The Most Dangerous Distraction: Daydreaming
We all know how hard it is to focus on one task at a time. In our busy, overworked lives, we often have to do several things at once in order to get through the day with any sense of accomplishment.
Unfortunately, far too many people extend this habit of multi-tasking to driving. When controlling a two-ton machine at a speed of even 25 miles an hour, however, it is essential that the driver is fully engaged in the task. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving is the cause of nearly one in five car crashes resulting in injury. In 2013, over 3,000 people lost their lives at the hands of a distracted driver.
Distracted Driving Doesn’t Always Mean Texting
According to data compiled by the insurance industry, use of a cellphone is surprisingly not the leading cause of distracted driving accidents. Take a look at the list of the top ten driving distractions, based on insurance claims:
- Daydreaming. Driving “in a fog” or lost in thought is responsible for 62 percent of fatal road accidents involving distracted driving.
- Cellphone use. Any use of a phone—texting, talking, listening, or dialing—can lead to a crash, but texting consistently causes the most accidents, particularly among teenaged drivers. The National Safety Institute estimates that texting while driving causes 1.6 million accidents each year.
- Outside event. Watching something going on outside the vehicle, such as rubbernecking when passing an accident, accounts for seven percent of distracted driving fatal accidents.
- Other occupants. Talking to and looking at passengers in the car is a major distraction for drivers. Tending to children or holding conversations can take your eyes off the road for far too long.
- Reaching for a device. Drivers reaching to adjust a navigation device or to grab headphones or some other object cause about two percent of fatal distracted driving crashes.
- Eating or drinking. Many people use drive times to eat meals and fast food drive-through service simply adds to the problem. Reaching for and holding food while driving takes hands and eyes—and concentration—off the road.
- Adjusting controls. Adjusting the climate system or audio system also takes attention away from driving long enough to cause an accident.
- Adjusting other driver controls. When you first learned to drive, you were probably taught to adjust your seat and mirrors before starting the car. As adults, we tend to forget that. Adjusting mirrors and seats while you are driving down the road not only takes your attention from the road, but can also take your feet off the pedals.
- Moving objects in the car. Pets and insects moving in the car can interrupt the driver’s concentration and can even physically come between the driver and the car’s controls.
- Smoking-related activities. Lighting and holding a cigarette distract a driver from the driving task, as does reaching to put ashes in the car’s ashtray.
If You Are a Victim of a Distracted Driver, I Can Help
As you can see, many of these distracted driving actions could be difficult to prove in order to establish fault. While cellphones can be checked for activity by an officer responding to an accident, it’s not as easy to prove the other driver was daydreaming or adjusting the radio. If you know you were not even partially to blame in a crash, you need the help of an experienced car accident attorney to help you collect maximum compensation. Click the link on this page to connect to me now.
Careless Drivers and Poorly Maintained Trucks Cause Crashes
When Fault Is Assigned to the Trucker, It Is Often for These Reasons
According to an analysis of truck crash data conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), truck drivers are at fault in single- and multiple-vehicle crashes around 55 percent of the time. Of those incidents, 87 percent are due to some kind of driver error and 10 percent are caused by a malfunction with the truck itself. This means that half the time a truck crash occurs, the truck driver is directly to blame for the crash. The most frequent causes, according to FMCSA, include:
- Driver decision-making. In 38 percent of truck-driver caused crashes, a poor decision by the driver was to blame. This includes actions such as driving too fast for conditions, misjudging the speed of other vehicles, or following other vehicles too closely.
- Driver distraction. Driver inattention or distractions caused by something inside or outside the vehicle accounted for 28 percent of crashes.
- Driver non-performance. Falling asleep at the wheel, suffering a heart attack or seizure, or some other physical impairment explained another 12 percent of driver-caused crashes.
- Driver performance. Drivers making critical errors such as panicking, overcompensating, or exercising poor directional control accounted for 9 percent of crashes.
Some of the factors leading to these errors include prescription and over-the-counter drug use, fatigue, speed, and inattention.
In the 10 percent of crashes caused by a problem with the truck itself, the leading factors were the following:
- Cargo shift
- Brake problems
- Tire problems
If You Were the Victim of a Truck Crash, Call Now
Given the devastation at the scene of a truck crash, it is often not easy for responding officers to determine fault. William Enoch Andrews is well aware of the various ways a truck driver can cause an accident that leaves motorists seriously injured, permanently disabled, and worse. If you were injured or a loved one was killed in a truck crash on a Utah highway, contact his office now. He will make sure the responsible truck driver and trucking company are held responsible.
Find Out What Some People Really Think of Bikers and How That Could Hurt Your Claim
You’ve seen the looks you get when you park your bike outside a restaurant. People assume you are there to make trouble. Some even seem to be afraid of you. It might be amusing to you in the moment, but when that same person is called as a witness to your crash or, worse, is the insurance adjuster handling your claim, it’s not so funny anymore. Learn about some of the biases you face as a motorcyclist pursing an accident injury claim.
Four Stereotypes You May Have to Fight in Your Accident Claim
The Hells Angels, biker beach week, Sons of Anarchy—none of these images does much to improve the average person’s opinion of motorcyclists. When you are just a regular, upstanding citizen who happens to enjoy the open road, you may suffer unfairly because of these commonly-held beliefs about bikers:
1.All bikers are in a gang. While it’s true that riders sometimes enjoy riding in groups and may even belong to a club, the image of biker gangs is mostly a TV and movie creation. Many riding clubs put on annual charity rides and support local veterans’ groups. If you are a member of a riding club, you will need to make sure to sell the positive things you do to those deciding your accident claim.
2.Bikers are tough and mean. You just have to witness a charity ride to deliver stuffed animals to a children’s hospital to know this is not true. In fact, motorcycle riders are accused of road rage incidents much less frequently than drivers of cars. Even if you wear leather and have tattoos, that doesn’t mean you don’t deserve a fair shake when you are the victim of a crash.
3.Bikers aren’t smart. If low-cost commuting and easy parking aren’t smart, I don’t know what is! Many lawyers, doctors, and college professors ride motorcycles for various reasons and no one would argue that they are not smart. In fact, high-end sport bikes and big cruisers don’t come cheap, so you can bet their riders are not high school dropouts. As further proof, if you are considering hiring a motorcycle accident attorney for your recent crash, you are clearly at the top of your class!
4.Bikers are risk-takers. Sure, there are young riders on sport bikes who ride dangerously, but the majority of us are more aware of traffic laws and safe driving practices than many car drivers. In fact, ridership is increasing dramatically among women, and no one would argue that women are particular risk takers.
When motorists hold these negative beliefs about bikers, they are not likely to afford them much respect on the road. When people making decisions in your accident claim have them, you are not likely to get a fair settlement.
William Enoch Andrews Understands the Problem
As a biker himself, Mr. Andrews understands what you are going through as you try to pursue an accident claim in the face of negative stereotypes. That’s why you need him on your side. He can anticipate others’ reactions and make sure you get the fairest possible settlement.
Safe Riding Habits for Young Bicyclists
Nearly 800 bicyclists are killed and 40,000 are injured in collisions with cars every year across the country. Sadly, far too many of these victims are under the age of 19. When you send your teen or preteen out the door on his bicycle, you are sending him into a crowd of careless drivers who are not looking out for bicycles. Make sure your teen knows the rules of the road and takes steps to be as safe as possible
Common-Sense Rules for Safe Riding
Unlike younger children who ride their bikes in neighborhoods and through parks, teens and tweens are much more likely to be riding bikes in traffic to get to a specific destination. Whether navigating roadways to get to school, practice, a part-time job, or a friend’s house, these riders must follow the same rules of the road that motorists follow, but many of them don’t even know the rules.
Before allowing your teen to ride his bike on city streets, be sure he is aware of basic traffic laws. Both you and your teen should also be aware of the following safety guidelines:
- Ride a bike that fits. All parents hate to have to keep buying things to fit growing kids. Whether shoes or bicycles, parents tend to buy things a little big so the kid can grow into them. However, it is essential for safety that a teen’s bike is not too big for him. He should be able to put a foot flat on the ground while sitting on the seat. Otherwise, he will not be able to control the bike when stopping or maneuvering around an obstacle.
- Ride a bike that works. Even more than hand-me-down coats, bikes tend to be kept and passed along year after year. Make sure your teen’s bike has good brakes, smooth gear shifters, a seat that doesn’t swivel, and solid tires that are adequately inflated. Just like a car, a bicycle must be able to stop on a dime if necessary.
- Wear a helmet. This must be non-negotiable, and it won’t be easy with teenagers. You can help by modeling good habits by always wearing a helmet yourself and explaining that a football or hockey player would never refuse to wear a helmet. It may not be cool, but it is the single most important habit a teen bicyclist should have.
- Be visible. Most car-bike collisions happen because a motorist doesn’t see a bike sharing the lane or crossing at a crosswalk. A headlight is a must if your teen is driving in the dark or dusk. Reflective strips on helmets, pedals, and clothing are also vital for safety.
- Know where you’re going. Make sure your teen has planned his route to his destination and that it is the safest route possible. Go over a map with him and point out traffic signals, street crossings, and other danger zones before he heads out.
- Put the cellphone away. Teens have a hard time being away from their phones for even a few minutes, but make sure your teen understands that texting while riding his bike could lead to him being seriously injured or killed. Like the helmet, this should be non-negotiable.
If Your Teen Is Hit, You Need Help
You never want to get that call that your teen has been hurt in a bicycle accident, but, if it happens, you will need the help of an experienced bicycle accident attorney to get the maximum compensation for your child’s injuries. William Enoch Andrews will make sure that your child gets all the medical care he needs first, then discuss how he can help you with your case.
When a Loved One Loses His Life on the Highway, I Will Fight for You
Personal injury and wrongful death attorneys are no strangers to the tragic consequences of car crashes. For many of these firms, most of the cases they take are car accident cases. Given early estimates that 38,000 people were killed and over four million were seriously injured in car crashes in 2015, it’s no surprise that traffic accidents account for such large numbers of personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits. And considering the recent upward trend, it’s not likely to get better any time soon.
Most Common Causes of Car Crash Fatalities
Although numbers have not yet been finalized for 2015, the National Safety Council predicted halfway through the year that fatalities would be up 14 percent over 2014. This is the first increase in fatalities since 2001 and the highest fatality total since 2008. The leading contributors to automobile deaths remain constant, but experts suspect that technology is creeping in as a major danger for drivers. In 2014, the leading causes of traffic fatalities were the following:
- Speeding. For the last ten years, speeding has been a factor in 30 percent of all traffic fatalities. Drivers who exceed the speed limit, drive too fast for road and weather conditions, or use public roads for racing are leading contributors to car crash deaths.
- Alcohol. Drunk driving accounts for another 30 percent of traffic deaths, despite enormous effort over the years to prevent drinking and driving. Drivers under the age of 24 are most likely to drive while intoxicated.
- Seatbelt use. Whatever the cause of the crash, vehicle occupants who are not wearing a safety belt are much more likely to be killed. In fact, 52 percent of drivers killed in car crashes were not wearing a seat belt, while 56 percent of passengers were unbelted.
- Cellphone use. Investigators are still trying to figure out how to determine the impact of cellphone use on vehicle crashes, but estimates are that use of technology is a factor in one in four crashes and that using a phone while driving increases the likelihood of a crash by eight times.
William Enoch Andrews Will Fight for You
If you lost a loved one in an automobile crash in the Salt Lake City area, it probably doesn’t even matter to you how or why it happened. But, while you are focused on getting through each day, Mr. Andrews will find out who is to blame for the crash and pursue a wrongful death claim against the at-fault party. He will fight for you while you fight to get your life back together.
If you get injured in a car accident, motorcycle accident or big truck accident, immediately get treated by a medical doctor. Do not wait. Waiting can greatly harm your your health and your injury case. Period.
Get medical care ASAP (As Soon As Possible)after your accident even if you think you “feel fine”. Often people who have been injured in a trucking accident, car accident or motorcycle accident think they “feel fine”,don’t get treated and find out weeks or months later that they have injuries, sometimes serious injuries, they were not aware of.
Over the years as an injury lawyer, I have spoken with people who have been injured in accidents and waited for weeks or months before visiting a medical doctor and getting evaluated and treated for their injuries.
Some people said“I just wanted to tough it out.” Or “I didn’t think it was that bad.” Or “I didn’t think I was hurt badly.” Or “I didn’t think my medical bills would be paid for if I got treated for my injuries from the car wreck.”
Too often these injured people are living in pain – sometimes severe pain – thinking they are “just fine” and/or simply not knowing what to do. Unfortunatelythey are suffering,not getting the healthcare they need and – as if all that wasn’t hard enough – they are damaging their injury case from a legal standpoint, even though they are injured and it is factually clear their injuries were caused by the negligence of another person.
Two Problems Caused By Not Getting Medical Care Immediately After Your Car Accident:
1. Your Health. Delaying medical treatment harms your health by causingyou to suffer pain needlessly and can cause unknown injuries to worsen.
2. Your Injury Case. Your injury case will be weakened and you may even lose your chance to have an injury case at all if you fail to get medical care immediately after your car accident.
Why? When you delay your medical care after being injured in a car accident, both claims insuranceadjusters and insurance defense lawyers will use it against you.
How? By claiming a couple of things, among others. One, if you were “really injured from the accident” you would have got medical care sooner.
Two, that your injuries were caused byanother activity not related to the car accident that happened afterthe car accident and beforeyou started treating (falling down stairs, sports,athletic activities, etc.). Both reasons stated are to pay you nomoney, or as little as they can get you to accept.
#1. Get medical care immediately after your truck accident, car accident or motorcycle accident for your health and your injury case.
#2. Call me at 801-322-HURT (4878) for a Free Initial Consultation and Case Review to protect your legal rights, greatly reduce your stress and get fair financial compensation.
Don’t Settle Your Accident Case Without an Injury Lawyer
A common mistake some people make is trying to settletheir injury claim by themselves without an injury lawyer to help them. Please don’t do this, it isa very big mistake that will often cost youa great amount of money on their case.
Insurance claims adjusters for car insurance companies will exploit your lack of knowledge of the value of your injury claim and pay you nothing, if possible, or alternatively, pay you the lowest amount of money they can get you to accept; that, sadly, is their job. Your lack of knowledge about personal injury law, the full “Life Impact” ofyour injuries and the true value of your claim will cost you thousands, tens of thousands and in some cases hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Another problem that people who have been injured in a car accident also do isquickly settle their trucking acccident, car accident or motorcycle accident claimby signing a release with an insurance company before they have been evaluated by a medical doctor or met with an injury lawyer. If you do this, you will not know your injuries and your legal rights. Claims adjusters for insurance companies like it when injured people do this because then they can pay the injured person much less than the fairvalue of their case.
The fact is immediately after you have been injured in a car accident, you don’t know what injures you have, or how serious – both now and in the future – the injuries you have are. You also cannot know what injuries you may have that manifest (“show up”)later. A good medical doctor can help you with this by giving you a good medical evalaution after your accident.If you sign a release too soon after an accident, you may lose your chance to receive fair financial compensation.
A reality is that most injured victims are struggling financially and want to get money as soon as they can. Immediately. Insurance claims adjusters know this and exploit it by offering a few hundred dollars, or a few thousand dollars, often knowing the case is valued atmuchmore.
The truth is that insurance companies and their claims adjusters are not legally obligated to tell you things you should know about your injury case. They do not volunteer information that you don’t ask about. They will not tell you any more than the absolute minimum that Utah law requires them to tell you.
If, without meeting with an injury attorney you sign a release and accept a settlement payment from an insurance company, you may give up your legal rights for an injury attorney to help you with your case later.
However, if you do sign a Release and the following situation applies, it may be voidable under Utah Code Annotated §75B-5-812:
“(1) Anyrelease of liability or settlement agreement entered into within a period of 15 days from the date of an occurrence causing physical injury to any person, or entered into prior to the initial discharge of the person from any hospital or sanitarium in which the injured person is confined as a result of the injuries sustained in the occurrence, is voidable…”
So, contact me for a free consultation, either on the telephone or in person in my office. I can help you by talking with you about your injuries and your accident claim, educate you about basicinjury law and the process of an injury claim,protect your rights and work to get a good result for you in your case.
PIP (Personal Injury Protection)
1. What is PIP?
PIP is an acronym for Personal Injury Protection and is the part of your car insurance coverage (or policy) that pays your medical bills if you are injured in a car accident, trucking accident or motorcycle accident.
2. How Much PIP Should I Have?
I strongly recommend you haveat least $25,000.00 of PIP coverage andthat you get $50,000.00 and even$100,000.00 if the car insurance company offers it. The more PIP coverage you have the faster and easier your medical bills should be paid by your car insurance company, this is, of course, in addition to the medical bills that will be paid by your health insurance company.
3. Increase your PIP with a quick telephone call toyour car insurance company and telling them the amount of PIP you want.
With just a quick telephone call to your car insurance company you can increase your PIP coverage by telling them the amount of PIP coverage you want.PIP payments are usually many timeslesscost per month on your car insurance policy than are health insurance costs. So, it is less expensive to you to have a high PIP coverage and yet you can still get tens of thousands of dollars of your medical bills paid for if you are seriously injured in a car accident, trucking accident, or motorcycle accident.
In Utah, $3,000.00 is the state minimum PIP coverage which may be used for medical bills or death from the accident; the lesser of $250.00 per week or 85% of gross income loss for up to 52 weeks; up to $20.00 per day for household services up to 1 year; and funeral services. (UCA §31A-22-307). However, as stated above in this article, you should have much more PIP coverage than the state minimum.
Many people only have the $3,000.00 PIP minimum. Again, as stated previously in this article, I strongly recommend that you please increase your PIP to $25k, $50k, or even $100k because doing so will help to get your medical bills paid easier if you are ever in a serious car wreck. As stated above, increase your PIP by simply calling your car insurance company and telling them the amount of PIP you want.
1-PIP is Personal Injury Protection that helps payyour medical / healthcare bills when you are injured in a trucking, car or motorcycle accident.
2-Have at least $25k,$50k and up to $100k of PIP coverage.
3-Increase your PIP coverage amount by callingyour insurance company. If you are in a car wreck you will be glad you increased you PIP.