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Dangerous mistakes made by motorists when towing a load

Imagine you just purchase a boat that came with a trailer. Now, you're trying to figure out if your vehicle is big enough and powerful enough to safely tow your boat. When evaluating what's safe to tow, you need to be extremely careful not to make common trailer towing mistakes.

There are many factors that come into play -- more than just Gross Vehicle Weight Ratings (GVWRs) -- when determining the safety of your towing setup. Here are a few common issues consumers overlook when setting up a towing rig:

Fight negative connotations in motorcycle crash cases

Motorcyclists on the roadways are just trying to enjoy the lovely weather and open road this time of year. They should be able to do so safely without having to worry about other drivers who don't want to drive safely. This is a horrible reality for far too many bikers. We know that you never intended to be in a crash that wrecked your bike and injured you.

One issue that some motorcyclists face when they are seeking compensation is that the bad boy, law-breaking biker persona is likely going to come to mind for the jurors who hear the case in a trial. This can make it difficult to show that you weren't the negligent party in the crash.

Distracted and drowsy drivers are a serious problem

Drivers should always be ready to react to unexpected situations on the roads. Unfortunately, people who are distracted or fatigued aren't going to be able to do this. Instead, they are likely not going to do anything at all or will react so slowly that they can't avoid an accident.

It doesn't matter how much traffic is on the road. Safety has to be a priority for all drivers. This means that they need to focus on their driving and ensure they are in physical and mental shape to drive.

Sanitation at work is important to prevent the spread of disease

When you think of workers' compensation, you might think of workers who suffer an injury due to an accident. This isn't the only type of issue that can be covered by this program. Workers who suffer from diseases and conditions related to employment can also benefit from what workers' compensation has to offer.

One thing that many employees don't realize is that employers are required to provide them with a dedicated space to use the restroom, as well as potable water and sanitization options to use when necessary. The guidelines covering these areas of employment rights are handled by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

What are important points to remember about semitruck wrecks?

Semitrucks are large and heavy, especially when they are carrying a full load of cargo. Truckers must be careful as they drive because wrecks that involve those rigs and personal vehicles can be devastating. The victims of these crashes often suffer from serious injuries. Death is also possible in severe accidents, which, sadly take place more than we'd like to think about.

Some people who suffer injuries in these crashes will opt to seek compensation. Determining how to handle these cases requires you to look at the possibilities and decide what you feel is best. Keep these points in mind as you make and execute your plan:

Evaluate all the damages from a car wreck

Having to deal with the aftereffects of a car wreck can be challenging. There are many different things that you will have to handle. These include trying to find out how to have the damage to your car repaired, as well as working to address any physical injuries or mental trauma that you suffered due to the crash. As you are going through all of this, you might find that someone else's actions are costing you more than what you are prepared to spend.

We understand that this might be something that you have trouble thinking about. It can be a lot to have to sort through in a time when you are in pain. We are here to help evaluate your case and work to determine what action is possible. Some of the important things that we have to think about who to hold liable and how much money to seek for compensation.

Riding in the bed of a pickup truck may be legal, but not safe

All adults who drive know that North Carolina has a law requiring vehicle occupants to wear seat belts when vehicles are in motion. It might surprise some individuals to know that there isn't a law that forbids people from riding in the bed of a pickup truck, where there are obviously no seat belts. There is a stipulation in the law stating that children who are under 16 years old must be accompanied in the bed of the truck by an adult if they are going to ride there.

This is a situation that makes you realize that just because something is legal, it doesn't mean that it is a good idea. The Governor's Highway Safety Program has made a video for the public that shows what can happen when a slow-speed crash involves a pickup truck with occupants in the bed. The dummies in the back of the truck were weighted as children. They flew up as high as 30 feet into the air in the slow speed rear end crash. Imagine if this was an actual crash with real children.

Fall prevention is important in health care settings

Many different hazards are present in the health care industry. For workers, one of the major risks is falls. These can come from a host of causes and can all lead to serious impacts for the injured worker. It is imperative that all workers are provided a safe environment that helps to prevent falls.

The very nature of the work in some departments can mean that a person is at risk for slipping or tripping. Here are some points that nurses and others in this industry can remember:

Motorcyclists deserve to remain safe on the roads

With the 4th of July holiday here, it is imperative that everyone is watching out for others on the highways. This is especially true for motorcyclists who are at an increased risk of being involved in accidents all year long. When there is an accident with these vehicles, the motorcyclists and any passengers are at risk of suffering from serious injuries or death.

We understand that there are many different factors that can come into the picture when motorcyclists are struck. These can determine what options the injured party has. If the accident was caused by a driver who was being negligent or reckless, the person might be able to seek compensation for the damages related to the accident.

The dangerous rise of autonomous farm equipment

Farming has come a long way from the days when humans or horses powered all of the equipment that was used. Huge tractors, combines, harvesters and other equipment is all necessary to run many large farming operations today. While you might think that this means that you will need a lot of manpower, you might be wrong.

Autonomous vehicles are becoming more and more commonplace in farming. This doesn't mean that safety is increasing, though. In fact, the automation of many of these pieces of heavy equipment might prove to be more unsafe than those that are operated by humans.

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