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  • QuickStart Guide to Infant and Child Car Seats - May 2017 Edition

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 24-May-2017

    Child motor vehicle safety understandably causes huge consternation for parents across our country. There’s justification for strategic concern. Vehicular injuries are a leading cause of death and severe injury among the young. Many of the most terrible outcomes could be prevented by proper use of child car seats and booster seats. When used correctly, these devices reduce the risk of death ...
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  • Unrepaired Recalled Vehicles Present Additional Driving Dangers

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 23-May-2017

    A recent investigation by U.K. publication Auto Express brings some disturbing news. According to their report, less than half of vehicles in the U.K. under recall since 2012 have been brought in for repairs—meaning these vehicles are still on the roads, presenting possible driving dangers for both their owners and others. A similar statistic holds true for recalled vehicles here in the U.S. ...
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  • Prom Pledges and Other Safety Measures: Keeping Teens Safe on Prom Night

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 18-May-2017

    Prom season can be one of the most exciting times of year for high school juniors and seniors—and equally one of the most terrifying times of year for parents. Many teens anticipate that they or their peers will use alcohol or drugs on prom night. In addition, teens all too frequently get behind the wheel while impaired rather than call their parents for fear of getting in trouble. The ...
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  • Safety Tips for National Bike to Work Day May 19, 2017

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 16-May-2017

    On Friday, May 19, 2017, thousands of people will be hitting the roadways on their bicycles to participate in National Bike to Work Day, an initiative sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists to encourage people use bicycles to commute to work. Coordinators in the Washington D.C. region expect a tremendous crowd, and they’ve established over 85 pit stops for bicyclists to enjoy food, ...
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  • Did Smoke Put More DC Metro Riders in Danger?

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 10-May-2017

    It was January in 2015 when the Yellow Line ground to a halt right after a train left L’Enfant Plaza. Smoke was collecting in the tunnel and before the train in the tunnel could reverse and get away, another train pulled into the stop. The train remained trapped in the tunnel for over 45 minutes, suffocating a passenger. Now, a new incident has people asking if new safety initiatives from ...
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  • RZL Celebrates its 20th Anniversay!

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 10-May-2017

    Posted by Salvatore J, Zambri, founding member and partner. It is hard to absorb this truth: 20 years ago my partners, Pat Regan, Victor Long, and I broke off from another law firm to create ours. My wife and I were newly married and we were expecting our first child when our firm opened its doors. That child is now a sophomore in college, and we have been blessed with three other wonderful ...
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  • Could a Maryland Condo Be the Epicenter of a Legionnaire's Outbreak?

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 9-May-2017

    It was October 2015 when medical facilities in Ocean City received a string of patients with a rare and unusual disease. This disease is so uncommon, it only takes two cases before the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will declare an outbreak, and there were four cases in Ocean City. How did such a rare disease suddenly infect four people, and is someone responsible for the victims ...
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  • Ford Recalls 230,000 Vehicles Because of Engine Fire Dangers: What You Need to Know

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 8-May-2017

    On March 29, Ford Motor Company raised concerns among consumers when it recalled 230,000 vehicles in March over the risk of engine fires. According to an official statement by Ford, the recall affects several models: 2014 Ford Escape 2014-15 Ford Fiesta ST 2013-14 Ford Fusion 2013-15 Ford Transit Connect In these vehicles, per the company’s account, a lack of coolant circulation can heat up ...
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  • Raw Milk Cheese from Vulto Creamery Results in Deaths from Listeria Outbreak

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 25-Apr-2017

    Posted by Salvatore J, Zambri, founding member and partner. Vulto Creamery recently announced a recall for all of the raw milk cheeses produced by its plant and suspended operations until the FDA's final Listeria inspection outcome and source are determined. Internal records indicated that the equipment and production plant received positive results for Listeria for 20 months prior to the ...
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  • Violent Video Games and Real Life (Part 2-Can Violent Games Cause Harm or Injury to our Kids?)

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 20-Apr-2017

    In our previous post, we discussed the science behind how violent video games can affect our children—how they may cause our children to act more aggressively without necessarily causing them to become violent or commit crimes. Now let’s look a little more closely at how game violence might affect our children directly: Can they cause our children mental, emotional or even physical ...
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  • Violent Video Games and Real Life (Part 1-Can Violent Games Cause Our Children to Do Harm?)

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 18-Apr-2017

    Ever since the invention of the video game, the controversy a possible link between violent video games and real-life violent behavior has been raging. With every news report of a mass shooting or act of violence, particularly by the young, the debate rekindles. Do these games teach our children to become violent toward others? Let’s step back from the emotional factors for a moment and look ...
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  • GHSA Releases Pedestrian Fatality Data Report: What It Means for You

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 17-Apr-2017

    The Governors Highway Safety Administration (GHSA) recently released a report on its preliminary 2015 findings on Pedestrian Traffic Fatalities by State. The numbers are both surprising and alarming. Let’s look at a few highlights from the report. Pedestrian fatalities are up an estimated 10 percent nationwide between 2014 and 2015. Twenty-six states reported increases in pedestrian ...
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  • April Showers Bring Flowers AND Make D.C. Roadways Treacherous: What You Need to Know

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 13-Apr-2017

    Spring has finally arrived, which means our roadways should now be safer to drive, right? Not so fast. Surprisingly, the Federal Highway Administration says rainy conditions account for 46 percent of weather-related crashes, as opposed to only 17 percent for snow and 13 percent for ice! Additionally, wet roads from rain, snow or ice contribute to nearly three-fourths of all weather-related ...
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  • Preventing Choking Accidents with Multiple Small Children at Home

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 12-Apr-2017

    Choking accidents pose a genuine threat for small children; in fact, the New York State Department of Health says choking is the fourth leading cause of death among children under 5. When you have a single toddler in the home, “choke-proofing” can be as easy as buying only age-appropriate toys and keeping smaller objects locked up and out of reach. However, how do you keep the home ...
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  • Giant Food Pulls Bagged Spinach after Live Scorpion Found by Customer

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 11-Apr-2017

    Posted by Salvatore J, Zambri, founding member and partner. After notification from a local news station, Giant Food recently pulled their bagged spinach products from shelves. A couple from Maryland found a live scorpion in a recent purchase of bagged spinach, captured it, and returned it to the store.The customer asked Giant to stop selling the bagged spinach, but the store did not initially do ...
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  • Multi-State Investigation Continues as E.coli Infections from I.M. Healthy Brand SoyNut Butter Expand

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 31-Mar-2017

    Posted by Salvatore J, Zambri, founding member and partner. According to the recently-posted update on the CDC website, multi-state outbreaks of Shiiga toxin-producing Escherichia coliO157:H7 (E.coli) infections are linked to I.M. Healthy Brand SoyNut Butter. Tracking of the recent outbreak began on March 7, 2017, when the company recalled all varieties of I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butters and all ...
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  • 5 Dangers in the Home Hiding in Plain Sight

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 30-Mar-2017

    Laundry detergent pods—those convenient dissolvable packets you just throw into the washing machine—have become extremely popular in recent years. However, who would have thought they could pose a danger to your child’s eyes? The New England Journal of Medicine recently released a bulletin stating that between 2012 and 2015, incidents of ocular burns from detergent pods in ...
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  • Takata Airbag Recall List of Vehicles Continues to Grow

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 27-Mar-2017

    After years of scandal, millions of dollars in fines and even criminal charges, the Takata airbag fiasco doesn’t show signs of fading anytime soon. In January, automakers Ford and Toyota collectively added more than 1.3 million affected vehicles to the recall list for faulty airbag inflators. Since the first investigations began in 2013, Consumer Reports says that as of this month, the ...
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  • Staying Alive While on Spring Break: What You (or Your College-Age Kids) Need to Know

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 20-Mar-2017

    Spring Break is considered a rite of passage for many college students—a chance to blow off steam and gain new experiences. However, the holiday also presents a sizeable amount of risk, not just for regrettable actions, but for fatalities as well. Consider the following: Traffic fatalities in popular spring break destinations tend to increase by 9.1 percent over the weeks of spring break, ...
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  • St. Patrick's Day Accident Statistics-and How to Stay Safe During the Holiday

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 16-Mar-2017

    St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, is one of America’s best-loved holidays for drinking, and not just among the Irish. Unfortunately, that fact also points to a dramatic increase in safety risks. Before you indulge in multiple pints of green beer this year, take a look at the following St. Patrick’s Day statistics, compiled from WalletHub and the National Highway Transportation Safety ...
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  • Driving Dangers of Slush: How to Stay Safe

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 15-Mar-2017

    At the end of a snowstorm, when the roads begin improving and the melting starts, many people assume the driving dangers are past. In fact, driving in slushy conditions after a snowstorm can be just as dangerous as driving during the storm itself. Here’s why: The physics of driving in slush are complicated and counterintuitive. Slush is in many ways a very different animal than snow and ice. ...
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  • Daylight Saving Time Safety Tips

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 14-Mar-2017

    This Sunday, we set our clocks forward one hour to observe Daylight Saving Time. While this annual “spring forward” ritual seems harmless enough, studies show several possible safety risks associated with the time change. Consider the following: According to a study by the University of Alabama at Birmingham, there is a 10 percent increased risk of having a heart attack during the days ...
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  • Five New Safety Habits to Adopt in 2017

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 27-Feb-2017

    As we go through life, personal safety should be our constant goal in an ever-changing and sometimes uncertain world. The following five habits can keep you safer in 2017. Use real-time alert apps. Your smartphone can be a useful tool to help you avoid dangerous situations. Use a mapping app with real-time traffic to avoid heavy traffic and accident scenes. Weather apps alert you to incoming ...
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  • Concussions in Football: What's Changed over the Past Two Years?

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 22-Feb-2017

    In 2015, the movie Concussion starring Will Smith helped rekindle an important discussion in football regarding whether the sport is doing enough to minimize the risks of concussions. Younger players, especially at the high school and collegiate levels, may be especially at risk for long-term brain damage if concussions are not properly detected or treated. Let’s look at some the recent ...
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  • Physics Behind Why Driving in Sleet and Freezing Rain Can Be So Deadly

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 21-Feb-2017

    Within minutes, sleet and freezing rain can create the most hazardous of driving conditions, often leading to expensive and even fatal vehicle accidents. Let’s look at the physics behind two dangers that can make driving in sleet or freezing rain a potentially deadly proposition. Traction Freezing rain occurs when precipitation falls as rain but freezes upon hitting the surface. Sleet ...
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