Law Offices of Paul Levin (CTLaw) - Q2 2019

LAWNEWS Quarter 2 2019

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Summer Is for Fun but Not Without Caution

Staying Safe During the Summer Months

Summer is the season to break away from routine. It’s a time to trade in the dreary walls of your office workspace for the clear blue skies and green grass of the park, the woods and streams of the countryside, or the golden sand and crashing surf of the beach. The kids are out of school until September, and the summer bursts at the seams with possibilities for outdoor fun and activities. While this is a great time of year, you should still be mindful of the risks associated with everyone changing their routines. With more children playing near the streets, more teens out driving during the day and late at night, people attending parties and picnics, and countless other safety risks, it pays to be extra careful to avoid a catastrophe. The period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is known as “The 100 Deadliest Days of Summer.”The latest data shows a 14% increase in deaths from motor vehicle accidents involving teen drivers when compared to the rest of the year. Many teens are still getting used to the rules of the road, or they’re still in driver’s education classes. Families are driving to and from vacations, and people are traveling to the beach and home from parties. Even if you don’t fall into these categories, no one is a perfect driver. You can always benefit from being more mindful on the road. If you have a new or old driver in your household, remind them of these concerns before they get behind the wheel. Other drivers are not the only reason for caution, though. Children may absentmindedly run across roads, families take more bike rides, and dog owners walk their four legged friends — not always on their leashes and not always on the side of the roadway. Pay attention to signs that indicate children are at play in the neighborhood, and always watch the sidewalks and crosswalks for pedestrians. “WITHMORECHILDRENOUTNEARTHESTREETS,MORE TEENS OUT DRIVING DURINGTHE DAY AND LATE AT NIGHT,ANDCOUNTLESSOTHERSAFETYRISKS,ITPAYS TO BE EXTRA CAREFUL TO AVOID A DISASTER.”

You should also watch out for the safety of your passengers. Make sure everyone wears their seatbelt at all times. If you have small children on board, make sure they’re properly secured in their car seats, and make sure they’re with you when you leave the car. The internal temperature of a car can increase 20 degrees in just 10 minutes. And Jack says the same applies to your pets! NEVER leave your children or pets unattended in a hot car, not even for a few minutes. At the park or beach, make sure your family’s properly protected from the elements. During the day, make sure to apply sunscreen, and in the evening, spray down with insect repellent. Drink plenty of water, and make sure everyone is playing close by or swimming with a buddy where a lifeguard can see them. If they’ve been playing in the long grass, check for bug bites and ticks. Summer is for outdoor fun but not without caution. We at the Law Offices of Paul Levin wish you well on your vacations and all your outings in the sun. We wish you family time enjoyment and safe travels. We hope you won’t need a personal injury lawyer this summer, but if you do, give our office a call. We are always available to help you, your family members, and friends in any legal matter. Happy summer to all! –Paul, Kelly, and Larry

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