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5 Powerful and Effective Safe Driving Campaigns

Written by Jon Remmel on . Posted in Blog

Let’s be honest, not everyone drives as safe as possible every time they get behind the wheel. Sometimes it takes a little push to fully realize the effects and consequences that can stem from driving without being 100% focused and alert. Here are some of the most jarring safe driving campaigns, which will hopefully make the roads a safer place for all.

1. No-Texting Discount

One Los Angeles restaurant offers a 5% discount to customers who check their phones at the door, ensuring they won’t be texting or talking on the phone while they eat. With the goal of putting distractions away in favor of a better dining experience, the restaurant hopes the same goes for putting phones away while driving. Cell phone addiction is a big problem and can be directly linked to texting while driving, which is a major problem with heavy consequences.

2. Anti-Speeding PSA

A PSA out of New Zealand serves as a powerful reminder of why we shouldn’t speed when we drive: because far too many drivers these days are distracted. If you’re speeding, it makes it much harder to stop or swerve to avoid a distracted driver. If we all took the time to stop and look around at our surroundings, maybe there wouldn’t be so many accidents.

3. Gift Card Rewards

Usually when the police pull you over it’s because you’ve been driving poorly. However, in Prosper, Texas you may actually be approached by the police and be rewarded for good driving! Police have started approaching people in parking lots and other areas to give them a $10 gift card if they observe someone driving within the speed limit and wearing their seat belt.

4. Disguised Police Cars

Police are known for setting speed traps to catch unwary or drunk drivers going over the speed limit. To make patrol cars less obvious, Toronto police have started making the back half of their cars look like taxis. Police hope that they’ll catch drivers who are breaking the law and encourage people who have been drinking to take a cab or public transportation instead of driving.

5. Encouraging Seat Belt Use

A new ad campaign in England stresses the importance of wearing seat belts by driving home the point that they do save lives. It’s a message we’ve all heard before, but this ad does it in a completely new and different way.

It’s extremely important to be safe while driving so you can avoid injury. However, if you are injured in a car accident, contact Remmel Law Firm today.

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What Would Cars Be Like If There Were No Personal Injury Attorneys?

Written by Jon Remmel on . Posted in Blog

Car safety is an extremely important issue. We’d like to think that car manufacturers will always create the safest cars they can, but the truth is that lawsuits brought to court by personal injury attorneys have been instrumental in ensuring that our cars are truly safe. Here are some examples of how personal injury lawsuits have made important life saving changes to our cars.

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Tires

When defective tires made by several different companies were responsible for 271 deaths, manufacturers tried to cover up the problem instead of trying to resolve it. A lawsuit was brought against them, and the resulting victory brought the tire manufacturers under much closer scrutiny to prevent anything similar from happening again.

Airbags

The technology behind airbags has been a work in progress since the 1950s, but by 1988 only 2% of cars were equipped with them. It was revealed in court during a lawsuit brought against car manufacturers that they were aware of the fact that equipping all cars with airbags would save many lives, but still didn’t add them to all their cars. It then became the law that all cars have airbags.

Seat Belts

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Lawsuits brought to court by personal injury attorneys were instrumental in ensuring that all cars must be equipped with seat belts, and that the seat belts would not malfunction during an accident. It used to be that most cars didn’t even have seat belts, and when they did they would often have problems. Over 14 million seat belts made by Chrysler were at risk for coming unbuckled during accidents. The lawsuits caused both the seat belts and the seats themselves to be remade so they’re now much safer.

Power Windows

As power windows became more popular, there was a corresponding increase in child deaths when kids would accidentally press the button to raise the windows and become asphyxiated. Car manufacturers were aware that they could solve the problem by installing new windows, but they didn’t because they cost slightly more. Thanks to lawsuits brought by personal injury attorneys, these safer buttons are the ones we now use in all our cars.

Gas Tanks

Several car manufacturers were aware that the placement of their gas tanks could result in fires or explosions, even in minor accidents. Thanks to successful lawsuits, the gas tanks in all cars are in the same place and enclosed in rigid metal frames to protect them from damage.

Personal injury lawsuits do have the chance to make a big difference in people’s lives, and at our law firm we’ve been involved in many major cases that have helped make things better for our clients. For more information or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today at (702) 522-7707!

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American Attitudes Softening Regarding Highway Safety

Written by Jon Remmel on . Posted in Blog

A new study on U.S. highway safety garnered disturbing results: American drivers aren’t nearly as concerned about the issue as they should be. This scary revelation is definitely shocking considering the recent push to end distracted driving, or driving while texting or otherwise on the phone. Research conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety compared surveys from 2009 and 2012, and noted people’s concern for highway safety is slipping.

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2009 Versus 2012

The AAA Foundation’s 2009 survey found 90% of participants considered drunk driving a serious issue. The survey also noted people believed other highway safety concerns, such as distracted driving, red light violations and drowsy driving, to be essential safety issues as well.

However, these attitudes have changed dramatically as of 2012. Only 69% of people regarded drunk driving as problematic, and 46% of respondents believed distracted and drowsy driving to be safety concerns. In 2009, 87% and 77% percent of participants considered distracted and drowsy driving serious issues, respectively. What’s more, a number of high-profile vehicular accidents over the last few years were linked to drunk and drowsy driving.

Why the Difference?

While it’s obvious Americans aren’t as concerned with highway safety as they used to be, it’s still unclear as to why. Numerous campaigns/nonprofit organizations, such as It Can Wait, discuss the often life-ending accidents caused by such driving with commercials featuring people talking about lost loved ones. Despite these campaigns, American attitudes towards highway safety issues such as drunk driving appear to be softening. Speculation could include the use of hands-free devices when driving, which often lead people to believe they aren’t as distracted as they actually are. Another possibility is that people may have looser ideas on what constitutes “drunk driving.” Many believe that having a few drinks before hitting the road isn’t a highway safety issue, when in reality it is a serious safety concern.

Why do you think people’s attitudes towards highway safety have changed so much? Share your thoughts in the comments section!

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The 5 Biggest Personal Injury Law Myths

Written by Jon Remmel on . Posted in Blog

Are personal injury lawsuits “out of control?” Are they a major reason why the U.S. has so many problems? Not at all! Drug, oil and insurance companies have worked very hard to create myths regarding personal injury law and have warped the truth to fit their respective agendas. Let’s look at five of the biggest personal injury lawyer myths courtesy of the American Association for Justice:

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Myth #1: The Number of Lawsuits Filed Continues to Climb

Actually, the opposite is true. The number of tort, or personal injury cases, has been in decline for years. According to the National Center for State Courts, personal injury cases made up only 4.4% of all 2008 filed civil cases, and the number of such cases between 1999 and 2008 decreased by 25 percent. The number of federal tort cases closed in U.S. District Courts dropped 79 percent between 1985 and 2003.

Myth #2 Lawsuits Hurt Small Businesses

Numerous surveys have shown that small business owners don’t view lawsuits as a big issue. Lawsuit abuse is instead found at the bottom of the list of concerns for small business owners. It’s actually corporations that want to alter the legal system to avoid misconduct or negligence lawsuits.

Myth #3: Trial Lawyers Want to Put Corporations Out of Business

Not true. While most big and small businesses manage to avoid misconduct and negligence, a fair legal system is one that allows individuals to get justice for wrongdoings, no matter how large and powerful the corporation.

Myth #4: Lawsuits Have Reached Ridiculous Levels, As Proven By That McDonald’s Hot Coffee Case

The go-to case corporations always use when attempting to pigeonhole trial lawyers is the Stella Liebeck/McDonald’s coffee case. Yet the facts of the case show Ms. Liebeck suffered from third-degree burns on numerous parts of her body, and was hospitalized for eight days due to skin grafting and debridement treatments. She also wanted the claim settled for $20,000, however McDonald’s refused. A jury eventually awarded her $200,000 for damages, though this amount was lowered to $160,000 as she was partly at fault for the spill.

Myth #5: Lawsuits Cost Taxpayers Hundreds and Hundreds of Dollars Per Year

Independent think tanks came up with the idea that American families pay a yearly “tort tax,” or that they pay for litigation. Such think tanks are funded by insurance companies and big corporations, such as oil and tobacco. This “junk science” is simply another way for big businesses to avoid negligence/misconduct lawsuits.

What do you think of these myths? Were any surprising to you? Share your thoughts in the comments section! If you are looking for a trustworthy auto accident lawyer, contact Remmel Law Firm today.

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