Archive for May, 2013

National Safety Council Releases Startling Estimates for Accidents Over the Memorial Day Weekend

The Memorial Day holiday is the traditional kick-off to the summer. The long weekend means families across the country will be taking advantage of an extra day off to hit the roads and travel. In fact, AAA estimates that 31.2 million travelers will be getting in their cars this weekend. With more drivers on the roads, the risk of car accidents increases dramatically. National Safety Council reports that Memorial Day weekend marks one of the deadliest holidays, annually, for auto-related accidents.

The NSC released its estimates on May 20th for the number of motor vehicle crashes expected for the upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend. According to the Council, for the past six years, the Memorial Day holiday weekend has averaged an 11.5% increase in traffic fatalities compared to similar non-holiday periods. This year the Council estimates 407 traffic fatalities and another 43,500 “medically consulted injuries” (the Council considers these injuries serious enough that a medical professional was consulted) will occur over the summer kick-off weekend from traffic collisions.

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Top States For Auto Related Accidents

Posted on May 15, 2013

Top States For Auto Related Accidents

Someone is injured or killed in an auto accident every 14 seconds in the United States. Though this number has decreased significantly over the past couple of decades largely because of improvements in car safety and design, it is still an incredibly high number that results in tens of thousands of deaths every year, not to mention the billions spent on medical care and lost wages for those injured.

When it comes to automobile accidents, safe driving and safety equipment matter. But there are some factors that are outside of even the most careful driver’s control. Even if you are safe driver and have a well-designed automobile, your chances of being involved in a car crash depend, at least in part, on the state you live in.

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Types of Spinal Cord Injuries and Potential Compensation

Your spinal cord is one the most important pieces of your body. The long, thin collection of nerves allows your body to communicate with your brain, and your brain to control and regulate your bodily functions. Any type of damage to this vital piece of anatomy can lead to serious repercussions, including paralysis, pain, and permanent disability.

Not all spinal cord injuries are the same. Most injuries happen after a person experiences a sudden, violent injury, either directly to the spine or to other parts of the body. Some of these injuries can be relatively minor, while others can be life altering and leave a person with disabling injuries. In any situation where someone suffers a spinal cord injury as a result of someone else’s negligence or intentional harm, the injured person could be entitled to recover compensation.

So, let’s take a look at spinal cord injuries and the potential compensation involved.

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Types and Causes of Aviation Accidents

Whenever a commercial plane is involved in a fatal accident it always makes the headlines. However, these large-scale accidents are very rare, leading some people to believe that aviation accidents and fatalities don’t happen much anymore. Unfortunately, the reality is that hundreds of people die every year from aviation related accidents, even though most of these are not caused by large-scale airline disasters. Many of these fatal and non-fatal accidents don’t make national headlines, but they still happen on a regular basis. Let’s take a look at some of the statistics surrounding modern aviation accidents.

Fatal Air Accidents

According to the National Transportation Safety Board there were 1,500 civil aviation accidents in the United States in 2010. 275 of those accidents involved a fatality, resulting in 470 people being killed as a result. (Civil aviation includes all commercial, private, and other non-military aircraft.) These civil and general aviation injuries arose from people in craft such as:

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