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INFOTAINMENT SYSTEMS AND DISTRACTED DRIVING

The days of analog radios and paper maps are long behind us. The surge in technological advancements over the past decades has brought a wealth of in-car tech. infotainment systems, navigation, and built in cameras have drastically changed the way we drive. Cameras allow us to back out of tight spots without fear of being rear ended. Some, more advanced camera systems, will even help to prevent you from colliding with a vehicle that makes a sudden stop. Navigation helps us reach our destination with audible cues, keeping our eyes on the road. Hands free phone technology allows us to communicate without lessening our ability to steer our vehicles safely.

These developments have undoubtedly created a safer driving experience, but they have also increased the propensity for distracted driving. The touch screens that are integrated into all of these systems, can steal a driver’s attention, creating dangerous situations.

Distracted driving is not a new occurrence created by this type of technology. It is more accurately, an attempt to resolve the issue. Since the rise of smart phones, distracted driving accidents have increased. Many states and cities have passed laws restricting the use of handheld devices on the road. Hands free calling and texting are now the legal, and safer, alternative to this dangerous activity. However, when used improperly, these systems can be equally dangerous.

This new technology and the associated risks have not gone unnoticed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In 2012 they laid out a proposal for manufactures to refer to when designing these devices. Mainly that these devices should maintain a reasonable level of complexity and only display necessary information. They should also not take the driver’s attention for more than 2 seconds or require more than one hand to operate. Following these guidelines is still optional for automakers, since this is only a proposal for change.

Since there are no laws that govern the use and content of these systems, does that leave manufacturers free of liability for accidents that may result? Not necessarily. Court cases surrounding these circumstances are growing, and with them come precedents that will affect the outcomes of future cases. Don’t assume that you are fully liable for an accident, just because one of these devices caused you to be distracted.If you have been involved in any type of auto accident, call the Law Office of Gregory Chancy today at (770) 627-3221

By : Cobb Defense | August 30, 2019 | Uncategorized

3 COMMON CAUSES OF MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS

Motorcycles can be a ton of fun to ride, especially during these hot summer days. Every day riders jump on their bikes and head out on the open road. But, along with the thrill of riding, comes increased risk of accidents and serious injury.

Motorcycle fatalities in Georgia have steadily risen every year since 2013, accounting for approximately 10-12% of all traffic fatalities*. This a concerning statistic considering motor cycles make up for a rather small percentage of the total vehicles on the roadways.

Motorcycles are less visible that passenger vehicles. Even a rider who is following all traffic regulations can be at risk since other drivers simply may not see them. Here we’ll be discussing some of the most common circumstances under which motorcycle accidents occur.

Speeding

Speeding can be very dangerous, and some riders may not even realize they’re doing it. How can you speed without knowing it you may ask? Well, even driving at the posted speed limit may be dangerous under certain road conditions and in turns or curves. Riders should stay aware of road surface conditions and watch their speed when on roads with twists.

When driving a passenger vehicle, of course you should also avoid speeding. The result of a speeding car that collides with a motorcycle can be tragic and often cause fatalities.

Driving Under the Influence

Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs is always dangerous. When motorcycles are also involved, the possibility of serious injury or death increase dramatically. In many places, DUI is the leading cause of motorcycle accidents.

Alcohol and drugs can delay your reaction time and impair your judgement. That, along with lowered inhibitions and increased chance of reckless behavior, are a recipe for disaster.

Lane Splitting

When a motorcycle drives between the designated lanes, usually in the space between cars sitting in traffic, this is known as splitting lanes. While legal in some states, lane splitting is illegal in the state of Georgia. For obvious reasons, this type of driving can be very dangerous. Reduced space and lowered visibility greatly increase a rider’s risk of being involved in an accident.

The bottom line is, while motorcycles can be a great hobby, they are not to be taken lightly. If you ride, you have a personal responsibility to do so as safely as possible. Even though an accident may not be your fault, it could have serious consequences.

If you’ve been involved in any type of accident, call the Law Offices of Gregory Chancy today at 770-627-3221.

*Governor’s Office Of Highway Safety In Georgia. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.gahighwaysafety.org/research/motorcycles-statistics/

By : Cobb Defense | August 16, 2019 | Uncategorized

ALLED VEHICLES IN THE ROADWAY

It’s no secret that traffic is a serious issue in Atlanta and the surrounding areas. One common cause is stalled vehicles in the roadway. The first things that come to mind with a stalled vehicle are the delays, inconvenience, and costly repairs that come with a breakdown. However, the potential risk of injury and death in these situations is a much more serious concern.

Stalled vehicles create significant danger, for both to the occupants of the incapacitated vehicle and other drivers. Even the most attentive drivers could be caught off guard by the sudden need to stop or change lanes to avoid a stopped vehicle on the interstate, and with the increase in distracted driving, they may never even see it coming. If your vehicle has stalled and it is not safe or possible to move it yourself, it is important that you understand how to get out of the situation without harm to yourself or others.

There is a service that operates in Atlanta specifically for the purpose of clearing roadways so that traffic flow can return to normal. The Highway Emergency Response Operators, or HERO for short, are available 24/7. They can be reached by dialing 5-1-1. Obviously if you have been in an accident, then you should contact emergency services. But, if your vehicle has simply become immovable, HERO can get it out of harm’s way so that you can make arrangements to have it towed to a shop or your home.

SAFELY MANAGING A STALLED VEHICLE

The driver experiencing the mechanical problem and other drivers have to play a role in avoiding stall-related accidents. These are some simple strategies that should be regular practice for all drivers.

  • Keep ample distance between yourself and the vehicle in front of you.
  • Stay aware of your safest route to avoid a possible accident or breakdown that occurs in your line of travel.
  • Pay to attention to other drivers around you, lookout for signs that they may make a sudden lane change or suffer a malfunction.
  • Do not make assumptions that other drivers will attempt to avoid an accident or stalled vehicle.

The first step in managing mechanical failures, is avoiding them. While there are some things you can never predict, routine maintenance can eliminate many possible failures. Here are some things any driver can do, despite your level of knowledge about cars.

  • Check your tire pressure regularly.
  • Inspect your tires for wear and damage, such as punctures and bubbling or gouged sidewalls.
  • Monitor your fluid levels. Your oil and coolant can be easily checked and are vital to the vehicle functioning properly.
  • Gauges and warning lights will also alert you if you have an issue arising. Know what these gauges mean, and what they read under normal circumstances. If you have a check engine light on, you can have it diagnosed for free at most auto parts stores.

Despite your best efforts, problems may still arise. The following will help you handle this situation as safely as possible.

  • Use you hazard lights to alert other drivers.
  • Remain calm and avoid sudden or abrupt movements.
  • Avoid sudden hard braking, especially in the event of a tire blowout. Allow the car to naturally decelerate.

If unable to get to the shoulder or out of traffic, use the following tips.

  • Use your hazard lights and make sure you are visible to other drivers.
  • Contact roadside services. Again, HERO can assist you free of charge. Dial 5-1-1.
  • Before exiting the vehicle, make certain that you can do so safely. If possible, use road flares to make yourself more visible.
  • Do not attempt to repair or push the vehicle in traffic.
  • If you determine the safest action to take is staying in your vehicle, keep your seatbelt fastened.

If you have been injured in any type of vehicle accident, contact the Law Office of Gregory Chancy today.

By : Cobb Defense | August 9, 2019 | Uncategorized

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