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Safety and Senior Drivers

Driving can be a tricky area when advanced age becomes a factor. On the one hand, our bodies naturally change over time, and these changes must be taken into consideration. On the other hand, studies have also proven that performance is a better indicator of driving ability than age. So how can you navigate your concern for senior drivers? Read over the list below, and decide what options may be best for your situation.

Options for Senior Drivers

Observe the driver Consider what first made you concerned about a senior driver, and whether it was a personal experience or word of mouth. Observe the driver over a period of time, both on and off the road. Examine the level of fitness or dependence they exhibit. Are they acting “normal” or has their behavior changed in some way?

Ask for opinions The easiest way to gauge the ability of a driver is to ask for the opinions of friends, family, and even a trusted medical professional. Would it be safe for this person to have passengers, especially children, in their vehicle? You can also consider asking for the personal opinion of the senior driver, and if they feel in control about driving.

Complete an assessment If worries about physical or mental health arise, suggest a health assessment. Eyesight, motor control, memory, and reaction times can all be tested. It is also beneficial to ask the person how they feel about driving. If they’re anxious, scared, or have otherwise negative feelings about driving, it may be time for a change.

Use available resources There are tons of resources available for senior drivers. AAA offers senior driving assessment tools, including quizzes and simulations. Area Agencies on Aging is a national list of transportation options. The Virginia GrandDriver program is a support and resource center for senior drivers. Do some research, and see what resources are best for you.

Report the driver If the driver is a danger to themselves or others, and no other options are viable, consider reporting the driver and taking their keys, if possible. Never attempt to engage a senior driver or any other vehicle on the road. For more immediate results, call the police. To begin an investigation, contact your local DMV and make a confidential report.

Safety on the road doesn’t have an age limit. Review this list of options and decide if a conversation about safety and senior drivers is appropriate, or if more serious actions need to be taken. Remember that drivers 75 and older must report to the DMV to have their license renewed. If you or a senior driver you know is involved in an accident, call the Brothers in Law, 757-319-4085.

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How to Handle a Drunk Driver

What should you do when faced with a drunk driver on the road? What about when a friend or family member wants to drive after having a few too many? According to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), the chances of being involved in an alcohol-related crash are one in six. Read over some tips below on how to handle drunk drivers and help reduce the number of crashes.

If you’re not on the road

  • Take the keys The easiest way to prevent drunk driving is to take the car out of the equation. If possible, take the vehicle keys from anyone who is under the influence. Provide a safe space for people to eat, sleep, and sober up.
  • Call a ride If you are not able to take their keys or provide a safe space, offer to drive them to their home or somewhere else where they can sober up. You can also offer to call a taxi, Uber, or another ride-sharing service.
  • Call the police If you can’t prevent a person from driving drunk, call the police. Give them the location of the driver and any other information you can remember, such as a vehicle description, license plate number, or driver description. Do not try to follow the driver in your own vehicle or engage them on the road.

If you’re on the road

  • Do not engage The most important thing to remember is that you shouldn’t attempt to communicate with, stop, or otherwise interact with the drunk driver. Keep yourself and any passengers safe before taking steps to alert the police.
  • Call the police Contact the police and tell them that you suspect a driver is drunk. Signs of this include repeatedly swerving, speeding up and slowing down intermittently, and erratic driving. Give the police the current location of the driver.
  • Collect more information If it won’t jeopardize your or anyone else’s safety, you can also collect more information. Vehicle descriptions, license plate numbers, and dashboard recordings are all helpful. If you have a passenger with you, ask them to take pictures or video. Hand over any evidence to the police.

Drunk driving is a serious safety concern for everyone involved, and Virginia prides itself on having some of the strictest impaired driving laws in the nation. Hopefully, some of these tips can help you if you’re faced with a situation involving a drunk driver. Remember to always stay safe, on or off the road. If you or someone you know is involved in an alcohol-related crash, call the Brothers in Law, 757-319-4085.

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Pedestrian Safety Tips to Follow this Summer

There were 5,987 pedestrian fatalities in 2016. Many of these deaths could have been avoided if proper safety precautions were taken. Here are some pedestrian safety tips to keep you safe this summer in high traffic areas, such as the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.

Tips to Stay Safe

Increase your visibility. According to NHTSA’s National Center for Statistics and Analysis, 32 percent of pedestrian fatalities occur between 8:00 pm and 11:59 pm. It is important to make yourself visible to drivers, especially at night and during inclement weather. Make sure to wear bright or reflective clothing and carry a flashlight to illuminate your path.

Follow traffic rules. Look for traffic signs or signals and follow them. Never assume a driver will give you the right of way.

Walk in safe places. Always use crosswalks or street corners to cross the street, most of the time they are well lit at night. Walk on sidewalks. If there are no sidewalks available, walk on the far side of the road facing traffic. Avoid jaywalking and walking on the highway.

 Be aware of your surroundings. Always be sure to look both ways before crossing the street. Limit your distractions by staying off your phone and taking out your headphones. Sometimes you can hear traffic before you can see it!

 Be defensive. Stay alert and anticipate what drivers might do. Give drivers extra time to stop in poor weather. Try to make eye contact with stopped drivers, just because you see them doesn’t always mean they see you!

 Avoid alcohol and drug use. In 2014, 33 percent of the pedestrians killed in accidents had a blood alcohol content above the legal driving limit. Drugs and alcohol impair your judgment and physical reflexes, avoid using them when walking on busy streets.

Injuries to pedestrians from car related accidents can be serious or even fatal. If you or someone you know has been injured in a pedestrian-car accident, call the Brothers in Law, 757-319-4085.

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Autonomous Vehicle Crashes and What you need to know

An autonomous vehicle is capable of sensing its surroundings and navigating without any human control. These self-driving cars may be paving the way for future transportation, but are they really safer than human drivers? Here is what you need to know.

What to know about Autonomous Vehicles

Autonomous cars have a lower crash rate. According to a study from the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, which was commissioned by Google, the national crash rate is 4.2 accidents per million miles and the crash rate for self-driving cars is 3.2 accidents per million miles.

Their innovative systems could save lives. According to research, there are elements of autonomous cars that could eventually decrease road deaths by a third. These include adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warnings, and head-on collision-avoidance systems. However, these systems are not standard features in all cars.

Most car crashes are due to human error. In 2014, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that human error was to blame for 94% of traffic accidents. Autonomous cars have the potential to eliminate some of this human error.

Self-driving cars may lead to more distracted driving. Recent autonomous car crashes reveal that distracted driving may be an increasing issue with self-driving cars.

  • In March, a self-driving Uber hit and killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona. Police reports show that the driver was looking down for almost 1/3 of the 22 minutes leading to the crash and that she was watching Hulu on her phone at the moment of impact.
  • In a crash involving a self-driving Tesla, the police report shows that the driver was distracted by her phone, put the car in autopilot and had her hands off of the steering wheel for 80 seconds before the crash.

Auto Insurance may have to adapt. Because of the growing presence of autonomous vehicles, insurance companies are going to have to figure out the grey area that lies between driver and manufacturer liability when it comes to self-driving car crashes.

Injuries caused by an autonomous car can be just as serious as those caused by a human driver. If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident with an autonomous car, call the Brothers in Law, 757-319-4085.

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Why You Should Hire A Personal Injury Lawyer

Have you or a loved one been seriously injured in an accident? You could be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries. Here are a few reasons why you should hire a personal injury lawyer.

We can calculate what you’re owed. An experienced personal injury attorney will be able to calculate the compensation you’re entitled to based on your medical bill expenses, your need for long-term medical care or living assistance and how your injuries will affect your ability to make a living over time.

We can prove liability. Liability can be unclear and hard to prove in some cases. If there were multiple parties involved in your accident or an insurance company is disputing its policyholder’s liability for the accident, a personal injury attorney has the experience and resources needed to prove your case.

We work on a contingency basis. You will not have to worry about paying for your attorney fees if we don’t win your case!

We have the experience. At Huffman & Huffman, we have over 100 years of combined legal experience. You won’t have to worry about the maze of paperwork, feeling pressured by insurance companies or negotiating a settlement when you hire a personal injury lawyer.

You deserve peace of mind. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an accident, a personal injury lawyer can give you peace of mind by advocating for you and getting you the compensation you deserve.

2.35 million people are injured or disabled from car accidents every year in the United States. That’s over 6,400 car accident related injuries a day! Don’t accept unfair settlements for your injuries. If you or someone you know is involved in an accident, call the Brothers in Law, 757-319-4085.