attention to these back-to-school nuances! All we have to do is this:

  • stop for buses – even if the bus is not on your side of the street, by law, you must stop
  • pay attention to little pedestrians crossing streets and waiting at bus stops – and please look down and around, as some tiny tots are so little you might not see them as easily as the taller kids
  • slow down – slow down a bit to avoid an accident of any kind – you’ll get where you’re going, promise.
  • pay attention to crosswalks – middle and high school kids sometimes walk to and from the local Starbucks or Chik-fil-a before and after school so be aware of the schools in your area and hungry teens in pursuit of food on busy streets and, again, slow down

Alright Atlantans! Here’s to another extra-early start of yet another school year! Pay attention to the kiddies and drive safe!

 

 

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Fourth of July Fireworks and Travel Safety Tips

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

We are now in the throws of summer and the entire country is gearing up to celebrate the 4th of July this weekend. Schools are out for the summer and everyone from the parents to the kids are breathing a sigh of relief that the grind is over! So what do we do? Hit the road for the weekend and take a quick trip! So here’s the deal before you hit the road, we’ve put together a list of travel tips for your road trips.

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  • Before you hit the road, it’s important to double check with your insurance agency and make sure you have medical payment and uninsured motorist coverage so that in the event you are hit by someone with no insurance, you will be covered. Please note: Uninsured Motorists Add-On and Off set are two very different types of insurance coverage. Add-On is the best coverage to have, as it provides more substantial coverage for you and your passengers should you be involved in an accident with an uninsured driver. While Off Set coverage may save you a little money on your monthly premium, it could reduce your coverage by the thousands if you’re involved in an accident.
  • Make sure you have medical payment coverage in place on your policy also, a minimum of  $10,000 is best
  • Make sure your car’s tires are aligned and the engine maintenance is up to date and has been inspected.
  • Keep your roadside assistance contact handy

Remember to try and plan to do the most of your traveling during daylight hours. While the traffic may be a little more congested, drivers are moving at slower speeds and the chances of potentially fatal accidents are slightly decreased. Driving during the day will also lower the risk of of a collision with a drunk driver. In the event you should find yourself stranded after an accident on the highway please make note of the traveler’s checklist below:

  • ID of all drivers and proof of insurance
  • a shared plan with all travelers in the automobile in case of emergency
  • emergency contact list
  • list of all passengers medical conditions and allergies
  • heavy blankets
  • first aid kit
  • flashlight

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Once you arrive to your desired city or town for the weekend, wherever you land, there will be an abundance of festivities from pool parties, music festivals, baseball games and backyard barbeques, the good times keep rolling and we sure love to participate! We have to remember – fun is inevitable but it absolutely needs to be responsibly tempered. It’s so easy to be at a stadium or at the pool and the beers get passed around, drinks start flowing and next thing you know you’re 3 drinks deep and have somewhere else to be and still have to get back to your hotel or get the family to dinner but nothing is worth a DUI.  Just to break it down a bit, a .08 BAC level means you are officially driving while drunk. According to a BAC calculator a woman of 135 pounds will breathe a .083 after drinking 3 beers (12.oz) or 2 cocktails (1.5 oz. liquor) or 3(5 oz.) glasses of wine and waiting an hour, however, after 2 hours 066. For a man who weighs 175, after 4 beers and a cocktail and waiting an hour he will breathe a .091 and after 2 hours a 0.73.

Attorney Flit has been a longstanding partner with the local Atlanta MAAD office and after having sat on the board for Walk Like MADD, he’s collected staggering statistics through the years that anyone who makes the decision to drink and drive should be aware of.

  • Drunk driving fatalities (.08 BAC or higher): 297 representing 25.2% of all total traffic deaths, a 0.7% increase from last year.
  • An average drunk driver has driven drunk 80 times before first arrest
  • Every two minutes, a person is injured in a drunk driving crash
  • On average, two in three people will be involved in a drunk driving crash in their lifetime
  • Every day in America, another 28 people die as a result of drunk driving crashes
  • In 2013, 10,076 people died in drunk driving crashes – one every 52 minutes – and 290,000 were injured in drunk driving crashes
  • In 2012, 29.1 million people admitted to driving under the influence of alcohol – that’s more than the population of Texas

Instead of hopping on the road, why not consider a few alternative options to get to your next location like Uber, for example, there are plenty of drivers services geared specifically towards helping folks get home safe in Metro Atlanta like Designated Driver Alternative, Metro America Safe Drivers and BeMyDD, just to name a few.

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Now that Fireworks are officially legal in the state of Georgia, we must discuss the safety parameters concerning these literal bursts of fire! According to Safe Kids Georgia, the following tips can prevent serious injuries:

  • Young children should never be allowed to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Always closely supervise children when fireworks are being used. Young children can be injured even by sparkles when not properly supervised. Sparklers caused more than 40% of ALL injuries due to fireworks.
  • Always place fireworks on the ground and light the fuse at an arms length and immediately get to a safe distance to observe.
  • Point fireworks away from homes, and keep away from brush, leaves and flammable substances
  • Light fireworks one at a time.
  • Never try to pick and move an already lit firework.
  • Never try to re-ignite malfunctioning fireworks.
  • Never point or throw a firework at a person’s body or feet.
  • Always have water or a fire extinguisher nearby.
  • Never carry fireworks inside a pocket.
  • Never shoot fireworks into glass or metal containers.
  • After the fireworks have completed burning, douse any fireworks material on the ground with plenty of water before discarding it.

Here’s to a wonderful weekend with friends and family! Safe Travels!

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Summer Safety: A Review of Drunk Driving Laws in Georgia

Friday, June 5th, 2015

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It’s officially summer here in Atlanta and there is always plenty to do in the city and its surrounding towns and neighborhoods. From pool parties, music festivals, baseball games and backyard barbeques, the good times keep rolling and we sure love to participate! So here’s the deal – fun is inevitable but it absolutely needs to be responsibly tempered. It’s so easy to be at a stadium or at the pool and the beers get passed around, drinks start flowing and next thing you know you’re 3 drinks deep and have somewhere else to be in less than an hour.  But nothing is worth a DUI.  Just to break it down a bit, a .08 BAC level means you are officially driving while drunk. According to a BAC calculator a woman of 135 pounds will breathe a .083 after drinking 3 beers (12.oz) or 2 cocktails (1.5 oz. liquor) or 3(5 oz.) glasses of wine and waiting an hour, however, after 2 hours 066. For a man who weighs 175, after 4 beers and a cocktail and waiting an hour he will breathe a .091 and after 2 hours a 0.73.

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Let’s be honest here, folks, just about the only measurement you can count on being precise is beer since the bottles are individual and ounce sepcific. With liquor and wine, it depends on who’s pouring. If you’re pulled over by the police and are asked to take a breathalyzer test and breathe a .08, you are going to jail without question. No matter how sober you think you are, you’re going to jail.

Attorney Flit has been a longstanding partner with the local Atlanta MAAD office and after having sat on the board for Walk Like MADD, he’s collected staggering statistics through the years that anyone who makes the decision to drink and drive should be aware of.

  • Drunk driving fatalities (.08 BAC or higher): 297 representing 25.2% of all total traffic deaths, a 0.7% increase from last year.
  • An average drunk driver has driven drunk 80 times before first arrest
  • Every two minutes, a person is injured in a drunk driving crash
  • On average, two in three people will be involved in a drunk driving crash in their lifetime
  • Every day in America, another 28 people die as a result of drunk driving crashes
  • In 2013, 10,076 people died in drunk driving crashes – one every 52 minutes – and 290,000 were injured in drunk driving crashes
  • In 2012, 29.1 million people admitted to driving under the influence of alcohol – that’s more than the population of Texas

One might also want to take into consideration the heavy penalties that come along with driving under the influence of alcohol. According to DrivingLaws.org in the state of Georgia:

  • First offense DUI in Georgia results in administrative license suspension of one year but you may be able to get your license reinstated after three months (unless the arrest included drugs, in which case reinstatement will not occur for six months).
  • Refusals to submit under implied consent laws in Georgia results in one year license suspension, if applicable
  • License reinstatement for first offense, unless otherwise ordered by courts, does not require ignition interlock device, but will require serving out sentence and payment of reinstatement fines and fees
  • First offense penalties in Georgia DUI cases include mandatory minimum period of incarceration for one (1) day with potential of incarceration for period up to one (1) year
  • Fines in first offense convictions range from minimum of $300 to not more than $1,000, but fine amount does not include court costs, surcharges, expenses incurred during completion of terms of sentence, or reinstatement costs
  • Mandatory alcohol/substance abuse/driver education programs possible, as well as community service mandates
  • Convictions of first offense will influence sentencing and charges in subsequent second offense for a period of ten (10) years

Once again, the risk is not worth the consequence! Instead of hopping on the road, why not consider a few alternative options to get to your next location like Uber, for example, there are plenty of drivers services geared specifically towards helping folks get home safe in Metro Atlanta like Designated Driver Alternative, Metro America Safe Drivers and BeMyDD, just to name a few. Let’s take it back to the summer fests, baseball games and good ol’ backyard barbeques, they’re fun and all, but the idea that goes without saying is everyone should get home safely, right?

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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.

FLITCall The Law Office of Neil Flit now for a free case consultation
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