The number of people who drive daily may have decreased during the pandemic, but those who are behind the wheel these days are much more distracted. 

Distracted driving has always been a problem, so why has the pandemic caused it to intensify? A Travelers survey of over 1,000 consumers and business managers reveals that the pandemic has lulled people into a false sense of road security.

“Traffic volumes were lower during the early days of the pandemic, which may have given drivers a false sense of security. Not only did distracted driving increase, data from our telematics product IntelliDrive shows that speeding also became more prevalent. As travel restrictions are lifted around the country, it’s critical to slow down and stay focused on the road by eliminating distractions.”

Chris Hayes, Second Vice President of Workers Compensation and Transportation, Risk Control, at Travelers

One in four drivers think that roads are safer today than they were before a pandemic, and a growing number of respondents reported using their phones in unsafe ways while driving, including:

Despite the decrease in traffic, approximately 13% more people died on U.S. roads in the second half of 2020 compared to the same time the year prior, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). A new study from AAA found an increase in reckless drivers on the roads may be to blame.

The study, conducted in fall of 2020, found an estimated 4% of drivers in the United States reported they increased their driving during the pandemic. Those drivers tended to be younger and mostly male, AAA said. That group also reported to engage in risky driving behaviors such as distracted driving, speeding, aggressive driving, substance-impaired driving and not using seatbelts, the report found.

Injured in an auto accident? Call Stanley & Associates

If you have been injured in an auto accident in or around Dallas, contact Stanley & Associates for your free case consultation. Stanley & Associates has represented clients across Texas for over ten years. Our firm has successfully won thousands of cases during this time.

Our Dallas car accident attorneys are available 24/7 to assist you. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means no fee unless we win. Call 844-227-9739

Driver behind the wheel holding a cell phone.
Photo by Alexandre Boucher

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Back in 2010, Congress passed a resolution to create a special month devoted to increasing awareness of the dangers of distracted driving. According to a survey conducted by National Occupant Protection Use Survey, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices at any given moment.

"Distracted driving is a serious and deadly epidemic on America’s roadways,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “There is no way to text and drive safely. Powering down your cell phone when you’re behind the wheel can save lives – maybe even your own.”Being an attentive and alert driver can help prevent crashes that lead to unintentional injury and death.

With the rapid adoption of smartphones in the United States, distracted driving has become a hot topic in traffic safety. While cell phones and navigation devices often are the culprit when it comes to distracted driving, conventional distractions such as interacting with passengers and eating also contribute to crashes. Distracting tasks can affect drivers in different ways and can be categorized as visual, manual, and cognitive distraction.

Make no mistake, multitasking technology is about convenience - not safety. Ending distracted driving is everyone's responsibility.

Tips to prevent unwanted distractions:

Injured in an auto accident? Call Stanley & Associates

If you have been injured in an auto accident in or around Dallas, contact Stanley & Associates for your free case consultation. Stanley & Associates has represented clients across Texas and throughout the United States for over ten years. Our firm has successfully won thousands of cases during this time.

Our Dallas car accident attorneys are available 24/7 to assist you. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means no fee unless we win. Call 844-227-9739

Image via CNN - Crash happened near Andrews, Texas on March 15, 2022

(CNN) - Nine people -- including six student athletes and their coach -- were killed in a fiery crash between a pickup truck and a van carrying members of the University of the Southwest's men's and women's golf teams, officials said Wednesday.

The crash happened around 8:17 p.m. Tuesday just outside Andrews, Texas, the Texas Department of Public Safety said."A Dodge 2500 pickup was traveling southbound on FM 1788. A Ford Transit passenger van registered to the University of the Southwest in Hobbs, NM was traveling northbound on FM 1788," the DPS said in a statement. An earlier notice from the agency misidentified the pickup as a Ford F-150.

"For unknown reasons, the Dodge pickup drove into the northbound lane and struck the Ford passenger van head on," DPS Sgt. Steven Blanco said. "Both vehicles caught fire and burned."

Six students and one faculty member aboard the university van were killed, the DPS said. The driver and a passenger in the pickup truck also died.

Continuing reading at CNN.

If you need a wrongful death attorney in Texas, call Stanley & Associates

Many times when a death of a loved one occurs due to the negligence of another, a civil lawsuit is not the first thing on your mind. However, it is very important that a tough, experienced, and compassionate attorney gets involved at the start of the case. Evidence needs to be protected and circumstances need to be figured out.

Stanley & Associates has represented clients across Texas and throughout the United States for over ten years. Our firm has successfully won thousands of cases during this time.

Our Dallas car accident attorneys are available 24/7 to assist you. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means no fee unless we win. Call Stanley Associates at 844-227-9739

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

St. Patrick’s Day is one of the top 10 most popular drinking holidays. While this is a fun and festive holiday that many Irish and Americans celebrate, bar crawls, parties, and fun celebrations can also be a recipe for disaster if even one person decides to drink and drive.

According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2016, 60 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes over the St. Paddy’s Day holiday period. Between 2016 and 2020, 287 people lost their lives in drunk-driving collisions over the holiday period. During the 2020 St Patrick's Day period, 36% of motor vehicle crash fatalities involved drunk drivers. This is an unfortunate reality for this holiday and one that is preventable if you are prepared. 

Tips for Safely Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day:

Injured in an auto accident? Call Stanley & Associates

If you have been injured in an auto accident in or around Dallas, contact Stanley & Associates for your free case consultation. Stanley & Associates has represented clients across Texas and throughout the United States for over ten years. Our firm has successfully won thousands of cases during this time.

Our Dallas car accident attorneys are available 24/7 to assist you. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means no fee unless we win.

Woman with her foot in a cast wonder what a personal injury attorney is.

Thousands upon thousands of Texans are seriously injured in a variety of accidents every year. We're not even talking about the football team! Many Texans don't even think about involving a personal injury attorney until it is too late. We are going to go over what a personal injury attorney is, what they do, and why they are needed.

Ok, so what is a personal injury attorney?

A personal injury attorney represents clients that have been injured due to the negligence or inactivities of another in a civil claim. It is important to know that hiring a personal injury attorney is not the same as hiring a criminal attorney. Criminal attorneys seek to punish the at-fault person through prison time or to defend an innocent person in a criminal trial. Personal injury attorneys seek to punish the at-fault person with monetary penalties.

The most important things to understand about a personal injury attorney is how they get paid, what they do, and why they are needed.

How they get paid.

One of the biggest concerns we hear from prospective clients is how much money it costs to obtain a personal injury attorney. The good news is that most personal injury attorneys get paid a percentage of the total settlement or outcome of the case. Typically, personal injury attorneys do not require a retainer, or an upfront deposit, from their client at the beginning of the case.

Additionally, many established and experienced personal injury firms, like Stanley & Associates, will front case expenses. This means the firm pays out of pocket to investigate and work on the case. Keep in mind that not all firms operate the same way and that attorney fees and expenses will vary from firm to firm.

What they do.

As discussed above, a personal injury attorney is not looking to put anybody in jail. Rather, they work to punish the negligent party monetarily. The attorney will have a team investigating and collecting information pertinent to your case. They will also file claims against the negligent party and negotiate to reach a settlement agreement. If the attorney is unable to reach an agreement, they will file a lawsuit on your behalf.

Why they are needed.

Civil litigation can be a long and expensive process. When you've been seriously injured, the last thing you want to do is manage claims and deal with the legal components of managing your case.

That is why you need an experienced personal injury attorney that has seen thousands of injury cases. He or she is familiar with the laws and regulations concerning your case. They will spend time and money to fight on your behalf. The personal injury attorney and their team will manage the tedious process for you so that you can focus on recovery.

Why choose Stanley & Associates?

Our attorneys have the experience you can rely on to manage your case. Your case will be managed by a team of experts, not just a singular associate. All clients are treated with the dignity, respect, and compassion they deserve from beginning to end. When you choose Stanley & Associates, you're choosing not to waste time. You're choosing experience, honesty, and trust.

Call our office today for a free consultation: 972-833-8000

OMG! I just got hit.

Who do I call? What do I need to do?

Should I go on Facebook live?

Many people make costly mistakes after they've just been hit in a car wreck. A little bit of research today can prepare you and your loved ones for the worst-case scenario.

Breathe and check your surroundings.

If you have passengers with you, check on them first. After seeing if everyone is okay, call 911. It is always better to be safe than sorry. Whether the police arrive or not, many insurance policies require that you call 911 to file an accident report. Get the names and phone numbers of witnesses.

Take photos of the vehicles.

Take photos. LOTS of photos.

Some people only take pictures of their car but taking pictures of everything is even better! Take photos of all cars involved, street lights and signs, the entire scene of the accident, injuries, and license plates. Take pictures of driver's licenses and insurance cards for liability purposes. These photos are a huge plus to have on your side.

Do not give a statement to the insurance companies.

You can talk to the police officer, but do not make any kind of statement to the insurance company. Consult with an attorney prior to speaking to the insurance companies. They are building their case against you. It is our job to speak on your behalf and to provide the very best outcome for you. Your job is to focus on recovering from your injuries because your well-being is what matters the most to us. 

Get checked out by a doctor ASAP.

It is common for whiplash to set in hours or even a day or two after you've just been hit in a car wreck. Bruising can take days or weeks to become apparent. When you've been hit, your body absorbs a lot of trauma - even your brain. Be cautious and get a proper evaluation from a medical professional even if you feel nothing at the time.

Pick up the phone and call our office.

Before you go live or do anything else, you need to hire a personal injury attorney. Stanley & Associates will guide you through the process from the moment you've been hit until the very end.

Long story short, get hit, take pics, and go to treatment. Let us deal with the insurance. Like Matthew McConaughey says, everything will be "alright, alright, alright". 

Photo of a courtroom before jurors arrive for jury duty.
Photo by David Veksler

The judge and constitutional law professors will tell you about your "civic duty" - to go down to the courthouse for jury duty. To get paid ten dollars a day to take off work and help decide whether or not someone goes to jail, or to decide if someone has to pay.

Just thinking about a trial after a traumatic personal injury can be daunting. That's where our personal injury attorneys can assist you.

Did you know...

Most personal injury cases will settle before a trial. Talk about a weight lifted off your shoulders!

We call a jury to the courtroom and go to trial when an insurance company has refused to pay enough money to settle the case.

In Texas, it is against the law for someone to drive without valid car insurance. During a trial, you cannot mention Allstate, GEICO, or any insurance company - even though they will pay for their insured driver's negligence.

Who gets to decide how much a case is worth?

A jury is who will decide which person was negligent in a car wreck. They will also get to decide how much money the injured person will receive as compensation for this process. It can take years to get to trial.

When the final trial date comes, you won’t hear anything about car insurance. It will just be the other driver at court. But their car insurance provided their lawyer and will pay any amount awarded by the jury.

A summons for jury duty is always a surprise and hardly ever fun. But jurors are an integral part of the trial process and the role should not be taken lightly.

Traumatic brain injuries can occur in a car wreck and should not be taken lightly.
Photo by Jesse Orrico

The science of whiplash is well-accepted today. But we are now finding out about injuries to the brain that can occur during a car wreck. Traumatic brain injuries, or TBI for short, are at the forefront of scientific and medical research. Concussions sustained by football players have helped advance these studies in recent years. 

What is a traumatic brain injury?

According to the Mayo Clinic, a TBI is a damage to the brain that causes brain dysfunction caused by a blow or other traumatic injury to the head or body. If it can happen during a football game with a player wearing a helmet, it can happen to you in a car wreck.

When you are in a car accident, the force of the impact is disbursed throughout the car and its occupants. Mayfield Brain and Spine says that “during the impact of the accident, the brain crashes back and forth inside of the hard skull causing bruising, bleeding, and tearing of nerve fibers.” Watch the video below to see a collection of crash tests. Pay close attention to the test dummies for an idea of what your body may experience during a car wreck.

Signs and symptoms of a TBI

Most clients are unaware that they might have damaged their brains in a car wreck. Some signs and symptoms may include confusion, blurred vision or dizziness, changes in irritability or emotional disturbances, poor attention, memory loss, fatigue, headaches, and other symptoms.

A traumatic brain injury could set in after the car wreck when the brain swells, which is called a secondary injury. 

When to see a doctor

Traumatic brain injuries should not be taken lightly. Seek emergency medical care if there are any signs or symptoms of traumatic brain injury after a car accident or other traumatic injury to the head. A mild injury to the brain requires prompt attention and an accurate diagnosis.

Best time to get an attorney?

Immediately after the accident!

You will be focused on recovery and physical therapy. Your attorney will worry about everything else. Stanley & Associates has made it easier than ever to hire an attorney. We offer free consultations and will answer any questions you have. Call 972-833-8000 or send us a message.

Most people shop around to get the cheapest rate on car insurance when looking to switch or insure a new driver. But some DON'T BUY IT AT ALL!!

That may surprise you, but according to 2019 data from the Insurance Research Council, it is estimated that 12.6% of motorists across the United States do NOT have insurance. They also further estimated that 8.3% of Texas drivers are uninsured.

Different states have different insurance requirements so it is important that you maintain coverage for your own vehicle at all times. Florida has the highest rate of uninsured motorists with an estimated rate of 26.7%! Not only that, residents of Florida are not required to have bodily injury liability. This means if you're hit by a Florida motorist, your odds of them being insured are less than 1 in 4. Even worse, the chances of compensation for your injuries are even slimmer. Not cool, Florida.

Know your options.

When someone calls our office after they've been hit by an Uninsured driver, most of the time, the person who hit them didn't even get a ticket for being uninsured. We often ask our clients if they have Uninsured Motorist Coverage, commonly referred to as UIM, and they reply that they have "Full Coverage". However, this type of coverage often refers to Collision which will only cover damages to your vehicle - not your injuries.

Uninsured Motorist (UIM) and Underinsured Motorist (UM) coverage will cover your bodily injuries when you're hit by someone without insurance or someone without enough insurance. These are two separate types of coverage that are typically bundled together. Many motorists choose not to include these coverages due to financial concerns. We ask that you consider the financial implications of being seriously injured by someone without insurance.

Most people buy car insurance and then forget the coverage they have. The last thing you want to do is suffer through your injuries if you've been hit by an uninsured or underinsured driver. Take a minute today to review your coverage to see if you're protected if you get hit by an uninsured driver. 

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