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Distracted Driving: It Isn’t Just About Freeing Your Hands

Published on May 19, 2017 at 8:31 pm in Car Accidents.

Distracted Driving: It Isn't Just About Freeing Your Hands

In a November 2016 New York Times interview, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration called the latest set of 2016 highway fatality statistics a “crisis that needs to be addressed now.” The facts look grim. In the first six months of 2016 alone, the number of highway fatalities jumped 10.4% above the same number from 2015.

17,775 people died in car accidents across the U.S. in the first half of 2016. Many accidents undoubtedly occurred because of distracted driving. That’s a substantial increase during an era where even our laws try and prevent us from getting distracted behind the wheel by restricting us from texting while driving. The dangers of distracted driving go far beyond texting and driving, however. We need to look at every aspect of being distracted by technology and not just the process of using our hands.

The Top 6 U.S. Holidays for Alcohol-Related Car Crashes

Published on May 4, 2017 at 4:26 pm in Car Accidents.

Car accidents caused by drunk drivers can have devastating results for innocent victims who are involved. At Bey & Associates, LLC, we meet a lot of clients who have had their lives torn apart by a single bad decision made by a driver who decided to get behind the wheel while intoxicated. There’s never a good reason to place your life at risk as well as the lives of every driver and passenger around you.

When it comes to preventing disastrous drunk driving crashes throughout the entire state of Georgia, the best course of action is to put a halt to drunk driving whenever we see it. By encouraging our friends, relatives, and co-workers to never get behind the wheel while intoxicated, we can all do our part to prevent accidents.

4 Ways to Protect Your Child from a School Bus Accident

Published on Apr 27, 2017 at 10:54 pm in Car Accidents.

When we send our children to the school bus stop in Georgia, there’s no way of guaranteeing their ride to school will be safe. School bus accidents do occasionally happen, although they are rare. According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1,214 motor vehicle crashes lead to fatalities in school transportation-related accidents between the years 2004 and 2013. This amounts to 0.4% of the total fatal crashes during that period.

What to Do After Being in a Georgia Hit-and-Run Accident

Published on Apr 18, 2017 at 9:38 pm in Car Accidents.

A hit-and-run accident is any traffic accident which involves a vehicle that leaves the scene. It can involve a car hitting a pedestrian, a car hitting a piece of property, or a car hitting another vehicle. By law, any driver involved in an accident needs to pull over and provide their insurance information. When this doesn’t happen, the driver who leaves the scene commits a punishable crime.

If you were a victim of a hit-and-run accident in Georgia, it’s important to remain calm. Get a good look at the vehicle as it’s leaving the scene and follow up by calling the police immediately. If you can verify the name, make, and color of the vehicle as well as any numbers from the license plate, this information can be of importance to the police.

The Dangers of Distracted Driving Go Beyond Texting

Published on Mar 23, 2017 at 5:18 pm in Car Accidents.

We all know about the dangers of texting and driving. Cases of drivers causing car accidents while texting have made headlines for years, and at least 46 states in the U.S. now have laws banning texting and driving. But what about other dangers of distracted driving? In today’s mobile world where we spend a fair portion of our lives checking social media and interacting with smartphone apps that make tasks easier, isn’t any form of distraction dangerous when behind the wheel?

The answer to that question is a resounding “Yes”. In 2016, numerous car crashes and accidents occurred after gamers got caught up in the Pokémon Go sensation. In a 2016 survey by Liberty Mutual Insurance, it was revealed that 70% of teenagers say they use smartphone apps while behind the wheel.

Why Do Car Accident Injuries Appear in a Delayed Manner?

Published on Mar 16, 2017 at 5:49 pm in Car Accidents.

Car accidents are traumatic experiences.  They can leave lingering physical and emotional damage.  Many car accident injures do not display symptoms right away.  What seems like minor or mild pain initially can develop into severe and debilitating pain over the next few weeks.

Everyone reacts to stress differently.  Some experience mental fog, some severe shock, and some a rush of adrenaline.  This can make it difficult to determine your injuries immediately following an accident.

The initial shock of the accident causes your body to produce endorphins, the brain’s natural coping mechanism when experiencing trauma and sensory overload.  Endorphins mask pain and other symptoms of injury.  In the days following the accident, the brain stops producing endorphins and medical concerns that were hidden before begin to appear and cause problems.