Monday, September 25, 2017

Driving Safely in Storms

Southernmost parts of the United States were recently devastate by hurricanes Harvey and Irma, causing hundreds of billions of dollars in damages and hundreds of lives lost. Fortunately, the metro-Atlanta area was affected with only thunderstorms and power outages. This caused millions of people traveling from Florida and more southern areas to travel north towards Atlanta to escape the storms.

Although Georgia did not see the damage that was experienced in other areas of the U.S., effects of the hurricanes were felt both in the weather and on roadways. Driving carefully becomes more difficult while navigating through storms, such as those caused by the hurricanes. The increased number of vehicles on roadways during natural disasters such as this only adds to the danger. Not only that, but this time of year is known for stormy weather in the Marietta area. Here are some tips that can reduce the risk of being in an accident while driving in a storm:

  • Use your headlights. Many vehicles on Georgia roadways are equipped with automatic headlights and taillights, so the vehicle determines when safety would be increased with lights on. Without this automatic feature, though, it can sometimes be difficult to determine when headlights should be turned on. A good rule of thumb is that if your windshield wipers are on, your headlights should be on as well. People often forget because they may still be able to see roads in a storm. Headlights and taillights increase your vehicle’s visibility greatly in a storm.
  • Allow yourself more travel time. This is a helpful tip in all driving situations, but is especially true in inclement weather. Leaving a few minutes early will allow for more time to drive slower and more cautiously. Simply lowering your speed seriously reduces chances of being involved in an accident. So plan accordingly and give yourself time to carefully reach your destination.
  • Avoid cruise control. Cruise control is a great automobile feature that is especially beneficial when driving long distances or on straight roads. Commuting throughout the metro Atlanta area provides ample opportunity to utilize cruise control. However, this feature can lead to drivers removing their feet from the pedals and become too comfortable when behind the wheel. This can lead to slower reaction times, and a higher chance of slamming on the breaks. Especially during storms when quick reactions can be the difference in an accident and safe arrival, cruise control should be avoided.
  • Be cautious of larger vehicles. Freight trucks and RVs are examples of vehicles to be extra careful driving near during bad weather. The unpredictability of large vehicles can cause accidents, even sometimes that aren’t necessarily the driver’s fault. Strong winds, for example, can blow larger vehicles in and out of lanes. They also require a longer distance to stop, and it can be harder to judge during bad weather. So give such vehicles necessary space to help avoid an accident during stormy weather.
  • Prepare your vehicle. It’s always recommended to check your car’s maintenance before driving, such as testing blinkers and checking for leaks. But would someone check their windshield wipers if it were sunny outside? It would be a dangerous situation to be driving during a storm with windshield wipers that do not work. Staying on top of maintenance and regular roadway checks can radically reduce your chances of being in an accident.

From everyone at Jones & Swanson, our thoughts and prayers go out to those who have been affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Drive safely and help ensure everyone’s safety while on the road.

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¿Podría ser responsable la tienda de mi caída y/o resbalón?

Las caídas y los resbalones que se suscitan en tiendas no es algo que sea ignorado por la industria minorista ni por los abogados de lesiones personales.  De hecho, en 2012, una mujer se resbaló a causa de un charco de un producto líquidoen una tiendaCostco y se rompió la rótula. Se encontró a Costco […]

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Comprobar la culpabilidad en un accidente de camión

¿Por qué los accidentes de camión tienen una mayor probabilidad de causar lesiones que los accidentes que involucran a vehículos de pasajeros? Esta es una pregunta que muchas personas se hacen cada año ya que muchos sufren lesiones extremadamente graves por estos accidentes catastróficos. La verdad es que un camión comercial cargado puede llegar a […]

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Lo que los nuevos motociclistas deben saber

Cada año ocurren muchos accidentes de motocicletas a causa de la inexperiencia; muchos de los nuevos hasta los más experimentados motociclistas ignoran las vitales medidas de seguridad que podrían salvar sus vidas. Por esto es que se muchos motociclistas se enlistan en algo llamado “cursos de seguridad de motocicletas”, en los cuales los motociclistas se […]

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Dangers of Fatigued Driving

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), “Drowsy driving kills. It claimed 846 lives in 2014.” The NHTSA goes on to say that it’s working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help expand awareness about the dangers of drowsy driving in an effort to reduce the related injuries and deaths.

The NHTSA reports that while people can drive fatigued anytime day or night, “drowsy-driving crashes most frequently occur between midnight and 6 a.m., or in the late-afternoon – both times when there are dips in your circadian rhythm (the internal human body clock that regulates sleep,” says the NHTSA.

How Do I Avoid Drowsy Driving?

We get it – it’s not always easy to avoid drowsy driving, especially if you’re an adult with a job and family responsibilities. For example, you could be a mother or father who stayed up all night with a sick child, but that doesn’t mean you can call in sick to work the next day. With three-hours’ sleep, you make the 30-minute commute to work and back, exhausted.

In fact, parents of young children (or teenagers) are often some of the most sleep-deprived drivers on the roads! But unfortunately, parents don’t always have the luxury of taking a nap or taking a day off when they’re tired from lack of sleep.

While we can’t control everything in our lives, like a teething toddler, or a new puppy who keeps us up at night, what can we do to reduce the risk of driving while fatigued? Here are some suggestions from the NHTSA and us:

  • Aim for 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night. If you have to, go to bed earlier.
  • Before you take a long family road trip, get a good night’s sleep. This way, you won’t put your family or other motorists at risk.
  • Do not drink alcohol before driving. Alcohol not only causes impairment by itself, but it enhances fatigue.
  • If you’re on medications, such as sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, or pain relievers that cause drowsiness, don’t drive. Instead, wait for the effects to wear off or take public transportation.
  • If possible, avoid driving between midnight and 6 a.m.
  • If you do drive late at night, be aware of any feelings of drowsiness. If you need coffee, an energy drink, or cold air to stay awake, it’s time to find a place to sleep.

Were you hit by a driver who fell asleep at the wheel? To file a personal injury claim for compensation, contact us for a consultation with a Kennesaw auto accident lawyer!

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Lo que vale su demanda de lesión

Cuando usted resulte lesionado a causa de un accidente de lesión personal, tal vez no sepa que esperar o que hacer. ¿Cómo lo van a indemnizar por esas lesiones? Y ¿Cuál compensación por daños pude recibir cuando todo se haya dicho y establecido? El cómo se determinara su indemnización por lesión personal dependerá de sus […]

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Glitter iPhone Case Recalls

iPhone case recall

Recent studies show that Americans spend up to 5 hours a day on their mobile devices – that’s a significant portion of our days. The Apple iPhone is one of the most popular phones on the market. Apple sold more than 201 million units in 2016 alone. Because we spend such a significant amount of time on our phones, cases and accessories are important to users, including iPhone cases. Unfortunately, a recent recall announced by MixBin Electronics reveals dangers with certain iPhone 6, 6s and 7 cases. Approximately 263,000 iPhone cases were included in the recall – all that contain glitter inside liquid. The defect is attributed to leaking, reports of burns and skin irritation. The manufacturer released a list of retailers where the glitter phone cases may have been purchased as recently as June of 2017:

  • Amazon
  • Henri Bendel
  • Nordstrom Rack
  • Tory Burch
  • Victoria’s Secret

MixBin’s concern is that if the case breaks or cracks, the liquid inside the case can come into contact with a person’s skin. The recall was announced following 24 reports of chemical burns or skin irritation. Of the 24 worldwide reports, 19 of them were within the United States. One report left a consumer with permanent scarring from the burn. Another report stated that an individual suffered from burns and swelling to their chest, neck, face, leg, hands and upper body. The cases were manufactured in China and were sold worldwide.

MixBin urges anyone who may have a case that has been recalled to stop using immediately and contact the company for a refund.

Please visit to determine whether your phone is affected by the recall. If you have any questions about the phone case and recall, please contact their customer service at 855-245-4935 Monday through Friday, 8AM-5PM.

If you or a loved one were injured by a defective phone case, you may be entitled to damages for medical costs and suffering. Call Jones & Swanson today for more information at (770) 427-5498.

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