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Stop Doing These Things While Behind The Wheel, Or An Accident Will Surely Follow

Stop Doing These Things While Behind The Wheel, Or An Accident Will Surely FollowDriving is something that many people take for granted. Once they learn how to operate a vehicle, it is easy for them to get lax while behind the wheel. Instead of paying attention to the vital task at hand, motorists do all sorts of other things. When they do so, an accident can occur in the blink of an eye. Participants are regularly left with serious injuries that require a substantial amount of time to recover from. Wounds often include...

• Fractures And Broken Bones
• Internal Bleeding And Organ Damage
• Severe Burns And Deep Lacerations
• Traumatic Brain Injuries
• Loss Of Life

Although most individuals, including those right here in Florida, don't like to think about death, it is a real possibility with car crashes. Research from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, Highway Loss Data Institute, states that drivers in the United States had 34,247 fatal motor vehicle crashes in 2017. They resulted in 37,133 deaths. With Florida's massive population of 20,984,400 at the time, it is no wonder that the Sunshine State accounted for 2,922 of the wrecks and 3,112 of the deaths.

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The World Is Still Facing The Aftermath Of The Takata Airbag Recalls Today

The World Is Still Facing The Aftermath Of The Takata Airbag Recalls TodayEvery person reading this blog has likely heard a little bit about the Takata inflator issue. If not, don't fret as the issue will briefly be touched upon here. Basically, the inflators are defective due to a manufacturing error. They often explode upon deployment and send metal fragments flying throughout the vehicle's cab. These pieces are responsible for numerous injuries and even 24 deaths worldwide. United States drivers and passengers have accounted for at least 15 of the deaths. 

Therefore, it is of the utmost importance to check the status of your vehicle with the NHSTA if you suspect that it has one of these inflators. After all, this recall has been extremely large and complex. Individuals can't be too careful when health and well-being are the primary topics of concern. Research from the Consumer Reports web site states that 37 million cars, trucks, and SUVs need these devices replaced. They are not all from the same manufacturer either. The study shows that 15 different manufacturers used the items in their vehicles. 

In other words, affected autos could be anywhere,... full post

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Truck Driving: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

Truck Driving: The Good, The Bad, And The UglyAmerica has been relying on truck drivers to deliver goods for generations, and the notion still holds true today. In fact, according to stats from the American Trucking Association, trucks transported 10.55 billion tons of freight in 2016 alone. These vehicles help keep store shelves stocked with essential products that consumers need to survive like food, water, and clothing. They are responsible for many of the luxury items that people deem necessary being readily available as well.

A lot of folks choose to become truck drivers because the profession can prove to be lucrative and worthwhile. The annual wage varies from company to company and from one place to the next, but research from indeed shows the average salary for drivers in the United States to be $71,721 per year. Also, the career allows persons to see the sights throughout the country. One day they may be viewing The Rocky Mountains and the next heading down to the gorgeous Sunshine State.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that there was 1,871,700 truck driving jobs in 2016. However, that number is supposed to grow... full post

Your Vehicle May Not Be Quite As Safe As You Think

Your Vehicle May Not Be Quite As Safe As You ThinkConsumers go out of their way to find cars, trucks, and SUVs that keep themselves and loved ones safe. They research, research, and research some more until they finally find the perfect vehicle, or at least, so they think. From time to time, autos that have defective parts or software make it to the open market. Thus, purchasers are thrust into harm's way, regardless of how much research they complete.

Driving around on Florida's streets and highways is dangerous enough without having to worry about your own car causing an issue. However, the threat is real as anyone can see from the recalls that have taken place over the last decade or so, and they don't look to be going away any time soon. For instance, readers are likely to remember hearing about the Takata airbag or GM ignition switch recalls in the news. They both led to a substantial amount of injuries and deaths.

When cars make into the hands of consumers, they are supposed to be safe and secure. Still, sometimes, a bad unit slips through the cracks. Loss... full post

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Accidents And Working While Tired

Accidents and Working While TiredExperiencing fatigue while at the workplace means an increase in the risk of injuries or other accidents that may occur. If you are an employer, it is important to ensure that none of your employees is experiencing any signs of fatigue while on the job.

What is fatigue? It occurs when there is a substantial lack of sleep and this can also be heightened from prolonged mental activity or even bouts of stress and anxiety. While machines at the workplace may become faulty, human error is also prevalent and plays a large role in mistakes and accidents.

Fatigue and Intoxication

We all know how being intoxicated can affect our jobs and negatively affect our decision making, and fatigue can have the same kind of effect. When you extend your waking hours past fifteen hours, your mental and physical abilities begin to detiorate. This kind of impairment is similar to the effects of have a 0.04 blood alcohol level.

The longer you are awake and the more sleep you lose, the higher the risk of an accident or other incident. Therefore, it is important that employees and employers alike understand the... full post

Handling Medical Bills Following A Car Accident

Handling Medical Bills Following a Car AccidentIf you have been in an accident and as a result have sustained injuries, then you probably already understand how hard it can be to keep up with the mounting medical bills that come along with being injured. However, there are a few ways you can effectively lower and negotiate your medical bills to make it more manageable.

Medical Bills Following an Accident

Following an accident, if you were not at fault, then the other driver and his insurance company is more than likely going to be responsible for your medical bills. However, the other driver's insurance company won't be paying your doctors directly, and they will not be reimbursing you after each, and every doctor visit you attend.

All of this means that you will have to cover your medical bills yourself initially and wait for reimbursement from the other party's insurance company. Only when you have finished all treatments, and you have been discharged by the doctor will you be able to inquire about your settlement from the insurance company. This can put you in a hard position financially as you try to recover your losses.

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How Opioids Are Changing Worker's Comp Cases

How Opioids are Changing Worker's Comp CasesWorkers compensation is a form of insurance that provides wage replacement and medical benefits to an employee that has been injured while on the job. In return, the employee relinquishes their right to sue the employer for their negligence.

Workers compensation provides five basic benefits to an employee. These benefits include medical care, temporary disability benefits, permanent disability benefits, supplemental job displacement benefits, and death benefits.

The medical care is paid by the employer to help you recover from your injuries, and the other benefits are in place to help with lost wages because the injury is keeping you from being able to perform your duties while you are recovering.

Opioids and Workers Comp

When opioids are used, they can significantly impair your ability to function, and they have proven to be a barrier to recovery. The effects can carry over when the employee returns to work following their accident. If you have been dependent on these painkillers for three months, then you have most likely developed a tolerance for the drug, and this can have a detrimental impact once you return to work.

The... full post

Safe Driving Through Nighttime Construction

Safe Driving Through Nighttime ConstructionRoadway safety is a big topic commonly discussed, and with more and more highway work being done at night, it is important to emphasize safe driving through these nighttime construction zones.

Advantages of Nighttime Construction

When nighttime construction is done, it is effectively keeping the traffic flowing more smoothly during the day. Along with this very clear advantage, there are also benefits for the workers themselves including cooler temperatures, fewer cars on the road, well-lit work areas, and easier scheduling.

However, with the decreased amount of traffic, it was also found that vehicles tend to speed at night and more drivers are likely to be impaired at night when compared to daytime hours. These all pose a high risk to construction workers at night.

For these reasons, it is important to improve safety for the workers to eliminate the risk of accidents and keep everyone safe.

Nighttime Safety

To improve safety for nighttime construction workers, several things can be done. Better lighting, for example, is important so that the drivers can see the workers on the road.

Reports have shown that most injuries and accidents occurred between the hours of 4... full post

The Effects Of Workplace Injury On The Family

The Effects of Workplace Injury on the FamilyWorkplace injuries don't just affect the injured party; they also have a significant impact on the family of the injured as well. In addition to the financial issues and strain the family may experience, the physical and emotional pain can be a lasting effect for a lifetime.

The Financial Hardship

If you are injured at work and sustained significant injuries, then you may find that you are unable to go back to work and properly perform your duties. Not being able to return to work means lost income for the family and this coupled with mounting medical bills can become crippling.

Employers do pick up a large portion of the costs involved with the accident through the workers' compensation claim, but the biggest portion of the costs are paid out by the employee and their family.

In a workers' compensation case, 21% is paid by workers' comp, 11% can be paid by the federal government, 5% by state and local government, and 13% by your private health insurance. This leaves you and your family with a staggering 50% of the costs involved.

Emotional Strain and Difficult

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The Negative Effects Of Bad Roads

The Negative Effects of Bad RoadsWhen there are bad road conditions, then accidents are more prone to happen. Bad and poorly maintained roads have caused almost half of all car accidents that happen each year in the United States.

The Cause and Effect

The poor road conditions can further be exasperated by a dangerous combination of seasonal traffic and other traffic conditions that exist. Changes in weather can cause hazardous road conditions. For example, Florida rain can cause slippery and dangerous roadways along with poor visibility.

Construction zones are another cause of bad road conditions, and often they can cause the road to become uneven, and this is another cause of many road accidents as well.

The Cause of Accidents

Most of these accidents caused by bad road conditions occur because the driver attempts to take the steps to avoid the accident in the first place. Maybe they saw a pothole and tried to avoid it. Some other hazards that can cause accidents include issues with zoning, signage that is perplexing and hard to understand, not enough signage, and sudden driver maneuvers.

Types of Bad Roads

One of the most common bad road conditions... full post

The Unseen Dangers Of Augmented Reality

The Unseen Dangers of Augmented RealityAugmented reality or AR can significantly impact our perception and cause quite a few distractions that can easily result in accidents. While we already know how distracting our cell phones can be, and we know what can happen when we text and drive, it is also important to understand the unseen dangers that augmented reality poses.

Vision and Mobility

When you use augmented reality in the real world, you can find that the way you perceive the world and your surroundings is quite different. You may also find that you interact with your environment much differently than if you weren't using augmented reality at all.

For example, AR can cause you to seriously misjudge the speed of an oncoming car, your reaction time will suffer, and you may also begin ignoring other road hazards or navigation hazards in the real world.

What is AR Exactly?

Augmented reality overlays real-time, computer-generated visuals and combines it with audio and haptic signals that enter a person's field of vision. It can affect a person's hearing, vision, and even sense of touch.

One of the most obvious dangers of this kind of technology is user distraction.... full post

Understanding The Fair Labor Standards Act

Understanding the Fair Labor Standards ActThe Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was passed by Congress on June 25, 1938. It was one of the last components of the New Deal legislation and outlawed child labor. It also guaranteed a minimum wage and a maximum hour work week. The act, at the time, benefited more than 22 million workers across the country.

The act is still in effect today even though the numbers have changed since its creation in 1938. It still has an impact on the workplace today and guarantees that employees are fairly provided appropriate compensation and hours in a work week.

Compliance Issues and Lawsuits

Lawsuits and other regulatory actions are quite common today, but it hasn't always been this way. Due to the increasing number of lawsuits, however, employers have been recommended to implement actions that allow them to pay closer attention to their employees and the hours they are working.

For example, cloud-based tracking is an accurate way employers can track their employees and their hours which can help them ensure compliance. This is especially helpful when it comes to people who are working remotely.

For overtime, it is also recommended that... full post

More Than Big Rigs Are Involved In Truck Accidents

More Than Big Rigs Are Involved In Truck AccidentsWhen most people think of truck accidents, they likely imagine a tractor-trailer causing a massive amount of damage to a smaller car or truck. There isn't necessarily anything wrong with this assumption as events like this happen every day. These collisions often cause one or more participants to lose their lives. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's Analysis Division, 4,889 buses and large trucks were involved in fatal crashes in 2017. It should not come as a surprise that the number was a 9-percent increase from 2016.

Many people are lucky enough to live through the incidents though. However, they are usually left with substantial damages such as spinal injuries, broken or fractured bones, traumatic brain injuries, and more. In other words, the individuals tend to have a long road to recovery ahead of them. Although big rigs are the first thing that pops into a person's mind upon hearing about a truck accident, different types of trucks can cause the same issues.

There are various kinds of large machines on our roadways that can do the same amount of... full post

Our Firm Gladly Represents Visitors That Become Injured In Florida

 Our Firm Gladly Represents Visitors That Become Injured In FloridaIt is not uncommon for people to head down to the Sunshine State for some fun in the sun and relaxation. In fact, according to the Orlando Sentinel, Florida welcomed about 113 million visitors in 2016 alone. More often than not, residents make the tourists feel right at home. After all, these folks buy gas, purchase amusement park tickets, visit other attractions, and spend their hard earned money on things like hotel rooms and food. In other words, these individuals help keep our economy thriving.

Still, though, with so many people congregating in one place at any given time, accidents can happen in the blink of an eye. For instance, persons can get into a car crash while they are heading to a specific destination due to a Florida motorist driving erratically. A family member could slip on a wet floor in a store and sustain injuries. Heck, a person might even fall down in the parking lot because of a hole before making it inside the establishment.

There are tons of things that can, and sometimes,... full post

This Motorcycle Helmet May Not Adequately Protect Your Head During A Crash

This Motorcycle Helmet May Not Adequately Protect Your Head During A CrashThere are plenty of motorcyclists in Florida. The Sunshine State has great weather, sights to see, and even events to ride in on the machines. For example, the 2nd Annual Exploding Easter Egg Hunt & Pot Luck Competition is scheduled to take place on April 14, 2019, from 12:30 pm to 5:00 pm in New Port Richey. The benefit is being hosted by the Suncoast Brotherhood Bikers Rights Group Pasco County.

Of course, this is not the only meet as there are other charitable events, poker runs, bike nights, and more too. In other words, the state has a lot to offer riders, which is why there are more and more of them on our roads each day. In fact, a study by Statista revealed that Florida came in at number two on the estimated list of registered motorcycles by the state in 2017 with 586,267. However, that number doesn't account for the number of riders that came to Florida just passing through.

Simply put, a bunch of bikes can be on the streets and highways at any given time. Thus, motorists... full post

Top-Tier Representation When You Need It Most

Top-Tier Representation When You Need It MostAccording to Statista, there were around 225 million licensed drivers in the United States in 2017. The study reveals that Florida accounted for over 15 million of those drivers. What does that mean? Well, it shows that there are lots and lots of people operating motor vehicles in the Sunshine State. Some use the mode of transportation to go to work and return home. The same can be said for students traveling from home to school and back again.

Of course, many other folks use their cars for leisurely purposes too. After all, Florida is known for its fabulous beaches, outstanding amusement parks, and other attractions. Thus, vacationers and tourists are always blessing our cities with their presence. Nobody should be knocking it though as these people help our economy stay healthy and strong. Still, with so many cars, trucks, SUVs, and motorcycles in one place, accidents are sure to happen. Don't just take our word for it though. Rather, take a look at some of the recent headlines from news outlets around the area such as...

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A Closer Look At Proving Fault In An Auto Accident

A Closer Look At Proving Fault In An Auto Accident Being hurt in an automobile accident can bring on a wide string of challenges to those wounded. Physical healing, financial hardship, and more can all happen as a result of a single auto accident. That’s a big part of why finding a good personal injury lawyer is so important. They can help you get the restitution that you are owed and get back on your feet after an injury.

A Question Of Fault

However, in order to get you any kind of compensation it will be important that you understand fault and what it means. Under Florida law, those who are hurt in an accident on Florida roads can file an auto accident lawsuit to get the money they are owed – but they can only do so if they are able to show that the accident was caused by the actions of another party.

Specifically, it must be shown that the other party acted in a negligent or reckless manner and that those actions directly led to the injuries at the heart of the lawsuit. In the case... full post

Amusement Parks And Personal Injury Law

Amusement Parks And Personal Injury LawFlorida is known for many different things, from its sunshine to its beaches and beyond. Another thing that the state is famous for is its huge number of amusement parks and theme parks. Each year, millions of people flock to the Sunshine State to enjoy the rides and fun that these locations provide. But what happens if an accident occurs and you are injured in an accident at a theme park?

Your Rights

Luckily, Florida law protects the injured to some degree. Under the law, those who are hurt in an accident of any kind will be able to seek restitution through a personal injury lawsuit if their accident was caused by the reckless or negligent behaviors of another. This can extend to amusement parks as well.

The Initial Process

At first, when you’re injured in an accident it is likely that your initial steps will involve filing a claim with an insurance company. They will generally respond quickly, and may even offer you a settlement offer. On the other hand they could refuse to provide you with any compensation at all.

Either way, remember that the insurance... full post