According to a new study, pedestrian deaths are at an all-time high and it does NOT appear to be a statistical anomaly. “U.S. pedestrian deaths totaled nearly 6,000 in 2017 for the second straight year amid mounting signs that walkers and drivers are dangerously distracted, according to a new study.” (USA Today)
According to a report from the Governor’s Highway Safety Association, “GHSA estimates that there were 5,984 pedestrian fatalities in 2017, essentially unchanged from the 5,987 pedestrians killed in 2016. The report also explores potential contributors to the high number of pedestrian fatalities, considering factors including state legalization of recreational marijuana and the dramatic growth in smartphone use.”
To keep you and your family safe while walking and driving the streets of Hampton Roads, here are a few tips.
- Don’t let your phone distract you into danger. When you’re crossing busy roads or walking alongside well-traveled thoroughfares, keep your phone in your pocket and pay attention to the environment around you.
- Watch your speed! When driving in areas where pedestrians are also present, it is especially important to obey speed limits and crosswalk laws. “If you’re hit by a car that’s going 25 miles an hour, you have an 80 percent chance of surviving. If you’re hit by the same car going 40 miles an hour, you only have a 20 percent chance of surviving.”
- Clean your headlights and wear reflective clothing. As a driver, having clean headlights that are able to shine to their full potential and illuminate any potential hazards can greatly increase the safety of your driving. The same can be said for pedestrians out at night. Make yourself more visible to drivers and you’ll make yourself safer.
We hope these tips help keep you safe. If you or someone you know do become the victim of an accident, call The Brothers in Law, 757-319-4085.
Did you know, driver’s education isn’t just for teenagers anxious to get behind the wheel for the first time? Driver’s education courses can provide a lot of benefits to experienced drivers as well. During the years you spend driving, rules and regulations change so it’s good to take a driver’s education class for a refresher. Find out the top benefits now.
Benefits of Driver’s Education Benefits for New and Experienced Drivers
- The teachers are qualified and experienced because they go through intense training and are required to know what to expect for your area. The instructors teach you the skills you need while learning to drive. As well as learning the basic skills, the courses also teach you freeway driving, what to do in inclement weather, how to navigate busy urban streets, and what to do when in a critical situation.
- You can get discounts on your insurance. Most insurance companies will discount your insurance if you are able to provide evidence that you took a Driver’s Ed course. As well as you being eligible for a discount, your teenagers are as well. That will create a double discount and save you big bucks. Your insurance will usually have a list of recommended schools to attend and who which school will allow you to gain these benefits.
- They give you the confidence you need for driving on the road. Confident drivers equal safer drivers. The more knowledge you have, the better you will feel while driving and will prevent accidents from happening.
- You can improve your driving record and gain points on your license. If you were to get a ticket and/or were in an accident, taking the course will either counteract the points to your license or you can gain positive points when you take the class.
Here are a few of the top driving schools in the area:
Joyner’s Driving Improvement School 757-213-6855
Hampton Roads Driving School 757-486-8636
Old Dominion Driving School 757-473-3321
While driving schools may seem tedious or unnecessary, there are a lot of benefits to taking one. Have you been in an accident and wonder if a driving course would help your situation? Contact the Brothers in Law, 757.319.4085.
Motorcycle riding is a very popular hobby that many people enjoy. Since there is such a large population of riders, there are also a lot of bikes on the road. Drivers are often not aware that a motorcycle is nearby and this can lead to accidents. Although riding a motorcycle can be a blast, there are some safety concerns to consider before hopping on. Before choosing to ride, take into account this list of facts.
5 Must-Know Facts About Motorcycle Accidents
- Wear Safety Gear at all times. This one is self-explanatory but it’s an important factor to keep in mind at all times. Wearing your safety gear could prevent from death or further serious injuries upon impact.
- Beware of other drivers and blind spots. Drivers cannot see you, even if your bike is loud and brightly colored. It is important to always be aware of the drivers around you and your blind spots because this could prevent an accident.
- Motorcycles are deadlier than cars. This one is also self-explanatory. Motorcycles do not have the metal cage that cars do to shield their riders. You are open and exposed and are more likely to be ejected from the motorcycle.
- There are more than just physical injuries. When you get in a motorcycle accident, you have to take into consideration the emotional trauma that is experienced, medical bills, times spent in the hospital, and missed time from work and your loved ones.
- Most motorcycle accidents occur at intersections. It does not seem logical to most people but there is a lot that occurs at intersections. When the accidents do occur it’s usually the result of someone failing to obey the rider’s rights, not being able to see the motorcycle, violating basic traffic laws or running the stop signs or lights.
It’s good to know your options and the precautions you can take to prevent accidents now and in the future. If you find yourself the victim of a motorcycle accident, call The Brothers in Law, 757.319.4085.
We’re only one month into winter and we already have 2 snow storms behind us. While the white stuff has cleared, for now, there is plenty of time for more to come. To keep you safe when the next storm rolls into town, follow these snow safety tips.
- If you don’t HAVE to be anywhere, stay off the roads. The more cars there are on the roads after a storm, the more at risk everyone is. Emergency vehicles, essential personnel, and road workers need to be on the road but that should be it. Stay safe and warm at home until the snow has had a chance to be plowed/melt down.
- If the temperature is going to drop below freezing, let your taps drip. It’s one thing to be stuck in a house while you wait out the snow but it’s a whole other issue when that house has no running water and possibly a burst pipe.
- Keep an ice scraper in your glove box. You never know when snow will hit and if it happens while you’re at work, you’ll be thankful you have something to clean off your windshield and let you see your way home.
Overall, just be careful, cautious and clear-headed. Snow can be a big inconvenience but don’t let it become a big danger to you. If you do find yourself in a snow-related accident, call The Brothers in Law for help, 757-319-4085.
Despite the warm weather we’ve enjoyed lately, winter is still coming. With the cold and its hazards right around the corner, now is the best time to get yourself prepared!
Here are your Winter Safety Kit essentials, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac:
- Flashlight, plus extra batteries
- Jumper cables
- First Aid Kit
- Bottled water
- Multi-tool (such as a Leatherman Tool or a Swiss Army Knife)
- Road flares or reflective warning triangles
The Winter Essentials:
- Ice scraper
- Collapsible or folding snow shovel
- A bag of sand to help with traction (or bag of kitty litter)
- Hat, warm clothes
- Hand warmers
- Small fire extinguisher
- Tire gauge to check inflation pressure
- Jack and lug wrench
- Gloves, rags, hand cleaner (such as baby wipes)
- Duct tape
- Foam tire sealant for minor tire punctures
- Rain poncho
- Nonperishable high-energy foods such as granola bars, raisins, and peanut butter
- Battery– or hand-crank–powered radio
- Spare change and cash
Making sure your care is stocked and ready can make a winter road issue for from disastrous to mildly annoying. And remember, if you find yourself the victim of an accident, call The Brothers in Law to get you what you deserve, 757-319-4085.