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What To Do With Child Passengers On Motorcycles

To avoid accidents and to protect their bodies, motorcyclists must observe safety techniques every time they take a ride.

But this is especially important when riders are carrying child passengers, because children do not have the physical development of adults and are more vulnerable to fractures and broken bones.

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And if they suffer concussions during a motorcycle accident, children’s brains are more likely to suffer more extensive and longer-lasting damage.

So as a motorcyclist, what are some safety measures you need to practice to keep child passengers safe? Here are a few essential tips to make every ride as safe as possible.

Helmets Are Necessary for All Child Passengers

You should never carry any passenger – especially a child – without requiring that passenger to wear a helmet.

Although helmets are not foolproof, they do provide an extra layer of protection for the heads of all motorcycle riders.

And according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), you may not have a choice whether your child passenger wears a helmet, because 19 states and the District of Columbia have a universal helmet law.

This means that all motorcyclists and passengers in these 19 states must wear a helmet. An additional 28 states only require motorcyclists and passengers to wear a helmet in certain instances.

However, Illinois, Iowa and New Hampshire do not have a motorcycle helmet use law.

But regardless of the state where you live, make sure you buy a helmet for any child passenger, and make sure the helmet is certified by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT).

Invest In Leather Jackets Or Armored Jackets

Leather jackets have been a motorcycle-riding staple for many years, and a good quality motorcycle leather jacket is built to withstand some of the impact that occurs when drivers are thrown off their bikes and skid across the ground.

This type of injury is known as road rash, and strong leather jackets can minimize the effects of abrasions, cuts and scrapes caused when motorcyclists make contact with the ground at high speed.

If you want even higher protection for child passengers, invest in armored leather jackets, which are built with reinforced material that provides extra layers of protection during a fall.

You can also invest in kneepads and hip protectors to ensure that child passengers have the greatest level of protection possible in the event of a fall.

Hiring a Lawyer For Your Motorcycle Claim

Despite these safeguards, motorcyclists and child passengers are much more vulnerable to being hit by cars and trucks, because motorcycles are smaller and more difficult for drivers to see.

If you or a child passenger has suffered serious injuries in an accident that was not your fault, you need the services of an experienced personal injury law firm to help pursue your claim. The team at Fetterman & Associates has the expertise and the resources to obtain rightful compensation on your behalf. Please call us at 561-845-2510 for a free legal consultation.

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The Increasing Trend of Accidents Among Older Truck Drivers in Florida

After you work behind a desk for several decades, driving a truck may seem like a great option. In most cases, if you have a decent driving record, you can make a pretty good living by moving goods from one location to another. You also have the opportunity to see the country. Due to these appealing factors, truck driving has become the chosen profession for those who are getting close to retirement age and many who are past this point.

The Increasing Trend of Accidents among Older Truck Drivers in Florida

Unfortunately, that can lead to a number of problems. Why, you may wonder? Because, more and more older truck drivers are getting into and causing accidents – especially in the state of Florida.

Proof is in the Numbers

If you take a look at the statistics, you can see the trend in this situation. Between the years of 2013 and 2015, there were 1,264 truck accidents that involved drivers who were 70 years old or older. The only other state that had more truck accidents that involved seniors was Texas, with 1,658 accidents. CBS Investigation recently examined trucking accidents in 12 different states and discovered that drivers 70 years of age and older (including a number of drivers in their 90s) caused more than 6,000 accidents between the years of 2013 and 2015.

This represents a 19% increase from past years.

What can Be Done About these Alarming Statistics?

While you may be able to argue that these are drivers that are more experienced or careful, the question of whether drivers need to be screened through the years is still an important one. After all, what happens if a driver begins to lose his or her vision when they reach the age of 70? Or, how can a trucking company know if a driver begins to doze while behind the wheel?

Until policies are changed, the number of seniors being involved in trucking accidents is going to continue to go up. Truck accidents result in more financial damage and serious injuries than regular motor vehicle accidents. If you are on the road with large trucks, you should always proceed with more caution than usual.

Tips for Preventing Truck Accidents

The good news is, there are several steps you can take to help prevent truck accidents. These include the following:

  1. Keep an adequate amount of distance between you and any large trucks on the road.
  2. If passing a truck, do it as quickly as you can while being safe.
  3. If you have to pull over, be sure to get completely off the road.
  4. Don’t do anything while driving that may enrage another driver, especially a truck driver.

Unfortunately, even if you are a law-abiding and cautious driver, there is no way to prevent the actions of others who are on the road. If you are involved in an accident with a truck driver that causes damages or injuries, then you may be able to recover monetary compensation. Working with a personal injury lawyer is the best thing you can do to ensure you receive any benefits you may be entitle to for your pain and suffering. To learn more, contact the personal injury lawyers at Fetterman & Associates by calling (561) 845-2510.

How Seatbelts and Airbags may Protect Your Face During a Car Accident

Seatbelts and Airbags ProtectionIf you are involved in a car accident, you may be confused and unsure what to do. The injuries you may suffer could be severe and may even prevent you from going back to work. At this point, the best thing you can do is contact a car accident attorney in Florida.

There are several different types of injuries you may sustain in this type of accident, which include:

  • Neck, brain or spinal injury
  • Organ damage of internal bleeding
  • Lacerations
  • Fractures
  • Broken bones

Each of these injuries may pose serious consequences on the victim’s life, making it difficult or impossible to return to work or maintain the life they had before the accident. This is why a Florida personal injury attorney is available to help. They can help the victim receive the compensation they deserve for the injuries they suffered.

If someone was tired or texting behind the wheel or acted in another negligent manner that caused them to break the laws in the state of Florida, you may be able to recover compensation. One of the most serious and devastating injuries related to car accidents in Florida has to do with injuries to the face.

Protecting Your Face in a Car Accident

According to a new study, research has found that safety tools, such as seat belts and airbags can be crucial for minimize the risk of a facial fracture after a car accident. This study took place at the University of Wisconsin and showed that the use of an airbag reduced the chances of a facial fracture occurring by 18 percent and using a seat belt reduced this risk by 43 percent. When both of these safety features are used together, the chance of a serious facial fraction was reduced by more than 50 percent.

To determine these facts, the managers of the research report evaluated data from the years of 2007 to 2012 and considered the cases of over 518,000 people who went to a trauma center after being involved in a car accident. Over 56,000 of those people (about 10 percent) suffered a facial fracture, with nasal and mid-face fractures being the most common.

Who is Most Vulnerable to Facial Injuries?

Those who were most likely to suffer this type of accident were the ones who didn’t have the safety tools of seat belts or airbags in their vehicle. For those who did suffer some type of facial fracture after a car accident, approximately three out of five had no type of safety device to use.

Unfortunately, there are far too many individuals who don’t realize how much a car accident may impact their life. A serious accident may require several treatments, including surgery and therapy for years. A Florida personal injury lawyer can help to ensure your case is properly represented and help you receive the compensation you need and deserve.

To learn more or schedule a consultation for your personal injury case, contact Fetterman & Associates by calling 561-983-4584.

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