3 Apps That Can Help You Avoid Distracted Driving Crashes

A glance at your cell phone, a bite of a sandwich, a mistimed adjustment of the radio – all it takes is a moment’s distraction to cause a tragic wreck. That single error can derail your plans as you’re sidelined with injuries, forced to foot the burden of hospital bills and grapple with repair costs.

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Are More Automobile Accidents Happening in St. George, Utah or Are We Just Getting Better News Coverage?

It seems like every day we read about another one or two automobile accidents happening in St. George, Utah.  What is frightening to those of us who are frequent users of the roads is that many of them are the result of someone running a stop sign or stop light.  For example, on Tuesday evening, November 19, 2013, two cars were damaged when the driver of a black Pontiac Grand Am traveling east on Riverside Drive, reportedly ran a red light, then slammed on his brakes causing his car to skid into a blue Honda Accord that was stopped at the intersection.  The Grand Am then smashed into a cement wall.      St. George News.

At Truman Law Firm, we want to make the roads a safer place for all of us. The roads only become safer as drivers remember to obey the rules of the road that they learned in high school.  Although I am a personal injury lawyer in St. George and Las Vegas, I would rather have safer roads for all of us than make a few bucks helping the next person injured by the carelessness of another.  The toll on the person injured, their family and society is too high to be ignored.  We all need to work together to make the roads a safer place.  We need to work together to make certain that we all obey the rules of the road that are designed to make the roads a safer place for each of us.

Drunk Driving Remains a Problem in Utah

Driving under the influence remains a problem in Utah.   In 2011, Utah had 54 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities.  Seven of these fatalities involved underage drinkers.  http://www.centurycouncil.org/state-facts/utah.  In 2012, there were 13,031 DUI arrests.   The majority of the arrests in 2012, “almost 84 percent, were for per se violations that included driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs or both.”  www.usaav.utah.gov.  The average blood alcohol content was .14; the highest was .39, nearly 5 times the legal limit.

Truman Law Firm, Your Las Vegas Personal Injury Attorney; Your St. George Personal Injury Attorney.  Although we are here to help you every step of the way with your personal injury claim, let’s all work together to make our roads a safer place so you won’t need our services in the first place.

Sixty-Three Traffic Related Deaths Already in Las Vegas Police Jurisdiction this Year

According to the Las Vegas police, another person unfortunately died on August 22, 2013 in a Las Vegas car crash. The decedent reportedly ran a red light in his 1997 Buick Park Avenue while traveling north on Arville Street.  The driver of the Buick was struck by a 2002 Dodge Dakota that was heading east on Oakey Boulevard.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those involved in this unfortunate automobile accident.  You can learn more at http://www.8newsnow.com/story/23240305/driver-dies-after-running-red-light-in-las-vegas.

How can we reduce the needless loss of life?  Driving is dangerous.  We must remember that and keep our attention focused on our driving.

Truman Law Firm, Your Las Vegas and Southern Utah Personal Injury Attorneys.  Although we are here to help you every step of the way with your personal injury claim, let’s all work together to make our roads a safer place so you won’t need our services in the first place.

Safety First With the Start of a New School Year

Summer is almost over.  School is just around the corner.  With all of the teenage drivers back on the road driving to and from school with their friends, let’s spend a few moments with our young drivers to educate them on the dangers of distracted driving:  1.  Drivers using a cell phone while driving are 4 times more likely to get in a car crash.  2. A substantial number of car crashes are caused by distracted driving.  See http://blog.nationwide.com/back-to-school-season-safety-the-dangers-of-texting-and-driving/.

Let’s encourage our young drivers to put their cell phones in their backpacks or put them somewhere else out of reach while they are driving.  This may save the life of someone you love.  Working together we can make the roads a safer place for all of us.

Truman Law Firm, Your Personal Injury and Car Crash Attorneys.

Failure to Yield Results in Another Car Crash

On August 5, 2013, the Hurricane Police responded to an automobile accident at the intersection of 5300 West and Route 9 in Hurricane, Utah.  According to the St. George News, the driver of a gold passenger car made a left hand turn in front of a truck. The driver of the gold car reportedly failed to yield the right of way to the driver of the truck and caused the car crash.  

Truman Law Firm encourages each of us to be a little more careful with our driving, to slow down and look before we turn.  The human losses and economic losses suffered due to the carelessness of others are significant.  Working together,  we can and must make the roads a safer place for all of us.

Truman Law Firm, Your Accident and Injury Law Firm.

 

Motorcyclist in St. George Airlifted to Hospital After Crash

According to the St. George News, a motorcyclist was traveling northbound on Bluff Street through the Red Cliffs Parkway intersection when he was hit by a car making a left hand turn.  The crash left the motorcycle rider with “significant injuries to his left leg” and he was transported by Life Flight to DRMC.  The driver of the car that struck the motorcyclist was cited for failure to yield to oncoming traffic.  According to Officer Harding, “drivers need to pay attention.”  St. George News reports that “police have responded to at least one scooter or motorcycle accident each week.”  www. Stgnews.com.

Let’s all remember to slow down and look before proceeding through an intersection on a yellow light.  The extra few seconds saved by rushing through a yellow light are not worth the danger encountered.

Truman Law Firm, Your St. George and Las Vegas Accident and Crash Attorneys.  Please be safe!

No-Texting Signs Go Up in St. George

St. George is installing street signs warning drivers of the danger of texting and driving. A sign was just placed in memory of David Henson, who died when ran over by a texting driver.  Many thanks to Mrs. Henson, who survived the crash, for all of her hard work in spreading the message of the dangers of texting and driving.  Together, we can make the roads a safer place for all of us.  Holding those rule breakers accountable for their negligence certainly is a first step in protecting ourselves and our loved ones from needless danger.  The lawyers at Truman Law Firm are working to make our roads safer by working to educate our neighbors and friends and by committing to sue distracted drivers.

Distracted Driving Was Cause of Monday’s 3 Car Crash

According to Officer Jamison Hale, the driver of the car that ran the red light on Monday, causing a three car crash in the vicinity of 750 South Main Street, was looking at his phone checking directions when he ran the red light.  St. George News.  This senseless act sent two people to the hospital.  We, at Truman Law Firm, give our best to those injured in the three car accident and encourage all drivers to keep their eyes on the road.

Breaking the Basic Safety Rules of the Road Results in Fatalities

According to a recent KSL article, rule breakers are responsible for fatal crashes.  The five top things that cause fatal crashes are “Speeding, not wearing seatbelts, driving under the influence, distracted driving and drowsy driving.”  According to Colonel Daniel Fuhr, with the Utah Highway Patrol, “‘Seventy-percent of people who die on Utah roadways are not wearing a seatbelt. Absolutely preventable . . . Speeding, preventable. Drowsy driving? Preventable. Distracted driving, texting and all that? Preventable, Drunk driving? That is absolutely preventable. . . . And if people obeyed the laws . . ., we would have zero fatalities in the state of Utah.”  www.ksl.com.

One certainly can assume that the five car crash in St. George, Utah on Tuesday must have been caused by distracted driving.  According to a St. George News article, a “five-car crash occurred at the intersection of 100 South and 700 East Tuesday morning when a car ran a red light.”  The red car running the red light crashed into a blue minivan waiting in the intersection to make a turn.  The crash was so severe that four of the five cars involved in the crash had to be towed from the crash site.  If the driver were paying attention to his or her driving, he or she certainly would have seen a red light.

We encourage everyone to remember how important it is to keep your attention focused on your driving. Put down the phones. The call can wait. The text message will wait.  I wonder if the manufactures of cell phones shouldn’t program them so that if you are traveling at a speed in excess of 10 mph, your phone automatically shuts down unless you take affirmative steps to override the shut down.  This certainly may help reduce the number of accidents and crashes which result in lost lives and damaged futures.