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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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Knowing What Causes Motorcycle Accidents Could Save Your Life

Whether you are an experienced rider or are considering your first motorcycle, educating yourself about motorcycle safety is a must. Generally speaking, motorcycles are significantly more dangerous than passenger cars and light trucks. Consider the following statistics:

  • According to the Department of Transportation, motorcycle operators are involved in deadly accidents 35 times more than those driving cars or trucks.
  • More than half of motorcycle crashes resulting in a fatality involved at least one other vehicle. The remaining crashes did not involve other vehicles, but instead involved encounters with obstructed roadways, collisions with fixed objects, or other dangers.
  • Of those motorcycle operators who died in a crash, about half were speeding while just over 40% had blood-alcohol concentrations above the legal limit.

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What Is Premises Liability?

Posted on January 11, 2014

What Is Premises Liability?

Premises liability laws hold land and property owners legally responsible for accidents and injuries that occur on their property as a result of unsafe conditions, poor property upkeep, or any other act that leads to failure to ensure the safety of individuals on the premises.

Slip and fall accidents are the classic example of a premises liability case; however, a variety of other injury claims also fall under the purview of premises liability law. Examples include dog bites / animal attacks, construction accidents, security negligence, wrongful death accidents, assault and battery, accidental drowning, occupational injuries, broken bones, and many others.

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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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Workers' Compensation: Injury During Employment

When an employee is injured during the course and scope of his employment, the manner by which he is compensated changes considerably. Up until now, we have discussed how an attorney represents his client by demanding compensation from the person who is at fault for the injuries. The attorney uses methods that include litigation, arbitration, or maybe just an intimidating demand letter. However, the methods change in situations where his client is an injured employee.

Individual states and the federal government have specifically created laws that compensate persons who are injured while at work, and the laws do not focus much on blaming anyone for the injury. Instead, an employer must pay the compensation to his injured employee merely because the employee was injured while on the job. This is a bit of an overstatement of the rules, and there are exceptions, but it is generally true. The catch? Employees are not eligible to sue the employer in court for the injury. Instead, they must settle for what the workers’ compensation laws require the employer to pay.

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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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Cell Phone Use and Its Impact on the Rate of Auto Accidents

Cell phones have ballooned in popularity over the last decade. Not surprisingly, so have concerns regarding distracted driving and the role that these ubiquitous electronic devices may have in causing a variety of motor vehicle-related accidents. A significant body of research – conducted under both experimental and on-the-road conditions – has demonstrated that using either hand-held cell phones or hands-free cell phone devices can lead to driving practices that can undermine safe driving. Unfortunately, the extent to which cell phone use while driving increases the risk of accidents has been difficult to determine, due in part to the fact that police crash reports are not reliable indicators of whether or not drivers were using a cell phone at the time a crash occurred.

Nevertheless, a number of important studies have demonstrated that operating a cell phone while driving significantly increases the risk of a crash. A 1997 study published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine found that the risk of experiencing a collision while actively using a cell phone was four times higher than the risk when a phone was not actively being used. A more recent study published in the British Medical Journal also reached similar conclusions, demonstrating a four-fold increase in the risk of a crash when cell phones were used within the 10 minutes prior to a crash occurring. According to recent statistics published by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), 13.5 million drivers are simultaneously using cell phones at any given time during the daylight hours. In addition, the NTSB documented that close to 3,100 roadway fatalities in 2010 involved distracted drivers. The National Safety Council estimated that 23% (1.3 million) of all crashes that occurred in 2011 involved the use of cell phones.

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Sustaining Injuries on Construction Sites

Posted on November 30, 2012

Sustaining Injuries on Construction Sites

Work in the construction industry is physically demanding and incredibly dangerous. Varied terrain, unpredictable weather, and ever-changing surroundings are a few of the many factors that can predispose to a construction-related injury. Falls from scaffolding or ladders, injury from falling debris, machinery accidents, and electrocution are all examples of what can happen when something goes wrong on a construction site, either as a result of an accident or due to negligence.

It goes without saying that the injuries in the construction industry can be severe. Sprains, strains, broken bones, and even death can occur. When occupational injuries and illnesses are reported, one of the key measures of injury severity is the median number of days spent away from work per each injured case. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2011, the construction industry ranked third, with a median number of 14 days spent away from work due to injury. Only the mining and transportation industries ranked higher.

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