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Most Dangerous Holidays to be on The Road

As the children head back to school, adults realize the holiday season is approaching. With the advent of the holiday season, comes a rise in traffic and accidents on the road. Recent studies confirm what travelers have always known – holidays are among the most dangerous times to be on the road. During the holidays, increased traffic, along with travelers driving in unfamiliar areas, and driving while tired or under the influence, means higher accident and fatality rates around holidays. Let’s explore the most dangerous holidays to be on the road, as well as ways to drive safer and smarter should you find yourself traveling during the upcoming holiday seasons. The Most Dangerous Holidays to Drive Studies show that holidays, in general, denote a nearly 35 percent increase in car accidents, with fatalities increased to nearly 40 percent. The two most dangerous travel holidays are Thanksgiving (100 percent increase in accidents) and New Year’s Day (95 percent increase in accidents). On Thanksgiving, most families travel the day before after work. They are typically tired and rushing after work, or on Thursday when they are rushed, distracted, and stressed trying to arrive at their destination on time. New Year’s Day means New Year’s Eve revelers who have been drinking, eating, and celebrating until early morning are on the road, increasing alcohol-related accidents. Independence Day (aka 4th of July) when drinking, driving, and accidents go hand in hand. Majority of accidents happen on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, particularly when the holiday falls on a weekend. Memorial Day when everyone prepares for the start of summer and the season ahead. Labor...
Common Slip and Fall Accidents and How to Avoid Them

Common Slip and Fall Accidents and How to Avoid Them

Slip and fall accidents are more common than you might think, with nearly one million occurring annually. While some result in minor injuries, others are considerably worse, resulting in broken bones and even death. Though they can happen anywhere from a simple trip to the grocery store to an extravagant cruise ship vacation, the sad fact is many slip and fall accidents are preventable. Let’s learn about the most common incidents and how you can avoid them. Weather as the Culprit Slip and fall accidents that occur as a result of weather are common. The truth is you can’t control the weather. Thunderstorms, tornadoes, and even hurricanes can wreak havoc in and around property often resulting in hazards that turn in to accident sites. Businesses, including restaurants, shops, hotels, and more are responsible for sidewalks, parking areas, entryways, and interiors free of debris and water which can create slip and fall hazards. If you find yourself out and about before, during, or after a storm, be cautious as you go from place to place and avoid areas that might cause issues. Of course, you can’t always see slippery spots and falls with injuries do occur. Should you sustain an injury as a result of a weather-related slip and fall as a result of negligence on the part of a business, help is available for you. Wet, Uneven Surfaces – With or Without Weather Issues More than 50 percent of all slip and fall accidents are caused by wet or uneven surfaces. While some of these are the result of weather conditions, others are not. Slip and fall accidents from...
Traveling with the Kids this Summer? Learn Our Top Road Safety Tips

Traveling with the Kids this Summer? Learn Our Top Road Safety Tips

Summer is here and for many families, it’s time to hit the road! Driving is second nature, but it’s easy to forget how to be safe during a long car ride- especially when you’re travelling with kids. Summer driving leads to more accidents because there are more people on the road. So what are the best ways to stay safe during your drive? Keep the road safety tips listed below in mind, so you get your family through the road trip in one piece. 1. Have Your Vehicle Inspected Your car might work fine on short trips. But when is the last time you tested it’s performance for hours at a time? If there is an issue with your car, extended use could cause that issue to present itself and create a dangerous situation on the road.  Some of the most important components to check before embarking on your vacation are your tires, brakes, and all engine fluids. The summer heat adds more stress to your engine making it work harder to run. A quick trip to the mechanic could decrease the chance of any of these problems happening and an accident occurring. 2. Limit Distractions When you’re traveling for summer activities, getting your whole family together in one vehicle can mean added noise, movement, and distractions you may not be used to dealing with on your daily commute. Remember to bring vehicle-appropriate activities, snacks, and beverages with you to keep kids occupied. If your children will have access to tablets, mobile phones, or any other kind of electronic devices, make sure they also have headphones to reduce noise.  3. Remember to Schedule Breaks...

Deadly Attack at Amusement Park Sheds New Light on Liability

By now, the tragic news of the death of 2-year-old Lane Graves has made its way across the nation. If the name doesn’t sound familiar, his story will. On the night of June 14th, the toddler was attacked and killed by an alligator at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort. The public’s reaction to Lane’s death was to show incredible compassion and support for the grieving family- some even shared photos of their family at the exact spot the child was attacked. Others have questioned whether his death could have been prevented with proper precautions. While most theme park injuries are the result of faulty rides, other injuries, like the attack suffered by Lane Graves, can occur on the grounds of amusement parks. One of the major misconceptions that often leads to injuries is that theme parks are inherently safe. People believe they are taking their family to a place that is devoid of any danger- and with good reason; Disney World has been dubbed by many as “the happiest place on earth.” However, children are the victims of about 50% of reported injuries at amusement parks. Most of the injuries that happen at theme parks are a result of the rides. Whether due to ride malfunction, improper operation, poor signage, or mechanical failure, injuries suffered at amusement parks can range from mild to serious.  These injuries can include everything from neck strains to broken bones, and aneurysms; some may result in fatalities. However, many injuries occur on theme park grounds. If the injury is a result of either negligence on behalf of the amusement park, or product liability, there is...

How to Select a Nursing Home

For many, the process of selecting a nursing home for a loved one can seem overwhelming. We are all familiar with reports in which individuals have suffered abuse at the hands of the staff at their nursing home. This concern can be made worse if your loved one is no longer able to communicate. To alleviate the stress this decision can cause, it’s helpful to thoroughly research nursing homes that meet the required criteria. The first step to selecting the right nursing home for your loved one is identifying the type of care they need. Nursing homes vary based on the level of care (among other things). Does your loved one required full, round-the-clock medical care, or just help dressing and bathing? This question will determine whether you need a facility that offers hospital-level care or just assistance. Once you’ve determined the level of care required, the next step is proximity. Ideally, the close4r to you the facility the better, since that will make regular visits much easier. However, keep in mind that it is more important to find the right fit for your loved one than just a home that is close by; your loved one will thank you in the end. Now that you know the facilities that are around you, narrow them down by identifying other criteria that may be important to you, such as religious affiliation, certifications, and payment terms or insurance accepted. Now that you have narrowed down a list of nursing homes that you feel may be a good fit, you’ll need to do the leg work and visit the facilities. This is...