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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

The Importance of Not Driving Distracted

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Do you use your cell phone while on the road? You may be putting both yourself and those around you in considerable danger. This video discusses the effects of distracted driving.

Distracted driving refers to any activity that takes your focus away from the road. That includes reading a book, eating a drive-thru meal, or talking on a cell phone. However, texting while driving accounts for a high percentage of distracted driving cases that cause accidents. That’s why road safety experts urge drivers to put down their cell phones while behind the wheel. Looking away from the road or removing your hands from the steering wheel can have grave consequences.

http://youtu.be/PBFmcAkIbug

The Law Office of Neil Flit offers expert legal aid to distracted driving victims in Atlanta. To set up a free consultation with an auto accident attorney, call (678) 809-7428 today.

Spotlight on Distracted Driving

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Some people forget how quickly a routine drive to work can turn into a situation that is anything but normal. The moment an individual turns his attention from the road to his radio, cell phone, coffee, or child, he becomes distracted from the most important task at hand: driving safely. As a result, he might put loved ones, other drivers, passengers, and pedestrians at risk of injury or death. Distracted driving takes many forms, and as many law enforcement officials and auto accident attorneys have witnessed, it can lead to disastrous outcomes.

What activities most often distract a driver’s attention?

Each time a person gets behind the wheel, his full focus should be on what is happening on the road. Any activity that disrupts his attention span could be considered distracted driving. Eating breakfast on the way to work is a form of distracted driving. Trying to get directions from a GPS system is a form of distracted driving. However, texting while driving represents one of the most dangerous and common types of distracted behavior.

Why is distracted driving a problem?

No matter how minor the distraction, it prevents a driver from using his full capabilities to monitor ever-changing road conditions. An obstruction in the road might necessitate a sudden change of lanes. A driver who stops short at a light might require that those behind him abruptly hit their brakes as well. These circumstances demand quick reaction times that could be hampered by distractions. Even in the absence of unexpected driving obstacles, reading a text while driving at 50 or 60 miles per hour could present serious danger should a driver not notice other cars entering his lane or a slowing of traffic.

How can drivers reduce distraction as they drive?

The key to safe driving is maintaining one’s focus. Whatever might constitute a distraction, including food, phones, and books, should be kept in safe distance until a driver has reached his final destination.

Has a distracted driver’s actions disrupted your life? Let the Law Office of Neil Flit help. Call (678) 809-7428 or visit our website to learn more about our services for personal injury victims in Atlanta. We offer free consultations for prospective clients.

Why Texting and Driving Is Not Worth It

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

As of July 2010, the state of Georgia requires that anyone operating a vehicle while texting will have one point removed from their license. Despite the new laws banning texting while operating a vehicle, many Atlanta drivers still participate in this dangerous habit, ultimately endangering their lives and the lives of those around them.

If you think that texting while driving is not a big deal, think again. Most individuals can only look away from the wheel for approximately two seconds before they will start drifting out of their lane and into traffic. The average text takes your eyes away from the road for at least four seconds, not to mention your hands, and therefore significantly increases your chances of a collision. In fact, many people have said that texting and driving impairs one’s ability to operate a vehicle just as much as drinking and driving.

The Law Office of Neil Flit is here to protect your case if you have suffered a personal injury because another driver was texting. Call our Atlanta law office at (678) 809-7428 to schedule a free consultation with our Atlanta auto accident attorneys.

Personal Injury Attorney In Atlanta Discusses Cell Phones And Texting While Driving:

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Statistics show that a person who uses a cell phone or texts while driving is 23 times more likely to be involved in an auto accident.  Every single day, distracted drivers cause accidents that either kill or seriously injure totally innocent people.  The victims of these very tragic accidents are often friends or family members who are riding in the vehicle.  If you regularly use a cell phone or text while driving, here are a few things to think about:

Have We Lost Touch With The Skill Of Driving?

We must all understand that driving is a skill that requires three capabilities: (1) keep our hands on the steering wheel; (2) keep our eyes on the road; and (3) keep our minds totally focused on driving.  Isn’t this what we teach our teenagers during that very first nerve-racking driving lesson?  Anything that interferes with any one of these capabilities is a driving distraction and can have very tragic results.  The reason why using cell phones or texting while driving is so dangerous is that these actions interfere with all three capabilities at the same time.

Most Text Messages Are Neither Urgent Nor Extremely Important

According to the Pew Research Center’s 2010 Internet and American Life Project, which surveyed 2,252 adults age 18 and over,  adults send text messages for the following reasons:

  • Just to say hello or chat – 84%
  • Report on where they are or check where someone else is – 79%
  • Exchange information quietly – 65%
  • Coordinate a meeting location – 76%
  • Do tasks related to work – 49%
  • Long message exchanges to discuss personal matters – 51%

Most adults become totally angry when they hear of a child being injured or killed by a drunk driver.  Why do adults not have the same sense of anger when a child is killed by someone who was distracted by the use of a cell phone?  Many experts seem to feel that the distraction caused by cell phones is really no different than the actions of a drunk driver.  Whatever, you’re texting about; it can wait until your vehicle is safely stopped.

Is The Use Of Cell Phones And Texting While Driving Illegal?

There is currently no national ban on texting or using cell phones while driving.  A number of states seem to be making some effort in passing laws to address this issue, but unfortunately, by the time these bills become law, there are so many loopholes that they have little impact on the problem.  The state of Georgia has banned the use of cell phones by school bus drivers and young drivers under the age of 18.  It is not against Georgia law for every one else to use cell phones while driving.  Georgia law does prohibit all drivers from texting while driving.

A 2009 AutoVantage survey ranked Atlanta as the fourth least courteous city in terms of road rage, up from No. 6 in 2008.  When respondents were asked to describe rage-inducing behaviors they had witnessed, 98% indicated that talking on cell phones would be at the top of the list.  According to Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, Georgia has the third-highest rate in the nation for drivers who text on cell phones while behind the wheel.  It really shouldn’t require a law to tell a responsible driver that the use of a cell phone while driving is very dangerous, when a little common sense could prevent many fatal accidents.

A cell phone can be a valuable tool in the event of a mechanical breakdown or a medical emergency, but other than that, there is really no good reason for a cell phone to even be turned on while driving.  It’s time for the adults to take the lead and provide the right example for our young drivers.  We must send a clear message that the use of cell phones or texting while driving is a very dangerous habit that must be stopped.  Every day totally innocent people are severely injured or killed by the negligent acts of other drivers.

If you live in the Atlanta area and have suffered injuries due to a negligent driver, you deserve full and fair compensation for your physical, emotional, and financial injuries.  You should contact an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss your case and take the steps necessary to get the justice you deserve.

The team of Atlanta legal experts at the Law Office of Neil Flit have extensive experience in handling personal injury claims.  In our relentless efforts to protect your legal rights, we will aggressively pursue your right to seek adequate compensation for the reckless acts of others.  You can rest assured that no stone will be left unturned in our pursuit of your just outcome. If you have suffered personal injury due to someone’s negligence, please give us a call  at 877.373.HURT (4878) or use our online contact form on our website for a free consultation and complete evaluation of your case.

Use This App to Keep Your Road Distractions to a Minimum

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Texting while driving in Atlanta isn’t just reckless; it’s also illegal. But if you are like most Georgia motorists, getting used to these new legal restrictions can take some time. TextNoMore is committed to saving lives by putting an end to deadly cell phone distractions, and this new app offers rewards for drivers who remember to keep their phones turned off. Download TextNoMore today for coupons to your favorite restaurants and retail stores.

Do you need an Atlanta personal injury lawyer whom you can trust? Call the Atlanta Law Offices of Neil Flit at (678) 809-7428 to arrange a free consultation with a reliable attorney. Our legal team is committed to keeping our roadways safe for all motorists by helping Georgia accident victims stand up to negligent and distracted drivers.

Build Your Understanding of Car Accidents With These Links

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Parking lots are the locations of almost one quarter of all car accidents in the United States, according to Spare Bumper manufacturers.

Texting while driving is a common cause of collisions throughout the country. The new Distraction.gov provides important statistics about the breadth of this problem.

Millions of accidents happen at road intersections every year. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety suggests that an alternative to standard intersections is installing roundabouts.

If you were hurt in a car accident by a motorist that was driving under the influence, you will be able to show negligent conduct for personal injury claim purposes.

The State Bar of Georgia created a handy brochure that motorists should consult in the event of a car accident.

For an Atlanta auto accident attorney that is dedicated to getting you the compensation you deserve, contact the Law Office of Neil Flit at (678) 809-7428.