I’m attorney Todd King with the Accident Recovery Team. Every year our firm seems to have a case involving an injury from negligent firearm handling. As an avid hunter and sport shooter myself, I know these injuries are almost always preventable.
To avoid injuries, always follow the basic rules of safe firearms handling:
1) Always treat every firearm as if it were loaded, even if you are sure that it’s not.
2) Always keep the muzzle of the gun pointed in a safe direction.
3) Be sure of your target, the line of fire and what lies beyond.
4) Keep your finger out of the trigger guard and off the trigger until you are ready to fire.
Additional rules include:
5) Empty your firearm when you are done shooting and transport your firearms unloaded.
6) Store your firearms unloaded and secure from children, unauthorized users and theft.
7) Use but do not trust your firearms manual safety.
8) Always use correct ammunition for your particular firearm.
9) Learn how to safely address malfunctions.
10) Learn how to safely ensure that your barrel is free of obstruction.
11) Use proper eye and hearing protection when shooting or near those that are shooting.
12) If you are not familiar with the operations of a particular firearm, you shouldn’t be
As both a hunter and an attorney, I want to promote safe gun handling. If have any questions involving injuries from negligent firearm handling, call the Accident Recovery Team at 267- TEAM, or contact us through our email or online chat service.
One text takes a driver’s eyes off the road for 5 to 10 seconds. At average speeds, you will travel almost 100 yards, or the length of a football field, in just those few seconds.
Cell phone usage leads to 1.6 Million accidents each year. Way beyond texting, drivers are distracted by social media, digital maps, music and millions of apps on our cell phones today.
Teenagers are especially susceptible to these deadly mistakes. Every day 11 teenagers die in cell phone related accidents.
This problem is preventable, that’s the good news.
When you know the facts and prioritize your safety, and the safety of everyone else on the road, the choice is simple.
Put down the phone and keep your eyes up.
Car crashes affect everyone. Deadly accidents don’t care if you are rich or poor, how many kids you have, or how undeserving you are of such tragic circumstances. Lives are lost indiscriminately across our country due to distracted driving. We can do better.
I’m Gary Albin with Wichita’s Accident Recovery Team. As attorney’s, we see the negative impact of accidents every day. And we know that many of these crashes are caused by distracted driving that could be easily avoided. If you have a question for the Accident Recovery team regarding car wrecks, worker’s compensation, or medical malpractice--please reach out.
Thank you and please do your part this year for safe streets. Put your phone down and keep your eyes up!