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National Impaired Driving Prevention Month: A Call for Sober Roads

Every December, the United States observes National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, a crucial initiative to raise awareness about the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This year, as we once again embark on this important campaign, let us take a moment to reflect on the devastating impact impaired driving has on our communities and reaffirm our commitment to making our roads safer for everyone. The Sobering Realities of Impaired Driving Impaired driving remains a persistent threat to public safety, claiming the lives of thousands of innocent individuals each year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an estimated 10,586 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes in 2020. This represents 32% of all traffic fatalities in the United States. The consequences of impaired driving extend far beyond the loss of life. Survivors of impaired driving crashes often face lifelong physical, emotional, and financial challenges. The emotional trauma of losing a loved one or being permanently injured in an impaired driving crash can be overwhelming and have lasting effects on individuals and families. The Importance of Prevention Preventing impaired driving requires a multi-faceted approach that encompasses education, enforcement, and individual responsibility. Public awareness campaigns play a critical role in educating the public about the dangers of impaired driving and the importance of making responsible choices. Florida law enforcement agencies also play a vital role in deterring impaired driving through effective enforcement of DUI laws. Sobriety checkpoints, random patrols, and public awareness campaigns help to create a strong deterrent against impaired driving. Ultimately, preventing impaired driving falls upon all of our shoulders. Making the decision to drive sober is a personal responsibility that can have life-saving consequences. Safety Tips for Sober Roads Here are some safety tips to help prevent impaired driving:Plan ahead: If you plan to drink, arrange for a designated driver or use a ride-sharing service.Never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Even small amounts of alcohol or drugs can impair your judgment and reaction time.Speak up: If you see someone who is about to drive impaired, try to intervene. Offer to drive them home, call a taxi, or call the police.Be a responsible passenger: If you are a passenger in a car, speak up if you feel the driver is impaired. Do not hesitate to ask the driver to pull over or call for a ride. This National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, let us pledge to make our roads safer for everyone by choosing to drive sober, every time we get behind the wheel. Together, we can save lives. While we hope you and your loved ones are never injured by an impaired driver, we know that accidents happen. At Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, our team of experienced DUI attorneys are here to help guide you through this challenging time. Call 561-655-2028 to speak with an attorney today.

Older Driver Safety Awareness Week: Ensuring Senior Road Safety

The Significance of Older Driver Safety Awareness WeekOlder Driver Safety Awareness Week is annually the first week of December and designed to shed light on the unique challenges faced by older individuals when navigating the roadways. It is crucial to recognize the importance of this awareness week, as it addresses a growing concern in our society. With an aging population, the number of older drivers on the road, especially in Palm Beach County, is increasing. Understanding the Challenges 1. Vision and Hearing ImpairmentOne of the primary challenges faced by older drivers is the gradual decline in vision and hearing. As we age, our eyesight and hearing abilities may deteriorate, impacting our ability to detect hazards on the road. Regular eye and hearing tests become crucial to address these issues promptly. 2. Reduced Reaction TimeAging can lead to a decrease in reaction time, which is critical for safe driving. Slower reflexes can make it challenging to respond to sudden changes in traffic conditions. To mitigate this, older drivers can benefit from defensive driving courses that sharpen their skills and decision-making abilities. 3. Medications and DrivingMany older adults take medications for various health conditions, some of which may impair their driving abilities. It’s vital for seniors to consult their healthcare providers to understand the potential side effects of their medications and whether they should limit or avoid driving while taking them. Tips for Safer Driving 1. Regular Vehicle MaintenanceProper vehicle maintenance is essential for older drivers. Regular check-ups, tire rotations, and brake inspections ensure that their vehicles are in optimal condition. This reduces the risk of breakdowns and accidents caused by mechanical failures. 2. Stay Informed about Traffic LawsTraffic laws can change over time. Older drivers must stay informed about the latest Florida laws to avoid any unintentional violations. 3. Plan Ahead for Longer TripsFor longer trips, it’s advisable for older drivers to plan their routes in advance. Identifying rest stops and taking breaks to reduce fatigue is essential. Additionally, having a trusted companion for extended journeys can provide added safety and peace of mind. Community Support and Resources 1. Local Senior CentersMany  senior centers in West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Stuart and Wellington  offer programs and resources specifically designed to support older drivers. These centers often provide information on transportation options, senior-friendly vehicles, and opportunities for social engagement. 2. Ride-Sharing ServicesIn recent years, ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft have become popular options for seniors who may not want to drive themselves everywhere. These services provide a convenient and safe alternative for transportation. Lesser, Lesser, Landy and Smith is Here to Help Older Driver Safety Awareness Week serves as a crucial reminder of the challenges faced by older drivers and the measures that can be taken to ensure their safety on the road. By addressing issues such as vision impairment, reduced reaction time, and medication-related concerns, older individuals can continue to enjoy the freedom and independence that comes with driving, while also prioritizing safety. Remember that staying informed, taking proactive steps, and seeking community support are essential components of senior road safety. Let’s work together to make our roads safer for older drivers, contributing to a safer and more inclusive driving experience for all. While we hope it never happens, we know that driving accidents do occur. If you or someone you know is injured in a vehicle accident, the experienced team at Lesser, Lesser, Landy and Smith is here to help you. Call us at 561-655-2028 for a free consultation with one of our skilled trial attorneys.

$600,000 Settlement: Reckless Driver Forced to Pay

Our client was attempting to cross the street in the crosswalk when approaching vehicles followed the law and stopped to yield the right-of-way.  One driver couldn’t be bothered to stop, and our client was left to suffer the consequences.  As our client was almost across the street, a reckless driver went around the vehicles stopped in front of him and struck our client. He was thrown into the air and sustained devastating injuries.  In addition to his physical injuries, our client and his wife were burdened with substantial medical bills and his inability to work. Firm Partner Joe Landy obtained our client’s $250,000 underinsured policy limits and the defendant’s driver’s $100,000 policy limits.  But he didn’t stop there. Joe forced the reckless driver to pay $250,000 out of his own pocket.   We will leave no stone unturned when it comes to seeking justice for our clients. We will fight until we get the best possible results.  Let us do the same for you.

Don’t Bedazzle Your Steering Wheel, NHTSA warns

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a consumer alert warning that says car owners should not bedazzle their steering wheels, saying they “could potentially cause significant injury or death.” The NHTSA issued the alert after at least one driver suffered a serious injury that resulted in the loss of sight in one eye. The NHTSA said the rhinestones dislodged from the steering wheel during a crash, hitting the driver in the face.  The product is a metal or plastic plate, usually covered with rhinestones or other shiny decorations, with an adhesive back that covers the vehicle’s logo in the center of the steering wheel, according to the NHTSA. In a crash, the force of a deploying air bag can turn the product into a projectile, resulting in serious injury or death. The NHTSA warns that unlike the permanently affixed logo on your vehicle’s steering wheel, these aftermarket decals can easily become dislodged when the air bag is deployed. Any alterations or changes to your air bag or its cover can also cause it to not function correctly. NHTSA is asking consumers to avoid purchasing these steering wheel decals for all vehicle makes and models. Consumers should also remove any such decals that they have already applied to their steering wheels.  While we hope you or a loved one is never injured in a car crash, the attorneys of Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC are here to help should the need arise. Call 561-655-2028 to speak with one of our West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Wellington or Stuart Florida attorneys today

Lesser Law Firm ranked in 2024 Best Law Firms ®️

Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC is proud to announce that we’ve been included on the list of Best Law Firms in the Best Lawyers rankings for the 14th consecutive year. Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC is ranked in Regional Tier 1 of the 2024 Best Law Firms in the practice areas of Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs and Insurance Law.  Firms included in the 2024 Best Law Firms list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. To be considered for this milestone achievement, at least one lawyer in the law firm must be recognized in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Five of our lawyers have been named to the 2024 list:

Gary S. Lesser – Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
Joseph B. Landy – Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
Michael S. Smith –Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs and Insurance Law
Chad C. Hastings – Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
Glenn E. Siegel – Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs

“We are honored to yet again be recognized as one of the Best Law Firms in the country,” Managing Partner Gary S. Lesser said. “This distinction is a real testament to our hard work and dedication on behalf of our clients.” Since it was first published 30 years ago, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence.

Lesser Law Firm Named Best Personal Injury Law Firm

Our clients’ car was sideswiped by a cargo van whose driver was working for a delivery company that was subcontracted by Amazon. Following the crash, the driver, who had a warrant out for his arrest, fled the scene. Several minutes later, our clients tracked him down, and although he first denied any accident took place, he did finally admit to causing the crash and fleeing the scene because he had a warrant.   He pleaded with our clients not to call the police, and even after the driver’s callousness, they showed compassion and agreed. The injuries to our clients were significant. Both required extensive therapy and ultimately spine surgery. The hurdles were many, but Firm Partner Glenn Siegel fought on their behalf and ultimately won a $1M settlement.  When it comes to car accidents, our team of attorneys are ready to apply their resources and experience to fight for the best possible result. Call 561-655-2028 to speak with one of our attorneys today.

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