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Work Zone Safety Tips

As summer picks up so does the amount of road construction going on. These few months are the busiest time of year for roadway construction.

Often times now, people are in a hurry to get where they want to go. Work zone situations can be frustrating but it is important to be patient and follow a few steps in order to maintain not only the worker’s safety but also your own and your passenger’s.

According to American Road & Transportation Builders Association there were 700 work zone fatalities and 35,526 work zone injuries in 2015. They offered a few tips to help in decreasing work zone accidents:

  • Know the work zone signs.

Look for the metal signs as well other indicators of how to pass through the zone safely such as traffic cones.

  • Pay attention to other drivers

Work zones often yield narrower lanes.

  • Stay focused.

Get rid of distractions including phones and food. Pay attention to the traffic ahead. Cars are most likely going a slower speed and break more often.

  • Expect the unexpected.

Be ready to react to things such as uneven pavement, loose gravel and work vehicles coming in and out of the zone.

  • Keep your cool. Be Patient.

Everyone seems to be in a rush these days but if there is an accident it is guaranteed to take much longer than it would have otherwise. So, keep your cool!

Get Help

If you do find yourself in a work zone accident and are in need of a personal injury lawyer contact Glisson Law at 618.462.1077.

Uber: a Safe Alternative

29 mothers, brothers, friends, husbands, and daughters are lost every single day in the United States due to drunk driving. However, according to the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, “drunk driving fatalities have declined 35%” in the last two-three decades.

Could Uber be contributing to the recent continued drop in drunk driving statistics?

Uber is a location based apps that makes getting around, without having to drive yourself, easy.

The app user types in their location and requested destination into the search bar and local drivers along with their picture and rating pop up. Once the app has paired the driver and the user the app user can see the location of the driver in route as they are making their way to them in only minutes.

Uber was founded in 2009 and since has found great success. According to Uber 15 million trips are taken each day.

Safety is a prime focus for the company and something they are always striving to increase. In fact, they are implementing many new safety features this summer.

According to Uber there will soon be a dedicated space on the app for safety information called the Safety Center. This will include safety tips, driver screenings, and insurance protections.

They also are adding Trusted Contacts, “Riders will be able to designate up to five friends and family members as Trusted Contacts, and be prompted to share trip details with them during every ride..”

Not every ride is incident free, so they are also creating an emergency button which will put you in direct contact with 911.

Here at Glisson Law we believe in creating safe streets which are free from impaired drivers. If you are in a situation that could put you or other drivers in danger, do not risk it. Take the few seconds to request an Uber.

If you or someone you know is a victim of drunk driving we can help you with a free consultation at 618.462.1077.

2011 Case Over Miranda Cosgrove, iCarly star’s, Tour Bus Accident in Vandalia, IL

Miranda Cosgrove, ‘iCarly’ star, was traveling through Vandalia, IL in 2011 during her “Dancing Crazy Summer Tour” when her tour bus struck an overturned tractor trailer on the highway.

There were five people on her tour bus at the time of the accident. Miranda Cosgrove suffered a broken ankle. Miranda’s mother, one of the five, was also injured in the accident. There were two drivers who had stopped to help the driver in the semi cab before the bus hit. They too were hurt in the accident. That being said, no one was severely injured.

Miranda Cosgrove was traveling after finishing her performance in Kettering, Ohio and was making her way to her next show which was to take place in Wichita, Kansas. However, due to the accident the star had to postpone the remainder of the tour.

Cosgrove who also starred on ‘Drake and Josh’ and ‘School of Rock’ tweeted after the accident. She addressed her fans with, “Thank u so much for all your messages. They mean so much to me. Yesterday was extremely scary & I’m just so happy everyone’s gonna be okay.”

This accident had many consequences on the lives of those involved in the accident and those involved in the nationwide tour.

Mike Glisson with Glisson Law was directly involved with the litigation of this case and has worked with many other similar cases. If you are involved in an accident such as this one you may get your free consultation simply by contacting us at 618.462.1077.

Seat Belt Safety: Part Two

There are many excuses we all hear from people for not wearing their seat belts. Including:

  • “Its’ uncomfortable”
  • “Seat belts wrinkle clothes”
  • “I’m a good driver”
  • “The trip is short”
  • “I forgot to put mine on”
  • “I don’t need one because my airbag would go off”

Anyone using these excuses for not using a seat belt must not know the true importance of buckling in. “I don’t need one because my airbag would go off” is an interesting excuse and here is why.

While air bags spread out the impact of an accident and protect your head from colliding with the steering wheel, they are much more useful in unison with a seat belt.

According to the New York Times, “[T]he Department of Transportation cautioned that air bags worked this well only when occupants were also wearing a properly buckled seat belt over both lap and shoulder; other studies have found that without a belt, air bags are of slight benefit.”

In fact, in some cases airbags can cause more damage rather than providing protection. They are designed to deploy in less than 1/20th of second. If the driver or passenger is too close to the airbag when it deploys, injury is possible. Wearing a seat belt insures that the driver/passenger is far enough from the airbag to avoid this.
The national Highway Traffic Safety Administration stated that the risk of serious head injury is reduced by 81 percent when an air bag is used in combination with a lap and seat belt.

Both the seat belt and the air bag are incredible inventions that have saved thousands of lives. The use of one in conjunction with the other could be pivotal to your health if ever involved in a serious accident.

Your life is worth the two seconds it takes to buckle your seat belt. Click it!

Seat Belt Safety: Part One

It is 2018 and many new features are constantly coming out to ensure driver’s safety. However, the most protective device is one that has been around since 1959: the seat belt.

When you’re driving down a highway, “Click it or Ticket” is a common sight. The use of seat belts is more than suggested, and for good reason. There are many variables you cannot control while driving but wearing a seat belt is one you absolutely can control.

Younger passengers/drivers are statistically seen to wear their seat belts less than older drivers. 90.1% of the United States do use seat belts on a regular basis but this is a number we are constantly pushing to increase. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration stated that, “Mandatory seat belt laws are in effect in 49 states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Territories.”

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death among those aged 1-54 in the U.S.” However, the use of seat belts drastically decreases the death rate of drivers.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that 14,668 lives were saved due to seat belts alone in 2016. Virtual Driving stated that “only 1% of passengers who were wearing a seat belt were ejected from a car during a crash.” “Seat belts reduce serious crash-related injuries and deaths by about [50%]”. That statistic alone shows how crucial a seat belt could be in an accident. You could be giving your chance of living a 50% increase.

It takes approximately two seconds to pull a seat belt over your chest, across your lap and buckle it. Yet 27.5 million people are still not using them. Why?

 

 

Safely Sharing the Road with Semis

A semi-truck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds and is 70-80 feet long. If involved in an accident these massive vehicles can create extensive damage. For this reason, it is important to understand the difficulties of driving a semi for those driving them and for those driving alongside them.

According to Mark Baumgartner, Writer for ABC, “Driving a truck was the most hazardous occupation in the United States last year, according to the government’s latest workplace fatality census, which also said highway accidents were the leading cause of deaths of workers in all lines of work.” “More truck drivers were fatally injured on the job, 852, than workers in any other single occupation.”

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the NHTSA estimated that, “there were approximately 120,000 fatal and injury crashes nationwide during [their] 33-month study period that involved at least one large truck.”
There are many factors that could go into causing a semi accident but the most common causes of truck accidents include Equipment failure, driving errors by the drivers, and trucking company policies. Large trucks have many parts working together to ensure it functions properly, if one malfunctions, no matter how small, the end result could be disastrous. Some of the most common driving errors include driving fatigued, overloading the truck or loading improperly, and driving under the influence. Trucking company policies such as impractical schedules pressure drivers to work long hours. The recent increase in expressed shipping has put more strain on drivers to rush their cargo to the designated location. All of these causes together create the large statistics of truck accidents per year.

The US Department of Transportation rated the top unsafe acts for drivers sharing the road with a semi-truck:

1. Driving inattentively (e.g., reading, talking on the phone, fatigue-induced)

  1. Merging improperly into traffic, causing a truck to maneuver or brake quickly
  2. Failure to stop for a stop sign or light (also, early or late through a signal)
  3. Failure to slow down in a construction zone
  4. Unsafe speed (e.g., approaching too fast from the rear/misjudging truck’s speed)
  5. Following too closely
  6. Failure to slow down in response to environmental conditions (e.g., fog, rain, smoke, bright sun)
  7. Changing lanes abruptly in front of a truck
  8. Driving in the “no zones” (left rear quarter, right front quarter, and directly behind)
  9. Unsafe turning, primarily turning with insufficient headway”

A semi has large blind spots, a 55ft turning radius and takes 40% longer than a car to reach a complete stop. It is important that those sharing the road with trucks to understand these differences and act accordingly. It is crucial that drivers stay patient, stay alert, stay out of semi’s blind spots, and pass with caution.
WWF&G has worked through many cases involving semi accidents.  If you or someone you know is involved in a trucking accident WWF&G can help. We work on a contingency basis meaning you won’t owe us anything unless we help you recover compensation.  Don’t wait to contact our office at 618.462.1077 for a free consultation

 

 

 

May is the National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

The heat is rising and so is the number of motorcyclists on the road. Because of this, May is the National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. The safety of motorcyclists relies not only on themselves but also on others on the road. It is important for all drivers to stay alert. According to The National Safety Council, “4,976 motorcycle riders and passengers died in crashes and nonfatal injuries that year totaled 88,000”.

“Motorcyclists make up only 3% of registered vehicles yet account for 13% of traffic fatalities in 2016”. Around half of motorcycle rider deaths take place in accidents involving solely the motorcyclist. It is important that the riders:

•   Never drink and ride

•   Complete a formal riding education program

•   Be fully awake

•   Drive defensively

Four wheeled vehicles hold a large responsibility in keeping motorcyclists safe as well. As a driver, it is common to not think of motorcyclists and many accidents can be caused simply because a motorcycle is smaller in size and may be in a driver’s blind spot. It is critically important for drivers to stay tuned in when driving near one. Here are a few tips to follow to ensure other drivers are aware of your presence on the road as a motorcyclist.

•   Use headlights at all times

•   Do not weave in and out of lanes

•   Drive the speed limit

•   Position your vehicle to increase visibility

•   Wear visible clothing

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “80% of all reported motorcycle crashes result in injury or death”. This statistic alone shows how crucial protective gear is:

•   Wear a full coverage helmet

•   Make sure your helmet is DOT certified which guarantees safety standards are met

•  Ensure your bike is the right size for you

•   Wear boots and gloves

We hope that awareness for motorcycling safety and tips like these diminish the amount of motorcycle accidents and the injuries/death rates that accompany them.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident do not hesitate to contact WWF&G at 618.462.1077 for a free consultation. WWF&G has handled many motorcycle cases that may be very similar to yours.

Ride safe! Your life may depend on it!