Why Summer Is the Deadliest Season for Teen Driving, and How to Stay Safe

As we come into the summer months, AAA offers a sobering warning: Memorial Day kicks off the 100 deadliest days of the year for teen drivers, as CNN reports. Over the past several years, the number of vehicle crashes involving teens ages 16-19 has spiked 16 percent per day during the 100-day period following Memorial Day. Perhaps surprisingly for some, the biggest contributing factor in these crashes isn’t drinking or drugs (although these issues remain a consistent threat). Rather, it’s distracted driving, which contributes to about 60 percent of teen crashes during this season, according to the CNN report. Why…

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Memorial Day Weekend Safety Reminders for 2018

Memorial Day weekend hails the unofficial start of summer, and millions of people will be hitting the highways, airports, campgrounds and beaches to celebrate the occasion. However, here’s a startling statistic: Memorial Day weekend is also one of the deadliest times to be on the roads. According to CBS News, thanks to an average of 312 traffic fatalities annually, you’re four times more likely to die in a car crash during this particular holiday weekend than at any other time of year. Ironically, Memorial Day isn’t the heaviest drinking holiday—New Year’s Eve has that distinction—but it is one of the…

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Writing a Parent/Teen Prom Night Contract? Some Dos and Don’ts

For high school students, prom night represents a rite of passage; for parents, it often represents a long night of worry. Without supervision and self-restraint, a night of celebration often turns into a nightmare, with the ongoing threats of drugs, alcohol, drunk driving, STDs and more. To bring added peace of mind and hopefully reduced risk, some parents in recent years have begun creating a parent/teen prom night contract and having their children sign it. While it’s not an ironclad deterrent, it does sometimes help children remain mindful and accountable—but even so, some approaches to these contracts can be more…

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Bicycle Safety—How to Avoid “Dooring” or Being “Doored”

One of the greatest fears of bicyclists—and with good reason—is the fear of being “doored” while riding a bike in traffic. Dooring is what happens when a driver or passenger in a car opens a street-facing car door without looking, causing an oncoming bicyclist to crash into it. Dooring accidents frequently cause serious injury or death to bicyclists, and while they aren’t the biggest statistical threat, they do pose enough danger that many states have passed laws making motorists responsible for checking behind them before opening a car door into traffic. Hard data on the number of dooring accidents is…

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How to Stay Safe on St. Paddy’s Day 2018

Parades, leprechaun hats, green clothes—and green beer. On or around March 17, some 60 percent of Americans will don the Irish green to celebrate what has become the 2nd most popular drinking day of the year, according to Time. Unfortunately, this also typically leads to a spike in drunk driving. According to statistics provided by WalletHub, 60 Americans died in drunk driving accidents during St. Paddy’s Day 2016, and of those fatality accidents, 75 percent of them involved a driver with a BAC count at twice the legal limit. Needless to say, if you plan to indulge on St. Patrick’s…

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How Can We Stop Distracted Driving?

Distracted driving is a major cause of deadly car accidents in Washington DC and nationwide. However, ending the problem presents certain challenges, including the fact that so many different distractions can cause a serious car crash. Nevertheless, in this video, attorney Salvatore Zambri explains the two methods which may help stop distracted driving: education and empowerment. Video Transcription When I give these distracted driving presentations, I like to do many things, but two principle things. One is to educate them. I want them to know how dangerous this is. I want them to realize the science behind it. How far…

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Can Drivers Beat the Odds of Distracted Driving?

Crashes caused by distraction can be devastating, as drivers often do not have time to brake before a collision. However, many motorists still believe they can beat the odds of distracted driving. As a result, people still text and drive or allow other distractions to pull their attention from the road. In this video, attorney Salvatore Zambri illustrates the very real dangers of driver distractions by sharing an example of a previous car accident case he represented. Video Transcription When people text and drive, and engage in any other habitual pattern of distracted driving, it’s not a question of if,…

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How Does Contributory Negligence Affect Pedestrian and Bicycle Accidents?

Only a few states, including Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia, follow a doctrine of contributory negligence for accident claims. It bars an accident victim from filing an injury claim if he or she contributed to the accident in any way at all. However, as attorney Paul Cornoni explains in this video, new laws in Washington DC help protect pedestrians and cyclists from loss of fair compensation after an accident with a motor vehicle. Video Transcription DC, Maryland and Virginia have this antiquated law called contributory negligence, which defendants try to use in almost every bicyclist case. And what that means…

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Was My Car Accident Due to a Defective Part?

In many cases, after a car accident due to a defective part, victims do not know that manufacturer negligence caused the wreck. However, a car accident attorney can investigate the crash and work with industry experts to find whether any parts, including tires and steering systems, contained dangerous defects. In this video, attorney Patrick Regan explains these types of claims and offers an example of a case involving Jeep defects that he successfully handled. In many instances, clients don’t know that the accident was caused by a defective product. Defective car, a defective axle, a defective tire. They don’t know…

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Is Texting While Driving a Problem in DC?

Is texting while driving a problem in the district? Yes, and our law firm has helped numerous victims of car accidents caused by all forms of distracted driving. In this video, attorney Sal Zambri explains how texting behind the wheel has become an even greater crisis than drunk driving. Sal has made it his mission to inform the public, and high school students in particular, about the dangers of texting and driving and how lives can be forever altered or lost in a split second. Distracted driving is a huge problem. Not only in the District of Columbia, but everywhere…

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