Law Office of Driggs, Bills & Day - July 2018

July 2018

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The Law Offices of Driggs, Bills & Day Makes a Big Move OUR NEW LOCATION

Dear Clients and Friends of the Advocates,

We thought you might like to see an artist’s rendition of the building as it was conceptualized:

For more than 20 years, we have housed our law firm in a grand former residence in downtown Salt Lake City. I know many of you have visited our current office and have admired the welcoming atmosphere and classic architecture of this great old building. We have loved being here and being a part of this area of the city for so many years. Over the past few years, we have expanded our firm to meet the growing demand of our friends and clients like you. This expansion has made our current building much too small for our needs. As some of you may know, we have been building a new office for the last year and a half, and it is finally ready for us to move into. It is therefore with great enthusiasm and more than a bit of nostalgia that, at the end of May, we moved to our new offices located at 737 E. Winchester Street in Murray, Utah, 84107. The location has ample parking and excellent freeway access from I-215. We are very excited and expect this to be a wonderful place to do our work of helping injured people throughout Utah. We still have offices in American Fork, Ogden, St. George, and even Montana, Washington, and Idaho. As always, we are here to help you as well as your friends and family.

And here is a photograph as our new office stands today — almost ready for us to move in:

As I said before, we are eager for the move and hope you will take the time to drop by sometime and say hello.

Matt Driggs

Wishing you all the best,

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HOW MUCH SUNSHINE IS TOO MUCH? KEEP YOUR FAMILY SAFE

minutes? Wearing sunscreen and protective clothing are great ways to shield yourself from UV rays, but it’s important to avoid being in direct sunlight for long periods. Taking a break from the sun gives your body the time it needs to recuperate and helps prevent sunburn and heatstroke. COMMON MYTHS ABOUT SUN EXPOSURE Many people think that a tan is better than a sunburn, but the result of tanning is still sun damage. When your skin tone changes due to the sun, regardless of whether it tans or turns red, it’s a result of the epidermis reacting to damage caused by UV rays. Both are symptoms of harmed skin. While vitamin D is important, the sun does not contribute to its creation as much as you might think. Doris Day, a New York City dermatologist, explains that if your skin were to constantly produce vitamin D from being in the sun, it would reach toxic levels. Vitamin D is the only vitamin that your body can produce on its own, through a common form of cholesterol or 7-dehydrocholesterol. Spending time in the sun does help vitamin D form, but you need far less exposure than you think.

To many people, summer is all about heading outside to enjoy the weather. But getting too much sun can be dangerous. To have a fun- filled summer with your family this year, remember that it’s essential to protect yourself from harmful UV rays. COVER UP Covering your skin is one of the best ways to avoid skin damage. Wide- brimmed hats, long-sleeved shirts, and long pants or skirts can protect your skin from direct exposure to UV rays. While this tactic protects you from the sun, it offers poor defense against the heat. So, if you opt for cooler attire, it’s important to cover all exposed skin with a copious amount of sunscreen. Be sure to reapply every two hours for maximum skin protection. SPEND LESS TIME IN THE SUN If you’re planning to spend a significant amount of time in the sun, consider your environment. Will there be plenty of shade? Will you have to bring your own? What’s the best way to step out of the sun for a few

Knowing how to protect yourself from UV rays is the first step to having a safe, fun-filled summer!

OUR CLIENTS SAY IT BEST Overall, I feel like The Advocates are the best choice for anybody who has been injured in an accident. The entire staff has been nothing but professional, pleasant, and experienced. in mind. The other insurance company didn’t answer or return phone calls, and on the rare occasion that I was able to get them on the phone, they were reluctant to talk to me. Luckily, though, that’s why we hired an attorney, and The Advocates did an excellent job acting as a liaison on our behalf and taking out the hassle and frustration of having to deal with insurance companies.

The Advocates have really distinguished themselves from other law firms, not just by reputation, but also by having a name that’s simple to remember and represents the representation you receive from their entire team of attorneys and staff. I have sought advice from attorneys in other practice areas who haven’t so much as returned a phone call. But when I started a chat on The Advocates’ website, an attorney was on the other end of the chat to help answer some basic questions and schedule a follow-up call, and I felt a sense of trust with the attorneys and staff in every interaction I had from the beginning. The process of navigating a claim and working with an at-fault insurance company is daunting. Although my interactions with the at-fault insurance company were very limited, I never felt that they had my best interests

Mark, the attorney on my case, was professional and knowledgeable. He promptly returned phone calls and replied to emails, and he helped break some of the more detailed and overwhelming aspects of the case down to give me a more approachable explanation of what was happening, why it was happening, and what to expect next.

–Jordan Street

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TIME TO HIT SNOOZE? THE REAL DANGERS OF DRIVING WHILE DROWSY

In late May, a 14-year-old passenger was rushed to the University of Utah Hospital after being ejected from his vehicle when the car swerved into oncoming traffic. The driver, his 18-year-old cousin, had fallen asleep at the wheel, losing control of the vehicle that crashed into two other cars. The 14-year-old was left in “extreme critical condition,” and three other people involved in the accident, including the driver, were transported to the hospital. Crashes caused by people who drive while drowsy are painfully common. Earlier this summer, when a 48-year-old man fell asleep behind the wheel of his pickup, the truck swerved into the embankment and flipped over. The driver and his mother and father, who were in the car with him, were all brought to the hospital, where the mother later died of her injuries. What’s even more heartbreaking is that these accidents, and many others, could have been avoided if tired drivers had chosen not to get behind the wheel. Driving when you’re tired is deadly. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that over 800 Americans lose their lives every year due to drowsy driving. Sleep tends to sneak up on us, but there are signs when feeling “a little tired” makes us too dangerous to drive. Here are some signs that you shouldn’t be behind the wheel:

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Heavy eyes or frequent blinking

Yawning repeatedly

Difficulty focusing, wandering/disconnected thoughts

• Trouble remembering the last few miles, including missing exits or traffic signs • Drifting from your lane, tailgating, or veering into the rumble strip When drivers feel drowsiness coming on, they might crank up the radio, blast the A/C, or roll down the windows to try and wake themselves. This is not enough. A temporary burst of alertness is not a substitute for actual rest. If you start to feel sluggish, stop driving. Locate a rest area to find a place to sleep for the night or let a responsible passenger take the wheel. If these are not options, find a safe place to pull off on the side of the road and take a 15–20 minute nap. The National Sleep Foundation found that 60 percent of Americans drive when they feel sleepy. Don’t be one of them! Practice safe driving, and be sure you are well-rested before taking the wheel. And if you have been the victim of another person’s poor decision to drive when drowsy, call The Advocates at (801) 783-3555 and learn the best way to proceed with your case.

A DATE WITH NATURE

PALEO BALSAMIC PORK CHOPS

This flavorful take on pork chops is the perfect centerpiece for your meal. You can serve the chops alongside a simple salad, charred asparagus, or any other summer veggies you want.

Sometimes we take for granted what’s all around us. Forests, lakes, mountains, rivers — they offer more than endless natural beauty and possibility. Connecting with the great outdoors can actually enhance your love and closeness to your partner. 1 One simple way is to watch a sunrise or sunset with your loved one, even if it’s from your own backyard. Other ways to get outside include bird watching, walking in the park, gardening, doing yard work, and hiking through national parks or deep into caves. Look into outdoor escapes big and small around you.

Ingredients

Instructions • 4 boneless pork chops • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar • 3 tablespoons raw honey • 2 cloves garlic, minced 1. Heat oven to 400 F. 2. Generously season pork chops with salt and pepper. 3. In a saucepan, combine balsamic vinegar, honey, garlic, red pepper flakes, and thyme. 4. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer gently for 5–6 minutes. 5. On high heat in an oven-safe saute pan or skillet, sear the pork chops for 1–2 minutes on each side. 6. Brush chops with half of glaze and transfer to oven. 7. Roast 6–8 minutes. 8. Remove from oven and brush with another coat of glaze. Let cool 5–10 minutes and serve. • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Go on a nature walk with your partner and watch a sunset or sit by a stream and just hold each other.

1 Zelenski, J. M., Dopko, R. L., & Capaldi, C. A. (2015). Cooperation is in our nature: Nature exposure may promote cooperative and environmentally sustainable behavior. Journal of Environmental Psychology

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Inside This Issue

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The Law Offices of Driggs, Bills & Day Makes a Big Move Battling the Summer Sun! Hear From Satisfied Clients 60% of Americans Make This Deadly Mistake Paleo Balsamic Pork Chops Common Misconceptions

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LIES YOU’VE BEEN TOLD

Fiction That Holds Too Much Weight

Fallacies are fed to us on a daily basis, and some are more believable than others. Here are a few popular misconceptions.

CRACKING YOUR KNUCKLES WILL CAUSE ARTHRITIS

YOU USE ONLY 10 PERCENT OF YOUR BRAIN

Studies show that there aren’t any dangers to cracking your knuckles, besides annoying someone with the noise. For a long time, many speculated that the cause of the cracking or popping noise was either the resetting of joints and tendons or the formation of fluid that lubricates the joints. Dr. Donald Unger was the first person to conduct an experiment with the hypothesis that cracking your knuckles doesn’t lead to arthritis. He cracked only the knuckles in his left hand for over 50 years. Later in life, both hands were arthritis-free.

Your brain is constantly in use. Every single action you perform, including digestion, coughing, speaking, thinking, and breathing, are all carried out by processes in the brain. There are levels of consciousness that cause parts of your brain to be less active than others, but there isn’t one singular area that ceases to work for any long period of time.

YOU EAT SPIDERS WHILE YOU SLEEP

THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA IS VISIBLE FROM SPACE

You may have heard this chilling myth before, but it’s simply not true. Spiders are very sensitive to vibrations — they won’t willingly approach a breathing or snoring human. It isn’t in our eight-legged friends’ nature to crawl into a person’s mouth.

While the size of the Great Wall is truly spectacular, that doesn’t mean it can be seen from outer space. It’s not at all visible from the moon, and even from low orbit, it’s difficult to spot the wall with an unaided eye. According to NASA, the theory was first shaken by Yang Liwei, a Chinese astronaut, who said he was unable to see the Great Wall from space. Later, a camera with a 180 mm lens and a 400 mm lens captured the wall from a low orbit.

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