As seasons change and various weather patterns come and go, new accidents and dangers present themselves. It’s common for some types of accidents to happen more often during certain seasons than others. One season that is popular for housing a large amount of accidents is summer. Kids are out of school, families are going on vacation, and people are more active than usual. This all is a recipe for fun and memories, but it’s also a recipe for accidents galore.

Pool or Water Accidents

Of course, you had to know this was going to top the list. Water is a large focus of fun when it comes to summertime games and time killers. However, water can be dangerous with slips, falls, head injuries, drowning, etc. Drowning is the fifth leading cause of death with a fifth of those accidents being children under the age of 14. Pools, lakes, and the beach can be a blast, but be sure to take as many safety precautions as possible to keep you and your family safe.

Sport Injuries

As mentioned above, summer is a great time for getting active and many people utilize their fun in the sun for sports. There are many summer leagues involving sports for children as well. A sport injury can be anywhere from a sprained ankle to head trauma. Sports can leave a window of uncertainty open on when or how a child could be hurt. Be sure to have all the proper safety gear in place for your child and get regular checkups to ensure there are no hidden issues that could arise from their sports involvement. Of course, don’t forget that adults aren’t exempt from sports injuries as well and should be cautious and not overlook safety guidelines suggested for the sport they’re involved in.

Bicycle and Motorcycle Accidents

When it comes to summer, there’s a lot of traveling occuring. On top of this, people like to utilize various modes of travel that aren’t possible or as popular during the cooler months. This includes mopeds, street bikes, motorcycles, bicycles, etc. These types of transportation have to share the road with motor vehicles which can get dangerous at times, especially in heavy traffic. With as busy as people are during the summer months, crashes involving these types of transportation tend to go up in number. Be careful when driving and sharing the road with these modes of transportation and ensure you’re wearing and covering as many safety precautions as possible if you operate one on a roadway.

Car Accidents

As mentioned, the amount of travel people are doing goes way up when the summer months hit. Due to this, the amount of car accidents also rises throughout summer. Be aware that you’re not the only added traveler when summer hits and prepare/e aware of extra drivers on the road.

It’s always smart to observe safety parameters during any activity we might be involved in. This doesn’t just go for summer, but throughout the year. However, the accidents listed above are prone to happen more often and frequently when summer hits so, it’s good to be aware of this timing and up the awareness to compensate.

After a traumatic incident occurs, it can be difficult and even confusing to know what the next step is, if any. It’s common for those involved in traumatic incidents to lack proper information into the rights they possess. Knowing what rights you have can help incidents like a traumatic brain injury, feel a little less overwhelming. If you or a loved one has gone through this experience, here is a bit of information on your rights and the steps you should take during the process.

Your First Steps

If you hit your head and there are symptoms arising afterwards, seek medical care as quickly as possible. Even minor head injuries can be quite serious and cause other issues if left untreated. Further, if your incident occurred at work, in a car accident, or other place where someone may be held liable, getting medical care will provide proof of the injury and help with the timeline of events. Sometimes, incidents may occur that do not involve the liability falling on another person. However, brain injuries can be a life-changing event and are often caused at work, in car accidents, etc. This means you shouldn’t be the one to handle all the burdens a brain injury can lay in your lap.

Contact an Experienced Lawyer ASAP

It can be common for people to move quickly in order to protect themselves when it involves an incident they may be liable for. This is why it’s important to protect your rights as soon as possible. Bringing in an experienced lawyer as soon as everything starts to happen can ensure things are handled properly from the beginning. An experienced attorney can ensure your rights are protected and followed to the letter while you go through such a burdening event.

Listen to Professional Advice

We often times want to argue with our doctors and lawyers about certain matters. Sometimes this is warranted however, other times we need to listen to the professionals. We hire them for a reason and it’s because they know what they’re doing. This means you’ll want to follow the treatment and medical plan given to you by your doctor. Some hiccups can occur if a patient during a case doesn’t follow a treatment plan. Further, listen to the tips your attorney will offer you. For example, he/she might tell you to avoid discussing matters freely on social media or with friends and family. This often can also cause hiccups and make the process harder or longer. It’s important you stay aware of your actions and think about how those actions can interfere with your case.

If you or a loved one have experienced a traumatic brain injury, contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible. Not all incidents involving brain trauma require cases however, many do and you’ll want to make sure your rights are covered.


90% minimum: this is the part of human responsibility generally accepted in road accidents. In other words, the large share of accidents due to a driving error that could be avoided by a vehicle driving independently. No fatigue, no inattention, distraction, no hesitation…the artificial intelligence coordinates the information cross-checked from the various onboard sensors (cameras, radars, laser radars) and the external data, resulting from the communication with infrastructures and other vehicles, even pedestrians and their smartphones … An immense stream of data analyzed continuously and managed by a processor endowed with artificial intelligence to be predictive of the driving situations and behaviors of other users and even better avoid all risks by acting on the brakes, throttle, and steering. Ideal on paper, but so complex to put in place!

Autonomous car accidents: should we be afraid?

self driving car accidentsIn the meantime, we are in a pivotal period of technological development, all communication infrastructures are not in place, far from it, and extensive road tests, whether in Europe or the United States, are only allowed. It is tough to let a car drive itself for hours while being ready to go into action in a fraction of a second when the time comes. This is precisely what failed in two different cases; two fatal accidents occurred a few days apart last March in the United States.

At the federal level, Congress has so far been unsuccessful in its effort to enact uniform safety legislation for the testing and deployment of self-driving cars. As a result, several states have proceeded to pass their safety regulations, and these impose varying degrees of responsibility (and liability) on manufacturers and owners of self-driving cars. For example:


In practical terms, this lack of a national safety standard means that if you’re injured in an accident with a self-driving car, your legal recourse against the manufacturer and owner of the vehicle may vary depending on the state in which the accident occurred.

The Human Element

In a typical car accident with a human driver at the wheel, the driver engages in some negligence, such as running a red light that causes a collision with another car. In this situation, the negligent driver is primarily liable for the injuries caused by the crash.

In some states, the car’s owner may be liable as well, as long as the vehicle was being driven with the owner’s knowledge and consent. And in situations where the collision is caused by some manufacturing defect in the car itself, anyone injured may be able to sue the manufacturer on a “product liability” theory of fault. So, there could be three potential avenues of recourse when you are injured in a conventional car accident: the offending driver, the car’s owner, and the car’s manufacturer (putting aside the potential financial responsibility of the respective car insurance carriers).

With self-driving cars that have no “driver” to sue, it would appear at first blush that your recourse is now limited to a suit against the car’s owner, operator, or manufacturer. But this is a rapidly-evolving area. In many situations, until the technology advances to the point where self-driving cars are fully autonomous, a human is still required to sit in the driver’s seat so that he or she can take over the controls as conditions present themselves — or in the alternative, a human remote operator is required to monitor the vehicle’s movement and take over as necessary. Which brings us to our next topic…

Testing Company Liability for Self-Driving Vehicle Accidents

As we saw in March 2018, when a self-driving Uber car struck and killed a pedestrian in Arizona, self-driving technology has not yet been perfected to the point where the car can sense, react to, and avoid a sudden and unexpected danger.

The upshot of this reality is that as long as self-driving cars require human assistance, those humans (whether sitting in the driver’s seat or monitoring the vehicle remotely) will remain potentially liable if their negligence contributes to a car accident. And if these human drivers/remote operators are employees of companies like Uber, Google (Waymo), or another company engaged in testing self-driving vehicles, the companies will be on the legal hook under established principles of employer liability for a car accident.

With regard to a manufacturer’s liability, some states have passed laws that deem the automated driving system to be the “driver” or “operator” of an autonomous vehicle for purposes of determining conformance to applicable rules of the road. These states require manufacturers of these vehicles to assume fault for each incident in which the automated driving system is at fault. Under this theory, if the automated driving system’s “negligence” causes an accident, the manufacturer assumes that negligence, and the legal liability that comes with it.

While this may give some comfort to persons injured by self-driving cars given the “deep pockets” of vehicle manufacturers, it’s still necessary to prove fault. And precisely what this means — whether showing some kind of flaw in the design or development of the automated driving system, or retrieving the vehicle’s event/data recorder to prove that the vehicle ran a red light — will have to be sorted out as cases make their way through the nation’s courts, and the legal possibilities evolve into legal principles.

You have been a victim of a car accident while riding in the passenger seat. Whose responsibility is that?

Initially, the responsibility falls onto the insurance carrier of the vehicle that, you, the passenger was riding in (passenger of an individual vehicle or a public vehicle….). As a passenger injured in someone else’s car you will need to send some documents including all of the specific information about the accident and the driver. When the passenger sends this information, it allows the insurance companies to make any necessary compensation payments that are eligible from the accident.

The insurance provider of the driver of the vehicle that the passenger was in is responsible for all of the monetary and medical compensation required from the accident. This is the case unless there is another vehicle involved in the accident who carries the fault.

The insurer of the vehicle has eight months to pay the passenger a sufficient financial provision from the accident unless the accident has gone to court, at which time this may extend the payout date. The one thing to keep in mind, is the question of “what is sufficient?” and this is why we always recommend that anyone who has been injured in a car accident in Mesa or any of the surrounding cities in the valley, come in and see us for a free consultation.

The amount of compensation due is dependent on the amount of injury that occurred, and how that is going to affect the passenger in his or her life.

The financial provision must be sufficient, i.e. the passenger must not have financial problems because of the car accident.

The insurer of the car will then have to make an offer of compensation, after getting expert medical opinions on the status of passenger and the injuries that they have incurred due to the accident.

Medical expertise and passenger compensation

The insurer may make medical assessments of the passenger(s) in order to assess the amount of the provisions to be paid and in order to assess the final amount of compensation. The insurer will then send his/her medical expert to consolidate the state of health of the passenger who was in the car. It is on the basis of the report from the medical expert that he will then make a definitive offer of compensation.

The passenger who was a victim in the accident does not necessarily need to be evaluated by a medical doctor or an expert. It is specifically for the realm of financial provisions from the accident that the victim would think about doing so. Do not hesitate to contact an expert if this is necessary.

When the car accident is fatal for the passenger, what are his or her rights or what are they entitled to?

The insurer of the vehicle involved must then send the required documents within six weeks of the accident. He is then obligated to make an offer of compensation for non-pecuniary damage as well as for economic loss (financial loss due to the death of the pedestrian, funeral expenses, time out of work, etc …).

It may be the case that the insurer forgets to send an offer to the beneficiaries, due to the fact that he may not be aware of the entire composition of the passenger’s family.

It is then up to you as the victim’s family to let the insurer know so that he or she sends you an offer of compensation.

It can be quite difficult to enforce your rights, especially when there are significant damages or losses due to the accident.

We hope that this article brings some insight to your questions, please do not hesitate to contact your Personal Injury Law Firm in Mesa, Schenk Podolsky Attorneys at Law for a free consultation where our attorneys can discuss in more detail the best possible route to handle your accident claim and means of seeking compensation for your injuries.

Choosing a Personal Injury Lawyer

When you have had a car accident, you know there is going to be a lot of headaches involved when filing your claims or dealing with insurance companies and you want a car accident attorney to help you with all the necessary work. You need to know how to choose the best car accident attorney for your specific claim and some attorneys will be better than others, can have different prices for hire and may specialize in various types of claims. You will want to choose the best attorney that fits your budget and is knowledgeable about your specific type of claim and situation.

If you have had a car accident in Mesa, you do not want to hire an attorney that specializes specifically in auto accidents. If you have extenuating circumstances involving injury or loss of life, you do not want an attorney that may handle injury and loss of life claims. You want to make sure that the attorney you hire is capable of providing the representation that will best serve you and help you to get the settlement you are entitled to.

Search Online or Look For Advertisements For Car Accident Attorneys

You can views advertisements for car accident attorney services on the television, in the yellow pages and online. Most ads will display what specialties and types of claims that attorney will normally handle. This can be very helpful when you are looking for an attorney to handle a specific type of case. Perhaps you were involved in an accident that was proven to be a no-fault accident in which there is not a responsible party to base a claim against while you know that it was not your fault and to receive the maximum payout on your settlement, you will have to prove the negligence of the other driver. There are attorneys who do specialize in representing this type of case and will be very beneficial. With a little research, you can find that attorney.

What if you have suffered a serious injury and need an attorney that will make house calls and can represent you under a contingency plan. Then you will want to find an attorney that provides these services and not with a lot of extra charges. If you hire an attorney that is not used to representing these types of clients, you may find you have more worries with your attorney than with your claim, and they may charge you outrageous fees for doing a little extra work. An attorney who is experienced with this type of case will know what your needs are and how to meet them within their specified price range.

You Have Found a Few Attorney Prospects, How Do You Choose the Right one?

You can find out a lot about the attorney through their advertisements, which will help to narrow your choices to a specific group of attorneys. Once you have a few that you believe can represent you the way you need, then you need to make a few phone calls and ask a few key questions for your lawyer. The questions you ask should pertain to your specific case, and it is best to write down all of your questions and concerns before contacting the attorney. If you have them readily available, then it is much easier to conduct a brief survey and to choose the best attorney to meet your needs. Once you found the attorney of your choice and they have approved to take your case, then it is time to get to work and file your claim.

Ease and convenience have been the main factors that propelled ride-sharing applications Uber and Lyft into what they are today: dominators of ride-hailing, not only in the United States but also worldwide.

What kind of insurance do Uber and Lyft drivers have?

Since drivers work for long hours a day, safety and insurance policies had been in talks and have been implemented by the two ride-sharing services. For starters, Uber and Lyft require their drivers to have their own car insurance first, before becoming accredited drivers.

The two ride-sharing companies also provide certificates of insurance to their drivers, providing them with a comprehensive insurance policy that depends on certain circumstances.

This is in addition to the three-part insurance plan that both Uber and Lyft provide their drivers and passengers, which notes that drivers that have their Uber or Lyft app turned off while driving is only covered by their own policies. Moreover, drivers who have their app turned on, or on driver mode, but have no passengers are covered by liability insurance of $100,000. Insurance claims $1,000,000 applies from the moment a driver accepts a passenger ride request until the passenger leaves the vehicle.

Insurance policies vary between these companies as well. Uber has since partnered with Allstate, Farmers Insurance, James River Insurance, and Progressive for their policies. Lyft, on the other hand, has since extended their policy reach to all 50 states, even in Toronto, Canada.

What should a ridesharing driver do after an accident?

Make sure everyone is safe. Once you have checked yourself for any personal injury, check on your passengers. Depending on how fast you are going, you or your passengers may experience whiplash. Take note of all symptoms or health issues that you and your passengers may have.

Call 911. Informing a police officer will be beneficial, as they are trained to collect crucial information.

Collect insurance information. You are required by the ridesharing company to collect insurance information, so make sure to take note or snap a picture of the license plate of the other vehicle, as well as the other driver’s license.

Document your experience. It is important to record your experience as long as you can still remember all the details. It would help to use a camera or an audio recorder to do this.

Report the incident to your ridesharing company. Give them a detailed record of the accident. There is a possibility that your account will be temporarily suspended until they are sure that your car is working and safe to be driven around again.

If involved in an Uber or Lyft accident, you can best protect yourself by calmly documenting what has happened:

  • Record your driver’s name, phone numbers, and email, and auto insurance details>This may be done more easily with a smartphone by taking photos of the driver’s license and insurance card, then also noting phone number and email.
  • Record the name, phone numbers, and email of the driver(s) of other vehicles involved in the accident, as well as their auto insurance details
  • Record names, phone numbers, and email of any eyewitnesses
  • Photograph the Uber or Lyft vehicle, and other vehicles involved in the accident, as well as the accident scene
  • Save a screenshot of your ride receipt
  • Contact the police to file an official report
  • Accept and obtain medical assistance for any injuries
  • Having this information will prove valuable if you subsequently suffer from medical issues resulting from the accident and need to consult a personal injury attorney.

On the half-mile stretch of pavement, from 27th Avenue, just north of Bethany Home Road, six people were killed from 2010 to 2017. Four others were seriously injured, according to state Department of Transportation data. There’s no one reason that cars hit pedestrians. People may make a choice to step into a lane – one of the reasons is intoxication. Drivers may make a choice to look away from the road.

But interviews with safety experts and an Arizona Republic analysis of 12,000 pedestrian injuries and deaths chronicled in state collision data reveal two common factors. Both are as much about the design of the roads as the decisions of the people. Most pedestrians who are killed are hit when they cross outside a marked crosswalk, the area commonly referred to as “midblock.” And most pedestrian deaths happen on stretches of road designed to encourage higher speeds. Dozens of cities across the United States have begun redesigning their streets in response to surging pedestrian death rates in recent years, setting a target of zero roadway deaths. But in Arizona, there’s almost no commitment to that goal.

Smartphones, responsible for the death of thousands of pedestrians in the United States?

Nothing is safe yet, but the statistics are in any case formal. Since 2010, the number of Americans killed in accidents, mostly traffic, while they were just pedestrians, has increased dramatically. Four times more than the increase in the number of passengers or motorists who died in accidents.

The smartphone, responsible for the death of thousands of pedestrians?

All over the United States, road mortality continues to increase, although our country aims to “zero dead” on the road, especially with the arrival of autonomous and semi-autonomous cars.

The American authorities are in any case questioning the responsibility of smartphones in this slaughter. Attention, that it is not misunderstood, it is not envisaged here that the pedestrians are responsible for their own death, because they would watch their smartphone while walking, even if it is a proven risk of accident. The statistics are clear: more and more pedestrians are being hit by cars at night, on the road. Only one in five pedestrians involved in a traffic accident was at a crossroads, a junction, a pedestrian crossing.

Pedestrians mowed by motorists while looking at their phones

The association in charge of Road Safety in the United States decided to analyze all accidents that occurred in the US during the first six months of 2016, in order to analyze more precisely what is the cause this unprecedented increase in the number of dead pedestrians. The result of this study will be made public later this year.

If you have ever had a car accident, you may have hesitated or waited before calling the insurance. Especially if it was a simple scratch or if you “just” slightly damaged a fence …If this happens again, do not hesitate: if your vehicle has been damaged, vandalized or stolen, you must call your insurer as soon as possible. Often, when it comes to small skirmishes, people do not call their insurer, because the damage is not important. It’s a mistake because the insurance company’s claims adjuster can help you, checking for damages that will come out later. If you hesitate to declare the incident, lest your premiums be raised accordingly, rest assured: if there is no claim, it will not affect your file. In other words, if you declare a claim without making a claim, the incident will have no impact on your automobile insurance premium. If a claim is necessary, the process will be accelerated.

When a car accident occurs

If you are involved in an incident, there are several scenarios:

– If it is a simple collision, you just have to complete an amicable report with the other driver. This document will be used by your insurer to determine your share of the liability and the indemnity to which you are entitled;

– If there is damage to someone else’s property, such as a fence or residence, call the police and stay there. Damages are covered by the liability section of your car insurance policy;

– If urgent minor repairs are required for your safety or to quickly return the vehicle to traffic, take pictures of the initial damage, so that your insurer can see the damage. In addition, keep bills and damaged parts that your insurer will want to review.

The insurance claim, in five steps

Regardless of the insurer and the type of automobile claim, the steps to be taken are similar. There are five:

  1. Declaration of the claim to the insurer: this is the initial step where you must provide the amicable report and the police report;
  2. Establishment of liability by the insurer;
  3. Assessment of damage and cost of repairs;
  4. Agreement on the amount to be awarded, according to your insurance contract;
  5. Payment of the indemnity.

Who chooses the garage? (and other questions)

Insurers can usually direct you to an accredited garage or body shop near you. Check with your insurer to make sure you decide.

Do you have a rental car? Most insurers pay the costs of renting a replacement vehicle while your car is in the garage. When choosing an insurer, check what is in the contract.

Who receives the money? Usually, the repairer will ask you to sign a document that allows him to be paid directly by the insurer. If this is the case, it is the repairer who will pay the deductible.

Will your premium increase? The amount of the car insurance premium is determined at the time of renewal of the policy. There are several factors in calculating the premium, including how you use your car, where you live and your driving record. Insurers take into account the number of claims made during the previous 5 to 6 years. It should be noted that the amount of the claims has no impact on the premium.

Driving a vehicle requires the greatest concentration; however, too many drivers are distracted from their main activity, driving, by secondary activities.

There are many sources of distraction when a driver is driving his vehicle: eat or drink, smoke, wear makeup, remove his jacket or sweater … But today, society asks us to manage our time best, become a scarce resource. For most of us this means, among other things, being always reachable.

Being able to stay in permanent contact with one’s private or professional surroundings has become an absolute necessity. We often use the car as an extension of our living room or our office. Manufacturers, to meet or anticipate demand, are perfecting their systems. The temptation is therefore great to be distracted at the wheel by other activities. The recent worldwide rise in the use of mobile phones while driving poses more and more security problems.

A recent survey indicates that 2 out of 3 employees call during their business trips and only 20% do so only when stationary. Users underestimate very much the risk they are taking and are hurting others by using their phone while driving. Many believe that the danger lies in the physical manipulation of the phone – the fact of holding it in hand – and consider that the solution is to use a device built into the vehicle or helmet …


Holding an object in hand will necessarily complicate the task of the driver to maneuver his steering wheel if he must avoid an obstacle that arises. He will do the necessary less well (if it happens) and with a delay. The problem is not limited to the action of the hand or its position on the steering wheel, but the danger comes mainly from the mental load that a remote conversation makes to the brain. The threat comes from lack of attention. When we are on the phone, 80% of the capacities of our brain are mobilized, the remote conversation induces automatic mechanisms of thought which make that our spirit projects itself, imagines the interlocutor, the place where it is, “sees his face” . In fact, we are elsewhere, and just capable of performing routine driving tasks, as if we were on autopilot. The results of a study show that people who phone while driving record 30% less information (no difference in test performance could be highlighted between the use of bluetooth, headset phone speaker or phone held against the ear).


The latest generation phones, like smartphones, are minicomputers that allow multiple uses:

Talk, the basic function of any phone. Write text messages and emails (26% of drivers do so, 51% among 25-34 year olds), use applications (programs, software, internet and social networks) or even set up a GPS (36% do it while driving) . Writing a text message makes a person not keep their eyes on the road for 5 seconds, if you drive at 90 km / h, the risk of accident is then multiplied by 23. For comparison if you drive with a rate of blood alcohol level of 0.8 g / l, this increases the risk by 10. Selfies are becoming a popular practice for young people, even at the wheel! According to a survey of Europeans aged 18 to 24, 1 out of 4 admits having taken a picture while driving (28% for the French) and 43% of French young people admit to taking pictures while driving.


Driving requires a permanent concentration to process and interpret a lot of information. A second carelessness can have dramatic consequences, especially when a traffic event occurs that the driver is supposed to detect, analyze and interpret, before reacting appropriately, all very quickly. Still, his attention must be fully available and not mobilized elsewhere. The “lack of attention” is at the origin of many accidents. The reaction time, which is one second if all goes well, is increased by several seconds (2 to 4 times more). The consequence is an extension of the stopping distance. At 50 km / h, with a reaction time of 1 second, we put 28 meters to stop in optimal conditions. With 2 seconds it will be 42 meters.
Other tasks are disrupted. For example, the time spent on the overtaking lane is significantly more important, due to a lower average speed and less frequent maneuvers.


“The omnipresence of mobile phones in everyday life is accompanied by a lack of self-regulation on the part of their users, even in situations where this risks are endangering them” analyzes Bernadette Moreau, General Delegate of the Vinci Autoroutes Foundation. Faced with this widespread practice, some simple reflexes deserve to be adopted by drivers:

Anticipate, better organize, stop: talk on the phone before taking the road, during breaks or pass the communication or the steering wheel to a third party when possible; inform your interlocutors: before the departure, activate a voice message indicating the impossibility of stopping in case of call; protect your interlocutors: when the person called is in a driving situation, systematically suggest him to call back.


As part of an investigation, a requisition from the telephone operator may provide information on the use of the telephone (voice, SMS, internet) at the time of the accident. This may have consequences in the procedure (the lack of attention may be used as a circumstance of liability) and in the context of compensation by the insurance.

We all have some bad habits. But some of them have a high cost. When you are on the road, it’s not difficult to spot people who have dangerous driving habits. Sometimes it’s a lack of education about safe driving; sometimes it’s just poor driving habits. These people present danger to themselves as well as the others, passengers and pedestrians.


Or driving over the speed limit!

Without saying, you know it’s dangerous. Roads all over the world have speed limits, which take into consideration the condition of the way, the number of carriageways, and whether or not you’re driving within the pedestrian area.

Driving over the speed limit puts you and everyone around you at risk. If you get caught, you’re putting other passengers and other motorists at risk if you’re involved in a car accident. However, it’s pedestrians who bear the brunt of the dangers of speeding drivers. There’s a direct connection between pedestrian fatalities and speed!

Parking in Illegal Areas

Even though most parking areas are monitored closely, drivers continue to park where they shouldn’t — red zones, accessible parking spaces, clearly-marked legal parking hours and so on. Having your car towed can be expensive, so remember that when you have the urge to “park just for five minutes”!

Ignoring Traffic Signs

Do blow through the stop sign. Those signs are there for a reason, and if there’s no one around, you should obey them. You never know when a car or pedestrian might come out of nowhere or even cop!

Acceleration Through Yellow lights

There is an adventurer in every one of us. Sometimes we’re just exhilarating to speed up and catch the light.  Often, we don’t make it, and you end up holding other drivers who have a green light. This habit can lead to significant collisions. Some lights are longer than others, so sometimes you think you have more time when the truth is that you don’t. Do the responsible thing and slow down when the light turns yellow if you’ve got room to stop.

Cell Phone Use

Many people use cell phones on a regular basis to keep in touch with business associates, friends or family. The only problem is, it’s tough to keep your eyes on the road while talking on a cell phone. Buy the hands-free device and set your phone so it’s accessible while driving.

Driving Too Slow

Some drivers and new drivers can operate at the same speed on the highway as they do in a residential area. It’s better to check speed limits and adjust your speed accordingly.

Not using Turn signals

This can be very dangerous. If you don’t tell other people where you’re going, how can you expect of them to know? Changing lanes or turning without signaling can put you in harm’s way. The worst situation is when drivers slow down to turn without putting their signal lights on. This can quickly catch the cars behind them of the guard.