National Safety Council Survey Examines Driver Concerns & Reported Behavior

Can you remember the last time you went an entire day—or more—without driving? Unless you live in a metropolis like New York City, it’s probably hard to think of a twelve-hour span, or much less, where you were not getting in and out of an automobile; in fact, many of us find ourselves joking at one time or another that we live in our cars. Some of us do love to drive, but generally we are in our vehicles out of total necessity. With such a constant connection to the automobile, it’s not surprising that we find ourselves worrying over traffic, becoming incensed by those who don’t follow the rules, along with feeling concern over whether we and our family members are safe on the roads.

NSF Surveyed Over 2,000 US Citizens

Earlier this year, the National Safety Council performed a survey meant to explore the concerns of today’s motorists, along with their behavior on the roads. The Council created the survey for help in making future policies, as well as developing educational programs and more—all centered around preventing car crashes and related deaths.

Drunk, Distracted & Drugged Drivers Are Major Concerns

With just over 2,000 surveys taken, the NSC administration learned that most individuals spend 30 minutes to under an hour in the car on weekdays. They also pinpoint concerns of those surveyed to focus heavily on driving as a safety issue, worrying individuals about family members on the roads. Many different driver issues, often associated with substances or mood, worried those taking the survey. Topping the list were concerns over drunk, distracted, and ‘drugged’ drivers, along with those suffering from road rage, exhaustion, and inexperience.

Few Surveyed Had Been in an Accident or Driven Under the Influence

Surprisingly, 76 percent of those surveyed stated they had not been in an accident in the past few years. The majority said they had not driven drunk, while the ten percent who confessed to doing so stated they did so unsafely (48 percent), nearly had accidents (47 percent), or did have wrecks (43 percent). Few said they had driven under the influence of marijuana or pills.

Texting is Viewed as a Danger

Regarding texting, the group was relatively firm regarding the dangers, as well as fiddling with hands-free or voice-only devices. Over half thought both of those activities were too dangerous to do while driving. 39 percent surveyed thought it safe to use voice commands, while only 5 percent found texting while driving acceptable.

Individuals participating in the survey were middle-class on the average, with 51 percent being women. The information was taken from individuals surveyed around the US.

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Modern Addictions: Are You Unable to Put the Phone Down?

You may remember a time not long ago when most of us were still suffering through the day using flip phones and landlines. The smartphone user was rather rare at first, but usually easy to spot with their head down and an intent focus on what seemed years ago to be a very oversized screen. Many of us eschewed the new technology but as time went on and the features became more and more enticing, the majority gave in and purchased smartphones.

Many Drivers Have Trouble Resisting the Urge to Text

Along with the smartphone came greater expense and long periods of somewhat lost time as we became immersed in apps, games, texting, and using the internet and social media. Unfortunately, this transferred to our time in the car too, elevating distracted driving to a whole new form—and a much more dangerous one. For years, motorists driving and talking on the phone were a major concern—along with other hazards like drunk drivers on the road. Texting came along, however and has eclipsed most other distracted driving activities. While many drivers are impatient to read or send communications, much of the usage of cell phones in cars is simply due to a constant need to be looking at the handheld screens whether they are imparting anything useful at the time or not.

Smartphones Offer a Steady Stream of Information & Communication

What is it about those small electronic devices that allows us to become so entranced? Most likely the constant information and attention coming our way is a big part of that. News is zooming in, texts are appearing, and emails ding in—all causing us to keep our focus on the phone. According to the Center for Internet and Technology Addiction, most of us are spending an inordinate amount of time on our smartphones, but around ten to twelve percent of users are truly addicted.

Most users have a routine they fall into upon picking up their smartphones. They may start with reading texts or emails, then go on to exploring social media, checking financial accounts, online dating sites—and once they’ve finished with a few sites or platforms, a bevy of new information has flooded in everywhere else so that the cycle starts all over again. Dr. David Greenfield at the Center for Internet and Technology Addiction sees the smartphone as a device that is constantly pleasing us, rewarding us with information and messages at unpredictable—but pleasurable—intervals.

It May Be Time to Break the Habit

Do you feel anxiety when away from your phone? Do you find yourself needing to use it more and more? Are you staring at the phone as a coping mechanism? These may all be red flags indicating that you are becoming overly dependent on this now ubiquitous electronic device. If so, there are ways to break the habit—from setting up a schedule when you allow yourself to use it, to going cold turkey and stopping use of it altogether, at least for a while. This may sound drastic, but if you find yourself unable to drive without staring at the phone or checking for messages—or sending them—then it’s important to face the issue so that you can perform important activities like driving without endangering others.

Contact Us if You Have Been Seriously Injured

Have you or a loved one suffered injury due to a distracted or drunk driver’s negligence? If so, it is important to hire an experienced personal injury law firm that will look out for the needs of you and your family. The lawyers at Heintz & Becker have been helping clients in the Bradenton-Sarasota area for over 30 years with car, truck and motorcycle injury accidents, as well as cases involving other forms of negligence. Call us for a free consultation now at 941-748-2916 or contact us online. We are here to help!

 

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Florida Drivers: When is it Okay to Use Your Smartphone While Behind the Wheel?

Today’s distracted drivers have created a whole new category of problems and concerns on the roadway. These troublesome drivers come in many different forms. The distracted driver who is eating, drinking, and looking everywhere but the road has been around since the advent of the automobile, unfortunately. They may even be grooming—brushing their hair, applying lipstick, and more. Passengers may be distracting the driver, as well as other factors.

Often weather and other drivers play a factor in diminishing the focus of the driver. But the smartphone has become a central focus of problems. Not only are many distracted drivers today busy talking on the phone, but they may be in the habit of texting too—putting everyone else on the road in further danger.

Many motorists are extremely conscientious, however, and along with being safe—they also don’t want to be involved in illegal activity. Like many other states today, Florida has banned texting and driving, with the intent to save lives—and not only of motorists but also individuals walking, riding bicycles, and sharing the road. The ban on texting was also created in the hopes that there would be less property damage from accidents, along with a reduction in costs for both car and health insurance.

Many drivers may be surprised to find, however, that there are some cases where you would not be penalized for having the cellphone in hand while behind the wheel. Examples include:

  • Calling law enforcement to inform them of an emergency or criminal activity
  • Activities ‘related to the operation or navigation of the motor vehicle’
  • Engaging in seeking information related to city traffic, weather, or emergency issues
  • Listening to the radio
  • Using a device with ‘wireless interpersonal communication’ that is hands-free
  • When operating a self-driving vehicle

Obviously, it can already be very difficult for law enforcement to prove that someone was texting and driving, unless they caught them in the act. It’s hoped that motorists would not abuse the latitude allowed for activities like navigating or seeking emergency information. For those who are caught texting while driving, penalties include fines, points on the driver’s license—and repeat offenders may eventually lose their right to drive.

Have you or a loved one suffered injury due to a distracted driver’s negligence? If so, it is important to hire an experienced personal injury law firm that will look out for the needs of you and your family. The lawyers at Heintz & Becker have been helping clients in the Bradenton-Sarasota area for over 30 years with car, truck and motorcycle injury accidents, as well as cases involving other forms of negligence. Call us for a free consultation now at 941-748-2916 or contact us online. We are here to help!

 

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Is That Smartphone Responsible for Higher Insurance Rates?

Insurance companies are big business, and today they are big data too. These corporations specialize in understanding risk—and if they don’t want to provide insurance to you because of an activity or occupational choice, it may be important to take note of that.

The insurance companies have access to enormous amounts of information, and if they are worried—basically we should be too. It can’t come as much of a surprise to anyone though that distracted driving has caught the attention of the data-driven industry giants.

Unfortunately, distracted driving is causing so much mayhem on the roads, much of it centered around smartphone usage, that it has superseded the attention formerly placed on drunk driving (which is still a substantial problem in the US, and may even be continuing to increase). Continue reading


True Driver Safety Means Watching Out for Everyone

Most of us spend what we might consider to be too much time in the car, whether that’s due to commuting, kids’ activities, traveling to see family in other areas, or more. Have you ever arrived at a destination and thought to yourself that you really did not even remember driving there—as if you were operating on autopilot? Often all it takes is one close call to snap us out of what can be a driving daze, or a complete exercise in distraction with phone calls, texts, food, passengers engaging us, and more. (Note: if you tend to be a distracted driver, make a pact with yourself to stop, and today!)

It’s not enough just to be alert one hundred percent of the time though, and if you’ve spent any time helping a friend or a teenage son or daughter learn to drive, you’ve probably broached the topic of defensive driving. This is more important than ever today, as so many drivers are so distracted, and often on the verge of causing an accident if others are not paying close attention.

Keep an Eagle Eye Out for Distracted Drivers

To all the daring multi-taskers out there, take heed as the National Safety Council points out that the mind really can’t do two things at once. If another driver is busy on the phone, their perception is undeniably diminished in terms of driving skill and the ability to gauge distances. This means the rest of us must be twice as alert in giving them plenty of room, and avoiding rear-ending them when they slam on the brakes absentmindedly—or being swerved into as their eyes are on the electronics instead of the highway ahead.

Drunk Drivers Still Take Lives Every Day

While distracted driving has taken the number one spot for causing accidents, drunk drivers—as well as those who are high on illegal or prescription drugs—still pose a terrifying danger to other drivers, pedestrians, and themselves. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, one person dies every 53 minutes in an accident related to drunk driving. Obviously, you have more chance of being on the road with drivers under the influence later in the evenings and unfortunately, during times of celebration such as Memorial Day, July 4th, or during the Christmas season.

Keeping drunk drivers off the road whenever possible is imperative as well—even if you must drive a tipsy friend home or call them a cab from a party. And if you see a car on the road that seems to have an intoxicated driver at the wheel, do not hesitate to call the police.

Always Be a Defensive Driver

Sometimes you may simply have to watch out for those with poor driving skills. They may not have taken a drink or be looking at their phone, but they may not understand the rules of the road—or may be overly tired. Perhaps you are driving in a rain or snowstorm. It’s best to assume that you should be vigilant regarding every car around you. Make sure to give every car enough braking room whether you are driving behind or ahead, and never pull out in front of another driver just because they have their turn signal on. While it may be tempting to speed if you are in a hurry, rush through that traffic light, or expect that other drivers are going to follow all rules properly, remember that ultimately, safety on the road means you must always be on the defense.

Contact Us Now If You’ve Been Injured

Have you or a loved one suffered injury due to a distracted or drunk driver’s negligence? If so, it is important to hire an experienced personal injury law firm that will look out for the needs of you and your family. The lawyers at Heintz & Becker have been helping clients in the Bradenton-Sarasota area for over 30 years with car, truck and motorcycle injury accidents, as well as cases involving other forms of negligence. Call us for a free consultation now at 941-748-2916 or contact us online. We are here to help!

 

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Are There Safety Concerns at Your Child’s Daycare Center?

When you drop your child off at a daycare center in the morning, it is with the utmost trust in a team of other people. We expect them to feed, teach, supervise, and keep our children safe; in fact, they become the replacement for the parent during the day and sometimes early into the evenings, five days a week.

It’s a challenging job, but most individuals who work in daycare centers do so because they feel the same sense of accomplishment and satisfaction parents do in watching children grow and develop emotionally, socially, and intellectually. While in daycare before reaching kindergarten, your children may learn to become independent in many ways, along with beginning to learn how to read and write basic words.

For most parents, the goal is to drop their children off happily in the morning—and then pick them up that way too, with a good report—and a good feeling about where they are spending their day. And no matter how well the initial interview may have gone when you chose your daycare, issues may pop up later. As soon as you notice something that seems slightly ‘off,’ it’s important to investigate further—and especially if it is a safety issue. Here are some red flags to watch out for:

  • The facility seems to be going downhill in terms of cleanliness. Watch to see if workers are washing their hands before handling food and after such activities like changing diapers. Do the play areas seem to be clean, along with areas where children are eating their meals?
  • The playground should seem fun and entertaining but without hazards. If children have been recently injured on the playground or if equipment seems outdated or has sharp edges, you have cause for concern. Children should not be falling from playground equipment onto rough surfaces.
  • Younger children are allowed to play with toys not appropriate for their age group, including small pieces that could be choking hazards.
  • There don’t seem to be enough teachers or workers for each group of children. Children should have constant supervision, as well as easy access to an adult should they need help. State issued guidelines apply, and you can read more about the laws for Florida childcare facilities here.
  • Security is not tight in one or more entrances. It should not be particularly easy to walk in and get your child at the end of the day; in fact, security should be maintained on a constant basis and sometimes even to the point where you feel inconvenienced in trying to get in as strict measures are taken. Staff should be immediately alerted by sound when doors open if they are not already kept locked.
  • A staff that does not seem well-trained. This is of concern should an emergency occur and staff should have to perform CPR or enforce lockdown procedures. Also, ask about the first-aid supplies on hand.
  • Lack of smoke detectors and fire extinguishers, and/or a lack of child safety covers and latches for electrical outlets, cabinets, and any other areas should be noted.

 

While you may be noticing that some things just don’t seem right, also consider what your child is telling you. Does turnover seem to be unusually high at the facility your child is attending? Is communication lacking from the teachers and administrators at the daycare? Are you worried about abuse or neglect at the daycare center? It’s important to keep your eyes open, but also be aware of the laws. You may not be comfortable with the current setting, but it’s entirely possible that the daycare is operating within the required standards.

If your child has been hurt at a daycare center, contact Heintz & Becker now. Our attorneys represent those who have been injured in daycare facilities in Bradenton, Sarasota, and nearby areas in Florida. Call us for a free consultation now at 941-748-2916 or contact us online. We are here to help!

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Don’t Allow Your Swimming Pool to be a Liability

From the time our children are born, most of us begin worrying about every possible hazard, and in Florida many such issues are centered around water. It can be exhausting trying to make sure that kids stay safe in the sun and the surf—and even more so when they are poolside. Swimming pools are wonderful for relaxing, exercising, and family fun. But this is often an area where children are prone to running and slipping, falling in, and sometimes even entering the water when they do not have permission. As summer approaches, here are some tips to make sure everyone stays safe, while also offering you greater peace of mind regarding your home swimming pool:

  • As Florida law requires, make sure you have one of the required safety options for your pool at home. The most popular safety option seems to be the barrier, generally in the form of a fence. It must be at least 48” high, without any gaps or areas would allow children or others to gain entry. Be aware that this barrier should allow enough space so that if someone were to climb over it they would not fall directly into the pool. Other options include having a pool cover, alarm, or self-latching devices on doors that lead out to your pool.
  • Your pool should be updated and equipped with a special drain cover that eliminates the chance for entrapment (due to suction). Older drains without covers can be very dangerous as both children’s or adult’s hair can easily be caught, making it hard for them to get back to the surface. Drain covers should eliminate the chance for drowning, but make sure you also know how to turn it off (whether in your pool or a hot tub) quickly in case of a problem.
  • When children are swimming, there should always be supervision. Accidents are the number one reason for loss of life in children in the US, with drowning high on the list. Although kids may be good swimmers, supervision is necessary as there are so many reasons they could become distressed or even incapacitated in the home swimming pool—whether due to falling in, head injury, exhaustion, rough play that makes it hard for them to surface, and more.
  • Avoid the use of alcohol around the pool. Judgment may become impaired and reflexes are slower when individuals are under the influence. Your liability is also greatly increased once alcohol enters the picture—and exponentially so with a group of people in or around the water.
  • Make sure your homeowner’s insurance is in force and that you feel comfortable with the coverage you currently have for accidents; if you are unsure, call and speak with your insurance agent as soon as possible.
  • Always have at least one safety flotation device at the poolside. Make it clear to kids, however, that these are not toys. They are serious lifesaving devices and should always be nearby in case of emergency.

While you may be extremely careful about safety at your home swimming people, remember to exercise caution at other pools too, including those that are public and may sometimes be crowded with swimmers of all ages. Swimming pool accidents can have serious long-term consequences such as traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, and much more.

If you or your child have been injured in a swimming pool accident, the attorneys at Heintz & Becker can help. We’ve helped victims from Bradenton, Sarasota, and all over Florida get compensation for their damages and medical expenses after a swimming pool injury. Call us for a free consultation now at 941-748-2916 or contact us online. We are here to help!

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Should the Police Always Be Called After an Accident?

Even if you have been fortunate enough to have avoided a car accident so far, you probably know someone who has been injured and are aware of how devastating such an experience can be. Most of us wear our seatbelts, drive the speed limit, and follow traffic rules; still though, thousands are injured each day on our roads nationwide.

You may drive so much that often you feel as if you are on auto-pilot, traveling the same roads and waiting at the same lights each day, going to and from work and running typical errands. You may also be experiencing the same distractions that many drivers are, from rushing to eat your lunch in the car while driving to hearing the phone ring or texts bleep in. It’s easy to think we can handle other tasks when we should be driving, but the wake-up call unfortunately often comes in the form of an accident.

While car accidents are one of the main causes for injury and death in the US, mild fender benders abound on the roads as well—something you probably witness nearly every day if you are driving in a city, with even the smallest car accidents often tying up traffic while cars block the road and other motorists slow down to have a look. There are also many small accidents that occur in parking lots as vehicles are backing out, often at the same time. If you happen to be one of those cars involved, it’s important to know what steps to take and to understand when you should call law enforcement to the scene. We also ask that you take time now to both download and familiarize yourself with the Heintz & Becker Injury Help mobile app—now available now on both iTunes and at the Google Play Store.

After any accident take a few moments to breathe and regain your calm. Next, make sure that neither you nor any passengers are injured. If not, step out and make sure the other driver does not need medical help either. Once you’ve established everyone is okay, it’s time to look at both cars and see whether there is any damage. If possible, both cars should also be moved out of the way of traffic, with the hazard lights turned on.

In Florida, the law states that if there appears to damage over $500, the accident must be reported. If that’s the case, you must call the police to the scene and begin exchanging contact information. If there is absolutely no damage and both parties feel confident they have sustained no injuries, there may not be any reason to file a report, and you may feel certain you would be wasting everybody’s time in calling the police out to the scene. That is understandable, but keep in mind that there could now be an underlying car issue that may not show up for a few days—or a physical injury that does not become apparent until later. This could happen on your end or the other party’s end, adding great complication later.

If you have concerns, it is better to save yourself any headaches later by calling the police, having a report filed, and making note of all the driver’s other information as well as where the accident happened and any other pertinent details, along with the names and phone numbers of any witnesses.

If you or a loved one have sustained injuries due to a car accident, please contact Heintz & Becker now so one of our experienced attorneys can review your case and help you with any legal needs and getting compensation that you may be owed from your insurance company. Call us for a free consultation now at 941-748-2916 or contact us online. We are here to help!

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How to Help Younger Drivers Establish Good Habits Now

Once upon a time, we all had to learn how to drive. Whether you learned from your parents, a driver’s education course, or a combination of both, it all led to one goal: passing that driver’s licensing exam. This is easier for some new drivers as they intuitively seem to understand how to operate a car and may have already had experience in caring for one as well. Other young drivers may be on a steeper learning curve, experiencing anxiety over exercises like parallel parking, merging onto the highway, and driving in heavy traffic.

Passing that written test and then the actual driving test are an enormous milestone—but for most of us, true learning begins after we get behind the wheel in real life. And while teenagers may experience all sorts of anxiety while learning to drive, parents are usually experiencing a wide range of emotions too as they watch their children gain true independence. This is a time where we usually feel proud yet worried—along with being relieved that we are no longer the family taxi service!

Being able to drive delivers new freedom for both the parent and the child, but in their first few months and years on the road, you will most likely continue to guide them, along with remembering and learning some things yourself. Following are some great tips to give to new drivers:

  • Always wear your seatbelt, and insist that passengers do so too. According to the CDC, you reduce your risk of death or injury in a car accident by half just by buckling up.
  • Make sure that you are comfortable in the car with the headrests and seats in the proper position, along with the side and rear-view mirrors.
  • Don’t feel pressured to hurry when driving; for example, if you don’t feel comfortable turning left on a busy road, just wait, and remember that it’s always easier to go left in busy areas where there is an arrow at a traffic light.
  • Remember to follow the speed limit and stay one car length behind each car per every 10 mph that you are traveling.
  • Always drive defensively, watching out for other motorists. There are far too many drivers on the road today who are distracted. If you see them, give them a wide berth. It’s also important to stay far away from aggressive drivers. Remember too that if you are getting ready to pull out onto the road, motorists coming toward you with their blinkers on may have no intention of turning.
  • Always be alert and aware of your surroundings!

It’s also very important to talk to your teen about what to do if they are in an accident, from calling law enforcement to getting the other person’s contact and insurance information, and more. If you or a loved one have been injured in an auto accident, call us now at Heintz & Becker. We handle Florida automobile accidents of all types and will be dedicated to making sure you receive fair compensation from the insurance companies. Call us for a free consultation now at 941-748-2916 or contact us online. We are here to help!

 

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Motion Induced Blindness May Impair Drivers

Whether you prefer to drive a car or a motorcycle, you may have some traffic frustrations regarding the other. Motorists often become annoyed with motorcycles, sometimes perceiving them as being too loud, going too fast, showing off dangerously, or being troublesome as they weave in and out of traffic (also known as lane splitting). Motorcyclists, on the other hand, often become frustrated by motorists who cut them off, seem to drive aggressively, and in speeding or running red lights or stop signs, often endanger their lives. Distracted drivers or those under the influence, whether in a car or on a motorcycle, also make road travel perilous.

As most motorcyclists are aware, they often just are not seen in traffic. Despite attention being drawn to the issue in recent years, the average person driving a car is typically not used to scanning traffic for motorcyclists. This leaves them open to vulnerability, usually when turns are being made.

Why exactly is it so hard to see motorcyclists? One theory is that motion-induced blindness may be to blame. In the simplest terms think of this like the blind spot you sometimes encounter in your car while driving. MIB is like having a blind spot in your eye, and is an illusion brought on by varying peripheral motions that will cause items—such as a motorcycle in traffic—to disappear. That intense focus you have in looking ahead may be the reason for the MIB; because of that, it may help to remember to shift your focus periodically. This is important while you are driving, as you are not only responsible for seeing people riding on motorcycles, but also other cars, bicyclists, and pedestrians.

In ‘Motion-Induced Blindness and Troxler Fading: Common and Different Mechanisms,’ a study released in 2014, the authors explained MIB more thoroughly:

“Extended stabilization of gaze leads to disappearance of dim visual targets presented peripherally.  This phenomenon, known as Troxler fading, is thought to result from neuronal adaptation. Intense targets also disappear intermittently when surrounded by a moving pattern (the “mask”), a phenomenon known as motion-induced blindness (MIB).”

We should all be more inclined to see motorcycles in traffic if we remind ourselves routinely to look, training our brains to see them, when previously we may not have. Making a conscious effort to look for motorcycles is especially important if you are making a left turn. Make it a rule to always look twice, checking the roadway in front of your car, behind it, and from both sides. And in all cases, remember to keep a safe distance so that the motorcycle has appropriate time to stop.

If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in a motorcycle or auto accident, please call Heintz & Becker for a free consultation with one of personal injury attorneys. We handle all types of Florida personal injury cases, and our law firm has established an impressive record of verdicts and settlements. If you have been seriously injured, call us now at 941-748-2916 or contact us online. We are here to help!

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