Drive Safely This Holiday Season

During the winter holidays, traffic volume is much higher than normal as families hit the road to visit friends and relatives. AAA estimates that nearly 95 million Americans will travel the roads during the holidays.

This high volume of drivers, combined with the multitude of festivities and potential distractions, increases the odds of being involved in a car accident caused by a drunk or distracted driver. The National Safety Council estimates that almost 30,000 Americans will be seriously injured in auto accidents during the holiday season.

The holidays are a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and reconnect with friends and loved ones, but please be extra cautious while traveling the roads this holiday season:

  • Drive Defensively: Drive the posted speed limit and do not tailgate other vehicles. Accidents caused by drunk drivers happen without warning, so keep a safe distance between your car and other vehicles on the road at all times. Also, keep an eye out for distracted drivers.
  • Don’t Drive Distracted: Distracted driving reduces your field of vision because it takes not just your hands and eyes off the road, but also your mind. Stay alert.
  • Plan Ahead: Put your cell phone in your bag, in your backseat, or give it to a passenger. If you are planning on consuming alcohol at a Holiday party or any other seasonal event, have a plan to get home safely. Plan a ride home from a designated driver, or call a taxi or car service in advance. Don’t leave this detail to the last minute!
  • NEVER Drink and Drive: Do not get behind the wheel to drive if you have had any alcoholic drinks. Drinking and driving endangers not only your life, but the lives of others. If you will be drinking, designate a driver, call a cab, or make other arrangements.

If you or a loved one were injured in a car accident that was not your fault, call The Yost Legal Group right away at 1-800-YOST-LAW (967-8529). When you call, you will speak with an experienced Baltimore Car Accident lawyer absolutely FREE. Our hardworking attorneys will investigate every detail of your accident and fight hard to protect your rights.

At The Yost Legal Group, you will never pay an attorney’s fee up front. We take all cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that you owe us nothing unless we recover for you. At The Yost Legal Group, we don’t get paid until you do.

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Happy Thanksgiving from The Yost Legal Group!

At The Yost Legal Group, we want to wish you and your family a safe, happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

The Yost Legal Group hopes that you have an opportunity to relax and enjoy this time with your friends and family this holiday weekend. Thanksgiving is an important time to connect with those that are closest to us, and to reflect on all the blessings we receive every day.

Have a wonderful holiday weekend!

The Yost Legal Group – Experienced Attorneys Dedicated to Protecting Your Rights

Study Finds Maryland Drivers Most Likely to Text and Drive

A new study commissioned by AAA has found that a majority of drivers are well aware of the dangers of distracted driving, yet continue to engage in the risky practice anyway. The study also found that drivers in Maryland are the most likely group of drivers in the nation to text behind the wheel. The conclusions found in this study are disturbing, and demonstrate that drivers often choose to disregard facts and statistics about dangerous driving practices.

At The Yost Legal Group, we continue to work hard to spread awareness about the dangers of Distracted Driving, which include texting & driving and drinking & driving.

The AAA study found some very interesting statistics that shed some light on why we continue to see so many distracted driving accidents in Maryland despite the fact that the dangers of the practice are well publicized. Here are some of the most eye-opening findings from this study:

  • 1 in 4 Maryland drivers reported being in a serious car accident within the last two years, and yet 33% of Marylanders still admitted to using their phones while driving.
  • The number of Maryland drivers that admitted to texting and driving is 6 percentage points higher than the national average of only 27%.
  • Approximately 67%, roughly two thirds of respondents, indicated that they believed hands-free devices were safe to use while driving. Numerous studies have shown that this is false, and that the distraction of a conversation is more than enough to put drivers and those around them at a higher risk to be involved in an accident.
  • 60% of Marylanders admit to speeding on residential and neighborhood streets.
  • The number of Maryland drivers that admitted to speeding in residential areas is 12% higher than the national average.

The national awareness program is an organization dedicated to spreading awareness about the dangers of distracted driving, especially among younger motorists. Many parents will attest to the fact that their teenagers can sometimes seem inseparable from their phones and mobile devices, but using this technology while behind the wheel can be deadly. Here are some key facts to remember:

  • Sending a text message while driving at a speed of 55mph is roughly equivalent to driving the entire length of a football field while blindfolded.
  • Drivers that text behind the wheel are 20 times more likely to be involved in an accident than non-distracted drivers.
  • Talking on a cell phone while driving reduces the amount of brain activity focused on the road and your surroundings by 37%.

If you are the parent of a young or teenage driver be sure to speak with them about the dangers of this habit early and often. Instilling good driving habits at an early age will be a crucial tool that parents and community leaders can use to reduce the number of motorists involved in distracted driver accidents.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a distracted, intoxicated or reckless driver, you will need an experienced legal team on your side to ensure that your rights as a victim are protected. The Yost Legal Group has years of experience dealing with all types of Auto Accident and Injury cases, and we promise to represent your rights to the fullest.

Call The Yost Legal Group today at 1-800-YOST-LAW (967-8529) to speak with an experienced, dedicated and compassionate attorney about your case. You will receive a FREE, confidential consultation with a Baltimore, Maryland Auto Accident attorney that will help you understand the details of your case. If you’ve been injured, don’t wait. Call today.

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