How To Avoid Car Accidents

Posted by on May 25, 2016 in Car Accidents | 0 comments

Car accidents can happen all the time. Figures released by the Association for Safe International Road Travel (ASIRT), a non-profit organization, revealed that close to 1.3 million people die in road crashes yearly and 3,287 daily. While you may be after safety when driving your car, accidents can still happen. According to the website of Mazin & Associates Law Firm, car accidents can have serious and long lasting physical and emotional repercussions.

Getting involved in a car accident can bring a lot of hassle. Opting to run away from the scene of the accident can only make matters worst as you could be charged for “hit and run.” You can do your part in avoiding car accidents by following these simple tips:

1. Keep your eyes on the road

Your focus when driving through traffic should be on the road. As much as possible, don’t entertain any distractions. If you need to answer a call or send a text, stop and pull over to one corner and not on the road.

2. Don’t drink and drive at the same time

Driving while intoxicated is one of the most common reasons for car accidents. Not only are you increasing the possibility of car accident but also the prospect of spending jail time. Driving and alcohol do not mix so if you need to drive, wait until the effect of alcohol has died down before you do or have someone drive the car for you.

3. Follow required speed limit

Speed limits are designed for the safety of drivers and they are not meant to be broken. Driving too fast can only increase the risk of accidents. Let us say that a child run in front and you were going above the desired speed limit, would you have enough time to stop and avoid hitting the child.

4. Follow road rules

Being a law abiding citizen is one of the best ways you can prevent a car accident from happening. Traffic rules were put in place for a reason so obey them and maintain your clean driving record.

5. Ignore aggressive drivers

Some motorists drive as though they are the king of the road. They cut corners, blow their horns, take your lane and others. Never allow yourself to be bullied by them. The important thing is to keep your cool.

These are just some pointers that you can bear in mind when driving. Keeping tabs on these tips can help you stay away from car accidents and keep yourself from being a statistic.

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Auto Accidents Due to Drunk-Driving

Posted by on Jul 1, 2014 in Car Accidents, Drunk Driving Accidents | 2 comments

Alcohol and driving is a combination that will never work. Besides putting yourself at risk once you take the wheels after downing a glass or two of alcohol, you also compromise others’ (motorists and pedestrians) safety. Drunk-driving is one of the major causes of auto accidents in the United States. With more than five million mishaps every year, motorists become unsafe once they get on the same road with a drunk driver.

Alcohol affects or impairs a person’s mental and motor skills. Regardless of the type of alcoholic beverage taken, it is always the amount that will affect a person’s performance; thus, the more he or she drinks, the more impaired he or she will be.

Though it is a fact that the level of tolerance to alcohol differ from one person to another, rendering habitual drinkers more sober than social drinkers even after consuming bottles of alcohol, the measurement of blood alcohol content (BAC) or blood ethanol concentration is the same in all US jurisdictions: 0.08%. A normal male who weighs 160 lb. (the subject considered as basis for measuring BAC), after consuming two or three glasses of beer within an hour, will have about 0.04% BAC.

In an effort to reduce the number of accidents due to drunk-driving, the US government has imposed the dram shop and social host liabilities. Dram shop liability refers to the legal accountability of liquor stores, taverns, and other commercial establishments that sell alcohol to minors or already intoxicated persons who end up in car accidents and injure someone else. Social host liability, on the other hand, refers to the legal responsibility of hosts of parties or gatherings who continue to serve alcohol to already intoxicated individuals who subsequently get caught in an accident and injure someone.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident due to drunk driving, make sure to contact a personal injury lawyer today to discuss your situation. An attorney will be able to talk you through the process and support you during this stressful time.

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Speeding: A Major Cause of Fatal Car Accidents

Posted by on Jul 11, 2013 in Car Accidents, Personal Injury, Reckless Driving | 0 comments

Millions of cars are driven on US interstate highways and streets everyday, transporting people from their points of departure to places of destination. Although cars have become the most common means of transportation all across the United States, not all drivers behave the same or observe road traffic safety rules, making roads unsafe for other motorists, pedestrians and road workers.

The more than 40 thousand yearly registered deaths due to car accidents tag reckless driving, failure to wear a seatbelt, speeding, DUI and driver error as their major causes. Despite the daily reminders by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), private road safety groups, and other governmental organizations on strict observance of traffic rules, it seems that only the police and other authorities are aware of the dangers recklessness can result to. Unfortunately, many drivers, to whom the messages are really intended for, don’t seem to care.

Among the various causes of car accidents, speeding claims the third largest number of lives, yet the attention it gets is less than reckless driving and the seatbelt law. Obviously, many people are scared of speeding; it sounds foolish, however, since these same drivers drive over speed limits, themselves.

Running behind schedule (and sometimes even without any reason at all), drivers decide to drive fast, beating red lights and ignoring railroad crossing warnings and school/work zones. It is as if they are sending the horrible message that your safety is less important than their time. This attitude has even alarmed the Associated General Contractors (AGC) and the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) as many of their employees have also fallen prey to speeding drivers.

Speeding, which according to the website of a Westminster personal injury lawyer, is one major determinant as to whether a person will survive a crash or not, claims about 15, 000 victims in the US annually. Surprisingly, the ones usually involved in this traffic offense are young males aged 15 – 20 years old. Young as they are, they cannot claim ignorance of traffic rules, as they are trained on these before earning their driver’s license. Nevertheless, children will often treat their cars as glorified toys rather than the dangerous machines that they actually are.

In the event of an accident, an auto accident lawyer who knows and understands what the law says regarding personal injury will be your best representation and defense both in the court room and in out-of-court settlement with the liable party.

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