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BOLD Marketing - Friday, April 28, 2017

The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that nearly 200,000 kids in the U.S. get treatment in emergency rooms each year for injuries related to playground equipment. Below are some tips to help keep your child safe:

 

Check equipment for faults.

Before your child runs to the slide or jumps on the swing, examine the equipment for any rusted or broken parts and make sure the surface material beneath equipment is sand, mulch or shredded rubber. Surfaces such as asphalt, dirt or gravel do not absorb impact and may result in serious injuries if a child falls. Also, make sure the surfacing is at least 12 inches deep and extends six feet in all directions around equipment.

 

Have your child use age-appropriate equipment.

A 3-year-old should not use equipment meant for a 10-year-old. Most playgrounds provide separate areas with age-appropriate equipment for children under 5 years old.

 

Supervise your child.

Watch your children to make sure they play safely, and warn them if they are about to jump from a high surface or take other risks. Explain that shoving or crowding others on playground equipment can be dangerous. Teaching them safe behaviors will help them enjoy being outdoors while avoiding injury.

 

Despite your best efforts, a playground injury may occur. If that happens, the first step is to make sure your child receives medical care. Try to document the injury as thoroughly as possible and contact a personal injury attorney if you believe the injury is due to faulty equipment or negligence. To get started, check out our resources page or contact us at 877-337-6651 for a free consultation.

 

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Crash factors series: Timing

BOLD Marketing - Monday, April 17, 2017

Are you more likely to be in a collision at certain times?

 

 It makes sense that your odds of being in a vehicle crash go up when more cars are on the road. Which is why statistically, more crashes occur in late afternoon and evening (when most drivers are headed home from work). In the U.S., about 16% of fatal car wrecks occur between 3 and 6 p.m. each year.*

 

Another likely time period to be in a fatal crash is 6 p.m. to midnight, attributed to the affect alcohol and drowsy driving has on crash rates. Some holidays also see a jump in car crashes – the 4th of July is widely recognized at the most deadly day of the year to be on the road.**

 

In addition, your chance of being in a crash increases significantly on Saturdays, especially in the early morning hours. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety estimates that 31% of fatal drunk-driving crashes occur then.

 

Regardless of timing, your odds of being in a car crash decrease exponentially when you avoid drunk and distracted driving and practice other safe driving behaviors – like wearing your seatbelt, using your car’s running lights and paying attention to your surroundings.

 

If you or a loved one has been injured in a vehicle collision and someone else is at fault, make sure you understand your rights. Learn more: Client Resources

 

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*NHTSA

**IIHS

Crash factors series: Location, location, location

BOLD Marketing - Saturday, April 08, 2017

Does your location put you at higher risk for a crash?

 

Statistically, there are a few key places where you’re more likely to be in a wreck. Topping the list is rural areas, where fatal crashes are 30 percent more likely to occur compared to urban areas. In addition, about 150 people die and 10,000 are injured in collisions with deer each year.*

 

For more minor fender benders, your odds are highest in parking lots. And lastly, that old saying about accidents happening close to home is actually true. A recent survey found that more than 50 percent of reported crashes occur within five or fewer miles from home.**

 

No matter where you are, it’s critical to always be aware of driving conditions and your surroundings. Avoid distracted driving and other behaviors that put you at risk for a crash. If you or a loved one has been injured in a vehicle collision and someone else is at fault, it’s important to make sure you work with an attorney experienced in personal injury cases.

 

Learn about some important factors to consider when hiring an attorney.

 

The choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based upon advertisements alone.

 

 *esurance

*Progressive

 


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