End Distracted Driving with the Focus App

End Distracted Driving with the Focus App

Since 2010, roughly 660,000 individuals are estimated to be using cell phones while driving every minute, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. That is a number that has more or less remained unchanged. Teenagers and young adults, especially, have been involved in a higher percentage of accidents which were caused by distracted driving due to using cell phones. A survey conducted by the USDOT found that in 27 percent of distracted driving incidents involving cell phones, the drivers were between the ages of 20 and 30.

Taking your eyes of the road to look at a cell phone for even five seconds can prove fatal. During that time, at an average speed of 55mph, your vehicle will travel approximately 50 yards. That is more than enough distance to either cause an accident or fail to perceive a hazard in time to react.

Almost everyone carries a cell phone with them everywhere they go. Even drivers who are normally attentive can become easily distracted by incoming calls or messages. The temptation to take a quick glance at an incoming message can often prove too much.

Focus — Screen-Free Driving

There now exists a rather innovative means of avoiding the distraction of your cell phone. You may be surprised to learn that the means for avoiding the distraction of your phone actually resides on your phone. It is an app.

The Focus – Screen-Free Driving app works with your iPhone, Android or Windows smart phone and is designed to train drivers to stay focused on the driving and not on their cell phone. It sounds almost contradictory to use a phone app to keep you from using your phone; however, although the app is installed on your smart phone, it is quite effective in keeping the owner from using it.

How the Focus App Works

The app is the brainchild of developer, Kevin Holesh. The app works by, effectively, berating the driver every time they pick up the phone. If the driver continues to pick up the phone while driving, Focus increases its intensity. Focus uses voice-over to deliver messages to the driver, warning that they are being distracted while driving. Perhaps most sobering, Focus sends an automated email which includes details of cell phone use while driving, which includes, how long the phone was used, and the speed of the vehicle while the driver was being distracted. Once your journey is complete, Focus will notify you of how you performed while driving so that you have a real-time indication of whether you were paying attention to the road or your cell phone.

The idea behind the app is to provide the driver with data on how often and for how long they are distracted by a cell phone while driving. Few drivers want to feel like they are a liability on the road, so it is easy for drivers to fool themselves into believing that they are not easily distracted by their cell phones. Focus puts everything in black and white, so there is no denying the level of distraction taking place. The constant reminders also help break the habit of picking up the cell phone every time a notification comes through.

The app cannot distinguish between the driver using the cell phone or someone else, so you may receive unfair admonishments when you were not at fault. Some users have also reported that the app drains the battery on certain devices. However, given that the app is designed to prevent you from being distracted by your cell phone, that is not necessarily a bad thing.

Other Causes of Distracted Driving

The app will not work for every driver, and cell phones are not the only cause of distracted driving. Children fighting, loud music, passengers speaking to the driver and many other activities can cause distracted driving. When a driver is distracted, it is much more difficult to react to other drivers and potential hazards. The reduction in reaction time can make all the difference between being involved in an accident and being able to stop or get out of the way.

If you have been involved in an accident which was caused by a distracted driver, you can seek compensation. Greening Law specializes in personal injury claims, and our team are experts in gaining rewards for clients who have suffered trauma or injury in a motor vehicle accident. If the accident was the fault of the other driver, you are entitled to receive fair compensation for losses incurred as a result of the accident. Contact Greening Law because we fight the legal battle, so you have time for healing and renewal.

 

Should I Hire an Attorney or Rely on my Insurance Company to Handle My Case?

Should I Hire an Attorney or Rely on my Insurance Company to Handle My Case?

Insurance is a multi-billion dollar per year business, and a sizable portion of that money is spent convincing you that the insurance company works for your benefit. Catchy slogans and memorable representatives combine with teams of adjusters, agents and claims personnel to portray the notion that they are just waiting to leap to the rescue of customers, if and when they are needed. This is not necessarily the case, especially when you are dealing with someone else’s insurance company after having sustained an injury in some type of accident at work, on someone else’s property or while driving or walking down the street.

Low Settlement Offers

In personal injury cases, it is common practice for insurance companies to offer a low settlement at the beginning of the process. Victims are often vulnerable immediately following the accident and need money quickly. If an insurance company can settle a claim with a low first offer, they get rid of your problem quickly and save money for their shareholders. If you accept the insurance company’s initial offer and cash the check, you may receive inadequate compensation and limit your recourse for unforeseen losses in the future.  

Equitable Claim Settlements

The results of a study conducted in 1999 by the Insurance Research Council (IRC) suggest that hiring an attorney pays significant dividends for accident victims pursuing an auto insurance claim. According to the Consumer Panel Survey of Auto Accident Victims, “Paying for Auto Injuries,” settlements for injury victims were 40 percent higher with attorney representation than without it. Consider the rising costs between 1999 and today, consumers could reap an even bigger settlement. Securing an attorney in a personal injury settlement can make a huge difference, regardless of whether the cause of the injuries are from an auto accident or some other type of injury.

Experience with Insurance and Personal Injury Laws

Depending on the circumstances of your incident, the particulars of the law can become complicated.

  • What if the person who rear-ended you doesn’t have insurance? Or what if their insurance refuses to pay?
  • What if the dog bite you received makes you seriously ill and ends up costing you thousands? What if the neighbor won’t take responsibility?

One can see how easily a personal injury claim can become complicated. Any time you are injured and are dealing with an insurance company or another private party directly for your claim, you have the right to consult an attorney. Consider seeking legal representation, you never know when the situation may become more complicated than you expected.

Equality of Treatment

Consider seeking a personal injury lawyer immediately if you feel intimidated by the representatives of the insurance company or another party. Your attorney will be able to handle communications with the other parties involved and help you understand your rights and the claims process. A personal injury attorney will be quite familiar with the process and can provide assistance in handling your claim in a timely manner, to make sure your claim is settled quickly, but fairly. While some may argue that hiring an attorney is adversarial, it really isn’t true. Hiring a personal injury lawyer simply levels the playing field for you and ensures that you will receive the compensation due you.

Expert Consultants

Insurance companies may demand medical examinations or professional estimates to determine the amount of injury or loss. While these may be conducted by reputable professionals, you also have the right to independent evaluations. A personal injury lawyer can employ a network of medical, vocational and other experts. These experts can assist in determining the full value of a victim’s loss after an accident in order to determine equitable and adequate loss or injury evaluations.

Is an Attorney Necessary in All Personal Injury Cases?

Some minor injury cases could be resolved between accident victims and insurance companies, however, it is difficult to know when a personal injury case may involve tricky legal or liability issues; it’s best to consult an attorney for any personal injury case. There is no cost for an initial consultation and the advice you receive may be invaluable.

Greening Law, P.C. provides experienced and aggressive personal injury representation for those injured in accidents or other acts of negligence. We fight the legal battle so you have time for healing and renewal.  Give them a call at (972)-934-8900 or fill out the online form to arrange a free initial consultation.

Tips for Avoiding Distracted Driving (Teens and Adults)

Tips for Avoiding Distracted Driving (Teens and Adults)

As a major cause of road accidents, distracted driving often results in injury to parties who were not at fault. While you can control what goes on in your own vehicle, it is much more difficult to predict the behavior of other drivers or their passengers. Conscientious drivers will, of course, react much faster to hazards or a potential crash. However, sometimes an accident is unavoidable and all you can hope is that no one involved is seriously injured or killed. If you already practice safe driving, you can only do your part to avoid getting into an accident by limiting distractions, which have the potential to prevent you from foreseeing danger arising from another driver’s lack of attention. The following tips are ways that drivers, whether they are teens or adults, can avoid distracted driving and, especially, distracted drivers.

Cell Phones

It goes without saying that you should never use your cell phone while driving, unless it’s an absolute emergency. In which case, you should try to pull over to a safe place before using your phone. Other passengers, who are using their cell phones or other electronic devices, need to ensure that they are not distracting the driver by talking loudly or having the volume too high. Additionally, it is good practice, if you notice another driver using their cell phone, to exercise extra care and attention to avoid an accident.

Sleep and Alertness

The best way to avoid getting into an accident, whether it is your fault or not, is to ensure you are always alert while driving. Before driving, making sure you have had enough sleep and are fully awake is essential. On long drives, taking breaks or switching drivers where possible, helps keep drivers awake and alert. When observing other drivers on the road, look out for signs of delayed reactions or swerving in traffic. This may indicate that the driver is either intoxicated or falling asleep at the wheel. A tired driver’s attention span and reaction times are severely hindered, creating the potential for causing an accident.

Designated Driver

Whether you are in the car alone or carrying passengers, your only job is driving safely and reaching your destination in one piece. If you need to check or retrieve items in the car, wait until you are able to stop somewhere safe. It only takes a second of inattention for an accident to happen, so it’s really not worth the risk. You can assess your surroundings and road conditions, however, you can’t account for what other drivers might do in that split second while you were distracted. For insurance purposes, the other party is still responsible, but that won’t help ease the pain you might suffer as a result of the accident.

Passenger Behavior

Passengers are often times the greatest distraction of all for drivers. When a driver is trying to concentrate on a busy road, the last thing he or she needs is distractions from passengers. Talking to the driver, playing loud music, kids fighting in the back of the car, is just a small sampling of the ways that passengers can contribute to the cause of an accident. A good driver will set rules for the car, which will ensure that passengers are not causing unneeded distractions. Your focus, as the driver, should be 100% on safeguarding the lives of everyone in the vehicle, as well as other drivers and their passengers. If you see that other vehicles are carrying a lot of passengers, again, use extra caution to avoid getting involved in a collision.

Eating While Driving

It is never safe to eat while driving, regardless of the food stuff. The fact that at least one hand is unavailable to react to hazards, means your chances of being involved in an accident are greatly increased. Drivers who are unable to react quickly enough are more likely to end up in a road accident that, strictly speaking, was not their fault.

If you have taken every step and precaution to ensure that you are safe while driving, yet still end up involved in an accident, you may be in a position to make a personal injury claim. The damage to your car is covered by the insurance company which represents the driver at fault. However, you will still have medical bills to pay which could, depending on the severity of your injuries, put a significant financial burden on you for the rest of your life. There are also potential claims for lost wages, pain, mental anguish, physical impairment and disfigurement.  A personal Injury attorney can make sure that your rights are preserved.  As a careful, considerate driver, you should not have to experience additional stress and negative health impacts for an accident which wasn’t your fault. Reach out to Greening Law today and we can provide you with answers to any questions you may have, and how we can help you receive the compensation you deserve.