Most Common Traffic Violations

March 24th, 2017

With millions of people driving the country’s roadways everyday, it is easy to see why so many traffic tickets are written. At virtually any time of the day, some driver somewhere is violating a traffic law. When you know the most common moving traffic violations, you know not only what to avoid yourself, but what you can expect from other drivers on the road, helping you to avoid accidents.

1. Speeding

Pay attention to traffic around you, particularly on the highway. If you notice someone traveling faster than the posted speed limit or weaving in and out of traffic, do your best to stay out of the way. Speeding is one of the leading causes of accidents.

2. Running Traffic Signal

People are frequently ticketed for running red lights and stop signs. When you come to an intersection, be sure to look both ways before you move through it, even if you have the right of way. If it appears that a vehicle coming from the other direction is driving too fast to stop, slow your own vehicle to avoid a collision in the intersection.

3. Unsafe Lane Change

Another cause of tickets, particularly on the highway, is unsafe lane Read more

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Help! My Brakes Aren’t Working

March 22nd, 2017

Maybe you have seen it on television. A nefarious criminal cuts the brake line of their victim, hoping to cause a severe car accident. The victim finds out that their brakes aren’t working at the worst time, and chaos ensues.

Brake failure is rarely this glamorous, but it does happen. Brakes can fail for any number of reasons, and most of those can be attributed to wear and tear. Reacting appropriately can help to reduce your chance of accident. Keep these tips in mind if you find that your brakes aren’t stopping your vehicle.

1. Stay Calm

This tip is the first and hardest: stay calm. Panicking at this point will do nothing to help you. Staying calm and collected will help you to follow the next steps correctly.

2. Try Again

Today’s vehicles have dual-braking systems. This means that one system controls the front and one controls the back. While your brakes may fail at one end of your car and cut your braking ability in half, you should still have enough braking power to bring your car to a halt. Try depressing the brake pedal again, applying steady pressure.

3. Reduce Your Speed

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Types of Evidence in a Car Accident

March 20th, 2017

You have been injured in a car accident and have decided to file a lawsuit seeking compensation for your injuries. You also want your car repaired and don’t feel as though you should have to pay for it. In order to prove your case, your attorney will have to provide evidence to the court. Just what type of evidence may your attorney attempt to use?

1. Medical Records

Medical records are the best way to show the court how you were injured. This is why it is always recommended to seek medical attention following an accident. The records submitted to the court may include notes, test results and copies of images. Your attorney will need your permission to secure these records on your behalf.

2. Estimates, Bills and Receipts

You will undoubtedly have been financially responsible for things related to your car accident before your case makes it to court. In order to be reimbursed for these items, your attorney will need to present bills, receipts and even estimates to the court. Save every piece of paper that you can following your accident.

3. Pictures and Video

Your attorney may provide the court with pictures and videos. These may Read more

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Why Are Teenagers Dangerous Drivers?

March 17th, 2017

It is a fact that teens are involved in vehicle collisions more often than adults. While there are several factors that come into play in any accident, there are commonalities in those that involve teenage drivers. Inexperienced license holders often make errors that lead to crashes. Some of the most common errors that can be attributed to a lack of experience are driving in ways that aren’t safe for road conditions, failing to respond to hazards correctly, and distracted driving.

When it comes to teen drivers, experience is often the best teacher, but that experience shouldn’t come at the expense of someone else. If you have a teen, understanding the common causes of accidents caused by young drivers can help you better teach your child how to behave behind the wheel.

1. Distracted Driving

Like with adults, one of the most common causes of teen driving accidents is distracted driving. Teens may do any number of things that takes their attention off the road and traffic. These include talking or otherwise interacting with passengers, adjusting the radio, digging through bags, eating or drinking, and using electronic devices for texting, emailing or posting to social media. Any of these distractions Read more

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Facebooking and Driving Don’t Mix

March 15th, 2017

Take a moment and conduct an Internet search for “Facebook and driving” or “Periscope and driving.” You will receive pages of results of news stories of people involved in accidents around the country because of these dangerous driving habits. People are sitting behind the wheels of their vehicles and, instead of paying attention to the road ahead, sending live video feeds to their followers on social media.

Coined “Facedriving” by some media outlets, people are no longer only distracted by texting and driving or talking and driving. Several people have been arrested for using Periscope or Facebook Live while driving. Even after deleting their videos, these people learned that nothing is deleted in the online world. Why is this behavior so dangerous?

1. Eyes Off the Road

It has been shown that reading or responding to a text can take a person’s eyes off the road for the length of a football field if they are traveling at normal highway speeds. Imagine the number of football fields one can cross virtually blind while they are busy live streaming. Taking your eyes off of the road ahead for even a few moments is incredibly dangerous for yourself, your passengers and other Read more

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You Won’t Believe How Weather Affects Car Accidents

March 13th, 2017

car in the sun at sunriseLate winter to early spring is becoming more and more unpredictable. One week you’re outside sunbathing, and the next you’re bundled up like an eskimo. As the climate continues to change, day-to-day weather becomes wilder all the time. But it’s not just sunbathing schedules that are affected by fickleness of the weather.

 

Car accident rates are also affected, and in a major way.

According to Resources for the Future (RFF), a nonprofit independent organization that conducts research into energy, environmental and natural resource issues, warm weather means more drivers on the road. And that can be deadly.

Climate vs. Weather: A Quick Review

Chances are, you last learned about the differences between climate and weather when you were in elementary school. To fully understand the claims being made by RFF, let’s review the terminology commonly used in their research.

Weather is a short-term measure of how the atmosphere is acting. This can range from changes by the minute to trends in a few months. Weather is determined by temperature, condensation and more. Climate, on the other hand, is a look at long-term patterns, typically over many years.

As such, when organizations like NASA look at climate trends, they will Read more

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5 Ways to Keep Kids Busy in the Car

March 10th, 2017

Distracted driving is on the rise, and there are few things more distracting than passengers — including children. Distracted driving is on the rise, and it is the leading cause of car accidents in many parts of the country. If you regularly travel with your children in tow, one of the best things you can do is to keep them entertained.

When your children have things to do in the car, they are less likely to fight, argue and engage you in distracting conversation. Here are five ways you can keep your little ones busy in the backseat.

1. Go Bags

Have a go bag for each of your children. Purchase a small backpack or other type of bag for each of your kids and let them pack them with things they can do in the car. Coloring books and crayons, comic books, MP3 players and more can be packed in the bag and pulled out for entertainment. By letting your children choose their own items, they are more likely to put them to use.

2. Music

You may not want to listen to the latest Disney soundtrack in your car but if it will keep the kids quiet, Read more

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Dogs in the Car Can Be a Distraction

March 8th, 2017

Dogs are in households across the country. Many dog owners bristle at the idea of being called an “owner” instead of a guardian or pet parent. This is because they treat their four-legged friends like furry children, including taking them wherever they go. Even dog guardians that don’t regularly ride with their pets will head to a park now and again. Unfortunately, many people ride with their dogs loose in their vehicle, causing not only a distraction but a huge safety risk.

Imagine driving down the road with your dog bouncing between the front and back seats. Perhaps you have a dog who stays in the backseat but paces back and forth. Now imagine being involved in an accident with that dog in your vehicle. At best, your dog is sent into the back of the front seats. At worse, your dog becomes a projectile within your vehicle. Safe driving includes making sure that your pet is properly secured when they ride along. Here are a few tips:

1. Carrier

If your dog is small enough, a carrier strapped securely to the backseat is the safest option. This is often easier to accomplish with a large dog if you have Read more

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Safe Driving Tips You May Not Have Thought Of

March 6th, 2017

Safe driving. It is something many drivers take for granted. We use our turn signals, we only merge after we check our mirrors, and we always turn our heads to check out our blind spots. But what about the things we don’t think about? Here are a few safe driving tips that aren’t exactly unusual, but may be uncommon.

1. Don’t Reflect Your Car

Most people don’t have their side mirrors adjusted correctly. In fact, if you sit in your driver’s seat and look in your side mirrors, chances are that you will see a bit of your car reflected. When you adjust your side mirrors, do so until the sides of your car just disappear. This will help to eliminate blind spots.

2. Choose Music Wisely

Research has been conducted into the type of music that drivers listen to. A study in Israel showed that drivers who were listening to music in the car were less excitable – their heart rhythms remained steady throughout their course. That said, they also drove more recklessly. Listening to music with a slow tempo was shown to be less dangerous than listening to music with a fast tempo or heavy beats.

3. Turn

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Protect Yourself From Carjacking

February 22nd, 2017

People tend to feel safe when they are behind the wheel. They believe that once they slide into the driver’s seat, they will get where they are going without incident. Few people, if any, expect to fall victim to a carjacking. Unfortunately, the crime occurs more often than people believe.

Most experts say that the crime is preventable as long as drivers stay alert. One of the worst mistakes that a driver can do is to let their guard down, especially in certain situations. Here are tips to help you avoid becoming a victim of this serious crime.

1. Keep Your Eyes Peeled

When stopped at a traffic light, what do you do? If you are like many people, you quickly check your phone, change the radio station or even give yourself a once-over in the mirror. You are far better to spend that time surveying the scene around you car. Know what is happening in front of, behind and to the sides of your vehicle.

2. Don’t Be Isolated

Avoid the temptation to pull into the closest ATM that you see when you need cash. Isolated areas offer opportunity for would-be criminals. If you need to make a Read more

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