Drowsy Driving

Here is new information on motor vehicle accidents.

  • Drowsy driving plays a role in nearly eight times as many accidents than federal estimates suggest according to a study by the AAA Foundation  last week
  • In about 9.5% of crashes, drowsiness was a factor
  • Out of 700 crashes, drowsiness was a key factor in 10.8% of accidents that caused serious property damage.
  • The (NHTSA) reported in 2017 that driver drowsiness was involved in:

–          1.4% of all police-reported crashes

–           2% of crashes resulting in injuries

–          2.4% that resulted in death from 2011 to 2015.

  • 35% of U.S. drivers sleep less than 7 hours, which is what the AAA foundation recommends a person should sleep before driving.
  • 37,461 Deadly automobile accidents in 2016, which is higher than the last five years
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Cape Coral, FL 33904
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Happy Martin Luther King Day Everyone!

  • President Ronald Reagan signed the King Holiday Bill into law on Nov. 2, 1983.
  • The first official holiday was observed on the third Monday of January 1986.
  • At the time, only 27 states and Washington, D.C., honored the holiday.
  • South Carolina was the last state to sign a bill recognizing Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a paid holiday in 2000.

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BERKE LAW FIRM, P.A.
4423 Del Prado Blvd S.
Cape Coral, FL 33904
(239) 549-6689
www.yourinjurylawyer.com

Motor Vehicle Statistics

Here are some statistics for motor vehicle accidents for 2015 and 2016 nationwide:

In 2016:

37,461 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes
• Over 4,000 passenger-vehicle impaired crashes – a 5% increase from 2015, but it is less than the 8% increase from 2014 to 2015.
• Florida had 3,174 fatalities.
• Florida and California have 236 additional fatalities each, which are the largest increases in fatalities for 2016 compared to 2015 in the U.S.
• The amount of lives saved due to seatbelts is 14,668.
• Seatbelt use rate is over 90%

In 2015:
  • 2015, there were 6.3 million police-reported crashes and 2.4 million injured and bother numbers show increases over 2014 of 3% +.
  • Florida and California have 236 additional fatalities each, which are the largest increases in fatalities for 2016 compared to 2015 in the U.S.
  • Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death at age 10 and every age 16 through 23 in 2015.

BERKE LAW FIRM, P.A.
Bill B. Berke, Esquire
4423 Del Prado Blvd. S
Cape Coral, FL 33904
Phone: (239) 549-6689
Fax: (239) 549-3331

www.yourinjurylawyer.com

Happy Thanksgiving

The Act of Being Thankful

  1. Start your day with a little exercise and some gratitude by saying out loud what you are thankful for every day for a happier, healthier life.
  2. Meal Time Appreciation– If you don’t say thanks every night at dinner, be sure to tell everyone at the dinner table this Thanksgiving what you are thankful for and what you appreciate about each person in the room.
  3. Gratitude Letter – Martin Seligman, Ph.D., the father of positive psychology, proposes that writing a letter expressing our gratitude to someone and then reading it to them has been shown to reduce depression and lead to a happier life.
  4. Say Thank You at Work– Whether you are the boss or the employee, say thanks to those you work with and let them know they are appreciated. A friendlier work environment is created when employees feel appreciated.
  5. Do Something Good – This holiday season, find a way to give back to someone or to the community, volunteer, donate food, clothes, or toys, or even give to someone not anticipating a gift this year.

Thank YOU for allowing us to share this bulletin with you!

BERKE LAW FIRM, P.A.
Bill B. Berke, Esquire
4423 Del Prado Blvd. S
Cape Coral, FL 33904
Phone: (239) 549-6689
Fax: (239) 549-3331

Celebrate Veteran’s Day

Veteran’s Day is a celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.  Remember to thank a Veteran on Veteran’s Day, November 11th!

Here is a little history of Veteran’s Day:

  • November 11, 1918, marked the end of one of the worst wars in history until World War II in 1954.
  • Veteran’s day used to be Armistice Day, until June 1, 1954, when the Act of 1938 was amended.
  • Veteran’s Day is a celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

Happy Veteran’s Day!

Berke Law Firm, P.A.
4423 Del Prado Blvd. S.
Cape Coral, Florida 33904
(239) 549-6689-phone
(239) 549-3331-fax

Daylight Saving Time

Sunday November 5, 2017 (2 A.M. Eastern Standard Time)

Set your clocks back an hour on Saturday night for the time change! Here are some fun facts about DST:

• It’s daylight saving time, not daylight savings time.
• 1895 – Daylight saving time (DST) was introduced by George Hudson, whose job allowed him time to collect insects and led him to value after-hours daylight.
• April 30, 1916, the German Empire and its World War I ally Austria-Hungary were the first to use DST as a way to conserve coal during wartime.
• In the U.S., some states do not follow DST and Indiana did not partake in DST until 2006.
• Daylight saving was extended past Halloween because candy companies wanted trick-or-treaters to be out longer.
• Contrary to popular belief, it was not for the farmers, but for the retail outlets and recreational businesses that DST was beneficial.

All Hallows Eve…

The night of the year every child anticipates has finally arrived. Our office would like to wish you and your family a very happy Halloween! A night full of festivities and smiles can also come at a price if not careful. We ask that you be safe when out trick-or-treating tonight or even driving. We have a few fun facts and quick tips to make this Halloween the best one yet! A reported 41.1 million trick-or-treaters between the ages of 5 to 14 went out on Halloween night in 2016. Here are 5 golden steps to keep you and your loved one’s safe tonight:

  1. Reduce your speed, especially on residential streets (that’s where are the spooky fun happens!)
  2. Keep an open eye for kids darting into the streets.
  3. Be extremely cautious when pulling out from a driveway.
  4. Use HEADLIGHTS!
  5. DO NOT consume alcohol. Set an example for your little ghouls and goblins!

Need help recovering from a hurricane or tropical storm ?

In the middle of recovering from a hurricane or tropical storm, we can sometimes forget who to contact when we need help. Here at Berke Law Firm, we are dedicated to helping you whether it is legal or otherwise. Another resource available for you when you are trying to recover is FEMA. FEMA is doing all that they possibly can to help everyone. Some benefits being offered are:

Temporary housing, home-repair, lodging expenses, etc. If help is needed, please contact our office at (239)549-6689. FEMA can also be contacted at 1-800-621-3362 or you can visit their website to register at www.disasterassistance.gov.