How To Reduce Your Risk Of Becoming Distracted While Driving

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Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of car accident deaths in the United States. Not only that, it is fast becoming the leading cause of paralysis in young people. In 2015 alone, up to 3,477 lives were lost due to distracted driving. While some distractions are incapable of being prevented altogether, the majority of driving distractions are in your control and can be eliminated.

And as any car accident lawyer can tell you, if you cause an accident while checking your phone, you could be liable for millions of dollars in damages. And that’s the best case scenario. In the worst case, you could be involved in one of those fatal distracted driving crashes. To improve your road safety and to help reduce your risk of injury or death involving pedestrian accidents or collisions, consider the following tips for avoiding distracted driving.

  1. Avoid eating while on the road
    Eating while driving distracts you from the view of the road and reduces your ability to react promptly to sudden actions from other vehicles or animals. Eat before you get on the road or wait until after you pull over. This is especially recommended if what you’re eating is messy. Drips and spills can result in knee-jerk reactions that can be dangerous for everyone on the road.

  2. Adjust your technology before taking to the road
    Texting while driving is notorious for causing so many deadly car accidents. Typing locations into your GPS is just as distracting and forces your eyes and hands to be on the screen rather than the road and the wheel. For this reason, make sure that you have the correct location you need ahead of time and program it into your GPS before hitting the road. If you need to make any location changes, pull over to make them.

  3. Put your electronics off to the side
    When your GPS isn’t in use on your phone, it shouldn’t be near you. Phones that are on and available for use while you’re on the road are an unnecessary distraction, so why not remove the temptation to take incoming texts or calls altogether? It’s all too easy to reach over and check or respond to a text. Instead, turn off your phone or set it aside and keep your full attention on the road at hand.

  4. Secure loose objects
    Drivers can become distracted by objects that are sent rolling because of a turn or because of spilled coffee that wasn’t secured in the middle console of the vehicle. To keep your focus on the car and to keep unfortunate surprises from happening in your car, keep all objects, pets, and children secure in the vehicle before driving.

Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents in the United States. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed because of a distracted driver, contact a car accident attorney today for professional advice and legal help.

Applying For SSD: Are You Eligible?

workers compensationWorkers who’ve experienced slips, trips, and falls while on the job are typically provided with workers compensation benefits under their employer’s insurance. However, it’s essential to file a workers compensation claim immediately in order to be eligible.

In the unfortunate circumstance that you have been injured to the point of permanent disability while working on the job and are no longer able to work, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability.

Applying for SSD: Who is eligible? Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income programs both have the same qualifications for persons filing for disability. In order to be considered eligible for either program, the injured person must go through a process in order to be considered medically disabled.

Some of the medical disabilities listed in the 2017 SSD manual include the following:

  • Musculoskeletal difficulties
  • Cardiovascular conditions
  • Respiratory illness
  • Mental disorders
  • Speech and sensory problems
  • Neurological disorders
  • Multiple types of syndromes
  • Immune system disorders
  • Kidney problems
  • Digestive tract problems
  • Skin disorders
  • Hematological disorders
  • Cancer

However, it should be noted that an injured worker’s disability doesn’t have to be listed in the SSD’s manual of medical disabilities in order to be considered eligible for SSD benefits. The injured worker must simply be found medically disabled through a medical process. Another way to look at it is that the real question in any Social Security disability case is whether the workers’ physical abilities, mental abilities, and symptomatology, including pain and other limitations, interfere with work activities on a regular and continuing basis.  In other words, a worker – actually any person – is disabled if they are unable to do any competitive full-time work on a regular, sustained basis; that is, if a person is not reliable because of their physical or mental problems they are considered to be disabled.

What are the first steps I can take in applying for SSD? The application process for SSD can take up to five months. Therefore, it’s important to submit your application online as soon as you are able. To make the process easier, consider having evidence on hand proving your disability, such as medical records, test results, a list of the medications you’re taking, etc.

Additional information you should have on hand include:

  • Your Social Security number
  • Names and addresses of doctors and hospitals you’ve visited
  • Your most recent W2
  • A summary of where you worked last and what work you did at the job

Slips, trips, and falls are the second leading cause of accidental death in the United States behind car accidents. They also make up the grand majority of American workplace accidents. If you or a loved one has suffered from a workplace accident and your SSD application has been denied, contact a Social Security disability today for legal advice on what action to take next