Law Office of Driggs, Bills & Day June 2017

June 2017

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Why I Live for Law Making a Difference in the Courtroom and the Community

When I started working here 20 years ago, the name of our firm was still Driggs, Osbourne, and Huang. In those early days, Matt Driggs, Kenn Bills, and I started out in a single office, sharing the same secretary. Now, we’ve grown to serve hundreds of clients from a number of offices in Utah, Seattle, Montana, and Idaho. But since day one, we’ve never lost sight of why we exist as a law firm: to help people. I love personal injury law because I get to make a difference in people’s lives every day. Early

degree would enable me to do everything that I could do with an MBA and more.

Looking back, this was one of the best decisions I could have made for myself and my family. At home, I have a wonderful wife and four kids. My youngest is 13, going on 14, this year. As a family, we enjoy boating, four-wheeling, hunting, and skiing.

When I’m not helping people with their cases at the Law Offices of Driggs, Bills, and Day, I

on, it was risky to grow, but we did it anyway. Risk and uncertainty can be scary, but it paid off. Due to those campaigns, we were able to open law offices all over the Northwest to help more people. Before I came to work for this firm in 1999, I attended Gonzaga Law School in Spokane, Washington, and Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, before that.

also enjoy serving people in need. I’ve worked many years as a Boy Scout adviser, and I helped implement a program in the Provo School District to help struggling students and their parents. To this day, my favorite part of personal injury law is getting great settlements for my clients. There’s nothing like defending people in need every day. Often, my clients have been in car

“In some cases, their lives are put on hold as a result of their injuries. Nothing feels better than calling a client on the phone and telling them that we won their case ...”

In some cases, their lives are put on hold as a result of their injuries. Nothing feels better than calling a client on the phone and telling them that we won their case and that they’ll receive the financial compensation they deserve for their setback. I live for that moment. – Steven Day

After graduating from Brigham Young University with an economics degree, I was on the fence about whether I wanted to go get an MBA or go to law school. Ultimately, I decided that a law

accidents, motorcycle accidents, and slip- and-fall accidents. They’ve been bit by other people’s dogs or hurt by unsafe medication from pharmaceutical companies.

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Avoid the Summer Slide Summer Reading Programs for Kids

Having the kids home from

offer fun activities during the day and night that will foster a love of learning and reading — and lead to more ideas on what to read! But libraries aren’t the only places that reward summer reading. National businesses also get in on the fun. Barnes & Noble will give a free book to any child who completes their summer reading triathlon journal (barnesandnoble.com/ summerreading). Chuck E. Cheese will give any child 10 free tokens if they read every day and record their progress on their reading calendar (chuckecheese.com ) . Pizza Hut will also reward young readers for filling out a passport (bookitprogram.com), and there are other companies that offer incentives. Remember, reading is about more than just learning. It’s also about keeping minds active to fight the “summer slide” that educators dread every new school year. If you want your kids to have fun, stay sharp, and win cool prizes, get them involved in summer reading!

school can be awesome, but how do you keep them busy and mentally

engaged? You might find yourself eyeing expensive

summer camps or wondering about private tutors. But that’s not necessary.

Instead, check out some of these great summer reading rewards programs. All these programs are free, they’ll get your kids reading, and they’ll give you some time to yourself to boot! The local library is the best place to start. Most city libraries have great summer reading programs that will reward kids for their hard work with prizes, awards, and even free books. Libraries are also great places to get suggestions for kids, and they

Client Testimonials Don’t just take our word for it!

“We had given up hope after dealing with another law firm. At first, they told us we’d get some ridiculous amount of money, and then they ignored us for months. From the beginning, the Advocates were friendly, forthright, and genuinely interested in our case. The difference was night and day. They really cared about us, and we were very happy with the settlement we got.”

“Having a personal injury lawyer makes me feel more confident I will be getting everything I need out of the insurance companies. The

Advocates have helped me realize how important it is to keep track of everything ... Great service and integrity.”

Chris and Stacey | Spanish Fork, Utah

Vanessa | South Jordan, Utah

“With the Advocates, there was absolutely no runaround; I really trusted them. They knew exactly how to deal with the insurance companies and how to answer my questions.”

Kalie | Richfield, Utah

If you would refer our services to a friend or family member, please leave a review on our Google or Yelp pages.

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Want to Avoid Collisions With Cars on the Road? The Importance of Staying Visible on the Road

When cyclists and motorists share the road, cyclists are often the more vulnerable of the two. While motorists can leave an accident with a minor dent and a few scratches, cyclists can face serious injuries, and even death, in motorist- cyclist collisions. These accidents can be significantly reduced by increasing the visibility of your bike on the road. According to the Centers for Disease Control, adolescents and young adults (15– 24 years old) and adults ages 40 and older have the highest rate of death in motorist- cyclist collisions. In a survey, motorists reported that most accidents occur because cyclists are not visible on the road. However, inattentive driving from motorists plays a role in some motorist-cyclist collisions as well. According to a CDC survey, cyclists who wore reflectors and fluorescent clothing

were 5.9 times more likely to be spotted by motorists than those who weren’t, even despite driver distractions. The CDC reports that most bicyclist deaths occur in urban areas and at non-intersection locations. When sharing the road with motor vehicles, you can minimize your risk of death and injury on the road by wearing a properly fitted bicycle helmet, reflective fluorescent clothing, and by placing front white lights and rear red lights on your bike. However, if you have been hit by a car or truck while riding your bike, the Advocates can seek out a settlement from the driver’s insurance and make sure you are compensated for your medical bills, pain, and suffering. Call 801-326-0809 for a free confidential consultation.

Sensational Summer Salad

Ingredients

1 pound strawberries, thinly sliced 3 medium peaches, thinly sliced

1 heaping tablespoon fresh basil or mint, chopped 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 tablespoon maple syrup

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1 cup blueberries

2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

Instructions

1. In a medium serving bowl, combine the strawberries, peaches, blueberries, and basil. 2. Drizzle lemon juice, maple syrup, and balsamic vinegar on top. 3. Gently toss to combine. 4. Serve immediately, or chill for later.

Recipe inspired by CookieAndKate.com.

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Inside This Issue

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Why I Live for Law

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Avoid the Summer Slide Testimonials

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Want to Avoid Collisions With Cars on the Road? Sensational Summer Salad

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What’s in A Hobby?

What’s in a Hobby?

A hobby? Who’s got time for that? Well, you do — at least according to psychologist and professor Jaime Kurtz. “We habitually waste time, creating the illusion of busyness. Facebook, email, Netflix — pick your poison,” she writes in Psychology Today.

something outside of

your comfort zone — with a welcoming community that’s happy to show newcomers the

Back in 1957, Cyril Northcote Parkinson wrote a book called “Parkinson’s Law.” It was all about time management and workflow, and it centered around one idea: The more time you have to do something, the longer it will take. If you have something you do two nights a week, odds are your chores will be done those nights so you can get to the hobby. The rest of the week? Not so much. Besides the obvious — turning off the screens — there are other tricks to managing your time for hobbies. One great way? Just schedule hobby time into your planner or calendar. Set a reminder on your phone, and when the time comes, just go do it, no excuses. Another trick, if you know you won’t get to it later, is to do your chores early

in the morning. That way, when you come home from work, they’re all done, and you have time to work on your hobbies. Oh, and bonus — you come home to a clean house! In fact, hobbies have a lot of benefits. They “can be a healthy escape,” according to Dr. Beth Howlett, “and can be very beneficial to mental health.” And some hobbies — like reading and exercise — can even boost your career success, according to the Washington Post. Plus, unusual hobbies, like beekeeping or playing a funky instrument, make for great conversation starters. There are also plenty of affordable hobbies that “trick” you into staying active, like geocaching or Ultimate Frisbee. Consider

ropes. Never be afraid to stop people who are doing something that looks fun and ask them what’s going on. That’s how you learn! Dr. Kurtz sums it up best: “Maybe there’s something you’ve always wanted to do,” or “maybe something you used to love but stopped doing.” Her advice? Take that thing and run with it. “Just don’t follow that phrase with, ‘Ah, well. Maybe someday — when the kids leave the house or when I retire.’” Because we all know what that means!

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