Law Office of David R.Lewis & Associates by cjleclaire
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Summer Camp Injuries: Prevention, Risks and Liability
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Jul 25, 2018 | 956 views | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

What types of risks sometimes exist at summer camp?

Summer camp injuries in most cases are not typically serious and the majority of children across the United States enjoy summer camp. However, when children are exposed to preventable risks and serious injury occurs, there may be grounds for legal action to recover damages.

A study published by the U.S. National Institute of Health in 2006 reported that the most common injuries children experienced at camp were cuts, scratches and scrapes (33 percent) and that 14.6 percent were fractures and 10.4 percent were sprains. Researchers identified horseback riding and capture the flag as injury producing activities.

Summer Camp Injuries Prevention Risks and Liability

What are some precautions to prevent injuries?

The American Camp Association suggests various precautions that camps should take to prevent injuries:

  • Proper footwear. Trip, slip or falls often result in sprains or strains. Rough terrain and improper footwear are the main causes of these types of injuries. Children who wear flip-flops are more at risk for falls. Certain terrains that are step, uneven or slippery are especially dangerous. Whenever possible, it is wise to avoid rough terrain, and it is also wise to require campers to wear closed toe shoes.
  • Protective equipment. Particular types of activities require the use of protective equipment, such as helmets for horseback riding and bike riding. The ACA reported that according to a Healthy Camp Study, in 50 percent of injury events where protective equipment was applicable, campers and staff were not wearing protective equipment. Ensure campers wear protective equipment when it is advised for particular activities.
  • Knife safety training. Wounds from sharp objects, such as knives, accounted for 15 percent of the injuries campers and residents experienced in resident camps and 17 percent in day camps. Knife safety training should be incorporated into camp programs for staff and campers.
  • Reducing fatigue. Fatigue can contribute to injuries because when campers are worn out, they are more likely to get injured. A camp schedule that balances busy and sedentary activities and gives campers time to rest can help prevent injuries.

Boating and swimming are also popular camping activities. Adhering to water safety rules is also vital to keep children safe. Campers should always wear life jackets when boating, and camps should have trained lifeguards to supervise swimmers.

As a parent, when you are choosing camps for your children, you should ensure that the camp is accredited and also inquire about precautionary measures the camp has in place to prevent injuries.

When should you seek legal help for a camp injury?

If your child suffers from a serious injury, it is wise to seek legal counsel. An experienced attorney can determine whether negligence was involved. Holding negligent parties accountable can help prevent other children from suffering similar serious injuries.

The Law Offices of David R. Lewis offers a free consultation to discuss your camping injury and determine whether grounds exist for taking legal action.

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Over-packing Your Car Can Make Driving More Dangerous
by cjleclaire
Jul 11, 2018 | 8422 views | 0 0 comments | 182 182 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Packing Your Car Wisely for Vacations

With warmer weather here and children out of school, many people are taking to the road for vacation trips. While you want to be sure you pack what you need to enjoy vacation, over-packing your vehicle can ratchet up the driving dangers, and it’s wise to be aware of what they are.

How can over-packing create visibility hazards?

When you cram your back seat with boxes and luggage, they can block the rear window and force you to rely on side-view mirrors. Cars already have blind spots and the chances of not seeing a car or a child walking behind your vehicle increases when rearview mirror views are blocked. You should avoid over packing that blocks your visibility.

What are the blind spots in a car?

Vehicles have blind spots on either side of the vehicle and also one in the rear of the vehicle. SUVs and pickup trucks have larger blind spot areas than smaller vehicles have.

Consumer Reports did a study where researchers measured the blind spots in a variety of vehicle models and also evaluated the size of blind spots based on whether the driver was of average height or short. Small and midsize sedans had from 12 to 13 feet of blind spot area for an average driver and 24 and 22 feet of blind area for short drivers. A mid sized SUV had blind spots that were 18 feet for average drivers and 28 feet for short drivers. Pickup trucks’ blind spots were 24 feet for average drivers and 35 feet for short drivers.

Why do over-packed cars add extra danger during car accidents?

Despite the fact that you and your family are secured by seat belts, boxes and luggage crammed into the backseat of your car are typically not fastened down. In a collision, the impact causes objects to shift and you are at greater risk of being hit by a flying object.

Please be careful not to over pack your vehicles and also to take precautions while driving. If you suffer injury in a car accident due to another driver’s negligence, the Law Offices of David R. Lewis offers a free consultation to discuss your potential case.

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Defensive Driving Can Prevent Accidents and Injuries and Also Save Lives
by cjleclaire
May 09, 2018 | 15531 views | 0 0 comments | 716 716 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Do you know how to drive defensively?

Everyone has heard about defensive driving, but what does it mean to drive defensively? It certainly behooves drivers to find out because knowing and following defensive driving guidelines can be a lifesaver when on the road. With warmer weather and summer approaching, an increasing number of cars are on New York’s thoroughfares. Schools are taking field trips and soon families will be taking vacations, packing up their vehicles and driving to near and far destinations. Freeways as well as side roads will become more congested with traffic.

Tips for Defensive Driving

With safety in mind, the following are some defensive driving tips provided by drive-safely.net:

When driving, how far ahead do you look?

If you don’t look beyond the car in front of you, you’re not looking far enough ahead when you drive. Many people stay narrowly focused, but you should be able to see for miles. One way to avoid accidents is to develop situational awareness. You can notice how long a traffic light in front of you has been green or see that children down the street are playing with a ball. When you drive, practice looking as far ahead as you can.

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Do you see the big picture?

When your eyes fixate on one other car or a building, you miss what else is going on. You should be aware of what is going on in the perimeter around you and notice vehicles that are at least three car lengths away. Are cars further down the road braking? Has traffic ahead of you come to a stand still? If your attention becomes glued on an accident at the side of the road, you might not notice that the car in front of you has slowed and rear end it. When driving, continually scan the whole view and be aware of everything around you.

In the event of hazards, do you have an escape plan?

If the car in front of you or the car a few vehicles ahead of you blows a tire and its driver loses control, where would you go? Had you noticed whether a shoulder existed on the side of the road or how the road was banked? If you left ample room between your car and other cars, you could see that quickly changing lanes would not be dangerous. The best way to maintain an escape plan begins with staying alert and always keeping a buffer of space between your car and other cars.

Please put your defensive driving skills to use. The Law Offices of David R. Lewis & Associates wishes you a happy and safe spring and summer!

 

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