12Jan 2018

Pedestrian Accidents

A new year is upon us and as with each new year, millions of Americans will be taking to the road, not by means of a vehicle, but as pedestrians. Every year Americans make New Year’s Resolutions and one of the most popular resolutions for many is to be more active and to get in shape. With the beautiful weather and mild winters in Southwest Florida, many Floridians and “Snow-Birds” will take to the road on their venture to better health. While walking, jogging or running may seem like a great, safe way to get active, there are some safety precautions to take when strolling along the roads in your community.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2015, 5,376 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States and nearly 129,000 pedestrians were treated in emergency room departments for non-fatal crash related injuries.

While drivers carry a responsibility to pay attention to all of their surroundings while on the road, pedestrians equally share this responsibility while crossing the roads or walking on sidewalks.

Laws for Pedestrians

Drivers of vehicles are not the only ones who have laws to follow, there are laws for pedestrians as well. Some of these laws include:

· Pedestrians must walk on the sidewalk when one is provided.

· Pedestrians must obey all traffic signals and only cross when the pedestrian light is green, provided they still look to make sure traffic has stopped.

· Pedestrians have the right of way on marked crosswalks but must still look to ensure that the road is safe to cross.

· Pedestrians may not stand on roadways paved for vehicle traffic to solicit employment, business or ride. These are just a few of the laws for pedestrians. Learn more about Pedestrian Laws

Preventing Pedestrian Accidents

· Always walk on the sidewalk or a path. If a sidewalk is not available, then walk on the shoulder of the road facing the traffic.

· Always cross the street at designated crosswalks.

· If walking early in the morning or late in the evening, wear bright reflective clothing and carry a flashlight to increase your visibility when it gets dark.

· If your local park or recreation area has walking paths, take advantage of those areas for your daily walks and avoid venturing out near the roads and traffic altogether.

If you are hit by a Car as a Pedestrian

If you or someone you know has been hit by a car as a pedestrian, it is important to seek advice from an attorney experienced in pedestrian accidents. Selecting an experienced attorney can help you receive the compensation you deserve. The attorneys at Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz have been helping clients for over 50 years. We provide a free consultation to discuss your case and determine what can be done to protect your rights. Call today to schedule your appointment.

12Jan 2018

Vehicle Safety

Vehicle safety is vital to maintaining the safety of our roads. In addition to regular vehicle maintenance, drivers should be aware of safety recalls, motor vehicle parts, and vehicle theft.

Safety Recalls

Safety recalls are managed by the NHTSA, and if a vehicle is not up to code it is required to be recalled by the manufacturer. Safe cars save lives and therefore motorists are advised to check twice annually for vehicle recalls. To find out if there are any recalls for your vehicle, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Safety Issues and Recalls.

Motor Vehicle Parts

Drivers should always ensure their vehicle’s parts are working properly. One of the most common safety issues are underinflated/overinflated tires. According to the NHTSA there are over 11,000 tire-related crashes per year. A savvy car expert can check your tire performance and pressure to help ensure your vehicle is safe to operate.

Vehicle Theft

With over $5 billion in stolen vehicles nationwide, vehicle theft is major problem. Every 45 seconds a vehicle is stolen in the United States. To help protect your vehicle from theft you should keep all doors locked and windows shut, park in well-lit areas, never leave your vehicle running while unattended, and avoid leaving keys or valuables in your car.

NASCAR and the NHTSA have teamed up to provide additional vehicle safety tips:

· Seat Belts – “Buckle Up. Every Trip. Every Time.” In 2014 alone, seat belts were responsible for saving over 12,000 lives

· Distraction – “A momentary distraction can cause a lifetime of consequences.”

· Safety Ratings – Be aware of your car’s safety ratings. “More stars equal safer cars.”

In 2015, over 35,000 people suffered fatalities in car accidents. Thousands more were injured and many experienced financial loss. If you or someone you know has been involved in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence it is important to seek qualified 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.

05Jan 2018

Product Liability and Toy Injuries

The holiday season is behind us, but the toys, gadgets and other gifts are ever present in our daily lives. While the enjoyment of receiving the newest gadgets, toys and accessories is a wonderous time during the holidays, sometimes the latest inventions don’t always hold up to standards. Each year thousands of children are taken to the emergency room due to toy related injuries. According to the U.S. Product Safety Commission (UPSC), in 2016, there were an estimated 240,000 toy related injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms. Injuries treated were classified as abrasions, contusions or lacerations, and nearly forty-five percent of these injuries were to the head and face area. While toys are supposed to be fun and educational, accidents and injuries do happen.

Most children’s items and toys are labeled with age-appropriate guidelines. However, although the toys may be age appropriate for your child, when caring for young children, adult supervision is always a must. Young children need to learn how to use new toys properly and without guidance and supervision, injuries may occur.

Product Defects and Product Liability

Although there are many injuries young children may be at risk of sustaining from toys which are a result from improper use or poor supervision, not all toy-related injuries are solely due to these reasons alone. At times, toys or other products may have flaws or defective parts. Defective toys or products are the cause of thousands of injuries each year and the U.S. Product Liability Law is in place to protect an injured person. Product defects can fall under three different categories which are:

· Manufacturing Defects – Defects which are caused by assembly error.

· Design Defects – Defects due to an error in the original designing of the product.

· Marketing Defects – Defects or flaws in the marketing of the product (safety warning, insufficient directions).

Product Liability Attorney

If your child has been involved in a toy-related injury due to a defective product, it is important to seek advice from attorneys experienced with personal injury and product liability cases. Product liability laws differ from ordinary injury laws and there are many factors involved in cases of toy-related injuries. The attorneys at Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice and Purtz are very experienced in personal injury cases and we are here to represent you. Call us today for a consultation.

28Dec 2017

Burn Awareness

The first week each February, the American Burn Association promotes Burn Awareness Week in hopes to call awareness to burns and preventing them. In 2016, according to the American Burn Association, or Ameriburn, 486,000 people received medical treatment for burns and an additional 3,275 suffered fire-related fatalities. In fact, burns are one of the leading causes of accidental death in the United States. While Burn Awareness Week is celebrated in February, as per the National Fire Protection Association, December is the peak time of year for home candle fires. Take the time now to remind yourselves of burn awareness and burn prevention tips to help ensure you have a safe, fire-free holiday.

Stats

The below stats illustrate the importance to call attention to burn awareness.

· Every 2 hours and 41 minutes a civilian fire fatality occurs

· 73% of fire related injuries occur at home

· 1/1442 U.S. citizens will die from fire, flames, or smoke

· Children, the elderly, and disabled are significantly more likely to suffer burns

Burns are a very serious issue and can result in financial loss, injuries, or even fatalities. It is important to be aware of some ways to prevent burns.

Burn Prevention

The Mayo Clinic offers many tips to prevent household burns. Among them:

· Monitor items cooking on the stove and turn handles towards the rear of the stove

· Keep electrical appliances at a distance from water

· Unplug household items such as irons when not in use

· Cover unused electrical outlets

· Avoid smoking in your home

· Regularly inspect smoke/fire detectors and keep batteries up-to-date

· Keep fire extinguishers handy and on each floor of your home

If you or a loved one have suffered an injury, fatality, or financial repercussions stemming from a burn due to another’s negligence it is important to know your legal rights. A qualified, experienced personal injury attorney can help identify if you 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.