Avoid These Black Friday Shopping Injuries

Black Friday is regarded as the first traditional day of the holiday shopping season and stores use that to their advantage. However, it is also historically a dangerous day. If stores do not have solid safety plans in place, overcrowding can become hazardous. If you plan to participate in Black Friday shopping this year, be aware of the following accidents:

Slips, trips and falls. Depending on the weather, shoppers could track in water on their shoes from rain. Water could create slippery floors at the store’s entrance and throughout the aisles. If the water is not dealt with accordingly, shoppers could slip and injure themselves. Warning signs should be placed around wet floors. With the large number of shoppers, loose mats or torn carpets could result in tripping too.

Be aware of chemical spills or food and drink spills. With people grabbing for items, you can expect to see them.

Trampling. Though uncommon, trampling has occurred on Black Friday and has resulted in serious injury and even death. Door buster deals might seem like a good reason to be at the front of the crowd, but you could be at risk of being trampled. Once the doors open, shoppers behind you will be on a mission to get inside as quickly as possible.

Falling merchandise. During large sales, merchandise and extra stock is typically packed onto shelves. If boxes and merchandise have been placed in a hurry, they could easily fall once shoppers start taking items or bump into shelves. If an item is heavy enough and falls off the shelf, it could land on top of a shopper and cause serious body or head injuries.

Additionally, if an item is out of your reach or there is a sign that tells you to ask for assistance, ask an employee to get it for you. Do not risk it yourself.

Altercations with other shoppers. Black Friday deals and lack of sleep can get the best of people. Unfortunately, the horror stories are true. People have been injured from shopping cart altercations, pepper spray, fist fights and weapons during Black Friday. Stay alert and mindful of the shoppers around you and avoid shoving or pushing. You don’t know who you could be dealing with. That Black Friday deal is not worth an assault charge.

Have You Been Injured on a Store’s Premises?

Store owners and operators have a responsibility by law to keep their premises safe for shoppers. This includes keeping walkways clear of spills and managing crowding of their stores.

If you or someone you love is injured on a store’s property, you could have a viable claim to recover compensation. Contact the premises liability attorneys at Barnett, Bennett & Scott LLP to discuss your situation. We could help you understand your rights under the law, determine who is at fault for your injuries and discuss your legal options.

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3 Free Apps to Track Your Kids’ Whereabouts on Halloween

Do your kids want to trick-or-treat with friends this year? Perhaps they want to go to a friend’s neighborhood across town. Letting them go without you could feel scary, but it doesn’t have to. While calling or texting are valid options, chances are they will be too busy snagging candy to respond to your messages right away. You have some options:

App #1: Life360

The Life360 app integrates location and communication on iOS and Android devices. The app does include a messaging feature, but rather than waiting for your kids to message you back, you can simply look at their real-time location as well as their location history. If you have preprogrammed specific destinations into the app, then you will receive alerts when they arrive and leave. You can also set up emergency alerts, so you’ll be notified if they need help.

This app constantly tracks your kids’ locations, so it has been found to use a lot of battery life. A quick fix could be to change the real-time location interval, so it does not constantly track location.

App #2: Glympse

Glympse works on iOS and Android devices. Glympse stands apart from Life360 because you don’t have to install the app on your phone to keep track of your kids. Once you install the app on their phone, you can enter your phone number or e-mail address to track their whereabouts. A link will be sent to your contact information and you can open it on your web browser whenever you want to check on them.

This app will not continuously refresh your child’s location, so it does not use as much battery life. However, you will have to update their location manually by clicking on the provided link.

App #3: Trusted Contacts

Trusted Contacts also works on iOS and Android devices. Like Life360, this app will give you a general idea of the battery life left on your child’s phone. It will also let you know when your child was last active on their phone. Though you can use real-time location with this app, it will use up battery life. What’s different about this app? You can request their location. If your child does not respond to you within a certain timeframe, like five minutes, then the app will automatically share their location with you, even if their phone is offline.

From Barnett, Bennett & Scott LLP, Happy Halloween! Our attorneys represent clients with personal injury cases in Solano County, California, and the surrounding areas. Contact us today for more information.

NHTSA Launches Anti-Drug Slogan in Time for Labor Day Weekend

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, has launched an anti-drug slogan right before Labor Day Weekend to vitalize their national campaign, announced in January 2018, to combat driving under the influence of drugs. The slogan reads: If you feel different, you drive different. Drive high, get a DUI.

Law enforcement officers are intensively focused on keeping alcohol and drug-impaired drivers off of roads during holiday weekends. With the nation’s growing opioid epidemic and more states legalizing cannabis, NHTSA is striving to be more vocal about their fight against impaired driving. As part of this campaign, NHTSA is reminding the public that it is dangerous to drive under the influence of drugs.

In 2016, the California Highway Patrol, or CHP, reported 38 deaths due to vehicle accidents during Labor Day Weekend. There were over 3,600 vehicle fatalities throughout the year. According to NHTSA, about 30-percent of those vehicle fatalities in 2016 involved a driver with a blood alcohol content above the legal limit. Since recreational marijuana sales became legal in California starting January 1, 2018, it is even more crucial to spread awareness and education about drug-impaired driving.

While it is the job of the CHP and local police to keep the streets safe for drivers and pedestrians over the holiday weekend, the CHP has set up guidelines to report unsafe drivers so the public can play their part too. If you see someone driving dangerously by weaving in and out of lanes, or veering out of their lane, ask your passenger to call 9-1-1. Try to be as thorough as you can about where you are located, your speed, and details about the car in question. If you are driving alone, always put your safety first, and either use a hands-free device or pull over to the side of the road or into a parking lot before you make the call.

From Barnett, Bennett, & Scott LLP, we want you to have a safe and fun Labor Day Weekend. If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident with an impaired driver involved, Barnett, Bennett & Scott LLP Law Firm can help discuss and determine your legal options.

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