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In 2012, over 400,000 people were injured in car accidents that were directly connected to distracted driving. During this same year, over 3,300 people were killed in these accidents. The proper definition for distracted driving is any activity that diverts the driver’s attention away from the road. This includes talking on a cell phone as well as texting. Even using hands free technologies to use your phone is a distraction. It is important for everyone to take the time to realize that cell phone use in any manner should be avoided when you are behind the wheel. The website of Gacavino Lake, personal injury lawyer in Nassau County even states that when they investigate car accidents to determine liability, one of the extenuating circumstances that they search for is whether there was any cell phone use, including texting, when the accident occurred. Ignore Your Phone While Driving • Turn It Off. Sounds very simple, yet many people find this hard to do. When you are going to get behind the wheel, simply turn off your phone until you arrive. In a world where everyone is accustomed to having their phones accessible at all times, this can be difficult, but it also can save your life. • Use Cell Control. This app as designed to keep teens off of the phone while they are driving. However, it is effective for everyone. This app puts your phone in standby mode at all times the car is on and in motion. Once you arrive...
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Drunk driving is something that everyone understands is dangerous. Even grade school children are taught in their D.A.R.E. programs that you should never consume alcohol and drive a vehicle. Everyone knows that it is illegal, yet it still happens. As a member of society, it is everyone’s obligation to alert the police of a suspected drunk driver. If you see someone consuming alcohol behind the wheel or driving erratically, it is time to call the police. While it may seem easier to just ignore the fact and try to “get away” from that driver for your own safety, you must also think of others who may not have the chance to escape. According to the website of a West Virginia Auto Accident Attorney, "A motorist who is drunk or on drugs at the time of the crash is in violation of criminal law. Evidence of intoxication can make it much easier for a victim to recover full and fair compensation from a drunk driver who hurt them. However, victims of drunken driving crashes still must take action to pursue compensation after a collision, and still have to deal with insurance companies that might try to pay less than is deserved." The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has reported that in 2012, which is the most current data available, 10,000 people were killed in the United States in a drunk driving related accident. That is one person every 51 minutes during the year. These people who died were each somebody’s child,...
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Many people are under the incorrect belief that if they refuse to take a Breathalyzer test or delay it in any manner they will not be arrested for DUI (Driving Under the Influence) or DWI (Driving While Intoxicated). What they do not realize is that refusing a Breathalyzer test can cause more troubles for themselves than they can imagine. If you have been arrested for DUI, rather than making decisions on your own, the first thing you should do is contact a DUI attorney. Review of instructive videos, such as http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVgZMnvz76k, will help enlighten anyone of the logic in having a DUI lawyer assist in building a good defense against the charges. You certainly do not want to risk jail time, or having to pay extensive, expensive fines. Don't Say No To A Breathalyzer It's important that you understand the repercussions of declining a breathalyzer in your state. Here are some pertinent arguments for why you should not refuse a breathalyzer: • Many police see this as an admission of guilt and will then require that you go to a nearby clinic or hospital for blood testing. In some states this is a legal requirement. • Several police departments have the authority to still arrest a person on suspicion of DUI even if a Breathalyzer has been declined. • States such as New York will automatically suspend your license if you decline to take a breath alcohol test. This suspension is in addition to any charges or penalties you receive as...
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People who own dogs often think that they can control their pets at all times. Even if they have not taught their canines proper manners or introduced their pups to formal commands, these people may still believe that they can take their pets out in public without a leash. However, even the best-behaved dog can still be prone to unpredictable behavior. Rather than risk losing their beloved companions to animal control or the local dog pound, owners should follow the leash laws for these reasons. Unpredictable Behavior Just like small children, dogs often respond excitedly to different stimuli. When they venture into the public arena, their ears, noses, eyes, and other sensory organs are overwhelmed by all of the sights, sounds, and smells that bombard them at every turn. While some canines respond well to these triggers, others become frustrated or stressed. A stressed out and fatigued pup could easily bite someone who is just trying to stroke its head or back, giving the bite victim plenty of legal leeway to hire a personal injury attorney and pursue a case against the dog’s owner. When the dog is on a leash, however, its owner can restrain it if it tries to attack someone and reduce the chance that he or she will become the target of a personal injury lawsuit. Runaways and Lost Dogs Thousands of pets run away and get lost each year. When an unleashed dog takes off and runs away from its owner, it may not respond to...
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The teenage years aren't always easy, but one high point is the moment of receiving their driver's license. Getting behind the wheel creates a sense of freedom, but what must be remembered is that driving can be dangerous, especially for inexperienced drivers. That's why it's essential for teens to understand the hazards that they face and how to avoid them. Driving Dangers One of the main factors associated with a teen's increased accident rate is due to their lack of experience. Teenagers are also more likely to text while driving, a proven cause of car wrecks. When other teens ride in the vehicle with them, peer pressure can be a problem. Tailgating or unsafely passing large trucks can occur when teens are out and about on joyrides, but these risky maneuvers are extremely dangerous. Research shows that the risk of fatality amongst drivers aged 16 to 17 is 3.6 times higher when they have passengers than when they are driving alone. Many youngsters don't realize that motor vehicle collisions kill more teenagers every year than any other single cause. Every day during 2010, seven teenagers between the ages of 16 and 19 were killed due to these accidents. The likelihood of a teen being in a car wreck is 2.7 times higher than that of drivers over the age of 20. What does the Law Say? Every state has laws to protect drivers on the road. Tailgating, for instance, is usually an offense that will result in a ticket for "following...
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