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May

Pedestrian Safety

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If you are ever involved in a pedestrian accident, don’t hesitate to come see us at Handy and Handy Law in Salt Lake City.

Walking to work or school is a daily occurrence for many people. Some people listen to their favorite audio book, while others play Candy Crush on their smartphone, all to pass the time. While it’s true that walking to work or school often saves money on gas and travel expenses, walking can be a hazardous experience if you don’t pay attention to world around you. There are a few things you can do, both as a driver and a pedestrian, to help minimize the risks of a pedestrian accident.

As a Pedestrian:

  • Don’t jump out into a crosswalk without looking first. Just because you’re “protected” by a crosswalk, doesn’t mean that a car can see you in time to stop.

  • Look up from your phone. This is especially important around driveways and busy streets. If you have headphones in, consider keeping an ear bud out of one ear so you can still hear traffic and possible hazards to avoid.    

  • When walking at night, make yourself known by wearing bright clothing or by turning the brightness up on your cell phone.

  • Stay on the sidewalk. Don’t risk jaywalking even if it will save you time. You could not only be injured but be hit with an expensive jaywalking ticket.

  • If using a bus, wait for the bus to drive away before trying to cross the street. Cars that pass the bus likely won’t see you until then.

As a Driver:

  • Don’t trust the mirrors. Looking in a mirror usually isn’t enough, check the blind spot for bikers, joggers, or another car. Someone could appear out of nowhere if you switch lanes after having just checked your mirror. It’s takes an extra couple seconds of time and it could save you thousands of dollars of headache.

  • Don’t text and drive. Did you know that in most states, texting and driving is considered the same as a DUI? It’s taken so seriously because it impairs drivers on a level where you could seriously injure somebody. Pay attention to the road and let your phone have a rest while you drive. It will still be there after you’re done driving.

  • Do not assume a pedestrian sees or hears you (often times because they’ll be wearing earphones). Some pedestrians (and bikers) also automatically assume that the road will yield to them. You need to drive knowing this. Pay attention to jaywalkers or people who jump out into a crosswalk without looking, it happens all the time.  

Walking & driving is a daily ritual for most people but not everyone is always paying attention. When you turn that key, or take that step, make sure to remember that alertness is key in avoiding accident or injury. If you are ever involved in a pedestrian accident, don’t hesitate to come see us at Handy and Handy Law in Salt Lake City.

For more tips on pedestrian safety check out this website.

 

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23
May

Avoiding a Dog Bite

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If you're ever injured by a dog, let Handy & Handy Law in Salt Lake City, Utah handle all your legal needs!

Avoiding a dog bite might not be on everyone’s agenda throughout the day, but once you or your child is bitten, it becomes a lot more relevant in your mind. Here’s some tips to help you never have to experience the potential vital consequences of a dog bite.

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16
May

Understanding Product Liability

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Don't let a product recall affect you! Contact Handy Law in Salt Lake City, Utah.

As fun as it is to use amazing advances in technology, they aren’t always perfect. Defects are fairly common in all avenues of technology at some point. The refining of these defects leads to newer models or versions released. However, what happens to those who are stuck with defective products? Manufacturers often recall dangerous or faulty products in order to protect consumers. For example, vehicle recalls are fairly common with things such as faulty airbags, electrical systems, etc. You generally never have to pay anything for a recall service on your vehicle. It’s important to be aware of recalls and to know if one of your car's needs to be serviced. 

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09
May

How to Avoid Car Accidents

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Car crashes are scary. Let Handy law help you out!

Buckle up! Driving in a car is a normal day occurrence for many people. It often becomes second nature to the point where you don’t think about the act of driving, you just do it. The subconscious side of the brain often takes over and drives you back to your house every day without you realizing it. Here are some useful tips to help anyone be more alert and safe from harm while driving:

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28
Apr

Vehicle Recalls and Personal Injury

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Vehicle recalls can happen to a number of products in a car at anytime: airbags, seat belts, windshields, etc. Usually a company will make a public announcement of what product is being recalled. Those who own a recalled product should check with their dealer or car manufacturer. If you end up being injured by a recalled product, this is product liability. You have a limited amount of time to file a claim specified by the company or manufacturer. More common things that can be recalled in cars are:

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