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Car Top Carriers for Summer Travel

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Are you starting to think about vacation time and summer travel? 

We are!

In this post, we are talking about traveling by car, truck, minivan or SUV.  Let’s get started by thinking about optimal ways to travel safely with family members, friends, and lots of luggage.

Wondering how you can get everything in the vehicle? 

If your car, truck, minivan or SUV has a factory roof rack or a luggage carrier, you can use many types of car top carrier bags to fit luggage or equipment that won’t fit in the vehicle.  If your rack has crossbars, you can also use a roof basket or cargo box.

Car top carrier bags and boxes function as your second trunk – a great place to store bulky items when traveling.  Also known as a rooftop cargo carrier or roof rack bag, these bags are intended to keep your extra luggage and equipment safe, dry and out of the way.  Most bags and boxes are waterproof or weatherproof, and because they are on top of your vehicle, they won’t provide any distractions to the driver.

But, before you purchase a car top carrier bag, there are 10 fundamental safety tips that you need to know!  Here is safety tip #1:

  1. Know the Limits:  Whichever solution you plan to use, be sure to check your vehicle manual to understand the weight limits for these racks and for the vehicle itself.  Typically, roof racks have weight limits ranging from 75 – 250 pounds.  Exceeding the limit could cause damage to the vehicle as well as potential accidents.

For the rest of these safety tips for road trips, read this important post titled, “Smart Summer Travel: Cargo and Car Top Carrier Safety The 10 Safety Tips You Need to Know”, click here!

When you’re ready to select a car top carrier bag or box, be sure to think about the following features:

  • Size of car top carrier bag or box to properly fit car top
  • Amount of load capacity for vehicle and roof of vehicle (be sure to check owner’s manual)
  • Load capacity of cargo bag or box
  • Quality of waterproof or weatherproof materials and construction durability
  • Number of people required to properly install car top carrier bag or box (larger carriers often require two people for installation)
  • Secure fit on vehicle — If your vehicle doesn’t have bars, talk to a professional to install bars on which the rooftop cargo bag or box can be secured.

Although not truly a safety issue, when selecting a roof box design, consider the shape, aerodynamics, and style.  Wind noise can be loud and can increase resistance and affect fuel economy.  Newer models are typically shaped in curved, aerodynamic shapes.  Look for a product with a strong warranty.

Now, you’re ready for the other key safety tips!  Click here so you can follow the most important safety tips before getting out on the road!

Wishing you and your family a wonderful summer with plenty of time for fun, relaxation, and time together.

Goldman & Daszkal, P.A.

Since 1990, Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. has provided reputable legal representation to people throughout the state of Florida.  The firm has helped thousands of individuals recover compensation from motor vehicle and boating accidents, slip and fall accidents, product defect and liability cases, pharmacy errors, and negligent security cases to cover medical expenses, pay bills, take care of their families, and return to work.  Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. can help you get the relief you need to start living your life again after a serious injury.  For a free and confidential consultation, contact Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., at (954) 428-9333.

 

Mental Health Awareness Month

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May is Mental Health Month.  Throughout the month, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), works to generate national awareness and education about mental health.  The NAMI platform includes fighting the stigma associated with mental illness, advocating for mental health care, and providing support for those in need.  This year’s focus is #CureStigma, a campaign created to address the stigma of fear and shame frequently associated with mental illness.  According to NAMI, the stigma is a primary reason that individuals refrain from seeking treatment.

In the United States, mental illness affects 1 in 5 adults each year or 43 million Americans.[1]  Similarly, NAMI quotes estimates from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) that 1 in 5 teens (age 13-18), experiences mental health problems during their lives.

Over 18% of adults have experienced some type of anxiety-related mental health issue.  And, according to NAMI and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), over half of the 20 million adults who have a substance abuse problem also have a mental illness.[2]

Unfortunately, less than half of all American adults with mental health conditions received treatment[3] . Similarly, only half of youth with mental health illnesses received treatment, according to NIMH.[4]  And, when looking at the cost of treatments, specifically hospitalizations for mental illnesses, mental health illness is the third most common cause of hospitalization for Americans ages 18-44[5], according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, The Department of Health & Human Services.

Taking these statistics a few steps further, we can see that the lack of mental health treatment is associated with a cascade of effects.  If we look at the numbers of prisoners and youth in the juvenile justice system, according to the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice, 70% of youth in the juvenile justice system have mental health conditions.

Mental illness affects millions of Americans, and NAMI believes the best way to start healing our country is to eliminate the stigma and replace it with compassion and help.  We can all do our part to spread the word and work towards helping individuals get the help they need by starting with #CureStigma.

For more information, visit NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, at https://www.nami.org.  The NAMI hotline is 800-950-NAMI or text NAMI to 741741.  And take the #CureStigma quiz at http://www.curestigma.org/.

Goldman & Daszkal, P.A.

Since 1990, Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. has provided reputable legal representation to people throughout the state of Florida.  The firm has helped thousands of individuals recover compensation from motor vehicle and boating accidents, slip and fall accidents, product defect and liability cases, pharmacy errors, and negligent security cases to cover medical expenses, pay bills, take care of their families, and return to work.  Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. can help you get the relief you need to start living your life again after a serious injury.  For a free and confidential consultation, contact Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., at (954) 428-9333.

[1] https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-By-the-Numbers?utm_source=awareness&utm_medium=website&utm_campaign=intoMH and https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/mental-illness.shtml

[2] http://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/NSDUH-FRR1-2014/NSDUH-FRR1-2014.pdf

[3] http://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/NSDUH-FRR1-2014/NSDUH-FRR1-2014.pdf

[4] http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/prevalence/use-of-mental-health-services-and-treatment-among-children.shtml

[5] https://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/factsandfigures/2009/pdfs/FF_report_2009.pdf

What Small Business Owners Need to Know: Workplace Accidents

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Are you a small business owner?

Are you prepared for the risk of workplace incidents?

Although more workplace incidents occur in large manufacturing companies, the incident rate of workplace incidents is similar in both large and small businesses.  But small businesses typically don’t have the infrastructure in place to manage workplace incidents.  Thus, one safety incident can result in increased workers’ compensation insurance premiums, putting a major strain on a small business’ ability to maintain a competitive edge in the marketplace.  Additionally, workplace incidents reduce worker productivity and can negatively affect company morale.

What are common causes of workplace incidents?

Workplace incidents can be caused by a variety of factors ranging from fatigue to hazardous materials.  Here are a few of the more common causes:

  • Repetitive Movements – Leading to injuries and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
  • Fatigue – Working beyond exhaustion, resulting in impaired judgement and lack of attention.
  • Stress — Causing distraction and a higher risk of making mistakes. Furthermore, stress increases risk of hypertension, heart attack, stroke, and other health problems.
  • Collisions — Moving quickly through hallways and colliding with another person or object, causing injuries, especially if carrying sharp objects or hot liquids.
  • Slips and Falls – Slip and fall injuries caused by slippery substances not properly cleaned up, objects left in walkways, or carpet or cords not properly secured.
  • Lifting Objects – Risking injury by lifting objects that are too heavy or without using proper lifting techniques/body positioning.
  • Hazardous Materials – Failure to use proper protection which may result in burns, explosions and health problems.
  • Falling Objects — Risking injury from falling objects on high shelves or cabinets.
  • Workplace Violence – Disgruntled employees or estranged spouses seeking revenge against another in the workplace.

Small business owners should lower workplace incident risks by:

  • Taking time to put proper workplace safety measures in place, installing proper signage, performing regular safety assessments, providing safety training, and being proactive with potential risks.
  • Preventing injuries by keeping common areas free of obstacles, keeping all areas well-lit, and cleaning up any spills quickly.
  • Working with staff to reduce repetitive stress movements by building breaks into the schedule, using ergonomic tools, and installing proper lighting.
  • Ensuring that workers wear proper protective clothing when working with hazardous materials.
  • Providing safety training and proper equipment so that employees doing heavy lifting are wearing back braces and using proper lifting techniques to protect against injury.
  • Training staff members how to reduce stress and avoid distraction that can cause workplace accidents.
  • Securing furniture and items on top so that objects won’t come tumbling down if the structure gets bumped.
  • Encouraging employees to think about safety, reminding employees to follow policies and procedures, and instituting incentives for focusing on safety.

In addition, prepare your business in the case of a workplace incident by:

  • Keeping a comprehensive first-aid kit that employees can quickly access in case of an injury.
  • Purchasing good insurance from a reliable agent.
  • Maintaining an incident report log with details in case there is ever a workers’ compensation claim.

The costs of workplace injuries for a small business can be significant, affecting productivity and the bottom line.  But taking the steps above will help you to provide a safer work environment that can drive productivity and employee morale.

Goldman & Daszkal, P.A.

Since 1990, Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. has provided reputable legal representation to people throughout the state of Florida.  The firm has helped thousands of individuals recover compensation from motor vehicle and boating accidents, slip and fall accidents, product defect and liability cases, pharmacy errors, and negligent security cases to cover medical expenses, pay bills, take care of their families, and return to work.  Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. can help you get the relief you need to start living your life again after a serious injury.  For a free and confidential consultation, contact Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., at (954) 428-9333.

 

National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

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Research conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates that distracted driving is a major problem on our roadways, and statistics show that distracted driving is highest among newly-licensed drivers.

This is in line with research that shows 20% of drivers ages 18-20 and 30% of drivers ages 21-34 believe that texting does not affect their ability to drive.

These young people are misinformed.

Using a cellphone while driving affects the ability of the driver to focus on the critical task at hand – driving.

The National Safety Council (NSC) stresses that the ability to effectively multitask (cellphone + driving) is a myth:

“Driving and cell phone conversations both require a great deal of thought. When doing them at the same time, your brain is unable to do either well. For example, it’s nearly impossible to read a book and have a phone conversation. While driving, this often results in crashes due to delayed braking times and not seeing traffic signals.” [1]

The brain can only handle tasks one at a time, rather than simultaneously.  Since the brain moves quickly between the two different activities, it may seem as if we are performing multiple tasks at the same time.  But we aren’t.  And, there are costs associated with the reaction-time when switching focus between two or more activities.[2]

Preliminary studies indicate that drivers talking on a cellphone can miss 50% of the driving environment.  What do they miss?  Pedestrians, red lights, cyclists, signs, motorcycles.  If talking on a cellphone causes a driver to miss that much of the environment, just imagine what a driver who is texting will miss!

Multitasking while driving is distracted driving.

The month of April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, a month-long effort by the National Safety Council to raise awareness of the preventable deaths that are caused by distracted driving.

To learn more about what is known about the distracted brain, click here for the National Safety Council white paper on this topic.

For more information about Distracted Driving, visit the NSC site at http://www.nsc.org/

​​Make a commitment to drive safely by taking the pledge to drive distraction-free here.

Goldman & Daszkal, P.A.

Since 1990, Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. has provided reputable legal representation to people throughout the state of Florida.  The firm has helped thousands of individuals recover compensation from motor vehicle and boating accidents, slip and fall accidents, product defect and liability cases, pharmacy errors, and negligent security cases to cover medical expenses, pay bills, take care of their families, and return to work.  Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. can help you get the relief you need to start living your life again after a serious injury.  For a free and confidential consultation, contact Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., at (954) 428-9333.

 

[1] http://www.nsc.org/learn/NSC-Initiatives/Pages/distracted-driving-research-studies.aspx

[2] http://www.nsc.org/DistractedDrivingDocuments/Cognitive-Distraction-White-Paper.pdf

National Poison Prevention Week

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Poison Prevention

Poison Statistics

According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, each year there are over 2 million poisoning exposures reported to poison control centers throughout the United States.   Of these poisonings, over 90% occur at home.  And, not surprisingly, at least 50% of all poisonings occur in children under the age of 6.  Most fatal poisonings occur in adults, especially older adults.

National Poison Prevention Week

Over 50 years ago, the U.S. Congress established National Poison Prevention Week to raise awareness of the dangers of poisonings and how to help prevent them.  National Poison Prevention Week is an opportunity to highlight the dangers of poisonings for children, adults and the elderly as well as to encourage the community to get involved in poisoning prevention.

The 2018 National Poison Prevention Week takes place March 18-24.  Contact your local poison center (1-800-222-1222) to find out what activities are available in your area and how you can help.

National Poison Center

The National Poison Center is dedicated to helping individuals prevent and help with poison emergencies.  The center is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year at 1-800-222-1222.  You can also visit www.PoisonHelp.hrsa.gov or click here to find the poison center serving your area.  For Spanish, visit www.PoisonHelpEspanol.hrsa.gov.  The website provides educational materials, information, and help for poisoning emergencies in 161 languages.

The National Poison Center is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Click here for PoisonChecklist and Look-alike Poisoning.

 

Goldman & Daszkal, P.A.

Since 1990, Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. has provided reputable legal representation to people throughout the state of Florida.  The firm has helped thousands of individuals recover compensation from motor vehicle and boating accidents, slip and fall accidents, product defect and liability cases, pharmacy errors, and negligent security cases to cover medical expenses, pay bills, take care of their families, and return to work.  Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. can help you get the relief you need to start living your life again after a serious injury.  For a free and confidential consultation, contact Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., at (954) 428-9333.

 

Medication Mistakes

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Pharmacy errors with medication

Medication errors, which include errors in prescribing, dispensing, or providing medications, injure approximately 1.5 million people each year in the U.S.  Whether the physician mistakenly writes the prescription for the incorrect dosage or the pharmacy issues the medication to the wrong person, medication errors can be serious and life-threatening.

Some of the most common types of medication errors include:

Pharmacy Errors

In rare instances, the pharmacy may accidentally give a patient the wrong medication or the incorrect dosage.

Manufacturer Mislabeling

While the pharmacy typically adds their own label to the medication, there could be a labeling error either from the pharmacy or the manufacturer.

Hospital Equipment

In hospital or outpatient center settings, equipment may administer medications.  If the equipment isn’t functioning properly, it may be possible to incorrectly dispense the dose.

Adverse Side Effects

The Physicians and pharmacists should review any risks and potential side effects of medications with the patient prior to prescribing.  Without doing so, the patient can be at risk for adverse reactions (i.e. certain foods may reduce the effectiveness of medications.)

Allergic Reactions

If the pharmacist or physician fails to check the patient’s medical history for allergies and prescribes a medication that the patient shouldn’t have, the patient can be at risk for adverse reactions.

Contraindications

Some medications are known to interfere with other medications.  Physicians must inquire about all current medications before prescribing a medication, ensuring there are no known adverse reactions with other medications that the patient is currently taking.

What You Can Do

If you take medications, we urge you to take an active role in your healthcare by asking your pharmacist or physician any questions you have about the medication, how it works, potential side effects, and contraindications.  In fact, you should reconfirm the dosage and medication with the pharmacist before ever leaving the pharmacy.

Here is a list of key questions you should ask whenever you are prescribed a new medication:

  • Can you confirm the name and correct dose for this medication?
  • Can you describe the appearance (i.e. small, purple and white pill)?
  • What does the medication do and when can I expect to see results?
  • What is the dose? What if I miss a dose or take too much?
  • What are potential side effects? Are there any counterindications with my other medications?
  • Are there any foods or activities I should avoid while taking this medication?

What should you do if you or a loved one is harmed from a medication mistake?

If you believe you or a loved one suffered from a medication error, seek medical attention first.  Then, take pictures of the medication, labels, and information related to the medication that may be helpful to build a case.  Next, contact a reputable personal injury attorney with experience handling medication error (medical malpractice) cases.

If the medication manufacturer, pharmacy, or prescribing physician is found to be negligent, the injured individual may receive fair compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, physical disability, or lost income that was a result of the medication mistake.

Goldman & Daszkal, P.A.

Since 1990, Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. has provided reputable legal representation to people throughout the state of Florida.  The firm has helped thousands of individuals recover compensation from motor vehicle and boating accidents, slip and fall accidents, product defect and liability cases, pharmacy errors, and negligent security cases to cover medical expenses, pay bills, take care of their families, and return to work.  Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. can help you get the relief you need to start living your life again after a serious injury.  For a free and confidential consultation, contact Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., at (954) 428-9333.

Bicycling Accidents in Florida

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Bicycle riding, also known as cycling, is a great, low-impact sport.  Each day, hundreds of Floridians engage in bicycle riding, either to and from school, work, the park, or just for exercise.

While cycling is both fun and exhilarating, cyclists need to be careful, especially when they share the roads with motorists.  Bicycle riders need to pay special attention to road signs and traffic patterns, and be aware of the dangers on our Florida roadways.

The Statistics

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), statistics estimate there were over 1,000 bicyclist deaths in 2015.  In addition, the same source states there were nearly 467,000 bicycle-related injuries that year.[1]   While these statistics are for the entire country, it’s disturbing, but important to note that Florida leads the nation with the highest number of bicycle fatalities of any state.

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) website[2], “bicyclists accounted for 2 percent of all traffic deaths and 2 percent of all crash-related injuries in 2014. Bicyclist deaths occurred most often between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. (20%) and in urban areas (71%).”  In addition, the NHTSA indicates that most of bicyclists killed were male and over 20% of them had an illegal level of blood alcohol concentration (BAC) – over the limit for riding or driving.[3]  

It’s clear that bicyclists face safety concerns each time they’re out on the road.  But bicyclists can take measures to help protect themselves.  What can you do to protect yourself and your loved ones when riding your bicycle on the roads of South Florida?  Click here to read about cycling safety.  

Sometimes, there is a misconception that the bicyclist is to blame in bicycle – vehicle crashes, but statistics show that motorists are cited in many of these incidents.

Handling a bicycle accident case requires knowledge of traffic patterns, right-of-way laws, as well as city and state bicycling and vehicle regulations.  We have experienced attorneys who have handled both bicycle and motor vehicle accidents along with nearly 3 decades of serving the state of Florida in all types of personal injury claims.

Questions about bicycle safety, motorists, and the law?   Contact us at (954) 428-9333 or www.goldmandszkal.com.

Ready to hit the road?  Follow the safety tips here, get outside, and enjoy the ride.

Goldman & Daszkal, P.A.

Since 1990, Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. has provided reputable legal representation to people throughout the state of Florida.  The firm has helped thousands of individuals recover compensation from motor vehicle and boating accidents, slip and fall accidents, product defect and liability cases, pharmacy errors, and negligent security cases to cover medical expenses, pay bills, take care of their families, and return to work.  Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. can help you get the relief you need to start living your life again after a serious injury.  For a free and confidential consultation, contact Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., at (954) 428-9333.

[1] https://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/bicycle/

[2] https://www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/bicyclists

[3] https://www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/bicyclists

Christmas Tree Safety

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Tree Fire Statistics

Fire departments across the country responded to 210 Christmas tree fires between 2010-2014.[1]   The number of tree fires dropped dramatically from 850 in 1980 to 170 in 2014.[2]  But these fires still cause many injuries, deaths, and millions of dollars in direct property damage each year.

While we can know that Christmas tree fires aren’t as common as home fires, statistics indicate that tree fires are more deadly.  According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 1 in 34 Christmas tree related fires resulted in at least one death while 1 in 142 regular home fires resulted in a death.

Decorative lights, wiring, plugs, candles, and heating equipment play a role in most Christmas tree fires.  Lighting or heat sources too close to the tree caused most tree fires, as analyzed by the NFPA.

We know that you and your family are looking forward to a safe holiday celebration.  Read on to find out the important safety tips recommended by NFPA to reduce the risk of Christmas tree fires.  Additionally, learn more about lighting safety here.

Choosing the Right Tree
  • Find a fresh tree with green needles.
  • Avoid choosing any tree with needles that fall off when touched.
  • If you choose to use an artificial tree, be sure it has been tested and labeled as fire resistent.

Selecting the Indoor Location

  • Cut at least 2 inches from the trunk base and place properly in a tree stand with water.
  • Find a location for the tree that doesn’t block an exit, and make sure the tree is 3 feet or further away from any type of heat source including heat vents, lights, radiators, fireplaces, or candles.
Decorating the Tree
  • Only use decorations that are marked inflammable and for indoor use and have an “independent testing laboratory” or Underwriters Laboratory (UL) label. Older light strands don’t have fused plugs and may short circuit, so stick with newer, safer lights. Read the instruction guide to determine how to connect the strands.
  • If any bulbs are broken, have frayed ends, have loose connections, or look old and warn, do not use them.
  • Be extra careful with cords, decorations, drapes, and debris when using ladders near the tree.

Daily Tree Reminders

  • Do not put candles on or near the tree.
  • Make sure to water the tree daily.
  • Avoid extension cords overheating by unplugging them if they are hot to the touch.
  • Shut off the decorations and tree lights before leaving the house or going to bed.
Cleaning it Up
  • Remove the tree and bring to a local community tree recycling station. Dry, brittle branches and trees pose a fire danger outside.
  • Unplug, bring in, and store outdoor electrical lights to prevent hazards.

When it comes to holiday safety, taking care of the tree is a great start.  And for more information on lighting safety, click here.  Take time to review the aforementioned tips so that you and your loved ones enjoy a happy, healthy and safe holiday. 

Goldman & Daszkal, P.A.

Since 1990, Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. has provided reputable legal representation to people throughout the state of Florida.  The firm has helped thousands of individuals recover compensation from motor vehicle and boating accidents, slip and fall accidents, product defect and liability cases, pharmacy errors, and negligent security cases to cover medical expenses, pay bills, take care of their families, and return to work.  Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. can help you get the relief you need to start living your life again after a serious injury.  For a free and confidential consultation, contact Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., at (954) 428-9333.

[1] http://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Seasonal-fires/Winter-holiday-safety/Christmas-tree-fires

[2] http://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Seasonal-fires/Winter-holiday-safety/Christmas-tree-fires

 

Thanksgiving Travel and Cargo Carriers

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Thanksgiving Travel

The American Automobile Association (AAA) projected that nearly 49 million Americans would travel during the 2016 Thanksgiving holiday weekend.  We can expect similar numbers of Americans traveling for this Thanksgiving holiday, November 23 – 26.

While some will travel by air, roughly 89% or 43 million Americans are expected to travel by car.

While there is some disagreement among sources as to which is the busier travel day, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving or Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, all sources indicate that U.S. highways will be full of travelers during the Thanksgiving holiday, one of the busiest travel weeks of the year.

Before heading out on any road trip, it’s always a good idea to inspect tire pressure, tire tread, and windshield wipers. For those traveling to areas with potential winter weather, AAA recommends that drivers bring an emergency kit containing a flashlight, shovel, ice scraper, jumper cables, and extra blankets or extra clothing.

Cargo Carriers

Cargo boxes, baskets, tops, and bags can all be helpful as a transport system for skis, paddles, clothing and other gear on road trips.  Novice and experienced road trippers appreciate these easy-to-use storage systems that provide bonus storage space outside of the cabin.  Most are installed on top of the vehicle using the top rack, although some systems such as the car back carrier hang down from the luggage racks and hug the back of the vehicle.

These vehicle cargo tops, baskets, boxes and bags help solve the quandary of how to fit everything in the car; but the downside of cargo carriers – the extra wind resistance, noise, and height restrictions should be carefully considered before using.  Consequently, you’ll need to determine which type of system will be the best fit for your vehicle.  Ready to figure out which cargo system is best for you?  Click here for the Top 10 Safety Tips that You Need to Know Regarding Cargo and Car Top Carrier Safety.

 

Road Trip Safety Refresher

In addition to those important safety tips for vehicles using cargo baskets, boxes, tops or bags, here’s a quick refresher on general road trip safety tips:

  1. Drive sober or get pulled over! Alcohol and drugs significantly increase your reaction time, impair your judgement, and minimize your focus.   If you’re not sober, don’t drive.
  2. Never text and drive. Avoid driver distraction!  Put cellphones away in the glove compartment, avoid eating while driving, and keep your focus on the road.
  3. Buckle up! Florida laws require that all front seat passengers and those under 18 always use seat belts.  Children should be in proper restraint systems based on height and weight.
  4. Always obey traffic laws and speed limits on highways and roads.

Goldman & Daszkal, P.A.

Since 1990, Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. has provided reputable legal representation to people throughout the state of Florida.  The firm has helped thousands of individuals recover compensation from motor vehicle and boating accidents, slip and fall accidents, product defect and liability cases, pharmacy errors, and negligent security cases to cover medical expenses, pay bills, take care of their families, and return to work.  Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. can help you get the relief you need to start living your life again after a serious injury.  For a free and confidential consultation, contact Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., at (954) 428-9333.

Employers: It’s Drive Safely Work Week (DSWW)

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Drive Safely Work Week™ (DSWW) is happening now from October 2-6! 

The campaign, sponsored by NETS (Network of Employees for Traffic Safety), is designed to guide employers across the country as they encourage their employees to focus on safe driving.  The campaign is about eliminating distracted driving, reducing the risk of accidents, and saving lives.

As you probably know, distracted driving affects your reaction time and your ability to drive safely.

In 2015, nearly 3,500 people were killed in accidents involving distracted drivers.[1]  At least 14% of these accidents involved cell phone use, although the actual percent is probably higher due to underreporting.

Crashes also cost employers billions of dollars each year.  In 2013, vehicle crashes cost employers over $37 billion. In a 2015 NETS report, distracted driving alone cost employers over $8 billion.  In addition, vehicle accidents cost employers over 1.6 million of lost work days.[2]

NETS offers the following recommendations for employees across the country:

  • Take a moment to get focused and calm your mind before driving. 
  • Figure out your route before you start driving.  If necessary, set up any navigation devices with oral instructions before moving the vehicle.
  • Change up your route so that commuting is not boring.
  • Don’t be tempted!  Simply turn your phone OFF while driving.  Keep it out of sight by placing your device in the center console or glove compartment.
  • Watch ahead but also check the mirror frequently to stay alert and keep your mind focused.
  • Keep a safe distance between vehicles.  Keep at least 3 -4 seconds following distance in good weather and more in poor weather conditions, allowing for more reaction time.
  • Ask others if they are driving before speaking with them.  If the answer is yes, call them back when they reach their destination.
  • Help others avoid the temptation:  do not text someone if you know they are driving.

If you are an employer with a fleet of vehicles, register at trafficsafety.org and start helping your employees become safer drivers today.

Goldman & Daszkal, P.A.

Since 1990, Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. has provided reputable legal representation to people throughout the state of Florida.  The firm has helped thousands of individuals recover compensation from motor vehicle and boating accidents, slip and fall accidents, product defect and liability cases, pharmacy errors, and negligent security cases to cover medical expenses, pay bills, take care of their families, and return to work.  Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. can help you get the relief you need to start living your life again after a serious injury.  For a free and confidential consultation, contact Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., at (954) 428-9333.

[1] trafficsafety.org

[2] trafficsafety.org