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Bikers, Walkers Threatened By Increase In Distracted Driving

More Cars, More Walkers and Bikes, More Distractions = Higher Traffic Deaths

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Use marked crosswalks: Eighty-two percent of pedestrian deaths occur outside the crosswalk.

According to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), almost 6,000 pedestrians were killed in 2016 in traffic accidents. In 2015, more than 800 bicyclists lost their lives in motor vehicle-involved crashes. Pedestrian deaths shot up 10 percent between 2014 and 2015, bicyclist deaths by 13 percent – both more than any other category of traffic-related fatalities, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

According to the NH car crash attorneys at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman, the cause of this deadly trend has been greatly debated, with different groups pointing to a stronger economy and hence more cars on the road, more people walking to work or for recreation, and distraction due to the skyrocketing use of smartphone technology. Meanwhile, most efforts to prevent distraction are focused on motor vehicle drivers and passengers rather than pedestrians and bicyclists.

Teens Account for 25 Percent Increase in Pedestrian Deaths Over Past Five Years

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Bicycle fatalities have risen sharply for adults (especially men) 20 years or older since 1975. Click on graph to enlarge.

Even if a person is not behind a wheel, they can be at risk if walking while talking on a cell phone or listening to music through headphones. Among kids, teens account for 50 percent of all pedestrian deaths in the United States, and unintentional pedestrian traffic injuries are the fifth leading cause of fatalities for ages 5 to 19. Older teens have accounted for a staggering 25 percent increase in pedestrian injuries in the past five years. Over half of all adults have been involved in a distracted walking encounter.

Tips To Stay Safe

Walking or bicycling are healthy for both people and the environment. Perhaps that is why we’ve seen a 60 percent increase in commuter biking during the past decade. But while bicycle deaths among children have thankfully decreased by 88 percent since 1975, deaths among bicyclists age 20 and older have more than tripled. From the NH car crash attorneys at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman, here are a few safety tips to keep in mind that will increase your chances of arriving safely at your destination, whether on foot or by pedal!

* Look left, right and left again before crossing the street
* Make eye contact with drivers of oncoming vehicles to make sure they see you
* Be aware of drivers even when you’re in a crosswalk; vehicles have blind spots
* Don’t wear headphones while walking or biking
* Never use a cell phone or other electronic device while walking or biking
* If your view is blocked, move to a place where you can see oncoming traffic
* Never rely on a car to stop
* Only cross at designated crosswalks (82 percent of pedestrian fatalities occur outside crosswalks)
* Wear bright and/or reflective clothing, especially at night
* Always wear a helmet while biking
* Walk in groups, if possible
* Follow all traffic laws and road signs, and signal to turn

Contact Experienced NH Car Crash Attorneys Today

If you have been injured in a New Hampshire pedestrian accident and sustained any of the types of injuries discussed above, it is essential that you have competent legal representation from the onset of your case through litigation.  Big insurance companies have lawyers looking out for their interests and you should too. The experienced New Hampshire personal injury attorneys at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman, PLLC offer free initial consultations to NH injury victims. Call (603) 239-2489, complete a request for a consultation on our website, or send us an email.

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Injury Attorneys NH Provide Online Guidelines

More than Half of Americans Admit Social Media Remorse

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Over half of Americans regret something they’ve posted online. Click on photo to see survey.

The average adult now spends more than nine hours per day consuming media via screen, including smartphone, television, gaming or e-books. Twenty percent of that time is dedicated to social media. As too many of us have found out the hard way, all this time online can come with a price. As we click, scroll and post into 2017, protect yourself and your kids from these social media pitfalls.

Heed the Top Seven Ways Using Social Media Can Get You Fired

According to the injury attorneys NH at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman PLLC, more employers are looking at social media to screen potential candidates and monitor employees. More than 90 percent of employers use social media for recruiting, and three in four hiring managers check candidates’ social profiles before an interview. Maintaining a professional social media profile for your chosen career can help you get that dream job as well as keep it. Twenty-eight percent of employers have fired workers because they spent too much work time on social media, and 18 percent because of an offensive post.

Here are the top seven social media no-no’s for employees:
1. Make racist, sexist or other offensive comments
2. Complain about your job or your clients
3. Share confidential information
4. Post something inappropriate on company social media
5. Use personal social media when you should be working
6. Post drunk photos from work gatherings
7. Broadcast your job search

Excess Screen Time Equals Health Issues

Screen time, whether in front of a computer, tablet or smartphone, can contribute to health issues in adults and children alike. Many hours spent in front of screens are causing an increase in headaches, dry eyes, blurred vision and eye strain.

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Staring at a smartphone also creates what doctors call “text neck.” As a person bends their neck to look down at a phone, the added weight causes pressure, pain and strain. Here are some ways to keep your screen time (and your children’s) in check and your body healthy:

1. Schedule children for regular eye exams
2. Take frequent breaks
3. Adjust for proper alignment. A digital screen should be centered and positioned about 4 to 5 inches below eye level and 20 to 28 inches from the center of the screen to the eyes (for an adult), 18 to 26 inches for a child
4. Use anti-glare screens or position screens to avoid glare
5. LCD and high-res screens are easier on the eyes. Screen brightness should be adjusted to fit the surroundings
6. Blink frequently to keep your eyes moist

Parents can visit the American Academy of Pediatrics for guidance on how to balance lifestyle with digital media and create a personalized family plan.

When Social Media Turns Anti-Social

Many people can navigate a healthy social media presence with intelligence and sense, but some are struggling to stay connected while staying safe. Kids are more likely to share personal details without thinking about the consequences, and connect with strangers who may be predatory. Recently, anonymous messaging apps like Kik have come under fire for allowing minors to message with strangers without alerting parents. Our injury attorneys NH encourage you to check out the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) OnGuard Online website for free online security tips and resources.

Finally, the most important way to protect your kids from unsafe online behavior is to keep the lines of face-to-face communication open. Talk to them about the potential dangers and encourage them to speak to you if they ever feel unsafe online. As reliance on screens increases, so will the need for honest, IRL (your teen will tell you that means “in real life”) conversations about what can or should be shared.

Contact Experienced Injury Attorneys NH

If you or a loved one have been injured through no fault of your own, contact the injury attorneys NH at the Law Office of Manning and Zimmerman, PLLC. There are no up-front costs for our services. All personal injury and workers’ compensation cases are handled on a contingency basis, meaning that we are only paid for our services if we successfully recover damages from the responsible party. For a free consultation, call (603) 624-7200.

Do’s and Don’ts After a New Hampshire Auto Accident

What You Should Do – and Not Do -Following a New Hampshire Auto Accident

Being involved in a motor vehicle crash is usually a stressful and painful time, as well as a major disruption to daily life, work, and social activities.

It can also be a confusing time. After being involved in a New Hampshire auto accident, most people don’t know how to go about effectively dealing with an insurance company or its adjusters and, consequently, lose a considerable amount of time and money in the process. What follows are some suggestions for what you should and shouldn’t do in the days following a New Hampshire car crash.

DO – Get the Medical Treatment You Need and Focus on Getting Better

The first thing you should do as soon as you have been injured in a car crash is seek immediate medical treatment for any injuries. Preferably, you should seek initial treatment at a hospital emergency room or urgent care facility. You should also be mindful of what you tell paramedics and emergency room personnel about “what hurts” and how you’re feeling at that time as these statements will be recorded in your medical records. Be complete in your description of what hurts following a New Hampshire auto accident.

The longer you delay in seeking initial medical treatment after an accident, the more likely the insurance company will downplay the seriousness of your injuries. For example, if you’re claiming that at the scene of the accident you felt sharp back pains that continued for months, and an insurance adjuster finds out that you waited five days before you sought initial care at an emergency room or urgent care facility, the adjuster is going to be skeptical about the nature and severity of your claimed injuries.

Just because you don’t experience severe pain in the seconds, minutes, or hours immediately following a New Hampshire auto accident doesn’t mean you haven’t been injured. Injuries oftentimes take days, and sometimes weeks, to fully manifest themselves. When in doubt, you should be examined by an emergency room or urgent care doctor. It’s also a good idea to follow up with your primary care physician soon after the accident. This is absolutely essential if an emergency room or urgent care doctor specifically recommends that you follow up in this manner.

In the weeks and months following your accident, follow through with all of your healthcare providers’ treatment recommendations: attend all physical therapy sessions and medical appointments, arrive at your appointments on time, refrain from “discharging yourself” from care at any facility, and continue treating until the healthcare provider recommends otherwise or discharges you. When it comes to medical treatment, continuity and consistency are the name of the game.

You should know that when an insurance adjuster evaluates your claim, he or she will have copies of all of your medical records and bills on hand. If the insurance adjuster notices that you did not complete all of your treatment, did not comply with treatment protocols, failed to show up for medical or physical therapy appointments – or if there are significant gaps in your medical treatment or physical therapy – the adjuster will make note of these deficiencies and will undervalue your claim. If your case does not settle and proceeds forward to trial, a savvy defense attorney will bring these weaknesses to the jury’s attention.

DO – Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney

In addition to focusing on getting well following your motor vehicle accident, you should contact a personal injury attorney at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman, PLLC. Our attorneys can accomplish the preliminary legwork, allowing you to focus on your most important concern at that moment: getting better. Navigating the legal process and working with savvy insurance companies and their adjusters is difficult, and you need someone in your corner who is well-versed in the law and who can safeguard all of your legal rights following a New Hampshire auto accident

As you finish treating for your injuries, your lawyer can gather all of your medical records and bills, allowing you time to focus on your recovery. Once you have finished treating for your injuries, your attorney can submit your medical bills and records to the insurance company and can negotiate a fair and reasonable settlement on your behalf. If you choose not to accept an inadequate settlement offer from the insurance company (as their initial offers are usually low), your attorney can file suit on your behalf, assist you with navigating the litigation process, and bring your case to a conclusion via settlement, trial, or some form of alternative dispute resolution, such as mediation or arbitration.

DO NOT – Talk to the Insurance Company’s Adjuster

One thing that you should not be doing is speak with an insurance company’s adjuster or other representative for the person or entity that caused your injuries and you should never give them a recorded statement. Although insurance adjusters may seem nice over the telephone, they are not interested in safeguarding your rights, paying your claim, or compensating you for your injuries. They are, after all, representatives of the insurance company. As such, their true loyalty rests in ultimately saving the insurance company money. Instead of talking with the insurance company, you should contact a lawyer and let him or her deal with the insurance adjuster on your behalf.

DO NOT – Agree to Give a Recorded Statement to an Insurance Company’s Adjuster or Other Representative

A “recorded statement” is a statement that an insurance company representative takes from you. The insurance companies train their employees in asking questions in such a way that they will hopefully benefit. Such statements are sometimes recorded in a law office (no judge or jury present) and consists of a series of questions (asked by the insurance adjuster) and answers about how your injury happened, the extent of your injuries and damages, time that you missed from work and anything else that the insurance company might be disputing. Insurance companies often request these recorded statements when there is some question as to who was at fault in a motor vehicle accident case. Recorded statements are never taken for the injured plaintiff’s benefit. Only the insurance company may potentially benefit from such a statement.

Never agree to provide a recorded statement to an insurance company. Answering just one tricky question could potentially result in a denial of liability by the insurance company or otherwise have a disastrous impact on the outcome of your personal injury case. Anything that you say during a recorded statement could potentially be used against you later on in your case.