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May, 2019

At Tindall Law Firm, LLC we enjoy sharing valuable tips regarding the law; offering articles on hot issues in the law; commenting on topics of interest; and helping you navigate the tricky world of the law, which is ever changing.  

At any time if you have any questions on any of the materials you find in our newsletter or any other legal issues, please do not hesitate to contact me. If there is any legal issue of interest that you would like to see addressed in our newsletter, please let us know.
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Attorney Tavis Tindall

Tips from Tindall
Summer Safety

 Four Summer Driving

Hazard No. 1: 
Summer Construction Brings Increased Traffic

The increased traffic on our roads is an unmistakable hazard of summer driving.   Estimates predict a new record high for vehicle miles traveled in 2019, likely due to low fuel prices and economic activity. Traffic delays and detours caused by road construction can make traffic snarls worse. It is important for drivers to be patient and alert, and to share the road.
To ensure the highest safety in   work zones, drivers should:
  • Either avoid known work zones or anticipate the delay and allow extra time.
  • Find an alternate route or adjust their work schedule to avoid hazards or delays.
  • Follow signs and, if lanes are being closed, merge early before entering the work zone.
  • Expect the unexpected: slow down, increase their following distance and avoid distractions.
Hazard No. 2: Motorcycles on the Move
As the number of motorcycles on the road increases, so does the opportunity for motorcycle crashes. There are more motorcycles on the road now than a decade ago.
Drivers should consider the following when sharing the road with motorcycles:
  • Be extra aware: Motorcycles can be difficult to see and can disappear in your blind spot. Also, it can be easy to misjudge a motorcycle's speed.
  • Look twice to make sure a motorcycle is a safe distance from your vehicle.
  • Follow motorcycles at greater distances, as motorcycles can stop more quickly than automobiles.

Hazard No. 3: Bicyclists Can Be Hard to Predict
Like motorcycles, bicycles can be difficult to see, and they can be even more vulnerable in a crash. The majority of cyclists who are injured or killed are adults, with 70 percent of those fatalities occurring in urban environments.  Bicycle rider intentions can be hard to predict if they do not follow traffic rules or use hand signals.

To keep bicyclists safe:
  • Understand the local rules. Laws in most states give bicycle riders the same rights as vehicle operators.
  • Give bicycles space-respect their rights to use the road.
  • Look for bicycle riders, especially when opening your door and making right turns at intersections. Look over your shoulder to ensure the way is clear.
  • Treat bicycles the same as slow-moving vehicles. Give cyclists 3 feet of clearance when passing. When following a cyclist, give them plenty of space should they change direction or stop.
Hazard No. 4: Distracted Pedestrians
Extra daylight and warmer temperatures bring people outside and onto roadways. Distracted walking by people focused on their mobile devices only heightens the dangers of the most vulnerable people on the road: pedestrians.
To ensure the safety of pedestrians, drivers should:
  • Watch out for pedestrians at night, especially in urban areas.
  • Stop for pedestrians in crosswalks and never pass a vehicle stopped at a crosswalk-pedestrians could be crossing the road.
  • Look for pedestrians more than once before turning.
  • Watch for pedestrians who might be distracted while walking, as distracted walking has been a factor in some incidents.
There are other types of summertime driving risks to consider as well, such as recreational drivers who are unfamiliar with local roads and young drivers who may lack experience behind the wheel. In addition, summer vacationers may be driving overloaded vehicles with obstructed windows, and drivers may be sleep-deprived from longer days and activities that stretch into the night.
What's more, summer weather, including   heavy wind, rain  and   fog, can also rival the challenges posed during a winter storm. Help drivers prepare for these and other summertime hazards. Let employees know that   getting there safely-and back home again-is their most important responsibility on the road.

Vehicle accident victims can suffer a range of injuries, from broken bones to brain injuries and spinal cord injuries. Whether the injury causes temporary or permanent disability, you may need compensation for medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering. To recover adequate compensation, you will definitely need representation from an experienced attorney.

At Tindall Law Firm, LLC, we fight to recover damages for car accident victims in Connecticut. With 22 years of experience, attorney Tavis Tindall has the knowledge and skill to hold the negligent driver accountable for your losses. For a free consultation with a Waterbury car accident injury lawyer, please call  203.755.0018 or contact us online.

At Tindall Law Firm we work hard for clients every day. We all want to see clients receive the justice and compensation they deserve. 
As a family-based business, our staff is close, and we extend that friendly, caring attitude to our clients. We treat our clients as if they are our own family and truly care about them as more than just a number.
It is this quality along with superior service and competent representation that has allowed us to become the "lawyer for life" for all of our clients and their families and friends to whom they refer us. 

Tavis Tindall
Tindall Law Firm