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A young unrestrained driver behind the wheel of a Jeep Wrangler with doors removed.

As reported by AAA, traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens ages 16-19 and six teens are killed each day in crashes that are entirely preventable.

Teen drivers often understand that shooting a quick text message, playing with their radio, or eating while driving is dangerous. However, the overwhelming majority of teen drivers do these things anyway. Almost nine in 10 teenage drivers (86 percent) have driven while distracted, even though 84 percent of teen drivers know it′s dangerous.

“Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for teen drivers and knowing that a whopping majority of teens admit to driving distracted is very scary,” says Marie Dodds, AAA Oregon/Idaho Director of Government and Public Affairs. Texting while driving is among the riskiest of common driving distractions. Teen drivers are still developing safe driving skills and should limit unnecessary risks.

Texting while driving is among the riskiest of common driving distractions. Despite texting bans in 48 states, smartphone use behind the wheel is a common problem. Research released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety finds that even though 96 percent of drivers say texting/emailing while driving is a serious or very serious threat to their safety, 39 percent admit to having read a text or email, and 29 percent admit to typing one.

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

Driver behind the wheel holding a cell phone.
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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

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Glamorized in films like the Fast and the Furious franchise, video games, and other media, street racing at first glance seems exciting and can get adrenaline pumping. During the beginning of the 2020 COVID Pandemic, street racers took advantage of the seemingly quiet streets causing a noticeable increase of illegal street racing and street takeovers.

Street takeovers are noticeably different from street racing, according to one Dallas local named Wikiii. Street takeovers occur when drivers block road access to streets or even major highways to perform slides and donuts on the road or in the middle of intersections amidst spectators. In the drivers' eyes, they are putting on a show. To many residents, government officials, and law enforcement, they are more than just a nuisance - they are a threat to public safety.

On average, 9 out of every 100,000 drivers has received a citation for street racing. Furthermore, nationwide the average number of vehicle-related deaths per 100,000 people in 2017 was 11.4, and the percentage of drivers that had accumulated a prior speeding violation was 11.31%.

Andrew Selsky from AP News reports:

"Jaye Sanford, a 52-year-old mother of two, was driving home in suburban Atlanta on Nov. 21 (2020) when a man in a Dodge Challenger muscle car who was allegedly street racing crashed into her head-on, killing her.

On New Year's Eve (2020) in Mississippi, drivers blocked traffic on an interstate highway in Jackson, the state capital, for an hour while they spun out and did donuts, etching circles in the pavement.

On the night of May 2 (2021), a 28-year-old woman was killed in Phoenix when a street racer crashed into her car. A man was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter.

Police in Albuquerque, New Mexico, handed out thousands of tickets for speeding and racing since a crackdown began in October.

In Denver, police have deployed a helicopter to track races, closed lanes often used by racers and sent officers to places where racers meet. On April 3, a mother was killed when a street racer broadsided her car in downtown Denver.

In one of the most notorious incidents, hundreds of street racers clogged a stretch of interstate in nearby Aurora on March 7 while they raced and cruised. Police warned other motorists to stay away amid reports of guns being brandished and fireworks going off."

Why is illegal street racing so dangerous?

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.

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

Delaying Medical Treatment

Delaying medical treatment is one of the major arguments used by insurance companies to deny paying a claim or to severely reduce its value. Even if you go to the ER immediately, but do not go to a doctor for a month, that can be a Gap in Treatment (insurance term). The insurance company will say that if you were in pain, you would have seen a doctor immediately. Many times, these gaps are created because you assume the pain will go away, or you think you can’t afford a doctor visit. Our law firm allows clients to treat under a letter of protection. This allows you to get the medical attention you need without paying until the case settles. It is very important to contact us or the doctor if you are not being seen by a doctor and you are still feeling pain.

Medical Appointments

No medical treatment can severely affect your personal injury case. We are arguing for your pain and suffering. This is separate from your property damage award. The medical records and bills are evidence of your injuries and pain and suffering that are related to the collision. It is extremely important to make sure that you see a doctor if you are feeling any pain that might be related to the accident. 

Insurance Companies

Different insurance companies treat cases differently. We have years of experience with these companies and can take the steps necessary to negotiate your case properly. Remember, the insurance company is representing the driver that hit you. They are NOT ON YOUR SIDE. 

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, so you owe us nothing unless and until we win your case.

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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