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January 2017

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People now spend more time online than watching television. And the top destinations are social media sites like Facebook. This month we look at the consequences of sharing too much personal information on social media and ways to protect yourself.

You might have also noticed that we have launched our newly designed newsletter. Our hope is this format will be a quick browse for information important to you while also providing access to more in-depth information.

As always, let us know your thoughts on any topics you read about here or any questions you might have about your legal rights.

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Oversharing Online Can Cost
You Your Job … and More

For better or worse, social networks give us a platform to share literally everything on the Internet.

In today’s ever-connected, oversharing world, you should know the risks to your job, health and family from ill-advised online behavior.

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The average user spends 50 minutes a day on Facebook’s apps (Facebook, Instagram and Messenger), according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Thirty-five percent of employers are less likely to interview a job candidate if he or she doesn’t have an online presence. Here are some tips on recruiter-friendly social media.

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What To Know About the Honda Airbag Recall

Driving a car has become a routine part of millions of people’s days. Because of this it’s easy to forget that while our cars are built more safely than ever before, driving can still be a dangerous activity. Even the most careful drivers on the safest roads are not guaranteed to avoid an accident. Despite this cars are equipped with safety features to make even the most unavoidable accidents as safe as possible for the drivers. One of the most important advances in technology with regards to car safety is the airbag. It is the airbag that is supposed to protect you the minute your car is impacted in an accident, but what if your airbag hurt you instead of kept you safe?  (more…)

San Luis Obispo Auto Accident Statistics Are Alarming

Six hundred people were killed or injured in auto accidents in San Luis Obispo in 2013 according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Their website reveals that 78 of those accidents involved alcohol and 23 victims were killed or injured due to drunk drivers under the legal age of 21 years old. Motorcycles accounted for 39 total accidents and 60 pedestrians were killed or injured by automobiles that year. Ninety-two bicyclists also experienced a collision with an auto in 2013. Most of the collisions were caused due to speeding drivers, although law enforcement reports that a significant number of collisions happened at night when the drivers could not clearly see the road. (more…)

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I Was Just In An Auto Accident, What Should I Do?

You were just in an auto accident and now you need to know what to do. Unfortunately, many individuals that are involved in an auto accident do not know what to do. Here are some suggestions from the experienced auto accident attorneys at James McKiernan Lawyers:

STAY CALM

  • Check for obvious injuries and call for emergency medical help, if warranted 911

CALL 911

  • Notify law enforcement 911. A police report is a “must-have” document

DEMAND

  • A POLICE REPORT as it may be the only proof the accident is not your fault

LIMIT DISCUSSION

  • Do not make any statements
  • Only speak to the police or medical personnel
  • Do not allow the other driver to talk you into settling things on your own

GET THE FACTS

  • Take pictures and/or video of everything using a camera or your Smartphone. (vehicles involved, the surrounding areas and any obvious injuries you sustained)
  • Gather all pertinent information from the other driver using a camera or your Smartphone take photos of the documents (Driver’s License, insurance policy, license plate, etc)
  • Locate any witness before they leave the scene & get their contact info
  • Get a recorded statement of witnesses using a voice recording app on your Smartphone

INJURIES

  • If you are injured go to the ER immediately
  • Do not speculate about your physical condition (in some cases it may take 24-48 hours to feel any pain due to the adrenaline from being in an auto accident)

DO NOT!

  • Do not, under any circumstances, speak to the other driver’s insurance company
  • Don’t talk to anyone about the accident; especially on social media (Do not post accident photos or comments about the accident)

CALL US FIRST

Contact JAMES MCKIERNAN LAWYERS for a FREE CONSULTATION (888) 442-2918 or (800) 200 HURT (4878)

  • We will recover a pain & suffering settlement for you
  • We will arrange medical treatment on a lien
  • We will contact the insurance companies
  • We will obtain the police report
  • We will recover your lost wages
  • We will arrange for a rental car

 

What To Do Following An Automobile Accident

If you are involved in an automobile accident due to someone else’s careless driving, you are not alone. Last year 4.4 million Americans were hurt and more than 38,000 were fatally injured on the roadways. As reported by the National Safety Council the three largest causes were alcohol (30.8%), speeding (30.0%), and distracted driving (26%).

Your actions following an accident can make a huge difference in terms of safe-guarding your right to maximum compensation for your losses. The team of San Luis Obispo automobile accident attorneys at James McKiernan Lawyers, with upwards of 30 years experience in personal injury cases, recommend the following :

Immediately following the incident:

  • Check for obvious injuries and call for emergency medical help if warranted.
  • Notify law enforcement. A police report is a “must-have” document. Do not allow the other driver to talk you into settling things on your own.
  • Contact your insurance carrier. Do not, under any circumstances, speak to the other driver’s insurance company.
  • Take pictures and/or video of everything. This includes all the vehicles involved, the surrounding areas and any obvious injuries you sustained.
  • Be certain to secure all pertinent information from the other driver.
  • Gather the other driver’s information and request a copy of the police report.
  • Don’t talk to anyone about the accident, especially on social media.
  • Never speculate about your physical condition.
  • Refrain from saying “I’m sorry”.

It may take some time for injuries to present themselves. If you feel you need immediate attention, go to the closest hospital right away, then, always follow up with your personal physician.

After the incident

Keep a detailed record of any and all medical appointments, time missed from work and any sick time or wages you lost. Keep receipts for any out-of-pocket expenses. Remember that anything you say, to anyone, may be used against you. Do not post any details or comments about your accident or injuries on social media.

Once you are involved  in an accident, it is always in your best interest to  seek advice from a personal injury lawyer. The James McKiernan legal team has experienced personal injury attorneys standing by to assist you in the process of seeking reimbursement and compensation. Don’t wait, call us at 805-618-2245.  We are ready to help.

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