2019

Personal Injury FAQs: Covering the Basics

Personal Injury FAQs: Covering the Basics

What is a personal injury? Why might you need a personal injury attorney? These and other commonly asked questions will give you an idea of what to expect in a personal injury case. A quick caveat: know that each person’s situation is different; use these FAQs as a general guide.

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When Enough is Enough at the Bar

When Enough is Enough at the Bar

Getting together with friends, co-workers and family at a restaurant, bar or tavern can be fun, especially during the holidays or other special times. What may not be so fun is when someone drinks too much, thus becoming visibly intoxicated. Bartenders are responsible for cutting off inebriated customers because they can be liable for over-serving. What you need to know about Dram Shop Law.

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Avoiding Common Winter Injuries

Avoiding Common 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 can lead to severe injuries 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 and Driver Safety Tips

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

Two Winter Driving Hazards to Watch Out For

Two main factors contributing to dangerous driving conditions include wet roads and lack of visibility. Both present winter driving hazards and are reasons for winter driving accidents.

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

The USDOT Federal Highway Administration data lists an average of 1,705 deaths and 138,735 injuries per year due to snowy and icy roads. These figures represent the 10 year average between 2007 and 2016.

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Texting and Driving Statistics Show Distracted Driving Risks

Texting and Driving Statistics Show Distracted Driving Risks

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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Construction Job Site Accidents

Construction Job Site Accidents

Construction job sites are dangerous places to work. In 2019, 20% of worker fatalities were in construction. 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. Leading causes include the ‘fatal four’: falls, struck by object, electrocution and caught-in/between.

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Cell Phone Tower Accidents

Cell Phone Tower Accidents

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 Compensation or Personal Injury Claim?

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 Can Lead to Accidents

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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