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Pack the Pantry with The Omaha Advocates

At The Advocates, one of our goals is to continually give back to the areas where we live and work. We make it a priority to partner with local organizations to help, recognize, and celebrate the individuals who make our communities great.

Because of this, we’re excited to announce that we’ve partnered with KFAB/iHeartMedia and Raising Cane’s to host our second annual Pack the Pantry food donation event in Omaha. All donations will benefit Open Door Mission.

What Is Open Door Mission?

Open Door Mission serves as a shelter, food bank, and ministry to the Omaha community. Their mission is to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty.

The organization was started in 1954 and has been helping individuals experiencing homelessness and addiction ever since. For many years, Open Door Mission catered specifically to men. They opened the Lydia House—a center for women and families—in 1999, and a Veterans Housing program in 2009.

Today, the Open Door Mission’s campus offers more than 900 beds for people who need shelter. Each day, they serve nearly 5,000 meals, and provide those in need with diapers, hygiene kits, and medicine. They also offer preventive measures to help keep people in their homes.

In order to keep making such a positive impact, Open Door Mission is always in need of donations. By donating some of their most-needed items, you can help contribute to the critical work this organization provides. 

Pack the Pantry Donation Event

You can donate to Open Door Mission at any time. For your convenience and maximum impact on the organization, The Omaha Advocates have helped put together a food donation event. All donations will be delivered directly to Open Door Mission.

Advocate attorney Mandy Gruhlkey will be present at the event, so take this opportunity to drop off your donation and meet one of your local Advocates at the same time!

When

Friday, May 3rd, 2024

9:00 am-1:00 pm

Where

Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers

7060 Dodge St. 

Omaha, NE 68132

What items are needed?

We will accept all non-perishable food items. The items that the organization needs most include:

  • Canned soup and stew
  • Canned vegetables
  • Fruit cups and applesauce cups
  • Proteins like tuna, canned chicken, and peanut butter
  • Mac & cheese, pasta, and pasta sauce
  • Oatmeal packets, individual cereal boxes, and pancake mix
  • Maple syrup
  • Shelf-stable milk
  • Lunchbox snacks like fruit snacks, granola bars, juice boxes, and pudding cups
  • Graham crackers

What if I can’t make it to the event, but still want to donate?

If you prefer to contribute financially, you can donate via Venmo @AdvocatesDonations or scan the QR code below. Please mention that you are contributing to the Pack the Pantry food drive in the donation description. All contributions will go directly to Open Door.

Open Door Mission has three outreach centers with donation drop-off locations. The Omaha drop-off location is at 2107 E. Locust St. Omaha, NE 68110. In addition to food, they are in need of diapers, clothing, and toiletry items. Please note that the Omaha drop-off location is closed on Sundays and Mondays.

 

The Advocates Good Samaritan December 2023: Benjamin Brown

Each month, The Advocates team up with NonStop Local News to honor one individual or group that make Montana a great place to live. Our final honoree of the year is Benjamin Brown.

Benjamin, now a young teen, has been participating in the PeeWee Savers program at Montana Credit Union since he was eight or nine years old. As part of the program, children under 13 can bring in their money to deposit and, in return, they receive points. Once a child has accumulated enough points, they can exchange them for a prize. These prizes are typically toys, like dolls or cars.

Benjamin says he’s not much of a toy person, so when he started earning large numbers of points, he decided to donate his prizes to children in need.

He began donating his toys to organizations in the area, like Daisy’s Rainbow Cart, the Great Falls Rescue Mission, The Cameron Center, and Family Promise. These groups then distribute the toys throughout the community.

“To see such a young member of our community take that initiative to give, to realize the opportunity, and it shows an example that we can all give in our own individual ways,” says John Hageman, president and CEO of Montana Credit Union.

For Benjamin’s part, he says it just makes him feel good “to know that [the kids receiving his toys] are having a better day than they were.”

The Advocates are proud to recognize hard-working, generous, and caring Montanans like Benjamin.

If you know a person or organization that deserves to be recognized for their contributions to their community, nominate them to be our Good Samaritan here. Each month, the team at NonStop Local reviews the entries and picks one nominee to be honored. The winners are recognized with a news story on the last Monday of each month.

The Advocates Good Samaritan November 2023: Inge Buchholz

Each month, The Montana Advocates team up with NonStop Local News to recognize an individual or group that makes our state a wonderful place to live. This month, our honoree is Inge Buchholz, the owner of Inge’s Fashions in downtown Great Falls.

Inge has been living and working in the area for 41 years and is committed to bettering the lives of her fellow community members. She is involved with her church, the Toastmasters, the Great Falls Chamber of Commerce, and the Does with Elks Lodge 214.

“At the end of the year, after we know how much money we have in our account, then we divide up some of that for the non-profit organizations. We choose between six, seven, or eight non-profit organizations that have to do with children and women,” Buchholz says.

Another way Inge chooses to give back is through the Danny Berg Memorial Christmas Dinner. She has been helping with the dinner since its inception more than 30 years ago, when Danny was still alive.

When the dinner first began, they fed 75 people in the community. The most recent dinner served almost 600.

“Inge is a great example of somebody who’s not afraid to jump in with both feet on a huge project… she’s there making it happen,” said Montana Advocate Doug Day.

Inge’s giving spirit and love for her community has made her November’s Good Samaritan.

“It feels very good right in here, in my heart… and God willing, I can do it many more years,” she said. 

If you know someone who deserves to be recognized for their contributions to the community, nominate them here. If chosen, they will be honored with a news story on the last Monday of the month.

What Is the Definition of Distracted Driving?

A distracted driver reaches for her cell phone

Distracted driving is one of the most serious problems on US roadways, especially since the proliferation of cell phones. When a driver’s attention is taken off the task of driving, the risk of a car accident increases substantially.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 3,000 Americans die in distracted driving crashes each year. This number represents around 8% of all fatalities from motor vehicle accidents in the United States. Around 12-14% of distracted driving-related fatal crashes include cell phone use as a factor.

While mobile device use is one of the most common types of distractions for drivers, there are many distracted driving behaviors that don’t involve cell phones at all.

There are three types of distracted driving, though many distractions fall into more than one category.

A man is driving distracted and looking at his passenger in the back seat

The Three Types of Distractions

The CDC identifies three types of distractions: visual distractions, manual distractions, and cognitive distractions.

Visual distractions

A visual distraction takes a driver’s eyes off the road. Taking your eyes off the road for 5 seconds while driving at 55 miles per hour is like driving the length of a football field with your eyes closed. 

Looking around at objects outside the car, turning to see something in the back seat, and checking the car’s navigation system all count as visual distractions.

Manual distractions

When you remove your hands from the steering wheel for any reason, it is considered a manual distraction. Some drivers believe they can drive effectively without both hands on the wheel, but if a hazard suddenly becomes present, you may find yourself unable to react in time.

Typing out a text message (even while looking at the road), reaching for a dropped object, eating, drinking, and fiddling with the radio are all manual distractions.

Cognitive distractions

Even with your eyes are on the road and your hands on the wheel, you may not be giving your full attention to driving. A cognitive distraction is one that takes your mind off driving.

Phone calls, daydreaming, and talking to other occupants of the car can all act as cognitive distractions.

Some distractions, like scrolling social media, typing addresses into a GPS app, or putting on makeup, fall into two or more of the categories.

It can be difficult to avoid distraction altogether, as some driver distractions are unexpected and hard to plan for. Safe driving, however, should be the top priority whenever you get behind the wheel. 

Handheld Device Use Statistics

Each year, the NHTSA conducts an observational assessment regarding electronic device use among drivers. The results of the study are compiled into a report detailing distracted driver demographics and trends.

The 2021 report found the following information:

  • Young drivers (those ages 16-24) are more likely to use a handheld device than older drivers.
  • Drivers aged 25-69 are more likely to use a hands-free device (like a headset) than teen drivers.
  • Women are slightly more likely to drive while holding their mobile phone to their ear than men.
  • Instances of texting while driving increased from 2020 to 2021, while instances of talking on a handheld cell phone decreased in the same year.

Many states have some form of distracted driving laws—in fact, 49 states in the country have a texting ban while driving. Montana is the only state with no texting ban,

How to Handle a Distracted Driving Accident

A woman who has been injured in a distracted driving accident contacts law enforcement to file a police report

If you’ve been involved in a motor vehicle crash because of a distracted driver, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Take the following steps after your accident to protect your right to a claim:

  • Check for injuries and dial 911 if anyone is seriously injured.
  • Even if there are no severe injuries, call local law enforcement to file a police report.
  • Exchange contact and insurance information with the other driver.
  • Get contact information from any witnesses.
  • Seek medical attention, even if you do not believe you were injured.
  • Notify your auto insurance provider of the accident.
  • Consider contacting a personal injury attorney.

The Advocates Are Here for You

The Advocates Injury Attorneys have been helping car accident victims since 1993, and we can help you too. We are dedicated to helping clients get the financial compensation they deserve for their damages.

Our experienced auto accident lawyers will help you gather evidence for your claim, negotiate with insurance companies, and take your case to court if necessary. We will take on the stressful parts of the claims process for you, so you can focus on feeling better.

Contact us today for a free consultation. If you’ve been injured due to another person’s negligence, you do not have to navigate recovery by yourself. You deserve a representative who will advocate for you and make sure your needs are met. You deserve an Advocate.

The Advocates Good Samaritan October 2023: Great Falls Ghostbusters

Helping hands at a soup kitchen for Thanksgiving.

Every month, The Montana Advocates team up with NonStop Local News to recognize an individual or organization in the area who is committed to bettering their community. This month, we are excited to honor the Great Falls Ghostbusters.

Who Are the Great Falls Ghostbusters?

You’re most likely to see the Ghostbusters around Halloween and Christmastime, when they appear at trunk-or-treats and Toys for Tots drives in the community. They do their best to help contribute to good causes throughout the year, however.

The Ghostbusters are Great Falls citizens who don the iconic jumpsuits from the Ghostbusters movie and help make the community’s day a little brighter.

“We’re just a bunch of super fans who… help out however we can around the community,” said James Bamfield, lead founder of the group.

When they make appearances at trunk-or-treat events, they bring along a teal pumpkin, indicating that all children, including those who can’t have candy due to allergies or other reasons, will find a treat at the Ghostbusters van.

“It really meant a lot to me that we could also include that, because I know… how hard it is to have that extra hurdle. So, it means a lot that we have the allergen friendly candy and then the nonfood options as well. So all the kids have a chance to just enjoy and celebrate and be kids,” said Jade Pray, a founding member of the group. 

They also help collect donations for the Toys for Tots campaign each year. Toys for Tots of Northcentral Montana aims to make sure that no child in Great Falls or the surrounding counties goes without Christmas.

“We love Ghostbusters and we love our community,” said Chris Filipowicz, another founder of the group. “It’s important to contribute. And if everybody does that, it makes the world a better place.”

Nominate a Good Samaritan

If you know a person or group who makes the Great Falls community a wonderful place to live, work, and play, nominate them as a Good Samaritan. Each month, we review the nominees and select one to be honored. The winner will be honored with a news story on the last Monday of the month.

The Advocates are grateful for the Great Falls Ghostbusters for their work in improving the lives of the people around them.

Feed the Troops this Thanksgiving with The Wyoming Advocates

During the holiday season, many of us are looking for opportunities to get in the spirit of giving and help those around us. The Advocates are proud to be sponsors of the Operation Feast of Gratitude food drive here in Cheyenne.

Put on by the Rise Foundation of Wyoming, the food drive’s goal is to provide Thanksgiving meal baskets to local military members and their families. The foundation is asking for help from the community to gather all the food items needed to meet their goal of feeding 250 families.

How Can I Contribute?

There are several ways you can contribute to the Thanksgiving dinner baskets:

Attend the food drive event:

On November 16th from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm, donations will be accepted in the Appaloosa Broadcasting parking lot. During the all-day event, the Graffiti Cuisine food truck will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner until they run out. Anyone who donates food or money will get 10% off their order from the food truck.

A wish list of food items can be found below.

Donate non-perishable items at drop-off boxes:

If you can’t make it to the event, but would like to donated boxed or canned non-perishable food items, you can do so at The Advocates’ Cheyenne office through November 16th. The office address is 2614 Pioneer Ave, Cheyenne, WY 82001.

Make a monetary donation:

If you prefer to donate financially, the Rise Foundation will do the shopping for you. Donations of all sizes are appreciated. A donation of $75 sponsors one family.

Make an online donation here.

Food Drive Event Details

Date and time: November 16, 2023, from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Location: Appaloosa Broadcasting parking lot 

1019 E. Lincolnway,

Cheyenne, WY 82001

See the image at right for the food item wish list.

Advocate Sam Hucke will be present at the event to help gather donations. Come say hello and help feed a military family!

Can the Cats Food Drive 2023

This winter season, The Advocates are sponsoring the Can the Cats Food Drive in Missoula. We’d love to have the community at large participate in this friendly competition while helping collect food items for the local food bank. 

What Is Can the Cats?

This food drive is a friendly, off-field competition between the University of Montana Grizzlies and the Montana State University Bobcats, along with the communities of Missoula and Bozeman as a whole. The two cities work to collect food and funds for their local food banks. At the end of the drive, all the donations are weighed/counted. The city that donates the most wins!

Last year, the Grizzlies collected more than 428,000 pounds of food, but were beat out by the Bobcats, who gathered more than 600,000 pounds. Missoula hasn’t “canned” the Cats in three years—let’s make it happen in 2023. Our goal is 500,000 pounds or dollars donated.

Donations in Missoula will benefit the Missoula Food Bank and Community Center and the University of Montana Food Pantry.

How Can I Help?

There are several ways to contribute to the Can the Cats Food Drive. The first is to donate non-perishable food items, like canned and boxed pantry items. The most needed items are canned beans, peanut butter, bulk rice, oats, and flour.

You may also donate turkeys, potatoes, onions, and carrots to be used for holiday meals. These food items also count toward the total weight of donations.

If you are unable to contribute food items, you may make a financial donation to the food bank. Each dollar will be counted as one pound of food.

Donation details can be found below.

Food Drive Fast Facts

  • One in five people in Missoula County rely on emergency food services.
  • Can the Cats helps provide more than 2,500 holiday meals to local families and individuals.
  • This annual drive creates food diversity that the food pantries don’t often receive during other times of the year.
  • In 2022, the Missoula Food Bank and Community Center served more than 24,000 people—almost as many as fit in Washington-Grizzly Stadium.
  • If every person in Missoula donated $6, we would reach our goal in one day.
  • If every person in Washington-Grizzly Stadium donated $20, we would reach our goal in one football game.

Event Details

Dates: November 4-18. The Grizzly-Bobcat football game on November 18th is the last chance to donate.

Drop-off locations: The Advocates’ Missoula law office

910 Brooks St. Suite 103

Missoula, MT 59801

Other drop off locations throughout Missoula can be found here.

Financial donations: Donate to Can the Cats directly using this QR code:

 

The Advocates Good Samaritan September 2023: Students of C.M. Russell High School

Each month, The Advocates Injury Attorneys team up with NonStop Local News to recognize an individual or group who go out of their way to better their community. This month, our honoree is the Peer Mentor Support Group at C.M. Russell High School in Great Falls.

Last year, this group of students began putting “basic needs hangers” in the girls bathrooms at their school. These hangers are stocked with tampons, pads, and travel-size shampoo and conditioner bottles. They also have resources and coupons for purchasing these items on their own.

“A lot of students at our school… might not be able to afford [these products]. So we kind of wanted to make it easier on them,” said Rhea Pace, one student in the Peer Mentor Support Group.


Since implementing the basic needs hangers last year, they have received donations from outside the school. Some of these donations go toward stocking the hangers, while others are given out for students to take home with them.

Barb Bottomly, a therapist with Great Falls Public School District, said, “these guys are leaders and they really rock. And it’s so rewarding to the school community and should be to the community in general that these kids are leaders and can reach out and recognize needs in the community.”

The students in the Peer Mentor Support Group say it feels good to help the students at their school, even if they might not know the individuals who utilize the hangers.

“We’re always here for you guys and, like, no matter what, it’s okay to not feel okay,” said Pace.

Currently, the program’s most pressing need is tampons. If you’d like to make a donation to the hangers, you may drop off supplies at the front office of CMR.

The Advocates are proud to recognize the CMR students for their compassion, creativity, and drive to make a difference at their school. They are the Good Samaritans that make our community great.

The Advocates Good Samaritan August 2023: Brad Livingston

Each month, The Advocates Injury Attorneys partner with NonStop Local News to recognize an individual or organization that makes Montana a wonderful place to live and work. For August 2023, we are honored to celebrate Brad Livingston, a resident of Great Falls.

Brad spent 41 years working in the military. After he retired, he felt the call to continue serving his community. He is currently involved with several local organizations, including United Way of Cascade County, the Montana Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), the Great Falls Fire Rescue Foundation, and Military Kids with the Great Falls Public School District.

With United Way of Cascade County, Livingston takes part in “Stuff the Bus,” an event that collects school supplies for kids in need. He says he remembers needing government support as a child because his family couldn’t afford health insurance or school lunch.

“I’ve been blessed. And so now I think it’s my turn to return back to the next generation who are facing the same situations I did,” he says.

As State Chair of the ESGR, Brad has the chance to help show appreciation to employers that hire Guardsmen. The ESGR “strives to develop and promote a culture in which Montana employers support and value the military service of their employees.”

“I want this to thrive. I want Great Falls to be what I call the center of the universe. And by helping out in a small way, I’m trying to do my part in that,” Brad says.

“The cool thing about Brad is he’s a hero helping heroes, whether [they’re] teachers, kids at schools, military, firemen; he’s all over the place helping those who have needs,” said Montana Advocate Doug Day.

At the The Advocates, we are very grateful that we are surrounded by Good Samaritans like Brad Livingston. If you know a person or organization who deserves to be recognized, fill out the form on NonStop Local’s website. Each month, we will select a deserving nominee and honor them with a news story.

The Advocates Injury Attorneys Good Samaritan June 2023: Chance Carl

Each month, The Advocates partner with NonStopLocal News to recognize an individual or organization who makes a difference in their community. In June 2023, our Good Samaritan is Chance Carl.

Chance Carl is a flight engineer in the United States Air Force. He also coaches both basketball and track and field for Special Olympics Montana.

Chance grew up playing sports and is happy to spend his time coaching athletes with disabilities in his community. He says “it’s a lot about having fun and being part of a team,” but that he also enjoys fostering a love of the game within his athletes. 

It’s not just the love of sports that draws him to coaching for the Special Olympics, however. “It’s also about letting loose and being part of a group that just wants to see each other once a week and have a laugh and a good time,” Chance says.

Chance encourages anyone else who may be interested in coaching to get involved. He says that there are many people interested in playing sports, but who don’t have someone to lead them. “You can definitely make a change in people’s lives,” Chance says.

Those interested in becoming coaches with Special Olympics Montana can fill out an interest form on the organization’s website. There, you can also find certification requirements, education courses, and other relevant information.

The Advocates are honored to recognize Chance Carl and thank him for serving both his country and his community. People like Chance make our world a better place.

How Can I Nominate a Good Samaritan?

If you know an individual or organization making a positive impact in their Montana community, let us know using NonStopLocal’s nomination form. If your nominee is selected, they’ll be recognized with a story on the NonStopLocal news at 5:00 pm on the last Monday of the month.

 

The Advocates Good Samaritan July 2023: Serve Day

The Advocates are committed to recognizing the people and organizations that make our Montana communities great. Each month, we partner with NonStop Local News to celebrate an individual or group who makes a difference in the lives of the people around them. 

For July, that group consists of more than 700 people. They are the members of several churches around Great Falls that all participate in Serve Day.

What Is Serve Day?

Serve Day is an annual event when churches around the world close their doors and go out to serve their communities. On Serve Day Sunday, church members don their work clothes, call organizations around the city to see how they can help, and then they go out and serve.

This July, four different congregations participated in Serve Day. Members of New City Church, Antioch Church, Harvest Springs Community Church, and Victory Church participated in a number of service projects, including raising headstones at Highlands Cemetery.

They also make an effort to serve local aid organizations, like the Rescue Mission and Alliance for Youth. By performing work for these organizations free of charge, Serve Day participants allow these groups to put more of their budgets toward their missions.

If you are interested in getting your congregation involved in Serve Day, speak with your church leader. They can fill out a registration form online. They will then get access to the Serve Day platform, with the resources needed to participate in next year’s event.

The Advocates would like to extend our thanks to the 730 Great Falls church members who participated in Serve Day—you help make Montana a wonderful place to live and work. Thank you for being Good Samaritans in your community!

How Can I Nominate a Good Samaritan?

If you know a person or organization who makes their community a better place by helping others, we want to hear about them! Nominate a Good Samaritan on NonStop Local’s website. If they are chosen, they will be honored with a news story at 5:00 pm on the last Monday of the month.

 

September 2023: National Suicide Prevention Month

September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Suicide and suicidal ideation have impacted the lives of millions around the globe, including many of us at The Advocates. 

While these can be heavy, troubling topics to think about, we believe that education, awareness, and access to resources are what will ultimately move us toward the goal of a world without suicide.

Statistics for Suicide and Suicidal Ideation in the United States

Understanding risk factors for suicide can help us know who is at greater risk and find ways to help, as individuals, communities, and as a nation.

  • Suicide is the 11th most common cause of death in the United States
  • In 2021, suicide rates were highest among adults aged 25-34 and those older than 75
  • On average, there are 132 suicide deaths each day in the US
  • The CDC estimates that in 2020, more than 940,000 years of potential life were lost to suicide
  • The states with the highest suicide rates include Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, New Mexico, and Idaho
  • 12.3 million adults have seriously thought about suicide
  • American Indian men and non-Hispanic white men are the two racial demographics with the highest rates of suicide deaths
  • Veterans, people living in rural areas, LGBTQ people, and people working in certain occupations (such as mining and construction) have higher than average suicide rates

Resources

You are not alone—there are people who care about you and are there to listen. If you or someone you know is experiencing thoughts of suicide, get help using the following resources.

Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: You can call or text 988 to be connected to a trained crisis counselor. This service is available 24/7. You can also chat online at 988lifeline.org.

Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741-741. These crisis counselors can provide support with suicide, self-harm, eating disorders, and other crises. 

Veterans Crisis Line: If you are a veteran experiencing suicidal ideation, dial 988, then press 1. You do not need to be enrolled in VA benefits or healthcare to receive help at this crisis line.

How You Can Make a Difference

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: The AFSP provides educational materials, awareness programs, and research funding for suicide prevention. Each year, the AFSP hosts suicide prevention walks across the United States. Find a walk close to you here. You can also donate to the cause here.

BeThe1To: Learn the five research-based action steps for communicating with someone who may be having thoughts of suicide. Then, download a 5-step message kit to spread the word.

National Institute of Mental Health: The mission of the NIMH is to “transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.” They offer free shareable suicide prevention resources.

Things Nursing Homes Are Not Allowed to Do

Nurse cares for elderly patient in close up shot

Nursing homes and other long-term care facilities have a high level of responsibility–often, they care for some of the most vulnerable people in our society. Family members of residents place a lot of trust in these facilities to care for their elderly or disabled loved ones.

Unfortunately, misconduct on the part of nursing home staff members is far too common in the industry. Despite government regulations intended to protect the well-being of nursing home residents. Abuse, neglect, and other unethical behaviors are not unheard of.

If you suspect that your loved one is being mistreated by their assisted living facility, you may be right. Laws and regulations vary from state to state and city to city, but in general, nursing home care facilities should not engage in the following practices.

Things Nursing Homes Are Not Allowed to Do

Abuse or neglect residents

It is estimated that one in six elderly people experiences abuse in a community setting (such as a long-term care facility). Not all abuse is physical, either. There are several types of abuse or neglect that may occur at a care facility:

  • Psychological or emotional abuse
  • Financial abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Physical abuse
  • Neglect

All of these types of abuse can negatively impact a victim’s physical and emotional well-being. If you notice unexplained injuries, unusual behavior, or unsanitary conditions when you visit your loved one, it may be a sign that they are being abused or neglected.

Federal law also requires that nursing home residents be treated with dignity and respect. Residents should be allowed to make their own decisions (as long as these decisions do not conflict with their care plan). Staff members should not use physical restraints on residents unless they pose an immediate danger to themselves or others.

Violate residents’ right to privacy

Many nursing homes are considered healthcare providers. This means they are subject to HIPAA, or the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. HIPAA is a federal law that states that, in general, medical providers may not share patients’ protected health information without their consent.

Even in facilities that are not considered healthcare providers, resident privacy should be respected at all times. Residents should have control over who has access to their belongings and living space. Their medical records and other personal information should not be disclosed to people or organizations without the consent of the resident or their family members.

Withhold medical treatment or medication

Nursing home staff members have a duty to follow residents’ care plans. This includes administering medication and other medical care. They should also never administer medications that are not part of the treatment plan.

Discriminate against residents

Federal law prohibits nursing homes from discriminating against residents based on race, gender, sexuality, age, disability, religion, nationality, or any other protected characteristic. All residents should be treated with equal respect, dignity, and consideration.

Engage in financial exploitation

Nursing homes may not require residents to allow the facility to manage their finances. If the resident gives consent for the facility to be their financial custodian, the facility must provide quarterly financial statements. They may not prevent a resident from accessing their money.

Additionally, nursing homes should be transparent about their fees and billing practices.

Restrict visitation

Residents have the right to receive visitors, and nursing homes cannot interfere with that right. This is important because visitation can help residents stay connected with their loved ones and maintain their social and emotional well-being. It can also help residents feel less isolated and lonely.

There are some exceptions to this rule. For example, if a resident is contagious with a disease, the nursing home may restrict visitation to protect other residents. Even in these cases, the nursing home must make reasonable efforts to allow the resident to communicate with their loved ones.

What Should I Do if I Suspect My Loved One Is Being Mistreated in a Nursing Home?

If you suspect that your loved one is being mistreated in a nursing home, it is essential to take immediate action to ensure their safety and well-being. Here are some steps you can take:

Document any and all evidence

Start by closely observing any concerning signs or changes in your loved one’s behavior, physical appearance, or living conditions during your visits. Document any incidents, injuries, or unusual occurrences with dates and details. If possible, take photos of any visible injuries or neglect. Keeping a record will provide crucial evidence if you need to take further action.

Communicate with nursing home staff

Approach the nursing home staff with your concerns in a calm and respectful manner. Ask for explanations and seek solutions to any issues you have noticed. Sometimes, issues can be resolved through better communication or by addressing misunderstandings. Ensure you talk to the appropriate staff members, such as the nursing home administrator or director of nursing.

Contact authorities

If your suspicions persist or you encounter resistance from the facility in addressing the concerns, report the mistreatment to the appropriate authorities immediately. Contact your local Adult Protective Services (APS) agency or state’s long-term care ombudsman program to file a complaint. They are mandated to investigate allegations of abuse or neglect in nursing homes and protect the rights of residents.

Consider contacting a nursing home abuse lawyer

You can consult with an attorney who works in elder abuse law to understand your legal options and effectively advocate for your loved one’s rights.

Do not be afraid to speak up if you suspect your loved one is being abused or neglected by their caregivers at a nursing home or other long-term care facility. Their well-being and quality of life are of the utmost importance, and you have a legal right to ensure their needs are being met.

How Can a Nursing Home Abuse Attorney Help?

As an advocate for your abused or neglected family member, you may feel like you are alone in the fight for their quality of care. If a nursing home facility has acted negligently, they may be unwilling to admit to their negligent conduct or to make things right. You do not have to fight them by yourself.

If your loved one is being abused or neglected, an attorney can help you take legal action against the care facility. Your legal representative can help you understand federal and state laws regarding nursing homes and determine whether you have a case. They will also work to compile evidence and negotiate the settlement you and your loved one deserve.

The Advocates personal injury law firm is here for you. Our competent, compassionate staff will listen to your story, answer your questions, and provide the resources you need to access physical, emotional, and financial recovery. With an Advocate, you are never alone.

Contact us today for a free consultation. You deserve an attorney who will protect the best interests of you and your loved ones. You deserve an Advocate.

The World’s Most Dangerous Roads

Atlantic Road in Norway. One of the world's most dangerous roads.

More than 1.3 million people are killed in motor vehicle accidents every year. Most of these are caused by human error. Some, though, are the result of deadly conditions–and some roads are more prone to poor conditions than others.

The deadliest roads in the world are often home to sharp turns, sheer drops, dangerous weather conditions, massive potholes, and other terrifying environmental circumstances.

In no particular order, we’ve listed 9 of the most dangerous roads in the world below.

Skippers Canyon RoadNew ZealandBeautiful canyon in a mountainous region

Unfortunately, sometimes the most scenic roads in the world are also the deadliest. Such is the case with Skippers Canyon Road in the South Island of New Zealand. This winding road is roughly 11 miles long and, while beautiful, claims nearly 100 lives each year. This is not nearly the deadliest road on our list, but traversing it requires extreme concentration and patience.

Skippers Canyon Road was hand-carved into the side of a cliff by miners in the late 1800s. The narrow road is mostly one-way and has no room to turn around for miles at a time. There are no guardrails preventing cars from falling off the steep drop-offs to the Shotover River.

With access to bungee jumping and white-water rafting operations, Skippers Canyon Road may seem like the ideal destination for a road trip, but use caution. Most rental car insurance will not cover you in the event of an accident on this road.

Karakoram HighwayPakistan to China

The 810-mile Karakoram Highway, connecting Pakistan to China, is one of the highest paved roads in the world, at an elevation of more than 15,000 feet above sea level. Obviously, at such high altitudes, weather conditions are often unpredictable and dangerous. In the winter months, the highway is often closed for long periods of time due to heavy snowfall.

Even when skies are clear, there is a constant threat of mudslides in the area. These landslides can create blockages that prevent motorists from getting through.

More than 1,000 Pakistani and Chinese workers died in the construction of the road in the 20th century. Since the road opened to the public, another 1,000 people have died while driving it.

Atlantic RoadNorway

The Nowegian Atlantic Ocean Road is another popular tourist route–with breathtaking views of fjords, mountains, and the Atlantic Ocean, it makes for a memorable trip. Unfortunately, the severe weather conditions can make it an unforgettable drive for other, more tragic reasons.

The 22-mile road often experiences winds of up to 30 miles per hour, along with low visibility. On days with poor conditions, the route’s eight bridges can feel like death traps.

Though the Atlantic Road requires technical driving skills and nerves of steel, it is considered one of the best coastal drives in the world. From stunning sunsets to unparalleled Norwegian seascapes, it’s no wonder that thrill seekers and adventure enthusiasts put this drive on their bucket lists.

North Yungas RoadBolivia

North Yungas Road is also known as the Death Road, and for good reason. Until 1994, the road saw nearly 300 fatalities each year. Stretching through the Amazon rainforest, the 43-mile roadway is home to hairpin turns, steep drop-offs, and thick fog. Landslides are common on the narrow mountain pass.

For many years, North Yungas Road was the only way to get from La Paz, Bolivia, to the town of Coroico. It was only one lane and lacked guardrails. In 2006, the Bolivian government built a new road connecting Coroico to the capital city. They also made improvements to North Yungas, adding another lane and repaving the surface.

Even with the safety updates, the road can still be treacherous. It is estimated that more than a dozen cyclists have lost their lives on Death Road in the last ten years.

Fairy Meadows RoadPakistan

Though its name might evoke images of wildflowers and magic, Fairy Meadows Road is not exactly a pleasant drive. High in the Himalayas, the nearly 10-mile stretch is entirely unpaved and unmaintained. The surface is uneven and rough, having been carved into a mountainside many years ago. At certain points, there is only room for one car at a time.

Because the road lacks barriers of any kind, any car could easily slide off the mountain’s edge into the valley below. Only high-clearance vehicles with expert drivers can safely make it up this road. Near the end of the trip, only foot and bicycle traffic can travel on the narrow path.

As with many experiences in life, the terrifying challenges of Fairy Meadows Road come with quite the reward. The route ends at Fairy Meadows, a stunning valley at the base of the Nanga Parbat, the 9th highest mountain in the world. 

Due to the high altitude, the road is only open in the summer. 

Dalton Highway in Alaska. Dangerous Icy road in desolate snowy mountain regionDalton Highway–United States

Given that many of the deadliest roads in the world are in remote, mountainous areas, it makes sense that the United States’ only entry on this list is in Alaska. The 414-mile James Dalton Highway is one of the furthest north roadways in the world. It passes through only 3 towns–this means only 3 chances to fill up with gas or purchase other supplies.

The reality TV show “Ice Road Truckers” features Dalton Highway on many episodes. The road is remote, icy, and unpaved in most areas. It’s recommended that every traveler on the highway have emergency supplies in the car with them. It is also advised that no one travel alone.

The only medical facilities in the area are at the two ends of the highway. This means that, in the event of an emergency, it can take hours for first responders to arrive.

Guoliang Tunnel RoadChina

High in the Taihang Mountains, the Chinese village of Guoliang used to be almost entirely cut off from the rest of the world–the only way to get to the town was by traversing a steep, narrow staircase carved into the mountainside. Naturally, this trip was dangerous and exhausting.

Since 1977, the Guoliang Tunnel has allowed vehicles to access the village. Though Guoliang Tunnel Road is relatively short (less than a mile), it is narrow and treacherous. In many places, there is only room for one-way traffic. Unfortunately, because the tunnel twists and dips as it travels through the mountain, it can be impossible to know if other cars are coming in your direction.

Guliang Tunnel has been deadly even before it was open to the public–it was carved by hand by local villagers, and some of them died in the process.

Sichuan-Tibet HighwayChina

The Sichuan-Tibet Highway is the longest road on our list at more than 1,300 miles. The highway travels between the cities of Chengdu and Lhasa. Though the route is mostly paved, it frequently suffers rock avalanches and flooding, which can damage the asphalt and leave potholes.

Because the road traverses 14 different mountains, it is full of hairpin bends and steep grades. The high altitude makes for unpredictable weather. When the road becomes blocked by rockslides or water, the traffic jam can stretch on for miles.

Zojila PassIndia

Yet another high-altitude pass, Zojila Pass (also known simply as Zoji La) travels through the Himalayan Mountains. The area often experiences heavy rains and mudslides, which can make the unpaved road impassable at times. Connecting the Kashmir Valley with the Ladakh region, the pass stretches over 100 miles.

The road is steep, winding, and narrow, making it a white-knuckle ride for most drivers. Strong winds and precipitation add to the risk.

The Indian government approved the construction of a Zoji La tunnel in 2018. This tunnel will cut through the mountain under the Zojila Pass. The tunnel will decrease drive time from three hours to 15 minutes. It will also be the longest bidirectional tunnel in Asia.

Bayburt D915Turkey

Bayburt D915 has been called the deadliest road in the world. The unpaved route travels 111 miles from the town of Of to the Bayburt province. Along the way, drivers face 29 hairpin turns without guardrails

Due to fog and snow, visibility can be extremely limited in the area. In wet or dark conditions, the road is particularly dangerous, as mud or landslides can cause cars to become stuck. In fact, the route is impassable for much of the year–sometimes from as early as October to as late as July.

The Road Home Apple Tree Campaign

Father fastens bicycle helmet on his son

It’s that time of year again–The Advocates are thrilled to partner with The Road Home resource centers to bring back The Apple Tree Campaign for its third annual donation drive. We are honored to do our part to help children in need in Salt Lake City and its surrounding areas.

What is The Road Home?

The Road Home is a nonprofit social services agency that helps individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Salt Lake City and along the Wasatch Front. Their mission is to “help people step out of homelessness and back into our community.” 

The Road Home operates three separate shelters in the Salt Lake Valley– the Men’s Resource Center, the Gail Miller Resource Center, and the Midvale Family Resource Center. These shelters provide services such as beds, showers, meals, laundry, and donated clothing. They also help provide individuals with connections to services in the community, such as job training, substance use treatment, mental health treatment, childcare services, and more. 

In the last year alone, The Road Home assisted thousands of Utahns with housing and employment. They partner with The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs to provide assistance to local veterans experiencing homelessness. They also operate several apartment buildings to help those experiencing long-term or chronic homelessness.

What is the Apple Tree Campaign?

The Apple Tree Campaign is an annual donation drive to help children experiencing homelessness receive the items they need to return to school this fall. The goal of the campaign is to help the children staying at The Road Home return to school with confidence. Each year, the Apple Tree Campaign provides hundreds of school-aged children with the school supplies, clothing, and hygiene items they need to start the year.

Cardboard trees have been set up at The Advocates offices in three Utah cities. Each tree has 100 apples that each list the age, size, and clothing/supply needs of one child in the community. Anyone can drop by and pick an apple, purchase the listed supplies, and drop them off at our office. All donations will go directly to that child via The Road Home.

The campaign aims to provide each child with the following clothing items:

  • 1 backpack (durable and good quality)
  • 2 pairs of pants (jeans or joggers; no shorts please)
  • 2 shirts
  • 1 hoodie
  • Multi-pack of socks
  • Multi-pack of underwear
  • 1 pair of sturdy shoes 

Additionally, children in grades 6 and up will be provided with a hygiene kit. The kits, put together in gallon-size resealable plastic bags, include the following:

  • Cloth masks
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste (travel or small size)
  • Dental floss
  • Deodorant
  • Comb, brush or foldable brush with mirror on back
  • Unbreakable mirror
  • Lip balm
  • Individual packs of Kleenex
  • Small lotions
  • Breath mints
  • Hair scrunchies or elastic bands

The 2023 Apple Tree Campaign begins on July 3rd and runs through July 31st.

Campaign Details

Where

Trees have been set up at three of our Utah offices.

Ogden: 533 26th St, Ogden, UT 84401

Murray: 737 E Winchester St, Salt Lake City, UT 84107

American Fork: 388 W Main St, American Fork, UT 84003

When

July 3-31, 2023

How to help

Drop by an office and pick an apple off the tree in the lobby. Purchase the supplies listed on the apple and return the items to The Advocates office. We’ll get your donations to The Road Home.

If you are unable to pick an apple from the tree, you may make a monetary donation at The Road Home’s website. Volunteers with The Road Home will do the shopping for you based on the children’s back-to-school needs. 100% of donations go to the kids at The Road Home. You may also make purchases from the campaign’s Amazon wishlist.

2nd Annual AMFAM Monte Cristo Poker Run Motorcycle Ride

Motorcycle on the side of a country road in Montana

If you’re a biker in the Mountain West, pull out your calendars–we have an event you won’t want to miss. The Advocates are thrilled to partner with American Family Insurance and Young Automotive Group to put on the 2nd annual Monte Cristo AmFam Charity Motorcycle Poker Ride.

What Is the Poker Run?Motorcycle on the side of a country road in Montana

On August 26, 2023, participants will meet at Young Powersports in Pleasant View. The ride will begin with a staggered start at 8:00 am. It will follow the breathtaking Monte Cristo loop, ending back at Young Powersports.

Along the way, participants will enjoy scenic stops. At each stop, they will receive a playing card. The rider with the best poker hand at the end of the event will win the grand prize: a brand new Kawasaki FX50.

Afterward, participants and their families are invited to enjoy a “block party” style celebration at Young Powersports. At the event will be food trucks, vendors, and a freestyle motocross stunt demonstration by The Outlaw.

The best part? All registration funds benefit the Young Automotive Group’s Caring for Our Young Foundation.

What Is the Caring for Our Young Foundation?

Caring for Our Young is a non-profit organization founded in 2007 by Spencer and Sherry Young. They donate to education funds and other non-profits that directly benefit youth in Utah and Idaho.

In the organization’s 16 years of operation, they have donated food, clothing, school supplies, and millions of dollars to the children in their communities.

Event Details

When: August 26th, 2023. Staggered start at 8:00 am. Freestyle motocross show at 3:00 pm.

Where: Route starts and ends at Young Powersports in Pleasant View. 

2529 N. Highway 89

Ogden, Utah 84404

How to register: Click here to pay the $30 registration fee. All proceeds go directly to the Young Caring for Our Young foundation.

After paying the fee, enter your registration information into the form below.

The Montana Advocates Good Samaritan: Great Falls VIPS

Higgins Avenue in downtown Missoula, Montana, USA

At The Advocates, we consider ourselves lucky to be part of Montana communities who prioritize working together and helping each other. That’s why we’re proud to partner with Nonstop Local to recognize Good Samaritans in our communities every month. For April 2023, our Good Samaritan is the Great Falls VIPS program.

What Is the VIPS Program?

VIPS stands for Volunteers in Policing Service. The VIPS assist the Great Falls Police Department in a number of ways, from enforcing abandoned vehicle ordinances to helping at community events. They may serve as bike patrol, help with evidence lockers, and even aid in criminal investigations.

The purpose of the program is to lighten the load for local law enforcement officers, so they can devote more time and energy to some of the more serious aspects of their work.

The Great Falls VIPS program started in 2013. At any given time, there are around 30 VIPS. In 2021, those volunteers worked more than 3,000 hours. Many of the volunteers with the program are retirees who are looking for ways to contribute to their community.

The Advocates Injury Attorneys and Nonstop Local are grateful to the volunteers with the VIPS program and are thrilled to recognize them for the work they do. 

How Can I Get Involved?

To serve in the VIPS program, you must be at least 18 years or older and be able to pass a background check. Interested individuals should fill out an application.

If you are unable to work with the VIPS but would still like the opportunity to serve the Great Falls community, there are many other volunteer positions throughout the city. You can volunteer with the animal shelter, public library, Parks and Recreation Department, and more.

How Can I Nominate a Good Samaritan?

If you know an individual or organization who deserves to be recognized for their service to their community, you can nominate them on Nonstop Local’s website. We celebrate good works all across the state of Montana.

Good Samaritan winners are recognized with a news story at 5:00 pm on the last Monday of each month.

The Advocates Injury Attorneys Are Here for You

If you’ve been injured in an accident in Montana, The Advocates can help. We have decades of experience representing victims of car accidents, dog bites, slip-and-fall injuries, product liability cases, and more.

We will be by your side throughout the entirety of your case. We will listen to your story, answer your questions, and help you understand the next steps in your claim. From accessing the medical care you need to communicating with your employer regarding your accident, The Advocates have your back.

Consultations are always free. Contact us today to get started on the road to recovery. You deserve a Good Samaritan after your accident. You deserve an Advocate.

Bike or Bust Event with The Advocates

Bicyclist rides on the road near the shoulder

Here at The Advocates, we love biking. Many of our attorneys and staff bike for leisure, competition, or to commute. We feel so fortunate to live and work in a beautiful area with so many opportunities for outdoor recreation.

What we love even more than bicycling, however, is our community. We understand that we would be nothing without the people around us. We strive to give back to the people and organizations that help make Utah great.

To further this mission, The Advocates are thrilled to announce that we are partnering with Bicycle Collective and Rock 106.7/iHeartMedia to host the Bike or Bust event at our Murray office. Join us to help provide bicycles to those in need.

What is the Bicycle Collective?

Dad and daughter ride bicycle by a field.

The Bicycle Collective is a group of nonprofit bicycle shops. Their mission is to help put much-needed bicycles in the hands of children, those experiencing homelessness, newly resettled refugees and immigrants, and low-to-moderate income households.

The Bicycle Collective accepts donations of bicycles and bicycle parts, then refurbishes the bikes to give them to those who need them. In 2022, the organization gave away more than 1,500 bikes, including more than 900 children’s bikes. This helped keep 77 tons of metal and rubber out of landfills.

In addition to giving bicycles away, the Bicycle Collective sells low-cost bicycles at their Charity Shop. Last year, they sold 1,455 bicycles at an average cost of just over $280.

The Advocates are honored to help further the Bicycle Collective’s mission. We believe access to bicycles can help contribute to the education, employment, and physical well-being of members of our community.

How to Participate in the Bike or Bust Event

Drop by our Murray office during the event to donate. Hooker and DB with the Rock 106.7 morning show will be broadcasting live from the east side of our parking lot. 

When donating, enter through the east side of the lot and pull through, exiting on the west side after your donations have been unloaded.

When

Friday, May 19th, 2023

6:00 AM-12:00 PM

Where

The Advocates–Murray Location

737 E Winchester St. 

Salt Lake City, UT 84107

What can I donate?

We will accept bicycles, tricycles, and scooters in any condition. Whether they’re gently used or just a pile of parts, the Bicycle Collective will take them and use them for refurbished bicycles.

Please note: We cannot accept damaged tires, helmets that are broken or more than 5 years old, or bike-related chemicals, such as solvents and old lubes.

I Can’t Make it to the Event; How Do I Help?

Donate onsite

The Bicycle Collective operates four locations throughout Utah, in Salt Lake City, Ogden, Provo, and St. George. They each accept walk-in donations, though hours of operation differ from location to location. Check your location’s website or call ahead before arriving.

Contribute financially

You can make a one-time donation or become a member to provide ongoing support to the Bicycle Collective’s mission. 

Volunteer your time

The Bicycle Collective is powered by volunteers. In many cases, you can volunteer your time and energy without needing prior mechanical experience. 

Each location’s needs and requirements differ. Check out their volunteer page for information on how to apply.

The Advocates and American Red Cross Community Blood Drive

Since our first day in business, The Advocates’ mission has been to improve our communities by helping those around us, both in and out of the courtroom. We strive to stay involved and look for opportunities to serve. However, we understand that our efforts wouldn’t be half as meaningful or effective without the contributions of our community members.

This March, we’re excited to announce that we’ve partnered with the American Red Cross to host our 2nd annual community blood drive in Utah. Blood donations are one of the most impactful things an ordinary person can do to help those around them.

To show appreciation to those who donate, every donor will receive a $10 gift from Amazon and will be entered in a drawing to win a trip to Florida. CLICK HERE to schedule your blood donation appointment.

American Red Cross Blood Donation Facts

Did you know:

  • Every 2 seconds, someone in the United States needs a blood and/or plasma transfusion
  • Blood donations are most commonly used to help accident victims, surgery patients, people with sickle cell disease, and people undergoing chemotherapy
  • A single car accident victim can require up to 100 units of blood
  • Type O-negative blood is known as the universal donor, because it is the only type of blood that is safe to use in all patients, regardless of the recipient’s blood type
  • Only 3% of eligible blood donors actually donate blood each year
  • Red Cross blood donors provide about 40% of the nation’s blood supply annually
  • Hospitals and other medical care providers rely on blood donations because blood and platelets cannot be artificially manufactured

The Advocates are honored to be part of such a critical component of many Americans’ lives, but we need your help too. If you are physically able and eligible to donate, we would be thrilled to have you join us at our blood drive this March. See eligibility requirements here.

The Advocates Community Blood Drive Information

When: Monday, March 6th, 2023; 1:00pm- 7:00pm

Where: Wasatch Rooms; 6616 S. 900 E. Salt Lake City, UT 84121

Appointments Required. CLICK HERE to schedule your donation appointment.

Thank you for committing to provide a lifesaving donation to people in our community. We can’t wait to see you there.

2022: The Deadliest Year on Nebraska Roads Since ’07

254 people were killed in car accidents in Nebraska last year, the highest number of accident fatalities in a single year since 2007. This statistic represents a nearly 15% increase over 2021’s traffic fatality count, which was 221.

During the pandemic, the number of motor vehicle accidents in the United States fell considerably as fewer cars were on the roads. As restrictions have been lifted across the country, however, fatal crash rates have skyrocketed– in some cases, they are outpacing pre-pandemic levels.

These statistics are concerning for anyone who spends time on Nebraska roads. To keep yourself and everyone else safe, it’s important to stay informed and commit to driving safely. To find more information about Nebraska accident statistics, common causes of car crashes, and tips for handling motor vehicle accidents, keep reading below.

Nebraska Traffic Fatality Statistics 2022

  • Urban areas, like Omaha and Lincoln, saw fatalities increase by 58% from 2021 to 2022.
  • Fatalities in rural areas stayed about the same as totals from 2021.
  • The average number of fatal accidents from 2017-2021 was 232, while 2022 alone had 254.
  • 24 pedestrians were killed on Nebraska roads in 2022. This is tied with 2018 for most pedestrian deaths in the state in a single year (though data is only available from 2011 on).
  • 7 people were killed by trains last year, the most since 2007.

Causes of Nebraska Traffic Accident Fatalities

One of the best ways to prevent accidents is to know what causes them. Being aware of and avoiding risky behaviors can keep you and everyone you interact with on the road safe.

Speeding

According to Sgt. Jeremy Thorson of the Nebraska State Patrol, more than 4,000 speeding citations were issued in 2022 for speeds of over 90 miles per hour.

Speeding is one of the leading contributors to fatal motor vehicle accidents. By traveling faster than is safe for road conditions, you may give yourself insufficient reaction time if a hazard becomes present. Speeding also increases the chances of losing control of your vehicle.

Additionally, when speeding is a factor in an accident, the risk of serious injury or death increases. Speeding kills thousands of people every year. By following the speed limit and slowing down in winter weather or other hazardous conditions, you can save lives.

Distracted Driving

Woman texting and driving

According to traffic cameras, around 10% of all Nebraska drivers are on their cell phones while driving, says Bill Kovarik, Nebraska Highway Safety Administrator.

When driving at 55 miles per hour, taking your eyes off the road for 5 seconds means that you travel the length of a football field without looking. Texting, fiddling with the radio, applying makeup, and even talking to passengers can all create dangerous distractions for drivers.

 

When behind the wheel, commit to focusing solely on the task at hand: driving safely.

Impaired Driving

Alcohol is involved in about one-third of fatal motor vehicle accidents. Drivers ages 21-34 are overrepresented in alcohol-involved accidents in Nebraska.

Never, ever drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Assign a designated driver or don’t drive until you have sobered up.

Failure to Wear a Seatbelt

Seatbelts are required for all vehicle occupants under Nebraska law. Unfortunately, Nebraska ranks 47th in the nation for seatbelt usage. Only 81% of Nebraskans buckle up before hitting the road.

A seatbelt won’t prevent a crash, but it can decrease your risk of injury or death. Make sure everyone in your car is buckled up before beginning your drive.

What to Do if You Are Involved in an Accident

Even if you’re doing everything right, you may still be involved in a traffic crash. The time immediately following a wreck is often overwhelming and stressful, but it’s important not to panic. Remain at the scene of the accident– leaving the scene when property damage or injuries have occurred can lead to fines and jail time.

Take the following steps to protect yourself and your right to a claim after a car accident.

Check for injuries

As soon as an accident occurs, check yourself and your passengers for injuries. If anyone has serious injuries, call 911 right away. Be sure to pay attention to any pain you are feeling– your wounds might not be visible.

If no one is seriously hurt, move your vehicle out of traffic if possible. If the other driver is seriously injured and needs assistance, call 911 for them.

Contact law enforcement

Even if no one is seriously hurt, you should call the police and file an accident report. Your auto insurance company may require a police report before approving any accident claims. This also ensures there is a record of your accident, should you choose to file a personal injury claim later.

When the police arrive, keep your statements factual. Do not admit fault or apologize to the other driver. The police may conduct an investigation that finds you were not responsible for the accident. If you take the blame right away, the investigation may never be conducted.

Document the scene

While waiting for law enforcement to arrive, pay attention to the scene of the accident. Take pictures and videos of your vehicle, the other party’s vehicle, your injuries, marks on the pavement, and the scene as a whole.

This evidence can be used to build your case later. Even if you do not believe something is important, take pictures anyway. Your attorney can help you decide what information is helpful later on.

Two people exchange insurance information after a car accident

Exchange information

Calmly exchange the following information with the driver of the other vehicle:

  • Name
  • Phone number
  • Address
  • Insurance information
  • License plate number

Keep this conversation short and avoid speculating or talking about the accident. You may be feeling upset with them, especially if the accident was caused by their negligence. However, raising your voice, becoming aggressive, or assigning blame will not help the situation.

Seek medical attention

Even if you do not believe your injuries are serious, you should see a medical professional right away. Tell them you were involved in an auto accident– they will be able to look for hidden injuries that you may not be aware of at the time.

If you plan to file a personal injury claim, you will need to complete treatment before your case can settle. The sooner you see a doctor, the more quickly you can begin the road to recovery.

Consider hiring a personal injury attorney

If you were injured due to another person’s negligence in the state of Nebraska, an Advocate can help you. When dealing with physical pain, emotional trauma, medical bills, and property damage, fighting insurance adjusters is probably the last thing you want to do.

The car accident attorneys with The Advocates have been taking on injury cases for three decades. We know how to build a solid accident case, negotiate with insurance companies, and fight for the best settlement possible. 

In addition to fierce legal representation, a car accident lawyer with The Advocates will be there to listen to your story, make sure your needs are met, and provide regular updates on your case. Our job is to take the stress off your plate so you can focus on feeling better.

If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident, you deserve a legal team who truly cares about you. You deserve an Advocate.

What Medical Conditions Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits?

Doctor comforting patient by holding their hand

If you have been diagnosed with a medical condition or disorder that has left you unable to work, you may want to consider applying for social security benefits. Generally, disabled Americans with qualifying medical conditions can apply for either Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or supplemental security income (SSI).

What Medical Conditions Qualify for Social Security Benefits?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has a list of impairments, disorders, and disabilities that may qualify applicants for SSDI or SSI benefits. This list is known as the “Blue Book.” Hundreds of impairments are listed in the Blue Book, though they all fall under one of 14 categories.

Keep in mind that a diagnosis in one of these areas does not automatically qualify you for SSDI benefits

Musculoskeletal Disorders

Musculoskeletal disorders include disorders of the spine or extremities. These disorders may impact your movement.

Man pushes himself in a wheelchair

Special Senses and Speech

This category includes blindness and visual impairment, deafness and hearing loss, and loss of speech.

Respiratory Disorders

Respiratory disorders include asthma, cystic fibrosis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Cardiovascular System

Cardiovascular diseases include chronic heart failure, recurrent arrhythmias, and aneurysms.

Digestive System

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), chronic liver disease, and other digestive disorders fall under this category.

Genitourinary Disorders

The genitourinary system includes the organs in the reproductive and urinary systems. Chronic kidney disease is a genitourinary disorder.

Hematological Disorders

Hematological disorders disrupt the function of white and red blood cells. They include certain types of anemia and bone marrow failure.

Skin Disorders

Qualifying skin disorders include dermatitis, burns, and chronic infections of the skin.

Endocrine Disorders

Endocrine disorders cause hormonal imbalances. Most endocrine disorders cause impairments to other systems in the body, such as the cardiovascular, digestive, and neurological systems.

Congenital Disorders that Affect Multiple Body Systems

Non-mosaic Down syndrome (Trisomy 21) is evaluated under this section.

Neurological Disorders

Neurological disorders can impair both physical and mental function. Some neurological disorders included in this section include epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, and muscular dystrophy. 

Mental Disorders

Mental disorders can include mood and personality disorders, as well as intellectual disabilities and mental health disorders. Some disorders listed under this section include schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, anxiety and depression, autism spectrum disorder, and eating disorders.

Cancer

Most types of cancer are evaluated under this section.

Immune System Disorders

This section includes immune deficiency disorders, inflammatory arthritis, and other disorders that impair your immune system.

What Else Is Required to Qualify for SSDI Benefits?

Generally, having a disabling condition does not automatically qualify you for SSDI benefits. After you submit your disability application, the SSA will determine whether your medical condition meets their definition of disability.

The SSA uses three criteria to determine disability:

  1. Your medical condition prevents you from working and engaging in substantial gainful activity (SGA)
  2. Your medical condition prevents you from doing work you did previously and from adjusting to other work
  3. Your medical condition has lasted or will last at least 12 months

To qualify for SSDI, you must also prove that you worked in jobs covered by Social Security. The longer and more recently you worked, the better your chances of qualifying for SSDI.

The qualifications for SSI are slightly broader. The Social Security Administration may approve your SSI application if you:

  • Are 65 or older, are blind, or have a qualifying disability
  • Have limited income
  • Have limited resources

How Do I Prove I Have a Disabling Condition?

X-Ray of rib cage

For both SSDI and SSI, you will need to provide medical evidence of your disability. This evidence must come from an “acceptable medical source,” and may include things like:

  • Treatment notes
  • Bloodwork panels
  • Imaging, like an X-ray or MRI
  • Medical exam results
  • Vision screening results 

What Are Compassionate Allowances?

In many cases, it takes months for the SSA to approve your disability application and for you to begin receiving benefits. Some disabilities, however, clearly meet the SSA’s definition of disability. People with these conditions may be given Compassionate Allowance

Compassionate Allowances help the SSA reach a disability determination more quickly for more serious medical conditions. If you have a disability that qualifies under Compassionate Allowance, your waiting time may be reduced. Conditions that qualify under Compassionate Allowance include a number of cancers, brain disorders, and rare childhood disorders.

What if My Disability Is Not Listed in the Blue Book?

You may still qualify for social security benefits, even if the Blue Book does not mention your specific medical condition(s). 

If you experience a number of illnesses or disorders that do not exactly match the listings in the Blue Book, your combined symptoms may still match the severity of one qualifying disability. If you can prove that your symptoms are equal in severity to those of a Blue Book listing, you may still qualify for benefits.

How Can a Social Security Disability Lawyer Help Me?

The disability claims process can quickly become complex, stressful, and overwhelming. Attempting to apply for benefits on your own can be confusing and even upsetting. A Social Security Disability Lawyer can help.

The SSDI attorneys with The Advocates have been helping disabled Americans with their disability claims for years and we are ready to help you too. An SSDI lawyer can help you:

  • Determine whether you qualify for benefits
  • Understand the difference between SSDI and SSI, and decide which is right for you
  • Compile medical evidence of your disability
  • Fill out your disability application
  • Appeal the SSA’s decision if your application is denied
  • Present your case to an administrative law judge if necessary

Contact The Advocates today for a free consultation. You deserve an attorney who will fight for your rights. You deserve an Advocate.

How to Drive in the Snow

The winter months often signal the arrival of two things: holiday travel and snowy roads. Regardless of where you live, you may find yourself navigating winter weather and icy conditions as you visit family and friends during the season.

For some, winter driving feels stressful or even frightening. Keep yourself and your loved ones safe by following these tips on how to drive in the snow.

Clear Snow and Ice Off Your Vehicle

If your car is parked outside overnight, ice and snow will likely build up on your hood, windshield, rear window, and the top of your car. It’s critical that you clear this buildup off before beginning to drive, for the safety of everyone in your car as well as everyone else on the road.

To clear your windshield and other windows, turn on your defroster and let it melt the ice a bit. It can take a long time for your defroster to remove all the snow and ice completely, so it’s a good idea to have an ice scraper handy to speed the process along.

Additionally, you should brush all the snow off the hood and roof of your car. This may not seem very important, since this snow generally doesn’t impact your visibility. However, as you drive, the wind may blow the snow up onto your windshield, or onto the windshields of cars behind you. Many ice scrapers have a brush on the other end that you can use to clear loose snow off of your car.

Finally, check your headlights and taillights and make sure they are not covered in snow or ice. When visibility is low, it’s crucial that other drivers can see your lights.

Check Your Wipers and Washer Fluid

If you find yourself driving in a snowstorm, it’s important to have working windshield wipers that completely wipe away snow and water. If your wipers are old or have been used a lot, their blades can wear down and stop working as well as they should.

Before winter starts, it’s a good idea to check your wipers and consider replacing them. You will be able to tell they need replacing if the rubber is cracked or 

damaged, or if they leave streaks on your windshield when you use them. If you have a wiper on your back window, check it as well.

Another key feature for safe winter driving is a full supply of washer fluid. Slushy road conditions often leave a layer of dirt and salt on your car, including on your windshield. If you run out of wiper fluid (or if it freezes), you’ll have a much harder time cleaning it off and your ability to see may be impacted.

Check your wiper fluid to make sure it is made for the weather you’ll be traveling in. The bottle will typically indicate the lowest temperature the fluid is made for.

Check Your Tire Pressure and Tread

You should be checking your tires all year long and ensuring they are maintained and rotated as needed. This is especially important before you drive on icy roads. Tires with worn down tread are more likely to skid on ice or snow. Tires that are low on air can also lose traction more easily than properly inflated tires.

As temperatures get lower, your tire pressure may also decrease. Typically, you can find the ideal tire pressure for your tires on the sticker inside your driver side door. If the information isn’t there, check your owner’s manual.

Invest in Snow Tires

If your area regularly receives snow in the winter time, or you often find yourself driving on snowy roads in the winter, you should consider purchasing snow tires or winter tires. Some states even have traction laws requiring certain types of vehicles to have snow chains or snow tires for a few months out of the year.

Winter tires are made for driving in cold weather and light snow. They have a deeper tread than all season tires, allowing them to grip the road more effectively.

Snow tires are designed for driving in heavy snow. They have an even deeper tread than winter tires, and some have metal studs for additional traction.

Use Four-Wheel Drive

If your car is equipped with four-wheel drive, make sure it is engaged when driving in snowy conditions. All-wheel drive also works well on snowy and icy roads.

If your car is front-wheel drive only, you may still be able to drive in the snow, depending on the state of your tires and the road conditions. You will likely want good snow tires, and avoid attempting to drive in very deep snow.

Rear-wheel drive does not perform well in the snow. If you only have a rear-wheel drive vehicle, consider staying home or using a different car when roads are very snowy.

Keep in mind that having four-wheel drive does not absolve you of driving safely in winter weather. Four-wheel drive does not improve the function of your tires or brakes, which means it is still perfectly possible to lose control of your vehicle when turning or stopping on snow-covered roads.

Use Your Headlights

When snow or sleet is falling, it can decrease visibility, making it harder for other drivers to see you. Use your headlights in a winter storm, even during the day. Resist the urge to turn on your high beams, however. They will reflect off of the falling snow and make it harder for you to see.

Slow Down

One of the most important ways to drive safely in the snow is to slow down. This is for several reasons.

When roads are slick, your required stopping distance will be greater than usual. In fact, it can take up to 10 times longer to stop snow-covered roads than on dry roads. By driving slowly, you both decrease your stopping distance and give yourself more time to react to unexpected hazards.

Turning can also be tricky in the snow. If you slow down, you lessen the chances that you will lose control during a turn. If you do start to slide, your slower speed will give you more time to regain control before hitting something.

Avoid cruise control in winter weather conditions. You should be constantly assessing and adjusting your speed for the conditions. If you begin to skid while using cruise control, your car may accelerate to try and achieve the target speed, possibly causing you to lose control.

Stay Alert

Winter driving conditions create a number of hazards that you need to be aware of as you drive. Other drivers may lose control of their vehicles and enter your lane. Black ice may be present on the roadway. Wildlife, such as deer and elk, are especially common in rural areas.

It is always critical to avoid becoming distracted while driving, but especially so in the winter. Because it will take you longer to stop when a hazard appears on the road, you need as much time as possible to decelerate. If you are distracted by passengers, scenery, or a cell phone, you may not see the hazard until it is too late.

Give a Safe Following Distance

Do not tailgate other cars in winter weather conditions. Snowy roads make an already dangerous practice even more risky. On dry roads, you should generally allow three seconds of following distance. On wet or snowy roads, increase the distance to 6-8 seconds. This means that after the car in front of you passes a landmark, it should take at least 6 seconds before you pass the same landmark.

Don’t Panic

If you feel your car start to slide, the most important thing you can do is remain calm. If you panic, you may forget what to do and act on instinct.

If you skid, take your foot off the gas pedal, but do not slam on the brakes. Gently turn your steering wheel in the same direction that the rear of your car is sliding. If you feel your rear tires slide to the left, turn your steering wheel to the left. Do not make any quick maneuvers– jerking the steering wheel or slamming down on the brake pedal can cause you to lose control even further.

Keep an Emergency Kit in Your Car

If you do happen to crash into a snowdrift or break down on a highway, it may take some time for tow services, like AAA, to reach you. You can take steps to get your car unstuck by having the right tools in your car.

Snow Shovel

If you have room, a small snow shovel will allow you to dig out the snow around your tires. Even if you’re calling a tow truck, they’ll have an easier time getting you out if the path is clear.

Cat Litter or Sand

Sandbox sand and kitty litter can help provide traction to your tires when you’re stuck in the snow. Sprinkle the sand or cat litter around your tires and you may find yourself able to drive out of your sticky situation.

Heavy Coat, Gloves, and a Blanket

Whether you try to get your car out yourself or decide to wait for help, it won’t be much fun if you’re freezing. Some heating systems don’t work as well when the car is not in motion, so you may find the inside of your car getting chilly even with the heat on. Always have warm clothes and a blanket handy in case of emergency.

What is Rubbernecking?

Woman rubbernecking while operating a motor vehicle

When coming upon something interesting on the side of the road while driving, it may feel natural to want to slow down and crane your neck to see what’s going on. However, this action, known as “rubbernecking,” can actually create more issues for everyone. Rubbernecking, while a seemingly innocuous act, can lead to traffic jams and car accidents.

What Are Examples of Rubbernecking?

The term rubbernecking refers to drivers taking their eyes off the road ahead to look at something else, usually off to the side. There are a variety of reasons a curious person might slow down for a better view of something off the shoulder of the highway. Rubbernecking is often used to refer to drivers slowing down to look at vehicle accident sites, but motorists may also find themselves distracted by:

  • Flashing lights on police cars, tow trucks, or first responder vehicles
  • People standing or walking on the side of the road
  • Landscapes
  • Wildlife

It is natural for humans to be interested in accidents or other tragic events in the lives of other people. Often referred to as “morbid curiosity,” many people experience horror or sadness when viewing an accident scene, but find themselves unable to look away.

Why Is Rubbernecking Dangerous?

Rubbernecking is a form of distracted driving, and can create a serious hazard on the road. A rubbernecking driver may slow down as they gawk at the distraction, becoming an obstacle to those around them still traveling at normal speeds. They may also cause rear-end collisions, as they may fail to see traffic slowing down in front of them while they look at the crash site.

Rubbernecking is such a widespread problem that it is the leading cause of traffic jams. When one car crash occurs, traffic often piles up as drivers all slow down as they pass the scene.

How to Avoid Rubbernecking

Even if those around you are slowing down to gape at a crash site, you can avoid becoming part of the problem by refusing to rubberneck.

Keep your eyes on the road

Do not let anything, inside or outside the car, distract you from the task at hand. When you are behind the wheel, your only job is to get yourself and your passengers to your destination safely.

Refrain from using cell phones, fiddling with the radio, or becoming preoccupied with happenings on the side of the road, no matter how tempting it may be to sneak a peek.

Practice safe driving when passing an accident

Anticipate that cars around you may be slowing down as you pass an accident scene. Watch closely for brake lights and for drivers who appear to be distracted. If you must slow down quickly, use your hazard lights to communicate that to other motorists.

Incident screens

In order to stop rubbernecking, some accident responders have begun using incident screens. These large screens can surround the site of the crash, giving passing motorists nothing to look at as they drive by. This helps prevent traffic from slowing around the area.

What to Do if You Are Involved in a Rubbernecking Accident

Anytime you are involved in a car accident, be sure to take the following actions to protect yourself and your right to an insurance claim.

Check for injuries

Immediately after a crash, check yourself and your passengers for injuries. If anyone is seriously injured, call 911.

Call the police

Even if no one in your car requires immediate medical attention, you should call the local non-emergency line and ask that a police officer be dispatched to the scene. Many insurance companies require you to file a police report before they will approve any claims.

The police officer will take statements from you and the other driver and make notes about the scene. This report may be useful to you if you choose to file a claim later.

Take note of the accident scene

While you wait for the police to arrive, document the scene of the accident as thoroughly as possible. Take pictures and/or videos of both cars, your injuries, marks on the pavement, weather and traffic conditions, and the scene as a whole. Even things that may not seem important at the time may be helpful later on.

Exchange information with the other driver

When speaking with the other driver, remain as calm and professional as possible. Do not admit fault or apologize for the accident. Simply collect the following information:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Insurance information
  • License plate number

Do not speculate about what caused the accident. This could be used against you later.

Seek medical attention

If you were not checked by a medical professional at the scene of the accident, see your physician right away. Let them know you were involved in a car accident, so they know what to look for. You may have hidden injuries that you are unaware of.

Notify your insurance company

Call your auto insurance provider and inform them that you were involved in an accident. Depending on your policy, some vehicle repairs and medical treatment may be covered.

How Can a Personal Injury Attorney Help?

If you were involved in an accident with a rubbernecking driver, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your damages. An attorney with The Advocates can offer you a free consultation to determine whether you have a case.

If you choose to file a claim, doing it on your own will likely not be easy. The at-fault driver’s insurance company will make it difficult for you to obtain the settlement you deserve.

The Advocates have decades of experience negotiating with insurance companies and helping accident victims get fair compensation for their injuries, and we are ready to help you too. You deserve an attorney who will fight for your best interests. You deserve an Advocate.

States Where Lane Filtering Is Legal

In recent years, a handful of states have legalized the practice of lane filtering for motorcyclists, and several more states are working toward it. While lane filtering can be a controversial topic, several studies support it as a safer way for motorcycles and other motor vehicles to share the road.

What is Lane Filtering?

Lane filtering is a lane sharing technique that allows motorcyclists to pass between cars traveling in the same direction– typically when the cars are stopped and the motorcycle is moving at low speeds. Four states have changed their traffic laws to allow lane filtering, and several others are considering passing legislation to allow it.

What Is the Difference Between Lane Filtering and Lane Splitting?

The terms “lane filtering” and “lane splitting” (also called white lining or stripe-riding) are often used interchangeably, although there is a difference between the two– a big difference, considering that lane splitting is only technically legal in one state.

While lane filtering generally refers to the practice of motorcycles moving between stopped or slow-moving vehicles, lane splitting allows them to share lanes with traffic moving at normal speeds.

Where Is Lane Filtering Legal?

As of October 2022, five states have legalized lane sharing of some kind. The conditions under which a motorcycle rider may filter between cars vary from state-to-state.

The following states allow lane splitting or filtering under certain conditions:

California

So far, California is the only state to make lane splitting legal. When splitting lanes, bikers should not ride the white line faster than 10 mph above the speed of surrounding traffic. Lane splitting is also discouraged when traffic speeds are higher than 30 mph.

Utah

Lane filtering is allowed in Utah under the following conditions: 

  • There are two lanes of traffic traveling in the same direction
  • Traffic is stopped (typically at a stoplight or in heavy traffic)
  • The speed limit is not more than 45 mph
  • The motorcyclist is traveling at not more than 15 mph

Montana

In Montana, motorcyclists may split lanes to pass slow or stopped vehicles as long as the biker is not traveling faster than 20 mph and traffic conditions make it safe to do so.

Arizona

Bikers may filter between cars in Arizona under the following conditions:

  • Traffic is stopped
  • The speed limit is 45 mph or less
  • The biker is not traveling faster than 15 mph

Hawaii

Motorcycle riders in Hawaii may use the shoulder of the road to pass stopped traffic on roads with at least two lanes of traffic. Because Hawaii’s roads tend to be narrow, motorcyclists may not travel between two lanes.

In all states, it is the motorcyclist’s responsibility to ensure that the maneuver may be made safely before riding the white line.

States Without Lane Splitting Laws

Eleven states have no lane splitting laws that prohibit the practice, so it is technically not illegal. However, you may still be cited for changing lanes improperly or driving recklessly, particularly if you are involved in an accident. States without laws regarding lane splitting or filtering include:

  • Arkansas
  • Delaware
  • Idaho
  • Kentucky
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • New Jersey
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Texas
  • West Virginia

Washington DC also does not have laws pertaining to lane splitting.

Lane sharing of any kind is expressly prohibited in 34 states, including New York and Florida. However, a handful of these states (Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Oregon, to name a few) are considering or have considered passing legislation to legalize the practice.

What Are the Benefits of Lane Filtering?

More and more states are putting forward legislation to legalize motorcycle lane splitting or filtering, thanks to studies that have found the practice is generally safe. One study in particular, done by the Safe Transportation Research and Education Center at University of California Berkeley, found that there are several benefits to lane filtering, as long as it is done safely.

Eases traffic congestion

Motorcycles who do not lane split take up the same amount of space as a passenger vehicle. Lane-splitting riders allow more space for cars, easing traffic for everyone around them.

Lane filtering at stoplights can shorten lines at the light, allowing more cars to get through on green and keep traffic moving more efficiently.

Protects motorcyclists from collisions

The study by UC Berkeley found that lane splitting and filtering can actually increase motorcycle safety. Some of the leading causes of motorcycle accidents are failure by motorists to give bikers sufficient space, and failure to see motorcyclists. This often leads to rear-end collisions in heavy traffic.

When motorcyclists are allowed to keep moving through traffic, it may decrease their risk of being hit from behind, the study found. It also found that injuries from lane-splitting accidents tend to be less serious than those sustained in other types of motorcycle accidents.

Helps prevent motorcycles from overheating

Some motorcycles rely on airflow to keep their engines cool. In hot states like California and Arizona, the ability to keep moving through stop-and-go traffic can help prevent these motorcycle engines from overheating.

When Is Lane Splitting or Filtering Unsafe?

Lane sharing must be done correctly in order to keep motorcyclists and other motorists safe. Violating motorcycle laws or otherwise engaging in unsafe behavior negates the benefits of lane splitting and filtering.

Motorcyclists should only practice lane sharing in places where it is legal. Doing so in states where it is prohibited may catch other drivers by surprise, increasing the risk of an accident. It is always good practice to behave as predictably as possible on the roads in order to avoid an accident.

The UC Berkeley study also found that large speed differentials between motorcycles and other vehicles dramatically increase the risk of injury. Lane sharing is generally safe, the study said, when traffic is moving no faster than 50 mph, and when the motorcycle is traveling within 15 mph of the speed of surrounding traffic.

How Can A Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Help Me?

If you have been involved in an accident with a negligent driver while motorcycle riding, a personal injury lawyer can help you navigate the next steps in your recovery. The motorcycle accident attorneys with The Advocates have decades of experience representing accident victims and helping them obtain fair compensation for their damages.

When you hire an Advocate, you get fierce representation and thoughtful, compassionate care. Your attorney will help you:

  • Access medical care
  • Get your motorcycle repaired
  • Communicate with your employer regarding your accident
  • Negotiate with insurance companies
  • Take your case to court if necessary

Our legal team is standing by, ready to listen to your story and get started on your case. Contact us today for a free consultation. You deserve an attorney who truly cares about your recovery. You deserve an Advocate.