Category Archives: Safe Driving

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Dangers of Road Debris & How to Prevent It

When a driver does not properly secure the load they are carrying, items fall or fly off the vehicle causing people to swerve and get into accidents. If the driver happens to lose an item, it could fly through the air, go through windshields, hit cars, or block the road. Road debris caused 39,000 injuries and 500 deaths between the years of 2011 and 2014. Stay safe out there and keep your eye out for anything in your path.

How to Prevent Road Debris Accidents

  • Secure the load with a tarp, net, or rope. If you do not secure the load, something may come off of your vehicle.
  • Do not tailgate. This is a given. If the person in front of you encounters road debris, you will need enough time to react and stop. If you are tailgating, you will slam into the back of them causing a bigger accident.
  • Continually check the road. While you are driving, continuously check the road for debris. While you are at it, check your surroundings as well. Know the space you have around you and how you can react if you come upon some debris.
  • Slow down. If you spot something on the road, make sure to slow down ahead of time. The more time you have to react the better the situation. 

Stay away from the debris on the road and drive safely. If you or someone you know does become the victim of an accident, contact The Brothers in Law, 757-319-4085.

 

 

Apps to Help with Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is at an all-time high, thanks especially to the widespread use of smartphones. App designers have been cracking down on the issue by creating apps that encourage safe driving. Most of the apps block text messages and phone calls but others can do more than just that. Check out the list of applications below.

  • Cellcontrol – The app activates as soon as you are moving, and stays activated, blocks most applications, phone calls, and text messages. It also sends auto-reply texts to let other users know that you are driving and is available for both Android and iPhone.
  • AT&T’s Drive Safe Mode – This application blocks text messages, emailing, and phone calls, sends parent or guardian notifications and is available for both Android and iPhone.
  • LifeSaver – Send parent notifications, block texts and phone calls, track safe miles driven and get rewarded for safe driving with this app. Available for both Android and iPhone.
  • Safe Drive –  This application treats driving like a game. You earn points for safe driving and not touching your phone and you can challenge other drivers to see who earns more points. The application blocks phone calls and text messages. Available for both Android and iPhone.

Become a safe driver today by making one of these apps are part of your driving routine. We hope you don’t have to but, if you do find yourself the victim of an accident, please call The Brothers in Law, 757-319-4085.

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What to do After an Accident

You were just in an accident and now have to deal with the aftermath. If you’re feeling scared, stressed, frustrated or any of a dozen other emotions, you’re not alone! There are a few important steps you should take in the event of an accident.

Here is a short list of things to do after you are in an accident:

  • Consider Safety First. Turn the car off, put it in park, engage the parking brake, and, if possible, move it out of the way of traffic.
  • Call the Police. Always call the police, whether the accident was minor or not, because they will be the best judges at the scene of the accident. Cooperate with them, don’t place blame on the other driver, and never admit fault.
  • Check on everyone involved. Go check on the other driver and passengers for any injuries or dizziness to determine if you need to call 911.
  • Get all the important evidence/information. Exchange insurance information with the other driver.
  • File an insurance claim. The sooner the better. You can begin filing the claim at the scene of the accident and later when things have calmed down.

If you were in an accident, it’s important to take these step to make sure that you took the precautions and correct steps to deal with the situation correctly. If you or someone you know was the victim of an accident, contact The Brothers in Law for the assistance you deserve, 757-319-4085.

 

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Common Mistakes Made After an Accident

Getting into an accident is stressful and emotional, which often clouds our judgment. Once the impact is made, the realization that you have just hit someone or someone hit you sets in and you start to panic. There are a few common mistakes that people make right after an accident and it’s important to be aware so that you don’t fall victim to these same errors.

Most Common Accident Mistakes

  • Not seeking medical attention. Go see the doctor as soon as possible, don’t underestimate your injuries and never say you are okay. If there is an ambulance tell the EMS about all of your symptoms and schedule a medical checkup. Not only is this the best advice for your health, it could also help strengthen your future case.
  • Failing to call the police. Always call the police so that they can fully document and report the incident. Doing this can prevent the other driver from making false claims and ensures important details aren’t missed in the post-accident confusion.
  • Admitting fault or guilt. Never do this. It is not up to you to determine fault, that will be up to the police report. You do not want to open yourself up to liability when you don’t need to.
  • Not gathering evidence. It is always important to gather evidence after the accident. Gather the names and numbers of any witnesses and the names, license plate numbers, addresses and insurance information of the other individuals involved. Try and take photos of the damages, scene of the accident, and take note of road conditions. This evidence will help you defend yourself, protect you from false claims, make the case to your insurance company and even assist you if you have a case that goes to trial.

Be safe out there on the roads and take into consideration the list above if you ever find yourself the victim of an accident. For any further questions contact The Brothers in Law, 757-319-4085.

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Voice-to-Text While Driving is Just as Dangerous as the Traditional

Texting while driving has always been a dangerous activity and when cell phone companies installed a personal assistant on your device that allows you to text someone hands-free, most everyone automatically thought this was safer. But is this really a safer option than traditional texting? Contrary to popular belief, using voice-to-text is just as dangerous as traditional texting. You are still using the device mentally to think about the text that you want to send, listening to the response, and correcting any errors that were made. Before using the personal assistant to text your friends, family, or significant others, there are a few things to think about.

Here is a list of reasons why voice texting is just as dangerous:

  • Mental Distractions – While using the personal assistant you are thinking about the text that you are sending and what you want to say rather than what is going on around you.
  • Reaction Time – Your reaction time is twice as slow while using the voice-to-text method. You are not likely paying attention to the road around you and will have a slower braking time, be forced to swerve out of the way, or will not have time to stop.
  • Amount of time it takes to use the voice texting – Personal assistants are not the best at texting because they deal with diction transcription. While using voice-to-text, some phrases, names, etc can be easily lost in translation. People often become frustrated with the device and have to deal with correcting errors.
  • Eye contact with the road – Contrary to popular belief, you have the same loss of eye contact with the road whether you are using voice to text or texting traditionally.

 Before using the voice-to-text option, think about the list above. In order to prevent accidents, it is recommended that you opt not to text while driving. For further questions contact the Brothers in Law, 757.319.4085.