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Is Your Childs’ Car Seat Safe Enough?

Posted by Sean DuBois on Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Mother Putting Baby Into Car SeatMother helps her daughter to fasten belt on car seat

For many new parents, the task of getting a car seat can be a bit intimidating. Every year, thousands of deaths and serious injuries are prevented by car seats, so its important to find the right one, based on the childs age, size and vehicle type. For a quick idea of what seat a child should be in, review the below listing;

  • Infant to 2 years Rear facing car seat
  • Preschoolers Front facing seat with harness
  • School Aged up to 49- Booster seat
  • Above 49 Seatbelt

Also, keep in mind that new LATCH rules will take effect in 2014. This requires an anchor system for car seats either through using the vehicles seat belt, or appropriately installed latches. LATCH systems might be easier for parents, as most vehicles are equipped if they were made after 2002. These vehicles will have a latch attachment in the rear window, as well as one between the seat cushions. The car seat can then be latched securely onto the vehicle.

When in doubt, you should have your car seat checked over by a child passenger safety technician. If you go to the National CPS Certification webpage, you should be able to find one in your area.

Portland Makes The List of Top Bike Friendly Cities

Posted by Sean DuBois on Friday, August 22, 2014

10 Best Bike Friendly cities in the US


The cycling communities numbers have increased over the past few years. Many cities across the country are responding by making roads safer for cyclists and creating new paths and trails. Below is a list of the top cities with a passion for pedaling.

Austin, TX A cool cycling scene has emerged in this vibrant city. Many bike routes including Veloway, a three-mile course in South Austin, McKinney Falls State Park earn Austin a spot on the list.

Boulder, CO The city has over 300 miles of dedicated bike paths, lanes and roads with shoulders. Valmont Bike Park is the largest free urban bike park with 40 acres of off-road fun for everyone.

Hayward and Cable, WI These duo cities are the epicenter of biking in the Midwest with a trail system designed for everyone. The Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival is a three-day bicycling adventure with the countrys largest mass start point-to-point race.

Jackson Hole, WY Road and mountain bikers will find copious options for biking in the beauty of the city and surrounding area. Some popular trails include Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park, Granite Hot Springs and the Jackson Hole Community Pathway.

Louisville, KY The lively city center and picturesque scenery makes Louisville a great cycling backdrop. The eight-mile Louisville Riverwalk is one of the most popular rides.

Minneapolis, MN With 92 miles of on-street bikeways and 85 miles of off-street bikeways, Minneapolis is always on the list. Locals and visitors enjoy trails around the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway and Midtown Greenway.

Portland, OR Urban rides in the compact downtown area and scenic trails in the parks nearby make Portland a hub for cycling enthusiasts. Some of the best trails include the Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade and the Aufderheide National Scenic Byway.

Roanoke Valley, VA With more than 2,500 miles designated as scenic byways in Virginia, this boasts excellent cycling opportunities. Lightly traveled roads and a temperate climate make this city bike friendly.

San Diego, CA Year-round mild weather, decently flat terrain and beautiful beaches make San Diego one of the most beautiful cyclist friendly cities in Southern California. The Silver Strand on Coronado Island has stunning views of the bay and the Pacific Coast Highway passes through gorgeous beach towns for a fun ride.

Tucson, AZ Plenty of bicycle events and multi-use trails make this city a favorite for cyclists. Take in the beauty of the five mountain ranges surrounding Tucson during your rides.




Do I Need a Portland Personal Injury Lawyer?

Posted by Sean DuBois on Tuesday, April 22, 2014

It’s a universal dilemma, and one that thousands of Oregon motorists have asked themselves after being injured because of another road user’s negligence: “Do I really need a Portland personal injury lawyer to look after my claim?”

What kind of answer would you expect to receive on an injury attorney’s blog? Well, it may shock you then to hear that the real answer is you may not need to hire a lawyer in some situations. It depends very much on the myriad of details surrounding each individual’s case.

The main reason people elect not to use the services of an attorney is because they simply don’t want to “share” their compensation. Contingency fees (a fee that is charged only if and when you win your case) of 33% are about average, and that might seem like a lot. However, you should also consider the many reasons you should retain the services of a personal injury lawyer. (more…)

Why File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

Posted by Sean DuBois on Monday, April 14, 2014

When a terrible accident has claimed the life of a loved one, between the grief that you are struggling with and the care that you have to provide to your family, it is undoubtedly a difficult time for you to even consider thinking about wrongful death lawsuits. However, if you wish to hold the responsible party accountable for their actions and obtain justice for your lost loved one, you have a limited time to do so. In Oregon, surviving family members typically only have three years after the date of the injury that caused the death in order to file wrongful death lawsuits, though sometimes the time limit is much shorter, like a year for cases against public bodies. The sooner that you can contact a personal injury attorney with experience in wrongful death cases, the better it will be for your family and your future.


What to Do After a Portland Auto Accident Death

Posted by Sean DuBois on Wednesday, April 9, 2014

There is truly nothing worse than the experience of losing a family member. These terrible moments in our lives can be made even worse when we realize that that family member had fallen victim to an accidental death or a wrongful death that was not their fault. If your family member has lost their life due to a Portland auto accident death, or other wrongful or accidental death, then there are certain steps that you will need to take in order to ensure that the responsible party is held accountable for their misconduct and the resulting death of your beloved family member from that misconduct.

Understanding the Wrongful Death Lawsuit

After dealing with the loss of your family member from a Portland auto accident death, you will likely consider embarking on a wrongful death lawsuit against the person responsible for the accident. A wrongful death is one that can be described as when a person loses their life due to the misconduct or negligence of a person, business, or other entity.


What Should I Do When My PIP Runs Out?

Posted by Sean DuBois on Thursday, April 3, 2014

If youve been injured in an Oregon automobile or some other kind of personal injury accident, you may have to rely on your personal injury protection (PIP) insurance to cover your medical bills until the insurance details are all sorted out. This can become quite stressful for victims and their families, especially if the injuries are severe, which could see the coverage provided by your PIP exhausted in a relative short period of time.

What can you do once your PIP run out? There are a number of steps you can take to ensure continuity of coverage once you have reached the limits of your PIP coverage. Its important to follow these steps carefully, however, to be prepared when the time comes that your PIP no longer takes care of the mounting medical bills. (more…)

Slip and Fall Accident Cases: Staircases

Posted by Sean DuBois on Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Heres the scenario: Youre in someone elses building, either public or private, and youre walking down a flight of stairs. No one else is near you; no one else is involved. Suddenly, you trip and fall, and realize right away youve done some serious damage to yourself. Whos at fault?

This is the question frequently faced by Portland personal injury lawyers when trying to determine liability in staircase accidents. In some cases, the liability is relatively clear, but in others it is less so. Listed below are the factors to take into consideration when determining liability in a staircase accident.

Who or what caused the fall?

Property owners are liable for staircase accidents in pretty much the same way as they would be responsible if visitors to their property were injured in a slip and fall incident. In both slip-and-fall and staircase accidents, liability can be proven if any one of the following can be proven to be true:

  • The person who owns or manages the property caused a spill, worn or torn floor covering or other slippery or dangerous surface underfoot conditions.
  • The owner, manager or even an employee of the property knew about dangerous underfoot conditions but did nothing to remedy those conditions.
  • Even if the owner, manager or employee didnt know about the dangerous surface conditions, if it can be proven that any reasonable person taking care of the property would have discovered the perilous surface and taken remedial action, then liability can be established.

How much are you to blame?

Whenever someone makes a claim against a property owner for a staircase accident, questions will be asked by both the insurance company and, if it gets that far, the courts regarding what is known as your comparative negligence in the case. In other words, how much of the accident (and therefore the injuries sustained) were contributed to by you going where you did and how you did in the moments leading up to the accident?

If your accident was caused by something being spilled or dropped on the stairs, how long before your accident did this occur? Could the owner or manager have been reasonable expected to do anything about it, for example, if the spill happened two minutes before you fell? These are the issues faced by personal injury attorneys in staircase accident cases.

Hidden defects

Up to this point, slip-and-fall and staircase accidents are virtually identical in nature. However, stairs also present additional difficulties, because in many cases, there are flaws in stairs that arent even apparent immediately after an accident. This can involve detailed investigation on your part, and is one of the areas of the case where the help of a good personal injury lawyer can prove invaluable. (more…)

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