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Summer Means More Chances for Crashes

By Christopher

 Summer Means More Chances For Crashes

For teen drivers, summer is especially deadly on roadways in Ohio. In recent years, the number of individuals killed on roadways in Ohio has lowered, however summer is still the most deadly season for all motorists. 477 motorists were involved in fatal wrecks during summer last year, representing 32% of all driver deaths that occurred during the year. 35 driver deaths involving teens occurred between Memorial Day and Labor Day of last year, representing nearly 35% of all fatal crashes for the year, according to data from the Ohio Highway Patrol. One of the fatal wrecks happened in Warren County, and drivers ages 13-19 were involved in 302 wrecks from Memorial Day to Labor Day in 2013. Teen crashes represented 15% of all motorists involved in wrecks during those months, and 12% of drivers in collisions leading to injuries. When analyzing wrecks that happened in other counties among drivers ages 13-19 from Memorial Day to Labor Day, 9% all motorists involved in wrecks among teens occurred in Hamilton County, while 12% of all wrecks involving teens were in Clermont County.

More pedestrians, motorcyclists, individuals on vacation, and an increase in teen drivers contribute to an upsurge in car crashes during the summer. Ohio Highway Patrol said the combination of these factors lead to more wrecks, and crashes were most common during May, October, and December of last year. Although, the deadliest month in Ohio last year was September, with 119 of 990 crash-related deaths, followed by August with 101 and October with 99 fatalities. 7 of the ten deadliest days for teen drivers happened during the summer, according to experts with AAA. Proposed legislation introduced last June would ban newly licensed 16-17 year-old’s from driving from 10 at night to 5 in the morning unless a parent is in the car with them. The bill would also ban teens from driving with more than one passenger, unless passengers are parents or guardians. The passenger would also be required to be at least 21 years-old. 308 people have died in crashes on roadways in Ohio as of yet this year, a decrease from 351 during the same time period last year. Drivers from Ohio are urged to reduce the number of crashes through wearing seat belts, designating a driver, and turning off their cellphones to avoid distractions. Parents are also urged to restrict driving when necessary and limit the number of passengers teens have in their car, along with limit night driving, according to news reports. Visit our car accident page for more info.

Safety Standards for Helmets

By Christopher

There are many considerations to keep in mind when looking to purchase a new helmet. Customers should look for a helmet which meets government safety regulations. They need to protect your head adequately. Safety experts advise looking for helmets which meet specific safety standards and making sure it fits comfortably. A helmet should be thrown out if it was in a wreck, since they are only meant for one impact. A new helmet must be purchased if the old one is no longer comfortable. Before purchasing a new helmet, try on as many as possible to get a good fit. Different helmets fit differently, and they’re engineered to fit comfortably on different heads. Pay special attention to padding and the ratcheting band that keeps the helmet fit into place. Customers should also keep in mind that if a helmet is more expensive, it may not provide a better fit compared with the less expensive helmet. A customer should also consider when and where they’ll be wearing the helmet, and if it’s on hot days they should seek a helmet which includes increased ventilation. Cyclists should also consider the helmet’s color. Bright, lighter colors are easier for drivers to see and they also keep a cyclist’s head cooler. Most helmets found in local sporting good stores are designed to protect the head from a serious injury, although many are skeptical about whether they can protect a head adequately from concussions. Currently, industry testing procedures involve dropping a weight onto the stationary helmet, although many experts believe these methods are flawed since they do not duplicate a real-world situation.

Multi-directional Impact Protection Systems also address real-world situations to help protect a head from concussions. The system was developed by Swiss researchers after 15 years of research. The system includes an inner layer inside the helmet that slips on impact, reducing the rotational impact during a crash. Only some helmets include the technology, including POC’s Trabec Race. The technology will be added to Lazer’s Helium helmet starting in August. Many helmet manufacturers want to add the system to their helmets in the near future, and experts urge getting helmets which include the system in order to protect themselves better from a concussion. The three helmets suggested by researchers currently include the POC Octal, Smith Optics Forefront, and Lazer Helium. Each of these helmets are meant to provide further during a crash that could save someone from a serious personal injury, according to these news reports. Visit our law office for more info

43% of All Fatal Falls Involve Ladders

By Christopher

43% of all fatal falls in the US involve a ladder, recent reports revealed. Approximately 20% of all fall injuries involve ladders, for instance. Researchers gathered data from 2011 in order to determine that work-related ladder falls resulted in 113 fatalities, and 15,500 injuries in the US. Injuries resulted in at least one day away from work. 34,000 injuries were also treated in the emergency room. Workers with the highest risk of injury included older employees, men, Hispanics, construction workers, installation, maintenance, repair, and extraction workers. A primary researcher said a majority of these injuries are preventable. Safety advocates, employees, healthcare professionals, and others are requested to cooperate in order to help make sure everybody involved with the job remains safe around ladders. They also think further research is required on fall prevention as a result of ladders. They also provided advice on how to prevent ladder falls from occurring. Firstly, they advise seeking ways to complete the work required without using ladders, and providing workers with alternatives to ladders, such as aerial lifts or supported scaffolds. Ladders must also be inspected to make sure safety accessories are available and they must be linked properly with the worker’s task, location, and weight. All workers should be trained while on the job, and they should be provided with necessary information on staying safe while on the job.

Safety experts also provided a check list concerning how employees and residents should safely use extension ladders. Workers should maintain a 3-point contact whenever climbing or descending a ladder, which includes using two hands and a foot, or two feet and a hand. Employees should also face the ladder whenever going up or down, and keep their body inside the side rails at all times. Ladder users should also stay careful while getting on or off a ladder, and avoid tipping the ladder. All tools should be secured inside a belt, and never carried in the ladder user’s hands while climbing up or down a ladder. Extend the top of the ladder three feet over the landing, and keep ladders free from material that may be slippery. Employees are asked to never put ladders on an unstable base that exceeds the maximum load rating for the ladder, and they shouldn’t ignore overhead power lines. Workers also shouldn’t move or shift a ladder while someone is on the ladder, and they shouldn’t lean out beyond the ladder’s side rails either, according to ladder industry news reports.

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Where And How To Identify The Right Personal Injury Law Attorney

By Christopher

If you are victim of personal injury resulting from accidents and other such mishaps then is advisable to look for quality personal injury law advocates. They will help in getting compensation for such accidents which may have been caused because of negligent attitude. Many such accidents are also caused because of purposeful intention. In such cases it becomes a criminal event and the aggrieved persons are permitted under the law to claim compensation from the persons who are responsible for it. But it all depends on the efficiency and capability of the lawyers and their ability to build a water-tight case on behalf of their clients. It is therefore vital for clients to spend some time and choose the right professionals who can take the matter to its logical conclusion.

The success lies in identifying the right lawyer. This is not easy because there are scores of lawyers handling such cases. It is therefore critical to find out the right lawyer who can successfully fight the case on behalf of the clients. At times we may get confused and undecided because of the number of choices available before us. Secondly we may also not know where to look for these professionals.

If you are ever a victim of personal injury the first step is to get in touch with a lawyer at the earliest possible movement. You should not waste time because wastage of time could lead to destruction of evidence. You must be sure that you are hiring a lawyer who is capable of understanding intricacies of such cases. The internet is the best place where you can find the right resource for identifying these professionals. There are many websites which share information about reputed and experienced lawyers who fight personal injury cases. Many reputed lawyers also have their own websites where useful information could be obtained.

In each city or even town there must be lawyers’ associations. Getting in touch with this association will also help you to select the right lawyers keeping in mind you are specific needs and requirement. There is an advantage in selecting lawyers from such associations because they will always recommend only those who have a good reputation, goodwill and a successful track record. You must go through the due diligence process and hire only those lawyers who can successfully fight your case and ensure that justice is done to you. For example if you are fighting a personal injury case caused by road accident, you must then look only for road-rage lawyers because they will know how to push the matter along. Therefore selecting the right lawyer is of paramount in importance without which success may not be possible, in nine out of ten cases. Learn more now!