Keep Driving Safety a Top Priority During the Holidays!

The holidays bring many joys- family traditions, delicious food and most importantly, the cherished company of family and friends. While we get so wrapped up in the process of gift shopping, time in the kitchen and organizing holiday arrangements, we sometimes fail to consider driving safety around this chaotic time.

Although we don’t like to think about it, driving safety is a legitimate concern around the holidays. A study conducted by the National Safety Council revealed that the holiday season costs us nearly 700 lives on U.S roads as well as 37,200 injuries from car accidents.

With people rushing to complete last-minute errands, trying to arrive on time and driving after a couple alcoholic beverages, the roads become a dangerous place.

At The Yost Legal Group, we want to ensure the utmost safety among all Maryland residents. Many lives are lost each year due to motor vehicle accidents during the holidays. Help reduce holiday car accidents by following these safety tips:

  • Drive protected. You should always put on your seatbelt the second you get in your car. Make sure all children are in the proper safety seats that are aligned to their age, height and weight
  • Drive sober. Even if you only had one drink, this can negatively alter your capabilities behind the wheel. Designate a sober friend in advance or arrange an alternative transportation, such as a cab, Uber or Lyft.
  • Drive alert. If you are in the least bit tired, pull over and take a short nap. Alternate drivers if there are other occupants in the vehicle.
  • Drive attentively. Under no circumstances should a cellphone be used while driving. If you need GPS directions, have the passenger navigate the way or pull over to figure out your directions.
  • Don’t Text & Drive. Wait until you have reached your destination to look at your mobile device to check emails, view texts or communicate with anyone. By taking your eyes off the road for just a moment to view your cell phone, you could cause a serious accident, which could take another persons life. It is NOT worth it.

By keeping these basic tips in mind could make all the difference in a happy, healthy and safe new year for you and your family.

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It doesn’t matter where you are going when you get behind the wheel. What matters is the safety of you, the occupants in your vehicle, and the surrounding motorist on the road. We tend to get overwhelmed out in the excitement of the holiday and drive irresponsibly as a result, but at the end of the day, it is our safety and wellbeing that should remain the highest priority.

Please keep these safety tips in mind this holiday season.

Happy holidays!

The Yost Legal Group – Experienced Attorneys Dedicated to Protecting Your Rights

Construction Accidents Are Common

One of the largest industries in the country is the construction industry.  There are thousands of workers who risk their lives daily to build our nations roadways, office buildings and housing developments. Construction is a dangerous profession and hundreds of accidents occur each year.

The most common causes of injury and death on construction sites are:

–           Falls
–          Struck by object
–          Electrocutions
–          Being caught and pinned between objects
–          Scaffolding accidents
–          Explosions
–          Machinery malfunction
–          Vehicle accidents

There are deafening loud noise, large machinery and heavy equipment on most construction sites. One cannot guarantee a safe work environment, even if every precaution is taken. In order to be as safe as possible on a construction site, follow these simple safety guidelines:

–          Stay aware of your environment
–          Wear protective clothing and eyewear
–          Make sure the site you are working on has all up-to-date licenses and permits
–          Make sure appropriate Workers’ Compensation insurance is available

Employees injured in a construction site accident are entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits that cover lost wages, medical expenses and any type of disability that arises for the work injury.

However, these benefits do not cover all the expenses faced by an injured worker.  If the accident is traced to another cause, such as the manufacturer of equipment or a contractor responsible for the jobsite, the employee can file a personal injury lawsuit.

The Yost Legal Group is experienced in investigating and researching even the most complex construction accident cases. We have the experience necessary to investigate, analyze and represent workers injured on construction sites.  We will work hard to represent you and to seek all of the damages you are entitled to for your injuries, lost wages, pain and suffering and more.

The attorneys at The Yost Legal Group are very active in pursing construction accident claims for those who have suffered injury or death as a result of a worksite accident.

If you or a loved one has suffered injury from a construction accident, please contact The Yost Legal Group and speak to one of our dedicated lawyers about a potential personal injury case.

The Yost Legal Group is experienced in helping individuals and their families who are victims of construction accidents.

The Yost Legal Group has the experience to investigate your case, determine what negligence was involved and fight to protect your right to full and fair compensation.

If you or a family member is ever injured in a construction accident, you need an experienced personal injury lawyer. Do not try to handle your claim on your own.

Contact The Yost Legal Group at 1-800-Yost-Law (1-800-967-8529) to speak with an experienced Baltimore personal injury lawyer for free. One of our experienced construction accident lawyers will work hard to protect your rights and handle the details surrounding your case. If someone was at fault, we will fight to get you the compensation and justice you deserve.

To find out more about your rights, please contact the experienced and knowledgeable attorneys at The Yost Legal Group.

Call 1-800-YOST-LAW (1-800-967-8529) to speak with one of our experienced construction accident attorneys today.

The Yost Legal Group will help you find answers. If you have questions, call to speak with an experienced Baltimore personal injury lawyer for help.

The Yost Legal Group, Experienced Lawyers Dedicated to Protecting your Rights.

 

 

 

Distracted Driving Accidents Are Avoidable

Crash! A motor vehicle accident can occur in an instant. One minute you are driving down the road, minutes from your final destination, and then out of nowhere, you are sideswiped by another car. As it turns out, the other driver was checking her hair in the mirror and took her eyes off the road in order to do so.

Distracted driving accidents are all too common in Maryland, and the personal injury lawyers at The Yost Legal Group have represented many victims of these types of accidents.

Most distracted driving accidents are avoidable if drivers would obey the rules of the road and follow the necessary safety precautions while driving.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that in the United States, 9 people are killed and 1,060 people are injured every day in crashes that involve a distracted driver.

There are three main types of distractions while driving.  These include:

–          Visual: taking your eyes off the road
–          Manual: taking your hands off the wheel
–          Cognitive: taking your mind off the task of driving

While talking and texting on cell phones are common sources of distracted driving, there are many other instances, such as; changing the radio station, eating, conversing with passengers, grooming oneself, and small children or pets who disrupt your attention while driving.

Distracted driving statistics in Maryland are astounding. The Maryland Department of Transportation and Motor Vehicle Administration reports the following:

–          In 2011 a total of 231 people were killed and 29,050 others were injured in distracted driving                accidents.
–          In 2011, 30% of the total distracted driver-involved crashes were rear-end collisions.
–          11% of all drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at                 the time of the crash. This age group has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted.

The Yost Legal Group is experienced in helping individuals and their families who are victims of distracted driving accidents. The Yost Legal Group has the experience to investigate your situation and find out if negligence was involved.

Contact The Yost Legal Group at 1-800-Yost-Law  (1-800-967-8529) for a free, confidential consultation. If someone was at fault, we will fight to get you the compensation and the justice you deserve.

To find out more about your rights, please contact the experienced and knowledgeable distracted driving attorneys at The Yost Legal Group.

Call 1-800-YOST-LAW (1-800-967-8529) to speak with one of our experienced car accident attorneys today.

The Yost Legal Group Distracted Driving attorneys will help you find answers. If you have questions, call to speak with an experienced Baltimore distracted driving lawyer for help.

The Yost Legal Group, Experienced Lawyers Dedicated to Protecting your Rights.