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Distracted driving has been around as long as there have been cars. From adjusting the radio and eating to texting and talking on the phone, it only takes one second of glancing away from the road to cause an accident. The results can be deadly.

The use of cell phones and other electronics has caused the number of accidents and deaths due to distracted driving to skyrocket: In fact, the National Safety Council reports that distracted driving is now the third cause of road fatalities, right behind speeding and alcohol. At any given daylight moment across the U.S., approximately 600,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving (NOPUS)

At Nager, Romaine & Schneiberg Co., L.P.A., we understand the devastating effects of being injured in an auto accident in Cleveland caused by a distracted driver. That’s why we are launching this series of blogs. In the coming weeks and months, we’ll provide information about distracted driving and driving safety. Topics will include pedestrian and cyclist safety as well as keeping kids and teen drivers safe.

Please read Distracted Driving Facts and Statistics to learn more about what distracted driving is and the devastating impact it can have on others. You can also visit our distracted driving and texting accident page on our website.

If you have been injured or have lost a loved one in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, speak to an auto accident lawyer at NRS right away. Our distracted driving accident attorneys have the experience you need to get the results you deserve and are entitled to by law. Call us toll-free at 1.855.GOT.HURT (1.855.468.4878) or contact us by filling out our No-Risk Consultation Form.

When you think about workplace safety, driving isn’t typically one of the first things that come to mind. After all, unless it’s the trucking industry, or other businesses involving professionally trained drivers, driving occurs mostly outside of working hours. However, employers pay a substantial cost for car crashes that occur off the job:

As we stated in the first blog of our distracted driving series, The Rising Cost of Distracted Driving: Facts and Stats, distracted driving is the third leading cause of traffic fatalities. So what can employers do?

The National Safety Council recommends these steps:

  1. Enact a corporate cell phone policy to prevent all cell phone use behind the wheel
  2. Help employees to understand the risks they face while driving
  3. Take action to address these risks and implement measures to track progress
  4. Offer defensive driving courses and other training specific to the risks faced
  5. Ask NSC experts to assess your organization's road safety systems, and help design and execute a program

At Nager, Romaine & Schneiberg Co., L.P.A., we understand the devastating and costly effects of being injured in an auto accident in Cleveland caused by a distracted driver. Through this blog series on distracted driving, we hope to provide essential information on distracted driving and driving safety. Topics will include pedestrian and cyclist safety as well as keeping kids and teen drivers safe.

Please read Distracted Driving Facts and Statistics to learn more about what distracted driving is and the devastating impact it can have on others. You can also visit our distracted driving and texting accident page on our website.

If you have been injured or have lost a loved one in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, speak to an auto accident lawyer at NRS right away. Our distracted driving accident attorneys have the experience you need to get the results you deserve and are entitled to by law. Call us toll-free at 1.855.GOT.HURT (1.855.468.4878) or contact us by filling out our No-Risk Consultation Form.

So far in our series of blogs on distracted driving, we’ve taken a look at the rising cost of distracted driving, the increased costs of cycling accidents, the cost of distracted driving on the workplace and how to prevent accidents in parking lots. In this week’s blog, we take a look at distracted driving and pedestrian safety.

Why pedestrian safety? Consider these facts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

According to the Pew Research Center, more than half of all adult cellphone users have been on the giving or receiving end of a distracted walking encounter. When you combine distracted driving with distracted walking, it’s no wonder that the number of accidents has sharply increased.

Young adults (in particular those ages 18-24) are especially prone to experience these “distracted walking” encounters. Teenagers are now at the greatest risk for being killed or injured in traffic accidents as pedestrians. They have a death rate twice that of younger children and account for half of all child pedestrian deaths. Following are safety tips specifically for teens:

Teens aren’t along when it comes to distracted walking accidents. According to statistics from Loyola University Health System, senior citizens make up 13 percent of the population, but account for 23 percent of all pedestrian fatalities. Following are pedestrian safety tips specifically for older adults.

Tips that all pedestrians are wise to follow include:

At Nager, Romaine & Schneiberg Co., L.P.A., we understand the devastating effects of being injured in an auto accident in Cleveland caused by a distracted driver. In the coming weeks and months, we’ll provide more information about distracted driving and driving safety. Topics will include other ways to keep kids and teens safe and what to do following a car accident.

Please read Distracted Driving Facts and Statistics to learn more about what distracted driving is and the devastating impact it can have on others. You can also visit our distracted driving and texting accident page on our website.

If you have been injured or have lost a loved one in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, speak to an auto accident lawyer at NRS right away. Our distracted driving accident attorneys have the experience you need to get the results you deserve and are entitled to by law. Call us toll-free at 1.855.GOT.HURT (1.855.468.4878) or contact us by filling out our No-Risk Consultation Form.

In the last blog in our distracted driving series, we addressed the distractions that can occur when driving with small children in the back seat. When those children become teens with driver’s licenses, distractions while driving can include cell phones, music, friends and a host of other dangers that come with multitasking while at the wheel.

According the NHTSA’s safercar.gov site, teenage drivers are twice as likely as adult drivers to be in a fatal crash. Despite a 49-percent decline in driver fatalities of 15- to 20-year-olds between 2003 and 2012, young drivers, particularly 16- to 17-year-olds, are significantly over-represented in fatal crashes. Distracted driving behavior stems from using electronic devices, drinking, teenage passengers and more.

So, how can you keep your teenagers safe? To address the problem of distracted driving and teens, every state across the nation has enacted graduated driver licensing (GDL) laws to give younger drivers more time to improve their skills and learn how to operate a vehicle under less risky circumstances. GDL laws vary by each state but typically include stages with increased responsibilities.

At a minimum, parents should consider the following ground rules for their teens:

The use of cell phones and other electronics has caused the number of accidents and deaths due to distracted driving to skyrocket: In fact, the National Safety Council reports that distracted driving is now the third cause of road fatalities, right behind speeding and alcohol. In our final blog of our distracted driving series, we’ll take a look at the steps you should take in the unfortunate incident of a car accident.

At Nager, Romaine & Schneiberg Co., L.P.A., we understand the devastating effects of being injured in an auto accident in Cleveland caused by a distracted driver. That’s why we launched this series of blogs. We have provided information about distracted driving and driving safety. Topics include pedestrian and cyclist safety as well as keeping kids and teen drivers safe.

Please read Distracted Driving Facts and Statistics to learn more about what distracted driving is and the devastating impact it can have on others. You can also visit our distracted driving and texting accident page on our website.

If you have been injured or have lost a loved one in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, speak to an auto accident lawyer at NRS right away. Our distracted driving accident attorneys have the experience you need to get the results you deserve and are entitled to by law. Call us toll-free at 1.855.GOT.HURT (1.855.468.4878) or contact us by filling out our No-Risk Consultation Form.

Throughout our blog series on distracted driving, we have highlighted behavior that contributes to distracted driving as well as many of its repercussions. As we highlighted in our first blog, “The Rising Cost of Distracted Driving: Facts and Stats,” distracted driving is now the third cause of road fatalities—at any given daylight moment across the U.S., approximately 600,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving.

According to the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA), there are more than 2 million injuries from motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. every day. No matter how defensively you drive, there are times when an accident can’t be avoided.

Here are 10 tips to follow when you find yourself involved in an accident:

  1. Stay as calm as possible: Your natural instincts will kick in, sending adrenalin into high gear as you grapple with emotions ranging from fear to shock. The calmer you can be as you sort through what’s happened, the better you can assess the situation.
  2. If you’re not able to get out of the car, or it’s unsafe to try, call 911 and wait for help to arrive.
  3. If it’s safe to get out of the car, set up flashing lights or cones around the collision site.
  4. If the collision is minor and you are unhurt, move your car out of the way of traffic. However, be careful to not leave the scene—in some states it is illegal to move your car.
  5. Check for injuries of all parties involved. If there are any, or if you begin feeling unwell, call 911 and wait for help to arrive.
  6. Be aware of the direction the car was coming from, weather conditions and the time and place of the accident.
  7. If you need help to determine who is at fault, you may be able to get the police to come to the scene to mediate. In some areas, the police will not come if no one is hurt. In that case, be sure to write down as much information as possible:
    • Get the license plates numbers for all drivers involved
    • Ask for driver’s license and insurance information
    • If there are witnesses, ask for contact information
    • Take pictures
  8. If you are too hurt to gather this information, seek medical attention immediately by calling 911.
  9. Even if you think you are at fault, do not admit guilt. You could be wrong.
  10. Be alert to any pain, numbness or discomfort in the days following the accident—some symptoms are masked at the time of the accident.

At Nager, Romaine & Schneiberg Co., L.P.A., we understand the devastating effects of being injured in an auto accident in Cleveland caused by a distracted driver. We hope this blog series has been useful in understanding the far-reaching effects of distracted driving.

The distracted driving accident attorneys in Cleveland at NRS are driven to helping you obtain the car crash compensation you deserve as the result of injuries, property damage or even the death of an immediate family member. Our attorneys can help if you were involved in a car accident, motorcycle accident or truck accident in Cleveland or throughout the state of Ohio, even if you were partly at fault.

If you or a family member has been injured in an auto accident, see our Cleveland car accident page for immediate steps to take and then call an auto accident attorney in Cleveland from NRS toll-free at 1.855.GOT.HURT (1.855.468.4878) or contact us by filling out our No-Risk Consultation form.

Over the course of the year, we have written blogs to remind our clients and friends about the ramifications of driving while engaging in dangerous behavior like texting and talking as well as other forms of distracted driving. We have provided tips about safer parking, cycling and even safe walking.

The holiday season is a time of celebration, festivities and cheer. At the same time, Christmas ranks as one of the highest on the list of the most dangerous holidays, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Nager, Romaine & Schneiberg wishes all of our readers a safe and happy holiday season. With that in mind, here are some tips to help ensure your safety and that of your family, friends and fellow travelers.

1. Be on guard for dangerous drivers
The holidays are one of the most dangerous times to be on the road. People tend to drink more, stay out later and generally be more distracted by passengers and smartphones. They drive faster, make quick lane changes and don’t make adjustments for weather conditions. Stay alert for reckless drivers, slow down and allow plenty of time to get where you are going. Consider leaving earlier or later to avoid the busiest times on the road. Please read Distracted Driving Facts and Statistics to learn more about what distracted driving is and the devastating impact it can have on others. You can also visit our distracted driving and texting accident page on our website.

2. Make Sure You are Well Rested Before Driving
It’s not uncommon to be overwhelmed with increased demands over the holiday season. Something has to give and all too often it is the number of hours you sleep. According to a study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, people who slept 6-7 hours a night were twice as likely to be involved in a crash as those sleeping 8 hours or more, while people sleeping less than 5 hours increased their risk four to five times. Ask someone who is rested to drive when you are feeling fatigued—you’ll reduce the chance of hurting yourself and others.

3. Be Prepared for Emergencies
Whether it’s perilous weather, an accident or automobile breakdown, be prepared for an emergency. Keep a car stocked car with blankets, water, flashlights and medical supplies. Keep a cell phone and charger with you at all times. Some motorist assistance services, like AAA, offer smartphone applications that enable motorists to request help without having to make a call.

4. Drinking and Driving
According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), deaths from drinking and driving spike around the holidays, with alcohol being blamed for about 52 percent of fatal collisions on Christmas and 57 percent on New Year’s Eve compared to a rate of 41 percent for the entire year. There are more people traveling, an increased number of festivities where alcohol is served and a surge in drunk driving. Be prepared—plan a way to safely arrive home at the end of the night:

5. Keep Medications Out of Reach
According to a poll by the University of Michigan C. S. Mott Children’s Hospital, in the U.S., a child under the age of six is taken to an emergency room to be treated for a medicine poisoning every 10 minutes. Whether it’s traveling to stay with friends and family over the holidays or having guests in your own home, there’s a much greater chance that medications can be left within a child’s reach. Access to easy-to-open containers is more common in grandparents’ homes. Many medicines look and taste like candy; medicines like nicotine are delivered by chewing gum or Tic-Tac-like pellets. So look around the house to be sure medications are kept well out of reach of children.

With some advanced planning and smart thinking, you can great increase your safety so that you can enjoy the 2015 holiday season with your family and friends. We wish you an enjoyable holiday season!

If you have been injured or have lost a loved one in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, speak to an auto accident lawyer at NRS right away. Our distracted driving accident attorneys have the experience you need to get the results you deserve and are entitled to by law. Call us toll-free at 1.855.GOT.HURT (1.855.468.4878) or contact us by filling out our No-Risk Consultation Form.

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