How to Drive Safely This Winter

As fall turns to winter, safe driving becomes more of a challenge. Amidst all the festivities, it is easy to forget about the precautions you should take to prepare your vehicle for the change in weather. However, following the guidance offered by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration can help keep you and your loved ones safer throughout the holiday season. PREPARE YOUR VEHICLE Make sure that your car is ready for winter conditions before you get behind the wheel. Some important things to pay attention to are your vehicle’s battery, wipers, coolant, and tires because they all suffer in…

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New Year, New Law: It Will Soon Be Illegal to Hold Your Phone While Driving in Virginia

If you are a believer in new years’ resolutions, you might consider adding one more item to your list: don’t hold your phone while driving. While this certainly has always been a good idea, it is even more so now that Virginia’s new law will soon make it illegal to hold any handheld personal communications device while driving. The law takes effect on January 1, 2021. Under the current law, it is illegal for drivers to read or send emails and text messages. Under the new law, just holding a personal communications device while driving anywhere at any time will…

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Crash Statistics: Drivers Involved in Crashes Admit Risky Behavior

  Distracted driving continues to be a major cause of accidents in America. While this unlikely comes as a surprise, what is surprising is how little improvement has been made. Recently, AAA released a report that analyzed data from drivers involved in at least one crash in the last two years. Here are some of their key findings: 50% of those involved in a recent crash admit to talking on a hand-held device while driving in the past month, compared to 42% not involved in a crash. 43% of those involved in a recent crash admit to texting while driving…

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The Dangerous Drivers of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Anxious and Out-of-Touch Drivers — And the Dangers They Pose During the COVID Pandemic When COVID lockdowns first took over, many people assumed that a silver lining would involve reduced car accidents and fatalities. After all, it stands to reason that more people working or studying from home will translate to fewer cars on the road — and a reduced likelihood of collision. Unfortunately, these predictions haven’t played out as expected. If anything, some drivers view the comparatively empty roads as an opportunity to behave even more recklessly than they did prior to the pandemic. Others are simply too anxious…

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Highway Fatality Rates Increase Despite Less Drivers on the Road

  The National Safety Council has reported that, based on preliminary nationwide data from May, people traveling by roads had a higher risk of dying from a motor vehicle crash for the third month in a row. We previously wrote about this issue in May, and the trend of more dangerous driving has continued. The fatality rate is a measure of deaths due to collisions per 100 million vehicle miles. The fatality rate includes deaths of drivers, passengers, pedestrians, cyclists, etc., and is a good indicator of dangerous driving. The number of miles driven in May 2020 decreased by 25.5%…

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Hitting the Road As Lockdown Ends: New Dangers and How to Handle Them

Irresponsible drivers abound even during the best of times. Unfortunately, road-based negligence is all but guaranteed to take over as quarantine restrictions begin to ease up. After over two months of staying at home, local drivers are eager to hit the road — and if you expect them to behave, you’re in for a nasty surprise. If anything, they’ll be far worse now that they’ve had time to get rusty. Defensive driving is more important than ever. You can’t control how others behave behind the wheel, but you can at least be wary of their worst impulses. These tactics will…

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COVID-19: Impacts on Driving Behavior and Lessons

The COVID-19 crisis has impacted our lives in countless ways. It has also changed our behaviors.  The following are some observations and suggestions. Less Vehicles on the Road There are far fewer automobiles on the road, but accidents still occur. In keeping with social-distancing regulations, police officers in some areas of the country will not respond to the scene of a crash unless there is an emergency. Without a police response, a police report will not be generated. What to do if in a crash: Take photographs of the property damage to your vehicle and all other involved automobiles; Obtain…

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Gen Z Behind the Wheel: A Look at the Statistics, Dangers, and Opportunities

Move over millennials — a new generation is about to take over. Born in the late 90s and early 2000s, Gen Z holds a fiercely independent streak and a deep awareness of technology as it relates to personal branding. Although slow to take to the road compared to other generations, today’s young adults are beginning to adapt to the vehicular world. We’ve observed the following as they get behind the wheel: Lower Rates of Drunk Driving Today’s roads are safer because members of Gen Z know better than to drive while intoxicated — or at least, they’re willing to take…

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100 Deadliest Days for Driving Teens Begins Memorial Day

This Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of a season where rates of car crash-related deaths among teens tragically rise. Dubbed ‘the 100 deadliest days’ by AAA, the time from Memorial Day until Labor Day sees a 14% increase in teenage auto accident related deaths when compared to other periods of time. This meant that an average of 1,022 deaths occurred from auto collisions which included teens between 2010 and 2014 during this season. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A study from AAA using the same data found that , This problem is caused primarily by distracted teens with insufficient…

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Is Texting While Driving a Problem in DC?

Is texting while driving a problem in the district? Yes, and our law firm has helped numerous victims of car accidents caused by all forms of distracted driving. In this video, attorney Sal Zambri explains how texting behind the wheel has become an even greater crisis than drunk driving. Sal has made it his mission to inform the public, and high school students in particular, about the dangers of texting and driving and how lives can be forever altered or lost in a split second. Distracted driving is a huge problem. Not only in the District of Columbia, but everywhere…

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