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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

Teen Drivers: How to Cut Insurance Costs

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

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Good day, Atlanta! We’re going to dive right into the topic of discussion for the day – your teen drivers. Anybody who has had to insure a teenage driver definitely suffered through a massive increase on their insurance policy – sometimes upwards of 50 percent! The reason why is startling. Simply put, the leading cause of death among Americans between the ages of 15 and 19 is car accidents and this, of course, is why it costs so much to insure new drivers in their teens. There are, however, incentives that most car insurance companies offer to policy holders whose teen drivers display a deeper sense of responsibility. For parents, this is amazing leverage in that if your teen driver wants you to trust them with the car – they must meet the criteria knock a healthy percentage off the premium and cut insurance costs. Take a look at a few of these incentivized offers via Bankrate!

1.)If they’re enrolled full time in high school or college, or are being schooled through an academic home-study program. The student must have achieved at least one of the following in the most recent quarter or semester to slash as much as 35 percent off the policy premium:

  • B average or higher for all subjects combined.
  • Inclusion on dean’s list or honor roll.
  • A ranking in the upper 20 percent on one of six standardized tests

2.) Many insurers now promote driver safety courses as a way to teach young, inexperienced drivers the rules of the road — and provide teen driver discounts.

 

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3.) Big changes are in store when a teen driver turns 18 and graduates from high school. If you have teens attending a school far away from home — typically, at least 100 miles — many insurers offer a discount for temporarily removing them from your policy.

4.) Every freshly licensed teen wants a gleaming new car but it’s far more likely that a kid’s first set of wheels will be gently used. Buying a broken-in car for a teen driver may save you a few bucks on insurance.
5.) Several insurers offer electronic devices that allow you to monitor teen driving habits. The information that’s gathered includes the number of miles the car covers, how fast it’s driven, the hours that the car is on the road and how often the brakes are applied hard. Drivers who meet certain benchmarks can save up to 30 percent on premiums.
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Unsafe Driving Habits Amonst Teens

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

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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! And, as a result, accidents happen.

According to DoSomething.org, texting while driving means “5 seconds is the minimal amount of attention that a driver who texts takes away from the road. If traveling at 55 mph, this equals driving the length of a football field without looking at the road.” Cell phones and drivers are almost always a combustible mix, however, teen drivers are at greater risk of being involved in an accident due to driving while distracted.

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“According to AT&T’s Teen Driver Survey, 97% of teens agree that texting while driving is dangerous, yet 43% do it anyway. 19% of drivers of all ages admit to surfing the web while driving.” Surfing the web meaning, checking and updating one’s Facebook and Twitter status or posting an Instagram selfie.

Perhaps the most alarming fact of this matter is this – teens aren’t solely distracted by text messaging and web surfing – as many have admitted to engaging in a host of other diversions. In a recent article written in Dayton Daily News, a study conducted by Oregon State University found that a staggering thirty-seven percent of teens have admitted to changing their clothes and shoes while driving. Along with putting on make-up, contact lenses,  doing homework and surfing the internet while behind the wheel of a car.

Here’s the rub. Teens text, talk on their cell phones and perform a series of unsafe acts on the road because their parents do! In a recent study, SADD surveyed over 1700 teens who admitted that they’ve witnessed their parents text and drive, fail to wear a seatbelt and even take to the wheel under the influence of alcohol.

“Given the high percentage of teens who report their parents engage in unsafe driving behavior while their teen is in the car, it follows that two-thirds (66 percent) of teen drivers report their parents live by different rules than the ones they expect of their teens. With so many parents not abiding by their own safe-driving rules of the road, a “do as I say, not as I do” policy may be undermining the parent/teen driving relationship.”

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If you’re a parent of a teen and plan to hand over a set of car keys in the near future, chances are, they will drive responsibly if you set the example. The last thing any parent wants is for their child to either be involved or the cause of an accident due to practicing unsafe driving habits. In this case, parents must practice the safe driving they want their children to follow.

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. With our small team of highly knowledgeable attorneys, we pride ourselves on our ability to guarantee the personal attention necessary to handle your claim in a timely fashion and hold liable parties responsible for their actions to secure the settlement you deserve!

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Auto Accidents Happen: Now What Do I Do?

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

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.

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 2012 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! And, as a result, accidents happen.

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Yes, accidents do happen and to survive a potentially fatal vehicular collision is priceless and more than enough relief for most. 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.

“I just wanted to thank Mr. Flit for his quick action on my accident. I was so overwhelmed with all of the phone calls from the hospital, doctors and insurance people. Mr. Flit took care of everything and got me a quick settlement check. Thanks to you and your wonderful staff. Very pleased with the results.”

Most often, for someone suffering through the aftermath of a nasty accident, the simplest route to take is to “let the insurance company handle it.” Sure, they’ll handle it but more than likely without considering the long-term physical ramifications a good percentage of injured parties endure – leaving them with all sorts of medical ailments, which could possibly land them into a revolving financial crunch. 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.

“Neil took care of me personally and spoke with me on the phone whenever I asked to speak with him. I am extremely happy with how I was treated by Neil and all of the employees in his office. There is no other attorney I’d ever use to help settle a personal injury case. Thanks Neil! A+++”

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If you’ve recently been injured in a car accident through no fault of your own, it is important for you to know that you do not have to bear the burden of footing the medical bills, vehicle repairs and any other related expense incurred on your own. In fact, it would be worth your time to request legal advice to determine the best course of action to seek compensation from the parties responsible.

“I highly recommend Attorney Neil Flit. I was referred to him after a car accident and I found him and his staff to be totally professional on every level. In my dealings with Attorney Flit I found that not only was he extremely knowledgeable, but he actually cared about me as a client.”

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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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.

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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.

Are Teen Drivers at a Greater Risk for Car Accidents?

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Some parents are hesitant to hand over the car keys to their newly licensed teen drivers. They have good reason to be cautious: the prevalence of injuries and fatalities among teen drivers is high. However, many of the reasons behind this occurrence can be largely mitigated or completely eliminated with training, guidance, and encouragement.

Risk Factors

Teens often encounter driving obstacles that may compromise their freshman driving abilities. In some cases, they might speed up too quickly or slow down too late during the stop and go frenzy of Atlanta traffic. Under other circumstances, noisy friends or siblings might distract them. Some teens may make poor decisions as well that heighten their risk of being in an accident or getting hurt. Texting while driving, handling a vehicle while intoxicated, or refusing to wear a seatbelt can all lead to an injurious or fatal outcome.

Injury Rates

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, these risk factors put teen drivers in great danger while on the road. Estimates reveal that when compared to drivers who are at least 20 years old or older, teen drivers suffer three times as many deadly auto accidents.

Preventative Measures

To prevent teen driver injuries and deaths, parents must make sure that their teens are fully accountable when getting behind the wheel. Education is key. Teens must be well versed in all the rules of the road, but more importantly, they must abide by them. Parents should clearly explain the consequences of distracted, drunk, and reckless driving. However, even when a teen is knowledgeable about driving safety, he might be too anxious to execute it. So before a teen is given permission to drive, give him the time he needs to become comfortable with this newfound responsibility.

The Law Office of Neil Flit offers swift legal aid for those who have been involved in auto accidents in the Atlanta area. If you or a loved one has sustained injuries due to another person’s negligence, call us today at (678) 809-7428 for a free consultation. We can help you receive the legal justice you deserve.

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.

What You Need to Know About Phone Use While Driving in Atlanta

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

Each year, thousands of Americans sustain serious personal injuries in auto accidents. Sadly, many of these car wrecks are entirely preventable. In response to accidents caused by negligent or distracted driving behaviors, all 50 states have recently passed legislation limiting or banning cell phone use. If you are an Atlanta motorist, here is what you need to know about cell phone use while driving.

Text Messaging

Car accidents can have devastating and lifelong effects, especially if a motorist or passenger is injured. While text messaging may seem like harmless behavior, recent studies have indicated that using your handheld device to send a text message or email can be even more dangerous than driving drunk. In 2010, Georgia lawmakers banned texting while driving, making it illegal to engage in this dangerous behavior on any Atlanta roadway. This ban is in effect even if your car is stopped at a stop sign or traffic light.

Cell Phone Use

Every state in the country has banned some form of cell phone use while driving, and Georgia is no exception. While Atlanta drivers who are over the age of 18 can still speak on a cellular device while driving, teenagers under 18 are completely banned from any cell phone use.

Hands-Free Phones

Did you know that using a hands-free phone may be just as dangerous as breaking the law by texting while driving? Many motorists falsely believe that hands-free devices allow them to better focus on the road. Unfortunately, drivers are just as distracted as they might be if they were using their cell phones, and putting the phone on speaker encourages a kind of temporary blindness that makes it impossible to identify hazards in the road.

If you have been injured by another motorist who broke the law by using her cell phone or texting while driving, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, missed work, and pain and suffering. Call the Law Offices of Neil Flit at (678) 809-7428 today to schedule a free consultation with an experienced personal injury and auto accident lawyer.