Coye Law - Personal Injury - September 2019

Stop the Spread Prevent Colds and the Flu With Kid-Friendly Teaching Tools

Ahh ... Ahh ... ACHOO! Hand washing and nose blowing are about as fun as … well, just that. It’s no wonder children don’t want to take time out of their busy play schedules to combat nasty germs. Instead

School is back in session, but your child may be bringing home more than just random facts. Germs and bacteria that spread the common cold and flu are most prevalent in schools, but while these illnesses are strong, prevention is simple. Teach your kids how to prevent the spread of bacteria this season with these helpful tips. But Mommy Doesn’t Cover Her Nose! Kids learn more by watching what you do rather than listening to what you tell them to do. Get in the habit of covering your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze, and then wash your hands. Make hand sanitizer and facial tissues readily available in your home and be sure to wash your hands before every meal. In addition, stick to healthy habits when you do feel sick. Drink fluids, get plenty of rest, and seek medical attention when it’s warranted. If your children see you taking care of yourself, they will be more likely to do the same for themselves in the future.

of making these important steps a chore, make basic hygiene fun. Use fun songs to teach the proper way to cover a sneeze, or do a science experiment to teach your children about the germs that are spread through just one sneeze. (According to research, sneezes can travel anywhere from 19–26 feet at 100 miles per hour!) For crafty kids, let them decorate tissue boxes or hand sanitizer containers to give hygiene some flair. Soon enough, you’ll find them being smarter about their health.

As kids pack into classrooms this fall, germs will fly faster than this past summer did. Prevent the spread

of the common cold and flu by learning more tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention online at CDC.gov.

The Scooters Are Coming And the Law Needs to Catch Up

Over the past year or so, the most talked-about form of transportation in major American cities has been the wireless scooter. These devices, of which Bird and Lime are the largest manufacturers, have arrived seemingly overnight in over 100 metropolitan areas across the country. They’ve created a media firestorm and cultural sensation nearly everywhere they go, but they also bring murky legal liability that riders should be aware of before they fire one up. With the scooters poised to arrive in Orlando sooner rather than later, it is important to understand the risks that are involved with scooting around town. Bird and Lime scooters are activated using a companion app that users download onto their phones. Through the app, you can locate scooters, activate them, and pay for their use. Like other similar apps and online services, the scooter companies ask users to agree to terms of service before creating their account. However, these terms could end up costing you in the event of an accident. While terms vary by company and state, most agreements place liability for injuries that result from operator error in the hands of the user. In other words, unless a scooter malfunctions, your insurance is paying for any injury you suffer while riding. Even

scarier, you may be forced to pay out of pocket for injuries or property damage to another party. When scooter riders are injured by another vehicle, as was the case earlier this year when a man in Tampa was struck and killed, legal responsibility is not clear yet. If you’ve ever signed up for Apple Music or Netflix, you know how easy it is to check the box saying you agree with the terms of service without having read a single word of them. In the case of scooters, which pose real-world danger, you should be much more careful. Whether or not you decide a ride is worth the risk is up to you, but you should be fully aware of the risks before you do. Injuries can result from any mode of transportation, from Bird scooters to Mack Trucks. If you’ve been injured in a transportation accident and need the help of an experienced attorney, call Coye Law today at 407-901-9135.

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