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The Importance of Wearing Safety Equipment

When you talk to a personal injury lawyer, you start to get an understanding of just how important safety equipment is in the prevention of personal injury accidents. The situations that require the proper safety equipment include:

  • Driving
  • Walking at night
  • Bicycling
  • Off-Road vehicles
  • Walking in bad weather

In some cases, the safety equipment that car accident lawyers refer to is already installed into the vehicle that you will be using. In other cases, you will need to take the time to understand the safety rules involved in each activity you undertake. Remember that safety is ultimately your responsibility. If the resources are available to remain safe at all times, then you need to take advantage of those resources.

Driving a vehicle requires a few pieces of safety equipment, with some of them already installed into the vehicle. You should never operate a motor vehicle without wearing your seatbelt. In the province of Ontario, wearing your seatbelt when operating a motor vehicle is the law. It can also save your life if you are ever in an accident.

Another good piece of safety equipment to have on hand in your vehicle is a pair of sunglasses. The sun visor in your vehicle can only do so much and the coating on your windows can be useless against direct sunlight. As a safety precaution, you should always keep a pair of sunglasses in your car so that they are available when you need them.

To prevent distractions when you are driving, you should also have a hands-free device for your cellular phone. Experienced attorneys such as David Himelfarb will remind you that using a cell phone while driving is illegal in Ontario. But it just makes good sense to reduce your distractions as much as possible by utilizing a hands-free device while driving.

If you are walking at night, then you need to wear reflective clothing. This is especially true if you are walking along the more rural roads of Ontario. This same rule applies to people who like to go out jogging after dark as well.

Bicyclists are required to wear a helmet when using Ontario public roads, and that is just good sense. Other safety equipment that bicyclists should wear include goggles (or sunglasses, if the weather requires it), elbow pads (in case of a fall) and reflective clothing at night. You should also have good reflectors on the front and back of your bicycle to help drivers see you at night.

Walking in bad weather requires more than just a suitable coat and hat. You should never walk in inclement weather without the proper footwear, and you should wear reflective clothing so motorists can see you. It can also be very helpful to wear goggles in inclement weather to help you to see where you are going and to protect your eyes from the water, ice or snow that is falling from the sky. You can never be too safe when walking in bad weather, especially if you are walking along a rural road in the province of Ontario.

 

For assistance with a personal injury and/or insurance claim, please email David Himelfarb at dhimelfarb@himprolaw.com or call 1-855-446-7765, for a free case evaluation.

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