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Parties and Alcohol go hand in hand

December is the season for celebrations. Sadly, parties and alcohol are often intertwined. Before you get behind the wheel after having had a few drinks consider the following sobering statistics:

  • Alcohol kills: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 10,497 people were killed as a result of alcohol-impaired driving crashes in 2016 alone. During that year, alcohol impaired-driving fatalities accounted for 28 percent of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities in the United States.
  • Drunk Drivers are often young drivers: The percentage of drivers in fatal crashes who were alcohol impaired was highest for 25 to 34 year old drivers, at 27 percent, followed by 21 to 24 year old drivers, at 26 percent.

Drunk Driving: a Holiday Problem

How to Prevent Drunk Driving

Are you planning to attend a New Year’s Eve celebration? If so, ask yourself the following questions:

How will I get back home?

Here are some possible solutions for your trip back home:

  • Select a reliable sober friend to be your designated driver. 
  • Save the phone number of a local taxi service on your phone. Hire a taxi when it’s time to go home.
  • Consider taking public transportation if available.
  • Download the Uber or Lyft app to schedule your trip back home. Uber has partnered with MADD to campaign against drunk driving. Check out their latest joint safety campaign here.
  • Don’t go back home. Instead, book a hotel room or arrange to stay at a friend’s house.

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Travel Forecast for this Holiday Season

Stay Safe with our Holiday Road Safety TipsAccording to the American Automobile Association (AAA) 107.3 million Americans are traveling to holiday celebrations between December 23rd and New Year’s Day. This is the highest year-end travel volume on record and a 3.1 percent increase in travel volume compared with last year.

The majority of travelers – 97.4 million – will hit the road, so traffic will be challenging over the holidays.

Below we’ve compiled some important holiday road safety tips to keep you and your family safe whilst traveling.

Holiday Road Safety Tips

Adverse weather conditions aggravate the consequences of reckless or distracted driving, so be sure to drive cautiously and remain particularly alert whilst driving.

In addition, make sure that your car is in perfect condition before hitting the winter roads. Read on to find out how to winter-proof your vehicle.

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Parking Lot Safety during the Christmas Holidays

winter-430469_1920 The holiday shopping season is in full swing and malls are humming with activity. Shoppers caught up in the holiday frenzy are often in a hurry and pay little attention to their surroundings, which results in numerous accidents, particularly in the Nation’s crowded parking lots.

According to the National Safety Council, more than 50,000 crashes occur in parking lots and garage structures annually, resulting in 500 or more deaths and more than 60,000 injuries.

One of the major reasons behind the collisions, injuries and even fatalities that happen in parking lots is the false sense of security everyone feels when navigating parking areas: People expect vehicles to drive at slow speeds and therefore are less vigilant.

During the holiday shopping season, crowded parking lots and nasty winter weather can combine to create particularly dangerous parking lot conditions.

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Nearly 51 Million Americans on the Road this Year

Thanksgiving Road Safety TipsThanksgiving brings families and friends together across large distances to celebrate the harvest, give thanks and enjoy each others’ company. This year auto club AAA projects 50.9 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more away from home. That’s the highest Thanksgiving travel volume since 2005! Having more people on the road unfortunately increases the potential of vehicle crashes. That’s why we have compiled a series of safety tips to keep you safe on the road.

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texture-860666_1920One of the most commonly known car-related product flaws is the Toyota gas pedal issue, where certain Toyota vehicles had the gas pedal stick when it was pressed down. This issue resulted in numerous drivers losing control, which caused injury accidents and even fatalities. Toyota was forced to recall more than four million vehicles and eventually reached a settlement of $1.1 billion for consumers who had been injured or harmed by the defect. This particular settlement contained no admission of fault on the part of Toyota.

Faulty Takata Airbags Result in Injury and Death

Another car-related product liability issue is the defective Takata airbags, which mostly affected cars built between 2002 and 2008, but also included models through 2014 in some cases. The main issue with the recall is that some airbags can deploy explosively, injuring or even killing car occupations. This issue involved the airbag’s inflator, which is some cases would ignite with explosive force. If the casing ruptured in a crash, there was a possibility that metal shards could be sprayed from the airbag throughout the vehicle’s cabin.

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Drowsy Driving: Dangerous, Deadly, and Difficult to Identify

According to the Department of Energy, the average car in the United States tips the scales at just over 2 tons. That’s 4,000 pounds of metal, rubber, and gasoline hurtling down the nation’s roadways and highways. Under the best of circumstances, operating a vehicle is the most dangerous thing the average person does on a daily basis. When people operate a vehicle while drowsy, the danger increases dramatically.

Under Reported Drowsy Driver Car Accidents

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that, even though drowsy driving is difficult to identify as the cause of car crashes in many situations, at least 40,000 people are injured every year as the result of drowsing driving, while another 1,550 are killed.

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The Dangers of Texting and Driving

Most people are good, responsible drivers who never take unnecessary risks. However, even the best drivers can make mistakes and texting while driving is definitely one of those. Even though you may understand that texting and driving is dangerous, the statistics may shock you.

Sending or reading a text while driving makes you 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash than normal driving. Simply dialing, talking on, or listening to a phone while driving makes you as much as three times as likely to be involved in the crash.

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Determining Fault in Car Crashes

Even if you haven’t been in a car crash, you may wonder how the police and insurance companies determine who is at fault. Determining fault is important for number of reasons, but it isn’t always easy to do. Let’s take a look at how it’s done.

Determining Fault in a Car Accident?

In many, if not most, car crash situations, it falls to the insurance companies who insure the individual drivers involved in the crash to determine who was at fault. When insurance companies investigate a crash, they look at the statements the drivers make, any police reports, or any other evidence gathered about the crash. They do this to try to determine negligence.

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Why Should You Hire a Lawyer After an Accident?

Car Accidents: Economic & Non-Economic Damages

When you sustain an injury as a result of a car accident, you may not be the only one who suffers. Injuries incur costs, both financial and otherwise. You may suffer lost wages, you might lose your job, or your earning potential may be reduced if you are left with a significant disability. As medical and other bills pile up in the aftermath of an accident, the stress and anxiety that come with it can be overwhelming and even incapacitating at times. Individuals who are injured in a car accident may be entitled to receive compensation for their injuries, expenses, and even pain and suffering; however, doing so can be complicated, especially for someone struggling with the physical and emotional ramifications that often occur following an accident.

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4 Common Questions About Car Accidents and the Statute of Limitations

What is a statute of limitations for a car accident?

A statute of limitations is a specific kind of law that imposes a time limit on people who want to go to court. Think of a statute of limitations as a countdown timer. In car accident cases, your timer starts as soon as you are involved in an accident or learn that you have suffered damages as a result of an accident. If you want to file a lawsuit because of the car accident, you have to do so before the clock reaches zero.

How much time do I have to file a personal injury lawsuit for a car accident?

That depends on a number of different issues. Every state has its own statute of limitation laws and each of them determine how long you have to file a lawsuit; however, it is typically between 1-6 years. Additionally, while some time limits apply to car accident injury lawsuits, wrongful death lawsuits may have different filing deadlines.

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