From #drivingselfie to #funeralselfie

September 22nd, 2014 — 9:39pm

Texting while driving is an obvious danger that the general public has been made perfectly aware of by now, but a new (perhaps even more alarming) trend is on the rise:#drivingselfie photographing one’s self while in a car. The product of this act has been coined the “seatbelt selfie” and, not surprisingly, is commonly done by drivers of the younger crowd.

Although many of these photos are taken while the car is not in motion, it is clear that sometimes “seatbelt selfies” are taken while the subjects are in the middle of driving. Instagram alone has around four thousand posts showing under #drivingselfie. There is even a #ihopeidontcrash, which announces that the participant has considered the enormous risk, and chooses to proceed in spite of it.

Toyota Cyrpus, along with Marketway Publicis has initiated a “Don’t Shoot and Drive” campaign, discouraging selfies to be taken while behind the wheel. The ad cleverly parades a mangled car through 12 different filters, similar to those used in photo editing programs.

The Department of Transportation estimates that distracted driving is the cause of over 3,300 fatalities every year, making up around twelve percent of total vehicle related-deaths. By taking their eyes of the road for only five seconds, drivers are risking their lives long enough to travel the length of an entire football field.

While the focus of this issue is mostly on drivers of vehicles on the road, all of this can also be said for the operators of boats, motorcycles – and as photos prove – even airplanes.  Anything that involves removing your hands from the steering wheel while driving should seem like a no-brainer to avoid, yet these actions continue to be popular and have gone as far as including videos as well.

Safety advocates urge users of both social media and smartphones to avoid harm by not snapping photos while operating an automobile of any sort. To do so can result in injury or even death.

Links referenced: http://www.gruber-law.com/selfies-can-lead-fatal-car-accidents/

http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/06/tech/mobile/selfies-while-driving/

http://www.toyota.com.cy/toyota_in_cyprus/dont-shoot-and-drive.tmex

http://www.eonline.com/news/544192/two-girls-crashed-their-car-while-taking-a-selfie-and-then-uploaded-the-video-anyway

 

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Man Dies After Hitting Broken-Down Truck: Who Is To Blame?

September 17th, 2014 — 1:15pm

In the early hours of Friday, July 25, 2014 the driver of a tractor-trailer began to notice issues with his truck’s air   brakes. Because of this, he came to a complete stop in the middle of Interstate 20 East.  That is where he was when an unaware pickup driver came from behind and plowed into the big rig. The pickup then slid under the broken-down vehicle and was crushed.

smashed up pickup

This incident occurred around 5:30 that morning and resulted in much more than just the eastbound lanes of the interstate being shut down. Tragically, the pickup truck driver lost his life in this accident. The name of the deceased man could not be released until his next-of-kin could be notified, but it has been reported that he was thirty years of age and from the small town of Lithonia, Georgia. Fortunately, the driver of the tractor-trailer did not suffer injuries, even though he was sitting in the truck when the wreck occurred. In fact, his truck remained almost fully intact.

The entire eastbound section of I-20 remained closed until the aftermath of the accident could be cleared out. The road re-opened three and a half hours later, around nine o’clock that morning.

This devastating accident brings up an intriguing question. Who is to blame for this death: 1.) the driver of the big truck who left his truck in a busy, dangerous zone of the highway or 2.) the pickup-truck driver who did not notice the obstruction in time in to stop?

The answer may surprise some of you. Most people think that if you were rear-ended, the person that hit you is automatically at fault. However, as we find out from this instance, that is not always the case.

The big-rig driver did choose to stop his truck in a travel lane that other vehicles are going at fairly high speeds, which is clearly a huge hazard. Even though his vehicle was rear-ended, a spokesperson of the DeKalb County Police Department, Mekka Parish, states that the survivor of this wreck could possibly be facing charges soon.

Those that have been involved in a car accident that they were not at fault for should consult an attorney for assistance. One example of a law firm that employs several recognized car accident lawyers in Atlanta would be John Foy & Associates. By choosing to hire an attorney, one is more likely to understand their rights as a victim, as well as have a better chance at a successful lawsuit – especially in cases where bodily harm has occurred.

 

Sources:

http://www.ajc.com/news/news/truck-wreck-shuts-down-all-eastbound-lanes-of-i-20/ngsCf/

http://www.11alive.com/story/traffic/2014/08/01/accident-i20/13451545/

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Finding a Personal Injury Lawyer

June 18th, 2014 — 6:17pm

Need a lawyer after an accident? Don’t hire just pick the first lawyer you run into. There are certain considerations you want to think about.

Check out the web to find reviews of personal injury lawyers. Do not settle for the first lawyer or law firm you see on TV.You should research to find the best lawyer for your options. One of the best resources online is Avvo.com where you can read reviews on lawyers in your area from prior clients.

A good lawyer will know when to settle and when to fight for more. Mississippi Lawyer Richard Schwartz suggests that you ask your lawyer what his or her basis is for deciding when to settle. 

Make copies of all forms to help organize your injury are organized neatly. Make sure to keep all doctor notes, care instructions, and payment receipts to both the doctor and for any supplies you buy. Also be sure to keep copies of emails that your doctor concerning your injury.

Move on to someone else if you feel uncomfortable or taken advantage of in ways. Also, if you cannot get ahold of this attorney, you might want to consider hiring a new one.

You should be careful and document everything when dealing with your insurance companies. You will likely have to be involved with at least one insurance company during your claim, depending on the details of your case. The insurance company will only be interested in speed of these companies is to get the matter settled as quickly and protecting their bottom line. You might wish to speak with a lawyer before accepting anything from an insurance agency.

Schwartz says to make sure you select is one who has actual personal injury cases. You must find someone who knows this side of the law and who has experienced trials specific to personal injury. If you don’t do this, you may be shooting yourself in the foot.

Contact the authorities if you sustain a personal injury. If you’re ever hurt at work, tell your supervisor. If you are injured as a driver or pedestrian in an automobile accident, call an ambulance and the police when you need to.

Don’t put off taking legal recourse following an injury. There may be deadlines in which you will not be able to claim your lawsuit. You must contact a good lawyers right away and ask about deadlines regarding the lawsuit.

Prepare yourself ahead of speaking with any lawyers. If your lawyer takes cases on contingency, this is particularly critical. If the case is greatly in your favor, so it could get rejected if you don’t present it well, the lawyer only may choose your case. Have all your ducks in a row, and practice presenting your case beforehand.

Keep any receipts relating to personal injury. These receipts are proof of any money that you paid out-of-pocket. If you don’t have these receipts, you may not be reimbursed in court.

Ask for a list of references from prospective personal injury lawyers. You can then use these referrals to learn about how experienced a lawyer is and what they’re like overall. If they don’t want to give you referrals, it could be a bad sign. You may want to look somewhere else if this is the case.

There are ways to determine where the cause of your pain is obvious. You probably don’t need to worry unless you suffer severe pain is very bad and it is still there a few days later.

Regardless of whether or not you immediately feel bad, it is possible problems can show themselves several days later. If you end up in the hospital with a stroke from a head injury, it will be easier to sue when you have the information of the party that hit you.

Learn everything you can about how to deal with the insurance process. If you uncomfortable handling the insurance aspect, talk to a lawyer or someone whom you feel is trustworthy.

Deciding on what kind of lawyer to get is really important, as the lawyer you choose will have a great impact on your case. Weigh the information you have read here with careful consideration. Spend your time wisely making a well-informed decision.

 

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