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Archive for April, 2014

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Students Pledge To Drive Safer

Written by Jon Remmel on . Posted in Blog

For decades, the leading cause of death among teens has been car accidents. Whether inexperience, distraction or simply unsafe driving practices contribute, it’s clear that teenage drivers are particularly at risk for car accidents. But recently, teens have started to take a stance against car accidents. Find out how the student body of a South Carolina high school decided to do something about the troubling reputation of teen drivers after two students were killed in a tragic accident that rocked the community.

A Pledge to Drive Safely

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Following a harrowing car accident that killed two and injured two more, investigators reported that the teens involved were not wearing seat belts at the time of the accident. While it’s not clear exactly what the outcome would have been if the students were belted in, the fact that they were thrown from their car indicates that a lack of seat belt usage was a primary factor in their deaths. On the Monday following the accident, their friends and classmates wore green ribbons around their arms in memoriam and signed a banner pledging to practice safe driving when they get behind the wheel. This means wearing a seat belt, but also following posted speeds and staying off their phones while operating a vehicle.

What You Can Do

Driving is a huge responsibility, and what we do behind the wheel can have a serious impact on our lives, and the lives of others. Teenage drivers need to be educated on how to drive safely, how to avoid accidents and what to do if a wreck happens.

If you’re concerned about your teen driver, consider having them sign a similar pledge. For tips and facts about teenage drivers, visit the Department of Transportation’s Teen Driving Safety 101 to find out what you can do to keep your teens safe. If you’ve recently been involved in a car accident, contact us today to get the help you need.

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Man With Road Rage Is Victim Of Instant Karma

Written by Jon Remmel on . Posted in Blog

If you spend any amount of time behind the wheel, you know that it can be extremely frustrating at times. After being cut off, stuck in unexpected construction zones or hitting three red lights in a row, it’s common to feel a bit angry. For some people, this anger gets out control. Road rage is a legitimate problem, and now that everyone has a camera in their pocket, new viral videos of road-crazed drivers are being posted online every day. But not many end like this:

It’s not clear from the video what sparked the incident, but a Tampa, FL woman captured this video of a man in a large truck tailgating her at speeds of up to 60 miles an hour. At some point, he attempts a dangerous pass and flips our videographer the bird. He loses control of his truck, spins across the median (and across oncoming lanes) before crashing into a light pole. “That’s what you get!” the woman says as she films. “All on video buddy.”

Instant karma? At least no one was hurt. While millions of people have watched the video, Tampa police used information in the film (especially the license plate number that is briefly visible) to make an arrest on the man in question. He was charged with reckless driving, leaving the scene and failure to wear a seat belt.

The woman filming was thanked by the authorities for information leading to the arrest, despite the fact that she wasn’t driving much safer. In most jurisdictions, using a cellphone while driving is a ticketable offense–and shooting video is definitely more distracting than taking a call. The moral of the story? Keep your cool behind the wheel. Otherwise, you might just become the laughing stock of the Internet. If you are the victim of someone else’s road rage, contact us today.

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