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Newsletter – Holiday 2014

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Firm Launches Revamped Website — www.caseydevoti.com

As part of our re-branding campaign, we are pleased to launch the redesigned Casey & Devoti website. The site features a completely new look that includes our new logo, a new color scheme, updated photographs, additional navigation pages and more content. We are especially excited about the new sections of the site, which highlight our professional awards and memberships, our glowing client testimonials, and our community service work.

We invite you to explore our new site. We hope you find the content both interesting and informative. Since we will be updating the content regularly, be sure to bookmark the site and check back often. You can also follow our content updates through our social media pages via Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+ and Twitter (@stlinjurylawyer).

We are proud of our professional, civic and charitable accomplishments. We look forward to continuing the Casey & Devoti tradition of service to our clients, the legal profession and the community at large. Our hope is that the website will serve as another tool by which we can deliver relevant news about our firm, our community service, trending legal topics and safety information. Our other hope is that if you know someone who needs our legal assistance, that you will pass along our contact information and direct them to our new website.

Matt Casey and Matt Devoti to Deliver End Distracted Driving Presentations

Texting while driving

As part of our continuing commitment to community service and safety, Casey & Devoti is pleased to announce our partnership with EndDD.org (End Distracted Driving) and the Distracted Driving Awareness Initiative.

Both Matt Casey and Matt Devoti are looking forward to promoting this extremely important safety initiative, which is designed to educate drivers on the importance of eliminating distractions while driving. Matt and Matt are both available to present the powerful, interactive presentations to student and adult groups.

These educational, informative and inspiring talks will present the sobering statistics of our current safety crisis, share true stories of the costs of Distracted Driving, and offer simple steps that drivers can use immediately to help themselves and others around them end distracted driving. The two presentations, the student version and adult version, drive home the same message, but are slightly different to more effectively target the specific audience—new, student drivers and adult drivers.

Our attorneys are available to do presentations in the greater St. Louis Metropolitan area and throughout southeastern Missouri. The presentations would be perfect for any size group and can be tailored to fit a specific time frame. A sampling of groups that would benefit from the presentations include, but are not limited to:

  • Entire high school student bodies, selected grade levels, Driver’s Education classes, high school sports teams, high school activity clubs
  • Church youth groups or other community youth groups
  • Boy Scout troops
  • Business networking groups
  • Professional associations
  • Parent-teacher organizations
  • Church groups

Distracted Driving results in thousands of deaths and hundreds of thousands of injuries each year. Since April 2012, more than 400 professionals, nurses, physicians, safety experts, driver’s education instructors, lawyers and others have given presentations to more than 225,000 teens and adults. Matt Casey and Matt Devoti are thrilled to be part of the network of speakers who will be volunteering their time to give presentations across the country.

EndDD.org was established to raise awareness and generate action against the epidemic of distracted driving. It was created by the parents of Casey Feldman, Joel Feldman and Dianne Anderson, after the death of their daughter in 2009. Casey Feldman was just 21 years old when she was hit and killed by a distracted driver as she crossed a street governed by 4-way stop signs, during daylight hours. The driver was reaching across the console for a drink and took his eyes off the road for a split second. That split second cost Casey her life.

To learn more about EndDD.org and view a preview of the powerful presentations, please visit www.enddd.org.

Do you know a group that would benefit from this powerful presentation?

To book a presentation, please contact Lara Vitiello at (314) 409-0996 or lmv@caseydevoti.com.

 

Trending Topics

Road Safety

Road Safety
Any time of year, it is always important to exercise caution on roadways. But, the holiday season can be an especially dangerous time on the roads—with more people out shopping, partying, drinking and traveling. This holiday season, Casey & Devoti urges drivers to take note of the alarming distracted driving statistics and, if necessary, take steps to change your habits.

Driving is a privilege and comes with a shared responsibility of safety on our nation’s roadways. In 2011 alone, motor vehicle crashes claimed more than 35,000 lives.

What are the leading concerns? According to Injury Facts 2014, the National Safety Council’s annual report on unintentional injuries, the three biggest causes of fatalities on the road include:

  1. Alcohol (30.8%)
  2. Speeding (30%)
  3. Distracted driving (26%)

With advancements in cellphone technology, distracted driving has been an increasing and misunderstood trend. In fact, findings from a recent NSC public opinion poll indicate 80% of drivers across America incorrectly believe that hands-free devices are safer than using a handheld phone. Distracted driving, regardless if it’s hands-free or handheld, is a dangerous threat to roadway safety.

  • An estimated 1 in 4 car crashes involve cellphone use – Many distractions exist while driving, but cellphones are a top distraction because so many drivers use them for long periods of time each day. Almost everyone has seen a driver distracted by a cellphone, but when you are the one who is distracted, you often don’t realize that driver is you.
  • Hands-free is not risk-free – With some state laws focusing on handheld bans and carmakers putting hands-free technology in vehicles, it’s no wonder people are confused. However, while many drivers honestly believe they are making the safe choice by using a hands-free device, it’s just not true. Your brain remains distracted by the conversation.
  • Multitasking is a myth – Driving and cellphone conversations both require a great deal of thought. When doing them at the same time, your brain is unable to do either well. For example, it’s nearly impossible to read a book and have a phone conversation. While driving, this often results in crashes due to delayed braking times and not seeing traffic signals. Learn more here.
  • Cellphone crashes are under-reported – We know cellphone-related car crashes are a problem. We just don’t know how big the problem is. Unfortunately, no breathalyzer-like test exists for cellphone use behind the wheel and drivers in crashes are often reluctant to admit use. This creates a huge gap in the data. Learn more here.
Road Safety

Casey & Devoti wishes you and your family a joyful holiday season and a prosperous new year. We encourage everyone to stay safe this season by following these simple steps:

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  • Walk in well-lighted and well-traveled areas only
  • Avoid overloading yourself with packages
  • Stay off your cellphone and be aware of your surroundings

Pick Pockets & ID Theft

  • When out, bring only the cash and credit cards you need
  • Keep cash and credit cards in your front pocket
  • Do not carry your Social Security card or passport
  • Limit use of cellphone in public
  • Don’t let others distract you in crowded areas, your personal belongings are at risk

Auto Break-Ins

  • Leave nothing visible in the car
  • Keep doors and trunk locked
  • Keep all packages in trunk while shopping
  • Never leave a GPS system or mount visible

Home Burglary Prevention

  • When out of town, ask a trusted neighbor to watch your house
  • When out of town, notify the local police department and have them do a vacation check
  • Put timers on different lights throughout the interior and exterior of your house
  • Put a hold on all mail and newspapers or have trusted neighbor pick up daily

Credit Cards

  • Only make purchases through secure websites
  • Do not respond to emails asking you for personal or credit card information
  • Check credit cards and bank statement regularly for fraudulent use

Home Decorations

  • Water real trees daily so they don’t dry out
  • For artificial trees, select one that is tested and labeled as fire resistant
  • Artificial trees with built-in electrical systems should have the UL (Underwriters Laboratory) label
  • Use indoor and outdoor lights only in their designated areas, look for the UL label
  • Always turn off and unplug all lights and decorations when away from home or going to bed
  • Don’t overload electrical outlets, no more than three sets of lights per extension cord
  • Some holiday plants are poisonous and should be keep away from children and pets including poinsettia, mistletoe, holly berries, Jerusalem cherry and amaryllis
About Our Firm

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For more than 30 years, Casey & Devoti has diligently protected the rights of its clients with honesty and integrity. Our lawyers are dedicated to providing individuals and small companies with first-class, professional and aggressive legal representation. Our lawyers have extensive trial experience representing clients in matters such as, automobile, train and truck accidents, medical and legal malpractice, product and premises liability, elder and sexual abuse, workers’ compensation and wrongful death. Casey & Devoti proudly serves the greater St. Louis metropolitan area, southeastern Missouri and southern Illinois.

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All Three Casey & Devoti Partners Selected For List of Top Rated Lawyers in Missouri

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Casey & Devoti is pleased to announce that all three of our attorneys – Matt Casey, Tom Casey and Matt Devoti – have been named Missouri Super Lawyers for 2014. Super Lawyers selections comprise the top 5% of attorneys and are made on an annual, state-by-state basis. This is the fifth consecutive year Matt Casey and Matt Devoti have been recognized by the Super Lawyers selection committee.

“Working in the legal profession in St. Louis and the surrounding areas, your reputation will precede you. How you treat others directly affects how people perceive you,” said Matt Casey. “We are humbled and grateful that our legal peers recognize our commitment to treating everyone – clients and colleagues – in a professional and respectful manner.”

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Lawyers are selected by peer nomination, peer evaluation, and independent research. In 2013, the Super Lawyers selection process was patented by the U.S. Patent and Trademark office, which highlights its credibility as an impartial third-party rating system.

Matt Devoti Rides in CF Cycle for Life Bike Event

Matt Devoti, Lauren Russo and Anthony Devoti during this year's CF Cycle for Life Bike event

Matt Devoti, Lauren Russo and Anthony Devoti during this year’s CF Cycle for Life Bike event.

Partner Matt Devoti, a Gateway Cystic Fibrosis Foundation board member, continued his commitment to the organization by riding in the St. Charles County CF Cycle for Life bike ride on Oct. 11.

Cycle for Life
The national Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s annual cycling event draws thousands of riders who gather in dozens of cities across the country to raise funds for the CFF’s national and local chapters.

This year, Matt and his team raised $1,300. The local ride, which took place in St. Charles County, raised more than $103,000 for the Gateway CFF. Riders chose from 25-, 50- and 100-mile routes and enjoyed ride support and encouragement from volunteers along the way. After the ride, cyclists relaxed and refueled with food, drinks and live entertainment.

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Matt, Tom or Matt will be happy to meet with you for a free initial consultation. We are available to meet at our St. Louis County office, ‘by appointment’ in Ste. Genevieve, Mo. or at a location of your choice.

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