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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

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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TMJ as a Result of Whiplash

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

The resulting pain of even a minor car accident can take some time to articulate and sort out. From neck and back pain to slipped disk, a lot of times what’s overlooked is a condition called TMJ or temporalmandibular disorder and it goes hand-in-hand with whiplash, however, many people who suffer from this disorder are unaware are unaware of this fact. If you’ve recently been injured in a car accident and was diagnosed with whiplash, chances are you may have TMJ.

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If you are involved in a car accident, even a relatively minor one, your body is subject to tremendous forces. Although the car is designed to absorb much of the force, and accident countermeasures like seatbelts and airbags are designed to prevent you from suffering impact trauma, your body is still subjected to what is known as whiplash, the forceful acceleration and deceleration of your body using only the tissues of your joints. Whiplash can cause substantial injury to these joints, which were never meant to withstand that level of force. It most commonly results in injury to the neck, whose tissues are twisted and stretched by the weight of the entire head. But it can also cause injury to your temporomandibular joints, the joints that support your jaw. TMJ after car accidents has been wrapped up in controversy over whether it’s a common phenomenon or something lawyers trumped up to attempt to get more compensation for clients. Worst of all, science doesn’t help us much in showing how common this type of injury may be.

For example, a 2009 review that looked at data from 1966 forward said, “because of lack of homogeneity in the study populations and lack of standardization of data collection procedures and outcomes measured, this review cannot conclusively resolve the controversies that exist concerning this relationship.” The main problem with the studies seems to be that they take very different approaches to defining TMJ, and come up with very different answers. Part of the problem with scientists trying to resolve this issue is that the question they ask determines the answer they get. For example, one 1992 study that concluded “the incidence of TMJ pain and clicking following whiplash injury is extremely low” limited its questioning of patients to just those two issues: jaw joint pain and clicking of the jaw joint. TMJ is a complex condition, and not all patients experience those symptoms. On the other hand, a study that examined patients and asked them about dysfunction as well as pain, found that TMJ was found in about a third of all whiplash injury patients.

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

To Flush or Not To Flush: That is the Question

Monday, October 12th, 2015

Fellow Atlanta car drivers, now that winter is approaching we must make sure our vehicles good and prepped for the winter months and cold weather and now is the time many car mechanics will advise you to get a fluid flush and charge astronomical prices to do so but here’s the twist – you may not need to! So, the question begs, to flush or not to flush, that is the question and we have the answer! Take a look! cap-blog-coolant

Automakers, in a move to improve their market share, have leaned out their recommended service guides and stretched time and distance intervals to position their products in the “low-operation-costs” bracket. Improvements in materials and assembly for most mainstream vehicles have upped their reliability scale and this lends credence to the maker’s position. However, for all the advancements in late model technology and engineering, most of an average vehicle’s fluids haven’t evolved at the same rate.

Dealership service departments were looking to expand their offerings as recent downturns in warranty and customer-pay repairs left them with spare capacity. They were also employing methods of retaining clients who might have moved to independent and chain shops after their relatively short automakers’ warranties expired. And they were pleased to be able to offer added value as several of the top treatment suppliers include extended auto component/system warranties to consumers who became regular users of their services. As the average Canadian vehicle owner operates his or her daily driver for a substantial amount of time and distance past manufacturer’s warranty coverage, being able to obtain a low price guarantee on some of the most expensive-to-repair components can be an attractive offer. Here’s a look at some of the most common “recommended” services.

Transmission flush services. Servicing an automatic transmission can be completed in two manners; removing the drain pan and replacing the fluid and filter or power flushing the fluid with specialized circulation equipment along with a filter replacement. Automakers only recommend the first method even though it only removes about half of the fluid. A great deal of the transmission’s fluid will remain in the torque convertor, and oil cooler and lines during a simple drain and refill process. A power flush will circulate all of the oil fluid out before pumping in new. The flush system will also remove more solid and metallic debris thus extending clutch plate and moving-component life. It also prevents oil cooler or line blockage. Carmakers recommend an auto transmission fluid change between 50,000 and 100,000 km on average.

Engine cooling system service. As many of today’s vehicles are using long-life or five- to 10-year coolant, its replacement interval has been substantially extended from what it was when ordinary green antifreeze was common. As with transmission fluid replacement, there are two main methods of replacement. And as with drain vs. power flush on transmissions, power flushing an engine’s cooling system will remove more of the old fluid and debris as well as introducing a water-pump lubricant into the system. Long life coolant service intervals are usually between 100,000 and 150,000 km for most makers and those still using the old-style green coolant should replace it around the 70,000 km mark. Individual manufacturer intervals may differ.

Brake fluid replacement. This fluid seldom has a recommended replacement interval with carmakers. The main concern that brake fluid replacement addresses is the reduction of the water content in the fluid. With age, water is introduced into brake lines and hoses via condensation on the steel portions of the lines and the cast metal parts of the wheel brake units. This accelerates corrosion leading to fluid leaks. One hidden benefit of this process is that every bleeder screw on the system must be opened to complete it therefore reducing the risk of them seizing with age leading to the replacement of a caliper or two down the road.

Power steering fluid service. This is another fluid that carmakers consider “lifetime” with no replacement recommendation. Power steering systems are rather simple in design with only engine bay heat and sub-zero winter temperatures to provide any extreme operating conditions. Flush treatment suppliers claim to reduce the risk of steering gear seals, pump and hose failures. Opting for a treatment supplier that provides a system warranty with purchase can help alleviate the often expensive and common repair costs of steering fluid leaks.

Fuel injection/intake service. There’s a multitude of opinions both pro and con on this service, only matched in numbers by the count of different treatment suppliers. Carmakers never recommend injector service or fuel system purges in their maintenance schedules. But many vehicles have been prone to carbon buildup on engine valves and varnish coatings on throttle plates. The two main reasons can be grouped into poor fuel quality and low-speed vehicle operation or stop/start driving on short trips. Repair shops can accurately predict the demand for this service based on fuel price increases. As the cost of fuel goes up, the weight of the driver’s gas foot gets considerably lighter. When high-efficiency engines, designed to run at higher RPMs are subjected to pokey driving and/or poor fuel, deposits will occur. A good quality fuel system cleaning treatment, when properly applied, can reduce these buildups.

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Be Prepared: What You Need in Your Car for Your Fall Break Travels

Friday, October 9th, 2015

Being that the school year starts hellishly early in Metro Atlanta, we have adopted what is called a balanced schedule – meaning we get a week off of school in the middle of each semester. Now that it’s fall break in many counties across the city, several of us are going to hit the road and hang ten on the nearest beach one last time before the weather turns cold. While we don’t plan for emergencies, we can certainly be prepared for one should we find ourselves in a bind. So, in order to do that, we’ve compiled a list of what you need in your car for your fall break travels. Take a look!   DSC_0777-001-1024x685

Blankets Even if the weather is nice, you could wind up having to spend several night-time hours in your car. A blanket makes it possible for you to curl up, keep warm, and sleep.

Battery-powered radio (and extra batteries) If weather conditions are atrocious, a battery-powered radio (or, even better, a crank-powered one) can provide you with basic information about what to do.

Bottled water This is necessary for sustenance if you get stuck somewhere and have to wait for a while.

High energy snacks and/or MREs Similar logic to the water; high-energy foods are essential. I usually keep some nuts and some jerky. I know of at least one person who would not go on any trip without a couple MRE (meals ready to eat) in the car – you just pour some water in the pouch and they self-warm and are ready to eat.

Maps Keep a detailed map of the state you’re in in your car at all times – or even a current atlas if you have room. Don’t completely rely on a GPS navigation system.

Booster (jumper) cables These can enable you to get your car started with a dead battery (if a good Samaritan comes along) and also enables you to help someone out in a fix.

First aid kit (and manual) This can be vital if you’re in an accident and someone has injuries. Slowing down bleeding quickly can mean the difference between walking something off and going into shock.

Fix-a-flat If your tire has a pretty rapid leak, Fix-a-flat can often provide just enough to get you to a repair station. I recommend at least two cans.

Tire repair kit If the tire has deflated rapidly, a tire repair kit makes it possible for you to patch up the tire well enough for a short period.

Tire air gauge This one isn’t so vital for emergencies, but is absolutely essential for preventive maintenance – keeping your tires fully inflated not only improves gas mileage, but reduces the risk of tire explosions.

Road flares These are invaluable at night so that others can see you if you need to change a tire or such things.

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All You Need to Know About Georgia’s Super Speeder Law

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

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Okay Atlanta folks, here’s the deal – the traffic here is horrible! It’s enough to make you go a little stir crazy when you sit on the brakes for at least an hour Monday through Friday! So when we do have the space to kick up the speed a little we tend to get a case of lead foot. While it is a little tricky – seeing how each major highway has varying speed limits – you have to make sure you pay close attention to every sign since some speed limits drop upwards of 15mph within a couple hundred yards! And with each city limit comes a police department and they will clock and stop you for traveling at dangerous speeds! We’ve pulled a fact sheet from the Georgia Department of Driver Services for your review to encourage everyone to think twice an slow down on the roads and know all you need to know about Georgia’s Super Speeder Law.

 

  • What is Super Speeder?
    Georgia’s ‘Super Speeder Law’ defines a Super Speeder as a driver convicted of speeding at 75 mph or more on a two-lane road or at 85 mph and above on any road or highway in the State of Georgia.

    In addition to the fines and fees paid to the jurisdiction where the speeding offense took place, a $200 Super Speeder state fee is to be paid by the convicted driver.  Failure to pay the Super Speeder fee within 120 days of official notice will result in the suspension of the offender’s license or driving privileges.  Payment of a $50 reinstatement fee in addition to the $200 Super Speeder fee will then be required to reinstate their license or driving privileges.

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  • How will I be notified that I owe the Super Speeder fee?
    If the DDS receives notification of your conviction for speeding at 75 mph or more on a two-lane road or highway, or at 85 mph and above on any road or highway in the State of Georgia, you will be notified by first class mail of the $200 Super Speeder fee.  You will have 120 days from the date of the notice to pay the fee to DDS.
  • Will my license be suspended?
    Failure to pay the Super Speeder fee to DDS within 120 days of the notice date will result in the suspension of your license, permit, or driving privilege in Georgia.  If your license, permit, or driving privilege is suspended in Georgia due to non-payment of the Super Speeder fee, you must pay a $50 reinstatement fee in addition to the $200 Super Speeder fee in order to reinstate your license, permit, or driving privilege.
  • I am an out of state driver, How does this affect my driving privileges?
    Out of state drivers are subject to the same requirements as Georgia drivers.  If you do not pay the Super Speeder fee, the DDS will impose a suspension of your non-resident driving privilege in Georgia.  The DDS will then report the suspension to your home state’s licensing authority which would then decide to take additional action, if any.

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To Be Safe: Make Sure You Check Your Tires

Friday, August 21st, 2015

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Altantans, it’s that time of year! While it is still quite hot during the day, we’re going to start to feel some pretty chillly temps in the morning in the coming weeks. As heavy commuters, we tend to overlook the wear and tear we put on our tires on the daily basis and not to mention going from temperatures that are scorching enough to melt tires onto blazing concrete to freezing temperatures in a matter of days sometimes! Ever notice when the cold snap comes you’re tire pressure indicator suddenly shows up on your dash? Your tire lost pressure because the rubber expands in the summer months and constricts when it gets cold. It’s bet to tackle the tire pressure as soon as possible, for riding on a variance of tire pressures is not only dangerous but can really do a number on your alignment if you ride on them this way for too long. If you take your car to a tire shop or mar mechanic garage, they can measure and adjust your pressure in a matter of minutes. Or if, you’re savvy and confident enough to do it yourself with a handheld pressure guage, here’s how you do it!

  • Make sure the tires are cold
  • Look in the owners’ manual or on the inside of the driver’s side door for the standard cold tire inflation pressure suggested by the car’s manufacturer
  • Unscrew the valve stem cap from the valve stem on the tire
  • Press the air pressure gauge evenly onto the valve stem and record the reading given
  • Note that if the reading is the same as the manuals’ specifications, you are done after checking all other tires for the same pressure
  • Replace valve stem cap

Note: Do this on all tires, not the ones that appear to be deflated for instructional pictures click here.

Another thing you want to do is check your tread. When your tread reaches a point to where it can no longer provide traction, your travels could become quite dangerous especially in inclement weather. If the roads are slick from rain or freezing over, lack of tread will make braking safely and efficiently quite difficult and increases your chances of blowouts and collisions. After the “Snowmeggadon” we had a few years back that completely debilitated the city for days, it’s best to be prepared for all types of road conditions including snow and ice. So, here’s how you check your thread – the Penny Test.

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In the United States, tire tread depth is measured in 32nds of an inch. New tires typically come with 10/32” or 11/32” tread depths, and some truck, SUV and winter tires may have deeper tread depths than other models. The U.S. Department of Transportation recommends replacing tires when they reach 2/32”, and many states legally require tires to be replaced at this depth.

  • The idea of the penny test is to check whether you’ve hit the 2/32” threshold. Here’s how it works.
  • Place a penny between the tread ribs on your tire. A “rib” refers to the raised portion of tread that spans the circumference of your tire. Tire tread is composed of several ribs.
  • Turn the penny so that Lincoln’s head points down into the tread.
  • See if the top of his head disappears between the ribs. If it does, your tread is still above 2/32” , If you can see his entire head, it may be time to replace the tire because your tread is no longer deep enough.

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It’s also a good idea to consider your terrain, as we have a variety of landscapes in the state. To be specific, let’s touch on the residents of the North Georgia Mountains. They get a lot more snow and ice and it’s quite hilly as anyone could imagine. Here’s the deal with the mountaineers – no doubt you already know what you need to get where you’re going when the winter weather is in full throttle, however, do you have winter tires for your vehicle(s)? Winter tires could be quite beneficial for snow, ice and hilly terrain as opposed to your all-purpose tires. Winter tires are specifically designed to increase traction, grip and handling on the roads in extreme weather conditions. A tire with sipes or a siped tire would be best in North Georgia. A siped tire is one that has slits and grooves cut into the tire surface to better handle hard packed snow and ice while expelling water and sleet. All-purpose tires should be swapped out for winter tire every year once the cold weather snaps.

Here’s to a safe seasonal transition and even safer travels!

 

 

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Save a Little: The Truth About Gas Grades

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

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You want to know the truth about those gas grades that cost 20-40 cents extra per gallon? Well, you should! A lot of cars theses days call for the use of premium gas for more than a few reasons. Some car makers say it reduces chemical buildup and cleans your fuel tank efficiently, others say you’ll get maximum horsepower potential and the like but the truth is, however,premium gas grades do not make much of a difference as it relates to the performance of your car! To back this, we did a little research unearthed the following from TrueCar.com that may end up saving you a pretty penny in the long run take a look!

  • If your car does not require premium gas, there are no added benefits to your car’s performance or longevity.
  • If your car requires premium gas, in most cases it won’t hurt your car (or void the warranty) to use regular gas.
  • Cars with turbochargers (high-performance engines) or older, heavier cars may require premium gasoline and should be used to prevent knocking.
  • You will not achieve the advertised horsepower on a vehicle that requires premium unless you use premium, although most consumers will not even notice the change in power when switching from premium to regular.
  • The octane rating of premium and regular gasoline varies from state to state. One state may require a minimum rating of 92 to be considered premium, while another may require only 90.

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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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PTSD, Head Injuries and Vertigo as a Result of an Auto Accident

Thursday, June 25th, 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.

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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. 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.

Attorney Flit sat down with “Things You Need to Know” host Anisa Nyell Johnson and shared his thoughts on PTSD, head injuries and Vertigo. Take a look below:

 

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