17Nov 2017

Defensive Driving

Defensive driving is utilizing a set of driving skills to avoid collisions and other dangers on the roads. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) approximately 43,000 fatalities from car accidents occur in the United States each year. With bad drivers, drunk or drugged drivers, and adverse weather conditions, operating a motor vehicle can be a risky, dangerous endeavor. Defensive driving enables drivers to foresee potential hazards and dangers and respond accordingly, limiting the risks associated with driving.

Defensive Driving Courses

Many states offer courses in defensive driving as a way of teaching drivers how to operate more defensively. Florida specifically offers state-approved defensive driving classes which result in the dismissal of certain types of traffic tickets and allows drivers to not be subject to auto insurance rate hikes. Some states even will reduce insurance premiums upon the completion of a defensive driving course.

Defensive Driving Tips

The following tips will help you drive more defensively.

· Plan ahead; be able to control your speed

· Be prepared to respond to other drivers; do not anticipate they drive the way you do

· Respect other drivers and their rights on the road

· Pay attention to road and weather conditions

· Avoid distractions such as cell phone use

A main component of defensive driving to make sure you do not assume what another driver will do. Everyone drives differently and is important to be aware that other drivers may not necessarily drive the way you do.

Defensive driving is a vital skill every driver should employ. Accidents do happen however. If you or someone you know has been involved in a car accident due to the negligence of another driver you should seek experienced legal counsel.

Who to Call

The attorneys at Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice, and Purtz have over 50 years experience in personal injury law. Our 6 offices located in Southwest Florida are conveniently located in Fort Myers (2 offices), Cape Coral, Naples, Lehigh Acres, and Port Charlotte. Call us today to schedule a free consultation.

17Nov 2017

Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention Week took place October 8th through October 14th with Fire Prevention Day occurring on October 9th. During the upcoming holidays, many Americans enjoy burning scented candles, decorating with extra holiday lighting and of course cooking bountiful meals. As careful as you may be with candles, lighting and cooking, accidents can happen, and fires may occur. According to the National Fire Protection Association the message is simple; “Every second counts: Plan 2 ways out!”

Statistics

Numerous statistics illustrate the seriousness of house fires (NFPA).

· Each day in the U.S. 7 people die from house fires

· In 2015 there were nearly 400,000 house fires resulting in over 2,500 fatalities, more than 10,000 injuries and costing $7 billion in damage

· 60% of house fire deaths were in homes lacking smoke alarms

· Smoking materials are the common cause of housefires

Because house fires are extremely dangerous the National Fire Protection Association provides tips to help house fire victims escape safely.

Tips

· Map out your home and plan 2 exits from each room leading to outside

· Practice fire drills at home with each member of your family; teach children how to escape in the event of a fire

· Make sure your house number is clearly identifiable in case the fire department is necessary

· While exiting your home during a fire shut doors behind you to help contain the fire

· Once outside do not reenter a home that is on fire

Although following the above tips will increase your safety in the event of a fire, there is still a chance you may encounter a house fire at some point in your lifetime. Each year 1 in 338 households will experience a house fire. As we enter into the holiday season, it can be easy to become wrapped up in the festivities. Please review your fire safety tips and strategies to keep you and your family safe. If you or someone you know has sustained injuries or fatalities from a house fire due to the negligence of another you may have a legal claim.

Who to Call

The attorneys at Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice, and Purtz have over 50 years experience in personal injury law. Our 6 offices located in Southwest Florida are conveniently located in Fort

Myers (2 offices), Cape Coral, Naples, Lehigh Acres, and Port Charlotte. Call us today to schedule a free consultation.

07Nov 2017

Drowsy Driving Prevention Week 2017

Each year thousands of people are injured or killed from drowsy driving crashes in the U.S. In fact, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association, there are approximately 328,000 drowsy driving crashes on U.S. roadways each year. The results of drowsy driving can be tragic and can affect not only the sleepy driver, but it can also be dangerous for the passengers in the vehicle and for other drivers on the road. During the week of November 6, 2017 through November 10, 2017, the National Sleep Foundation holds Drowsy Driving Prevention Week in efforts to raise public awareness about the dangers of drowsy driving and how it can be avoided. By educating communities and increasing awareness, we can all help save lives by preventing drowsy driving.

Drowsy Driving Facts from the Governors Highway Safety Association

· An average of 328,000 drowsy driving crashes occur on U.S. roadways each year.

· An average of 109,000 injury related drowsy driving crashes occur on U.S. roadways annually.

· An average of 6,400 fatal drowsy driving crashes on U.S. roadways occur annually.

· An estimated 10-20% of large truck or bus crashes on U.S. roadways involved a tired driver.

· More than 50% of drowsy driving crashes involve drivers aged 25 and younger.

Warning Signs of Drowsy Driving

· Drifting or having difficulty staying in your lane

· Blinking frequently or yawning

· Losing focus on the road or wandering thoughts

· Difficulty remembering the last few miles driven

· Becoming irritable or trying to hurry

· Hitting the rumble strip or drifting to the shoulder of the road

Drowsy driving is not safe! If you are experiencing any of the above warning signs while you are behind the wheel, it is vitally important for you safely to pull over to rest or to change drivers. To learn more, visit Drowsy Driving Warning Signs.

Ways to Prevent Drowsy Driving

No one can predict the exact time that they are going to fall asleep. Since drowsy driving is so dangerous being proactive and learning strategies to prevent drowsy driving is one way to stay safe. There are many things which can be done to prevent falling asleep behind the wheel. Things such as making sure you get a good night’s sleep prior to traveling, traveling with others who can share the driving and taking frequent rest brakes can all help in preventing drowsy driving from occurring. To learn more about detecting and preventing drowsy driving visit the National Sleep Foundation.

Protect Your Rights

Driving drowsy is something that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Each year thousands of individuals are injured or killed due to drowsy driving accidents. If you or someone you know has been injured or killed due to drowsy driver falling asleep behind the wheel, it is important to seek advice from an attorney experienced in personal injury. The attorneys at Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice and Purtz have over

50 years of experience with personal injury cases involving drowsy driving. We have six locations across Southwest Florida. Our offices are located in Fort Myers (two to serve you), Cape Coral, Naples, Lehigh Acres and Port Charlotte. Our attorneys are here to fight for you and protect your rights. Call the office nearest you to schedule your appointment for a free consultation. Justice Starts Now

07Nov 2017

Tie One On For Safety – Mothers Against Drunk Driving

From November 1st, 2017 through January 1st, 2018, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will be sponsoring an event called Tie One On for Safety. According to its website the mission of MADD is “To end drunk driving, help fight drugged driving, support the victims of these violent crimes and prevent underage drinking.” The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has even credited MADD with helping save almost 30,000 lives by helping pass the law requiring consumers be 21 years of age to drink.

The Problem

Drunk or drugged driving is a major problem that can lead to financial loss, injuries, or even fatalities. The statistics (provided by the NHTSA) are staggering.

· One person dies every 53 minutes in the U.S. from drunk driving – 28 people daily

· 2 out of every 3 people will be involved in an alcohol related crash during their lifetime

· 800 people per day are injured in a drunk driving accident

Because of the dangers of drunk driving MADD works tirelessly to help prevent as many drunk driving occurrences as possible. Since 1980 when MADD was founded, drunk driving deaths have been cut in half. MADD also offers solutions to reduce drunk/drugged driving.

The Solution

MADD offers 4 steps we can take today to eliminate drunk driving.

High Visibility Law Enforcement: When people are worried about getting caught they are a lot less likely to drink and drive. Presence of law enforcement and sobriety checkpoints strongly deter drinking and driving.

Ignition Interlocks: Adding breathalyzers to vehicles reduces drunk driving.

Advance Vehicle Technology: Breath or touch sensors can prevent a drunk driver from operating a vehicle.

Public Support: Taxis, public transportation, UBER, and designated drivers all reduce drunk driving.

Although the four solutions above are designed to eliminate drunk driving there is always a risk you may encounter a drunk driver on the roads. If you or someone you know has been involved in an alcohol related accident it is important you know who to call.

Who to Call

The attorneys at Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice, and Purtz have over 50 years experience in personal injury law. Our 6 offices located in Southwest Florida are conveniently located in Fort

Myers (2 offices), Cape Coral, Naples, Lehigh Acres, and Port Charlotte. Call us today to schedule a free consultation.