Cell Phone Safety Tips

With so many apps, drivers increasingly use their cell phones while driving. We strongly recommend and encourage you to avoid talking on the phone or using an app while driving. If you are in a situation where you MUST use your cell phone while driving, here are a few safety tips you should follow:

  • Use Hands-Free Devices Whenever Possible: If you have a Bluetooth feature in your car, make sure to use it every single time you need to make a call. Do this without using your fingers to dial a number or choose someone from your contacts. You should be able to just press a button on the steering wheel and say who you want to call and the Bluetooth with dial that number for you! If you don’t have Bluetooth, use the speaker option or headphones. But remember, only one ear bud in at a time!
  • Position Your Phone Within Easy Reach: Position your phone so you can easily reach it without taking your eyes off the road. If you receive a call that can wait, you can see who is calling this way and let it go to voicemail.
  • During Hazardous Conditions, Avoid Phone Calls: Let the person you are speaking with know you are driving, especially in poor weather conditions.
  • Place Calls When You Are Stopped: If you are in a rush and MUST drive while on a hands-free device, dial the number before you put the car in drive or when you are stopped. Avoid dialing a number or choosing from a contact list while you are driving. This takes your eyes off the road for longer than you think!
  • Do Not Engage in Stressful Conversations While Driving: Try to avoid engaging in stressful or emotional conversations that may be distracting. Save it for when you are able to pay attention to the call and instead, pay attention to the road.
  • Use Your Phone to Call for Help: Dial 911 in emergencies such as a traffic accident, road hazard or medical emergency.

Please do not EVER use your phone while driving and always take the proper precautions first if you MUST talk on the phone while driving. Hands-free is almost always available!

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Source: Progressive

Dear friends and clients,

In furtherance of our firms culture of commitment to always act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligations while prioritizing health, wellness and safety of all we can. 

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

Until further notice, our offices will be closed to the public to encourage social distancing and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our team is still hard at work, many from home, and you may still call, email, live chat or video conference us if you or a loved one is seeking legal assistance. As the first law firm to offer our clients secure online access to their case file more than a decade ago, we have always been believers in using technology to make life easier and information more accessible. In these present times it has been a smooth transition for us to continue to offer our clients the same seamless and thorough service that you deserve and are accustomed to.

This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Andrew G. Finkelstein and the staff of Jacoby & Meyers, LLP