Friday, August 15, 2014

Study Shows Pregnancy Increases Risk of Car Accident

According to a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, women are 42% more at risk of getting into a car accident while pregnant. The study concluded that around 1 in 50 women get into a car accident at some point in their pregnancy. Although they haven’t been able to pinpoint exactly why their risk increases, but they take into account fatigue, distraction, nausea and other common early pregnancy annoyances.

Since the women in the study didn’t see an increase in car accident injuries when they were passengers but rather when they were drivers, it’s clear that it has something to do with being pregnant and driving. The study found that the safest month for women to be driving is the last month of their pregnancy. They noticed their risk decreased dramatically when compared to the first or second trimester of pregnancy. Instead of telling pregnant women not to drive, though, the study promotes not the idea of limiting drivers but of making sure they drive more carefully and are more aware of their surroundings.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident in Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Murfreesboro, Franklin or any other city in Tennessee –call the Law Offices of Schwed, Adams, Sobel, McGinley, P.A. at 1-800-411-PAIN. They will fight for your rights and get you the maximum compensation you deserve. Don’t forget to follow 411 PAIN on Twitter (@411PAIN) and keep up with the conversation at #411PAIN!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Things to Keep in Your Car in Case of Emergencies

The Lewin family believes that while being a safe and alert driver is the most important part of being on the road, keeping proper emergency essentials in the car at all times is just as important. No matter how safe you are while you’re behind the wheel –anything can happen. 

            To ensure you and your passengers are ready for any situation (an accident, a flat tire, a dead car battery, running out of gas, etc.), there are several items that you’d benefit from keeping in your vehicle at all times. AAA sells emergency safety kits that include a booster cable, flashlight, first aid kit, an emergency whistle, a pair of gloves, an emergency poncho, a roll of duct tape, a Philips and flat head screw driver, a utility knife, a bungee cord, cloths and cable ties –all in one bag. 

An emergency kit a great place to start, but other items like spare tires, a tire pressure gauge, matches, energy bars and bottled water, maps, a seatbelt cutter and window breaker, reflective triangles, blankets, clothes and an ice scraper are all things that could go a long way in ensuring your safety if you’re ever caught in a difficult situation on the road. Taking precautions and preparing for the worst is essential when you’re behind the wheel.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Best Places to Road Trip in Florida with Your Family This Summer

Spending quality family time during the year is hard. Luckily, summertime is upon us and with the kids out of school there is more time for family activities. My family usually goes on road trips every summer, so I want to share with you some of the tips we follow to make sure we have a good time all while staying safe in the car. Whether you’re driving 10 hours or 2 –the time you spend in your car during the road trip is special and should be held with importance. Follow these tips and it could go a long way in avoiding any unnecessary accidents or incidents. 

            There are parts of your car that need to be in optimal shape before you take off for your summer road trip. If you can’t schedule a checkup for basic maintenance, there are things you can do yourself. First, you want to check the fluids in your engine like the engine oil, transmission fluid, antifreeze/coolant, radiator coolant, brake fluid, windshield washer fluid and power steering fluid. Next, make sure the hoses and belts in your engine are connected properly and not loose. Of course, you always want to check your tires to make sure they are road trip worthy. Check the treads to make sure they are deep enough for proper traction and always check your tire pressure before driving.

            After you have determined that your car is safe to drive, prepare an emergency kit to take along with you. Make sure your emergency kit includes a flashlight with extra batteries, blankets, first-aid kit, and basic tools. It’s also a great idea to keep bottles of water in the trunk just in case. If you’re driving with kids you know how important it is to have snacks on board as well. Prepare your family by bringing plenty of snacks, games, videos, books, music and water to keep them comfortable and occupied while you’re on the road. 

            The most important tip is to make sure you drive safely, follow the rules of the road and stay alert at all times. Wherever you end up on your family summer road trip, make sure you stay safe and of course, always have fun!