Seniority Behind the Wheel: Managing Safety Risks for Older Drivers

Teenagers are notoriously the most dangerous demographic of drivers. But there are dozens of factors that can influence car accidents that have nothing to do with inexperience and immaturity. In fact, older drivers can become a hazard as their eyesight, motor skills, and spatial recognition begins to fade, and a set of safety advocates are beginning to suggest laws to ensure that drivers stay safe on the road as they grow older. This guide lists some of the dangers associated with driving for older adults, and some possible alternatives to help drivers maintain their freedom once they put away the keys.

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Car Technology that Can Prevent Accidents

Slowly but surely, technology has become an unavoidable part of our day. But fidgeting with cell phones and other technological devices while driving is enormously dangerous, contributing to more than 500,000 injuries and 6,000 deaths last year alone, according to the .National Highway Traffic Administration. With that in mind, we have compiled a list of devices that will help avoid the temptation to text, email, or dial friends while on the road. These devices can help make yourself and your teenager tech gurus, but more importantly, a safer drivers.

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Parent-Teen Safe Driving Contract

This contract is intended to help initiate conversation about roadway safety, especially for teen drivers and their passengers. The agreement covers six areas pertaining to distracted driving, driving under the influence, driving a vehicle with minors, speeding and other rules of the road, and auto accidents. Each section includes specific pledges to prompt family discussion, and we suggest parents and teens sign to seal the agreement.

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Memorial Day Weekend Accident Checklist

GJEL Accident Attorneys Asks Motorists to be Prepared Memorial Day Weekend with Accident Checklist Everyone driving on holiday-weekend roadways is encouraged to carry GJEL Accident Attorneys on-the-scene accident…

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What to do after a car accident: Free Checklist

Getting into a car accident is scary, confusing, and complicated. It’s even scarier to think about your teenager getting into a car accident. But it’s important that if you or your teenager is in that situation, everyone knows what to do. So while we hope you never have to use this form, we encourage you to download our Car Accident Preparedness PDF, and keep it in your glovebox, along with your insurance and vehicle registration info. Key pieces of the PDF include emergency supplies, the parties involved, witnesses, documenting the scene, and a step-by-step checklist.

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Free Legal Aid Resources in the Bay Area

Every partner at GJEL (that’s Andy, Ralph, Luke, Jim, and Kristin) started his or her career at a Legal Aid clinic. The spirit of “fighting for the little guy” remains with us today in earnest.

We understand that not everyone needs a personal injury attorney, and although we offer free consultations and take cases on a contingency basis only–meaning we don’t get paid until we win or settle a case–many times people need attorneys in different fields who do charge by the hour. Legal Aid clinics can be great resources in these situations.

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Map of Bay Area Bicycle Paths and Trails

On the GJEL news center and blog, we have been urging bicycle commuters to take extra caution to be safe while commuting to work. This involves wearing appropriate safety equipment, obeying all traffic signs, and sharing the road with other vehicles. But safety is also the most important consideration when it comes to recreational bicycling. In these cases, it can be safest to bike on streets that make bicycle safety a priority. The Google Map below shows many if the major bicycle trails and paths throughout the Bay Area. Click on each path for more information, and if we have missed any must-bike paths, please email benb[at]gjel[dot]com and we will add it to the list.

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Where to File Insurance Complaints: All 50 States

Every day, GJEL attorneys assist clients and prospective clients with their insurance claims regarding car accidents and other personal injury cases. In over 30 years of practicing personal injury law, we’ve seen just about every “trick in the book” from insurance companies, including asking people unfair or manipulative questions during a recorded conversation, requesting medical records that infringe on people’s privacy, and biased examinations by company doctors.

If you think your insurance company–or the insurance company of the person who injured you–may be using deceptive, fraudulent, or manipulative tactics against you or a loved one, we encourage you to file a complaint with the Insurance Department of your home state.

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GJEL Accident Attorneys Quiz 3: Auto Insurance Quirks

GJEL Accident Attorneys is encouraging everyone to begin 2010 with an annual auto insurance check-up about coverage and liability. As drivers begin these check-ups, this third in a series of GJEL auto insurance and safety quizzes provides possible insurance quirks not typically covered in casual conversations with agents.

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