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2011 December Archive

NTSB Proposes Ban on Cell Phone Use While Driving

By Lipton Law on December 29, 2011 - No comments

cell phone while drivingNot long after the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) proposed banning hand-held cell phone use among commercial truck and bus drivers, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has issued a cell phone ban recommendation of its own. The NTSB recommends banning all non-emergency cell phone use while driving – including the use of hands-free devices.

The NTSB bases its recommendation on research into a number of serious distracted driving accidents involving cell phones. For instance, a crash in Missouri several years ago began when a 19-year-old pickup truck driver rear-ended a semi truck while on his cell phone. The crash set off a chain reaction that involved two school buses and several other vehicles and resulted in multiple deaths and injuries. At a meeting in that Missouri community last week, NTSB officials announced their recommendation to prohibit all cell phone use by those behind the wheel.

According to the NHTSA, over 3,000 people died in cell-phone-related crashes in 2010 alone. A NHTSA poll, also conducted in 2010, found that over 75 percent of adult drivers will answer at least some cell phone calls while driving. About 66 percent of them would keep driving while talking on the phone, and over half would hold their cell phone in their hand while doing so.

Driver distraction caused by cell phones and other things can result in serious injuries. From helping you navigate your Michigan no-fault insurance policy to holding negligent third parties accountable for their actions, the experienced Michigan cell phone accident attorneys at Lipton Law are dedicated to helping you get the compensation you need to make a solid recovery. To learn more, call us today at (248) 557-1688 for a free consultation.

 

Three Tips to Help Michiganders Avoid Slip and Fall Injuries This Winter

By Lipton Law on December 27, 2011 - No comments

Snow is a winter inevitability in Michigan, and snow and ice buildup on sidewalks and driveways can turn an ordinary trip to the mailbox or down the street into a hazardous journey. Here are some ways you can help yourself avoid a slip and fall or other injury this year when you’re walking around in the snow.

  1. Choose footwear with good traction. Boots with rubber soles and deep grooves for traction are your best bet on Michigan’s snow and ice, according to the Michigan Podiatric Medical Association. These boots can help you stay upright and also avoid accidents like twisting an ankle or breaking a toe.
  2. Avoid the heels. Women’s fashion boots often have heels over an inch high – a bad idea when you’re trying to walk safely on a slippery surface. Keep heels under an inch, or choose winter boots with no heels at all, and change your footwear when you reach your destination.
  3. Warm yourself up. Avoid injuries like sprains, strains, and pulled muscles by doing some light exercises before going out to shovel or clear snow. These exercises will also limber up your body so that if you do fall, you have a greater chance of catching yourself and a lower chance of suffering serious injuries.

Slip and fall injuries can cause serious physical damage. If you or someone you love has been injured in a slip and fall accident in Michigan, please don’t hesitate to call the experienced Southfield slip and fall injury attorneys at Lipton Law. Our number is (248) 557-1688. The initial consultation is free, and any information you share with us is kept confidential.

 

Car Accident Injuries Can Be Costly, According to NSC Report

By Lipton Law on December 22, 2011 - No comments

The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates that the costs of unintentional injuries due to car accidents in recent years can be staggering, especially for a person or family with few assets. In its report on the costs of unintentional injuries suffered in car accidents, the NSC breaks down the numbers in detail.

In 2009, the NSC estimated that the average car accident involving property damage created $6,300 in costs. Injuries and disabilities suffered by drivers, passengers, or pedestrians averaged $68,100. And the total economic costs of a person who died as the result of a car accident averaged over $1.2 million.

The NSC’s numbers represent more than just the medical bills an injured person faces after a crash. They also include lost wages, the costs of repairing a damaged vehicle, and “administrative expenses”, like the cost of bus fare until a vehicle is fixed. All of these costs, however, affect those who are involved in accidents, making the NSC’s numbers a better approximation of what these accidents cost than merely looking at medical bills alone.

Not all of these bills are paid out of a driver’s pocket in every case. For instance, no-fault insurance in Michigan and other states often pays the medical bills and other expenses associated with a crash. Similarly, a car accident that happens when the driver or passengers are traveling for work purposes may be covered by workers’ compensation insurance in many states.

At Lipton Law, our experienced MI auto accident injury attorneys are dedicated to helping car accident victims and their families seek the compensation they need, whether it’s by negotiating with an insurance company or filing a case in court. For a free and confidential consultation about your injury case, call Lipton Law today at (248) 557-1688.

 

NFPA Report Focuses on Dangers of High-Rise Building Fires

By Lipton Law on December 20, 2011 - No comments

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recently released a report detailing the risks of fires in high-rise apartment and office buildings. For the purposes of the report, a “high-rise” was any building more than 75 feet tall, which the NFPA estimates is about seven stories. Apartment high-rises, hospitals, hotels, and office buildings accounted for half of the high-rise fires between 2005 and 2009.

Overall, between 2005 and 2009, high-rise building fires happened less often than fires in shorter buildings. High-rise fires claimed fewer lives and caused fewer injuries, according to the NFPA report, than fires in shorter buildings. High-rise fires caused an average of 53 deaths and 546 injuries each year between 2005 and 2009. Fires in high-rise buildings also caused less property damage, and the repair costs for damage the fires did cost was lower.

Many factors may play a role in reducing high-rise fire risks, including deaths and injuries. For instance, the NFPA notes that high-rise buildings are often built with fire safety in mind. Because occupants of the higher stories of a high-rise building have fewer escape routes and need more time to get out of the building if a fire occurs, designers of high-rises are more likely to use fire-resistant building materials. They are also more likely to incorporate sprinkler systems, fire extinguishers, and early-warning systems so that occupants have more time to escape.

A fire can have many causes, from a negligent neighbor or repair person to a defective product. If you or someone you love has suffered injuries in a fire that was caused due to the negligence of a property owner, the experienced Southfield premises liability lawyers at Lipton Law can help. Our number is (248) 557-1688. Call us today for a free and confidential consultation.

 

Four Tips for Safer Winter Driving

By Lipton Law on December 16, 2011 - No comments

Winter driving in Michigan means snow and ice – and plenty of it. To help get yourself and your passengers safely to your destinations this winter, consider the following four winter driving tips.

  1. Leave space. Cars cannot stop as quickly on snowy, icy, or wet roads as they can on dry ones. Leave extra space when you are following or passing a vehicle, so that you and they will have room to maneuver if a vehicle slips or spins.
  2. Clean off your car. Make sure all your lights – including back-up lights and turn signals – are clear of snow. Cleaning the snow off your car’s roof is also a smart safety move, as it prevents snow from flying off your car in transit and blocking another driver’s view.
  3. Slow down when approaching bridges, overpasses, or shady spots. These areas often remain icy even when the rest of the roads are clear, so use caution until you’re sure there’s no ice on these stretches of road to surprise you.
  4. Do not rely on four-wheel drive or cruise control in snowy or icy weather. Four-wheel drive will not help you stop any faster, and cruise control may cause an accident. Rely on your driving skills and pay careful attention to the road.

Car accidents in Michigan can cause serious injuries, and trying to navigate Michigan’s no-fault insurance laws and other rules after a crash can seem overwhelming. At Lipton Law, our experienced Southfield auto accident injury attorneys are dedicated to helping injured people get the compensation they need, so they have the time and resources they need to heal. To learn more, call Lipton Law today at (248) 557-1688 for a free and confidential consultation.

 

Graduated Drivers’ Licensing Programs Save Lives

By Lipton Law on December 14, 2011 - No comments

Graduated driver licensing programs, which introduce young drivers to the road in stages, have saved many young driver’s lives, and gains could be as high as 2,000 lives per year, according to a recent article in USA Today.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more teens between ages 16 and 19 die in car accidents each year than from any other injuries. Thousands more teenagers are injured in car accidents.

Currently, every U.S. state has some kind of graduated driver licensing laws. However, proponents of these laws say that if seven key components were enacted in all fifty U.S. states, the number of teen lives saved would increase. Currently, only two states, New York and Delaware, have all seven components in their programs.

The key components of these laws include delaying driver education to age 16 and delaying a full license until at least age 17. In the meantime, drivers would receive multiple driving education classes and be required to fulfill at least 30 practice hours before receiving greater licensing privileges. Young drivers would also be expected to get an intermediate license and would be restricted from carrying passengers, apart from adults helping them learn to drive, until they are 17.

Michigan’s no-fault insurance laws deal with all but the most serious car accidents. When you or someone you love is struggling to recover from injuries, however, these laws and rules can seem overwhelming. At Lipton Law, our experienced Michigan car accident attorneys are dedicated to helping you through every part of the process, from filing a claim to seeking compensation in court. For more information, call us today at (248) 557-1688 for a free and confidential consultation.

 

Public Interest Research Group Points Out Some Unsafe Toys This Holiday Season

By Lipton Law on December 9, 2011 - No comments

The winter holidays frequently mean gift-giving, and gift-givers on the hunt for their child’s most-anticipated new toy want to believe that their gifts won’t hurt the children they love. However, some of the toys on the market for this season may pose a risk for some children, according to a recent article in the Huffington Post.

A research study by the Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) found that several smaller, “stocking-stuffer”-type toys may pose a risk to younger children. For instance, a stuffed Oscar the Grouch doll, a plastic book for babies, and a toy hand-held crossbow were all deemed dangerous due to high levels of phthalates or lead, or small parts that might come off and injure a child. A toy magnetic “whirly wheel” was found to have unacceptably high levels of lead, though the manufacturer of the toy argues that the lead levels are within legal limits.

PIRG also warns that toys that make loud noises could injure children by damaging their delicate and developing ears. For instance, one talking Elmo-themed toy cell phone the group tested played its sounds just under federal noise limits, but it was still too loud for some children’s young ears.

If you or someone you love is injured by a defective toy or other gift this season, please don’t hesitate to contact the experienced Michigan products liability attorneys at Lipton Law. We will help you secure the compensation you need so that you and your family can focus on healing. For a free and confidential consultation, call us today at (248) 557-1688.

 

After Workplace Accident, One Detroit Woman Re-envisions “Work”

By Lipton Law on December 7, 2011 - No comments

For many years of her life, a female Detroit resident worked for an automotive company. After an accident at work left her totally disabled, however, she began to re-think what it meant to “work” and wanted to find ways she can still help her community, even if the full-time daily grind is no longer an option for her.

The woman suffered a workplace accident several years ago when the bushing of an automatic door she was walking through fell on her. She suffered severe nerve damage and other symptoms that caused pain, sleeplessness, memory and thinking problems, and other disabilities. She needed nearly three years to learn to live in a way that kept her injuries from preventing her from doing anything at all.

Now, several years after the accident, she is still unable to hold a full-time job due to her serious injuries. However, they haven’t stopped her from donating her time and vision to “We Want Green, Too,” an organization she founded that focuses on transforming Detroit communities in the wake of some of the worst unemployment and economic losses in the nation. The organization focuses on creating a sustainable Detroit by educating people and training them in “green” building practices, including restoration of some of the city’s aging housing stock.

Serious injuries can seriously change the course of your life. Getting the compensation you need to recover gives you the best possible chance of reclaiming your life after an accident and moving forward with the resources you still have. At Lipton Law, our personal injury attorneys are dedicated to helping accident survivors get the compensation they need. If you’ve been injured in an accident that was caused by another person’s negligence, call the personal injury lawyers in Southfield today at (248) 557-1688 to discuss your legal rights and options. The call is free and confidential.