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How Much of a Distracted Driver are You?

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Get Your Car Ready for Winter

Monday, September 28th, 2015

Well Atlanta, it looks like we’re actually going to enjoy a fall season this year and with that means cooler weather that’s going to continue to plummet! Not to mention our mostly unpredictable winter weather that’s clearly on the way with these bizarre temperatures we’ve been experiencing lately. So, here’s the deal, you don’t want to get caught in winter weather without preparing your car for it! Yep, folks! It’s that time to get your car ready for winter and here’s how you do it according to TODAY! battery Get the right kind of oil change. Are you approaching the time for a 30,000-mile full service for your vehicle? If so, don’t procrastinate! Among other things, the service should include an oil change, and the oil used should have the right viscosity, or thickness, for your vehicle at this time of year. Oil tends to thicken as it gets colder, and if it’s too thick it won’t do the best job of keeping your engine lubricated. Make sure you can see. When’s the last time you replaced your windshield wiper blades? They usually work effectively for about one year, so be sure to invest in some new ones if you’re due. Here’s another important step to take before you find yourself struggling to see in a blinding storm: Fill up your windshield washer reservoir with windshield washer fluid. Examine your belts and hoses. When you have that full service done on your vehicle, make sure the belts and hoses get checked for wear and tear — even if you’re driving a modern car. Cold weather can do a number on belts and hoses, so they deserve attention. Check your tire pressure. Your tires must be properly inflated to ensure you’ll have the best possible traction as you drive along — and traction is often severely jeopardized in wet, snowy or icy conditions. The air pressure in your tires has likely dropped as the weather has gotten colder, so it’s important to see where things stand now. Get the antifreeze mixture just right. Aim for having a 50-50 mix of antifreeze (coolant) and water inside your radiator. This will prevent the mixture from freezing even at ridiculously cold temperatures. It’s easy to check the status of the mixture with an inexpensive antifreeze tester, which you can pick up at any auto parts store. Prepare an emergency kit. Store this stuff in your trunk during the winter months, especially if a road trip is in your future:

  • a blanket
  • an extra set of warm clothes
  • extra water and food, including hard candies
  • a flashlight
  • flares
  • jumper cables
  • tire chains
  • a tire gauge
  • a spare tire with air in it
  • tire-changing equipment
  • a first-aid kit

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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.

For more information on regular vs. premium gas, click here.

 

 

 

 

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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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3 Most Important Things to Do After an Auto Accident

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

The weather system here in the Atlanta Metro area has been quite unpredictable this winter – from freakish freezes and black ice to seventy degree temps within the span of 48 hours – then comes the inevitable cold snap and the cycle continually repeats itself until Spring. 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 not only aggravated – they’re 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!

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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!

 

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Stay In Your Lane! Holiday Travel Safety Reminders

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

The holidays are here and the hustle and bustle of it all is evident in every shopping mall, grocery store, parking lot and highway. Traveling long distances with your family and or even taking short trips around town here and there can be equally hazardous when others are driving recklessly, while distracted or under the influence of alcohol. According to the most recent data available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Thanksgiving is the most dangerous holiday to travel on the highways. In 2010, reckless and drunk driving accounted for an astounding 431 fatalities on Thanksgiving day and night alone.

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“Whenever you increase the number of people traveling, and the number of cars, your likelihood and chance of having an accident are going to increase just by statistics,” said Dr. Rahul Sharma, lead physician of NYU Langone Medical Center’s Emergency Department who’s worked many holidays in ER over the course of many years.

Just to put it into perspective, the number of travelers on Thanksgiving will increase by the millions with an estimated 39.1 million passengers on the roads and highways nationwide.

First and foremost, it is imperative that every passenger in an automobile must wear a seat belt. Wearing a seat belt decreases the risk injuries by a vast percentage. According to AAA, seat belts reduce the risk of fatal injuries in cars by 45 percent. In trucks, they reduce that risk by 60 percent.

This is why it would be wise to travel during the day when the traffic is congested, which means drivers will be traveling at slower pace and should there be an accident, injuries -if any- are likely to be less severe. On the other hand, however, traveling at night at faster speeds will increase the possibility of more severe collisions with truck drivers and drunk drivers.

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When driving your vehicle alongside trucks it is important to remember the following: 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. 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 these suits.

Dr. Curt Dill, an NYU emergency room physician says that between 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. is the time frame they see the worst injuries. Dill went on to say injuries vary in severity due to one key factor – seat belts.

“If you’re wearing a seat belt and driving a modern vehicle with restraints on, then lots of collisions are survivable,” he said. “But if you’re not wearing your seat belt, you’re crashing into a several -ton piece of metal.”

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It would be in any diver’s best interest to know the signs of drunk driver. According to MAAD, these are some of the most obvious signs:

  • Quick acceleration or deceleration
  • Tailgating Weaving or zig-zagging across the road
  • Driving anywhere other than on a road designated for vehicles
  • Almost striking an object, curb, or vehicle
  • Stopping without cause or erratic braking
  • Drifting in and out of traffic lane
  • Signaling that is inconsistent with driving actions
  • Slow response to traffic signals (e.g. sudden stop or delayed start)
  • Straddling the center lane marker
  • Driving with headlights off at night
  • Swerving
  • Driving slower than 10 mph below the speed limit
  • Turning abruptly or illegally
  • Driving into opposing traffic on the wrong side of the road

Click here for a checklist of holiday travel necessities!

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Should You Report Minor Auto Accidents?

Friday, October 17th, 2014

If you get into a major auto accident that causes serious injuries, you should definitely report it. If you get into a minor fender bender, however, you and the other driver might consider driving off without reporting the incident to the police or your insurance companies.

You should report your auto accident to the police if someone suffers an injury or if you suspect there is more than $1,000 in damage. Generally speaking, it’s a good idea to inform your insurance company of any accidents that occur, no matter how minor they may be. At the very least, you should get the other driver’s insurance and contact information at the time of the accident; you may get home and determine that the damage is worse than you originally thought.

For help determining what to do in the wake of an injury, call the Law Office of Neil Flit at (678) 809-7428. Our Atlanta auto accident firm can represent your interests after a minor or serious accident.

Laws Protecting Auto Accident Victims

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Under the law, victims of car wrecks are entitled to receive compensation for their losses. A personal injury lawyer can help victims obtain compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, loss of value in their vehicle, and property damage losses. Personal injury lawyers also frequently represent family members of car accident victims who lost their lives in crashes caused by reckless or drunk drivers.

You can hear more about the benefits of working with an auto accident attorney by watching this video… http://youtu.be/O1lLPuKPbX0. This expert explains what an attorney can do for you, such as walking you through your state’s laws regarding DMV reporting and insurance information exchanges.

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a car wreck in the Atlanta area, contact the Law Office of Neil Flit at (678) 809-7428. Our auto accident attorneys provide free consultations to victims and their family members.