Winston & Damman APRIL 2018

Family Time in the Great Outdoors

Family adventures are a great way to grow closer and develop meaningful connections. But with lodging prices rising and the logistical nightmare that traveling with the entire family can be, many Americans are looking at a new option: ditching the beaches and resorts and heading to the great outdoors. Actually, we know this option isn’t new at all. Spending time outdoors with family may very well be one of the most time-honored traditions ever. CAMPING Lodgings and flights are expensive, so going on a family vacation can cost thousands of dollars — and that’s just for the basics! But camping only requires a tent, a fire, picnic food, and water. Rather than scarfing down fast food between flights and dealing with airport security, departure delays, and long flights, take a deep breath and roast marshmallows over the fire with the people you love. HIKING A hike with family is an easy way to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. All a hike requires is a trail and a sense of adventure. The best part

of hiking is that you can tailor the distance to fit your family’s needs. If you have children or grandkids who aren’t up for the challenge of an arduous daylong trek, there’s sure to be a shorter scenic trail. If nothing else, you can always turn around and backtrack the way you came. FISHING Fishing is a great way to get out and do something relaxing yet challenging. It doesn’t require a lot of skill or investment. All it takes is the willingness to learn and the desire to connect with nature. This is why fishing is the perfect activity for youngsters of all ages. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your rod and reel and head to the nearest lake or river. While these are all great stand-alone options, together they form an amazing three-headed monster for your next family outing. By combining camping with a hike to a river or lake where you can go fishing, you are sure to create lasting memories with your family that will draw you closer together. Ditch the lines at the airport and the stress of travel. Unleash the possibilities of adventure in the great outdoors.

Bicycle Accidents and How to Avoid Them Protect Yourself While You Pedal

Every year, the roads across St. Clair County and all of Michigan see an increased number of bicyclists. There are a lot of positives to ditching an engine for a set of pedals. Riding a bike is great exercise. It decreases your environmental impact and slashes the amount of money you spend on gas. As infrastructure struggles to adapt to the increased number of cyclists, it’s important to stay safe on the roads. When an automobile collides with a bicycle, the cyclist is at much greater risk of serious injury.

wear bright clothes. And of course, always wear a helmet. On the roads, you cannot assume how a driver will behave.

Some drivers are absent-minded behind the wheel, while others are outright hostile to cyclists. We’ve even seen accidents caused by drivers throwing objects at cyclists! Since smart drivers are far from a certainty, you need to play defense. Signal all of your turns well in advance, and don’t expect a driver to give you right of way.

Drivers should be your primary concern but not your only cause for worry. Potholes and other road hazards pose a serious threat to bicyclists. If you’re traveling on unfamiliar roads, keep your eyes peeled for any obstructions or construction. Unfortunately, not all accidents are avoidable. If you are injured in a crash while on your bike, the tireless advocates at Winston & Damman can help. We have years of experience dealing with bike accident cases and will help get you what you deserve.

While riding your bike, it’s crucial to make yourself as visible as possible, especially on shared roads. Affix a bright rear light and front LED light to your bike. These inexpensive accessories will reduce your chances of an accident. When riding at night, it’s also a good idea to

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