The Dangers of Smartphone Addiction

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Smartphones are a critical part of modern daily life. In 2013, 56% of Americans owned a smartphone.[1] Today, that number has risen to 64% of Americans.[2] More than a communications tool, smartphones have become so integrated into our lives that a recent study revealed that three-quarters of respondents never left their smartphone more than five feet away from them.[3] The fear of being without your smartphone, scientifically known as “nomophobia,” afflicts 40% of the population.[4] This data points to one conclusion – smartphone addiction is genuine and pervasive.

Social Indicators of Smartphone Addiction

While a text message may not disrupt a conversation…

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Drowsy Driving Prevention Week

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Drunk and distracted driving frequently make the highway safety headlines today; however, drowsy driving is just as dangerous and far more prevalent. According to a survey conducted by the National Sleep Foundation, more than 60% of adult drivers admitted to having driven a car while drowsy in the past year, and more than 35% claimed to have fallen asleep at the wheel! Numbers like these indicate a profound lack of understanding for how dangerous it is to drive while drowsy.[1]

To increase awareness of thiscombat this unawareness, the National Sleep Foundation has declared the week of November 6 - 12 to be Drowsy Driving Prevention Week. The purpose of this…

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April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Many organizations across the country are striving to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving.  In the United States, nine people are killed and more than 1,100 are injured each day in crashes that involve distracted drivers.[1]

What is “distracted driving?”  Distracted driving is any activity that can divert attention away from the primary task of driving, including but not limited to: texting, using a cellphone or smartphone, eating and drinking, talking to passengers, grooming, reading, using a navigation system, watching a video, and adjusting the radio.[2]  These activities are dangerous because they involve one or more types of distraction:

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Follow Up: Tracey Morgan and Wal-Mart

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

National media has covered the developments following the car crash that injured actor/comedian Tracey Morgan, including suits filed by the victims against Wal-Mart. Following the crash, both Morgan and the family of James McNair, the man killed in the crash, filed suits against Wal-Mart. They charged the company with negligence for failing to monitor and correct the amount of time its truck drivers are on the road. The sides settled in May, with Wal-Mart taking responsibility for the accident and expressing regret that it happened. Originally, Morgan was seeking punitive damages in addition to compensation for his injuries, putting the awareness of the risks of…

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Drowsy Driving - Prevention Information and Tips

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Drowsy driving is a serious threat to automobile drivers and passengers in America. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), drowsiness or fatigue is the principal cause of up to 100,000 passenger vehicle crashes every year as reported by police. These accidents result in 1,550 deaths and 71,000 injuries annually.[1]

Risks of Drowsy Driving

While many drivers are aware of the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol, drowsy driving can have similar dangerous effects. Like alcohol, sleepiness slows the body’s reaction time, decreases awareness, impairs a driver’s judgment, and increases the risk of an accident. It…

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Increased Traffic Enforcement During Operation Safe Driver Week

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Throughout the week of October 18-24, 2015, there will be an increased law enforcement presence on streets across North America with one simple mission in mind: increasing traffic enforcement and driver awareness. While many folks may groan at the thought of additional police administering traffic justice, that feeling is misplaced – in 2012, more than 4,100 deaths and 126,000 injuries occurred through bus and truck crashes alone.[1] Operation Safe Driver Week aims to curb these losses by reducing the risks that day-to-day drivers take, and it is executed though enforcement and education for both commercial and private drivers. [2]

Enforcement

Over the past…

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Tips for Avoiding Tractor Trailer Accidents

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Motor vehicle accidents are dangerous, and those involving tractor trailers often result in serious injury or death. These behemoths of the road so vastly outweigh standard passenger cars that more than 3 in 4 deaths caused by tractor trailer accidents were riders in the other vehicle. Recognizing the dangers posed by tractor trailers and knowing how to respond accordingly is an absolute necessity for any driver, and the first step is understanding the conditions that cause tractor trailer accidents:[1]

Fatigue – Truck drivers are often on the road for long hours, and drivers of passenger vehicles also have an unfortunate tendency to push their limits. Fatigued… Read more

What Is Distracted Driving?

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Across the country, many organizations strive to create awareness for the dangers of distracted driving. In the United States, more than ninepeople are killed and more than 1,100 people are injured each day in crashes that involve distracted drivers.[1]

What counts as “distracted driving”? 

Distracted driving is any activity that can divert attention away from the primary task of driving, including: texting, using a cellphone or smartphone, eating and drinking, talking to passengers, grooming, reading, using a navigation system, watching a video, and adjusting the radio.[2] These activities are dangerous because they involve one or more types of distraction:

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Simulation Software Reveals the True Danger of Distracted Driving

By: Chris Guedri  

In New York this summer, one public safety action group is actually encouraging people to pull out their phones and text behind the wheel. Vision Zero has set up a simulated driving experience with a steering wheel and video screen, and then encouraged people to try to drive safely and respond to various roadway situations while on their phones. The results were frightening.

The majority of people using the simulator crashed the car, many of them very quickly. Members of Vision Zero explained that the purpose of the simulator is to show people that using cell phones and other devices while driving is actually far more distracting than most people realize. Currently there exists an enormous discrepancy between…

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