Safe Driving Tips For Super Bowl Sunday

Where will you watch this year’s Super Bowl? Whether you’re going to watch the game from your friend’s house or a barstool at your favorite restaurant, it’s important to stay safe while out on the roads. Many people drink alcohol as they watch the game and then make the mistake of getting behind the wheel to drive home. These drivers put everyone on the roads—including you—at risk. To stay safe this Super Bowl Sunday, follow these safe driving tips:

Buckle up.

A seatbelt can be the difference between life and death for people who are involved in high-impact car accidents, so buckle up this Super Bowl Sunday. If you plan on driving other people to or from the event, don’t start the car until you have ensured everyone has fastened their seatbelts. You should never transport more people than your car is designed to carry. If you do, some of your passengers will not have a seatbelt and will be injured if you get into an accident.

Learn how to spot a drunk driver.

Keep your eyes peeled for drivers who could be intoxicated. Look for cars that are swerving in and out of a lane, stopping suddenly for no reason, quickly speeding up and then slowing back down, making wide turns, and striking curbs. These are all signs that the driver behind the wheel is under the influence. Stay as far away from these drivers as possible and contact the authorities to report your suspicions.

Always play it safe.

If you had a few beers at your friend’s Super Bowl party, you may think you’re still sober enough to make the drive home. Don’t do it. It’s always best to find another way home if you’ve had anything to drink. Call an Uber or taxi or ask a sober friend for a ride home. It may be a pain having to arrange to pick up your car the next morning, but the inconvenience is a small price to pay for your safety.

Check your lights.

Before you head out for the night, do a quick test to ensure your headlights, taillights, turning signals, and brake lights are functioning. Remember, there will be a lot of drunk drivers on the road who may not be able to see your car if one of your lights is out. Protect yourself by ensuring you will be fully visible to other drivers on the road.

Regardless of the final score, as long as you stay safe on the roads, everyone’s a winner!

If you are injured by a drunk or reckless driver on Super Bowl Sunday, you will need an experienced personal injury attorney to fight on your behalf. Frank Harris is the right attorney to handle this job. Contact him today by sending an email to info@FrankHarrisLaw.com or filling out the online form on his website www.FrankHarrisLaw.com. You can also call our offices at 678-483-8655 to speak with a member of our team about your case today.

The Textalyzer

Every day in the U.S., eight people are killed in crashes involving distracted drivers. In fact, the problem of texting while driving has become so prevalent that many state and federal agencies are looking to novel solutions to combat this growing problem. One particularly innovative solution is currently being considered by the New York legislature.

This proposed law would allow police to use a new technology to investigate distracted driving: the textalyzer. Like a breathalyzer test, the textalyzer is a portable device that can help officers detect whether a driver is impaired. However, instead of delivering an instantaneous measure of blood alcohol content, the textalyzer attaches to a cellular phone and can instantaneously tell officers whether the owner has been texting while driving. The device, which has some controls that protect the content of text messages, could tell officers if the keyboard had been pressed and how often.

A device like the textalyzer could be particularly useful to those who are injured by distracted drivers. Despite the prevalence of distracted driving, there are few local protocols and no nationwide protocols to investigate whether a driver was texting at the time of the crash. As many accident victims have discovered, it  rare that police preserve this evidence. In fact, unless witnesses observe that a driver was texting prior to an accident, it is difficult or impossible to prove. While a subpoena to the driver’s cell phone provider can help show whether the driver was on the phone at the time, it often will not show internet based activity, like social media or webpages.

The NY law mentioned above has been promoted by one New York family who lost a son to a distracted driver. In that case, the family had discovered that the driver was using his phone at the time of the crash. The family subpoenaed the driver’s telephone records and discovered that the driver’s cell phone was inside the totaled car at the junk yard; investigators had never even attempted to perform forensics or determine if the driver was using it during the crash. Without a protocol to gather and process evidence, distracted drivers are not held responsible, and their victims risk going uncompensated for the harm they cause.

If you have been injured in an automobile crash and suspect distracted driving was involved, Georgia personal injury attorney Frank Harris knows how to help. Call our office now at 678-483-8657 or contact us at info@FrankHarrisLaw.com, and let us investigate your situation, explore your options, and begin building a strong case on your behalf.  You can also visit our website at www.FrankHarrisLaw.com.