Archive for December, 2019

How to Talk to Teens About Driving Safely

Every day, about six teens aged between 16 and 19 die in car accidents. More are injured; sometimes with life altering injuries. It’s vital for parents and caregivers to talk to teens about driving safely. Even after the driving training classes are over, parents need to remind teens about road safety. But how can parents talk to teens about driving safely without coming off as nags? Here are some tips:

The Conversation Doesn’t Have to Be Direct

What this means is that teens – like most kids – are very observant. Even when you think your teen isn’t listening, they probably are (as long as they don’t actually have ear buds in place!). While you’re driving the car, take advantage of opportunities to comment about your own driving. Did you almost run a red light? Say something like, “Wow, I wasn’t paying attention and I almost drove into the intersection! It really does only take a second to make a mistake!” Or you could say, “Man, it feels so slow going only 25 down this street, but I guess it’s worth it since there are so many little kids running around.” Saying things like that let your teen know you don’t think you’re perfect, and they’ll be more likely to relate to what you have to say.

Don’t Get Emotional

If you have a tendency to speak in an excited tone or a loud voice, be very careful of doing that while talking about driving safely with your teen. As soon as you get emotional, teens tend to block you out. Whenever you have something to comment on about their driving, try to use an even tone that doesn’t sound accusatory. It should sound more like an objective comment instead of an insult on their driving skills.

Bring it up Over Dinner

If your teen thinks you’re going to comment about their driving every time you get in the car, they won’t want to drive with you at all. Take the opportunity at other times of the day to discuss safe driving tips. This might be while watching TV (during a commercial), at supper or just sitting in the backyard. You could say something like, “I wanted to talk to you about your not wearing a seat belt. Here’s what could happen.” If they object and give excuses, try to have a calm conversation about it with a positive resolution. Don’t let it turn into an argument.

When you take the time to talk to your teens about driving safely, it shows your kids that you care. Your experience can really help your teens to be safer drivers for the entire rest of their lives. For more information about teen driving safety, contact a car accident attorney.

What You Need to Know after Being Injured at Work in South Carolina

Accidents on the job are not common but that does not mean they do not happen. If you are injured while working, it is important to know your rights as well as what you should do right after you get injured.

What To Do Right After an Injury

The first step that you should take is to reach out to your Human Resources department. They should be able to set you up with a workers compensation claim so that you can take care of the injury with no money out-of-pocket. While this sounds like a perfect plan, it does not always go to plan. Some workers compensation claims are denied and you still will need medical care. If this is what happens to you and you are not well taken care of by your company and who they use for workers compensation, you may need to reach out to a South Carolina workers comp attorney to help you with next steps.

When You Need an Attorney

Of course, workers compensation coverage is supposed to handle all medical payments for your injury as well as pay you for any time missed at work due to the injury. If this does not happen or you do not even get coverage from your employer, then you need to contact an attorney. Since this type of coverage is required of most employers in South Carolina, if you are denied coverage, you most likely have a case. If you are also having a hard time getting reimbursements or you are told that your injury is not covered by workers compensation, you may have a case. There are a lot of gray areas with workers compensation and many companies try to avoid paying for any injuries that fall into these cracks. You do not want to be the person who gets denied wrongfully. An attorney can help you navigate the confusing details of workers compensation and can help you with your case if it is determined that you have one. If you are not sure if you even have a case, it is always smart to consult with an attorney to verify before you take any legal steps.

If you have been injured while on the job and did not get proper coverage or reimbursements from your employer, please reach out to us today for a free consultation and to see if you have a case that is worth pursuing. Reach out to us today to get started on your case!

Pedestrian Accidents Continue to Surge

Pedestrian accidents are some of the most serious car accidents, often resulting in severe injuries and/or death to the pedestrians involved. As personal injury lawyers who meet with the victims can attest, the frequency of these accidents is, sadly, increasing both in South Carolina and throughout the country.

Pedestrian Accidents Are Occurring More Frequently

A pair of independent reports shows that the number of pedestrian accidents that occur each year is going up, and the rate has reached alarming levels.

Nationwide, 6,227 pedestrians were killed in motor vehicle accidents during 2018 — which was the highest number of people in almost three decades. That number was several hundred people higher than 2017’s 5,977 pedestrian fatalities, and 2017 was already the highest year on record since 1990.

The trend is particularly grim in South Carolina, which had the sixth-highest rate of pedestrian fatalities per 1,000 people. Moreover, these aren’t limited to just one region of the state. People walking and biking have been struck by vehicles both in the state’s cities as well as in its rural areas.

Moreover, these figures don’t even take into account the many thousand other people who were struck by vehicles but only sustained injuries and didn’t pass away.

Pedestrian Accidents Cause Many Injuries

Naturally, pedestrian accidents frequently cause multiple injuries and the injuries tend to be severe. Fractured bones, damaged organs and other emergencies require immediate care and have lasting effects if a struck pedestrian does manage to survive being hit.

These injuries frequently have substantial and ongoing costs for the pedestrians who are hit. Medical bills are often extremely expensive because the injuries require immediate care and advanced treatment, and lasting effects can make work difficult or impossible. There also can be negative impacts on quality of life, pain and suffering, emotional distress and other consequences.

Personal Injury Lawyers Help Pedestrian Accident Victims Seek Compensation

The role of personal injury lawyers is to help victims of pedestrian accidents seek fair compensation for the injuries and other effects they suffer as a result of these accidents. Lawyers help victims who are injured file lawsuits against drivers and their insurance carriers seeking compensation, and lawyers also help victims’ surviving family members in accidents where the pedestrian is killed.

If you’ve been injured or unfortunately had a family member killed in a pedestrian accident, contact personal injury attorney Ryan S. Montgomery. An experienced lawyer, Ryan will advocate for your just compensation and help you obtain a fair settlement.