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Blog Category Distracted Driving

Are Virtual Car Keys Safe?

March 17th, 2020

The pros and cons of Apple’s new CarKey feature

digital-car-key

In the early 2000s, luxury car makers began producing automobiles that were missing something – a key.

Like many features that first appeared in luxury autos, the dash-mounted push-button start has now filtered down to more affordable models. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, only 5,000 cars had keyless starts in 20021; Ward’s Auto reported that by 2013 that number had jumped to 4.4 million, and that Read more

Posted In: Car Accidents, Distracted Driver, Distracted Driving

5 Distracted Driving Myths that Simply Aren’t True

February 10th, 2020
man-using-cell-phone-in-car

It’s no mystery that Americans have an unhealthy obsession with their cell phones. But while most us know that texting while driving is dangerous, we just can’t put our phones down when behind the wheel. 

Maybe that’s because many of us have false ideas about what constitutes distracted driving, how risky it is, and our own abilities to multitask.

Think you know everything there is to know about distracted driving? Check out these myths and we’ll see if that’s true:Read more

Posted In: Distracted Driving

What’s So Dangerous About Texting and Driving?

March 22nd, 2019

The dangers of texting while driving cannot be overstated. The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently released startling statistics regarding cell phone usage and driving, finding that over 600,000 people admit to using their electronic devices while driving.

Texting while driving is one of the most deadly distracted driving behaviors. You may think that a quick glance at your phone is harmless. But, if you are traveling at 55 mph or more, taking your eyes off the road Read more

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Comparing Charlotte NC’s Car Accident Stats to the Rest of the State?

January 7th, 2019
  • Charlotte’s Mecklenburg County ranks #1 in overall car accident fatalities as well as DUI-related deaths
  • Mecklenburg County has a high rate of deaths related to people not wearing proper restraints
  • Efforts by the city, county, and state intend to reduce these deaths by enforcing laws while also educating drivers of these risks

 

In terms of overall traffic-related fatalities, Charlotte, North Carolina’s Mecklenburg County ranks first — or last, depending on how you look at it. The most populous county Read more

Posted In: Auger and Auger, Car Accidents, Distracted Driving, Drunk Driving, In the Community

What Evidence Should You Collect at a Car Accident Scene?

December 19th, 2018

Evidence is the backbone of any injury case, and having solid evidence could mean the difference between your claim succeeding or not. While you do have several top priorities after your accident — such as calling the police and seeking medical attention for all hurt parties, including yourself — documenting the accident scene as soon as possible falls right in after those in terms of importance. This evidence typically includes photos, eyewitness testimony, detailed notes, official documents, and anything else Read more

Posted In: Car Accidents, Distracted Driving, Personal Injury

The Dangers of Distracted Driving in South Carolina

December 17th, 2018

man texting and drivingDuring the first four months of 2018, the Highway Patrol of South Carolina recorded 993 distracted-driving collisions. Twelve of these crashes were due to texting while driving, and 13 involved fatalities. In 2017, South Carolina again ranked first in the nation for highest fatality rate per miles traveled. Its 1.88 deaths per 100 million miles driven were almost twice the national average, according to the Institute for Highway Safety.

As a personal injury firm, Auger & Auger is … Read more

Posted In: Distracted Driving

Drive Safe During These Extra Busy Travel Holidays

November 28th, 2018

Busiest Holidays for Road Travel in the United States

  • All holidays have a higher-than-average drunk driving accident rate of 30% or more.
  • Warm holidays and especially 3-day weekends correlate with the highest driving risks.
  • New Year’s Eve and Christmas have a lower-than-average fatal accident rate.

Top Holidays for Dangerous Road Travel

Holidays make most of us want to travel, whether it’s to see family or just explore somewhere new. This inclination makes the roads busier and consequently raises our risk of a getting in a Read more

Posted In: Car Accidents, Distracted Driving, In The News

How Bikers Are Affected by Distracted Driving

May 10th, 2018

Riding safety for motorcyclists

A common riding safety viewpoint often expressed to motorcyclists over the past decades has been to tell them to ride like they are a target for everyone. It is almost like saying to bikers that they should assume that other vehicles are out to get them (even thought that is not remotely true). The point of all of this kind of talk is to try to make bikers remember to always drive defensively. This advice is not new, but even Read more

Posted In: Distracted Driving, Motorcycle Accidents

Driving with Kids – Don’t Get Distracted!

February 18th, 2018

little girl looking out the car window in the drivers seatThink about driving for a moment. Ask yourself if when you are in the car you are truly focused on the road. If you’re someone who frequently drives with children in the vehicle, chances are the answer to that question is, “no.”

In an Australian study, researchers discovered that people driving with children in the backseat were 12 times more likely to be distracted behind the wheel than a person talking on their cell phone. According to the study, a … Read more

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Three Classifications of Distractions Behind the Wheel

January 31st, 2018

Man using cell phone texting while drivingDistracted driving is on the rise across America, and the behavior has been contributed to thousands of accidents each year. According to the Centers for Disease Control’s Injury Center, there are more than 3,000 deaths each year due to motor vehicle accidents caused by distracted driving.

Three Categories of Distracted Driving

At this point in time, most people know what distracted driving is: A lack of attentiveness behind the wheel that leads to an inability to drive appropriately. What … Read more

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