Some drivers are simply worse than other drivers. They do not take the safety of others into concern when they get behind the wheel of a vehicle. Most drivers are very safe drivers who try to avoid accidents. However, even the safest driver may have habits that put him or her at risk for an accident. In many cases, we may not realize that our behavior is that bad. Below are two of the worst driving habits that can increase your risk of being involved in a traffic accident.
Distracted Driving in Pennsylvania
Distracted driving has become an increasing problem throughout the United States. The NHTSA estimates that 3,477 lives were lost in 2015 because of distracted driving. Roughly 391,000 people were injured in traffic accidents involving a distracted driver.
Many drivers are not fully aware of the danger of driving while distracted. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety and AAA Exchange have conducted several studies involving distracted drivers. Studies have shown that the danger continues even after a distraction has ceased. The time it takes for a driver to be engaged fully in the task of driving after “multitasking” is 27 seconds. During those 27 seconds, a child could run into the road, a vehicle could suddenly stop, or a piece of road debris could suddenly appear. Just a few seconds could mean the difference between avoiding an accident and causing a collision.
Examples of distracted driving include:
- Texting while driving and talking on a cell phone
- Reading or sending emails
- Using any form of social media
- Looking at videos or reading
- Using a GPS device
- Eating, drinking, and grooming
- Taking care of children or interacting with other passengers
- Daydreaming or focusing on things outside of the vehicle
Any distraction can increase the risk of a traffic accident. For tips on how you can avoid distractions and other information on distracted driving, visit the distracted driving website provided by AAA Exchange.
Road Rage and Aggressive Driving
Instances of road rage and aggressive driving are also increasing throughout the United States. AAA Exchange estimates that almost 80 percent of drivers experience episodes of anger and aggression at least once in the last year. Aggressive behaviors can lead to accidents and injuries. Examples of driving habits that can lead to road rage, aggression, and traffic accidents include:
- Tailgating and following too closely
- Speeding and reckless driving
- Yelling at or cussing at other drivers
- Making obscene gestures toward other drivers
- Blocking cars from passing
- Ramming other vehicles
- Getting out to confront other drivers
- Sideswiping other vehicles
- Throwing objects at vehicles
- Changing lanes without signaling
- Running stop signs and red lights
If you engage in aggressive driving behavior, you can be increasing your risk of being involved in an accident. For more information about aggressive driving and tips on how to avoid road rage, see AAA’s brochure on road rage.
Call an Erie Accident Attorney for Help
If you are the victim of an aggressive driver or distracted driver, you have the right to file a claim for damages. You should not be liable for the damages caused by a negligent driver.
Call The Travis Law Firm toll free at (800) 401-2066 to schedule a free legal consultation with one of our Pennsylvania accident attorneys.
The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) annual report on pedestrian safety projects an unprecedented 11 percent increase in pedestrian fatalities for 2016. Awareness and efforts to prevent DUI accidents involving pedestrians and bicyclists are in the works throughout the United States to reduce the number of alcohol-impaired bicyclists and pedestrians injured in accidents.
When you think about impaired driving, you most likely think about drunk driving (driving under the influence of alcohol) or drugged driving (driving under the influence of drugs). Both drugged driving and drunk driving are crimes in Pennsylvania. As an experienced Erie criminal defense attorney, I can attest to the strict penalties of a DUI conviction in our state. That is why I urge everyone who has been stopped and ticketed for DUI to contact an experienced Erie DUI attorney before saying anything to the police or the prosecution.
However, impaired driving is not only limited to drunk driving or drugged driving (or buzzed driving). There are many reasons why a person’s ability to operate a motor vehicle safely can be impaired. Some of those reasons may or may not lead to a criminal charge.
We can all agree that the 4th of July holiday is a time when some of the best parties are thrown in the largest cities in America. Huge parties to celebrate our Independence Day are held throughout our country from Philadelphia, New York, and Los Angeles to Washington, Atlanta, and Charlotte. However, it is not only the large cities that know how to celebrate July Fourth . . . in Erie, Edinboro, Warren, Penn State, Bradford, Meadville, Crawford, Conneaut Lake, and throughout Northwestern Pennsylvania, Pennsylvanians will be celebrating Independence Day the only way we know how to celebrate — with style!
During our July Fourth celebrations, many people will participate in parades, festivals, carnivals, backyard cookouts, block parties, and other festive events that include lots of great music, delicious food, and thirst-quenching beverages. In many of these festivities and celebrations, drinking alcohol is customary. However, if you choose to consume alcohol, you should give your keys up, stay to enjoy the party, and leave the driving to someone else. Drinking is a great responsibility and driving is an even greater responsibility.
Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial kickoff to the summer vacation season. Erie and the surrounding areas have plenty of holiday events and activities to keep you busy. However, if you are traveling for the holiday weekend, you need to beware that with the increase in traffic, you increase of being involved in a car crash also increases. Even if you are just traveling across town, you need to be very careful on the roads over the holiday weekend.
Below are several tips from our Erie DUI defense attorney to help keep you legal and safe over Memorial Day Weekend.
Every state, including Pennsylvania, requires drivers to carry minimum insurance requirements. In Pennsylvania, drivers must carry the following insurance to operate a motor vehicle legally:
If you enjoy consuming alcohol on occasion or even on a regular basis, you may have heard a lot of stories about how to avoid getting drunk. Many of these stories are myths. While it is certainly okay to enjoy alcohol, it is not okay to get behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking. The penalties you face from a DUI conviction in Pennsylvania are steep and go far beyond a simple fine. Below are four of the myths about alcohol consumption. Do you know which ones are myths and which ones are true?
There are so many thoughts running through your mind after a car crash. Do I call the police? How severe are my injuries? What should I do now? Did I cause the accident or did the other driver cause the crash? Should I help the other driver or passengers?
Do you know that over-the-counter medications can result in buzzed driving? When you think about drugged driving, you probably think about a driver who has consumed illegal drugs or smoked marijuana. However, drugged driving covers much more than illicit drugs. Buzzed and drug driving can result from taking any drug that impairs your ability to operate a motor vehicle. If you cause an accident while impaired by drugs, you are responsible for the damages caused by that accident.
As an Edinboro DUI attorney, I see the devastating impact that underage drinking can have on the lives of young people and their families. The holidays are especially a difficult time for many young people who do not understand the dangers associated with underage drinking. As parents, we can take steps to prevent underage drinking during the holidays.
How Prevalent Is Underage Drinking During the Holidays?
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), more than 11,000 young people between the ages of 12 and 17 years will consume alcohol for the first time on an average December day. Approximately 400 young people under the age of 21 years die each month from alcohol-related causes. Therefore, it is crucial that adults learn the signs and symptoms of underage drinking in order to spot a problem before it becomes life-threatening.