The Most Dangerous Distraction: Daydreaming
We all know how hard it is to focus on one task at a time. In our busy, overworked lives, we often have to do several things at once in order to get through the day with any sense of accomplishment.
Unfortunately, far too many people extend this habit of multi-tasking to driving. When controlling a two-ton machine at a speed of even 25 miles an hour, however, it is essential that the driver is fully engaged in the task. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving is the cause of nearly one in five car crashes resulting in injury. In 2013, over 3,000 people lost their lives at the hands of a distracted driver.
Distracted Driving Doesn’t Always Mean Texting
According to data compiled by the insurance industry, use of a cellphone is surprisingly not the leading cause of distracted driving accidents. Take a look at the list of the top ten driving distractions, based on insurance claims:
- Daydreaming. Driving “in a fog” or lost in thought is responsible for 62 percent of fatal road accidents involving distracted driving.
- Cellphone use. Any use of a phone—texting, talking, listening, or dialing—can lead to a crash, but texting consistently causes the most accidents, particularly among teenaged drivers. The National Safety Institute estimates that texting while driving causes 1.6 million accidents each year.
- Outside event. Watching something going on outside the vehicle, such as rubbernecking when passing an accident, accounts for seven percent of distracted driving fatal accidents.
- Other occupants. Talking to and looking at passengers in the car is a major distraction for drivers. Tending to children or holding conversations can take your eyes off the road for far too long.
- Reaching for a device. Drivers reaching to adjust a navigation device or to grab headphones or some other object cause about two percent of fatal distracted driving crashes.
- Eating or drinking. Many people use drive times to eat meals and fast food drive-through service simply adds to the problem. Reaching for and holding food while driving takes hands and eyes—and concentration—off the road.
- Adjusting controls. Adjusting the climate system or audio system also takes attention away from driving long enough to cause an accident.
- Adjusting other driver controls. When you first learned to drive, you were probably taught to adjust your seat and mirrors before starting the car. As adults, we tend to forget that. Adjusting mirrors and seats while you are driving down the road not only takes your attention from the road, but can also take your feet off the pedals.
- Moving objects in the car. Pets and insects moving in the car can interrupt the driver’s concentration and can even physically come between the driver and the car’s controls.
- Smoking-related activities. Lighting and holding a cigarette distract a driver from the driving task, as does reaching to put ashes in the car’s ashtray.
If You Are a Victim of a Distracted Driver, I Can Help
As you can see, many of these distracted driving actions could be difficult to prove in order to establish fault. While cellphones can be checked for activity by an officer responding to an accident, it’s not as easy to prove the other driver was daydreaming or adjusting the radio. If you know you were not even partially to blame in a crash, you need the help of an experienced car accident attorney to help you collect maximum compensation. Click the link on this page to connect to me now.
Careless Drivers and Poorly Maintained Trucks Cause Crashes
When Fault Is Assigned to the Trucker, It Is Often for These Reasons
According to an analysis of truck crash data conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), truck drivers are at fault in single- and multiple-vehicle crashes around 55 percent of the time. Of those incidents, 87 percent are due to some kind of driver error and 10 percent are caused by a malfunction with the truck itself. This means that half the time a truck crash occurs, the truck driver is directly to blame for the crash. The most frequent causes, according to FMCSA, include:
- Driver decision-making. In 38 percent of truck-driver caused crashes, a poor decision by the driver was to blame. This includes actions such as driving too fast for conditions, misjudging the speed of other vehicles, or following other vehicles too closely.
- Driver distraction. Driver inattention or distractions caused by something inside or outside the vehicle accounted for 28 percent of crashes.
- Driver non-performance. Falling asleep at the wheel, suffering a heart attack or seizure, or some other physical impairment explained another 12 percent of driver-caused crashes.
- Driver performance. Drivers making critical errors such as panicking, overcompensating, or exercising poor directional control accounted for 9 percent of crashes.
Some of the factors leading to these errors include prescription and over-the-counter drug use, fatigue, speed, and inattention.
In the 10 percent of crashes caused by a problem with the truck itself, the leading factors were the following:
- Cargo shift
- Brake problems
- Tire problems
If You Were the Victim of a Truck Crash, Call Now
Given the devastation at the scene of a truck crash, it is often not easy for responding officers to determine fault. William Enoch Andrews is well aware of the various ways a truck driver can cause an accident that leaves motorists seriously injured, permanently disabled, and worse. If you were injured or a loved one was killed in a truck crash on a Utah highway, contact his office now. He will make sure the responsible truck driver and trucking company are held responsible.
Find Out What Some People Really Think of Bikers and How That Could Hurt Your Claim
You’ve seen the looks you get when you park your bike outside a restaurant. People assume you are there to make trouble. Some even seem to be afraid of you. It might be amusing to you in the moment, but when that same person is called as a witness to your crash or, worse, is the insurance adjuster handling your claim, it’s not so funny anymore. Learn about some of the biases you face as a motorcyclist pursing an accident injury claim.
Four Stereotypes You May Have to Fight in Your Accident Claim
The Hells Angels, biker beach week, Sons of Anarchy—none of these images does much to improve the average person’s opinion of motorcyclists. When you are just a regular, upstanding citizen who happens to enjoy the open road, you may suffer unfairly because of these commonly-held beliefs about bikers:
1.All bikers are in a gang. While it’s true that riders sometimes enjoy riding in groups and may even belong to a club, the image of biker gangs is mostly a TV and movie creation. Many riding clubs put on annual charity rides and support local veterans’ groups. If you are a member of a riding club, you will need to make sure to sell the positive things you do to those deciding your accident claim.
2.Bikers are tough and mean. You just have to witness a charity ride to deliver stuffed animals to a children’s hospital to know this is not true. In fact, motorcycle riders are accused of road rage incidents much less frequently than drivers of cars. Even if you wear leather and have tattoos, that doesn’t mean you don’t deserve a fair shake when you are the victim of a crash.
3.Bikers aren’t smart. If low-cost commuting and easy parking aren’t smart, I don’t know what is! Many lawyers, doctors, and college professors ride motorcycles for various reasons and no one would argue that they are not smart. In fact, high-end sport bikes and big cruisers don’t come cheap, so you can bet their riders are not high school dropouts. As further proof, if you are considering hiring a motorcycle accident attorney for your recent crash, you are clearly at the top of your class!
4.Bikers are risk-takers. Sure, there are young riders on sport bikes who ride dangerously, but the majority of us are more aware of traffic laws and safe driving practices than many car drivers. In fact, ridership is increasing dramatically among women, and no one would argue that women are particular risk takers.
When motorists hold these negative beliefs about bikers, they are not likely to afford them much respect on the road. When people making decisions in your accident claim have them, you are not likely to get a fair settlement.
William Enoch Andrews Understands the Problem
As a biker himself, Mr. Andrews understands what you are going through as you try to pursue an accident claim in the face of negative stereotypes. That’s why you need him on your side. He can anticipate others’ reactions and make sure you get the fairest possible settlement.
Safe Riding Habits for Young Bicyclists
Nearly 800 bicyclists are killed and 40,000 are injured in collisions with cars every year across the country. Sadly, far too many of these victims are under the age of 19. When you send your teen or preteen out the door on his bicycle, you are sending him into a crowd of careless drivers who are not looking out for bicycles. Make sure your teen knows the rules of the road and takes steps to be as safe as possible
Common-Sense Rules for Safe Riding
Unlike younger children who ride their bikes in neighborhoods and through parks, teens and tweens are much more likely to be riding bikes in traffic to get to a specific destination. Whether navigating roadways to get to school, practice, a part-time job, or a friend’s house, these riders must follow the same rules of the road that motorists follow, but many of them don’t even know the rules.
Before allowing your teen to ride his bike on city streets, be sure he is aware of basic traffic laws. Both you and your teen should also be aware of the following safety guidelines:
- Ride a bike that fits. All parents hate to have to keep buying things to fit growing kids. Whether shoes or bicycles, parents tend to buy things a little big so the kid can grow into them. However, it is essential for safety that a teen’s bike is not too big for him. He should be able to put a foot flat on the ground while sitting on the seat. Otherwise, he will not be able to control the bike when stopping or maneuvering around an obstacle.
- Ride a bike that works. Even more than hand-me-down coats, bikes tend to be kept and passed along year after year. Make sure your teen’s bike has good brakes, smooth gear shifters, a seat that doesn’t swivel, and solid tires that are adequately inflated. Just like a car, a bicycle must be able to stop on a dime if necessary.
- Wear a helmet. This must be non-negotiable, and it won’t be easy with teenagers. You can help by modeling good habits by always wearing a helmet yourself and explaining that a football or hockey player would never refuse to wear a helmet. It may not be cool, but it is the single most important habit a teen bicyclist should have.
- Be visible. Most car-bike collisions happen because a motorist doesn’t see a bike sharing the lane or crossing at a crosswalk. A headlight is a must if your teen is driving in the dark or dusk. Reflective strips on helmets, pedals, and clothing are also vital for safety.
- Know where you’re going. Make sure your teen has planned his route to his destination and that it is the safest route possible. Go over a map with him and point out traffic signals, street crossings, and other danger zones before he heads out.
- Put the cellphone away. Teens have a hard time being away from their phones for even a few minutes, but make sure your teen understands that texting while riding his bike could lead to him being seriously injured or killed. Like the helmet, this should be non-negotiable.
If Your Teen Is Hit, You Need Help
You never want to get that call that your teen has been hurt in a bicycle accident, but, if it happens, you will need the help of an experienced bicycle accident attorney to get the maximum compensation for your child’s injuries. William Enoch Andrews will make sure that your child gets all the medical care he needs first, then discuss how he can help you with your case.
When a Loved One Loses His Life on the Highway, I Will Fight for You
Personal injury and wrongful death attorneys are no strangers to the tragic consequences of car crashes. For many of these firms, most of the cases they take are car accident cases. Given early estimates that 38,000 people were killed and over four million were seriously injured in car crashes in 2015, it’s no surprise that traffic accidents account for such large numbers of personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits. And considering the recent upward trend, it’s not likely to get better any time soon.
Most Common Causes of Car Crash Fatalities
Although numbers have not yet been finalized for 2015, the National Safety Council predicted halfway through the year that fatalities would be up 14 percent over 2014. This is the first increase in fatalities since 2001 and the highest fatality total since 2008. The leading contributors to automobile deaths remain constant, but experts suspect that technology is creeping in as a major danger for drivers. In 2014, the leading causes of traffic fatalities were the following:
- Speeding. For the last ten years, speeding has been a factor in 30 percent of all traffic fatalities. Drivers who exceed the speed limit, drive too fast for road and weather conditions, or use public roads for racing are leading contributors to car crash deaths.
- Alcohol. Drunk driving accounts for another 30 percent of traffic deaths, despite enormous effort over the years to prevent drinking and driving. Drivers under the age of 24 are most likely to drive while intoxicated.
- Seatbelt use. Whatever the cause of the crash, vehicle occupants who are not wearing a safety belt are much more likely to be killed. In fact, 52 percent of drivers killed in car crashes were not wearing a seat belt, while 56 percent of passengers were unbelted.
- Cellphone use. Investigators are still trying to figure out how to determine the impact of cellphone use on vehicle crashes, but estimates are that use of technology is a factor in one in four crashes and that using a phone while driving increases the likelihood of a crash by eight times.
William Enoch Andrews Will Fight for You
If you lost a loved one in an automobile crash in the Salt Lake City area, it probably doesn’t even matter to you how or why it happened. But, while you are focused on getting through each day, Mr. Andrews will find out who is to blame for the crash and pursue a wrongful death claim against the at-fault party. He will fight for you while you fight to get your life back together.
Some Reasons Why You Need An Attorney After A Car Accident
First, who caused the car accident? If the car accident that injured you was caused by the driver of another vehicle hitting your vehicle, then you may need an attorney to represent you. Or, if you were a passenger in the same vehicle as the person who caused the car accident that you were injured in, you may have a claim and need a good injury attorney to represent you.
Second, did someone die from their injuries from the car accident? If yes, you definitely need a good injury lawyer (a lawyer who focuses exclusively in injury law) to represent you and your family in the case to make sure you get fair financial compensation from the insurance companies, otherwise you simply will not get a fair amount of money from the insurance companies involved.
Third, how serious are your injuries from the car accident? If your injuries are very serious, then, yes, you need a good injury lawyer to represent you in your case. Why? There are many reasons but it really gets down to one big reason: if you get a good injury to represent you when you have been seriously injured in a car accident you will get a far better financial result than you would otherwise.
Why? Because when you get a good injury attorney to represent you when you, your family member or friend, have been very seriously injured in a car accident you are taken very seriously by the insurance companies. Why? Because a good injury lawyer knows far more than the insurance company representatives about injury law, what is a fair amount of money in each case, about how to litigate a case in court, etc.
If you do not get a good injury attorney to represent you, you are not taken seriously and your lack of knowledge about injury law will be exploited (used against you) by the insurance company representatives to pay you either no money at all or the lowest amount of money they can get you to accept.
Fourth, are your medical bills from your treatment of your injuries from the car accident more than $3,000.00 total? If yes, then you have a claim for what is called “general damages” which means you have the right to make a claim for financial compensation (money) for your injuries from the car accident.
If your medical bills from the car accident do not exceed $3,000.00 then you do not have a claim for financial compensation.
Fifth, to get fair financial compensation (money) for your case, you need to get a good injury lawyer. A study completed in 2008 shows that, on average, people who gets a good injury attorney to represent them in a car accident get 3.5 (three-and-a-half times) more net money (after all medical bills and attorney fees) than someone who does not. I can tell you in my experience as an injury lawyer that the amount of money can be many times more than that.
Sixth, so, whether you need an attorney to represent you after you have been in a car accident begins with these things to consider:
1) Who caused the car accident? 2) Was a death caused by the car accident? If so, yes. 3) If not, how serious are the injuries from the car accident? 4) How much are the total medical bills for your injuries from the car accident? and 5) To get fair financial compensation you do need a good injury lawyer to represent you.
Children Are at a Higher Risk for Dog Bites Than Anyone Else
Young children between the ages of five and nine are five times more likely to be bitten by a dog than any other age group. Because children are small and unable to fight off a dog attack, they are more likely than adult dog bite victims to need medical attention for their injuries. Understanding why dogs bite children can help you protect your children, and can also help you determine if you have a case against the dog’s owner if your child is bitten.
Why Dogs Bite Children
The medical journal Injury Prevention recently reported the results of a study looking into the main causes of dog aggression towards children. They found that dogs tend to bite children for two main reasons: protecting their territory and feeling anxious. The study reported the following findings:
- Children under the age of six were more likely to be bitten when a dog felt the kids were threatening to take his food or toys.
- Older children were bitten when the dog felt the kids were intruding on his territory.
- A dog was more likely to bite children he knew while he was guarding his food.
- A dog was more likely to bite children he didn’t know while he was protecting his territory.
- Noise and unpredictable movements from young children made dogs feel anxious which increased the chance they would bite out of fear.
Even a family dog is more likely to bite the youngest members of the family because very young children like to touch dogs in the face, kiss them on the face, tease them, take their toys, and climb on them. These behaviors can test the patience of even the gentlest dogs.
How to Prevent These Attacks
When dogs bite children, they are often acting out of what they believe to be self-defense. As young children cannot be expected to know how to act around animals, it is important that they are supervised at all times when they are around dogs and that any handling or teasing of the dog is stopped by an adult. When supervising a child around a dog, be sure to do the following:
- Do not allow the child to climb on a dog or attempt to ride on the dog’s back.
- Do not allow the child to touch the dog’s face.
- If a dog growls, remove the dog immediately.
- Remove dog toys, bedding, or food from the room.
You may be vigilant in supervising your child around dogs, but if the child is in someone else’s care when he is bitten by a dog, the dog’s owner should be held accountable. A young child is not responsible for his or her own behavior and should not share any of the blame for the attack.
William Enoch Andrews Watches Out for Children
As a father of six, Mr. Andrews knows how precious children are. If your child is injured by a dog, he will make sure the dog’s owner is held liable and that you receive the maximum possible compensation for your child’s injury and suffering. Contact him through the link on this page for more information.