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Bellevue Car Accident and Divorce Attorney at the Andrew Kim Law Firm
Bellevue Car Accident and Divorce Attorney at the Andrew Kim Law Firm

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Winter conditions and cold weather deters most motorcycle enthusiasts from riding, but some in Washington State continue to ride year-round. For these riders, it is extremely important to stay warm while riding. Why? Bike riders are exposed to the weather in a way that car and truck drivers are not – and traveling at high speeds means that it is even easier to get cold.
Why is your temperature important to your ride? Losing dexterity and feeling in your hands and feet can make it much more difficult to operate a bike. At the same time, if you are distracted from the road because of your discomfort, accidents can happen.

How can you keep warm on your motorcycle? Consider these accessories:
•    A full-coverage helmet.
•    A scarf or ski mask.
•    A face shield.
•    A thermal layer and wind-proof layer on your torso.
•    Thermal underwear.
•    Windproof winter gloves.
•    Wind-proof pants.
•    Hand and foot warmers.
•    Handlebar covers. 

In addition to dressing appropriately, be sure to take frequent breaks if you are riding in cold weather – stop to drink a hot cup of coffee, to get your blood circulating, and to get out of the wind. Also consider avoiding motorcycle riding altogether if it is bitterly cold or if the weather may include snow, freezing rain, or ice. Avoiding cold weather riding isn’t just a more pleasant option, it can also reduce the number of winter motorcycle accidents in Seattle.

If you have been injured in a Seattle motorcycle accident, you may deserve compensation. Find out more about your possible Washington personal injury case by contacting Andrew Kim today1-800-636-3676 or visit Bellevue Motorcycle Accident Attorney.

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Unfortunately, Seattle joggers are face a number of traffic hazards -- from distracted drivers to poorly designed intersections to dangerous crosswalks. Here are a few tips to keep safe, whether you jog for exercise, for pleasure, or as your commute to work:

• Get familiar with your route. The better you know your route, the safer you will be. Take note of dangerous intersections, places without sidewalks, or confusing exchanges. If you are running a route for the first time, be especially aware of your surroundings, and check out the route on a map before leaving.

• Listening to music can be motivational, but dangerous. Listening to an iPod or MP3 player can increase the enjoyment of your run, but it also makes it much more difficult to stay aware of your surroundings or to hear approaching hazards such as emergency vehicles. If you must listen to music, only use one ear bud and turn down the volume.

• Be aware of cyclists. All joggers know to be wary of motorized traffic on the roads, but some forget about the presence of cyclists. Realize that bikers are on the roads, that they can cause significant damage if they hit you, and that you could be in their way.
• Be as visible as possible. Even if you are running during the day, it never hurts to wear bright colors and reflective material. If you are running at night, be sure to do so on a sidewalk and with a headlamp (or in a well-lit area).

• Walk when crossing a road. Running across crosswalks can be dangerous. Not only could you trip and fall, but you also do not give passing drivers as much time to see you and react.

Jogging is great for your health, good for the environment, and fun. However, it is important that you understand the unique hazards that come with jogging and stay safe during your Seattle runs.

If you have been involved in a Seattle area jogging traffic accident, speak to a Washington personal injury attorney today to discuss whether or not you may have a valid injury claim. Call 425-289-1990

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, recently posted this article regarding electronic devices and their in-vehicle use.

On Thursday, the U.S. Transportation Secretary announced the first of it's kind: federally proposed guidelines that would encourage automobile manufacturers to limit the risk of distraction for electronic devices and their in-vehicle use. These are voluntary and proposed guidelines that would apply to electronics based on communication, entertainment, information gathering and navigation devices or any other devices that are not necessary to operate a vehicle safely. Issued by the NHTSA, the guidelines would form criteria specific to electronic devices that require the vehicle's operator to visually or manually operate and that are installed at the time of the vehicle's manufature.

These guidelines were announced shortly after President Obama's FY 2013 buget request. Aimed at distracted driving programs, his request included a sum of $330 million over 6 years to increase awareness and encourage stakeholders to take action in the issue of distracted driving.

Some of the recommended guidelines include:
-Reduce the complexity and length of tasks that required of the device;
-Limit device operation to one hand only, allowing the other hand to stay on the steering wheel;
-Limit individual off-road glances needed to operate the electronic device to no more than 2 seconds;
-Limit unnecessary visual information in the driver's field of view;
-Limit the number of manual inputs necessary to operate the electronic device.

It is also recommended that the following be disabled while driving, unless the intented use is that of the passenger and cannot be accessed or seen by the driver, or unless the vehicle is stopped and the transmission in in park:
-Visual/manual text messaging;
-Visual/manual internet browsing;
-Visual/manual social media browsing;
-Visual/manual navigation system destination entry by address;
-Visual/manual 10-digit phone dialing;
-Displaying to the driver more than 30 characters of text unrelated to the driving task.

These are preliminary Phase I guidelines. In the future, the NHTSA is considering Phase II and Phase III, which will address aftermarket portable personal electronics that are not built-in to the vehicle, as well as voice-activated controls to further decrease distractions while driving.

The Andrew Kim Law Firm is a personal injury firm in Bellevue that specializes in personal injury claims all over Western Washington.

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Air Bag Safety For Your Child

Air bags are designed to save your life in the event of a car accident. Children, however, can be seriously injured by air bags. Healthy Children provides these tips to prevent and avoid the potentially serious injuries that can result from child/air bag accidents:

-For ages up 13, the safest place to ride is the back seat.
-In any kind of vehicle that is equiped with air bags, NEVER put an infant in the front seat.
-Depending on their size, your child should be properly secured in a suitable car seat. Check out Healthy Children's site for recommended car seat use by age.
-Be aware of your car's side air bags. Review your owner's manual suggestions for children safety.
-As a parent, plan ahead to make sure you do not drive with too many children than can be seated properly in the back seat.
-If, for some reason, a child has to ride in the front seat, adjust the seat to be as far away from the dashboard as possible.

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Safe Driving Tips for Adverse Weather Conditions

The best way to stay safe during snowy and icy road conditions is to stay off the roads! Although, if it cannot be avoided, the Weather Channel lists these safe driving tips for adverse weather conditions:

-Wait until snow plows or sanding trucks have made their routes.
-Allow extra time to reach your destination.
-Pratice driving in an empty snowy parking lot to get familiar with how your car handles in the snow and ice.

Once you are on the roads:
-Drive slowly and leave more than usual space between you and the vehicle in front of you to allow for braking.
-Brake slowly to avoid skidding. Ease off the brake if your wheels lock up.
-Drive with your lights on, even in the daytime. Make sure your headlights are clean, along with your windshield, for ultimate visibility.
-To keep traction, drive in low gears, especially on hills. Also avoid cruise control and overdrive.
-Use extra precaution on overpasses, bridges or other infrequently traveled roadways, as these will freeze over first. You may encounter black ice in shady areas even if its slightly warmer than freezing temperatures.
-If you see a snow plowing or sanding truck on the road, do not pass them. The drivers have poor visibility and the roads ahead of them will be in worse condition than those behind.
-Even 4-wheel and front-wheel drive vehicles have problems in adverse weather conditions. Do not assume your vehicle can handle any and all conditions.

If your rear wheels begin to skid:
-Remove pressure on the accelerator.
-If the rear wheels are skidding to the left, steer the steering wheel to the left. Vice versa if they are slidding to the right. If your wheels start going the opposite direction while trying to recover, gently steer in that direction. You may have to steer in both directions a few times to regain control.
If you have anti-lock brakes, apply steady pressure to the brake petal do not pump. You will feel the brakes pulse, this is normal. If you have standard brakes, pump the brake petal gently.

If your front wheels begin to skid:
-Do not try to steer, take your foot off the accelerator and shift to neutral.
-As the front wheels slid sideways, the vehicle will slow and regain traction. When this happens, direct your steering wheel in the direction you want to go, shift to drive and gently apply the gas.

If your vehicle gets stuck:
-You will only dig deeper in the snow or ice if you spin wheels.
-To get the snow out of the way, turn your tires from side to side.
-To ease out, lightly accelerate your vehicle.
-Remove the snow around your wheels and underneath your car with a shovel.
-To aid with traction, pour kitty litter or sand in the path of your wheels.
-Try shifting forward then to reverse, applying a little gas each time you're in gear. Check your manual first, as this may damage your transmission.

If you have been involved in a car accident, sustained injuries and need a Bellevue Accident Lawyer, contact the Andrew Kim Law Firm. We are a Bellevue Car Accident Law Firm that specializes in personal injury claims in Washington State. To discuss your claim and injuries, call our office for a free consultation at (425) 289-1990 or (800) 636-3676.

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