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  1. Common Slip and Fall Causes, and How To Avoid Them

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    Slip and Fall Accident

    Shefman Law, Austin personal injury attorneys, handles all different kinds of personal injury lawsuits, from motorcycle accident cases to swimming pool injuries. One of the most common types of personal injury suits we see revolves around what is known as slip and fall accidents. Slip and fall accident attorneys are all sadly aware of the fact that not only can slip and fall injuries often create distressing situations for our clients, they also tend to be incredibly avoidable. Most slip and fall accidents that are the result of negligence could be prevented with a bit of foresight and care, and as Austin personal injury attorneys we believe in doing everything we can to make the situation safer for our community. Here are a few common slip and fall situations, as well as ways to avoid creating them.

    Damage or Change to a Property

     One of the reoccurring themes in slip and fall injury cases is a lack of property owners to properly address a change in their physical property. Whether it’s damage to a floor that creates an obstacle or a remodeling project that isn’t yet completed, failure to properly handle and address dangerous property damage is something that every slip and fall accident lawyer continually sees in cases.  If you are a property owner, you’ll want to not only avoid these types of situations, you’ll also want to always properly document and mark any area that could potentially prove unsafe for guests.

    Unsafe Cleaning Practices

     At Shefman Law, Austin slip and fall personal injury attorneys, we’re surprised that all property owners are yet to understand the implications of not handling cleaning and maintenance with the utmost care. From recently mopped floors to areas that have been over-polished, maintaining a safe walking surface is a requirement for any space and liability can and will fall on property owners who fail to provide it. In the legal field, we utilize a coefficient of friction measuring system to determine if a floor is too slippery. Although not every property owner can maintain such a precise system, make sure to always err towards a floor that is as safe as possible in order to avoid unnecessary slip and fall accidents.

    Failure To Address Weather Conditions

     Even if a property owner stays up to the task of maintaining the general safety of a surface are while also avoiding dangerous cleaning practices, a slip and fall accident can still occur if weather conditions aren’t properly responded to. As slip and fall injury lawyers, we’ve seen countless cases that occur due to rain, snow, and ice, and it is up to a property owner to combat these unsafe walking conditions with effective protocol. Whether it’s salting any and all icy areas or placing rubber mats in needed areas, if you don’t maintain safe surfaces during difficult weather conditions, you may just find yourself getting a call from a slip and fall accident attorney.

    Although this is in no way an exhaustive list, it should illustrate just how essential it is for any business or property owner to attentively focus on providing a safe and manageable space for all of their guests. If you’ve been in a slip and fall accident, contact the Austin personal injury attorneys at Shefman Law to find out what options might be available for you.

  2. New Technology That’s Making Motorcycles Safer

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    New technology for motorcycle safetyAt Shefman Law, we’re not just exceptional motorcycle accident lawyers, we’re riders just like you. Due to the way in which these two passions intersect, it probably won’t surprise you to find out that motorcycle safety is something we hold near and dear to our heart. Whether it’s practicing safe riding techniques on the road or representing the victim of an Austin motorcycle accident, everyone at our firm is committed to the safety of bikers. To celebrate this, we’ve put together a few emerging trends in motorcycle technology that promise to make riding an even safer practice. Hopefully with these added technologies, we’ll continue to be able to lower the number of motorcycle accidents and injuries that occur throughout our community.

    Intelligent Active Motorcycle Suspension

    Any experienced rider, whether you’re a motorcycle injury attorney or not, is aware of the problems that setting up your bike’s suspension can cause. There tends to be a tradeoff when making a suspension choice: in order to get a firm ride that’s suitable for cornering on smooth roads, you end up loosing roadholding on a bumpy surface. Making this choice can often result in a safety sacrifice in one or more areas. Lucky for us, the industry is currently finalizing an automated suspension system that recognizes how you’re riding a bike at a given and automatically adjusts the suspension to ensure the safest ride possible, which is great news to a motorcycle accident personal injury attorney.

    Adaptive Headlight Technology

    As Austin motorcycle accident lawyers, we’re well aware of the dangers posed by taking corners at nighttime. Due to the requirement that all headlights have to have their top half cut off by a suitable reflector to prevent blinding oncoming drivers, when a motorcycle rider leans into a curve the visible area tilts accordingly with the bike. This typically creates a scenario where a biker can’t see what’s in front of them as they turn, creating a scene just wanting for a crash. Luckily, BMW has just developed a headlight system that can tell when you’re leaning into a corner and in turn adjusts its aim accordingly. This technology is a major addition to safety protocols for bike’s, making it a breath of fresh air for anyone interested in the lives and health of motorcycle riders.

    Anti-Lock Braking System

    Although anti-lock braking systems have been around since at least the early 90’s, we’re finally getting to the point where they are becoming requirements on the road. As Austin motorcycle injury lawyers, we have to say that it is about time. By 2016, all bikes on the road in the European Union will require ABS systems, and we only hope the same type of legislation will eventually make its way to the U.S. An ABS prevents the wheels of a bike from locking during braking situations and adjusts the pressure of the brake fluid in order to keep traction and avoid fall downs. This leads to decreased stopping distance while also assisting in maintaining stability. As experienced motorcycle accident attorneys, we believe that any increase in motorcycle safety and functionality is a step in the right direction, so we encourage everyone to look into the potential benefits of procuring a bike with a developed ABS built in.

    At Shefman Law, we do everything in our power to get you the compensation you deserve in a motorcycle accident. If you’ve suffered an injury due to someone else’s negligence, contact Austin’s Shefman Law today. You’ve got a bike? We’ve got your back.

  3. Four Major Causes Of Motorcycle Accidents, And How to Avoid Them

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    Riders can take steps to avoid motorcycle accidentsAt Shefman Law, we’re not just motorcycle accident attorneys: we’re the premiere Austin motorcycle injury lawyers. We’ve worked with victims of motorcycle crashes for years, and it’s this experience that makes us effective at what we do. Furthermore, not only are we experienced motorcycle accident trial attorneys, we’re also riders ourselves.

    Our history dealing with motorcycle accidents has led us to a deep understanding of the common types of crashes and the causes behind them. We’ve put together a list of four of the most frequent reasons why an accident occurs on the road, as well as a few general tips on how to avoid some of these occurrences. Read on to know what you should try to avoid each and every time you take your bike out on the road.

    1. Car Makes A Left Turn

    As Austin motorcycle accident attorneys, this is easily the most common incident we see motorcyclists finding themselves in. The scene typically unfolds like this: a car fails to notice a rider, or misjudges her or his speed, and makes a left in front of the rider at an intersection. This type of collision constitutes nearly 42% of all accidents involving a motorcycle and a car, making it a high priority on the list of situations to avoid for all riders. Most of the time a vehicle that strikes another motorist while making a left-hand turn will be found responsible for the accident, though this doesn’t mean diligence is not required from a biker’s perspective. Always be aware of the dangers at hand when approaching a four way stop, and keep an eye on whether drivers are noticing your presence. If all else fails, make sure to contact a motorcycle accident lawyer immediately following a crash.

    2. Road Hazards

    Due to the relative instability and thin tires of most motorcycles, road hazards present a greater danger to bikers than they do for most other motor vehicles. Whether it’s potholes, sewer grates, or poorly laid gravel, Austin motorcyclists can be faced with treacherous conditions when out on the road. When a motorcycle accident or injury is caused by a road hazard, there can often be responsible parties, be it the state, county, city, or other agency that maintains the road. Depending on the situation, you may be entitled to compensation, so you should always contact a motorcycle injury lawyer after an incident. Like many situations on the road, your best bet is to take unknown roads slowly and safely, while attempting to steer clear of any blocked off street or known hazard areas.

    3. Car Changes Lanes Into You

    Sadly, most motorcyclists will be familiar with this scenario: you’re out, enjoying a weekend ride, when suddenly a car begins to change lanes into the space you’re occupying without checking for your presence. One thing we’ve noticed in our years of experience as Austin motorcycle accident attorneys is that many drivers simply fail to take the time to look out for the bikers sharing the lanes with them. Although cars are required to check their blind spots when changing lanes, it’s still essential to spend as little time as possible outside of the view of other motorists. Also, taking extra caution when riding in situations where lane changes are more likely to occur (i.e. when highway traffic is slowing, or lanes are coming to an end) in order to avoid a dangerous situation. Even though cars are required to safely share the lanes with motorcyclists, riders have to remain ever vigilant to the dangers of careless drivers.

    4. Lane Splitting

    Lane Splitting occurs when a motorcycle drives between two lanes of stopped or slowly moving cars. Even in a state like California, which permits “safe and prudent” lane splitting, it’s always a practice to avoid. The legality of lane splitting in many states is quite often debatable, and as experienced Austin motorcycle accident and injury attorneys, we encourage every rider to stay away from the often disastrous practice. Safely sharing the road is tough enough for bikers without the added burden of a legally dubious and highly dangerous act such as lane splitting. As a motorcyclist, do your part to remain safe, and avoid lane splitting.

    At Shefman Law, we not only represent motorcycle riders, we are motorcycle riders. If you’re in need of a tough and effective motorcycle accident attorney, call today for a consultation. Remember, we only take a fee if you receive compensation.

     

  4. Thunder on the Colorado – Staying Safe

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    Southern California Norton Owner's Club Cambria Ride on Hwy 41 near Creston, CAAt Shefman Law, not only are we Austin’s premier motorcycle accident attorneys, we’re also riders ourselves. Because of this, we’re as excited as anyone about all of the great events that tend to land in the early spring. One of our favorite local events is the Thunder on the Colorado festival, which opens up on March 14th and runs through March 16th. Featuring a downtown parade in nearby Smithville as well as a great juried bike show, Thunder on the Colorado is the perfect way to start the major ride season. As members of the local bike community, the motorcycle injury lawyers at Shefman Law are excited to start the season right with the rest of our fellow riders.

     

    One of our favorite events associated with Thunder on the Colorado is the fun run that happens every year. Although every biker loves a good fun run ride, we wouldn’t be great motorcycle injury lawyers if we didn’t remind you of a few tips to keep in mind when enjoying the open road.  As much as we advocate for safe and open roads for all recreational users of motorcycles and bicycles, we’re sadly aware of the danger posed by motorcycle accidents and motorcycle injuries. Going into Thunder on the Colorado, here’s what you should do in case of a motorcycle crash:

     

    – First and foremost, call 911. Getting adequate help after a motorcycle accident is a must.
    – Do not refuse medical treatment, as adrenaline may mask serious injuries.
    – Make sure the police take a report and record driver and witness information. We’ve created our very own app to make sure you can record and document any information you may need later on if taking your case to trial.
    – Take photos of damaged vehicles, debris in roadway, skid marks, injuries, insurance cards, drivers’ licenses, and street/intersection where crash occurred.
    – Do not discuss liability with other driver.
    – Maintain articles of clothing damaged or marked by the collision.
    – Contact Shefman Law, Austin’s very best personal injury attorneys, to speak with a skilled bike accident lawyer.

     

    As we get into one of the heaviest ride seasons of the year, and start to approach great events like Thunder on the Colorado, it’s important that you keep your safety in mind. We hope you enjoy the open roads of Texas, and make sure to contact Shefman Law anytime you’re in need of an effective and determined motorcycle injury attorney.

  5. Austin Fire Hazards | Tis the Season

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    Austin has received a lot of rain lately (for Austin) but we remain in drought conditions. Please be mindful that fires catch easily outdoors in dry winter seasons. Also, the following indoor fire hazards should be dutifully watched with great precaution:

    Space heaters

    Christmas lights

    Candles

    Dirty Chimneys

    Electrical Cords

    Wood Burning Fire Places v. Gas Fire Places

    Living in apartment complexes or duplex situations neighbors are dependent on neighbors to be mindful of these special precautions throughout the holiday seasons. One fire can ruin hundreds of families lives, even cause serious bodily injury and death.

    Please check all electrical cords, give space heaters sufficient room and keep them away from flammable surfaces and objects such as curtains and make sure they have proper venitlation. Never use a heater that off gases indoors.

    Before using wood burning fireplaces make sure your chimney is clean and won’t cause an unexpected fire in the building due to build up in the chimney.

    Before leaving the house or apartment, make sure all holiday lights are turned off.

    Make sure all electrical cords have not been chewed on by household pets and there are no exposed wires.

    Never burn wood in a non-wood burning fireplace. If you are uncertain, just don’t do it.