Kelly Law Offices April 2018

THE DANGERS OF OVERSTIMULATION DO YOU NEED A MEDIA DETOX?

SERVICE HIGHLIGHT What to Do Right After an Accident Safety First, Gather Information Second After a motorcycle accident, most cyclists will be dazed and in a lot of pain. In these moments, your safety and the safety of others involved are top priority. Still, if you can gather any information at the scene —either directly after the accident or a day or two later — it will seriously help any future claim youmay file. Here’s what to do in order to give your claim a fighting chance: Stay at the scene unless you require immediate medical attention. Check whether the other involved parties are injured, and call an ambulance or the police if necessary. Obtain information from the other driver(s). Write down names, addresses, phone numbers, vehicle license plates, driver’s license numbers, and registration numbers. Make sure you also get their insurance information, including the company names and their policy numbers. Identify witnesses. Even if they weren’t directly involved, the names, phone numbers, and addresses of any witnesses at the scene can be incredibly helpful. A written statement detailing what they saw is even better. we’re interacting with every day,” Emma Watson told CNN in an interview about her selective social media use. If you’re not mindful of your media consumption and participation, it tends to pile up. When you detox, it’s a lot easier to identify which parts of your media With the current trend of getting TV, social media, and news alerts sent to our phones, we have access to more media than we could ever consume. While constant connectivity is a boon for many aspects of our lives, researchers are discovering that too much stimulation is cause for concern. One study in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology found that too much social comparison, spurred by the likes of Facebook and cable news, can lead to an increased risk of depression. If you find yourself pressured to live up to the public lives of friends and family, or if you feel like you’re being bombarded with too much news and entertainment, consider a media detox. A detox doesn’t require you to unsubscribe from social media services or unplug your TV forever. Instead, think of it as a vacation from the overstimulation so many of us experience. Ask yourself which aspects of your media diet are causing more stress than they’re worth, and take a break from them for a little while. “In the same way we think about what we eat, we should think about what we read, what we’re seeing, what we’re engaging in, and what

diet are essential and which are only a burden.

Another benefit of a media detox is that you’ll have more time to pursue new and dormant hobbies. Because most of us consume media in small chunks throughout the day, it’s easy to overlook how much that time adds

Do not discuss the accident with anyone, except for the police officer investigating the scene—and don’t admit liability, even to them. Make sure you stick to hard facts and keep any statements youmay have for your attorney. As soon as you can, write down any significant details you remember about the accident, including where and how it happened, the conditions of the weather and road, and posted speed limits. Take photographs of the accident scene, paying special attention to skid marks, the positions of the vehicles involved, and anything that’s likely to disappear a few days later. Notify your insurance company soon after and document this notification. If you delay informing your insurance company of the incident, it may give themgrounds to deny your claim. But do not give them a statement without consulting your attorney first. Don’t sign anything before consulting your attorney. Insurance companies are skilled at paying out less than your claim is worth, so it’s important to stay wary. In order to give your claim the best chance for success, it’s important to hire an experienced attorney as soon as possible. Contact the motorcycle experts at our firm and set up your free consultation today. The longer you delay, the less likely you are to receive the compensation you deserve. up. All those hours you spend on Facebook could be used to start a garden, knit a quilt, or join a soccer league. Unless you have an unlimited supply of leisure time (and who does?), you need to be selective in the way you spend it. Remember, media isn’t the cause of all your ills. Used mindfully, it can actually increase happiness and satisfaction. The problem is that we are so mired in the media muck that we can’t get a perspective on how much is too much. A detox will allow you to reassess the media you’re consuming and build a better plan for the future. You can still keep up with your grandkids on Facebook, but it shouldn’t be the only way you interact with the world.

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