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Performance Under Pressure: Basic Workplace Safety Tips For Stressful Jobs

Personal Injury Lawyer| Performance Under Pressure An experienced personal injury lawyer can inform you of your rights if you or someone you love is injured on the job. According to the National Safety Council, every 7 seconds a worker is injured on the job. It is the responsibility of the employer to provide adequate training and proper signage. Employers should maintain a culture of safety and lead by example. However, to avoid a workplace injury, you must take responsibility for your own actions. Your safety, health and future depend on it. While all jobs have some risk level, a few are potentially more dangerous than others. The top five occupations with the largest number of workplace injuries are: Service (including firefighters, law enforcement, etc) Transportation and Shipping Manufacturing and Production Installation, Maintenance and Repair Construction The most common type of injuries were: Overexertion Accounting for 34% of reported injuries, this includes lifting or lowering and repetitive motions. To avoid these types of injuries remember to: Try not to bend, reach or twist when lifting heavy objects. Take frequent breaks. Contact With Object And Equipment 25% of injuries come from direct contact with objects and equipment. Being struck by or against an object or equipment, being caught in or compressed by an object or equipment and being struck caught or crushed by collapsing objects or equipment all fall under this category. Do your part to stay clear of these common workplace injuries by: Storing heavy objects close to the floor. Being aware of moving object and equipment in your work space. Wearing the proper protective gear for your job. Slips, Trips and Falls Another 25% of injuries are attributed to slips, trips or falls. Falling to a lower level and falls on the same level are both included. Steer clear of these accidents: Place ladders on even, solid and sturdy surfaces only. Keep the workspace clear and free of debris, trash and interfering objects. If you or someone you know has suffered a personal injury on the job, contact The Personal Injury Department at Young Wooldridge, LLP. A personal injury lawyer at Young Wooldridge, LLP can inform you of legal options you may not know you have.

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Keep Your Loved Ones Safe From Burn Injuries

Personal Injury Lawyer | Burn Injuries  An experienced Personal Injury Lawyer can inform you of your rights if you or someone you love is in a fire, scald or burn accident at someone else’s fault. In a national survey, nearly half (44%) of respondents said they did not believe burn injuries to be a major danger in their homes. However, burn injury center admissions continue to grow every year. Every day, 300 children are seen in emergency rooms for burns and two of those will die. Elderly loved ones are at greater risk of burn injuries. So how do we keep burn injuries from effecting our loved ones? Stop Burn Injuries From Occurring In Your Home The majority of burn injuries happen in the home. Cooking accounts for 47% of all home fires. By taking some simple precautions and alerting your family members to the risks of being burned, you can keep those you love from experiencing painful and potentially scarring burns and scalds. ● Cook when you are wide awake and never under the influence of medications that might make you drowsy or slow reaction time, other drugs or alcohol. ● Wear tight fitting clothing, especially sleeves when you are cooking. ● Always keep a lid and oven mitts nearby when cooking. ● Keep surface areas clean to prevent grease build-up. ● If a pot or pan does catch fire in your home, quickly cover it with it’s lid and turn off the heat. ● Do not move a pot or pan that is on fire and never put water on a kitchen fire. ● Make sure fire alarms are in proper working order. ● If a kitchen fire gets out of your control, get out of the house and do not return for any reason. According to the American Burn Association, between 2013 and 2017, an estimated 376,950 scald burn injuries associated with consumer household appliances and products were seen in hospital emergency rooms in the U.S. between 2013-2017. This includes stoves, coffee makers, tableware, cookware and bathtubs. Remaining vigilant when it comes to daily household activities is your best defense against these type of injuries. Keep Children Safe From Burn Injuries Because children have immature motor and cognitive skills, are unable to self-rescue and rely on adults for supervision and danger-avoidance, they are at particularly high risk for burn injuries. Children also have thinner skin and sustain more severe injuries when burned. ● Make sure fire alarms are placed at the entrance to children’s bedrooms. ● Make children aware of the exits in their room and discuss an escape plan with them. ● Keep hot kitchen items out of reach of children. This includes pot/pan handles, hot liquids and coffee makers among others. ● Cook on back burners. ● Supervise young children in the kitchen as they learn to use the microwave and other potentially hazardous appliances. ● Always check water temperatures before bathing children. Keep your water heater set to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. ● Do not leave children with immature babysitters and do not allow children to bathe younger siblings. Avoid Burn Injuries Outside The Home Burn injuries can happen outside the home as well. In a well-known case, a woman suffered third-degree burns when a fast food company served her scalding hot coffee. A man was burned as a patient in the hospital when his bed caught fire due to a manufacturing defect. Workers on the job have accidents through at their own fault or from improper safety precautions on the part of the employer. Taking inventory of our surroundings and staying alert to potential burn hazards can protect us as we go about our days. ● Follow all posted rules and protocol around equipment at work. ● Do not operate machinery when fatigued or distracted and never under the influence of alcohol or drugs. ● Read and pay attention to manufacturers warnings on the goods you purchase. This includes appliances, children’s toys, grills and more. ● Be aware of warning labels on food and beverages. ● Alert the proper personnel if you notice any unnecessary heat or burning smells in your surroundings. If you or someone you know has suffered a burn injury, contact The Personal Injury Department at Young Wooldridge, LLP. A personal injury attorney at Young Wooldridge, LLP can inform you of legal options you may not know you have.

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Distracted Walking | Head Up, Phone Down

Personal Injury Lawyer | Distracted Walking An experienced Personal Injury Lawyer can inform you of your rights if you or someone you know is injured while walking. While the slapstick nature of someone distractedly tripping into a fountain or walking into a street sign can be amusing, there is real danger where pedestrian device use is concerned. Pedestrians are extremely vulnerable in urban areas even when paying close attention to their surroundings. Studies have shown surprising evidence that adding a device makes it exceedingly difficult to multitask through a phenomenon called “inattentive blindness”. Walkers forget where they are going and struggle to maintain a consistent stride, veering off path and into avoidable hazards. In 2017, nearly 7,000 pedestrians were hit and killed by vehicles. As communities work to become more pedestrian-friendly, their efforts are thwarted by head down walkers. Everyone with a device is at risk. One study showed that texting pedestrians were 60% more likely to stray off-line. Pedestrian injuries among older teens are on the rise, up 25 percent compared to previous years. One in five high school students crosses the street while distracted by the use of headphones and texting, primarily. Distracted walking has become issue enough that some communities are implementing safety measures to combat it. Unsuccessfully, New York, Arkansas and Illinois have tried to ban cellphone use while walking. One town in New Jersey serves jaywalkers with an $85 fine for texting. In London, England, distracted pedestrians are protected by padded lamp posts. SafeKids.org has initiated a campaign called Moment of Silence in an effort to raise awareness. Teens and others are invited to take a pledge to put their devices down when crossing an intersection. Take a few of these common-sense precautions when walking and keep yourself safe from distracted walking accidents: Never use a device while crossing the street. Always cross at intersections where motorists are on higher alert to pedestrian presence. When wearing headphones, keep the volume low or leave one earbud out. Take frequent breaks to look up and take inventory of your surroundings. Hold your phone up higher in your visual field so you can see what might be ahead of you. Check out apps designed for on-the-go texters. If you or someone you know has suffered a personal injury as a pedestrian, contact The Personal Injury Department at Young Wooldridge, LLP. A personal injury lawyer at Young Wooldridge, LLP can inform you of legal options you may not know you have.

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Choking Infants and Children | What to Do in an Emergency

Personal Injury Lawyer | Choking Infants and Children An experienced Personal Injury Lawyer can inform you of your rights if you or someone you know has had a choking injury or death. In the first year of life, babies are very busy exploring their new world. Seeing, touching, hearing, smelling and tasting are all productive, healthy and exciting ways that babies show interest in their environment. Household hazards are everywhere for infants and toddlers. The job of parenting never stops and one of the most important parts of that job is preparing a safe space for children to investigate and discover. Among the many dangers lurking in a home are choking hazards. Choking is one of the leading causes of unintentional death for infants. Some common household choking risks are: Button batteries Small toys or game parts Round, hard foods Coins Buttons Office supplies Prevention is the key to keeping children safe from choking accidents and fatalities in the home. Some top safety tips for safeguarding your little ones include: Always supervise babies and infants when they are eating. Avoid hard, round foods like popcorn, hard candies and nuts. Keep infants and toddlers away from small toy pieces belonging to older children. Get down on the ground and take inventory of your home from their eye level. Make sure all batteries are contained and not accessible. In the event of an emergency situation, being prepared to perform a rescue procedure can mean the difference between life and death for your child. Since children require a different procedure than adults, it is important that every parent in the household get certified in a CPR program which includes infant CPR training. Though the following steps do not suffice as CPR training, everyone should know the basic steps for the Heimlich Maneuver on an infant. According to the National Safety Council, clear the airway, and do the following only if the infant cannot cry, cough or breathe: Support the infant face down by holding the head in one hand with the torso on your forearm against your thigh Give up to five back slaps between the shoulder blades with the heel of your other hand If the object is not expelled, roll the infant face up, supporting the back of the infant’s head with your hand Place two fingers on the breastbone just below the nipple line Give five chest thrusts about one per second about 1 ½ inches deep Continue cycles of five back slaps and five chest thrusts until the object is expelled or the infant becomes unresponsive If the infant becomes unresponsive or is found unresponsive, begin CPR. If you or someone you know has suffered a personal injury from choking, contact The Personal Injury Department at Young Wooldridge, LLP. A personal injury lawyer at Young Wooldridge, LLP can inform you of legal options you may not know you have.

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Working on the Road | Safety Tips for Employees Who Drive for a Living

Personal Injury Lawyer | Working on the Road  An experienced personal injury lawyer can inform you of your rights if you or someone you love is injured in a motor vehicle accident due to distracted driving. Truck drivers, food delivery drivers and sales people spend hundreds of hours driving each year. Office workers are sent on errands and regional managers travel between locations. The fact is, for many of us, time in our vehicle is part of our job description. While we carry out the duties of our job from the road, safety should be top of mind for employers and employees. Added time behind the wheel, hazardous travel conditions and the ever-present distracted driving temptations increase the risk for accidents. The unconventional nature of the vehicle as a workplace makes it difficult for employers to write policy that speaks to every variable that could arise. Safety regulations are hard to enforce and nearly impossible to supervise. Employers may choose to require drivers to complete a defensive driving course. Still, it is important that the employee themselves, take extra caution to ensure their travel time is safe. OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration offers these work-related safe driving tips: Stay Safe Use a seat belt at all times – driver and passenger(s). Be well-rested before driving. Avoid taking medications that make you drowsy. Set a realistic goal for the number of miles that you can drive safely each day. If you are impaired by alcohol or any drug, do not drive. Stay Focused Driving requires your full attention. Avoid distractions, such as adjusting the radio or other controls, eating or drinking, and talking on the phone. Continually search the roadway to be alert to situations requiring quick action. Stop about every two hours for a break. Get out of the vehicle to stretch, take a walk, and get refreshed. Avoid Aggressive Driving Keep your cool in traffic! Be patient and courteous to other drivers. Do not take other drivers’ actions personally. Reduce your stress by planning your route ahead of time (bring the maps and directions), allowing plenty of travel time, and avoiding crowded roadways and busy driving times. The perceived need to multitask while driving during your workday can be deadly. Follow the above safety tips and remember that when you’re behind the wheel, driving is your only job. You can keep yourself, and those you share the road with, safe. If you or someone you know has suffered a personal injury while driving during the workday, contact The Personal Injury Department at Young Wooldridge, LLP. A personal injury lawyer at Young Wooldridge, LLP can inform you of legal options you may not know you have.

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Personal Injury Lawyer │ Thanksgiving Cooking Safety

Personal Injury Lawyer │ Thanksgiving is right around the corner, which means it is time again to join loved ones for a delicious home-cooked meal.  While entertaining family and friends during the holidays can be fun, it is important that we not forget about basic kitchen safety during the festivities. According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking fires are three times more likely on Thanksgiving Day than on any other day of the year.  In 2016, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,570 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving. Here are a few safety tips to follow that will minimize your risk in the kitchen and ensure that your holiday feast is prepared as smoothly – and safely! – as possible. Before Cooking Begins Start the day off by making proper attire choices. Cooks should avoid loose clothing and dangling sleeves while preparing food. Test all smoke alarms in the home and replace batteries, if necessary. Smoke alarms should be located near the kitchen, on each level of the home, and near sleeping areas. Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen. Contact a local fire department to learn about the proper use of fire extinguishers. While in the Kitchen  Check food regularly and remain in the home while cooking. Use a timer as a reminder that the stove or oven is on. Be sure to stay in the kitchen if you are frying, grilling or broiling food. If you are simmering, baking roasting or broiling food, remain in the home. Keep all flammable items away from the stove, oven, or any other appliance in the kitchen that generates heat. This includes pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or even curtains. Children should stay away from the cooking area. Enforce a “kid-free” zone and have kids stay at least three feet away from the stove After You’ve Finished Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure all stoves, ovens, and small appliances are turned off. Don’t forget to include these safety tips on your Thanksgiving menu to reduce the risk of injury to you and your loved ones. If an injury occurs due to the negligence of another or a faulty product, call to schedule a free initial consultation with a Personal Injury Lawyer at Young Wooldridge, LLP. From our family to yours, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving with your loved ones.

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Personal Injury Attorney | Drowsy Driving Prevention

Bakersfield Personal Injury Attorney helping drivers reduce their risk on the road when it comes to drowsy driving. Personal Injury Attorney | Drowsy drivers are a dangerous addition to America’s roads. With nearly one-quarter of American adults saying that they know someone who has fallen asleep at the wheel, it’s no wonder that drowsy driving has become an increasingly concerning issue on our nation’s roads. From 2011 to 2015, 4,121 lives were claimed due to car accidents related to drowsy driving. The National Safety Council warns against these symptoms of drowsy driving: Frequent yawning or difficulty keeping your eyes open “Nodding off” or having trouble keeping your head up Inability to remember driving the last few miles Missing road signs or turns Difficulty maintaining your speed Drifting out of your lane One staggering statistic from the American Sleep Foundation tells us that more than half of all U.S. drivers admit to consistently operating a vehicle while feeling drowsy. Drowsy driving can be hazardous to you, your passengers and other motorists around you. Driving when fatigued affects awareness and attention behind the wheel and greatly reduces the driver’s reaction time. Our team of Personal Injury Attorneys advise you to follow these safety tips to prevent drowsy driving and reduce your risk on the road.   Remember the following tips and help put an end to tragic drowsy driving accidents. If you’ve been awake for 24 hours or more, do not drive. It isn’t safe. Travel during times you are normally awake. If you feel fatigued, stop and drink something with caffeine. Make sure you are not fatigued by any medications you might be taking. If you are, use public transportation instead. On long road trips, make a pit stop every 100 miles (or every two hours) to stretch, get something to eat or drink and break up the monotony of the road. If you simply cannot shake your exhaustion, stop and nap in a safe place. Adults need seven to nine hours of sleep every night. For many of us, stress, responsibility and distractions make it hard to get this recommended amount. That means that many of us are susceptible to drowsy driving much of the time. Statistics show us that men are slightly more at risk for fatigued driving as are people between the ages of 18 and 25. Most fall asleep accidents happen at high speeds, on long road trips or rural highways. Armed with this knowledge and the above warning signs and safety tips, you can help to reduce the number of drowsy drivers on the road. If you have suffered a personal injury due to drowsy driving, contact The Personal Injury Department at Young Wooldridge, LLP. A personal injury attorney at Young Wooldridge, LLP can inform you of legal options you may not know you have.

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Personal Injury Lawyer | Basic School Bus Safety

An experienced Personal Injury Lawyer can inform you of your rights if your child is injured on a school bus due to negligence.  Personal Injury Lawyer | School buses are the safest form of travel for children going to school. By taking an average of 36 cars off the road per bus, school buses aren’t only decreasing car accidents for children, they’re decreasing traffic and subsequent accidents, in general. However, as with any motor vehicle, school bus accidents do occur. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, four to six school-age children die each year and about 17,000 children are treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries associated with school buses. School bus injuries can occur when children are riding the bus, getting on or off the bus, or just standing near the bus. Understandably, some parents can be apprehensive about putting their children on school buses each day. To help dissuade some of their concerns, parents can follow and talk about some recommended practical safety measures with their school-aged children before sending them off to ride the bus. To limit risk and ensure the safest ride to school for your child, teach them to practice these safety guidelines: When Riding the Bus: If seat belts are available on the bus, buckle up. Stay in your seat. Wait until the bus has come to a complete stop before exiting. Don’t yell, speak loudly or make abrupt noises that may distract the driver. Keep your hands, arms, and heads inside the bus at all times. Getting On and Off the Bus: Stand away from the street as the bus approaches. When crossing the street before boarding or after exiting, teach kids to make sure the bus driver indicates it is safe to cross. Children should always walk in front of a school bus. Teach them to look left, right and left again before crossing. Bus Stop Safety: Walk children to the bus stop and wait with them until the bus arrives. Make sure that your bus stop and the children waiting are highly visible to other neighborhood drivers. Drivers should always exercise extreme caution around school buses. Although motorists are required, by law, to stop and wait for a school bus and exiting or boarding children, more school-aged pedestrians are killed in the hour before and after school than any other time of day. Every motorist should expect that children boarding or exiting the bus are not paying attention to other vehicles as they cross the street. If you or someone you love has suffered a personal injury involving a school bus, contact the Personal Injury Department at Young Wooldridge, LLP. A personal injury lawyer at Young Wooldridge, LLP can inform you of legal options you may not know you have.

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Personal Injury Lawyer | Summer Fire Safety: Campfire, BBQ and Bonfire Best Practices

Personal Injury Lawyer in Bakersfield, CA helping people in Kern County avoid Summer Burn Injuries Personal Injury Lawyer | Summertime and fires seem to go hand-in-hand. Whether it’s the delicious char-smell of the grill, the serene crackling of a campfire under the stars of a beachside bonfire, the addition of fire has been enhancing summer fun for thousands of years. While fire adds to our experience in various ways, it does come with a great deal of responsibility. Safe fire practices are important to exercise and to educate all of our family members on. From a young age, children should be taught to treat fire with respect and responsibility. As your summer activities heat up, keep in mind some safety facts about campfires, BBQ’s and Bonfires: CAMPFIRES The open air, sleeping under the stars, the hard work and it’s payoff – camping is a family activity like no other. Few vacations are as good at removing all members of the family from daily distractions as camping. Assigning tasks from tent building to wash station and canteen setup gives everyone a purpose and a role when camping. Few camping responsibilities are as satisfying as that of the fire-builder. The sheer excitement of creating a fire is all the more reason that the person in charge of this task should demonstrate safe fire behavior and educate the rest of the group along the way. Keep the campfire best practices from Smokey Bear in mind when camping this summer season: Go without a fire if the climate is dry and conditions are hazardous. Do not build a fire if they are prohibited in your campground. Look for existing fire pits. Keep tents and other structures and vehicles at least 15 feet from the fire. Choose an open, level spot for your fire that is safe from wind gusts. Keep your campfire to a manageable size. Never throw dangerous items into the fire like aerosol cans, pressurized containers, glass or aluminum cans. Supervise pets and children near the fire at all times. Let the fire extinguish all the way before leaving it or turning in. Dowse fires with water or stir up the ashes to extinguish fires completely. If it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave. Don’t depart your campground with a potentially dangerous fire waiting to catch. BBQs Grilling is a quintessential part of summer. The summer would be lost without the flipping of burgers, turning of hot dogs and sizzling of steaks on the barbeque. From shish kebabs to corn on the cob, everyone has a grill favorite. As much as these cooking contraptions add to our summer experience, it makes sense that they come with some big safety concerns. The grill master and all others present should be aware of safe grill use and activity. The U.S. Fire Administration recommends the following: Use grill outside and at least 3 feet from siding, decking and eaves. Clean grill grates and grease traps after each use. Open the grill before lighting and ensure all burners are lit if using a propane grill. If a burner won’t light, turn the gas off to this burner. Maintain a 3 foot safe zone around the grill and make children aware of it. Monitor pets in this area as well. Discard old coals in a metal container when they have extinguished and once they are cool. Never leave any grill unattended. Wear short sleeves or roll them up when grilling. Use long-handled barbeque tools. Fully extinguish/turn grill off and allow to cool completely before attempting to move or store it. BONFIRES Bonfires are great for several reasons in the summer. You could be cleaning up dead yard debris and burying it in your yard. Family reunions and picnics are a great time to visit around a bonfire as are summer marshmallow roasting bonfires. Many U.S. beaches allow bonfires. There is little that compares to an evening bonfire on the beach, listening to the waves and watching the moon reflect off the ocean. Bonfires tend to be rather large and can get out of control quickly. Tending a bonfire is a great responsibility that should not be taken lightly. Keep in mind the following practices for a safe and enjoyable summer bonfire: Build bonfires away from sheds, fences and trees. Build the fire away from cables like telephone wire hanging overhead. Avoid using lighter fluid to start the bonfire as it can get out of control easily and tends to leave a trail. Make sure that your bonfire stack won’t fall to one side as it deteriorates. NEVER throw fireworks into a bonfire. Keep children and pets at a safe distance from the fire. Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy. Never leave a bonfire unattended. Spray the embers when your bonfire is finished. If you or a loved one is involved in a personal injury accident involving a fire, contact The Personal Injury Department at Young Wooldridge, LLP. A personal injury lawyer at Young Wooldridge, LLP can inform you of legal options you may not know you have. https://smokeybear.com/en/prevention-how-tos/campfire-safety https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/bonfire-safety https://www.gov.je/StayingSafe/FireSafety/Outdoors/pages/bonfires.aspx https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/summer.html https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2011/06/29/summer-fire-safety-tips-fema  

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Personal Injury Attorney | Holiday Highway Safety | Young Wooldridge, LLP

TRAVELING TO SEE FAMILY AND FRIENDS THIS SEASON? AVOID DANGEROUS HIGHWAY DISASTERS WITH THESE TIPS For many Americans, the holidays are a time to jump in the family vehicle and make the hike to visit loved ones who live far away. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, long-distance trips (more than 50 miles, one way) increase by 54% over the short Thanksgiving holiday period and by 24% through the Christmas and New Years stretch. About 91% of holiday travel is done by personal vehicle. These facts mean our nation’s major highways are more crowded than usual with travelers who may not be familiar with the roads. Concerns like inclement weather, drowsy driving, distracted driving and, the always dangerous, driving while under the influence are heightened during the holiday season. As an increased number of people crowd onto the roadways, more of these hazardous driving situations become realities. It’s no wonder that Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years consistently rank in Deadliest Holiday Lists. Before you gas up for that long drive this year, check out the list below for tips to prepare you for safe holiday travel. Never start a trip after you’ve been drinking. Get some rest and allow your body enough time to return to an alert state before getting behind the wheel for any long, or even short, periods of time. Get a good night’s sleep before a long-distance trip. Drowsy driving is one of the deadliest factors on the road. Don’t make plans to leave straight from work, early in the morning or at times you would otherwise be resting. If you become tired while driving, stop and rest or get some caffeine to wake you up. Maintain a safe distance from other vehicles. The potential for multiple car accidents increases in heavy traffic. Maintain safe speeds and distance from the vehicles around you to ensure you have time to stop or space to avoid a collision. A safe rule to stick to is one car length for every ten miles per hour you’re traveling. Don’t be a distracted driver. Distracted driving accidents now make up roughly one-quarter of all traffic accidents. With the widespread use of cell phones and other handheld devices, we are less present behind the wheel than ever before. When you are operating a vehicle, you need to be focused on one thing only: the road. Leave work emails, family texts and GPS directions for your rest breaks and gas stops. Keep your seatbelt on. It is common for drivers or their family members to unbuckle during long drives for comfort. Everyone in the vehicle should wear their seatbelts at all times while the car is in motion. It is no secret that seatbelts save lives, especially in high-speed auto crashes. Maintain your vehicle. Before your trip, take some time to ensure your vehicle’s safety. Check tire pressure, refill washer fluid and test all lights and signals. Make sure that there is nothing lose or hanging from your vehicle. If you should break down while traveling, be sure to pull as far off the road as you can or at a designated rest stop if possible. Be prepared. Map your route before you embark on your trip and be ready for crowded roads. Have emergency roadside assistance information on hand. Keep cell phones charged and handy in the event of an accident. Keep the holidays merry and bright and protect yourself and your loved ones from deadly highway accidents by staying alert and properly preparing for your trip. If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident, contact The Personal Injury Department at Young Wooldridge, LLP. A personal injury attorney at Young Wooldridge, LLP can inform you of legal options you may not know you have.

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