Driver Safety Is The Focus of Operation Safe Driver Week

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Operation Safe Driver Week is coming the week of October 16-22, 2016. The week is made up of two initiatives designed to improve driver and roadway safety.

The campaign’s first initiative involves increased traffic enforcement on our roadways. The second includes educational activities designed to improve driver safety. The overall intent of the program is to minimize the risks faced by drivers on a daily basis, in order to reduce injuries and deaths from vehicle accidents.[1] The need for Operation Safe Driver Week is obvious: more than 4,100 deaths and 126,000 injuries resulted from bus and truck crashes alone in 2012.[2]

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Halloween Safety Tips

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Halloween is right around the corner, and many parents have already started preparing themselves and their children for the annual parade of costumes and candy. To ensure that both you and your children have a safe and happy Halloween, review the following safety tips provided by the American Academy of Pediatrics.[1]

Dressing Up

Because trick-or-treating usually happens at night, parents should find costumes for their children that are bright and reflective. Adding reflective striping to costumes or treat bags can help increase a child’s visibility, not only to other trick-or-treaters, but also to passing vehicles.

Though masks are often considered…

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Joeseph's Law and Improving Childcare Safety in Virginia

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Placing a child in day care is a necessary option for many working parents in Virginia. These parents expect that their child will receive the proper attention and care they require while being kept in a safe environment. However, there are a number of risks and safety concerns involved with this practice that parents should consider.

One of the biggest threats to a child’s safety while in a care center is the lack of proper attention, usually due to the supervisor trying to watch over too many children at once. In some cases, children have died while being watched with as few as eight other children. Perhaps the most worrisome part of all is that the parents…

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Large Truck Inspections During Brake Safety Week

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Vehicles such as large trucks and tractor-trailers are commonly known as commercial motor vehicles (CMVs).[1] Because these vehicles can pose a serious safety threat to other drivers, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) works to promote CMV safety, as well as the safety of other drivers. [2] Each year, the CVSA sponsors a Brake Safety Week. [3] This year, the event will take place September 6-12.[4]

CMV Brake Systems

Large trucks and tractor-trailers need properly functioning brakes, just like all other vehicles.  However, brake-related violations made up about 46% of violations of commercial vehicles during the 2014 CVSA International Roadcheck.[5] …

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Safety Precautions You Should Take During the Holidays

By: P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

The holidays are a fun and joyous time for family and celebration, but the cold weather brings with it a number of safety hazards you need to be aware of. More than half of all house fires occur in December, January, or February. As you work to stay warm during the chilly winter months, always be aware of safety! The biggest causes of house fires are electrical heating appliances and open flames, each of which comes with its own safety concerns.

Electrical heating equipment is responsible for one in seven house fires and one in six house fire deaths. Your ducts need to be cleaned or at least inspected every year to prevent dangerous buildups and blockages. Space…

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Thinking Ahead: How to Make Sure Your Car is Equipped for Any Situation

By: Chris Guedri 

Every day millions of Americans take to the road without ever considering the full implications of their morning commute or afternoon run to soccer practice. Driving is such a normal part of our daily routine that many of us neglect the most basic safety precautions and preparations. Planning ahead for an emergency can make all the difference between escaping a dangerous situation and death or serious injury.[1]

To start, your car should always contain the basic tools needed for car maintenance and repair. A good set of jumper cables has the potential to save you hours of standing on the side of the road. A tire iron and a jack that is rated for a car of your size are also absolute necessities, but perhaps…

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An Unavoidable Menace: Congestion on the Roadway

By: Chris Guedri

These days we see lots of attention focused on the dangers of drunk driving or distracted driving. While these are dangerous, reprehensible, and illegal activities, they do involve choice on the part of the driver and can be avoided. But how do we deal with situations that cannot be avoided, such as an over congested road? Heavy traffic has the potential to create equally dangerous situations, and any driver can encounter it at any time through no fault of their own. Heavy traffic conditions create irate drivers, inspire boredom, and offer large numbers of potential obstacles.

The single most important aspect of dealing with congested traffic is patience. It is vital that you accept you will not be reaching…

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