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3 high-risk groups of drivers

You're well aware that another driver could cause an accident at any moment. You could be seriously injured. It doesn't matter if you do everything right and follow all of the traffic laws and don't make any mistakes. You could still get hurt because of someone else's negligence.

But which drivers pose the highest risk? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are three main high-risk groups:

  1. Young drivers who are newly licensed. The first few months after a driver passes the tests and gets out on the road are the most dangerous. For instance, when you look at how many fatal wrecks there are per mile, those who are 16 and 17 years old cause twice as many as those who are 18 and 19 years old. Even just a few years of driving experience make a big difference.
  2. Teens who have passengers and friends in the car. The CDC notes that having more passengers leads to a higher crash risk, which goes up with every person you add into the equation. As much as teens enjoy driving around with their friends, it puts everyone at risk when they do it.
  3. Male drivers. Women simply get in fewer accidents. Reports show that male teen drivers crash twice as often as female teen drivers. While all teens face higher risks, it is clear that young men are the most dangerous of all.

I got in a wreck delivering pizza. Can I get workers' comp.?

Being a pizza delivery driver for Domino's or Papa John's might not be the pinnacle of your career aspirations. However, many people find that working food delivery jobs allows them adequate time to pursue a college education. It's also a good choice for a moonlighting job because pizza delivery drivers can often choose the hours they are available to work.

But what happens if you get injured while on the job, e.g., you get T-boned at an intersection while delivering pizzas here in Wilmington? Are you entitled to receive workers' compensation benefits while you recuperate from your injuries?

Motorcycle crashes can lead to lifelong challenges

Motorcycle riders need to know that other drivers on the road are watching for them. The problem is that some drivers might assume that nobody is going to ride a motorcycle when the weather is cooler. Unfortunately, this false belief might lead to bikers being injured or killed.

For the bikers who are facing risks on the road, taking every step they can to remain safe must be a priority. When they are struck by a vehicle, they can face devastating injuries. These might be fatal, but they can also lead to lifelong changes in the motorcyclist's life if they do survive.

Whiplash must not be discounted after a wreck

Car wrecks lead to a significant number of injuries that must be addressed quickly. The issue with failing to address injuries is that they can continue to worsen until they cause significant problems with your life. One injury that falls under this category is whiplash, which is complicated for a host of reasons.

The problematic factor of whiplash is that you might not realize that you were injured right away. More than likely, you aren't going to know that anything is wrong with your neck at the scene. The next morning, you might feel a bit sore, but you may think that is normal after a wreck. As time goes on over the next few days, you may begin to realize that the symptoms aren't going away.

Road construction sites must have proper safety procedures

Road construction workers place their safety in the hands of drivers daily. Because these workers have such dangerous jobs already, they don't need anything to make their time at work any more difficult. It is imperative that drivers and construction companies do what they can to reduce the risks.

There are several things that might help. All of them revolve around proper training and taking the road conditions into account.

A dedicated approach pays off in truck accident claims

People who are in a vehicle that is struck by a semi truck are likely to have significant physical injuries and severe mental trauma. In all of these cases, the victims who decide to seek compensation for their injuries from the liable party (or parties) can benefit from a thorough legal approach, like ours, to their personal injury claim.

For example, it's important to take the investigation slowly and carefully in order to identify what went wrong and exactly how the accident occurred.

Even slow rear-end crashes might result in an injury

If you are involved in a slow speed, rear-end crash, you might think that you walked away unscathed. Unfortunately, this might not be the case. Sometimes, you will suffer an injury that you won't recognize until the next day or even a few days later. One such injury is whiplash.

Contrary to what you might see on television, whiplash can be a very serious injury. Some people think that it isn't because the soft tissue is what's damaged. If it is left untreated, you might find that the symptoms don't abate. They might get worse, which could be activity-limiting.

Common risks for office workers

You might think that just because you work in an office that you aren't at risk for suffering injuries. Unfortunately, even people who are employed in this setting can still have accidents that can lead to serious problems. Utilizing proper safety techniques can help you to remain safe while you work.

One way that employers can do this is to understand some of the common accident and injury types that these workers face. Developing a comprehensive plan can benefit everyone involved.

Work-related injuries require a workers' compensation claim

Suffering from an injury at work is something that nobody wants to deal with, especially when you are going to have to miss work while you heal. This makes life very difficult because you are having to deal with not having an income at a time when you will have some medical bills and other expenses that you usually don't have.

On top of this, your family members will probably suffer because you aren't able to do what you usually do. This can put pressure on them, but they will know that this isn't your fault. We know this is problematic and might make life miserable for people who are accustomed to working.

Sideswipe accidents on the highway can produce horrible injuries

When you are driving down the interstate, the last thing that you want to happen is to have a car veer into your lane. If the driver does cross the line, you might end up being sideswiped. This can lead to a horrible crash that may cause severe injuries, especially if you are traveling at the higher interstate speeds.

The injuries that you suffer in a sideswipe on the highway can range from minor bruising up to brain or spinal cord injuries. Even if you think that the accident wasn't too bad, it is still a good idea to go in for a medical evaluation. This might help you spot hidden injuries.

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