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Get Ready To Fall Back! Tips for Safe Driving As Daylight Saving Time Ends

By Newport Beach Personal Injury Attorney on November 1, 2019

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This fall, daylight saving time ends on Sunday, November 3rd. While “falling back” gives us an extra hour of sleep and more light when we get up in the mornings — all good things — the end of daylight saving can also create driving hazards.

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Be Prepared for an Emergency Evacuation with a Go-Bag

By Newport Beach Personal Injury Attorney on December 3, 2018

The Malibu and Paradise fires are a sobering reminder that we should have a “Go-bag” packed in our home in the event we need to evacuate without much notice. Often there isn’t any time to think about what to take when ordered to evacuate.

A Go-Bag is a packed case you grab on your way out the door that will help keep you safe and comfortable in the coming hours and days. Stopping to search for your medications or other important needs can cost you critical seconds in an evacuation. Why not pack a separate Go-bag for yourself and every member of your household and keep them stored in the same location?

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Sobering Statistics About DUI Arrests During The Holiday Season

By Newport Beach Personal Injury Attorney on November 1, 2017

The holidays are a time for gratitude and to spend time with family, friends, and loved ones. That often means, for better or worse, drinking will be on the rise. And where there is limited public transportation like here in Orange County, DUI arrests and accidents will no doubt increase.

As we inch closer to the start of a new calendar year, state and local law enforcement will begin to ratchet up the emphasis on DUI patrol and enforcement. For many years, law enforcement has allocated extra resources to patrolling the streets and highways in an attempt to crack down on holiday drunk driving. This year will be no different.

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Spooky Safety Tips To Keep Your Family Safe This Halloween

By Newport Beach Personal Injury Attorney on September 27, 2017

Kids love the magic of Halloween: Trick-or-treating, classroom parties and trips to a neighborhood haunted house. But for moms and dads, there is often a fine line between Halloween fun and safety concerns, especially when it comes to road and pedestrian safety.

And these safety concerns are valid, considering the statistics. In 2014, about 6,300 pedestrian deaths and 145,000 medically consulted injuries occurred among pedestrians in motor vehicle incidents, according to Injury Facts 2016, the statistical report on unintentional injuries created by the National Safety Council.

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Sharing the Road with Bicyclists

By Newport Beach Personal Injury Attorney on September 8, 2017

On most roads, bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as vehicles, but bikes can be hard to see. Children riding bikes create special problems for drivers because usually they are not able to properly determine traffic conditions. The most common cause of collision is a driver turning left in front of a bicyclist.

Our experienced lawyers at Allen Flatt Ballidis & Leslie have put together a few safety tips to keep in mind. By exercising a little extra care and caution, drivers and pedestrians can co-exist safely on the road.

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Crash Risk Soars For Sleep-Deprived Drivers

By Newport Beach Personal Injury Attorney on August 24, 2017

Traffic safety officials regularly warn us of the risks of driving while drunk or distracted. But Americans still need to wake up to the dangers of getting behind the wheel when sleepy.

Did you know that drivers who have had too little sleep are no different than those who have had three or four drinks and are too drunk to drive?

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Slow Down: Back to School Means Sharing the Road

By Newport Beach Personal Injury Attorney on August 1, 2017

It's never more important for drivers to slow down and pay attention than when kids are present – especially before and after school. Let’s keep everyone safe by following these great back to school driving safety tips from the National Safety Council.

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Bicycle Safety Tips to Protect Your Children

By Newport Beach Personal Injury Attorney on July 17, 2017

Riding a bike is a great way for kids to get exercise and have fun in Southern California. But every year, approximately 300,000 children in the U.S. are taken to emergency rooms as a result of bike accident injuries. Of these, at least 10,000 end up in a hospital for several days, and some of the injuries can even be fatal.

Whether your kids are riding their bikes to school, with friends around the neighborhood, or on a family outing, safe riding practices are vital. These seven bicycle safety tips from Allen Flatt Ballidis & Leslie will help you and your loved ones stay safe.

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Summer Safety Tips to Avoid Personal Injury

By Newport Beach Personal Injury Attorney on May 31, 2017

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Many of us look forward to summer all year — long days, calmer schedules and endless sunshine. For many families in Southern California, summertime means relaxing with friends and loved ones while participating in a variety of outdoor activities. Picnics, days spent at the pool or at the beach, riding bikes, camping and hiking are all popular ways in our area to get the most out of the summer season. Unfortunately, while warm weather hobbies and interests provide a fun way to spend a day or weekend, they can also result in an increase in accidents and injuries. Keep your gatherings safe and enjoyable for everyone involved this summer by following our simple summertime safety tips.

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Should Reputable Personal Injury Lawyers Charge Hourly Fees?

By Newport Beach Personal Injury Attorney on July 22, 2015

Most people, injured in an auto accident and looking for a reputable attorney, will ask this question, “What will you charge me and do I have to pay up front.” The answer is usually no, but let’s spend a moment painting the picture, and assume it is you that is in this fictional accident.

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