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Cell Phone Records Shed Light on Philadelphia Rear-End Crashes

25
Feb 2015
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When a rear-end accident happens in Philadelphia or surrounding areas, an investigation may be conducted to determine who was to blame for causing the accident. Although rear drivers are typically considered at least partially at fault because they are expected to maintain a safe following distance and have enough space to stop, there may also be other motorists held accountable as well. cell-phone-1254846-m

A personal injury lawyer knows that there are many different things that go into an investigation of a rear-end accident. One of the most common things that law enforcement officers will look at is phone records.

Rear-End Accidents Involve Phone Records Searches

One recent rear-end accident made headlines because it involved reality star and former Olympian Bruce Jenner. According to ABC, the rear-end accident that Jenner was involved in was a chain reaction crash that involved a total of four vehicles. One of the motorist who was involved in the collision was killed in the crash.

The Claims Journal reports that the sheriff’s office investigating the case has requested that all of the drivers who were involved in the accident turn over phone records for the time that the crash occurred. Police frequently make this same request of motorists after rear-end collision as well as other types of crashes. If drivers do not respond to a request to produce phone records, the police may subpoena those records.

The purpose of obtaining the records is to determine if the motorist may have been either on the phone or texting at the time when the accident happened. Being on the phone or using it to send and read text messages can suggest that the driver was perhaps not paying careful attention to the road. This evidence could be used to make an assessment of whether the driver was at fault and should be held totally or partly liable for the accident.

It is easy for law enforcement officers to tell if a motorist was making a phone call when the accident happened. The records show the time and duration of calls, which can be compared to the time at which the accident happened.

It can be a little bit more challenging to determine if the driver was texting, since the texts only show the time when they arrived or were delivered and don’t show whether a motorist was typing or reading at the time of the crash. Still, law enforcement officers will look at the history of when text messages were sent or received in order to see if messages were being exchanged immediately before or during the time when the crash happened.

Since electronic devices behind the wheel do tend to make people much less safe drivers, records showing phone use can create strong circumstantial evidence that a person was responsible for rear-end crash or other type of collision.

Our personal injury attorneys in Philadelphia are dedicated to fighting for the rights of accident victims. Contact Flager & Associates at 215-953-5200 or visit http://www.flagerlaw.com today to schedule a consultation. Serving Philadelphia, Conshohocken and surrounding areas. 

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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Could EZ Pass Help Philadelphia Drivers Slow Down?

28
Jan 2015
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Drivers in Philadelphia, Conshohocken and surrounding areas can use EZ pass devices so they do not have to stop their vehicles to pay their tolls. Many people opt to have an EZ Pass in their car, because it is very convenient for them to do so. Recently, some states have been taking advantage of their relationship with EZ Pass to expand the things that these toll collection devices can do. In particular, three states in the United States have partnered with EZ Pass to monitor driver speeding and try to encourage motorists to slow down on highways. smart-456070-m

A personal injury lawyer knows that speeding remains a leading cause of fatal and non-fatal motor vehicle collisions. If effective steps can be taken to convince motorists to monitor their speed more carefully and drive more slowly, this may be a positive step in the right direction toward increasing the safety of roadways.

Reducing the Risk of EZ-Pass Speeding Accidents

According to Fox News, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New York are the first three states that have partnered with EZ Pass to begin using the toll collection devices to monitor driver speeds as they pass through toll plazas.

Under the current system in PA, drivers will not face tickets or the potential for points on their license if they go too quickly through a toll plaza and their EZ Pass detects their excessive speed. Instead, they will be in danger of losing their EZ Pass.

In Maryland, for example, a driver is allowed to travel at a speed of 30 miles-per-hour through toll plazas. If a driver exceeds this speed limit by 12 miles-per-hour on two separate occasions in a six-month period, that driver will face a 60-day suspension of EZ Pass.

The fact that EZ passes are now monitoring speed has raised concerns among some drivers, especially about the possibility that this could subsequently lead to ticketing drivers. Privacy concerns are also being raised.

While these concerns may be valid, it is also important to consider whether forcing drivers to reduce their speed could save lives. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has indicated that approximately a third of all motor vehicle accident deaths within the United States involve drivers who are going too fast for the road conditions and/or who are going over the posted speed limit. In 2012 alone, there were 10,219 motor vehicle collision fatalities that were attributed to speed-related motor vehicle crashes.

While minor local roads are the site of the highest number of deadly speeding accidents, freeways and interstates are the second most common site of fatal speeding crashes. A total of 30 percent of deadly accidents involving drivers going too fast occur on highways. In 2012, there were 1,185 freeway and interstate deaths due to speeding. Reducing the number of people who speed by using EZ Pass monitoring to force them to slow down could perhaps make the roads a lot safer and lives could be saved.

Our personal injury attorneys in Philadelphia are dedicated to fighting for the rights of accident victims. Contact Flager & Associates at 215-953-5200 or visit www.flagerlaw.com today to schedule a consultation. Serving Philadelphia, Conshohocken and surrounding areas

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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Philly DUI Accidents a Holiday Risk

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Dec 2014
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December contains two of the most dangerous times for impaired driving: the Christmas holiday and the New Years holiday. This makes December an opportune time for a public education effort about impaired driving. Hopefully, with a reminder about the dangers of drunk driving, more motorists in Philadelphia and surrounding communities will make the smart choice not to drive after having too much to drink. red-bow-2-1328711-m

A personal injury lawyer can assist victims of impaired driving in pursuing a damage claim in these complex cases. But prevention is the key to ensuring everyone has a safe, joyous holiday season. Tragically, that will not be the case for far too many.

December is Impaired Driving Prevention Month

According to True Car, President Ronald Reagan designated December as National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention month back in 1982. In 2010, President Barack Obama renamed this month National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. Obama changed the name, in part, to also draw attention to the issue of distracted driving.

During National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, motorists are reminded about some of the big risks of driving while intoxicated. For example, each year in the United States, around 600,000 people are injured in crashes involving people who have consumed too much alcohol. Around three in 10 Americans will have some type of direct close encounter with a deadly drunk driving crash.

Drunk driving causes a death every half hour and an injury every two minutes on average, and around 41 percent of the car accidents in the United States involve a driver who has consumed too much to drink. There is a higher risk of crashes involving impaired driving on Thanksgiving, on and around Christmas, and on New Years Eve. In 2010 alone, for example, Mothers Against Drunk Driving reported 96 deaths in the days immediately surrounding Christmas attributed to impaired drivers. There were another 143 fatalities related to impaired driving in the days immediately surrounding New Years.

Preventing these crashes is the goal of National Impaired Driving Prevention month, and some of the different steps to take to reduce the chances of a crash happening include:

  • Drivers should create a plan before they start drinking for how they are going to get home at the end of the night. It is a good idea to have a designated driver, but also to have a backup plan such as the phone number of a taxi company in case something happens like the designated driver becomes unavailable or decides to imbibe.
  • Party hosts should make sure that their guests make a safe choice. Party hosts should ensure that their intoxicated guests stay over or have a way home. They should make non-alcoholic beverages available for designated drivers who attend events and they should stop serving alcohol beverages an hour or so before people will begin to leave the party.

If everyone does their part to stay sober and reduce the chances of drunk driving crashes, fewer people will lose their lives over the 2014 holiday season.

Our personal injury attorneys in Philadelphia are dedicated to fighting for the rights of accident victims. Contact Flager & Associates at 215-953-5200 or visit http://www.flagerlaw.com today to schedule a consultation. Serving Philadelphia and communities throughout Bucks County.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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