Been in a Car Accident? Reach for Your Smartphone

Published on Feb 15, 2017 at 5:38 pm in Auto Accidents.

Whether you own an Apple smartphone or an Android smartphone, these small devices which we use daily can play a vital role in the case of a motor vehicle accident. Capable of doing everything from dialing 911 to notifying family members, performing GPS tracking, obtaining contact information from involved parties, and capturing photographs of the accident, a mobile phone can truly save a life and provide important documentation of a crash. Yet it must be noted and emphasized that engaging with a cellular phone while driving to text or make phone calls is ill advised and highly discouraged. Use of cellular devices are to be used after a car accident has occurred.

The first and foremost use for a mobile phone after a crash occurs is to use the phone to dial for help from an emergency service. 911 is typically the most important number to dial during an emergency situation such as a car accident and can also allow ambulances and the fire department to determine if their presence is necessary. A quick dial to emergency personnel can save a life and prevent further injuries by allowing all parties to seek medical attention and law enforcement protection in a shorter amount of time as opposed to not having a cellular device readily available. A cell phone allows all parties to obtain help in a timely manner.

Motorcyclist Safety Tips

Published on Jan 25, 2017 at 5:18 pm in Auto Accidents.

Riding a motorcycle is a great pastime and offers a fuel-efficient mode of transportation. Many motorcyclists love the open road and fresh air that go along with the sound of a revving, powerful engine. Although fun, exciting, and efficient, motorcycles are inherently much more dangerous than a car, truck, or SUV. Getting into a motorcycle accident with a larger vehicle almost always results in disaster for the motorcyclist. In order to fully enjoy your motorcycle and avoid the dangers of them, here are some tips for the road.

When shopping for a motorcycle, it is important not to purchase a bike that is too large, heavy, or purely for its aesthetic properties. Of course, buying a motorcycle that you find pleasing is important but buying a bike that is perhaps too large for the rider or is not easily controlled by the rider only facilitates a more harmful experience rather than a fun one.

When buying a motorcycle, it is important to keep a few factors in mind. Choosing a model that allows you to place both feet flat on the ground comfortably and being able to reach all controls in a comfortable manner are indicators that the motorcycle is suitable for you. The weight of the motorcycle should also be taken into consideration and a bike that feels too heavy most likely is.

Avoid the Three Dangerous Forms of Distracted Driving

Published on Dec 28, 2016 at 5:00 pm in Auto Accidents.

Although we have covered many of the dangers faced by teen drivers and ways that teen drivers can prevent accidents and fatalities, there is an area of this topic which all drivers can gain some insightful information. One major issue that faces drivers of all ages in our technologically-savvy world is distracted driving. There are more nuances to distracted driving than many people believe.

Most people are guilty of distracted driving regardless of their age or experience and unbeknownst to the general population there are three areas of distraction. Visual, manual, and cognitive distractions are all applicable to drivers and many people are unaware the effects these various distractions can have on their driving and their sense of awareness of other vehicles and objects around them.

Visual distractions can be narrowed down to things such as taking your eyes off the road, looking down in a purse or around the interior of your vehicle in search of something, or even sightseeing and looking elsewhere besides the road. Common examples of this are texting and driving, looking at one’s phone, and sometimes even navigational systems can cause visual distractions among drivers. However, it is imperative that drivers are aware of their surroundings in relation to driving and recognize other vehicles and objects that are on the road.

How to Encourage Teens to Drive Safely

Published on Dec 22, 2016 at 5:37 pm in Auto Accidents.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2016 marks the year that motor vehicle crashes have become the leading killer of U.S. teen drivers. This fact isn’t incredibly alarming, however. Teen car accident fatalities have increased almost yearly in the U.S. leaving us with a very sad, preventable death toll along with so many young, bright lives lost. The problem has become paramount due to texting and driving, teen drinking and driving, not properly wearing a seatbelt, or not wearing seatbelts at all.

Let’s look at the numbers. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, last year alone there was a ten percent (10%) increase in young driver deaths in total for the United States with fifty-four percent (54%) of those related to not wearing a seatbelt, thirty-six percent (36%) caused by speeding, and twenty-six percent (26%) caused by teen drinking. This means that six teens died every day last year due to a motor vehicle accident alone.

Jacob Rynearson Was Killed In A Paducah Kentucky Car Accident In West McCracken County

Published on Oct 21, 2015 at 3:02 pm in Auto Accidents.

WEST PADUCAH, KY – According to Kentucky State Police, a single vehicle accident Saturday evening in West Paducah claims the life of a nineteen-year-old Braidwood, Il teen.

The accident occurred shortly after 5:00 pm Saturday evening.

As twenty-six-year-old Teri Rynearson reached the top of a hill near 9115 Childress Road she lost control of her car. After hitting a ditch, the car struck a utility pole and ejected nineteen-year-old Jacob Rynearson, one of 4 passengers in the vehicle.

Jacob was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the McCracken County Coroner.

The other two passengers, eighteen-year-old Amanda Trfimchuck and a one-year-old both of Coal City, Il were wearing their seat belts. They were transferred and treated for possible injuries and were eventually released from the hospital.

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