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Practicing “Smart Sleep” Can Prevent Driver Fatigue

By Lipton Law on March 6, 2012 - No comments

Sleepiness and driving can be a dangerous and even deadly combination. Many drivers rely on cold air, loud music, or stimulants like coffee or energy drinks to keep them awake, not realizing that these things don’t help; however, getting adequate, restful sleep does. During National Sleep Awareness Week, March 5-11, the National Sleep Foundation recommends working to improve the quality of your sleep and your family’s sleep by following these tips:

  • Get enough sleep. Most adults need 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night; for children and teens, the numbers can be higher. If you don’t wake up feeling refreshed, consider talking to a doctor about possible conditions like sleep apnea that could be robbing you of your rest.
  • Avoid watching TV or using the computer before bed. Exercise within three hours of bedtime may also make it hard to fall asleep, so get your exercise in well before bedtime.
  • Use your bed only for sleep and intimacy. If you can’t sleep within 15-20 minutes of lying down, get up and go into another room. Read or listen to quiet music until you feel sleepy again, but avoid TV or computer screens and bright lights. Don’t watch the clock – thinking about the time passing while you’re not sleeping often makes insomnia worse.

Driver fatigue is a major cause of accidents, especially among those who drive for a living, like truckers and commercial bus drivers. If you’ve been injured in an accident with a fatigued or distracted driver, the skilled Southfield auto accident attorneys of Lipton Law can help. Call us today at (248) 557-1688 to learn more about your legal rights after an accident occurs.


Michigan Police Urge Drivers to Use Caution in Snowy Weather

By Lipton Law on January 25, 2012 - No comments

Michigan had an unseasonably warm winter through the end of 2011. Now that 2012 is here, however, the snowstorms are back – and so are increased risks for accidents, including sliding on snowy, icy, or slushy roads. To help avoid accidents and injuries this winter, police across Michigan are encouraging drivers to use caution, according to a recent article in the Muskegon Chronicle.

Northern Michigan counties, like Muskegon, were hit particularly hard by recent storms, but even communities on the eastern side of the state found themselves buried. When temperatures drop and snowstorms hit, it can become very difficult to see while driving. This increases the risk of an accident – not only with another vehicle, but also with a pedestrian, parked car, or an object like a lamppost, mailbox, or guardrail.

Many Michigan drivers assume that salt, sand, and de-icing chemicals used by state and local road crews will take care of any slippery snow and ice that might cause a crash. However, when temperatures dip too low, salt and chemicals can’t melt snow or ice effectively. The best thing to do for Michigan safe winter driving is slow down and keep extra space between yourself and any vehicles in front of you, according to the Michigan State Police. Even if you slip, you’ll have more room to right your vehicle – and a greater chance of avoiding a crash.

Car accidents can cause serious injuries. If you’ve been involved in a car accident in Michigan, the experienced Southfield car accident injury attorneys at Lipton Law can help you and your loved ones with every stage of the post-accident process, from filing a no-fault insurance claim to seeking compensation, so that you can focus on recovery. For a free and confidential telephone consultation, call us today at (248) 557-1688.