ACEP Offers Tips for Child Safety

In a news release, the American College of Emergency Physicians offered several safety tips on how to keep your Halloween safe for you and your children. According to the US Census Bureau, last year approximately 41 million children between the ages of 5 and 14-year-old participated in trick-or-treating, and they estimate roughly 161 million will be involved this year. And this year, many families are celebrating this holiday later in the week.

If you do plan on taking your children door-to-door in the tradition of hunting for candy, here are some general safety tips that can help to keep your family safe. These tips can be applied to building good pedestrian safety habits with children as well.

Always use flashlights, glow sticks and reflective tape or clothing to help make you and your children more visible to the surrounding drivers at night. The average vision of a driver drops a significant percentage at night, so being as visible as possible is essential to safety.

Parents should escort children down the block if they are younger than 12-years-old.

Do not allow children to run from house to house and remind them to always look both ways before crossing the street. As visibility decreases at night, so does reaction time for motorists. Walking and pausing before entering the pathways of vehicles, including in driveways, increases the chances for safety.

Walk on the sidewalk. Walking across lawns exposes you and your children to the tripping hazards of wires and ornaments.

Reinforce the rules of the street, only allowing children to cross at crosswalks and reminding them never to run between parked cars.

Dr. Sandra Schneider, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians, said, “Children should be having fun and spending time with family and friends. They should not have to spend Halloween in the ER because of some injury that could have been easily prevented.”

As an Everett personal injury lawyer, I hope that by making this information more readily available, you and your family will have a fun, safe Halloween night. If you’ve suffered injury due to the negligent actions of another, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer in your town.

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NADA Offers Tire Safety Advice for the Winter

In a news release, the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) stated that maintaining your vehicle’s tires before and during the holiday season will help in saving you money and increasing your chances for staying safe on the road.

Well-maintained tires help aid in reducing fuel costs and keeping your vehicle stable while on the road. NADA has offered several tips on how to optimize your tire’s functionality and safety.

When choosing your tires, consult your owner’s manual to make sure the ones you pick coincide with the manufacturer’s standards. This is extremely important because different tires have different purposes and uses. Variables such as weight standards and tread depth can have a significant impact on your vehicle’s performance, handling and fuel consumption.

Always check the pressure before making long trips. Having a tire gauge on-hand is essential during inclement weather months to ensure your vehicle’s safety. Low tire pressure can lead to increased fuel consumption, premature tire degradation and tearing.

Regular tire check-ups are essential to maintaining your vehicle. NADA recommends rotating tires at least every 6000 miles. This allows technicians to detect mechanical malfunctions that may result in imbalances and accidents. They also aid in helping to know when tires need to be replaced.

Last, because tires are specific to the type of vehicle they are paired with, make sure that you never overload your vehicle with too much weight. This can lead to tires overheating and premature failure.

As an Everett personal injury lawyer, I hope that sharing this information will aid in keeping you and your family safe on the road during the holiday season. If you’ve been injured in an accident that was the result of a defective auto part, it may be in your best interests to speak with a personal injury lawyer in your area.

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Nasal Decongestant Recalled Due to Bacteria Contamination

In a news statement, Insight Pharmaceuticals, in cooperation with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), announced the voluntary recall of their Nostrilla Nasal Decongestant (oxymetazoline) spray due to the potential for bacterial contamination.

This recall affects 34,092 bottles of the nasal decongestant spray. The spray is used by consumers to relieve the nasal discomfort caused by colds and other inflammatory issues. This recall was initiated after it was discovered that these bottles could potentially be contaminated with the bacteria Burkholderia cepacia, which is capable of causing serious infection in consumers with compromised immune systems or chronic lung conditions. Nostrilla was available nationwide at various retail outlets and pharmacies. The spray came in half ounce, plastic bottles marked with an expiration date of May 2014. The affected units are a part of the 11G075 lot and have a UPC code of 6373673005.

The company is asking that consumer who have purchased the recalled item not use it and return it to the company for a full refund. Neither the FDA nor Insight Pharmaceuticals has received any reports of illness in relation to this recall at the time of this report.

As an Everett personal injury attorney, I’ve seen many similar recalls in the past and understand the devastating effects they can have on consumers. If you’ve been injured through the use of a defective medical product, it may be in your best interest to speak with a personal injury lawyer in your city.

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State Patrol Emphasizes Commercial Vehicle Safety

News sources reported that the Washington State Patrol’s Commercial Vehicle Division is participating in the annual Operation Safe Driver week with the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) this week.

According to a news release from the Patrol, troopers and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officers (CVEO) will be conducting comprehensive inspections of commercial vehicles, as well as other roadside enforcement activities, across the state. Their focus will be on driver behavior of both the commercial drivers and that of the other vehicles surrounding them on the road.

Captain Darrin Grondel of the Commercial Vehicle Division, said, “Last week our officers were riding in commercial vehicles and targeting cars and trucks that drove aggressively are the big trucks. This week our CVEOS and troopers will focus on inspecting commercial vehicles and the drivers to ensure they are following good safety practices.”

The Washington State Patrol participated in the 2010 Operation Safe Driver event and inspected 2,133 commercial vehicles during that time, placing 233 vehicles and 89 drivers out of commission.

As an Everett car accident lawyer, I hope that this effort by our law enforcement officials aids in creating a safer environment for everyone on our roadways. If you’ve been injured in an accident that you believe was the result of the negligent driving habits of another, speak with a car accident lawyer in your city to learn more about your rights in the matter.

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Motorcyclist Injured in Accident with Amphibious Vehicle

News outlets reported that a motorcyclist sustained moderate injuries in an accident involving a “Ride-the-Duck” amphibious tourist vehicle in Seattle Monday afternoon.

According to authorities, the accident occurred just prior to 2:30pm at the intersection of Third Avenue and Pike Street when the motorcyclist came to a stop in front of the amphibious vehicle at the traffic signal on Pike Street. The amphibious vehicle failed to yield, pulled into the intersection and struck the motorcycle. The biker, reported to be in his 50s, became “entangled” in the undercarriage of the “Ride-the-Duck” vehicle and was dragged across the intersection before coming through the back end of the vehicle. Witnesses found the victim roughly 20 feet from his motorcycle.

Emergency crews transported the motorcyclist to Harborview Medical Center for the treatment of his injuries. He was initially categorized as being in serious condition, but has since been reevaluated to satisfactory condition. Rescue workers stated that, when they arrived at the scene, the man was conscious and had been wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

Authorities are continuing to investigate the accident and have yet to issue any citations.

As an Everett motorcycle accident lawyer, I’ve seen similar accidents in the past and am relieved to learn that this man was not more seriously injured in what could have been a deadly crash. If you’ve been injured in an accident that you believe was the direct result of the negligent actions of another driver, speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer in your area.

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