7 Items To Be Prepared For A Car Accident

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Prepare for a car accident with these 7 tools.

7 Items to Keep in Your Car to Prepare for a Car Accident

No one expects to ever be in an accident. Getting hit by another driver may be extremely inconvenient. However, there are some precautionary measures you can take to prepare if ever in a car accident, whether it’s your fault or another person’s fault. Here are 7 things to keep in your car to prepare you in the event that you have an automobile accident:

1. Road Flares

Road flares can be extremely helpful when your car is unable to drive away from the scene of the crash. You can use road flares to deter other cars causing additional damage to your vehicle.  This also limits the unfortunate possibility of multiple cars involvement in a pile up from not seeing an existing accident. A normal emergency road flare is the most commonly used signal device for multiple reasons. Flares can burn in snow, rain, or hail. Other variants of road signals/flares exist, including: strobe LED lights, chemical light sticks, and reflective triangles. Each of these signals has their pros and cons, but Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys you use an emergency road flare.

2. Car Emergency Hammer

Sometimes car accidents prohibit you or your loved ones from evacuating a vehicle. To combat this, you should keep bus mallets, dotty hammers, safety mallets, or bus hammers, they can include cutting tools, plastic handles, or steel tips. It is important to have a car emergency hammer in your passenger side glove box or driver’s side door to allow you to break a window and escape a car if necessary. A trapped person inside of a car can free them from the car if the event that they get trapped.

3. Seat Belt Cutter

Seat belts save lives in car accidents, but after a car accident takes place they can also prohibit passengers from evacuating the car. Unfortunately, regular scissors won’t work on a seat belt. Having a seat belt cutter in the center console gives passengers peace of mind, that if necessary, the seat belt can be cut to release them from their seat.

4. First Aid Kit

A first aid kit is always smart to have in your car to treat minor injuries and prevent them from getting worse while waiting for an ambulance.

Your kit should include, at a minimum:

  • Hot and cold packs—these should only require you to snap to activate the heating or cooling sensation
  • Synthetic gloves if you’re dealing with open or serious wounds
  • A CPR mask for mouth-to-mouth resuscitation
  • Anti-diarrhea medication
  • An Epi-Pen for severe allergic reactions
  • Plastic bags for disposing contaminated items

5. Blanket

Experts recommend a blanket in your car during the winter months. Getting into a car accident typically means waiting outside your car for the police to come.

A simple wool or cotton blanket prepares you in case of exposure to the cold for an extended time. In many pre-packaged first aid kits, they provide thermal blankets, ones that look like tin foil and they reflect your body heat back onto you to keep you warm.

6. Flashlight

Flashlights are useful in car accidents that take place in the evening or in areas where street lights are dim. After a car accident, it is important to assess the damages and take photos of the vehicles involved. Having a flashlight in your glove box or center console is a simple way to ensure you have enough light to photograph the incident and properly record the damages.

Nowadays, with the LED technology available, batteries aren’t as big of a concern and you can set a flashlight somewhere convenient and not worry about the flashlight not working at a crucial moment.

7. Pen and Paper

You never know where you are going to be when in a car accident. Your cell phone could be dead/dying. Getting everyone’s information, from witnesses to the other driver, can make the difference between a successful case or not. While the second step you should take is calling an attorney, getting information is one of the biggest steps you should take. A pen or pencil and paper will survive long enough to start your case.

These 7 items are useful in case of emergencies – there are also other things you can keep in your car that may also be useful. Check back with the Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys‘ website for more information about safe driving and being prepared.

The information on this blog is for general information purposes only. Nothing herein should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation. This information is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship.

Night Driving Tips: How to Reduce the Risk of an Auto Accident

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If you or a loved one suffers an injury in an auto accident, reach out to our team of compassionate personal injury attorneys.

As we make our way towards the end of the year, our hours of daylight are beginning to get shorter and shorter. This means a lot more drivers will find themselves on the road well after the sun has gone down. Unfortunately, many people continue to find themselves unaware of the unique difficulties driving at night can pose. Knowing how to handle yourself and your vehicle when faced with reduced visibility and night driving hazards could prove to help you avoid an auto accident while on the dark roads. In this blog, we want to make sure you’re aware of tips and techniques that can help you lower the risks associated with driving at night.

So you may be wondering what exactly makes driving at night so risky. According to both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the National Safety Council, the chance of being part of a fatal auto accident is three times higher after the sun has set. Even though most people only do a small fraction of their driving at night, almost half of all traffic fatalities occur at night. A combination of various factors lead to this.

Visibility

The most obvious of these factors is decreased visibility at night. Darkness is not the ideal condition for human eyes to function at full capacity. Your peripheral vision and depth perception are negatively impacted in darkness. Headlights can help with this problem, but even high-beam headlights only extend the area of visibility to 500 feet in front of the vehicle. Regular headlights only extend a mere 250 feet. This gives you as the driver a lower reaction time than normal and can make gauging distances more challenging, especially when traveling at high speeds. Further, the headlights of oncoming traffic can temporarily blind a driver.

It is also important be to sure that your vehicle is visible to other drivers on the road. One of the best ways to avoid accidents and road fatalities is to keep your car visible at night. Ensure that all of your vehicle’s exterior lights are functioning as they should and are clearly visible to other drivers. Also, reduce your speed and increase your following distance to give you extra time and room to maneuver in case of an emergency.

Distractions

Driving at night leaves you more susceptible to distractions, especially those that have to do with lighting. Bright lights create a sharp contrast in the darkness that can immediately draw your eyes and attention away from the road. You can quickly become distracted by the glare from your instrument panel or the approaching headlight of the truck in the oncoming lane. You may not even realize your concentration has wavered until you bring your attention back to the road. This is extremely dangerous when driving at night due to the aforementioned issues with visibility after the sun has set.

Do your best not to gaze directly into the headlights of the vehicles in the opposite lane. Be sure to dim your interior and dashboard lights. This should help to decrease the chance of glare on your windshield.

Rush Hour

The weekday hours between 4pm and 7pm are colloquially known as rush hour. This is one of the absolute most dangerous times to be out driving. The risk of being in an auto accident increases dramatically during this time. This is due to the vast number of vehicles all on the roads at once in the dwindling sunlight. Most of those drivers have just left work and are eager to make their way home, to the bar, to run errands, etc. The usual stop-and-go pace of rush hour traffic can add to the growing frustrations of other drivers. It’s also easier to become distracted behind the wheel if traffic is crawling along.

If you know you will have to be on the road during rush hour, do your best to plan ahead. Give yourself as much time as possible to reach your destination. Have some of your favorite music or audiobooks ready to play to help you remain calm in this most stressful of situations. Try not to take the actions of other drivers personally; remember that they are just as tired and frustrated as you may be. Drive defensively and do your best not to let your mind wander.

Higher Number of Impaired Drivers

After the sun sets, the risk of sharing the road with an intoxicated or impaired driver rises significantly. A lot of people are leaving bars and restaurants, and might have indulged in a few alcoholic beverages. According to the CDC, almost 30 people die everyday in crashes that involve a driver impaired by alcohol. The hours between midnight and 3am particularly tend to see more impaired drivers on the road.

Exercise extreme caution if you will be driving around areas with bars and restaurants later at night. Know how to identify a possibly intoxicated driver and do your best to avoid them. When you have reached a safe area, pull over and call 911 to alert police of the impaired driver.

Fatigue and Drowsiness

A poll conducted by the National Sleep Foundation found that 60% of adults have gotten behind the wheel while feeling fatigued or tired, and 37% admitted to having fallen asleep behind the wheel. These are some scary statistics. Driving while fatigued or drowsy is a very dangerous behavior that puts everyone on the road at risk. Drowsy drivers are just as likely to cause an auto accident as intoxicated drivers. A loss of just two hours of sleep can have a similar effect on driving ability as three beers. Drowsiness can lead to lack of concentration and an increased chance of risking driving behaviors on the road. Even on familiar roads and routes, suffering the effects of fatigue can lead to grave mistakes that can lead to serious injury.

Make sure you get plenty of rest, usually about 8 hours per night, before you have to get behind the wheel. Having a sleep schedule already in place can help with this. While driving, continuously scan the road for obstacles and keep your eyes moving to help your brain stay alert. Do not hesitate to pull into a rest stop and give yourself a break if needed. Even opening the car window or turning up the radio can help temporality stave off some symptoms of fatigue. Try to have another licensed driver join you, especially if you will be driving long distances. Not only can they help you stay awake by providing conversation and mental stimulation, but you could als ask them to take over behind the wheel if you start to feel like drowsiness is getting the best of you.

Let Our Team Help You if You Are Hurt in an Auto Accident

If you or a loved one suffers an injury in an auto accident, reach out to our team of compassionate personal injury attorneys. We will put forth every effort to get you the compensation you deserve for your suffering. We will give you a free consultation to begin the process. You won’t have to concern yourself with fees and payments until we emerge successful in your claim. Give Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys a call at (708) 222-2222. While our offices are open Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm, we always have someone available and waiting to answer your call, any time, 24/7. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us online via the LiveChat feature available on our site.

 

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Home Fire Prevention and Safety Tips from Our Burn Injury Lawyer

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If your or a loved one has suffered pain and injury due to someone else’s lack of due care, reach out to our burn injury lawyer at Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys.

The second week of October marks Fire Prevention Week. The date is especially significant as Fire Prevention Safety week was created in remembrance of the Great Chicago Fire that killed over 250 people and left hundreds of thousands without a home. This year, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has chosen the theme “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware – fire can happen anywhere.™” While fire safety applies to any location, this year’s theme wants to draw a particular focus on fire safety in the home.

A startling majority of fatalities due to burns and fires take place with one’s residence. In 2016, the death rate from fire was 10% higher than it was in 1980. According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fires and burns are the third leading cause of unintentional injury fatalities in the U.S. Knowledge is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones. Our burn injury lawyer wants you to know how to prepare your family and keep them safe in the case of a fire.

Steps Towards Fire Prevention and Safety

This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme aims to educate the public on simple, but crucial, steps to not only reduce the risk of a fire starting, but also to ensure that you know what to do in case one does indeed break out. These three steps are:

  • Look for common areas that can catch fire
  • Listen for emergency signal, especially smoke alarms
  • Learn at least two ways out of any room you enter

Look

The first step of this year’s theme involves identifying common places within the home that could catch fire. While anywhere in your home could potentially catch fire, some areas are more prone to this than others. These include:

  • The kitchen
  • Fireplaces and chimneys
  • Bedrooms
  • Laundry room
  • Attics
  • Livingroom

Additionally, appliances such as microwaves, stoves, ovens, dryers, and toaster ovens have been known to easily ignite. Fires from these appliances can result from faulty wiring, blown fuses, worn out cords, and flammable objects placed too close. The device could also have a defect that stems back to the manufacturer making it more prone to ignition. In cases like these, a reliable burn injury lawyer can help you pursue compensation from injuries suffered from defective cookware or other appliances.

Listen

According to the American Red Cross, you might only have two minutes to safely escape a fire. Being aware of a fire as soon as possible after it starts can mean difference between successful evacuation and tragedy. This is why installing and maintaining functioning smoke alarms is such a monumentally important step in fire safety.

A smoke alarm should be replaced completely if it is more than 10 years old. Test the batteries in the smoke alarms on a monthly basis and do not hesitate to replace them when needed. Be sure they are present in every bedroom of your house, as well as the hallways outside the bedrooms. It’s it is a multi-story house, ensure that smoke alarms are present on every floor, including the basement.

Make sure that everyone in your family recognizes the sound of the smoke alarm and takes the alert seriously. This is especially important for young children. They can sleep through the beeping of the smoke detector if they are not aware that it signals danger.

Learn

Having an escape plan for your own house may seem silly, but if a fire breaks out, knowing how to quickly get outside can save your life and your family. Plan an evacuation route with everyone in your family. Identify the usual exits, such as the front and back doors, and come up with new ones to use in case the formerly mentioned exits are blocked. Know at least two ways out of any room in the house and ensure the doors and windows are clear and open easily for escape.

Keep in mind that smoke and adrenaline can lead to disorientation and confusion even in one’s own home. Practicing your evacuation plan with your family can help make escape actions second nature, especially for small children. Have a designated “meet up spot” a safe distance away from the house that all house members are aware of.

According to NFPA vice president of Outreach and Advocacy Lorraine Carli, “People take safety for granted and are not aware of the risk of fire. Paying attention to your surroundings, looking for available exits in the event of a fire or other emergency, and taking the smoke alarm seriously if it sounds can make a potentially life-saving difference in a fire or other emergency situation.”

A Caring Burn Injury Lawyer on Your Side

Negligence is another common cause of burn injuries and fires. If your or a loved one has suffered pain and injury due to someone else’s lack of due care, reach out to our team at Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys. Our burn injury lawyer will take the time needed to identify the available paths to compensation. You can rely on our team to carefully examine all relevant factors to expose the truth. Our offices are open from 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday. However, we are always available to answer your call, anytime, at (708) 222-2222. You can also reach out to us online via our convenient LiveChat feature. Best of all, we offer free consultations and you won’t have to bother yourself with worries of fees or payments until we have reached a successful conclusion to your case.

 

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Gadolinium Contrast Agent Linked to GDD

Gadolinium MRI Contrast Agent Linked to GDD

Gadolinium contrast agents are injected into a person prior to them undergoing an MRI scan. Once injected, the gadolinium contrast agent works its way through a patient’s bloodstream and attaches itself to abnormal tissues making them more visible on an x-ray. Doctors may request an MRI contrast agent used as part of their process to help diagnose a patient’s illness.

The FDA issued a warning to the drug manufacturers, doctors and the general public that a link established between the use of gadolinium contrast agent during MRIs and Gadolinium deposition disease, also known as GDD in individuals with impaired kidney functions.

Gadolinium Deposition Disease

Gadolinium deposition disease (GDD) occurs when a person has normal or adequate renal function but develops persistent and/or painful symptoms ranging anywhere from a few hours to several weeks after injection of a gadolinium contrast agent.

Research studies have shown that those with impaired kidney functions have a higher chance of developing this life altering disease. Individuals with impaired kidneys don’t properly flush out the gadolinium contrast agent injected into their bloodstream prior to an MRI scan resulting in a toxic reaction. Doctors should only request the minimum dosage amount listed on the gadolinium contrast agents’ manufacturer’s box if they believe it’s necessary for proper diagnosis and treatment.

In May 2018, the makers of GCBA’s released and distributed an Important Drug Warning alerting and also, warning health care providers about the updated prescribing information for gadolinium.

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Manufacturers of Gadolinium Contrast Agents

Currently, there are six approved gadolinium contrast agents in use. The contrast agent was first approved for use with MRIs in 1988. Manufactures and the agent’s generic names include:

  • Bayer Imaging manufactures Magnevist and Gadavist
  • Bracco Diagnostics manufactures MultiHance and ProHance
  • GE Healthcare manufacturers Omniscan
  • Mallinckrodt/Tyco Healthcare manufactures OptiMARK

Magnevist, Omniscan and OptiMARK, were determined to be the gadolinium contrast agents most often linked to gadolinium retention.

The FDA has still not approved gadolinium agents to be use during an MRA.

Symptoms of GDD to look for after a Gadolinium Contrast Agent Injection

The symptoms linked with toxic gadolinium retention are diverse, varied and, also, plentiful. Also, symptoms may not appear immediately. Some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Severe degradation of vision and dry eyes
  • Hair Loss
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Brain fog
  • Chronic headaches
  • Trouble speaking (weakening of voice)
  • Burning, cutting or sharp pains in a patient’s arms, legs or, also, torsos.
  • Itching skin
  • Changes in color lesions, thickening, and tightness, etc. of your skin.
  • Feelings of sharp pins and needles
  • Tingling and/or prickling pains
  • Deep bone and joint pains
  • Muscle twitches or severe weakness
  • Trouble with swallowing
  • Nausea and/or vomiting

Get a FREE Gadolinium Contrast Agent Case Review!

Reach out to a Glen Lerner gadolinium contrast agent attorney as soon as possible if you or a loved one diagnosed with GDD after undergoing an MRI using the contrast dye. We currently review claims against gadolinium contrast agent drug manufacturers.

Then, one of our experienced gadolinium class action lawsuit attorneys will answer your questions and help you determine if you or a loved one may receive compensation for any injuries suffered because of a gadolinium-based contrast agent (GBCA). Call 1-800-GET-GLEN today to schedule a no obligation, and also, free consultation. So, contact us today! We also answer our phones 24/7.

 

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Keep the ‘Oops’ Off the Road for your Teen

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The risk for car crashes in Chicago goes up significantly when drivers take their eyes or attention off the road to focus on something else.

It is a big moment for any teen when they get their first driver’s license. They are often excited to experience the freedom of driving themselves places, and are usually in a hurry to take the car out and pick up some friends. This can be an exciting time for parents, too, because it means you are off the hook when your teen needs a ride. The one scary part is the risk factor.

Many car crashes in Chicago involve teens, so how do you make sure your teen does not get into an accident? To help your teen stay safe on the road, talk to them about some ground rules and some good safety habits, and set good examples for them when you drive. Here are some good topics to bring up in a conversation with your teen about safe driving.

Inexperienced Teen Drivers

One of the reasons teens are so much more likely to be involved in car crashes in Chicago is because they do not have a lot of experience driving a car. The lack of experience makes the first year with a license the most dangerous time for accidents. Simply put, teens just have not driven a car enough to be very good at it yet.

To combat this risk for accidents, talk to your teen about good driving habits, and give them some in-car coaching, too. Over the course of your teen’s first six months of driving, it’s a great idea to get them about 50 hours of supervised driving, or more if possible. Make sure your teen has practice driving in difficult conditions, like when it is raining or snowing, or when that Chicago traffic is bad and people are everywhere.

Driving at Night

When you are giving your teen some supervised driving lessons, make sure they get some experience at night, too. Deadly car crashes in Chicago are more common at night, and the risk is especially high for young teen drivers. Another great way to help your teen avoid these risks is by limiting their exposure to nighttime driving. Aside from your night driving practice sessions, it might be good to set a curfew for your teen. Make sure they have the car home by 9pm or so, and they will not have to spend as much time driving at night.

Inexperienced Teen Passengers

It is not just the teen driver who can be responsible for causing an accident. Some teens can also increase the risk just by their actions as a passenger. Data shows that car crashes are more likely when a teen is driving with other teen passengers in the car. Do not let your teen contribute to these car crashes in Chicago. Instead, you may want to consider making some rules about how many passengers your teen can have with them when they drive.

Also talk to them about how they can limit distractions from their passengers. Make sure they know not to try anything dangerous to show off for their friends. Further, talk to them about how to be a safe and respectful passenger while they ride in other people’s cars.

Distracted Driving

Part of the reason it is more dangerous for teens to drive with other passengers in the car is because their passengers can add to the distraction of the driver. The risk for car crashes in Chicago goes up significantly when drivers take their eyes or attention off the road to focus on something else.

Make sure your teen knows to keep their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road. That means they should not be texting or taking a phone call while driving. Eating while driving can be dangerous for new driver, too. Even spending too much time adjusting the music can cause an accident. Make sure your teen is aware of all of these things and knows to focus on the task at hand instead of anything else.

Drugs and Alcohol

It is important to talk to your child about the risks of drugs and alcohol in general, but this conversation is especially important when it involves the car. Too many car crashes in Chicago are caused because the driver was intoxicated and should not have even been driving in the first place. Start by being a good example for your teen, and never drink and drive yourself. Set a very clear rule that your teen may not ever drive after drinking or using any other intoxicating substances.

You may even want to have your teen sign an agreement promising to never drink and drive. Make sure your teen knows what the consequences will be if they do drive under the influence. Some parents like to offer their teens a way out just to be safe. For example, you could say in the agreement that your teen will not get in trouble if they ask you for a ride, as long as they do not drink and drive.

Seat Belts

Car crashes in Chicago are much more likely to be fatal if those involved are not wearing their seat belts. Make sure your teen driver wears a seat belt, because they need the protection since they are at a higher risk for accidents. Make sure your teen knows the risks, and make the rule that they have to buckle up for every single trip in the car. It only takes a couple of seconds to fasten your seat belt, so there is absolutely no reason for your teen to drive for any amount of time without using it.

Driving While Tired

In many cases, driving while tired can be almost as dangerous as driving under the influence. Drowsiness is most likely to cause car crashes in Chicago extremely early in the morning or late at night. Make sure your teen knows the dangers associated with driving tired, and knows what to do when they are too tired to continue driving.

For example, let them know that it is ok to pull off the road and take a break, because it is better to arrive a little bit later than it is to get into a car accident. This is another area where having curfews can help. You can control the hours when your teen drives to reduce the risk that they will be too tired behind the wheel.

Irresponsible or Reckless Driving

Teen drivers do not have the years of experience that can lead to maturity and good judgement. Sometimes that makes them do things that are excessively dangerous. Talk to your teen to make sure they understand how dangerous driving in general can be. Make sure they know better than to drive too fast or partake in other risky behavior. Your teen should know the limitations of the car they are driving, and make sure they are not pushing it too hard to accelerate, slow down, or take corners.

It is crucial for teen drivers to leave plenty of space between themselves and the cars ahead of them. Tell your teen to give themselves plenty of time to stop, and make sure they know never to tailgate someone. They should also adjust their speed and following distance based on road conditions. Car crashes in Chicago can become more difficult to avoid when the rain and snow come into play, so your teen will have to be extra careful during that kind of weather.

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Conclusion: Lead Through Words and Actions

You can have a big impact on your teen’s driving. So you should have a conversation with them about avoiding risk. They learn by listening to you, but they also learn by watching you. Set a good example when you drive, and your teen will follow it when they start driving for themselves. Teens (and drivers of all other ages, too) are much more likely to avoid accidents if they practice good driving habits every time they hit the road.

Lawyers for Car Crashes in Chicago

In a wreck? Need a check? If you or your teen has been injured in an accident, you may be entitled to a settlement. Call Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys at (708) 222-2222. Our office hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. But we are available 24/7 to take your call.  You can also contact us online, where we use a LiveChat to get you the answers you need as soon as possible.

We bring compassion, experience, and skill to your case. Best of all, we give free consultations, so there is no fee unless we win your case. Car crashes in Chicago can already be stressful, so we do not charge our clients for the initial consultation. In fact, we do not get paid unless you do, so call us today for your zero risk consultation.

 

The information on this blog is for general information purposes only. Nothing herein should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation. This information is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship.