We are almost at the end of 2019. As we look toward a new year, we want to wish everyone a happy and safe New Year. With that in mind, we would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone of a few simple tips that can help you increase your health and wellbeing in 2020.
Tips for a Happy and Healthy New Year
- Eat a well-balanced, healthy diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables.
- Exercise regularly. If you have children, you might want to incorporate a fun, family activity into your weekly routines that allow you to spend time together as a family and exercise, such as walking, riding bicycles, or playing a sport. Just remember to incorporate safety into whatever you do to avoid accidents.
- Read more. It is important to keep our minds active too.
- Get plenty of rest. Our bodies and minds need seven to eight hours of sleep each night. Getting a good night’s sleep is good for our health, but it also helps us avoid driving mistakes that can lead to car accidents.
- Cook meals together as a family. Home-cooked meals can be healthier and less expensive than eating out. You also spend quality time as a family.
- Plan a family vacation. We all need a break from work and daily routines. Set goals for your vacation and work together as a family to reach those goals.
- Make sure you eat a healthy breakfast each day. Your body needs energy, and you are likely to make healthier food choices during the day when you begin your day with a healthy breakfast.
- Get a complete physical. If you have not seen your doctor for a complete physical in the last year or two, it is time for a check-up. Also, make sure you see your dentist regularly.
- Reduce your stress. Let things go that are not important. Stress can take a toll on your mental and physical health.
- Focus on your family and friends. Spend more time with the people you love, doing things that you enjoy during 2020.
- Save money. If you don’t use a personal budget, start the New Year with the goal of creating and living within a budget. A household budget can help you reduce spending so that you can save money for your family vacation.
- Create an estate plan. Everyone can benefit from developing an estate plan. Estate plans encompass retirement planning, long-term care planning, and health care planning.
- Put down the electronics. Make a conscious effort to unplug as much as possible. Electronics and technology are useful, but electronics can become distractions and keep you from making healthy choices.
Contact Our Sacramento Personal Injury Attorneys if You Need Help
If you or a family member is injured in 2020, we want to help. Our Sacramento personal injury lawyers provide support, guidance, and legal advice regarding a variety of personal injury claims.
Contact The Tiemann Law Firm at (916) 999-9000 or by visiting our website to schedule a free consultation with one of our California personal injury attorneys.
As you are gearing up for a great Halloween in Sacramento this year, it is important to remember the dangers associated with trick-or-treating. Many people are focused on ensuring the candy and treats their children receive are safe to consume. While checking candy and accepting treats from trusted sources is extremely important, it is also important to be aware of the dangers of pedestrian accidents on Halloween.
Children do not have the maturity level and knowledge to understand the dangers of walking near traffic. They are more impulsive than adults and do not understand the consequences of being impulsive. Therefore, it is up to parents to protect their children from pedestrian accidents on Halloween. Parents need to take safety precautions regardless of whether their children are going door-to-door in a neighborhood or if they are attending a Halloween party. Cars will be present on neighborhood streets and in parking lots.
Below are several tips to help keep your children safe and avoid pedestrian accidents while trick-or-treating.
Sacramento Halloween Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips to Avoid Pedestrian Accidents
Brighten Up Costumes
Some costumes are constructed of dark materials that make it more difficult for drivers to see children. Parents can use reflective tape, flashing accessories, and glowing accessories to make their children more visible. It is a good idea to use these items even when a child’s costume is made from white or brightly colored materials.
Wear “Blinking” Shoes
Some children’s shoes have blinking lights that light up when they walk. If your child has a pair of “blinking” shows, wear those shoes for trick-or-treating. Just make sure you don’t cover up the lights with the costume.
Carry a Flashlight
You and your child should both carry a flashing to help motorists see you more clearly. Placing a bright flashlight in your child’s pumpkin works great to add light without asking your child to keep up with the flashlight.
Children Should Walk Away from Roads
Place yourself between your child and traffic, whenever possible. Always hold hands with children, especially small children, whenever walking near traffic or crossing the road. Children may not give any warning before they run to catch up with a friend, get closer to a display, or try to get in front of the line for a treat or game.
Be Very Careful in Parking Lots
Parking lots are dangerous for small children. Drivers may not see small children behind vehicles as they back up. Drivers may also be distracted while driving through lots as they search for spaces, deal with children in the car, or reach for items in the car. Hold hands in parking lots and try to walk in between the front of vehicles if there is room. If you must walk behind vehicles, watch for a driver who might be preparing to back out.
Always Go with Your Children
The best way to protect your children on Halloween to stay with your children. Older children may want to go trick-or-treating with friends. However, it is best always to have at least one parent walk with children to watch for dangers and monitor the group for any behaviors that could put the children at risk of a pedestrian accident.
Contact a Sacramento Child Injury Attorney for Help
If your child is injured, the injury may give rise to a serious legal matter. After ensuring your child’s physical and emotional needs are met, consider calling a Sacramento pedestrian accidents attorney to discuss your child’s legal rights.
Call The Tiemann Law Firm at (916) 999-9000 to schedule a free consultation.
Some schools may already be back in session while others may begin in just a few weeks. Regardless of whether you have school-age children, it is important to recognize that back-to-school time creates an increased risk of pedestrian accidents in school zones, near schools, and near school bus stops. Young children may be walking to school or riding the bus for the first time. Even though parents educate their children about traffic dangers, children do not always remember those lessons. Children also do not fully understand the dangers posed by vehicles.
Therefore, it is everyone’s responsibility to take extra precautions when school is in session to avoid pedestrian accidents in school zones. Below are several back-to-school safety tips for avoiding pedestrian accidents.
Tips for Avoiding Pedestrian Accidents During the School Year
- Whenever possible, parents should walk with their children to school or bus stops. Parents may want to organize schedules so that they can rotate the task of waiting at a bus stop or walking children to school.
- Never rush through a school zone. Do not assume that children are not present just because the lights are not flashing. Many children walk to and from school before “normal” school zone hours.
- Slow down when approaching a school and watch for children. Do not allow anything to distract you while driving near a school. Your eyes need to be on the road, and your mind should be focused on watching for children approaching the road.
- Stop at all crosswalks and intersections when warning lights are blinking. At other times, remain cautious and watch for children.
- Obey school bus signals. Allow ample distance between your vehicle and the bus. Never pass a bus that is stopped to let children on or off.
- Teach children to use sidewalks and crosswalks.
- Watch for changes in speed limits when approaching school zones and obey all speed limits.
- Be aware that your vehicle has several blind spots. Before pulling out of parking lots or continuing after stopping at an intersection, make sure to check those blind spots thoroughly.
- Learn the traffic patterns at your child’s school for pick up and drop off. Many schools have set traffic patterns that help protect children from pedestrian accidents at school.
- Do not block an intersection or crosswalk as this forces children to go around your car, which could place them in the path of an oncoming vehicle.
- Do not drop off or pick up children across the street from the school.
- If you cannot walk your child to school or the bus stop, make several practice trips, so your child is familiar with the route. It is best to have an older child or adult walk with young children.
Get Help from a Sacramento Pedestrian Accident Attorney
If your child is injured in a pedestrian accident, your child may be entitled to compensation for injuries and damages. Our Sacramento pedestrian accident attorneys can help you protect your child’s legal rights as we fight to seek justice for your child.
For a free consultation with a Sacramento pedestrian accident lawyer, call The Tiemann Law Firm at (916) 999-9000.
The stories are heartbreaking. A parent or caregiver left a child in a vehicle by accident, or a child was able to get into a car without a parent’s knowledge. The heat in the car quickly rises, which can cause the death of the child. Hot car deaths throughout the United States are a serious matter that needs to be discussed and addressed.
How Many Children Die in Hot Vehicles Each Year?
Approximately 38 children died each year in hot vehicles in the U.S. In 2018, 52 children lost their lives in hot vehicles, the highest number of deaths on record in the past 20 years. It is estimated that 800 children have died since 1998 from being left in or trapped in vehicles.
Over one-half of the children who die from vehicular heatstroke are forgotten by their parents or caregivers. They are left in the vehicle unintentionally. Slightly more than a quarter of the deaths result from a child gaining access to a vehicle.
It does not take long for the temperature inside a parked vehicle to increase to deadly levels. Even vehicles parked in shaded areas with the windows cracked can still become too hot for a child to survive. In just 10 minutes, the temperature in a motor vehicle can increase to 104 degrees when it is 85 degrees outside. In another 10 minutes, the temperature in the vehicle increases to 114 degrees. When the temperatures outside reach 90 degrees, it takes just 10 minutes for the temperature in the vehicle to reach 109 degrees.
What Can You Do to Prevent Vehicular Heatstroke?
If you see a child locked in a vehicle or trapped in a vehicle, call 911 and follow the instructions provided by the emergency operator.
As a driver and caregiver, you can take steps to ensure you do not forget when a child is in your vehicle. Some tips for avoiding hot car fatalities include:
- Keep a large stuffed animal or doll in your child’s car seat or back seat. When a child is in the rear seat, place the stuffed animal or doll beside you in the front seat as a reminder.
- Remove your shoe and leave it in the back seat. You can also leave keys, cell phones, wallets, bags, and other items you will need when exiting the vehicle.
- Make it a habit to open the back doors and check for passengers for locking the vehicle.
- Always lock your vehicle so children cannot gain access while you. Store your car keys where children cannot locate or get the keys.
- Use technology to prevent hot car deaths.
- Set the alarm on your cell phone for the time your child should reach school, daycare, or other activities. The alarm reminds you to double check to ensure that you did not leave your child in the vehicle by accident.
One of the most serious mistakes you can make is to believe that this could never happen to you. All adults need to be aware of the risk of vehicular heatstroke and take steps to reduce the chance a child will die in a hot car.
Contact a Personal Injury Attorney in Sacramento County
If you need help with an injury claim or you have questions about a personal injury case, schedule a free consultation with a Sacramento personal injury attorney by calling The Tiemann Law Firm at (916) 999-9000.
Memorial Day is the unofficial kick-off for the summer vacation season. With the kids out of school, more families will be setting out on road trips for summer vacation. Summer is also a popular time for couples and individuals to schedule road trips. Before you head out on your summer vacation, review these summertime travel safety tips to reduce the risk of a problem or an accident on the road, which can quickly ruin the perfect summer road trip.
Travel Safety Tips Before You Leave
Before leaving on a road trip, check your vehicle for recalls. Schedule a service appointment for your vehicle. You should have your vehicle’s tires, air conditioner, fluid levels, cooling system, hoses, belts, brakes, and light checked. Replace any work parts or make repairs before leaving on a summer trip.
Avoid Distracted Driving
During the summer, distracted driving increases, which can increase the risk of a distracted driving accident. When you are driving this summer remember:
- Do not use your cell phone while driving. Allow a passenger to handle the cell phone and other electronic devices, including the GPS and vehicle controls.
- Secure your children and pets with a safety seat or harness in the back seat. Again, allow a passenger to tend to children and pets while you are driving.
- Do not be a distraction for the driver. Avoid behaviors that may distract the driver.
- Avoid multi-tasking while driving, including eating, drinking, and grooming.
- If you want to look at the view, pull over.
Car Break Downs
If your car breaks down, don’t panic. Try to move the vehicle to a safe location and turn on your emergency flashers. Avoid getting out of the vehicle on a busy road unless absolutely necessary. If you do get out of your vehicle, move as far away from the vehicle. Call for roadside assistance, if necessary. If possible, set out roadside flares and triangles, especially at night.
Pack an Emergency Car Kit
You should always have an emergency car kit in your vehicle. However, you definitely need a kit if you plan to travel this summer. Your emergency car kit should include:
- Water and protein snacks
- Flashlight and batteries
- Roadside flares and triangles
- Jumper cables
- Small tool kit
- Portable cell phone charger
- No-spill gas can
- Car fire extinguisher
- Paper towels
- Seasonal supplies (umbrella, rain gear, etc.)
- Two quarts of oil
- Hand sanitizers, small trash bags, and towelettes
- First aid kit
Protect Children and Pets
Children should sit in the back seat in a car seat or booster seat that is designed for their age, height, and weight. A child who has outgrown a safety seat should always wear a seat belt. Pets should also be restrained in a portable crate or a special safety harness. Never leave children or pets alone in a vehicle.
Avoid Fatigued or Drowsy Driving
Make sure that you get plenty of sleep the night before a road trip. During a road trip, make sure to stop frequently to rest. If possible, share the driving responsibility with another adult.
For more travel safety tips, you can visit the AAA website.
Contact a Sacramento Car Accident Attorney
Our legal team hopes that your summer vacation is safe and enjoyable. However, if another driver causes an accident, we are here to help you file an accident claim seeking compensation for your injuries.
For a free consultation with a California car accident attorney, contact The Tiemann Law Firm by calling (916) 999-9000 or by visiting our website.