AAA’s Center for Driving Safety and Technology recently teamed up with University of Utah researchers to examine the dashboards of 30 modern vehicles so as to determine how frequently these dashboard displays took a driver’s vision of the road and how much of a driver’s cognitive function had to be allocated to operating the display. The shocking results revealed that this technology, designed to provide modern conveniences, may be a major distraction for drivers.
Distractions – A Primary Cause of Modern Car Accident Injuries
Music itself doesn’t seem to be a major distraction for drivers. In fact, many auto manufacturers have begun integrating radio controls into the steering wheel so that drivers never have to take their eyes off the road to hear their favorite tunes. Unfortunately, the rest of the functions of the dashboard display continue to grow and now include complicated menus for control of the thermostat, GPS navigation, and other interactive components.
Fighting to Stay Focused on the Road
Being able to pair your smartphone with your car is great until the first time it doesn’t work and you find yourself fiddling with the dashboard trying to fix it while driving. Text message support may keep people from picking up the smartphone while driving, but sometimes speaking a message and struggling with the voice commands can be just as much of a distraction. This is a case where instead of encouraging a person to wait until they arrive at their destination, new technology just finds a different way to distract the driver. The fact is that maintaining focus on the road and off of technology is the best way to avoid an accident.
If You Have Been Injured in a Car Accident
If you are the victim of an injury due to a distracted driver, you need to get the right medical treatment, and you deserve to be compensated for those costs and other losses that may occur as a result of the injury. Petrov Law Firm has experienced and compassionate personal injury lawyers who can help you to recover your losses. To learn more, call 619-344-0360 today.Read More
If you are a parent, one of the most terrifying days of your life may be the day your son or daughter gets a driver’s license. It is a sad fact that the number one cause of death between the ages of 16 and 20 is being in a car accident. How can you protect your teen? Technology may be the key.
Modern Technology that Reduces Distractions
Some of the tech that is helping younger drivers today is designed to reduce the distractions that can lead to a motor vehicle accident. For example, smartphone use is one of the most dangerous things a person can get involved in while behind the wheel. But teens often lack the experience to see the importance of following California state guidelines in this regard.
Modern smartphones and cell phone companies provide tech that can block calls or texts while driving and send an automatic response to the person who sent the message or made the call. That completely removes the temptation of checking the phone and sends the message to friends that calls won’t go through until your kid reaches his or her destination.
Modern Technology that Produces Better Driving Habits
You can also enlist the help of your car insurance provider. Most insurance companies produce devices that can be attached to a vehicle to monitor driving and alter insurance rates based on how safe someone is. Gradually speeding up and slowing down rather than punching the gas when a light turns green and waiting until the last second to break will be rewarded monetarily. That is enough incentive for most young drivers.
If Your Teen Is Injured in an Accident
Not all accidents involving teens are the young person’s fault, but it can be tough to convince an insurance company. Petrov Law Firm has the experienced personal injury attorneys you want on your side to secure a fair settlement. To have your case reviewed, call 619-344-0360 today.Read More
Driving safe is far better than having to go after compensation for injuries due to an accident. While you can’t anticipate every mistake other drivers will make, there are certain good habits that can protect you and your passengers. Of course, not every defensive driving technique you read about online is everything it’s made out to be. Here are 2 misconceptions about defensive driving.
Myth #1 – Always keep your hands at 10 and 2
This has been drilled into anyone who is 30 and over since high school. There’s just one problem – the air bag was invented. Sure airbags keep us safer, but they also make the 10/2 hand position a prime spot for broken arms during an accident. Now the recommendation is to keep your hands at the 9 and 3 positions.
Myth #2 – Hands-free headset calls are safer
Unfortunately, the problem with being on the phone while driving is not taking one hand off the wheel – it’s being distracted by the conversation itself. As a result, studies have shown that drivers are just as dangerous while taking a call on a headset as while holding the phone for a call. The best way to stay safe is to leave phone calls for when you arrive at your destination and to pull over for emergency calls.
If You Have Been Injured in a Car Accident
No matter how safe you try to be, accidents can still happen. If you have been injured due to a mistake made by another driver, you need the right support in order to receive a fair settlement from the insurance company. Petrov Law Firm has experience in dealing with these companies and attaining just compensation for our clients. To learn more, call 619-344-0360.Read More
Distracted driving is one of the primary causes of car accidents across the country. In 2015, 3,477 fatalities occurred in accidents involving a distracted driver. What can you do to remain undistracted while at the wheel of your car? Read on for some potentially lifesaving tips.
Always Keep Your Eyes on the Road
How fast can a distraction turn into an accident? Accidents due to distracted driving usually occur within 3 seconds of the distraction. That means it is vital always to keep your eyes on the road. What are some distractions that take a driver’s eyes away from the road for those crucial seconds?
- Checking a mobile device – Be determined not to be distracted by a mobile device while driving. If you are in a fatal accident, you will never get to reply to that text. Better to leave it until you arrive at your destination. You can pull over for emergency calls or texts.
- Adjusting radio stations – Many cars now have buttons on the wheel to help a driver change stations with minimal distraction. If you have a passenger with you, it’s better to allow him or her to be the DJ.
- Conversations in the car – It’s okay to talk to your friends while driving, but be careful not to become so engrossed in the conversation that you are turning to look at your passengers. Avoid emotionally charged conversation that can be even more distracting.
- Eating or drinking – Trying to open a wrapper on a fast food burger can pull your eyes off the road long enough for an accident. It’s better to take a few minutes in the parking lot to eat if you don’t have time to go inside a restaurant.
- Applying makeup – Apply makeup before leaving the house or in the parking lot after arriving at your destination.
- Smoking – If you can’t make it to your destination without lighting up, it’s better to pull over for a few minutes than to smoke and drive. Best of all would be to break the habit.
If You Have Been Injured by a Distracted Driver
In 2015, distracted drivers caused 391,000 injuries. If you have been injured by a distracted driver, you may be entitled to far more compensation that what the insurance company will initially offer you. Before signing anything or accepting a settlement, consult a personal injury attorney at Petrov Law Firm to ensure you are getting what you deserve. Call 619-344-0360 to schedule a consultation now.
California has updated its laws involving the use of wireless mobile devices while driving. The laws already prohibited the use of electronic devices to do things such as text or send an email while operating a motor vehicle. However, the updated laws take the device out of a driver’s hands completely.
Updated Sections of the Wireless Device Law
Updates to the law are as follows:
- Holding a mobile device while driving is now an offense.
- The device may be touched but must be mounted to the windshield (in a manner similar to a GPS).
- The driver can only use his hands to swipe or tap to turn on voice or hands-free operations.
- Voice commands and other hands-free device controls are still allowed.
- Penalties start at $20 and increase based on the number of offenses.
What does this mean for car accidents? If a person is in violation of these new laws and injures someone in an accident, this now adds to the driver’s accountability.
If You Have Been Injured by a Driver Using a Smartphone
If you have been injured by a driver who was illegally using a smartphone when the accident occurred, you may be eligible to receive compensation. Damages may include repair costs, medical care costs, and pain and suffering.
To learn more, call the Petrov Law Firm to schedule a consultation. Our personal injury attorneys are skilled at determining the right amount of compensation owed in this type of case. If you need someone in your corner to help you receive the proper amount in damages, call 619-344-0360 today.Read More
Drivers and bike riders are not allowed to operate their vehicles while wearing a headset or earbuds in both ears. 2016 brought about a slight change in the law, but a similar law been in place for several years.
Covering one ear is still OK. Why? Because there is almost no research that suggests using one ear for a phone conversation is an accident risk. As long as the driver is using a headset and remains able to drive with both hands, then using one ear for a phone conversation (or music) is still legal.
If you were in an accident with someone who appeared to be wearing a headset, you need to contact a lawyer immediately. Establishing blame is critical in determining who is financially responsible for any medical costs, property damage, and lost wages. Witnesses become a critical part of any case involving drivers or bike riders wearing ear buds in both ears.
The lawyer will help you contact the witnesses who can support your claims. Although you can try to contract the witnesses yourself, a layer is better equipped to collect all the evidence to support you claim. If you are being blamed for the accident and being accused of wearing ear buds, you should also have a lawyer to ensure that any evidence against you was properly attained.Read More
In California there are two primary laws that define settlements or judgments for cases that include a driver using a handheld device. A recent study revealed that at any moment, more than 600,000 people are using a handheld device while driving somewhere in the US. And if any of them gets in an accident while using their phone, the blame for the accident will fall squarely in their lap.
If you were using your cell phone in any way during an accident, you will need a lawyer to defend you and help keep any judgement fairly within the law. Lawyers, police, courts, insurance companies, and the media are vocally critical of drivers who use their phone without a headset. And while the criticism is fair, sometimes those drivers take on a greater share of blame than necessary for the accidents.
To start, many drivers are embarrassed about causing an accident. They feel guilty and are willing to take on the majority of the blame out of a sense of obligation. The insurance companies are more than willing to use these feelings of guilt. Both sides of an insurance claim don’t want lawyers to drive up the cost of the claims; so when a driver is willing to to take blame, the insurance companies don’t protest.
Frequently, the blame is far closer to 50-50. In order to determine the true distribution of blame, you will need a good lawyer to ask some tough questions of the other driver. Instead of letting you be the default reason for an accident, a good lawyer will dig deep and look at other factors such as the other driver’s speed, driving record, and condition of his or her vehicle. Frequently, when a good lawyer analyzes the other driver, blame can be shared more evenly.
Being on your phone without a headset while driving is against the law. And if you caused an accident, you should expect to pay a fine for your choices. However, the financial cost of the accident doesn’t have to fall entirely on your shoulders. Have a good lawyer to help you determine a fair and equitable determination of fault.Read More
Despite the laws designed to discourage Californians from using their cell phones while driving, drivers still use a variety of mobile devices and frequently cause accidents. Cell phones, tablets, and even GPS devices, when misused, distract drivers and cause thousands of accidents every year. If you were injured in a car accident caused by another driver using a cell phone, contact a lawyer immediately to start your personal injury case.
Because of myths and misunderstandings about the laws that govern device usage while driving, many drivers don’t realize they are breaking the law. For example, some drivers think that if they use the speakerphone feature, they aren’t breaking the law. Others think that by using the GPS feature on the phone, they are within the law.
You will need the help of a lawyer to determine if the driver who caused the accident was using his or her cell phone. Most people will simply lie when asked if they were using their phone while driving. Because finding the cause of the accident will very often have significant financial implications, you will need your lawyer to help you get the phone records of the other driver. Witness testimony is also helpful to prove the other driver was on the phone; but witness are hard to find even just a few moments after a high speed accident.
Don’t dismiss the value of placing the blame where it belongs. Lawyers and insurance companies will need proof that the other driver was using a mobile device. Call an experienced lawyer today to help you establish cause and firmly place the financial burden where it belongs.Read More
In response to a growing number of accidents involving inexperienced drivers talking or texting of their cell phone, the National Transportation Safety Board called for a ban of drivers with learner’s permits or intermediate licenses from using cell phones, pagers or any other electronic device while driving.
We all know too well the dangers associated with young inexperienced drivers on the road. We are disheartened to hear that a recent study showed that wrongful auto deaths of teen drivers rose 20% over the past six months.
It’s just not possible to pay proper attention to the road when looking at a cell phone, and it’s frightening to see people drive similar to someone who has been under the influence of alcohol. In one bad decision, lives can be shattered.
This year, sadly, teen driver deaths have risen, as last year demonstrated a 3% percent increase, ending an eight year reduction. Experts relate the increase in teen auto accident wrongful deaths to a turn-around in the country’s economy.
When a families’ income is higher, they tend to drive more. Other causes include distracted driving will lessen with the passing of a recent law prohibiting texting while driving.
Auto accidents involving teen deaths were not the only related rise in auto accidents. Traffic fatalities are expected to rise approximately 8% the next year. We can only hope that we continue to pass common sense bills, like the texting ban, to get back to reductions in needless deaths.
Using a cell phone when driving is a very risky. Texting while driving is an even higher risk. We now know that cell phone use is a factor in many more crashes than texting. Talk to your teens about the risks. Help your teens stay safe on the road by discussing the life and death consequences of using their cell phone while driving. We urge all drivers to stay alert and drive defensively.Read More
Recent reports state the number of car crashes caused by cell phone use and texting while driving at 1.6 million – one million more than previously thought. Have you seen these drivers? With one hand their holding their cell phone trying to balance it to their ear. The other hand is clutching a cup of coffee. The question begs, which hand is driving?
It’s easy to tell when you’re driving behind someone on a cell phone. They’re not paying attention to the road! They speed up, change lanes unexpectedly, stop in the middle of the road – it’s frightening to drive near them. You see them weaving in their lane and driving slowly very similar to the impact of someone under the influence of alcohol.
A report in the New England Journal of Medicine compared the effects of using a cell phone while driving to the impact of driving legally drunk. While the study’s methodology has been criticized, eyewitness reports confirm the problem.
Researchers have long found that using a cell phone while driving dramatically impairs the ability to drive. It is not just the visual impairment, such as when a driver takes his eyes off the road when dialing a number or writing text. It’s the cognitive disconnect involved. The brain is focused on a virtual conversation, so it does not compute images that come into the driver’s view.
The National Safety Council released estimates that at least 28% of all traffic accidents involve drivers using cell phones and texting. They estimate that each year 1.4 million crashes involve drivers using cell phones. Tens of thousands additional accidents involve drivers who are texting.
It’s apparent that using a cell phone when driving is a very risky distraction and it’s obvious that texting is even higher risk. We now know that cell phone use is a factor in many more crashes than texting. The main reason is that millions more drivers use cell phones than text. That is why we need to address both texting and cell phone use on our roads. Our advice? Stay safe on the road, and leave your cell phone alone when driving. We urge all drivers to stay alert and drive defensively.Read More