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Why is distracted driving so heartbreaking?

Drivers who decide that other activities take precedence while they are driving are ones who can quickly cause a fatality or a serious accident. All drivers must ensure that they are mentally and physically ready to drive when they start the engine.

Distracted driving is fully preventable. This is one reason why it is so heartbreaking when innocent people suffer because of these drivers.

Slip-and-fall accidents happen because of negligence

You had a busy morning and it was your goal to get back to your hotel as fast as possible. You're in town for a short time, so you want to make sure you get to see as much of New York as you can. Sadly, as you walked into your hotel, you slid on the wet ground in the entrance. The tile, wet from melting snow, wasn't marked, and you fell, hard.

The next thing you knew, you were heading to the hospital with a concussion and other injuries. Now, your time in the city is primarily focused on your recovery, and you don't know when you'll be back on the job.

Trucking crashes can have life-long impacts on victims

A trucking accident can cause catastrophic injuries that impact a person's ability to live for years to come. This is a tragic circumstance because it impacts an innocent person who didn't have anything to do with the accident.

When a negligent trucker is to blame, the victim might choose to seek compensation. This can help them get the money they will need to obtain the medical care that is necessary for the injuries. In some cases, it might also help to repay the unearned income that was due to the accident.

Did you suffer from one of these construction injuries?

There's no doubt about it, a construction site is fraught with dangers and most laborers who work in the construction industry for any number of years are lucky to avoid getting seriously hurt. Dangers include getting struck by falling objects, electrocuted, hit by heavy pieces of machinery, hurt by a dangerous tool, falling from heights or just wearing out your body from the daily grind of the job.

Let's take a look at two of the most common construction worker injuries that cause numerous injuries, time spent away from work and even fatalities every year.

Fall risks are great for construction workers

Construction workers don't have an easy job. They work out in the elements, with dangerous equipment and face several risks each time they report to work. Yet, they continue to go into work because they need to earn a living and because they know people are counting on them.

Effects of semitruck crashes extend into every part of life

Semitrucks are so much heavier and larger than passenger vehicles that it isn't any surprise that they can cause devastating damage to the motorists who are struck. This is especially true if the trailer is fully loaded. We know that this isn't something you can prepare for. The financial devastation after one of these accidents is considerable, so you might find that you have to take action.

Recovering financially is going to take a long time if you rely only on yourself for this. Instead of doing that, you might decide that you are going to seek compensation from the trucker or trucking company. This could help you get money back that you had to spend on medical care and other care because of the accident.

Safe driving tips when commuting with semitrucks

Every day, you drive around dozens of semitrucks on the way to work. You're well aware of the risk they post. In your small sedan, you know that even one small mistake made by a semi driver could be deadly.

To reduce the odds of these types of accidents, use these tips:

  • Only pass semitrucks in the left lane.
  • When you pass, be sure you signal to start the maneuver. Then, as you go around, give the truck more space than you think is necessary. Wait until it's far enough behind you that you can see the driver to reenter the original lane.
  • Always avoid the "no zones" where the driver can't see you. Don't get too close to the back, the front, or the areas near the cab on the sides. Even with mirrors, truckers have huge blind spots.
  • Remember that it takes a semi about 40 percent more road to come to a complete stop. Don't cut in front of a truck as you near a stoplight. You may stop in time, but the truck may not.
  • Give trucks extra room when they're turning. The standard turning radius is very wide, at about 55 feet.
  • Don't get impatient. Trucks can't always go as fast as you'd like. They have lower speed limits and some even have mechanical limiters on the trucks themselves. It can take them a long time to pass, but don't tailgate or drive aggressively.

Dangerous products lead to serious injuries that demand attention

Some products that get put out on the market might not function as intended. While this isn't an issue for some products, it can make others dangerous. When you are injured by a dangerous product, you need to think about your actions.

Obviously, you need to seek medical care for the injury. Not only is this necessary for your health, but it can also help your case. You need to show what your injury is when you are seeking compensation. Having the documentation for the medical care might help to prove that the injuries you suffered were due to the accident.

Arm amputations can quickly end a construction career

Most people count on their arms to do almost every task. Losing an arm to an amputation can make it difficult to complete any tasks. Unfortunately, some construction workers have to deal with this because of an on-the-job accident. This can be very challenging and might even be career ending.

There are several things that a construction worker who has an amputated arm needs to know. These can aid with the healing process and might help you to get started on your new life. Just because you have an amputated arm doesn't mean that you can't live happily.

Common injuries in construction site accidents

If you work in the construction industry, you know that one day is never the same as the next. Even if you know exactly what you should — and shouldn't — be doing, there's always something unique about your shift.

Unfortunately, construction sites can be dangerous places. Despite the fact that employers and workers do their best to promote a high level of safety, accidents occur every now and again.

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