The law office of Adler Giersch was honored to receive the #1 Ranked Best Small Business to Work for from Seattle Business Magazine. Companies are chosen based on results from confidential employee surveys with categories including benefits, executive leadership, work environment and responsibility/decision making.
Startling new research published by the AAA Foundation outlines the dangers of distracted driving and teen drivers. In partnership with the University of Iowa, a study was conducted over the last eight years. The study used dashboard cameras and facts from over 2,220 moderate to severe collisions. The result, an alarming change in distracted behavior while driving.
“They’re more likely to interact with their phones via texting or social media, which is particularly scary because they’re actually then looking down, taking their eyes off the road,” said Jennifer Ryan of AAA.
The study reports that 60% of teenage collisions are cause by distracting driving. However, cell phone use was not the number one cause of collisions. Top distraction, other passengers at 15% of collision and cell phones at 12%.
“What we know about teens is that when they add a passenger, they’re more likely to be distracted, they’re more likely to engage in risky behavior,” Ryan said.
AAA has renamed the “summer driving season” between Memorial Day and Labor Day to the “100 Deadliest Days” for young drivers and recommends a banning all wireless devices for drivers under 18. 30 state have adopted this law.
It is important to educate teens about the dangers of driving while also encouraging them to practice good driving techniques. Driving creates a whole new world of freedom for teenagers that can be taken for granted. Make sure your child understands that driving is a privilege not a right. Their safety and others on the roadway need this awareness.
One very effective measure as a parent is to develop a “driving contract.” This contract outlines your expectations for you child when they are behind the wheel. If the contact is broken, a set of reasonable and measured consequences are set out in writing and agreed upon in advance by the parents and child.
Download a Teen-Parent Driving Contract template.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is holding their Annual “Walk Like MADD” on October 10, 2015 at Green Lake Park (Seattle). MADD’s work in our community on the messages of “designated driver,” “take a taxi” and “don’t drink and drive.” This work has no doubt saved lives and prevented traumatic injuries. However, there is more work to be done and this is an important issue worthy of support. MADD also provides vital support services to survivors of drunk driving and their families. This event is a great way to provide support.
Here is how you can help out:
- Join the Adler Giersch Team. We invite you to join the ADLER ♦ GIERSCH PS team. Register online by visiting http://www.walklikemadd.org/team/adlergiersch and click on “Join Our Team.” Check in time begins at 8:00am. The 5k begins at 9am. The cost to join is only $25.00 per adult walker, $30.00 per adult runner, $15.00 for children (5-18) and it includes a great T-shirt for the event.
- If you are not able to walk, run, or roll with us, please donate. Simply go to http://www.walklikemadd.org/team/adlergiersch and click on “Support Us.” All donations will go directly to MADD.
For more information about MADD, visit www.madd.org/local-office/wa. We hope to see you on October 10th!
We were recently honored with an award by Seattle Business Magazine as a Top 100 Best Companies to Work for in Washington at its annual banquet on July 1, 2015 at the Washington State Convention Center. In the business category of up to 30 employees we were rated #5! This is extra special for each person at the law firm as we are the only personal injury law firm in the Top 100.
This award shows that we are a great place to work which, in turn, allows our talented attorneys and staff to achieve top-tier tough advocacy and compassionate counsel. We take care of our team members the way we want them to take care of our clients.
The results are based on confidential employee surveys and the level of employee participation. Surveys are broken down in 10 categories including, benefits, communication, corporate culture, hiring and retention, executive leadership, performance standards, responsibility and decision making, rewards and recognition, training and education, and workplace environment.
The entire staff of Adler ♦ Giersch PS attended the awards dinner.
To see the complete list of 100 Best Companies to Work For, visit http://www.seattlebusinessmag.com/article/100-best-companies-work-awards-2015.
Thank you for your generous pledge to the 4th Annual Walk, Run & Roll benefitting the Brain Injury Alliance of Washington. This was the most successful Walk, Run & Roll with over 300 registered walkers, runners and rollers and with sponsors, pledges, and registrations, the event raised over $15,000 to provide services to brain injury survivors, caregivers, and their families. We are pleased to report that Team Adler Giersch ps had the biggest team and, of course, the most fun.
Know the facts:
- Every 9 seconds someone in America sustains a Brain Injury.
- There are MORE incidents of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) than ALL cancers combined..
- TBI is the #1 cause of death and disability among young people ages 15 – 24.
- In Washington State, 20,000 residents sustain a Brain Injury each year.