Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Driving Safely in Storms

Southernmost parts of the United States were recently devastate by hurricanes Harvey and Irma, causing hundreds of billions of dollars in damages and hundreds of lives lost. Fortunately, the metro-Atlanta area was affected with only thunderstorms and power outages. This caused millions of people traveling from Florida and more southern areas to travel north towards Atlanta to escape the storms.

Although Georgia did not see the damage that was experienced in other areas of the U.S., effects of the hurricanes were felt both in the weather and on roadways. Driving carefully becomes more difficult while navigating through storms, such as those caused by the hurricanes. The increased number of vehicles on roadways during natural disasters such as this only adds to the danger. Not only that, but this time of year is known for stormy weather in the Marietta area. Here are some tips that can reduce the risk of being in an accident while driving in a storm:

  • Use your headlights. Many vehicles on Georgia roadways are equipped with automatic headlights and taillights, so the vehicle determines when safety would be increased with lights on. Without this automatic feature, though, it can sometimes be difficult to determine when headlights should be turned on. A good rule of thumb is that if your windshield wipers are on, your headlights should be on as well. People often forget because they may still be able to see roads in a storm. Headlights and taillights increase your vehicle’s visibility greatly in a storm.
  • Allow yourself more travel time. This is a helpful tip in all driving situations, but is especially true in inclement weather. Leaving a few minutes early will allow for more time to drive slower and more cautiously. Simply lowering your speed seriously reduces chances of being involved in an accident. So plan accordingly and give yourself time to carefully reach your destination.
  • Avoid cruise control. Cruise control is a great automobile feature that is especially beneficial when driving long distances or on straight roads. Commuting throughout the metro Atlanta area provides ample opportunity to utilize cruise control. However, this feature can lead to drivers removing their feet from the pedals and become too comfortable when behind the wheel. This can lead to slower reaction times, and a higher chance of slamming on the breaks. Especially during storms when quick reactions can be the difference in an accident and safe arrival, cruise control should be avoided.
  • Be cautious of larger vehicles. Freight trucks and RVs are examples of vehicles to be extra careful driving near during bad weather. The unpredictability of large vehicles can cause accidents, even sometimes that aren’t necessarily the driver’s fault. Strong winds, for example, can blow larger vehicles in and out of lanes. They also require a longer distance to stop, and it can be harder to judge during bad weather. So give such vehicles necessary space to help avoid an accident during stormy weather.
  • Prepare your vehicle. It’s always recommended to check your car’s maintenance before driving, such as testing blinkers and checking for leaks. But would someone check their windshield wipers if it were sunny outside? It would be a dangerous situation to be driving during a storm with windshield wipers that do not work. Staying on top of maintenance and regular roadway checks can radically reduce your chances of being in an accident.

From everyone at Jones & Swanson, our thoughts and prayers go out to those who have been affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Drive safely and help ensure everyone’s safety while on the road.


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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Dangers of Fatigued Driving

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), “Drowsy driving kills. It claimed 846 lives in 2014.” The NHTSA goes on to say that it’s working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help expand awareness about the dangers of drowsy driving in an effort to reduce the related injuries and deaths.

The NHTSA reports that while people can drive fatigued anytime day or night, “drowsy-driving crashes most frequently occur between midnight and 6 a.m., or in the late-afternoon – both times when there are dips in your circadian rhythm (the internal human body clock that regulates sleep,” says the NHTSA.

How Do I Avoid Drowsy Driving?

We get it – it’s not always easy to avoid drowsy driving, especially if you’re an adult with a job and family responsibilities. For example, you could be a mother or father who stayed up all night with a sick child, but that doesn’t mean you can call in sick to work the next day. With three-hours’ sleep, you make the 30-minute commute to work and back, exhausted.

In fact, parents of young children (or teenagers) are often some of the most sleep-deprived drivers on the roads! But unfortunately, parents don’t always have the luxury of taking a nap or taking a day off when they’re tired from lack of sleep.

While we can’t control everything in our lives, like a teething toddler, or a new puppy who keeps us up at night, what can we do to reduce the risk of driving while fatigued? Here are some suggestions from the NHTSA and us:

  • Aim for 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night. If you have to, go to bed earlier.
  • Before you take a long family road trip, get a good night’s sleep. This way, you won’t put your family or other motorists at risk.
  • Do not drink alcohol before driving. Alcohol not only causes impairment by itself, but it enhances fatigue.
  • If you’re on medications, such as sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, or pain relievers that cause drowsiness, don’t drive. Instead, wait for the effects to wear off or take public transportation.
  • If possible, avoid driving between midnight and 6 a.m.
  • If you do drive late at night, be aware of any feelings of drowsiness. If you need coffee, an energy drink, or cold air to stay awake, it’s time to find a place to sleep.

Were you hit by a driver who fell asleep at the wheel? To file a personal injury claim for compensation, contact us for a consultation with a Kennesaw auto accident lawyer!


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Sunday, 17 September 2017

Glitter iPhone Case Recalls

iPhone case recall

Recent studies show that Americans spend up to 5 hours a day on their mobile devices – that’s a significant portion of our days. The Apple iPhone is one of the most popular phones on the market. Apple sold more than 201 million units in 2016 alone. Because we spend such a significant amount of time on our phones, cases and accessories are important to users, including iPhone cases. Unfortunately, a recent recall announced by MixBin Electronics reveals dangers with certain iPhone 6, 6s and 7 cases. Approximately 263,000 iPhone cases were included in the recall – all that contain glitter inside liquid. The defect is attributed to leaking, reports of burns and skin irritation. The manufacturer released a list of retailers where the glitter phone cases may have been purchased as recently as June of 2017:

  • Amazon
  • Henri Bendel
  • Nordstrom Rack
  • Tory Burch
  • Victoria’s Secret
  • GetMixBin.com

MixBin’s concern is that if the case breaks or cracks, the liquid inside the case can come into contact with a person’s skin. The recall was announced following 24 reports of chemical burns or skin irritation. Of the 24 worldwide reports, 19 of them were within the United States. One report left a consumer with permanent scarring from the burn. Another report stated that an individual suffered from burns and swelling to their chest, neck, face, leg, hands and upper body. The cases were manufactured in China and were sold worldwide.

MixBin urges anyone who may have a case that has been recalled to stop using immediately and contact the company for a refund.

Please visit mixbin.com to determine whether your phone is affected by the recall. If you have any questions about the phone case and recall, please contact their customer service at 855-245-4935 Monday through Friday, 8AM-5PM.

If you or a loved one were injured by a defective phone case, you may be entitled to damages for medical costs and suffering. Call Jones & Swanson today for more information at (770) 427-5498.


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Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Jones & Swanson Volunteers at the Marietta Women's Extension

Recently, the staff of Jones & Swanson donated their time to volunteering at the Women’s Extension in Marietta, Georgia. This year, the extension is celebrating their 30th anniversary recovering live and restoring families. The women within the facility undergo a rigorous assessment to assure that they are committed to changing their lives. The challenges are tough but the help they need and deserve can be found right here in the Marietta community by way of The Extension.

The Extension is a licensed recovery program severing homeless men and women of Cobb County who suffer from alcohol and other addictions. This establishment provides substance abuse counseling as well as job and education opportunities for each of their residents. Teaching these women life skills and training them to be the best they can be is the goal of the recovery program. For almost 30 years, the facility has served the Cobb County community and have built strong relationships with local businesses and organizations.

Earlier this month, the Attorney and staff were honored to provide a dinner to the women currently staying in the extension facility. The staff enjoyed great fellowship and visiting with the women within the facility. The firm was able to donate several bags of gently used and new clothing as well as toiletries, office supplies and other needed items to the facility.

At Jones & Swanson, we feel like it is important to give back to our community. We are extremely proud to have such a wonderful recovery center right here in the Marietta area. If you have any questions about how you can volunteer, please contact our office at 770-427-5498


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Monday, 11 September 2017

Pedestrian Hurt in Howell School Rd and Woods Rd Collision in Bear

1 Injured in Bear Auto-Pedestrian Collision at Howell School Rd and Woods Rd

Bear Auto-Pedestrian Collision

Pedestrian Hurt in Howell School Rd and Woods Rd Collision in Bear

Bear, Delaware (September 11, 2017) – A 36-year-old male pedestrian was injured in a collision with a vehicle at an intersection in Bear, New Castle, on Monday morning.
According to a report by the New Castle County Paramedics and Christiana Fire Company, the incident happened at about 6 a.m. September 11, at the intersection of Howell School Road and Woods Road.
An official confirmed that the man had suffered serious injuries and was rushed to Christiana Hospital by ambulance.
Information on the identity of the man and details on the crash were not immediately available. The police, however, are conducting an investigation.
If you are injured in an accident, and you need legal advice, contact Edelstein Martin & Nelson – Wilmington. For over forty years, our personal injury attorneys have been helping clients in their lawsuits. We have an experienced team of attorneys who will fight for you and see to it that you are fairly compensated for the injuries you sustain, and any loss you might suffer in the event of an accident. We put the interests of our clients first as we pursue justice. For further information, contact our New Castle personal injury attorney today by calling (888)-208-8864. You can also reach us via live chat on our website.

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Sunday, 10 September 2017

Two-Vehicle Accident in Newark Causes Injuries to At Least 1 Person

1 Sustains Injuries in Newark 2-Vehicle Crash

Newark 2-Vehicle Crash

Two-Vehicle Accident in Newark Causes Injuries to At Least 1 Person

Newark, Delaware (September 10, 2017) – A two-car crash took place in Newark Sunday morning causing one person to be hospitalized, according to press reports.

The crash took place at about 4:03 a.m. on Otts Chapel Road at I-95.

According to reports, Trooper 4 took a victim to a hospital. It had not yet been established how many people had been injured and the extent of their injuries.

Limited details regarding the cause of the crash were available at the time of the report.

Otts Chapel Road in the area of the accident was blocked and traffic diverted from the crash site. Commuters were asked to find another route of travel and to expect long delays in the area.

Police were still looking into the incident to determine the cause and liabilities.

In case you are looking for a law firm that focuses on the needs of the clients, you can count on Edelstein Martin & Nelson – Wilmington. Our attorneys have years of experience in personal injury claims. As professionals, we can help you achieve the best of your case. We keep our dignity and professionalism in and out of the courtroom, and we aid clients to go through the legal system. Your success is our success. Get a personal injury attorney by calling us today at (888)-208-8864.

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Saturday, 9 September 2017

Pedestrian Hit and Killed by Train in Lincoln

Pedestrian Dead in Lincoln Pedestrian-Train Crash

Lincoln Pedestrian-Train Crash

Pedestrian Hit and Killed by Train in Lincoln

Lincoln, Delaware (September 9, 2017) – One person who was hit by a southbound Delmarva Central Railroad train died in Lincoln on Thursday, according to officers.

The deadly accident took place at about 9:25 p.m. September 7, south of Lincoln, Sussex County.

The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the crash site. The operator managed to bring the train to a stop following the incident.

The identity of the deceased had not been released yet pending family notification.

Limited details regarding the cause of the crash were available at the time of this report.

Troopers were still investigating the crash to determine cause and liabilities.

When a loved one dies in an accident, it is usually very hard for any family, but it is more difficult when the loss is due to the negligence of a third party. During these times many questions are asked and several decisions made. Nothing can be done to reverse the loss but our wrongful death attorneys at Edelstein Martin & Nelson – Wilmington can aid in ensuring that you get justice. Our attorneys will ensure that the one responsible will be held accountable for their actions. Get more details about this process by speaking to one of our representatives today at (888)-8864 to get a free consultation.

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