Road Accident Fatalities: When Are They Likely To Happen

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There are certain times and situations when road accident fatality peaks. For instance, pedestrian accidents are pretty common through out the year but they become prevalent during the summer when most people are likely to get out of the house and go for a walk or run.

The American community is trying its best to make our roads safer by building safer intersections, developing awareness programs and developing innovative paths and bridges. Even though our communities are trying to take road safety seriously, the risk of getting into a fatal road accident still remains high. Let’s take a look at the most dangerous times to drive.

During Certain Days

road accident fatalitiesDid you know that 1 in four car accidents happen during rush hour? We lose billions of dollars each year owing to property damage, emergency and safety personnel costs, medical costs and lost earnings and productivity.

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Facts You Should Know About Boating Accident Liability

boating accident liabilityBoating accidents can bring up very tricky legal issues and they might even make it difficult to establish liability.

Boating should be loads of fun if you follow all the boating safety rules. Unfortunately, you might follow all the rules but still get into an accident. So if you ever get into a boating accident, here are crucial facts about boating accident liability you should be aware of.

General Rule Of Negligence

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What Are Some Of The Common Causes Of Trucking Accidents?

common causes of trucking accidentsCommercial trucks are a massive presence on our nation’s roads. Truck drivers must have driving skills a notch above everyone else, because their vehicles have so much more potential to cause harm and damage. They must react quicker to stop or swerve, and take extra precautions in changing lanes and in bad weather.

Common Causes of Trucking Accidents

common causes of trucking accidentsHere are some of the more common causes of trucking accidents.

  • Reckless Car Drivers

While truck drivers need to have special skills and use extra caution, there are still basic safety requirements expected of drivers in small vehicles. If you take it upon yourself to drive in a truck’s blind spot for an extended period of time you are asking to be sideswiped by an 18 wheeler.

  • Trucker Compensation Incentives

While commercial truckers are given financial incentives to meet tight deadlines, unfortunately it also means some drivers will eschew safety precautions in order to meet or beat their expected arrival time. We’ve all seen it before: truckers going above and beyond the speed limit and changing lanes quickly without regard for their fellow growth inhabitants.

  • Unsecured Cargo

It’s only natural that when you come up behind a truck with an open bed hauling goods you can only assume are securely fastened in place, you worry something will work its way loose smash into your windshield.

No matter what a truck driver is carrying, if the trucking company and its employees don’t take explicit measures to secure their trucks’ cargo, it can end up causing a serious accident.

  • Inadequate Driver Training

Commercial truck drivers must get special training to maneuver such a massive vehicle with tons of cargo. If they aren’t properly trained, which unfortunately happens sometimes, they are a menace on the roads.

  • Trucking Equipment Malfunctions

It doesn’t matter how safe a truck driver is if the vehicle they are driving is not functioning properly. If the trucking company does not stay up to date on scheduled maintenance, things such as premature tire wear or break malfunctions can cause an accident.

  • Other Drivers

 

And of course, truck drivers are by far not the only ones responsible for accidents on the road. There are a lot of other drivers out there in cars and other smaller vehicles who tend to pull a dumb move from time to time, oblivious to our presence. While we can’t control what other people do, it’s important to be the ultimate defensive driver when behind the wheel of a big rig.

  • Poor Judgment

Of course, poor judgment can also be a cause of trucking accidents. This obviously covers most of the above, as driving with little sleep, doing drugs, or hitting the road without proper training are obviously all poor choices. But sometimes poor judgment is more split second than that, and this is the case in many accidents that don’t involve commercial trucks as well.

These are just a few examples. Any number of things can cause a truck accident. Sometimes no one is at fault. However, sometimes negligence occurs, putting people’s lives at risk.

How To Avoid Trucking Accidents

Driving our nation’s big trucks takes a certain kind of an individual-a certain type of driver. There are a lot of hazards involved, both for them and other vehicles-add in long hours, a wandering mind, exhaustion, and hazardous road conditions. Many things may go wrong. This is no news to a truck driver, especially those who take their jobs really seriously, but a reminder never hurts, and in this business, being too sure of yourself can be a dangerous thing.

It’s a fine line. Here are some safety pointers that will help truck drivers avoid accidents.

  • Pass Extremely Carefully

It never ceases to amaze me when I see big trucks hurtling by me in the fast lane on mountain roads-roads they no doubt know like the backs of their hands; additionally, excessive confidence in oneself can be lethal in this business. Big trucks have huge blind spots and it’s easy to miss the presence of a tiny vehicle on the road, especially on a windy road. Always be 100% positive about how many vehicles are around and where they are before making a safe pass.

  • Be Ready for the Road

While most drivers are responsible professionals, the job is taxing on both the body and mind, and it is extremely imperative to keep both finely tuned. Make sure you get adequate sleep, healthy meals, and regular exercise so that you are fully ready for your driving duties and all the variables that come along with them.

This equally applies to your vehicle. Be over-diligent about maintenance and check the entire rig more often than is required.

  • Go at or Under the Speed Limit

With a time crunch and superiors breathing down your neck, it can be tempting to go faster than is legal or safe, but speeding is one of the most common causes of trucking accidents. Big trucks have a much longer needed stopping distance, and if a truck is going too fast and suddenly brakes, there is a real hazard of jackknifing, which is very dangerous for you and any person around. Always stick to the speed limit posted for big trucks, and if you’re ever in doubt, go slower than is necessary.

  • Make Super Slow Turns

Your speed is especially important when taking big turns as your berth will be much wider than a smaller vehicle’s. If anyone is beside you, you run the risk of pushing them out of their lane with your trailer. And even if you go a little too fast and just edge towards them, the other driver may panic and it can cause an accident that didn’t need to happen.

  • Refrain From Tailgating

Pursuing the car or truck too closely is not only rude or obnoxious, but it can be high risk as well. There are drivers around who make an effort to bully smaller sized trucks sluggishly driving in front of them by means of driving their bumper near their trucks to make them hurry up. If you are dealing with this situation, just make room and allow them to pass by. Move away from the car or truck too. A brush with rude truck drivers should be taken in jest because even the most basic payback may end up into something drastic

Again, this is all things that truckers know, and in fact doesn’t even scratch the surface of what only experience can teach. But when we do something day in and day out, we tend to fall into a routine, and if nothing has ever gone wrong before, we tend to stop taking it as seriously. Therefore, keep these in mind the next time you head out, and be that much more careful about getting back home safely.

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9 Tips To Help You Prevent Boating Accidents This Summer

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In 2014, the number of recreational boating accidents totaled 610, the second lowest number of boating fatalities ever recorded. The lowest number of boating related deaths was 560 in 2013, according to the Coast Guard. Alcohol was the leading cause of these accidents, accounting for 21% of all deaths. Almost 71% of the victims drowned, and of those, it’s reported that 84% were not wearing a life vest as required by law. Here are great tips to help you prevent boating accidents this summer in Rhode Island and to ensure you won’t be part of the statistics.

Wear Life Jackets

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A life jacket is the number one safety thing that every occupant should either put on or have available. When operating a watercraft, you need to have a life jacket at all times because you are closer to the water and there is a greater risk of falling in with no time to wear your life vest. If you’re on a larger vessel, it is not always a must that you put on a life vest at all times, particularly if the vessel has an interior space. However, use your common sense, if there are weather problems that may pose hazardous to your trip, wear your life vest at all times.

Always Be Alert

prevent boating accidentsJust as driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is dangerous and risky, and is among the top causes of boating accidents. As mentioned above, alcohol is to blame for a number of boating related deaths. Alcohol tricks your brain into thinking that you’re sober and that you can operate a boat, while in reality you have lost the reactions required to operate your craft appropriately. Therefore, never operate your boat while under the influence of alcohol. Also, never travel in a vessel if you suspect the operator may have been taking alcohol or is otherwise intoxicated.

Inspect Your Boat

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5 Awesome Tips For Great Boating This Summer

boating this summerWhether you own a small vessel or a comfy cabin cruiser, when summer arrives and it is time to get your boat back on the water, you need to be sure it is ready to go. No boat operator wants a dead battery or sputtering engine on that first day on the water. Getting prepared is more than washing off dirt and dust. It means inspecting all systems to ensure they are in good working condition to prevent accidents. We give you 5 tips on getting your boat ready for summer and 5 ways to prevent boating accidents while cruising.

5 Tips to Get Your Boat Ready This Summer

1. Fluids, belts, hoses and control cables

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Inspect and top off all fluids such as gear case oil, engine oil, antifreeze, power trim and power steering. Check engine hoses and the belts, looking for any sign of corrosion and to make sure they are tight and secure. Make sure the belts fit firmly around the pulleys. Check control cables for any crack or swelling. This might be a sign they are not safe. If you are not familiar with these items, schedule a meeting with a qualified boat technician.

2. Get a professional tune-up

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Back To Basics: Spring Driving Dangers

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Winter came to an end and the weather is a little better. You’d think the roads would be safe again but there are plenty of spring driving dangers. We have some tips that can help get you and your car safely to summer. But first, let’s take a look at why spring driving is so dangerous.

Causes Of Spring Driving Dangers

Slippery Road Conditions and Flooding

According to the Federal Highway Administration, spring rain was responsible for 46% of road accidents from 2002- 2012. Wet pavements on the other hand accounted for 74% of weather related accidents. So why does rain make spring driving dangerous? For starters, it increases the distance it takes to stop and it reduces your car’s handling. Traction on your tires can also be significantly reduced by big puddles and could lead to hydroplaning.

Hailstorms

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If you live in an area that’s particularly affected by hail storms like Missouri, Kansas, Colorado or Wyoming then you are at an increased risk of getting into an accident. Here’s why:

If it rains balls of ice, the roads aren’t that good for you or anyone for that matter. Moreover, hailstones can shatter wind shields.

Wear And Tear

Winter wreaks havoc on roads in many states. Sand, salt, ice and the aftermath of ice can cause significant wear and tear on the roads. Once the snow melts away, you should expect to see new potholes.

Increased Animal Activity

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7 Great Motorcycle Passenger Tips This Spring

motorcycle passenger riding tipsIf you have been a motorcycle rider long enough, you probably have a few stories about passengers who have made your ride challenging. There are a number of reasons why your rides transpired the way they did. Thankfully, they don’t have to be like that anymore especially after you have taken so much time to prepare your motorcycle for spring.

You can easily customize your motorcycle riding experience depending on what you want. You might decide to ride with a motorcycle passenger on your way to work or for a road trip. Whatever the case, you have to consider a number of substantial details before and during carrying your passenger.

If you want your passenger to be the kind of person you enjoy riding with, here are some great motorcycle passenger tips:

1. Tell Them To Wear Protective Clothing

They should first of all have some sort of protective gear for their eyes. A good helmet should serve the purpose of protecting them not only from the impact of an accident but also from harsh weather elements like the sun and the wind. If the helmet does not have a face shield, they should wear sunglasses.

Durable leather gloves and footwear should be able to protect their feet, ankles and hands. You should also tell them to wear some durable pants; preferably leather. If they don’t have leather pants then [Read more…]

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How To Prepare Your Motorcycle For Spring

prepare your motorcycle for springIf you rode all winter, then your bike should be ready for spring but if your motorcycle spent the entire winter in the garage or some other storage facility, then it’s far from ready to just get and go.

How exactly should you prepare your motorcycle for spring? Below is a checklist you should use every time before you hit the road on your bike:

Check Your Stands

You want your stands to work properly whether it’s a kickstand, side or center stand. They have to be secure to the bike. You don’t ever want to be the guy whose kickstand falls off the bike and you end up leaning it against the wall to support it.

Check Your Chassis

We are talking about suspensions, including your battery. Your belts and chains might require a few adjustments but your driveshaft might not. You don’t have to be a mechanic to see that your bike’s belt is worn out, torn or loose. If it doesn’t look right, don’t ride your bike regardless. Have a trusted mechanic check it out instead.

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What Are The Common Causes Of Slip And Fall Accidents?

causes of slip and fall accidentsWhen a property owner fails to warn visitors of potential dangers or carelessly maintains their property, it can easily lead to a slip and fall accident. If you are a victim of a slip and fall accident you might end up with severe injuries but the good news is that you can recover compensation by filing a personal injury lawsuit.

Here are some quick facts about slip and fall accidents.

There are many causes of slip and fall accidents and different conditions can cause them. During winter pedestrians and children can slip and fall on icy paths or sidewalks. Sometimes people can slip and fall in an aisle of a poorly maintained supermarket. Unfortunately, proving fault in a slip and fall accident may not be as straightforward as we all would like.

There are many causes of slip and fall accidents. Some of the causes are:

1. Wet And Slippery Floors

Ice, tracked in snow or spills if not promptly cleaned up can lead to serious falls. After you have mopped the floors in your building, you should put up signs to warn visitors of wet floors in areas where there is high traffic.

2. Cluttered Floors

Debris, trash, equipment, supplies or merchandise staked on isles represent a tripping hazard. Ensure that all floors are kept free of clutter.

3. Icy Walkways

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Why You Shouldn’t Represent Yourself In A Personal Injury Claim

So you have been involved in an accident, there was property damage and you suffered some serious injuries. You have barely even recovered from the shock of the accident yet doctors, police officers and insurance companies are already bombarding you with tough questions about what happened.

personal injury lawyerYou realize you have spent so much money paying your hospital bill not to mention how much of your wages you have lost since the accident happened. You decide to pursue justice and file a personal injury lawsuit against the person responsible for your accident. But because your bank account balance doesn’t look like it can help you afford a lawyer, you decide to represent yourself and pursue claims for compensation and damages.

Representing yourself sounds like a great idea doesn’t it? Sadly, it’s not. In fact, not only is it a terrible idea but it’s not a profitable one. Let’s face it, you are not a personal injury lawyer and you shouldn’t pretend to be one. Don’t be deluded by what you see on TV shows. It takes years of experience to become a good personal injury lawyer.

Here are some reasons why you shouldn’t represent yourself in a personal injury claim.

1. You Can’t Tell If It’s Worth It To Pursue The Case

Do you really know if your case is worth pursuing or not? A personal injury lawyer will be able to tell you right from the start whether your case is a time waster or not. There are many factors that are usually considered when making a personal injury claim.

First, are your injuries severe? Does the person you plan on taking legal action against have insurance? And if they have insurance, what is the maximum that it can cover? Some of the information required to make a solid personal injury case can’t be obtained without a court order and you need a personal injury lawyer for this.

2. You Will Have To Work Through The Paperwork

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