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Hold all liable parties accountable in semitruck wrecks

Semitruck accidents can be devastating to the victims who were just trying to go about their normal lives. Most people don't have enough savings to cover multiple months of missed work and high medical bills that can result from these crashes. Unfortunately, the victims are usually the ones that have to deal with the dire financial consequences after a semitruck accident.

We know that you don't want to go broke or struggle financially when your first priority should be healing from the traumatic injuries you suffered. We can help you seek compensation from the parties who can be held liable for the crash.

Common hazards mechanics face

People who work in automotive mechanic shops face some very serious risks due to the nature of their jobs. There are many ways that employers can reduce the chance of injuries, and it behooves them to do so since the onus is on the business to keep the workers safe.

Some hazards are more common than others in this industry. Focusing on these can greatly improve worker safety.

Driver with history of charges causes fatal North Carolina crash

A 34-year-old Gaithersburg English teacher has been charged in connection with the death of a woman in a recent drunk driving incident. He's charged causing a felony death by motor vehicle, failing to maintain his lane, reckless driving and having an open container of alcohol in his car. More charges may follow as the police complete their investigation.

This isn't the first time the teacher has faced charges over drunk driving.

Beware of the 4 most fatal construction accident types

Construction workers face many risks on the job site, but there are four that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has dubbed the "Fatal Four." Even if a worker doesn't die when one of these accidents occurs, there is a good chance that they will suffer catastrophic injuries.

Employers in this industry must be vigilant to ensure that there are proper safety protocols set for these four types of incidents -- and that they are followed. Eliminating these would lead to a considerable reduction in construction worker deaths.

Work-related injuries are sometimes life changing

As we recently discussed, paramedics have a very risky job. They are sent to homes and other places they might not be familiar with. They face taxing work that is physically and mentally demanding -- which sometimes leads to injuries. However, this isn't the only profession that comes with risks. All workers, no matter what industry they work in, have certain hazards that they face on each shift. No matter how they try to reduce those hazards, accidents happen.

Employers have a duty to follow standard safety practices that aim to keep workers safe. Poor conditions on a job site can impact whether the worker can make it home safely at the end of their work shift -- and there's no excuse for that. Unfortunately, we know that there are some employers who try to skirt around the safety rules and guidelines. When this happens, there is a chance that workers might suffer a serious injury.

Emergency medical service workers face specific risks

Emergency medical services (EMS) workers are at great risk of injury. These individuals qualify for workers' compensation if they are injured. There is a special fund that is meant to help provide compensation for these workers if they are members of the North Carolina Association of Rescue and Emergency Medical Services, Inc.

On the job, EMS workers face a host of different challenges that can lead to injuries. One of the biggest risks they have is handling patients. They often have to move in ways that aren't conducive to normal body mechanics. Even though there are assistive devices, such as gurneys, that can help EMS workers carry patients, there are times when these can't be used.

Catastrophic injuries in a semitruck crash can impact families

Semitruck drivers have dangerous jobs, but they must ensure that they are as safe as possible on the roads. There are many things that can go wrong when they are driving. In some cases, these incidents can claim the lives of innocent people or cause serious injuires. This can devastate not only the victims, but also their entire families.

When a victim is catastrophically injured, they often must rely on their loved ones to help them, including spouses, parents or even their children. This is troublesome for some victims because they might feel like they've become burdens. What they don't realize is that their family members care for them out of love. Still, it is a tough spot to be in.

Truckers and delivery drivers have very dangerous jobs

The holiday season is here, which means that truckers and delivery drivers will be extra busy trying to ensure that merchandise gets to where it needs to be. While it is easy for people to fuss when things aren't delivered on time or stores are out of something, they should focus on the dangers of this type of work. Unfortunately, these jobs come with serious risks.

For the men and women who have chosen these professions, the benefits are likely what keep them coming back despite the risk of accidents. These incidents can lead to serious injuries or fatalities, so it is imperative that employers ensure their workers have safe working conditions.

Car wreck injuries can negatively change your life

A car wreck is an event that you can't plan for. Not only will it cause you to have medical bills if you suffered an injury, it can also mean that you can't return to work right away. This can put you in a financial bind that isn't easy to overcome. We know that you want to find out what you can do to make the driver who slammed into you pay for what they did. We can help you get your claim for compensation together, so you can seek recompense for the damages you suffered.

One of the most important things for you to remember when you are in a car wreck is that you need to protect your rights. This isn't going to be easy in every case. When the police arrive at the scene, you will have to tell them what happened, but you must choose your wording carefully. You shouldn't ever say anything that someone might take to mean that you are taking responsibility for the crash.

Put together an emergency kit for your vehicle

Having an emergency kit in your car is a good idea no matter what time of year it is. As the winter months march closer, this kit becomes even more important. The items that are in it can help to save your life if you become stranded.

During the winter months, you have to deal with the frigid weather. While North Carolina might not get as much wintry precipitation as some of the more northern states, there is still a chance that residents will see some this year. Here are tips for putting your emergency kit together:

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