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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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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

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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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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Some Useful Boating Accident Data

Some Useful Boating Accident DataPeople can become injured in plenty of different ways. They can sustain damages via car, motorcycle, or truck accidents. Of course, folks also regularly get hurt on the job or while slipping and falling on someone else's property. However, there is one place where persons can get injured, which people often let slip their mind. It is possible for men, women, and children to receive wounds through boating accidents.

While all of the incidents mentioned above can be catastrophic, when dealing with open water, the matter can turn that much worst in a hurry. Aside from having to worry about hypothermia and infections, operators and passengers must also fret about drowning and loss of life if the vessel capsizes. Many people believe that boating accidents don't happen all that regularly, but yet, they do, and the outcome is not always pleasant.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, there were 59 fatalities in the Sunshine State in 2016. That number increased to 67 in 2017. These figures for this single place are enough to show that dangers exist out on... full post

Juicy Morsels About Auto Accidents In Florida

Juicy Morsels About Auto Accidents In FloridaAccording to the United States Census Bureau, as of July 1, 2018, Florida's estimated population was 21,299,325. In other words, a lot of people call the Sunshine State home. Not all of the folks are drivers, but still, many of them are. In fact, research from Statista shows that there were approximately 15,076,358 licensed operators in the state in 2017. Of course, the area also regularly has visitors from other places worldwide thanks to the amusement parks, attractions, and beaches.

With so many cars in a single place, it is easy to see why crashes occur. All it takes is an individual getting distracted, drowsy, or being negligent for a brief moment for an incident to happen. Plus, nobody plans on them happening, but rather, collisions become realities at inopportune times. Just take a peek at some of the recent news headlines for Florida.

• NBC 2 News – Driver Loses Control And Overturns Car On I-75 In North Fort Myers
• NBC 2 News – Car Slams Into Truck On Display At Dealership
• Associated Press – 2 Killed, 1 Injured In Head-On Crash In Florida
• Patch On MSN.Com – Motorcyclist Suffers Serious... full post

Be Aware Of This Tie-Rod Separation Issue

Be Aware Of This Tie-Rod Separation IssuevThere are plenty of vehicles driving around on neighborhood streets, interstates, and farm roads in Florida. Motorcycles, cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs can be seen on our highways. Not to mention, there are also tractor-trailers, construction vehicles, bicyclists, and even pedestrians that one must look out for when traveling from place to place. If motorists get distracted, drowsy, or are driving around impaired, disaster can strike in a moment's notice.

People can be involved in many different kinds of accidents like roll-overs, rear-end or head-on collisions, T-bones, and more. These incidents affect more than just the impaired, negligent, or careless driver. Other people that were not at-fault can sustain severe injuries, which can even be fatal. Not only does the individual that caused the event have to live with what he or she did, but they often find themselves in the middle of lawsuits or facing jail time. So, if all motor vehicle operators pay a little more attention, perhaps, we can make our roads safer. 

However, on some occasions, accidents are caused by something else, defective parts. Manufacturers are responsible for the products... full post

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A Social Security Lawyer For When The Process Seems Too Much To Bear

A Social Security Lawyer For When The Process Seems Too Much To BearSocial Security Disability is a Federal program that pays a disabled person benefits when they can no longer work. The applicant must meet certain medical criteria and have worked for a particular amount of time while paying Social Security taxes to qualify. If the individual qualifies, he or she and members of their family may be able to receive payments from the government to pay for expenses. Candidates must have mental or physical disorders that prevent them from working. Also, when considering one's claim, officials look at both a person's legal and medical issues.

Many Folks View The Application Process As A Big Pain

Applying for Social Security Disability benefits can be both lengthy and challenging. If the individual forgets to dot an I here or cross a T there, they will more than likely be denied. Another common reason for receiving a denial letter is the person having a lack of medical evidence, or the medical issue is not expected to last very long. So, be sure to head to the doctor or therapist and get your... full post