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Avoiding Common Winter Injuries

Snow Shoveling Winter Injuries

Winter is here. Time to enjoy the season and keep those winter injuries to a minimum. The more you know, the better prepared you will be.

The most common winter accidents that lead to injury include:

  • Slips and falls on ice
  • Muscle strains from shoveling snow
  • Accidents while playing winter sports

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Railroad Crossing Risks and Driver Safety Tips

Railroad Crossing Risks

More than 2,200 rail grade crossing collisions occurred across our country’s approximately 140,000 miles of railroad track in 2018.

And, in 2018 alone:

  • 270 people were killed at railroad crossings. Over the five years of 2014-2018, there were 798 fatalities involving motor vehicles at railroad crossings.
  • 99 people were killed because a driver went around a lowered gate, marking a 10-year high.

According to Operation Lifesaver, a driver or passenger is about 20 times more likely to die in a collision with a train than in a collision with another vehicle.

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Two Winter Driving Hazards to Watch Out For

Winter Driving hazards

Roughly, ¼ of auto accidents are caused by adverse weather.

The USDOT Federal Highway Administration data lists an average of 1,836 deaths and 136,309 injuries per year due to snowy and icy roads. These figures represent the 10 year average between 2005 and 2014.

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Texting and Driving Statistics Show Distracted Driving Risks

Texting while driving statistic

Smartphones allow us to be connected all the time no matter where we are, including behind the wheel of a vehicle. This means that far too many drivers have the potential of driving distracted, and the statistics paint an alarming picture, too, with cell phone usage accounting for 14% of fatal driver distracted crashes in 2017.

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Five Risks for Teen Drivers

Teen Driver risks

Five of the greatest dangers for teen drivers to contend with are: driving impaired, not using a seat belt, distracted driving, speeding and driving with passengers in the vehicle. What do you see wrong in the picture above?

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Construction Job site Accidents

Construction Job Site Accidents

Construction job sites are dangerous places to work. In 2017, 20.7% of worker fatalities were in construction. The leading causes, also known as the ‘fatal four’, were falls, struck by object, electrocution and caught-in/between and were responsible for more than half of the construction worker deaths that year.

Many of the accidents on a construction job site are due to negligence, unsafe worksite practices, improper use of tools and equipment, and lack of protective safeguards.

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Cell Phone Tower Accidents

cell phone tower workers

The growth of the cell phone industry means the need for more cell tower installations, along with frequent upgrades and repairs to more than 280,000 cell towers across the country.

Tower climbers build, maintain and repair the towers – replacing cables, antennas and other network gear, inspecting and ensuring everything is working properly. To do this, they scale towers up to 500 feet, sometimes more, in height.

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Workman’s Compensation or Personal Injury Claim?

Workman's Comp or Personal Injury

Accidents and injuries happen all the time. What happens if you injure yourself while on the job? What are your options? Who takes care of your medical expenses?  How do you know if you should file a workman’s compensation claim or pursue a personal injury claim?

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Poor Road Design & Maintenance Can Lead to Accidents

poor road design maintenance

As a driver, you trust that the roads you drive on day in and day out have been designed and are maintained for your safe passage. Unfortunately, accidents happen. Cars skid, slide, run off the road down embankments, collide with other vehicles and more.

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Concussion-Sensing Football Helmets

concussion sensing football helmets

Football is a popular but dangerous sport. Players suffer many different types of injuries, from minor sprains to broken bones and more serious conditions including concussions and football-related traumatic brain injuries. Player safety is a major concern at all levels of the game, from high school to college to professional leagues.

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