Auto crashes are the No. 1 cause of death among American teenagers. More than 2,100 teens were killed in 2013, and nearly 250,000 visited an emergency room, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The fatality rate for young men involved in wrecks was almost twice that of young women.
These statistics are deeply concerning to me, both as the father of teenaged boys, and as a personal injury attorney.
What does Captain David Shield of Gloucester County Sheriff’s Office wish you knew about staying safe?
GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys: What do you wish more people in our community knew about personal safety?
Driving in even a little snow can be difficult for us Virginians because we’re usually out of practice! Here are top tips from AAA to help you and your loved ones:
Back-to-school time is almost underway, and that means many high schoolers will be starting driver’s education and venturing onto local roads.
Getting a first driver’s license is big milestone. But the safest drivers on the road have years of experience, which teenagers don’t have yet. Without experience, young drivers are more likely to misjudge situations, forget traffic laws, and miscalculate size and speed of cars. As a result, young drivers make the most mistakes and unintentionally endanger the most lives on the road.
Spring means high school and college graduation for many in our area. For some, celebrating includes drinking alcohol. (Of course the legal drinking age is 21, and violations for underage possession of alcohol can mean steep penalties.) But if you or a loved one are of legal age and choose to drink, we at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys want to make sure you stay safe by following a few tips:
Most parents believe their child’s car seat is installed correctly. But research shows that only three out of 10 are. As a father and defender of the injured, that statistic caught my attention: 7 out of 10 kids in child safety seats are not properly buckled in.
Vehicle crashes are the No. 1 killer of kids. Why? In many cases, children are either not buckled into their car seats properly, or the parents didn’t realize that a booster seat was vital to having the seat belt work properly.
No one supports drunk driving, but bars, restaurants, and holiday parties that serve alcohol have parking areas. Unless you abstain from alcohol or drink only at home, you or a loved one could be at-risk for driving while impaired or from other drunk drivers, particularly during the holidays.
Consider these sobering statistics: In December, an average of 25 people a day die in drunk driving crashes. That means approximately 775 people won’t make it home for the holidays. In December, 60 percent of fatal crashes between midnight and 3 a.m. involve a drunk driver. That’s why from Dec. 13, 2013, through Jan. 1, 2014, state and local law enforcement will be out in force cracking down on drunk drivers.
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Prevention, empathy, and diligence are hallmarks of everything we do at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys. Our community can see these ideals lived out in our work to prevent personal injuries from happening.
- Safety Education
GibsonSingleton launches a “Texts=Wrecks” campaign to reduce the number of people injured or killed by distracted drivers.
- Annual Coat Drive
During the fall, our team works to distribute coats to people in need in our community.
- Hands-on Service
John and Ken join the Gloucester Point Rotary Club in cleaning up the community.
- Supporting Local Schools
The Gibson family participates in Gloucester’s Botetourt Elementary Shuffle fundraiser.