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The Startling Numbers Behind Motorcycle Accidents

Every year, millions of motorcycle drivers ride every day without being involved in an accident. While you can ride your whole life and never be in a motorcycle crash, the reality is that operating a motorcycle is much more dangerous when compared to driving a car.

Despite some claims by motorcycle enthusiasts that a skilled and properly trained motorcycle operator is less likely to be injured than the average car driver, driving or riding on a motorcycle is an inherently dangerous activity. Consider the following differences between cars and motorcycles.

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What’s Covered Under Workers’ Compensation?

When someone is injured on the job, or suffers an illness because of job-related conditions, that worker is entitled to file a workers’ compensation claim. Even though all states have somewhat different workers’ compensation laws, workers can count on being able to receive workers’ compensation when they suffer certain types of injuries or illnesses.

Work-Related Injuries

People can receive workers’ compensation benefits when they suffer an injury that is work-related, but the term “work-related” is sometimes more complicated than it might first appear. In general, any injury you suffer as a result of your job duties, or those that arise while doing your job, are covered under work-related injuries.

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If I’ve been hurt, when should I talk to a lawyer?

In the aftermath of a car crash, things can get hectic. Between dealing with the police, worrying about your injuries, wondering if you can afford the medical costs, and dealing with the possibility of not being able to return to work, you have a lot to think about. Not only that, but also all the other concerns and worries you have in your daily life don’t just go away because you’ve been injured. Getting hurt can often amplify your problems and make your life much more stressful.

In all that confusion, stress, and chaos, it’s no wonder that many people wait far too long before they speak to a personal injury attorney after they’ve been hurt. If you are wondering when you need to speak to a lawyer after being injured, the reality is that you cannot do it soon enough.

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The Startling Numbers Behind Trucking Accidents

Commercial trucks are big, trucking is big business, and it should come as no surprise to anyone that trucking accidents are very common. Whether you’re eating fresh fruit in the middle of winter or buying affordably priced goods originally made in China, there’s a decent chance that a commercial truck was involved in transporting most of what you buy. Consider the following numbers:

  • The commercial trucking industry collects $650 billion in annual revenue. When compared to the gross domestic product of the entire country, trucking accounts for 5% of it.
  • There are over 750,000 tractor-trailer drivers and almost 50,000 light truck and delivery drivers employed in the country.
  • Trucking accounts for almost 84% of the total revenue taken in by the commercial transportation industry. The remaining 16% is divided between trains, planes, ships, and pipelines.
  • In a single day, commercial trucks transport nearly $390 million worth of goods. That equals over $4,400 worth of goods delivered per second.
  • There are over three million 18-wheeler trucks operating in the country. They travel over 93 billion highway miles every year, using over 54 million truck tires and 52 billion gallons of diesel fuel to do it.

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Wrongful Death: What You Need to Know

Posted on September 26, 2013

Wrongful Death: What You Need to Know

When someone dies as the result of another person’s actions, this can lead to a wrongful death lawsuit. In a wrongful death claim, the person who caused another person’s death can be held liable. These types of cases commonly occur after, for example, a patient dies as a result of the doctor’s malpractice, a worker gets killed while on the job, or the driver or passenger of a vehicle dies as a result of a car crash.

Liability

Just like other lawsuits, wrongful death claims are dependent on the laws of the individual state where the death occurs. In all states, someone filing a wrongful death lawsuit has to show that the person, organization, or government agency they claim caused the death, known as the defendant, is legally responsible, or liable.

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New Study Sheds Light on Children and Amusement Park Injuries

A study released in the May issue of the journal Clinical Pediatrics provides some comprehensive new statistics about amusement park, carnival and mall rides around the country. Researchers working for the Center for Injury Research and Policy of the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital looked at 20 years of data on children involved in accidents from various amusement park and similar types of rides. The research shows that, on average, 4400 children seek medical attention every year for injuries sustained on rides.

A vast majority of these child injuries occurred during summer months. More than 70 percent of the total yearly injuries occurred between May and September, a percentage that works out to more than 20 injuries per day, or one every two hours. This is no surprise as festivals, carnivals, and amusement parks are primarily open during warmer months.

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Common Questions About Work Injuries

Posted on September 12, 2013

Common Questions About Work Injuries

For those who suffer injuries at work, finding out what your rights are and what options are available to you can often be difficult. When you suffer a work-related injury or become sick because of the conditions you were exposed to while working, you may be entitled to receive compensation. Like many areas of the law, work injuries are treated differently between states, though there are some general similarities that apply regardless of where you live.

Workers’ Compensation

Injuries in the workplace are unfortunately common. While some industries and jobs are more dangerous than others, almost anyone can suffer an injury while they work. Because of this, and because so many workers used to sue employers for being hurt because of the job, all states have developed a workers’ compensation insurance system. Also known as workman’s compensation or workman’s comp, these programs require employers carry workers’ compensation insurance. The insurance covers anyone who was injured at work and eliminates the need for those workers to have to sue the employer to recover damages.

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Boating Accident Statistics

Posted on September 6, 2013

Boating Accident Statistics

There is arguably nothing more relaxing than spending an enjoyable sunny day aboard a boat. Whether it is in the ocean, on a river, or on a lake, recreational boating is a pastime enjoyed by millions of people in the U.S. each year.

Unfortunately, the enjoyment of boating can suddenly be disrupted by unpredictable factors, such as severe weather or strong currents, both of which can compromise the safety of those aboard a boat. Other factors can also impact safety, including operator inattention, improper lookout, operator inexperience, excessive speed, and machinery failure. In fact, those factors represent the top five primary contributing factors in boating accidents, according to statistics from the United States Coast Guard.

In 2011, the Coast Guard recorded 4,588 recreational boating accidents, the majority of which occurred to motorboats, personal watercraft, and cabin motorboats. These accidents resulted in 3,081 injuries and 758 deaths. The corresponding fatality rate was 6.2 deaths for every 100,000 registered recreational vessels, which represented a nearly 15% increase over the 2010 rate (5.4 deaths per 100,000).

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What Are Pain and Suffering Damages?

Posted on June 10, 2013

What Are Pain and Suffering Damages?

In a lot of cases where someone is involved in a car accident or suffers from some kind of injury, you might hear your attorney talk about “pain and suffering damages.” For a lot of people who don’t have a lot of knowledge about the law, this term can sound a little confusing. While it’s always best to talk to your attorney about any legal question you have, here is what you need to know about pain and suffering damages.

Damages

In the legal world, the word “damages” is just another way of saying money. More specifically, it’s money other people owe you because they caused you harm. For example, if you are involved in a car accident because someone else drove recklessly, that person may have to pay you money. Depending on how badly your car was damaged and whether you suffered an injury, the other driver may have to pay to both repair your car and compensate you for the injuries you received. The driver might also have to pay you because the accident left you in pain or prevented you from going to work and earning an income. All of these types of payments are referred to as damages.

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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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