Return to the Blog Home Page

Post-Auto Accident: PTSD and Head Injuries

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

In the state of Georgia, auto accidents occur by the thousands each year. If you’re new to Atlanta or even a native, there is a great chance you’ve learned very quickly how curvy and twisty-turny the roads can be – specifically on the highway connectors. To some, navigating through Metro Atlanta can be quite confusing making the highways, ramps and even your local streets a hotbed of accidents waiting to happen. Some accidents are so life-threatening, it’s a miracle to walk away and the trauma is enough to make someone not want to drive again. There is nothing worse than dealing with the physical aftermath of an auto accident and what’s often overlooked is the lasting affects of being involved in an auto collision. Businesswoman with intense stress and painful headache. Woman in job problems.

More specifically, PTSD, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is often a lingering condition that is extremely difficult to manage if it’s not diagnosed or treated properly. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, in a nutshell, is an anxiety disorder people suffer from after witnessing or surviving a traumatic event. According to the National Institute of Mental Health the symptoms for the 3 types of PTSD are as follows:

Re-experiencing symptoms:

  • Flashbacks—reliving the trauma over and over, including physical symptoms like a racing heart or sweating
  • Bad dreams
  • Frightening thoughts

Avoidance Symptoms:

  • Staying away from places, events, or objects that are reminders of the experience
  • Feeling emotionally numb
  • Feeling strong guilt, depression, or worry
  • Losing interest in activities that were enjoyable in the past
  • Having trouble remembering the dangerous event.

Hyperarousal symptoms: Being easily startled Feeling tense or “on edge” Having difficulty sleeping, and/or having angry outbursts. If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, it would be best get yourself evaluated and treated to get back to living life peacefully. Immediately after an accident, the adrenaline rush that throws the body into “fight or flight” mode almost numbs the body of internal injuries. Many times, collision victims won’t notice pain until a few days afterwards which likely stem from injuries of the head and neck. It is a common symptom in individuals who have experienced trauma to the head and neck. Vertigo is an inflammation of the inner ear around the nerves that give the body a sense on balance. The symptoms can last for moments or hours and may come and go. According to WebMD, the symptoms of

Post Traumatic Vertigo are as follows:

  • Spinning
  • Tilting
  • Swaying
  • Unbalanced
  • Pulled to one direction

Other symptoms that may accompany vertigo include:

  • Feeling nauseated
  • Abnormal or jerking eye movements (nystagmus)
  • Headache
  • Sweating Ringing in the ears or hearing loss

Head injuries and anxiety disorders that stem from the trauma of an auto collision should be evaluated and treated as soon as possible. If you or a loved one has recently been involved or injured in an accident and were not at fault, you’re entitled to compensation for your medical expenses and other damages.

If you’ve been suffering from any of the symptoms above, 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

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

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.

1279917452_9

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.

FLIT

Safety Tips for When You’re Driving With Your Pets

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

If you have a dog at home and keep regular office hours then you, without a doubt, know how difficult it is to carry the guilt of leaving Sparky at home all day long. This is why we will come up with any reason to hop in the car with your family pet and tote them around with you on the days when you’re not commuting. Odds are, your dog loves to go wherever you go and enjoys riding with his out the window trying to bite the rushing air! It’s cute and plain fun to take your dog out to the park, the vet or even just to run a few quick errands. But, as with anything else, there are a number of safety guidelines to adhere to! So we’ve put together a few safety tips for when your driving with your pets – take a look!

happy-dog-in-car

Loose pets inside of vehicles can become a deadly distraction for drivers. Moreover, unrestrained pets can become hazards themselves during an accident. Without proper restraint, a simple joyride with your four-legged friend could result in harsh consequences for everyone.

Here are a few important tips that will help to keep you, your best friend, and others safe and happy on your next trip:

  • To avoid unnecessary stress and anxiety, work your pet up to longer trips by taking shorter treks before taking on a long expedition.

  • Just in case you and your pet become separated, be sure that all ID tags are properly affixed to your pet’s collar and that they have your current contact information, including cell number(s).

  • Update your microchip registration and pet license information to ensure its current and consider including the name and phone number of an emergency contact.

  • Never leave pets unattended inside of vehicles. Remember that cars heat up fast – even with the windows cracked!

  • Properly restrain, contain or crate your pets inside of your vehicle prior to your trip. Consider purchasing a specially designed pet seatbelt, carrier or barrier to avoid irreversible consequences due to distractions or other mishaps.

  • Never allow pets to sit on your lap or remain in the front seat while you drive.

  • Never allow pets to stick any portion of their bodies out the window. Although most dogs love to stick their heads out open windows, the wind can seriously irritate mucous membranes and blow pieces of grit or other debris into their eyes. Pets could also be seriously injured by objects as you drive down the road.

  • Pets should never be transported in the bed of a pickup truck. Not only could your pet injure, or even kill himself/herself – he/she could cause an accident which may harm someone else. It is estimated that at least 100,000 dogs die in accidents each year because they were riding in truck beds.

  • Do not leash your pet inside of a truck bed even when parked to avoid strangulation hazards and because open truck beds do not provide any protection from the weather. The hot sun can heat the metal floor of a truck bed enough to burn a pet’s paws. A dog left sitting in the broiling sun without water or shade may suffer from heat stroke.

Keeping pets safe is every pet owner’s responsibility. Being a safe driver is not only your obligation – it’s the law!

click here to read more

 

What You Need To Know About Truck Accidents in Atlanta

Monday, October 5th, 2015

If you’re new to Atlanta or even a native, there is a great chance you’ve learned very quickly how curvy and twisty-turny the roads can be specifically the highway connectors. For even the most experienced drivers, those bends with the right weather conditions can cause the worst accidents, especially 18-wheeler trucks. WSB reports Georgia Department of Transportation spokeswoman Natalie Dale says, “there are some certain areas that even we at the department have identified as hot spots.” Four of the top five in Georgia are in metro Atlanta. Topping the list is the I-285/I-75 interchange south of the city. Number two is I-285/I-20 on the east side followed by I-285/I-85 south and Spaghetti Junction. The top hot spots in the Atlanta area all involve exit ramps that require a rapid reduction in speed.” Spink_40 While rollovers do not occur as frequently in other cities, Atlanta’s hot spots account for a large percentage of injures resulting from collisions and, in worse cases, fatalities. According to Bloomberg.com, America’s most deadly hot spot for trucks is on an off ramp on I-75 in Atlanta. A veteran truck driver by the name of Walter Price attempted to exit I-75 in South Atlanta and a story that is all too familiar took place when a car darted in front of Price’s truck.

“The car’s driver slammed on the brakes to negotiate the exit’s sharp curve. Price had to veer left and hit his brakes to avoid a collision. But the curve was too sharp and Price’s 36-ton rig carrying car parts began to roll. ‘Once you hear the freight break loose and start sliding, there’s absolutely nothing you can do,” Price recalled. ‘You can kiss your ass goodbye.’”

While the road belongs to everyone, drivers must remain aware of commercial trucks on the highway. Due to the size of these vehicles, a truck driver’s blind spot is much larger than that of a passenger vehicle – this is the cause of several collisions involving trucks. Truckers rely only on their side mirrors to maneuver through lanes, so if you are driving in their blind spot, they cannot see your car or your turn signals and chances are they cannot hear you should you honk your horn to alert them. 628x-1 It’s important that you stay a safe distance from trucks on the highways – given the speed at which such a heavy vehicle travels, it’s almost impossible for them to make sudden stops effectively. Another factor to consider is traveling trucks during inclement weather, as they tend to give off a spray from their tires that can cause blindness of the road ahead. 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.

Watch Your Back: Maintain the Benefits of Your Treatments

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

If you’ve ever been in an accident and had to undergo chiropractic treatments to realign your neck, back and hips, then you’re fully aware of how uncomfortable it is to be in pain for an extended period of time. But most importantly the end result is what we’re after and it should be one of relief and a renewed sense of restoration and wellness. After completing your treatments as advised by your chiropractor and medical professionals, it’s a must that you maintain your adjustments and therapeutic treatments as time goes on.

According to The Specific Chiropractic Center, here are a few tips to help you maintain the benefits of your treatments.

Take some time to let your body “settle” into the new adjustment. Do not undertake any strenuous activity in the hours immediately following your appointment. In general, avoid putting unnecessary strain on your spine. Don’t bend at the waist to lift objects; instead, keep your spine straight, bend at the knees and use your leg muscles to hoist heavy objects.

Support your newly straightened spine by engaging in an exercise routine that encourages strengthening the core and back muscles. Yoga and pilates are both good options. If you lift weights, avoid leaning forward at the neck. Do sit-ups on an exercise ball instead of on the floor. If you’re doing lower back exercises, don’t extend the spine beyond 180 degrees. Avoid any stretches that force the body into unnatural positions.

lowerback

As we go about our days, we participate in a number of activities that may cause spinal havoc. Using computers and driving both force our shoulders and arms forward, thus causing the neck and spine to curve. Take time away from these positions every 20 to 30 minutes to stretch. If you sit at a desk all day, make it ergonomically friendly in order to properly care for your spine and all other effected extremities. Sitting is very hard on the lower back so if it’s possible, sit on an exercise ball or choose a chair that encourages core strength to hold your spine straight.

Make good decisions about the shoes you choose. Regardless of their purpose, the shoes you wear should be well balanced, flexible and comfortable. At night, sleep on a firm mattress, and choose a pillow that supports the head so that the neck vertebrae are level with the rest of your spine. Avoid sleeping on your stomach.

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

3 Things You Need To Do After a Car Accident

Friday, September 25th, 2015

The weather system here in the Atlanta Metro area is always unpredictable  – from chilly mornings in the 50’s to ninety degree temps within the span of 48 hours – then comes the inevitable flash floods that come from nowhere and end rapidly only to resurface in a matter of hours. Not only is this exhausting, it’s nerve wrecking in a city where public transit is a non-option and commuters pile onto every major street and highway at the same time and the traffic is mind-numbing. Then add an accident. Not only is the traffic now at a standstill, the parties involved in said accident are aggravated and wanting to get to their destination now more than ever! If you have the unfortunate experience of being involved in an accident, here are the 3 most important things to do after an auto accident!   Auto_WreckWithAmbulance_WEB Gather Evidence – if you’re in an accident due to another driver’s negligence there’s a chance he or she may try to persuade you to avoid calling the police and settle the matter personally. This is a no-no! Call the police to get an official report for your auto insurance company for when you get your damages repaired because he say/she say doesn’t hold well in a dispute over hundreds or thousands of dollars worth of repairs. Be sure to take pictures and document your account of the accident in your own words in case you ever have to explain damages and injuries to insurance companies and, perhaps, medical staffers if need be. battery_guy1 Know Your Insurance – for most of us, car insurance is simply a bill we pay monthly until we actually have to utilize the specifics of our policy. Even if you were in the wrong, you should notify your insurance company that you were involved in an accident. Sometimes we don’t know off the top of our head our policy provisions but it’s best to take a glance over your policy from time to time just to get an idea. For example do you have a AAA Roadside Assistance? Do you have an allowance for a rental car while your car is being repaired? Do you have a damage deductible? This is why it’s good to be somewhat familiar with your policy so you’re not blindsided by what you may be responsible for. PI Hire a Personal Injury Attorney –  oftentimes, immediately after an accident injuries go without detection but one may begin to develop stiffness and sore muscles. According to the National Library of Medicine, car accidents are largely responsible for nearly 32% of spinal cord injuries (SCI) that could result in devastating effects on one’s quality of life. This is why a personal injury attorney is most essential when negotiating a settlement after having been injured by a negligent, impaired or drunk driver. 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. 621416 Here at The Law Office of Neil Flit in Atlanta, we handle each case with maximum care to meet your needs in a time of hardship. From auto wrecks and injuries from drunk driving accidents, on the job injuries to slip and falls and medical malpractice, we are here to help you. 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!

Social Media: an Investigative Tool for Lawsuits

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

social-media-courts1

In this digital age, mobile devices and social media have become the fibers of communication with an estimated 80 percent of the global population – it’s hard to imagine that just 15 years ago, it was all but nonexistent! But here, the rub! Since we live in a age of instant uploads and picture/video sharing it’s going to take a little time for us to balance the technology advancement and the impulse to share our lives with everyone on the worldwide web, who lives in this place called cyberspace, where things go to never die! What you share on the web will never go away so it’s always best to think hard a carefully about what you choose to share, what events you’re tagged in and personal photos and videos you upload. How does this relate to a lawsuit? We’ll tell you:

“The majority of popular social media websites and applications are free to join, and accessible to anyone. They are used by people of all ages, races, ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds, making social media content one of the most valuable investigative resources,” says the folks over at The Claims Journal.

In a nutshell, it’s truly just a matter of researching what has been publicly shared and what can be used as evidence in your claims investigation. Here’s how they do it!

Here’s What You Need To Know When You’re a Victim of a Hit and Run

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

There is nothing worse than being involved in a car accident but being a victim of a hit and run incident easily tops the inconvenience of a minor collision or fender bender. To be clear, a hit and run is, by definition, any accident in which a driver intentionally leaves the scene without providing contact information. This includes situations where someone hits your unattended parked car and leaves no contact information.

car-crash

This is obviously tricky because there is no way to hold anyone accountable for your property damage or injuries! If you ever find yourself in the throws of a hit and run accident, here’s what you need to do according to the DMV.

Having more information:

  • Increases the chances that the police will catch the driver who hit you.
  • Helps your car insurance company make decisions about your claim.

First, get as much information as you can about the car that hit you, such as:

  • Model.
  • Make.
  • License plate number.

Also, look around for any possible witnesses to the accident, and ask for their names and contact information.

hit-and-run

Finally, take the following steps before leaving the scene:

  • Write down the time and location of the accident.
  • Take pictures of the accident scene.
  • Take pictures of your car, especially if another car’s paint is visible on it.
  • This will help you prove that you are not attempting to defraud your insurance company.*

If the hit and run occurred when you were away from your parked car, jot down as much information as you can, such as:

  • Time.
  • Location.
  • Damage.

When someone hits you and drives off, you may feel compelled to chase him in your car. But beware: this can cause you to drive recklessly and get into another accident, or to be the victim of retaliation from the other driver.

A better idea is to call the police as soon as possible and file an accident report that includes the names of any witnesses and other important details.

Even if the police do not find the driver who hit you, having a police report on file can hasten the auto claims process and give you an official document to rely upon later.

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

Call The Law Office of Neil Flit now for a free case consultation
1.877.373.HURT

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.

drivers-585880

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.

None

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.