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5 of the Most Common Reasons for Accidents on the Road

Driving_07222014Traffic accidents happen every day. Some of them are minor, and some of them result in serious injuries that can have long-lasting, devastating consequences. The reasons for these accidents vary, but a large percentage of them are preventable if drivers are better informed and make better choices on the road.

When we look at the causes for traffic accidents, some patterns start to emerge. A handful of factors continue to be at the root of many serious accidents. Let's take a look at some of the most common reasons for accidents on the road:

Distracted Driving

Talking on a cell phone. Texting. Putting on makeup. Brushing hair. Eating. Changing the channel on the radio. Talking to other people in the car. All of these distractions account for a large percentage of accidents on the road each year. "Rubber necking" at other accidents and reading while driving also account for a significant percentage of distracted driving accidents.

Drivers must eliminate distractions whenever possible in the car. Leave personal tasks such as grooming or eating until you get to your destination. Use a hands-free phone if you absolutely must make a call while you are driving. Never text while driving. Always keep your eyes on the road when you are behind the wheel.

If a task can't wait, pull to the side of the road or make a stop.

TiredDriver_07182014Driver Fatigue

Most of us wish there were more hours in the day, and we push ourselves to fill the time we do have by getting as much done as possible. However, when we start burning the midnight oil to try to get more accomplished, we short ourselves on sleep and put ourselves and others in danger when we get behind the wheel.

Late-night and third-shift workers may also drive home exhausted, leaving them vulnerable to making mistakes on the road - possibly even falling asleep behind the wheel. Fatigue can also be a problem for drivers on long-distance trips.

Make sure you are always well-rested before you drive, and pull over to rest or take a break if you start to feel drowsy.

Aggressive Driving

Some drivers get a false sense of invincibility on the road and drive more aggressively than is safe. Speeding, following too close, improper lane changes, and quick turns are just a few of the unsafe practices that can fall under the classification of aggressive driving.

Always follow traffic safety rules when you are behind the wheel. Don't let frustration with other drivers or impatience to reach your destination affect the choices you make. Acting on impulse and engaging in aggressive driving could result in a serious accident that could leave you or others with serious injuries (or worse).

Weather

Sometimes, conditions on the road are beyond your control. Heavy rain, hail, or snow can make driving conditions less safe by reducing your visibility, making the road slick, or causing unexpected debris on the roadway.

To keep yourself and other drivers safe on the road during inclement weather, practice extra caution when you are behind the wheel. Reduce your speed as necessary, increase your following distance, or pull off the road if needed. Also be sure that your vehicle is always in top condition, with working wipers, quality tires, and sound brakes.

Driving Under the Influence

The dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs have been well-documented, but it continues to be a cause of a significant number of accidents each year. Never drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If you are out and have been drinking, call a cab or ask a friend or family member to drive you home.

With more education about these common causes of traffic accidents, drivers can learn to make better choices that greatly reduce their risk of getting into serious accidents that can lead to serious injury to themselves or others on the road.

North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers

If you have been injured in an accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Call the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin at 1-866-900-7078 for a free evaluation of your case and to find out if one of our North Carolina personal injury lawyers may be able to help you.

Researchers Say Few Follow Recommendations for Child Safety in Cars

Wearing a seat belt can protect you from serious injury when you have been involved in even a minor car crash. Children need even more protections as they are smaller and are more vulnerable in a crash. However, research from the University of Michigan shows that many parents and children are not following the recommended guidelines for child safety harnesses in the car.

A study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine shows that few children remain in rear-facing car seats after they turn 1, fewer than 2 percent of children over 7 sit in a booster seat, and many who are older than 6 sit in the front seat.

The American Academy of Pediatrics updated their guidelines for child car safety and recommended that children remain in rear-facing safety seats until they turn 2.

Laws for child-safety seats vary by state, but most recommend that children stay in rear-facing seats until they reach a certain weight limit, and many safety advocates recommend they remain rear-facing even longer, as it is safer for small children. Most also require that children be at least 8 (and a certain weight) before sitting in the front seat.

The study looked at three years of data from the National Survey on the Use of Booster Seats from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The researchers also interviewed drivers and collected independent data.

Researchers also found a correlation between safety belt use and race and economic status. Minorities and poor families were more likely to forego child safety seats or to transition children to adult belts earlier than recommended.

North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers

If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Contact the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin at 1-866-900-7078 to find out if one of our North Carolina personal injury lawyers may be able to help you!

Study examines gas pedal accidents in North Carolina

Older women cause about two-thirds of all gas pedal accidents in which the driver accidentally steps on the accelerator instead of the brake, according to a new study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Accident Reaction_07212014The study, reported by the Associated Press, also finds that when looking at all types of car accidents, about 60 percent of drivers involved in motor vehicle crashes are men.

And in another finding, the gas pedal accidents tend to involve drivers who were over age 76 or under age 20. Researchers analyzed more than 2,400 gas pedal accidents in a North Carolina state crash database and also looked at nearly 900 media reports of such crashes.

If you or a loved one is injured in an accident due to negligence, such as a gas pedal accident, don't hesitate to contact a North Carolina personal injury lawyer. An experienced car accident attorney in North Carolina who is well versed in state law may be able to help you get compensation for your losses.

At the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, our legal professionals have experience representing people injured through no fault of their own. The staff and attorneys have seen first-hand the devastating impact of serious injuries that may occur as a result of some other person's negligent behavior.

Gas pedal accidents in the United States have had tragic consequences. In 2003, an 86-year-old man drove his car into a busy open-air market in Santa Monica, Calif., which resulted in 10 deaths and 63 injuries.

Most of these types of accidents occurred in parking lots, parking garages and driveways, according to the federal study.

While there may be several reasons for the frequency of gas pedal accidents among elderly drivers and teenage drivers, researchers say it's possible that areas of the brain that deal with driving aren't as robust in those age groups, according to the Associated Press report.

The Highway Safety Research Center at the University of North Carolina, under contract for NHTSA, and TransAnalytics LLC of Quakertown, Pa., conducted the study, according to the Associated Press.

Auto accidents can be overwhelming, whether you were injured in a car or injured as a pedestrian. A personal injury lawyer who knows how to deal with the insurance companies may be able to help you get justice. Talk to a law firm in North Carolina who understands what victims are coping with. Contact the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin. Call 1-866-900-7078 or visit www.farrin.com. The firm has 13 offices located throughout North Carolina.

Categories: Auto Accidents

What You Should Know About Collision Coverage in North Carolina

One of the most frequently asked questions we receive from clients is regarding how they should handle damage to their vehicle when they have been involved in a car accident. Typically, the at-fault insurance company should accept responsibility for paying for repairs for your vehicle or for paying the fair-market value of your car if it was totaled. There are times, however, when the at-fault insurance company does not accept liability, leaving you to wonder how your vehicle will be repaired or replaced.

Claims Adjustor_06082014Collision coverage offers you a way to protect your vehicle when the at-fault insurance company has not accepted liability. While there are certain exclusions from coverage, collision insurance usually provides that when your vehicle is involved in an accident, your insurance company will pay the lesser of actual cash value of the damaged property or the amount necessary to repair or replace the property. The actual cash value of the vehicle is not the amount it would cost to replace it, but rather the car's value after taking into consideration the depreciation and physical condition of the car at the time of the accident. Any payment made by your insurance company will be reduced by any deductible on the policy.

In the event that the damage to your vehicle was caused by the wrongful act of another person, your insurance company may be subrogated to the claim for relief against that at-fault party. Simply put, this means that your insurance company who paid for the property damage may be reimbursed by the at-fault insurance company to the extent of its payment to you for your vehicle. Likewise, you may also be reimbursed by the at-fault party for any deductible you paid.

Collision coverage is not mandatory, so it is important to know whether your policy includes it so you can determine whether you need to add this coverage. Without collision coverage, you may be forced to pay out of your own pocket for your car's repairs unless someone else is found liable for the damages (and sometimes even then).

If you or a loved one was involved in an auto accident due to someone's negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Contact the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin. Call 1-866-900-7078 for a free case evaluation. An experienced North Carolina car accident lawyer may be able to help you get compensation.

Categories: Car Accidents

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