Child Proofing Your Car

Most of us with small children are keenly aware that everyday objects in our homes can be hazardous to babies and small children.  We spend time and money baby-proofing our homes.  We secure bookshelves to the walls, cover electrical outlets with plastic outlet covers, install gates at the top and bottom of stairways, replace or shorten venetian blind cords, and lock medicine cabinets, to name a few examples.[1] We should be equally vigilant about child-proofing our vehicles.

The most important safety concern for children in vehicles is the car seat.  The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that infants and toddlers up to the age of two ride in rear-facing car seats.  Make sure the car seat is appropriate for…

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Staying safe around the swimming pool

 Author: Personal Injury Attorney Paul D. Hux

Here comes summer and with it the opening of the multitude of pools that may be in your area. There is nothing better than jumping into a pool on one of our hot and humid days in Virginia. But pools can be dangerous if proper safety precautions are not taken.

You can never be too careful when it comes to being around water, especially for children. Each year over 300 children under the age of five drown in swimming pools. Approximately 3,000 children in that same arge group end up in hospital emergency rooms for injuries received in and around pools and spas. Nationally, drowning is the leading cause of death for children under five years of age.

So what can…

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There's No Place for Drunk Driving During the Holiday Season

Author: Attorney Elizabeth M. Allen

With the Holidays come family gatherings, office parties, socializing with friends and Year End football game get-togethers. These are occasions we look forward to all year. But there can be a dark side to the holiday cheer: drunk driving and the injuries and deaths that result.

Every December we see a spike in highway fatalities in the United States during the Christmas and New Year Holiday periods. In 2005, there were 193 deaths involving at least one impaired driver during the three day New Year weekend. Another 160 people died over the three day Christmas weekend in 2006. These grim figures do not reflect the other horrific consequences of such accidents: a child's loss of…

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Motorcycle Safety Tips

Author: Elizabeth M. Allen

Following these steps will help you protect yourself against a motorcycle accident

On the highway, motorcycles are "small fry". They're easy for autos and trucks to miss or disregard. Over the last decade, there has been an increase in serious and sometimes fatal injuries to motorcyclists. Consequently, responsible motorcyclists always stay alert to nearby vehicles and their surroundings. But that's not enough if you want to take a safe ride.

What are some of the basics in motorcycle safety?

Make it easy for automobile and truck drivers to see you.Wear bright colored clothing. Fluorescent, orange and/or yellow shirts, vests, jackets,…

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School Bus Safety

Author: Elizabeth M. Allen

It's that time of year. Schools are opening, and children are traveling on school buses again. Over and over, students will hear the same admonitions: "stay seated and talk quietly during your bus ride", "don't stand or play in the aisle", "follow the bus driver's instructions", and "don't throw things in the bus or out the window". These are all important rules of safety and civility that parents should discuss with their children to prevent school bus accidents. This year, however, you should consider spending extra time talking about those safety rules that are most likely to save your child's life.

What is the most serious danger facing children who take a bus to school every day?…

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Highway Construction Worksites: A Danger Zone for Motorists

Author: Attorney George E. Allen III

When I settled a case recently, I was reminded just how dangerous highway construction work sites can be for passing motorists - and in so many different ways. In my case, the accident happened around noon in a construction zone on Interstate 70 near Terre Haute, Indiana as the family I represented was returning to Virginia in a motor home after taking a summer vacation trip. At the time of the accident, the left (passing) lane of I-70 was closed, and construction workers had directed traffic from the passing lane to the right lane. As a result, my family's vehicle was stopped in a long line of traffic waiting to merge into the single right lane.

Well before…

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Mopeds, Scooters, Motorcycles, Bikes... Oh My!

Safety With Alternative Forms of Transportation

With the state of the economy and the rising cost of living, many people are looking to alternative forms of transportation in order to save money.  Among these include: motorcycles, mopeds, scooters and bicycles.  However, before you catch a ride on one of these vehicles, it is important that you catch a glimpse of these safety tips in order to have a safe ride.

Here are some general tips to consider when using alternative means of transportation:

Wear bright or reflective clothing to maximize your visibility at night. Wear a helmet designed with a hard outer shell and a retention system to protect the head and the brain in a variety of impacts. If your helmet…

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Ride Safely - Bicycle Safety Tips

Author: Elizabeth M. Allen

People of all ages, from kindergartners to retirees, are riding bicycles for exercise and pleasure. The increase in cycling across Virginia brings with it an increase in bicycle accidents. No one wants to be involved in an accident of any kind.  Unfortunately, however, bicycle accidents, especially those involving motor vehicles, are likely to cause serious injuries to the bicyclist because he is not protected inside an automobile or truck. As a result, traumatic brain injuriesare not unusual nor are broken bones.

How To Avoid A Bicycle Accident:

Follow the "rules of the road". These are your state's traffic laws and regulations, and they apply to bicyclists as…

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