Bay Area Personal Injury Blog - Mary Alexander & Associates

Top 5 Summertime Injuries

Summer can be a lot of fun. Swimming, traveling, cookouts and concerts are just a few of the things that we look forward to during the warm and welcome summer months. Unfortunately, summer can come with a few common summertime injuries. Here are the top five ways that people get hurt during the summer:


According to the Centers for Disease Control, drowning is one of the leading causes of death in young children. Drowning can happen so fast that adults may not react before it’s too late. Not only should swimmers and the adults that watch children be aware of their surroundings, but businesses and organizations offering swimming activities should make sure that their facilities have proper safety precautions as well as trained and qualified staff. Entire blog

Safety Tips for Summer Road Trips

Summertime is a great time to step outside of your safety and comfort zone and find ways to explore the world at large. While trips, both abroad and internationally can be incredibly rewarding and life changing, they can also be dangerous if you don’t follow proper safety protocol.

When traveling during summer road trips, the following steps can help you to be safe.

– Have your car inspected before you leave on your summer road trips in order to make sure that it is proper working order and not likely to break down unexpectedly.

– Plan out a route to drive on so that you are unlikely to be lost and distracted while on the road. Being lost on the road is likely to add to confusion and increase the chance that you get into an accident.

– Look up the rules of the road if you will be traveling in a foreign country that has different driving rules. Be sure to understand the areas that are riskier than other areas and use public transportation or taxis in these locations if possible.

– Make sure that any individuals who will be sharing the driving responsibility with you will have some familiarity with the vehicle that they will be driving on the road trip and won’t be confused operating the vehicle.

– Make sure that you have sufficient rest stops and are not overly tired, hungry, or dehydrated while on a summer road trip. Don’t push yourself to fast or far and pressure yourself to go too fast to get to a location on time.

– Be sure to avoid drugs and alcohol on the road or on your trip as they can have a significantly negative impact on your driving.

Summer road trips can be enjoyable and a great way to step outside the routine that is part of your everyday life. Being safe while doing so is important to keep yourself and your loved ones safe, as well as other drivers on the road. Be responsible and safe this summer while on the road with these safety tips.

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Distracted driving is a very serious matter and should not be taken lightly. Many people are often unaware that they are even habitual distracted drivers. Something so little as checking on your child in the backseat or turning the radio station, for two seconds your eyes are not focused on that road ahead of you, an accident occurs. What’s even scarier is that it’s the leading cause of death amongst teens in the U.S. We need to all become more aware of this selfish action and save our families, and anyone else.

Fortunately, there are ways that we can be more precautious and more aware about distracted driving. Cell phones seem to be a huge problem and it’s quite simple, the call or text can wait. If it’s that important, pull over and take the call. If you are a parent, talk to your kids about how important it is to pay attention to the road, especially when friends are in the car. Grow a trust and bond with them through driving and things can be a lot safer. There are even pretend car crash videos that will make anyone think twice about not paying attention ever again. Which then leads us to eating and drinking while driving. We don’t think that taking our hands off the wheel, or looking down for whatever it is we need in our car, for 5 seconds is that long. But think about how fast you are going and the distance a car can go in that amount of time, you could have double or even tripled a football field.

In closing, we need to spread more awareness. If you are in the car with someone and they begin to text or take a call, stand up for yourself and tell them it can wait. Not only are they putting you at risk, but themselves, and others that are driving near. Paying attention while driving is the main focus in being a successful driver. Now that you have the knowledge, you have the power to help save lives and make people aware of the dangers of what will happen if you drive while being distracted.

Ford Recall for Engine Fire Risk and Door Latch Failures

On March 29, 2017,  Ford announced a recall of 570,000 vehicles due to problems related to potential fires in the engines, and door latches that will not stay shut. Both of these problems create safety concerns, and any personal injuries or property damages caused provide the possibility of lawsuits against Ford Motor. The fact that the company is issuing the recall is an admission that there is a problem which can cause injury.

A Ford recall does not mean that injuries have occurred, but it does indicate a cause for concern among owners of the affected automobiles subject to potential engine fires, which include 2014 Escape SUVs, 2014-2015 compact Fiesta ST, 2013-2014 Fusion midsize, and 2013-2015 Transit Connect small van. Registered owners of 2014 Fiesta, 2013-2014 Fusion, and 2014 Lincoln MKZ will be notified about faulty door latches as well as the other vehicles listed herein. Entire blog

California Wrongful Death Attorneys

A wrongful death occurs when a person is killed as a result of an accident caused by another person’s negligence. Survivors of the victim can file a wrongful death claim and seek compensation for losses as a result of losing their loved one. A wrongful death claim can occur as a result of several legal situations including; medical malpractice, occupational hazard, or automobile malfunction. Wrongful death claims are commonly sought by family members or those that are financially dependent upon the deceased victim.  Entire blog

Wrongful Death – Understanding The Facts

The unthinkable has happened. Your loved one has died. Out of nowhere, just going along their normal routine, an accident or negligent action took them away from you forever. There are so many details that require your immediate attention, but your grief is overwhelming. The last thing on your mind is the responsible party. But that is exactly what is on our mind and it is our goal to bring that responsible party to justice. Entire blog

Auto Accidents in the Bay Area

The average driver can expect to be involved in 3-4 car accidents in a lifetime. According to several sources, there are 6 million car accidents in the US each year. With statistics like that, chances are you will be facing the aftermath of an auto accident more than once during your driving career. Add the congested highways and millions of drivers in the Bay Area, and even as a cautious driver, you may find yourself needing a car accident attorney.  Entire blog

Workplace Accident Prevention Tips

On December 18, a man who loaded and unloaded containers from ships in Oakland was injured when some containers came loose and struck him in the leg. Firefighters got the man off the ship and into an ambulance. He was then taken to a local hospital where he was listed in stable condition. This man’s accident is a reminder of how important it is to be safe at work. There are several steps you can take to be safer at work, particularly if you work around heavy machinery. Entire blog

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