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You must do these 5 things after a car accident

Even if you have been part of a car accident in the past, it doesn't necessarily mean you'll know what to do in this situation in the future. With so much commotion, especially after a serious motor vehicle accident, it's easy to lose sight of what you should be doing.

Here are five things to do in the aftermath of a car accident:

  • Check for injuries. There's nothing more important than this step, as you need to check yourself and your passengers for injuries in a timely manner. Any injury, even one that appears minor on the surface, requires immediate attention. For example, a bump on the head may not appear serious, but you don't know what's happening below the surface.
  • Move to safety. You aren't always able to do this, such as if your vehicle is disabled as a result of the damage, but you should attempt to move to the side of the road.
  • Call 911. Once you do this, you won't have to guess as to whether an ambulance and police will arrive at the scene. You know that they'll show up as quickly as possible, and that should put your mind at ease.
  • Exchange information. You shouldn't feel pressured to do this, but it's something to consider if your health allows for it. In addition to exchanging information, take pictures of the other person's license plate, driver's license and insurance card.
  • Notify your insurance company. You shouldn't rush to do this if you were injured in the accident and require immediate medical attention. However, the moment you have the opportunity to do so, contact your agent to let them know what happened. If you've yet to learn more about the accident and review your policy, stick to the basics. You don't want to say something to your insurance company that could work against you in the future.

Alcohol impacts your ability to drive safely

Even though it's common knowledge that drinking alcohol impairs your ability to drive, some people continue to do so for one reason or another.

While it's not necessarily illegal to have a single drink and then drive, it's good practice to avoid this altogether. You never want to assume you're in good enough condition to drive and then discover that you're not able to make confident and safe decisions while you're behind the wheel.

Getting a text ruins your concentration, even without reading it

Do you think it is safe to drive in the car with your cell phone sitting on the seat beside you? Maybe you know how dangerous it is to write or read text messages, so you never do that while you drive, but you leave the phone out so that you have access to it in an emergency.

While this may be safer than actively using the phone, studies have found that simply knowing someone texted you can cause you to feel distracted and it can ruin your concentration.

Safe driving tips when near large trucks

Getting behind the wheel in Alpharetta can be very dangerous. You might use some of the safest maneuvers and tips when driving but you cannot guarantee that all other drivers around you will also be safe. That's why you need to know the safest ways to drive near large trucks. These tips will help you avoid accidents with trucks in Georgia.

You should never drive in the blind spots of a truck and trucks have quite a few blind spots. A truck's blind spots are located on either side, in the front and in the back. So, basically, you might in a blind spot no matter where your vehicle is located when near a large truck. Take note that if you cannot see the driver of the truck in the mirrors on the side, the driver cannot see you.

How to avoid a rush hour traffic accident

As you spend time sitting in rush hour traffic, it's easy for your frustration to get the best of you. Of course, you need to avoid this at all costs in order to maintain a high level of safety.

Even if you have never been involved in a rush-hour traffic accident in the past, you have probably driven past a crash at some point. If you want to avoid this danger in the future, here are some of the top tips to follow:

  • Allow more time. When you're in a hurry to reach your destination, there's a greater chance of making a mistake that causes an accident. This is why you should always leave extra time to account for traffic.
  • Consider your route. If your current route is always full of traffic and accidents, look for an alternate way of reaching your destination. Even if it's more miles, the ability to avoid heavy traffic may be worth it.
  • Watch other drivers. Have you ever heard the saying, "it's the other driver you need to worry about?" This definitely holds true in rush-hour traffic. You should always keep your eyes on the motorists around you, making note of anyone who appears not to be following the rules of the road.
  • Eliminate all distractions. During rush hour, as traffic is moving slowly and people are looking for ways to pass the time, drivers often get distracted. Don't allow yourself to get distracted, as it increases the likelihood of an accident.
  • Choose a lane and stay there. There will be times when you need to change lanes, and there's nothing wrong with that. However, you shouldn't get into the habit of jumping from lane to lane, thinking this will help you make better time. It's much safer to choose your lane and stay there.

An elderly Cumming woman dies days following a 400 car crash

A 77-year-old Cumming resident succumbed to injuries she'd suffered in a May 26th two-car crash on June 5. The incident that claimed her life occurred nearby where Buford Highway merges in with the northbound on-ramp for Highway 400.

Witnesses to the crash reported having seen a 49-year-old Sandy Springs man driving his Nissan Altima through a flashing yellow light in the moments before the crash occurred. He had apparently been driving eastbound along Buford Highway in the direction of the northbound 400 ramp before making that fateful turn on yellow.

Do you understand the 3 types of distracted driving?

Many people assume they understand everything there is to know about distracted driving, just to find that this isn't the case.

There are three distinct forms of distracted driving, all of which are extremely dangerous. Here is a break down of each one:

  • Manual distraction. If you take either or both hands off the steering wheel there's a greater chance of causing an accident. There are many reasons why you may do this, such as changing the radio station or grabbing for something under your seat
  • Cognitive distraction. It's a must to keep your focus and attention on driving at all times. Anything that takes you away from the task at hand, such as daydreaming about the weekend, is a distraction.
  • Visual distraction. Your eyes should always be focused on the road ahead and the vehicles around you. A visual distraction is a big deal, as it means you're not watching what's happening on the road. There are many forms of visual distractions, with mobile devices at the top of the list.

Is it difficult to prove fault in a slip-and-fall case?

As with any situation in which there are two or more sides to the "story," proving fault in a Georgia slip-and-fall case can indeed be a challenge. Unfortunately, courts and judges cannot take one person's account of the accident over the other person's account without some sort of proof.

A slip-and-fall can occur under many different circumstances. For example, a crack in pavement or flooring could send a person tumbling. In another example, wet floors or frayed carpet could be the culprit. The possibilities are almost endless, which is why proving fault is so critical.

Important facts about distracted driving accidents

Operating a motor vehicle safely requires a great amount of multi-tasking. Drivers must focus their attention on several things at once, such as traffic patterns, the behavior of other motorists and the car's performance. Drivers that let their attention wander for any reason can cause a distracted driving accident that injures drivers and passengers.

Like drunken driving, distracted driving is a growing problem in the nation. April was National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, but why let awareness stop just because the calendar changes? The following facts from 2016 can keep all Georgia residents aware of the dangers of distracted driving:

  • Reportedly, six percent of the drivers involved in fatal vehicle accidents were distracted when the crash occurred.
  • Nine percent of the fatal accidents occurring in 2016 were distraction-related.
  • The 15-to-19 age group experienced the largest share of fatal distracted driving accidents.
  • More than 560 non-occupants such as pedestrians and cyclists died in distraction-related accidents.
  • Driving while operating a hand-held cellphone is most prevalent in the 15 to 29 years age group.
  • Most of the drivers involved in distracted driving accidents were male.
  • Females using cellphones while driving are more likely to experience a fatal crash than males are
  • Some form of distraction affected 9 percent of all fatal crashes in 2016
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