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Our students are back in the classroom and they’re ready to tackle the school year. Unfortunately, parents and guardians are skipping out on what could be the most important education of all — walking safely to and from the bus stop/school.Officials with the National Safety Council (NSC) offer some important safety information, helping to keep safe the millions of students who walk to school each and every day.

“There is nothing as important as getting students to and from school safely,” said Gary Catapano, senior vice president of safety for First Student.

Our Montgomery child injury attorneys understand that there were a more than 32,360 people killed in traffic accidents in 2011. Of these fatalities, children under the age of 15 accounted for close to 1,150 (about 5 percent). During the same year, there were also more than 170,000 of these young individuals injured in traffic accidents. Regarding pedestrian accidents, children under the age of 15 accounted for 20 percent of the pedestrian fatalities recorded throughout the year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In 2010, nearly one in every five children between the ages of 5 and 9 who were killed in traffic crashes was a pedestrian.
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A fatal gun accident in Tuscaloosa claimed the life of a 13-year-old boy and coincides with the proposal to lift the federal immunity of gun manufacturers, dealers and trade groups in negligence and product liability lawsuits.

Our Montgomery personal injury lawyers understand that some lawmakers say these entities need to take reasonable precautions to avoid inherent design flaws, improper firearm storage and for putting guns in the hands of those likely to do harm.In this case, a tragedy happened during a group rabbit hunting excursion at a club in north Sumter County. In addition, there could be an issue of premise liability, and whether the facility was equipped for the safe handling and storage of these weapons. And finally, it could be that the individual whose hand was on the trigger was not being as responsible as would be prudent.

We’re still learning more about this case, so it remains to be seen. Hunting accidents in Alabama are tragic. However, most of the emphasis when it comes to gun violence is being placed on mass shootings. Certainly the gun industry is facing heat like it hasn’t in several decades. Alabama has a long and proud history of gun ownership and support for guns. However, gun ownership comes with a responsibility to prevent accidental injuries, especially those involving children.

According to local news reports, the eighth-grader was with a group of fellow teens who had just finished their trip. They were reportedly putting the guns away and believed the weapons were empty when one accidentally went off, killing the young teen.

Authorities are not pursuing a criminal investigation, and are instead treating the incident as an accident.

Of course, the legislative proposal to repeal the 2005 Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act is in direct response not to this, but rather to the fatal shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, in which 20 elementary students and six adults were killed by a lone gunman who ambushed the school.

The 2005 law was initially passed by the National Rifle Association and other gun enthusiasts, who complained bitterly about the expense of battling these sorts of negligence lawsuits.

But perhaps the bigger issue is neglect with regard to gun owners who don’t properly store their weapons or teach their children gun safety. In fact, accidental child deaths caused by guns are not rare – being among the top 10 leading cause of death for all child age groups outside of newborns and infants. In 2010, there were a reported 114 child deaths and 3,060 nonfatal incidents involving guns.

In order to prevent these types of incidents, proper gun storage and education is key. As a general rule, if you have guns and small children, make it a point to:

Keep your guns locked;

Keep your guns unloaded;

Keep your ammunition locked;

Keep your ammunition in an area separate from your gun.

You also want to make it a point to teach your child the importance of extreme caution around weapons. Try to use specific examples, such as what to do if a friend shows you a gun or if they see a gun in a classmate’s backpack or if they find one while playing outdoors.
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The summer is here and it’s time to pack away those jackets and scarfs and pull out the swim trunks and the pool toys!

It’s also time to be on the lookout for swimming pool dangers and to take the proper safety precautions to help to eliminate the risks of swimming pool accidents in Montgomery and elsewhere. Drownings and other pool-related accidents are in fact 100 percent preventable when the proper safety precautions are taken.During this time of the year, we see the highest risks for these kinds of accidents. We all need to keep an eye on our children especially. It’s our young ones that face the highest risks for fatal pool accidents during the summer season. As a matter of fact, about 20 percent of drowning-related accidents occur to residents who are under the age of 15-years-old. For every child who suffers a fatal drowning accident, another 5 are sent to the emergency room for related injuries. Luckily, there are some safety steps that we can all take to help to reduce these risks. Our Montgomery child injury attorneys are here to share that information with you and help to keep everyone safe during this year’s summer season.

From 2000 to 2009, there were nearly 4,000 fatal drowning accidents that happened in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This doesn’t even count boating accidents. It’s most important that we keep an eye on our youngest children. Kids between the ages of 1- and 4-years-old have the highest swimming pool-related accident rates. In 2009, of the young ones who died from an unintentional injury, about a third of them died in drowning-related accidents.

What can help to keep our little ones safe near the pool?

-Consider swimming lessons. Kids who are, and have been, enrolled in swimming lessons have a smaller change of drowning. Unfortunately, most young ones don’t have formal swim training.

-Learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). When seconds matter, this is going to be your life-saving tool. When CPR is performed by bystanders, the chances of surviving increase dramatically.

Tips to help keep you safe in the water:

-Always supervise young ones near a pool.

-Always use the buddy system. Never allow anyone to swim alone.

-Learn to swim. Make sure everyone in your household has undergone professional swim training.

-Remember that floating toys are not a substitute for safety devices.

-Never swim and drink alcohol. The two don’t mix and can produce deadly results.

-Know about the weather conditions before scheduling your pool party.

-Consider installing a four-sided fence if you have small children in your home.
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A popular child’s play seat is coming under fire by safety advocates, who say it does not stand up to the minimum standards needed to prevent child injury in Alabama.

It’s called the Bumbo Baby Sitter, though parents should take heed that the seat should never be used while the child is unattended.While there hasn’t been an official recall of the seat since 2007, a number of media outlets are reporting that the seats have been known to have involvement in a number of skull fractures in small children.

Our Birmingham personal injury attorneys know that five years ago, the child seat was recalled because there was no warning label telling parents not to use the seats on a raised surface.