Monday, September 29, 2014

How Speeding Can Put You In The Fast Lane To An Accident

Car accidents are called just that for a reason; they weren’t supposed to happen. However, there are a ton of obvious methods that we can apply to our every day driving styles to create an enormously safer driving environment. What was pounded in our heads during Driver’s Ed, robotically repeated by our parents when we first started driving, and what is most heavily enforced on our roads today? That’s right; speeding. Believe it or not, despite all of the valiant efforts in an attempt to prevent it, speeding makes up an enormous portion of reasons for car accidents, ranking in at around 30% of car accidents being caused by it. (Speeding Facts)
So why is it that even though it’s illegal, frowned upon, and extremely dangerous do we continue to do it on a regularly basis, and sometimes habitually? It’s late and pouring rain; the streets are slick and you’ve got a rapidly decreasing amount of time to get to the supermarket before it closes. You don’t have time for traffic lights, so you’ve got to be faster than them. You slowly push the pedal down, leveling it to the floor before you realize you’re going 30MPH over the speed limit. One knock of the steering wheel and it was a little touchier than you’re used to; the tires don’t grip to the wet road and you endure a sliding crash into a concrete barrier.            
 By the time you regain consciousness, the supermarket is closed and you’re surrounded by paramedics. No one wins in this situation, and all of it could have been avoided by smarter use of your gas pedal. That barrier could have been a person or another car. Someone could have been seriously injured or even worse, killed. For someone involved in a speeding accident looking for compensation, every case is different. There isn’t a general statement that can cover everyone’s situation, and with that said, a speeding citation being waived isn’t impossible with good reason. In the event that you had a real, honest, and morally more important reason to be speeding, some legal slack may be given. This outcome, however, is rare, and most states in the U.S. will strictly state that there is absolutely no reason to speed at any time.
As for the victim of a speeding crash, they can take many paths to defend themselves and get the result they want to out of a case. Some may choose to press charges; others may understand the situation and keep it on a personal level, simply taking it up with the insurance company; however, if you’re in a situation where you feel like you’re not getting the results you deserve as a victim of a speeding accident, you could be getting taken advantage of if you haven’t read up on your legal rights.
If you were in a crash recently and properly interacted with anyone involved, chances are you’ve already taken steps to resolve the accident and you are currently in a legal situation with them. If not, you may be missing out on an opportunity to be compensated for your losses. Let’s not forget that speeding is illegal, and being submissive will only make the problem grow. Dolman Law Group can help you learn your rights and get you the compensation that you deserve.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a speeding accident and you feel victim to unfair treatment or you don’t know where to begin on your case, contact the experienced car accident attorneys at Dolman Law Group for a free case evaluation and consultation. If this is the first step you’re taking towards settling your case, take it with us. Call us at 727-451-6900 or notify us via our Online Contact Form.

Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33756
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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Attorney Advertising: Ignore the Hype


Are attorneys who heavily advertise better than their counterparts?  Should I pick a lawyer solely off an advertisement?

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Clearwater, FL 33765
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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Will Less Auto Accidents Occur with Increased Vehicle Technology?


GM Announces Plans to Build Vehicles which can Detect Distracted Driving

A report has surfaced which indicates that General Motors plans to build vehicles which would be able to track and aid in the prevention of texting and driving. Reportedly, GM will be installing cameras and sensors in vehicles which will track drivers’ head and eye motions and “alert drivers to prolonged moments of distraction.” The systems would track head and eye movements through the use of cameras that can detect subtle signs of distraction, like “the rotation of the head or frequency of blinks.” There is currently no word on how this information will be used to prevent distracted driving and what measures will be put in place to protect distracted drivers from themselves.


However, this author is not certain that General Motors, after the summer that it has had to endure with regard to the seemingly endless factory recalls for its vehicles is perhaps the best automobile manufacturer to make the first foray into this particular vehicular improvement. One envisions a scenario where, a driver, armed with the knowledge that his vehicle will detect when he has gazed down at his cellular phone (or other implement of distraction) for too long, depends on the new distracted driving system that his new General Motors vehicle came equipped with to notify him that he needs to get his eyes back on the road. While this seems like a dangerous proposition in general (and could possibly ENCOURAGE distracted driving), when the company that might be pioneering this field of safety is the same company that has had what feels like every automobile they’ve ever made recalled at some point this summer for repairs and replacements of parts it does not put this author’s mind at ease.


As discussed previously in the Dolman Law blog, Texting while driving is one of the most dangerous things a person can do. The recent smart phone revolution has created so many other ways that drivers can become distracted, as most of society now carries a miniature computer in the palm of their hand. A computer with the capability to venture to the far reaches of the internet, and to which drivers have direct access while they are behind the wheel. Many different methods for neutralizing the distracted effect our phones can have on us as drivers currently seem to be in the table, but I am not sure that this particular one is the solution to this particular problem.


Distracted driving is dangerous and our Florida drivers should be aware that any activity that requires their attention to be on their cell phone or anything other than the road and the vehicles around them is equally if not more dangerous and should be absolutely avoided.  If you or a loved one has been injured by a distracted driver you have rights under Florida Law.  Contact a licensed Florida Personal Injury Attorney for advice.  Dolman Law Group is able to provide zealous representation of injured parties that have been affected by the negligence of a distracted driver.  Contact us for a free consultation and case evaluation by calling 727-451-6900.


800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33765
(727) 451-6900