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Why GibsonSingleton hopes you’ll observe Drowsy Driving Prevention Week
Sixty percent of Americans have driven while sleepy in the past year, while 37 percent admitted having fallen asleep behind the wheel, according to the National Sleep Foundation’s Sleep in America poll.
We hear a lot about the dangers of drunk driving, drugged driving, speeding, and distracted driving, but not much about fatigued driving. The truth is that drowsy driving can be every bit as dangerous.
Keep your little goblins and yourself safe this year!
It’s fall, ya’ll, on the Middle Peninsula—a beautiful time of year. The leaves are changing, and there’s a chill in the air.
It’s also the time when the line between “fright” and “fun” can get blurred. Yes, Halloween is right around the corner, and visions of candy corn, caramel apples, and jack-o-lanterns are dancing in our children’s heads.
It can save you and those you love
Motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Traffic accidents resulted in more than 37,461 fatalities and 2.2 million injuries in 2016 alone. That’s about 102 people killed each day in car crashes—or one person every 14 minutes!
Yet a simple, highly effective measure you can take to prevent injury and death on America’s roads is using your safety belt. Safety belts have been required in all new vehicles sold in the U.S. since 1968, and most states require all vehicle occupants to wear them.
GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys is a drop-off location for the Marine Toys for Tots program now through December 15, 2018. We invite you to drop off new, unwrapped toys from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, at our office, 4073 George Washington Memorial Highway, Hayes.
We are working with the local chapter of the U.S. Marine Corps League to collect toys for children in need for Christmas.
Our fourth annual Fall Coat Drive has started, and will last through December 21, 2018. We invite you to drop off new or used coats from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at our office: 4073 George Washington Memorial Highway, Hayes.
Florence may have been downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm, but many people in the Carolinas have lost their lives, and tens of thousands more were left without homes. States of emergency were declared in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, but Virginia closed our hurricane shelters on Friday, Sept. 14, due to the reduced threat here.
Now, many Virginians are rushing to the aid of victims of Florence, and we are proud to stand with them. You can visit Virginia Disaster Relief Fund to help too.
The most precious cargo you will ever carry in your car is a child.
My wife and I have (thankfully) just finished the car seat and booster stage with our twins, but we know how much work it is. We’ve written several blogs in the past encouraging parents to ensure their car seats are in good working order, because when used correctly, child safety restraints reduce the risk of injuries to children by 70 to 80 percent.
The “100 deadliest days of driving” end on Labor Day, according to the National Safety Council. And sadly, they often end with a bang because Labor Day consistently ranks as one of the most dangerous days of the year for people on the road, along with Memorial Day and Independence Day.
This year, 45,800 serious traffic-related injuries and 402 traffic fatalities are predicted across the country for the Labor Day weekend, according to the NSC.
Let’s all do our part to lower those numbers here in Eastern Virginia!
Dogs are “man’s best friend.” Between our team members at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys, we own a pack of lovable canines.
But we can’t forget that dogs are descendants of wolves, carnivorous predators that roamed Virginia only 100 or so years ago. Because of this ancestry, modern dogs have powerful jaws and sharp teeth that are designed to rip flesh from bone.
It’s a great but dangerous time to be a kid. With school, more children are out and about—walking, skateboarding, riding bikes, and crossing streets. Unfortunately, when children do these things, they have a greater risk of being injured or killed by drivers.
This is a real concern in Virginia: we had the third-highest rate of pedestrian fatalities for children (age 19 and under) in the United States in 2015! All drivers need to be reminded that more children are out during the summer, and to SLOW DOWN and PUT DOWN THE CELL PHONE.
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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.