How Overheating and Dehydration Increase Your Risk of a Car Accident

No one wants a car that overheats. But it turns out that we should be just as concerned about an overheated driver. Studies have shown that both overheating and dehydration can seriously affect one’s ability to drive. So while a nice drive on a warm summer’s day may sound lovely, there are some important things every driver should know before getting behind the wheel.

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The Most Dangerous Roads In America — By the Numbers

Dangerous Roads In America

In 2016, 40,200 people—the equivalent of 1.25 per 100 million vehicle miles—died in motor vehicle crashes. Heavy traffic, distracted driving, excessive speed, impaired drivers, unsafe driving and road conditions are common causes for accidents. To stay safe, pay attention and use caution whether you’re commuting to work, running errands or on a cross-country road adventure. And since awareness is a key to accident prevention, before you head out on your next trip, discover the most dangerous roads in America.

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The Most Dangerous Roads In America — By the Numbers

Could These Wristbands (And Similar Technology) Make Truckers And Drivers Safer?

In 29 states, trucking topped the list of the most common jobs in 2014. While popular, the job exposes truckers to risks like congestion, poor weather conditions and other health challenges. New technology may address these risks and improve the safety of everyone on the road. Continue reading “Could These Wristbands (And Similar Technology) Make Truckers And Drivers Safer?”

Could These Wristbands (And Similar Technology) Make Truckers And Drivers Safer?

Why Are Insurance Companies So Hard On Car Accident Claimants? [An Intriguing Theory]

Arizona car insurance companies

It comes as an unpleasant shock to far too many car accident victims. The insurance company that should, by all moral rights, bend over backward to pay for your damages gives you a surprisingly hard time.

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Why Are Insurance Companies So Hard On Car Accident Claimants? [An Intriguing Theory]

What the Science Says About Eyewitness Memory After a Car Accident

Eyewitness testimony provides powerful, convincing evidence that some action happened.

Or at least it should, in theory. After all, if you see something with your own eyes, you can be pretty sure that your perceptions match reality. But perhaps surprisingly, eyewitness memories—even ones recorded shortly after an event—are often flawed. People who provide misinformation after the fact can manipulate our memories without us even realizing it. Skillful use of wording or photos when questioning an eyewitness about a car accident can corrupt our memories and replace them with something else that is to the questioner’s advantage. Our eyes—and our minds—often betray us without our permission or even conscious knowledge!

In one study, researchers used this “misinformation effect” to cleverly make eyewitnesses to a car accident later think they had seen a yield sign, when they had actually seen a stop sign. In another study, researchers tricked eyewitnesses into thinking they had seen a barn that was not there. Although these are examples of intentional manipulation, some memory corruption is unintentional.

When eyewitnesses to a car accident talk with each other while waiting for the police to arrive at the scene, they can contaminate each other’s memories of what they saw. Eyewitnesses tend to hold on to the memories that are corroborated by other eyewitnesses and discard memories that conflict with or do not match what others saw.

The Innocence Project uses DNA evidence to exonerate people wrongly convicted of crimes. In three out of four of these cases, eyewitness testimony was the basis for the conviction. People have been incarcerated and even sent to death row for crimes they did not commit–all because of incorrect eyewitness testimony.

Memories can change with each retelling. We all have a relative whose stories become bigger each time they tell them. And as our memories fade with time, our minds will “fill in the blanks,” because the brain abhors a vacuum. It replaces fading memories with filled-in content, further corrupting our recollections.

In car accidents, flawed eyewitness testimony can result in blaming the wrong person for the crash. The insurance company can use faulty eyewitness testimony to discredit or devalue your injury claim.

If you need legal insight after a car accident, the Kelly Law Team can help. We will work hard to assemble powerful, believable evidence and construct a logically sound case to get you all the compensation you deserve. Call 602-283-4122 or visit our website to set up your free consultation.

What the Science Says About Eyewitness Memory After a Car Accident

More Creative–Possibly Novel–Ideas to Avoid Distraction That Could Lead to a Car Accident

Avoid Distraction That Could Lead to a Car Accident
Avoid Distraction That Could Lead to a Car Accident

What else can you do–or stop doing–to avoid or at least limit the odds of getting into another Arizona car accident?

  1. First of all, it’s useful (if painful) to reflect on your recent car accident. What caused it? What (if anything) can you do to avoid similar situations?

For instance, maybe a teenager plowed through a red light and T-boned your passenger side door. Being “more mindful” behind the wheel wouldn’t have helped you. But working with your car accident attorney to understand exactly what went wrong–even if it was the other driver’s fault, 100%–can give you insights about how to protect yourself in the future.

For instance, maybe you typically drive through a neighborhood where a lot of teens and college kids tend to drink and party. In the future, to steer clear of these unsafe characters, you could take a slightly longer route home.

  1. Talk to other people in your life and your family about the dangers of distracted driving.

By making a public pledge to friends and family members that you are “the anti-distracted driving guy [or girl],” you will get a reputation as an anti-distracted driving zealot. Sounds weird, maybe, but here’s the kicker: you will be more likely to actually live up to that designation because of the psychological principle of consistency.

In other words, if you tell people that distracted driving is horrible and that you consider it completely unacceptable to talk on a cell phone while behind the wheel–if you announce these beliefs loudly and publicly–you will create subconscious pressure on yourself to conform to those beliefs.

  1. Practice mindfulness meditation.

There are dozens of studies–perhaps hundreds at this point–that suggest benefits of regular mindfulness practice. Meditation can help you concentrate in school, improve your levels of happiness, make you less emotionally reactive, lower your blood pressure, you name it.

Mindfulness also helps with concentration. And that can matter big time when you’re in a fast-evolving situation on the road. If a car suddenly crosses the double line divider and heads towards your car, you have only an instant to react. If you have trained your attention, it is possible (but not tested) that you could have a slight reactivity advantage. But milliseconds matter in fast crashes.

Of course, this is only speculation, and for obvious reasons, you should avoid practicing deep breathing or similar exercises when behind the wheel–especially if you’re at risk of falling asleep. Instead, train yourself to be vigilant on the road. Concentrate on potential threats in the environment. Be alert, don’t coast.

No matter what caused your car crash, you probably have a lot of questions about how to get fairly compensated, how to negotiate with the insurance company, and how to hold the person who hurt you to justice. The Kelly Law team is standing by–we can give you clarity. Call us for a consultation.

More Creative–Possibly Novel–Ideas to Avoid Distraction That Could Lead to a Car Accident