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Distracted Driving Major Cause of Philadelphia Car Accidents

10
Apr 2014
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April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month in Pennsylvania and across the United States.

The month began with the launch of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s first nationwide distracted driving enforcement and advertising campaign. The effort comes as the USA Today reports more than 1 in 4 of the nation’s traffic accidents are now caused by cell-phone use.

Distracted driving accident attorneys in Philadelphia know Pennsylvania has finally joined more than 40 other states in162661269 prohibiting drivers from texting at the wheel. The law prohibits the use of an interactive communications device for texting, instant messaging, emailing or browsing the Internet, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. However, enforcement remains a challenge because drivers are not prohibited from dialing or using a hand-held cell phone.

Pennsylvania anti-texting laws often difficult to enforce

As The Morning Call recently reported, enforcement is difficult for law enforcement officials because they might not be able to tell the difference between a talking driver and a texting driver.

“Out on the street, is it very difficult to tell if a person is texting? Yes — I won’t make that a secret,” said Allentown Police Capt. William Reinik, who is in charge of the traffic division.

In Philadelphia, the number of tickets issued dropped from 243 in the year after the ban was passed, to just 91 tickets last year. Statewide, authorities have issued little more than 1,000 tickets a year since the law was enacted, which is having little impact on the risks faced by motorists. Authorities report distracted driving was to blame for 1.152 crashes and 59 traffic deaths in Pennsylvania in 2011.

Of course, our Philadelphia injury lawyers know cell phones are far from the only distraction faced by drivers; eating, grooming, applying makeup, using in-car electronics and talking to passengers can all take your eyes from the road and increase your risks of being involved in a serious or fatal traffic accident. The NHTSA reports at least 3,328 people were killed and more than 421,000 injured in distracted-driving collisions last year.

Teen drivers and texting accident risks

As with other examples of poor driving decisions, teens are among those at highest risk. In fact, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports texting while driving kills 11 teens per day. Other stats highlighting the risk to teens include:

-Teens are four-times more likely to be involved in a crash or near-crash while talking on a cell phone.

-94 percent of teens identify texting and driving as a serious threat, yet one-third admit to regularly doing so anyway, according to a study by AAA.

-A teen with one other passenger doubles the risk of a collision. A teen driver with two or more passengers faces five-times the fatal accident risks.

-Half of all teenagers admit to texting and driving. About one-fourth of teens admit to responding to at least one text message every time they drive.

About 30 students from high schools in Chester, Montgomery, Delaware, Bucks and Philadelphia counties recently participated in a Teen Safe Driving Competition at the Technical College High School’s Pickering Campus, according to the Montgomery Times Herald. The young drivers first attended a presentation on distracted driving.

Don’t be shy when it comes to getting the word out about the dangers of distracted driving — and make it a special point to talk to the young driver in your family.

Our distracted driving accident lawyers in Philadelphia can help. Contact Flager & Associates at 215-953-5200 today to schedule a consultation. 

Flager & Associates is a Pennsylvania Law Firm. We cover cases across Philadelphia, Yardley, Bristol, Bensalem and Levittown/ Fairless Hills. Most of the cases we cover are auto accidents, slip and fall, and product liability related.

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Philadelphia Traffic Deaths Shows Street Design Key to Pedestrian Safety

2
Apr 2014
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Pedestrian accident deaths were 15 percent higher in the United States in 2012 as compared with 2009. The number of fatalities has increased an average of 4.9 percent each year since 2009 and experts do not understand why. 

With traffic safety professionals stymied about how to reduce pedestrian fatalities, research is underway by activists nationwide to help understand the risks faced by walkers. For example, one analysis of traffic deaths in Philadelphia between 2008 and 2012 showed that there were 158 deaths citywide but only 16 pedestrian deaths in Center City. The study of locations where fatal crashes occurred led to the conclusion that street design is the biggest driving factor in reducing collisions.

If this is true, then the passage of the new Safe Streets Act of 2014 could help to reduce the number of people dying on roads throughout the United States. Of course, there is no guarantee that the law will pass and even if it does, it is not nearly enough to make the roads as safe as they should be for walkers and bicyclists. Pedestrians who do suffer injury have the legal right to compensation and should contact an experienced Delaware Valley accident lawyer for assistance.

Street Design is Key to Safety for Pedestrians

The Safe Streets Act of 2014 was introduced into the United States Senate. The Act would require that states and local municipal organizations establish Complete Streets policies and apply those policies to new federally-funded transportation projects.

Throughout the United States, more than 238 local jurisdictions have reportedly put Complete Streets policies into place already. These policies simply mandate that roads and transportation infrastructure be designed with the safety of all road users in mind and not just for people in cars. Road design needs to address the needs of walkers, bicycle riders, children, elderly people, freight vehicles and those who utilize public transportation.

The federal Department of Transportation is also directed by the Act to establish regulations to determine if local jurisdictions are complying with the law and using Complete Streets policies.

Since street design is seen as key to reducing deaths, the passage of this Act could be a good step towards saving the lives of pedestrians. However, it is a very small step.

The fact is, in the United States, just 1.6 percent of federal transportation dollars in 2012 were devoted to walkers and bicyclists. A total of 12 percent of trips are taken by walkers and bicyclists, yet a disproportionately low amount of money is going towards making these road-users safer.

While there was a slight reduction in pedestrian accident fatalities in the first half of 2013 (8.7 percent fewer deaths in the first half of the year than in 2012), there were still 1,985 people killed nationwide in just a six month period of time. Further, experts couldn’t explain the decline except to speculate that an improving economy meant that more people were driving instead of walking.

With thousands dying each year, it is clearly not enough to just pass a bill requiring that states use better principles for road design going forward. Driver and pedestrian education efforts need to be undertaken and a serious effort needs to be made to adapt existing infrastructure to bicyclists and pedestrians.

A Delaware Valley accident lawyer can help collision victims. Contact Flager & Associates at 215-953-5200 today to schedule a consultation. 

Flager & Associates is a Pennsylvania Law Firm. We cover cases across Philadelphia, Yardley, Bristol, Bensalem and Levittown/ Fairless Hills. Most of the cases we cover are auto accidents, slip and fall, and product liability related.

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Delaware Valley Injury Accidents – Dealing with Insurance Companies

25
Mar 2014
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If you’ve been involved in a motor vehicle collision, the last thing you need is a protracted fight with an insurance company. Unfortunately, that’s exactly the position you are likely to find yourself in. Despite making an average of $30 billion a year in profit, insurance companies routinely use a number of underhanded and unfair tactics to deny paying injured people what they owe. A recent report from the American Association for Justice illustrated some of the dishonest methods insurers use.

Fortunately, you do not have to battle insurance companies alone. Accident attorneys in the Delaware Valley can make all the difference.

How Car Insurers Avoid Paying Legitimate Claims 

Allstate Insurance earned its place on the list of the 10 Worst Insurance companies with its three-part claims handling process of “Deny, Delay, Defend.” However, Allstate is not the only insurer that doesn’t treat claimants in a fair and reasonable way.

Some examples of the different tactics that insurers use in an effort to avoid paying reasonable compensation to covered victims after car crashes include:

  • Rewarding employees to deny legitimate claims or keep payments down. Some companies offer pizza parties, gift certificates and other incentives to agents who are able to avoid payouts or get injured victims to accept settlements that are less than they deserve. Reports indicate that one insurance adjuster would offer people as little as $50 for claims and policyholders would take the money because they were afraid of getting nothing at all.
  • Finding any and all reasons to deny covered claims. One 60-year-old woman with broken bones and a collapsed lung after a crash had her claim denied on her $2 million Farmers’ Insurance Policy. The insurer said that she was not covered for the collision that resulted when a pickup truck driver crossed into her lane because the incident was caused by “road rage” and wasn’t an accident.
  • Delaying the claim to avoid paying. While this example was specifically given in regards to long-term care insurance (with insurers avoiding payments until policyholders died), it is applicable to car insurance claims too. If an insurer can string you along for a long enough period of time with promises to pay, the statute of limitations could expire and you’d be unable to sue. Insurers also count on you becoming desperate for money and willing to accept less compensation than you deserve.

You don’t have to let this happen to you. You can fight unfair actions on the part of insurers by:

  • Reading insurance policies carefully to understand what is covered.
  • Documenting all losses carefully (including keeping medical records and treatment bills).
  • Keeping copies of all correspondence.
  • Hiring an experienced attorney to represent you in motor vehicle collision claims.

You should never sign anything or agree to a settlement until you have had an attorney look it over and ensure it is fair and reasonable.

Accident attorneys in the Delaware Valley can help collision victims. Contact Flager & Associates at 215-953-5200 today to schedule a consultation. 

Flager & Associates is a Pennsylvania Law Firm. We cover cases across Philadelphia, Yardley, Bristol, Bensalem and Levittown/ Fairless Hills. Most of the cases we cover are auto accidents, slip and fall, and product liability related.

Flager & Associates

More Vehicle Recalls in 2013 Means More Dangers for Drivers

27
Feb 2014
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Last year saw the highest number of vehicle recalls in almost a decade. In 2004, there were 30.8 million cars recalled. In 2013, 22 million cars were recalled, up from 16.4 million in 2012.  The majority of recalls last year happened when manufacturers identified serious safety problems and voluntarily took the cars off the road for repairs.  

When cars are sold with defects, there is always the possibility that drivers could suffer serious injuries and the car manufacturers could be held liable for resulting losses.  Those hurt by a defective vehicle should contact  personal injury lawyers in Delaware Valley. Product liability lawyers at Flager & Associates, PC offer free consultations to victims.

Defects Lead to 2013 Vehicle Recalls

Since 1966, the United States federal government has mandated that automakers recall vehicles that have defects.  Over the nearly half-century that the recall requirements have been in effect, 540.8 million vehicle recalls have occurred.

Altogether, there were 632 separate recall incidents last year. Toyota was the car manufacturer that had the most recalls, which makes 2013 the second year in a row that Toyota has had this dubious honor.  There were several primary issues that caused Toyotas to be recalled. One problem was that electronic interference could cause air bags in some Toyota’s to deploy when no accident occurred.  Other models of Toyota vehicles also had air bags deploying improperly, but this time because of drain holes blocked by spider webs.

Toyota’s other issues related to 78,000 vehicles with suspension problems. These vehicles had actually already been recalled in 2012. The vehicles with the faulty suspensions had been repaired, but were recalled again since the first effort at repair was not always effective.

Chrysler was the carmaker with the second highest number of recalls in 2013. The car company recalled 1.7 million older Jeep Liberty and Jeep Cherokee models. The recall was prompted by concerns expressed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) about a potential risk of fire in rear-impact collisions.

Investigations initiated by the NHTSA prompted around seven million of the total number of vehicles recalled in 2013. Recall of the remaining 15 million vehicles was undertaken when manufacturers realized a problem existed with the cars they had sold.

Manufacturers should act quickly to alert the public to risks and remove defective cars from the road until repair is possible. Recalled vehicles are repaired or replaced by the manufacturer at no cost to the consumer, in most cases.

Unfortunately, sometimes both the carmakers and NHTSA do not act to recall products quickly enough, and people get hurt. Rather than waiting to repair products when something goes wrong, it is far better to do adequate pre-marketing testing to make sure that the vehicles aren’t dangerous in the first place.    The NHTSA can encourage this through regulations, and carmakers can make the choice to put safety first and ensure they do everything they can to avoid releasing potentially defective cars.

Flager & Associates, PC can help collision victims. Call a car accident lawyer in Delaware Valley at 215-953-5200  or visit www.flagerlaw.com today to schedule a consultation.

Flager & Associates is a Pennsylvania Law Firm. We cover cases across Philadelphia, Yardley, Bristol, Bensalem and Levittown/ Fairless Hills. Most of the cases we cover are auto accidents, slip and fall, and product liability related.

Flager & Associates

Severe Winter Weather Causes Major Risks – How to Avoid Accidents

20
Feb 2014
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Around $20 million has been spent in the Delaware Valley to clear snow and ice from roads during the first few months of winter 2014.  By mid-February, 85 percent of its winter budget had already been spent by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The Delaware Department of Transportation reported more than $9.5 million in expenditures by the same time. 

Clearing the roads is costly but necessary. Even with the best efforts of plowing services and more than 116,000 tons of salt on the roads, weather-related motor vehicle collisions continue to increase the risks in the Delaware Valley region. A car accident lawyer in Delaware Valley can help victims of winter crashes to pursue claims against at-fault motorists.  Call Flager & Associates, PC today to learn more.

Winter Weather Can Lead to Pileups 

Winter 2014 is shaping up to be one of the harshest in decades. This is bad news for motorists, since bad weather in the milder 2013 winter caused hundreds of multi-car pileups.  At least 107 multi-vehicle crashes occurred in 2013, with more than 60 percent triggered by bad weather. Multi-car crashes included collisions with at least five vehicles and at least one death; or collisions involving at least 10 vehicles.

Weather events resulting in pileups included:

  • Snow Squalls, which caused 20 pileups.
  • Icy roads, which triggered 15 pileups.
  • Snow and freezing rain, which resulted in nine multicar accidents.
  • Fog, which was also the cause of nine crashes involving multiple vehicles.

Pileups are more likely during bad weather due to low visibility, difficulty stopping and the tendency of vehicles to skid on icy roads.

Tips to Avoid Winter Collisions

Most pileups start with one collision and snowball from there because drivers don’t see the impaired vehicles or cannot avoid hitting them.  To prevent pileup accidents, you need to know how to drive safely in the winter.

Some winter driving tips to follow to reduce your collision risk include:

  • Driving at a speed that is appropriate for the current weather and road conditions. This may be less than the legal speed limit.
  • Increasing the following distance between you and the vehicle leading you, leaving a larger gap than you normally would during better weather.
  • Braking gently to avoid a skid and always remaining calm even if the wheels begin to lock up.
  • Switching to a low gear in order to get better traction, especially when traveling on hills.
  • Knowing what to do if you skid. For rear-wheels that skid, remove your foot from the accelerator and steer the vehicle in the direction you want your front wheels to go. For front wheels that skid, shift to neutral but don’t try to steer right away. The wheels skidding sideways will cause the vehicle to slow and traction should return. At this time, steer toward the desired direction.

By following these tips and exercising extra caution during the winter, hopefully you can avoid pileup collisions or other winter crashes in the Delaware Valley.

Flager & Associates, PC can help collision victims. Call a car accident lawyer in Delaware Valley at 215-953-5200  or visit www.flagerlaw.com today to schedule a consultation. 

Flager & Associates is a Pennsylvania Law Firm. We cover cases across Philadelphia, Yardley, Bristol, Bensalem and Levittown/ Fairless Hills. Most of the cases we cover are auto accidents, slip and fall, and product liability related.

Flager & Associates

Falls Becoming Major Cause of Trauma-Deaths

23
Jan 2014
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The majority of fatal injuries caused by trauma in the United States are caused by motor vehicle accidents, firearms, and falls. While auto accidents have long been the leading cause of trauma-related deaths, new data shows that falls are on pace to overtake car accidents as the top cause of fatalities. This data should be a wake-up call to nursing homes as well as to public places that will increasingly be catering to an older clientele. 

Falls are already far too common and cause thousands of deaths every year. As baby boomers age, they become at greater risk of a fall because of balance issues and decreasing vision. Slip and fall accident lawyers in Delaware Valley know that the risk of serious injury for older people also increases because seniors often have frailer bodies and brittle bones, which means they are more likely to experience a broken hip or other more serious injury from a fall. To protect seniors and to avoid the potential for increased liability, nursing homes need to institute better fall protection methods and public places need to prepare to make their facilities more accommodating to seniors.

Fall Injuries Becoming the Top Cause of Death

There has been a dramatic shift in recent years related to the percentage of deaths caused by falls versus the percentage of deaths caused by auto accidents. In 2002, falls caused six deaths for every 100,000 people while car accidents caused 16 deaths. By 2010, car accidents were causing 12 deaths for every 100,000 people while falls were causing nine.

The decrease in deaths caused by car accidents may be largely explained by better in-vehicle safety devices and by a strong focus on accident prevention. While the research did not specifically look at the reason that deaths due to falls were on the rise, the aging population and the increased fragility of fall victims were cited as possible explanations.

The dramatic change suggests the urgency of taking more steps to prevent falls. As Pain Medicine News reports, the rate of deaths due to falls increased 46 percent over just eight years. Those who should pay special attention to this data include:

  • Nursing homes: The CDC reports that 1,800 senior residents of nursing homes die annually because of fall injuries. Nursing homes could be held liable for falls caused by neglect or abuse. Staff should be properly trained in fall protection and homes should be designed to reduce the risk of falls among seniors who may have balance and mobility issues.
  • Stores, restaurants and hotels: Consolidated Floor Safety reports that falls are the leading cause of injuries that take place in hotels, stores and restaurants annually. Public places that open their doors to customers need to ensure they do not allow hazards such as slippery floors or broken stair railings to cause their patrons to fall.
  • Employers: The NFSI indicates that falls cause around 16 percent of work-injury claims and 26-percent workers’ compensation expenses.  While employers cannot be sued for on-the-job accidents, they still have a responsibility to ensure a safe workplace and try to protect their employees from being hurt in a fall.

If everyone does their part to reduce the risk of falls, deaths due to trauma could decline and the public as a whole could be significantly safer.

Flager & Associates represents clients throughout the Delaware Valley. Call 215-953-5200 today to schedule your free consultation

Flager & Associates is a Pennsylvania Law Firm. We cover cases across Philadelphia, Yardley, Bristol, Bensalem and Levittown/ Fairless Hills. Most of the cases we cover are auto accidents, slip and fall, and product liability related.

Flager & Associates

Designated Drivers Reduce Risk of Holiday Car Accidents in Delaware Valley

19
Dec 2013
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Drunk driving accidents are always devastating, no matter what time of year they occur. For families of victims injured in car accidents around the holidays, however, what used to be a festive and happy time can end up being an occasion filled with sadness. 

Recently, for example, USA Today told the story of a 36-year-old teacher whose parents and grandmother were killed on Christmas Day in 2007 when a drunk driver hit the back of their vehicle. While victims of drunk driving crashes are typically able to file injury claims against the intoxicated motorist with the help of a drunk driving accident lawyer in Delaware Valley, the case discussed by USA Today got national attention because the drunk driver counter-sued the estate of the deceased (he didn’t win). This story is one of far-too-many tragic tales that happen because the holiday season is a time when many people celebrate with a few too many drinks and then drive home.

Every driver needs to understand the serious risks of holiday car accidents, and should make a commitment to avoid driving drunk at all costs. Fortunately, there are plenty of alternatives so no one needs to become a menace on the roads by getting behind the wheel with a blood-alcohol content that exceeds the legal limit.

A Designated Driver Can Save Lives Over the Holidays – and Any Time

Certain times of the year are especially high-risk when it comes to drunk driving, and the holiday season is one of those times. Both Thanksgiving weekend and the days surrounding New Years have a disproportionately high number of drunk-driving accidents as people drive home after celebrating too much with alcohol.

Last year, however, the most dangerous time for motorists on the road was actually the period right before December 25th when people were rushing to get their holiday shopping done. According to the Center for Advanced Public Safety, there were 18 percent more crashes in the six-day period that includes Christmas as there were during Thanksgiving and there were 27 percent more crashes during this six day period than there were in the time surrounding New Years Day.

From Thanksgiving to New Years last year, a total of 1,091 people lost their lives in car accidents because of drunk drivers, leaving many families to cope with the unspeakable grief that never goes away. Those who are killed could have been spared and families could have avoided the grief if every reveler made a commitment to have a designated driver before going out and getting drunk.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) urges drivers to be smart around the year-end holidays, which their national president has described as a particular dangerous time for young drivers. Having a designated driver named in advance is one way to be smart, but if you don’t have a DD or your DD decides to have a drink, then you also have other options including calling for a cab or even a tow truck. Many states and local services provide either free or reduced taxi-cab rides, and towing services are also offered at low or no cost in some areas to help people who have been drinking to get home without killing or injuring themselves or others.

A drunk driving accident lawyer in Philadelphia can help if you are involved in a crash. Contact Flager & Associates at 1-215-953-5200 for a free case consultation.

Flager & Associates is a Pennsylvania Law Firm. We cover cases across Philadelphia, Yardley, Bristol, Bensalem and Levittown/ Fairless Hills. Most of the cases we cover are auto accidents, slip and fall, and product liability related.

Flager & Associates

Bicycle Accident In Philadelphia Reminds Drivers to Safely Share the Road

27
Nov 2013
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In late October, a bicycle accident occurred in Philadelphia along Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. A 52-year-old bike rider was hit by a car and sustained serious injuries necessitating transport to the hospital. The bike crash was one of many that happen in the city each year, but attracted attention because Mayor Nutter was alerted to the accident by an aide who saw the crash. According to CBS Local Philadelphia, the mayor stopped and rendered aid to the accident victim, remaining at the crash scene until medical help arrived.

The fact that the mayor was involved and the bike accident widely publicized is a very good thing, as it reminds motorists that they need to be careful of bicycle riders even in the winter months as the weather grows cooler. While any bicycle accident lawyer in Delaware Valley knows that bike accidents are especially likely to happen in the summer since more people ride, the winter can be dangerous for bikers as well.  In fact, in some ways, the winter presents more of a risk to bikers because the roads are slippery, it gets darker earlier and drivers may not be paying attention to bikes because they don’t expect to see them in the cold.

Bicycle Accidents Still a Risk in Winter

Although many drivers assume they don’t need to worry about bikes in the winter, the truth is that many people commute via bicycle even during the winter months. Philadelphia makes it possible for motorists to do this (and also to walk if they wish to do so) because the city has a good environment for bicyclists. The Walk Score for Philadelphia is 76, while the Bike Score is 67. Philadelphia is described as a “very walkable” city because the majority of errands can be accomplished by someone who is on foot without a vehicle.

Philadelphia earned its walk score and bicycle safety score for more reasons than just proximity of amenities. Walkscore.com described Philadelphia has having terrain as “flat as a pancake” and as having good bike lanes.   This is good news for bicycle riders, but of course as the recent accident shows, this doesn’t mean that there are no risks of getting hurt or killed in a crash.

Bike riders and motorists both must be careful to avoid high-risk behavior that could lead to a crash happening. Motorists, for example, must:

  • Be on the lookout for bicyclists, who may continue to ride throughout the winter.
  • Avoid encroaching on bicycle lanes and wait to pass a bicycle rider until there is plenty of room and it is safe to do so.
  • Yield the right-of-way to bike riders, who are entitled to the same respect as any other driver on the road.

Bicycle riders, to do their part to avoid accidents, should wear brightly colored clothing; understand that visibility may be reduced in the winter; should obey the rules of the road; and should try to make eye contact with drivers before crossing the road or making a turn to ensure that the motorists see them.

A bicycle accident lawyer in Philadelphia can help if you are involved in a crash. Contact Flager & Associates at 1-215-953-5200 for a free case consultation.

Flager & Associates is a Pennsylvania Law Firm. We cover cases across Philadelphia, Yardley, Bristol, Bensalem and Levittown/ Fairless Hills. Most of the cases we cover are auto accidents, slip and fall, and product liability related.

Flager & Associates

Teens Learn about Distracted Driving Dangers from Grieving Father

22
Nov 2013
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Distracted driving is a serious issue throughout the United States, and states have been cracking down and passing tougher laws in recent years. The Huffington Post reports that, while there were just 28 states with general texting bans applicable to all drivers in 2010, today there are 41 states that do not let drivers text behind the wheel. There are bans for at least some drivers in 47 states and DC, so it is almost universal that every location imposes at least some restrictions on texting. 

Even with these tougher laws, however, any texting and driving attorney in the  Delaware Valley knows that drivers still continue to text behind the wheel every day. Drivers also engage in other distracting behavior that takes the focus off of the road, like putting on makeup, drinking, eating, entering info into a GPS device, or reaching behind or across the seat to retrieve objects. Drivers do these things even knowing that distracted driving can be dangerous because most people don’t think that they will become one of the victims of distracted driving.

Drivers need to fully understand exactly what is at stake when they make the choice to drive distracted. One grieving father whose daughter was killed in a crash has made it his mission to teach young people about the dangers of distracted driving. As the Delaware County Daily Times reports, the father lost his daughter in 2009 when another motorist took his eyes off the road for just a second and reached over to his seat in order to get a GPS. The young girl was killed as she was legally crossing the street.

Grieving Father Teaches Kids about the Realities of Distracted Driving

The man whose daughter was killed in the crash has made presentations to more than 30,000 people in the past two years, including high schools throughout Delaware County. The last stop in his 2013 program was with students in the Family Career and Community Leaders of America program, as he hopes that these students will help spread the message that distracted driving is too risky.

Part of his presentation involves short films that reveal how his own daughter’s tragedy has changed the way her friends drove because they had to think about the fact that distracted driving really is deadly. The other film features a woman who was driving distracted and veered off the road and killed a man. The films are meant to drive home the point that anyone can be injured or killed in a distracted driving accident.

His message is one that many experts try to deliver each year to the motoring public. A recent article in the Huffington Post illustrated that distracted driving is something that “everyone does,” because most people routinely eat, talk on a phone or otherwise engage in distracting behavior without incident. As drivers repeatedly do these things whenever they drive, it reinforces their perception that a distracted driving crash could not happen to them.  Yet, even if these drivers are safe in almost every trip they take, it only takes one instance of being distracted at the wrong time to cause a deadly crash. The man who lost his daughter is all too aware of this harsh reality, but hopefully teens who listen to his presentation will also learn this lesson before they make driving choices that result in them hurting themselves or others.

A car accident lawyer in Philadelphia can help if you are involved in a crash. Contact Flager & Associates at 1-215-953-5200 for a free case consultation.

Flager & Associates is a Pennsylvania Law Firm. We cover cases across Philadelphia, Yardley, Bristol, Bensalem and Levittown/ Fairless Hills. Most of the cases we cover are auto accidents, slip and fall, and product liability related.

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Car Accidents Involving Deer Up 10 Percent in PA: Tips for Avoiding A Crash

22
Oct 2013
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In 2012, there were at least 3,362 auto accidents involving deer in the state of Pennsylvania. In these accidents, eight people lost their lives. Phillyburbs.com indicates that things may be getting even worse as the number of claims made arising from deer accidents increased by 10.6 percent between 2010 and 2012. Chester County is the most dangerous in a five-county area when it comes to deer crashes and Bucks County is the second highest risk area.  deer-in-a-zoo-1426558-m

Car accident lawyers in Bucks County know these estimates may actually not tell the whole story either, as experts believe there were likely many more deer crashes than were reported. While deer accidents can happen any time, the most dangerous season and the prime time for accidents is from October through December when deer are both migrating and mating. Since deer season has now begun this year, now is the time to be extra careful and to take some added safety precautions to try to avoid becoming an accident victim.

Avoid Deer Accidents During the Dangerous Season 

Some tips to help avoid accidents include:

  • Understanding when deer are most likely to be out. Deer are most active at dawn and dusk, so the highest-risk times are from 5:00-8:00 p.m. as well as 5:00-8:00 a.m. Unfortunately, this may be right during your commute, so you should be extra careful to watch for signs of deer and check the road ahead.
  • Remaining active and alert. You should be scanning the shoulder of the road frequently and should make sure you aren’t driving while drowsy, distracted or impaired in any way. If you look away for just a second, that could be the time when the deer jumps out in front of your vehicle.
  • Using your high beams if there’s no oncoming traffic. If a deer freezes in your high beams and is blocking the road, hold your horn down for a prolonged period until the deer moves.
  • Staying in your lane and braking if you are approaching a deer and cannot avoid it- you don’t want to swerve into the path of another vehicle and cause a more serious accident while trying to get out of the way.
  • Remembering that deer travel in packs. If you see one deer on or near the road, there are likely others nearby to watch out for.

Avoiding accidents with deer is important to save your life but also to prevent financial loss as well. The average cost of an insurance claim involving an animal accident is $2,030 in Pennsylvania, with 95 percent of these claims involving deer. However, if you are involved in a crash with a deer and injuries occur, the expense associated with the crash could be far greater. Not only are you responsible for your own injuries, but if your car hit other motorists and you were found to have been negligent in any way leading up to the accident, you could also be on-the-hook for the injuries you cause another as well.

A car accident lawyer in Philadelphia can help if you are involved in a crash. Contact Flager & Associates at 1-215-953-5200 for a free case consultation.

Flager & Associates is a Pennsylvania Law Firm. We cover cases across Philadelphia, Yardley, Bristol, Bensalem and Levittown/ Fairless Hills. Most of the cases we cover are auto accidents, slip and fall, and product liability related.

Flager & Associates