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The consequences of a truck crash while working

Employees face many challenges in the workplace on a daily basis. From discrimination and other rights violations to long work schedules, some workers have particularly challenging weeks. Truck accidents that occur on the job can make life even tougher for workers in various fields and these crashes may be more likely when a worker is fatigued or suffering from high levels of stress. In other instances, an employer may be responsible for a worker becoming injured in a crash or the reckless actions of another driver.

When someone is involved in a work-related truck accident, they may become seriously hurt or even killed. Aside from these consequences, they may also struggle with medical bills or experience financial troubles for another reason, such as losing the ability to keep working. Not only can physical injuries keep an employee out of the workplace, either on a temporary basis or permanently, but mental trauma may also leave someone unable to perform the duties of their job. For example, a taxi driver or truck driver may not want to get behind the wheel following a devastating accident, prompting them to find work in a new field.

Heat exhaustion and motorcycle crashes

A motorcyclist could become involved in an accident on the road for a number of reasons. Negligent drivers are particularly concerning, as well as drivers who are distracted or do not pay attention to the road carefully. During the summertime, extreme heat is another potential concern that can lead to a motorcycle accident. When a motorcyclist suffers from heat-related fatigue, they may be more likely to become involved in a collision that claims their life or results in a devastating injury. If you are planning on riding a motorcycle during very hot weather, it is important to be vigilant and watch out for signs that you are suffering from heat exhaustion.

There are different ways in which extreme heat can cause a motorcycle crash. For example, it may make a motorcyclist pass out and fall off of their motorcycle or have difficulty concentrating and focusing on the road, leading to a crash. Motorcyclists are especially vulnerable to some of the effects of extreme weather, as opposed to those who are riding in a car with air conditioning and protection from the sun. Some motorcyclists may continue to ride even though they are suffering from fatigue, which can be especially dangerous.

How many motorcyclist deaths occur among different age groups?

There are many ways to analyze fatal motorcycle accidents in order to develop a better understanding of the ins and outs of these crashes and focus on prevention. From the time of day to alcohol consumption, there are many factors that can play a role in the prevalence of motorcycle wrecks and offer warning signs for motorcyclists to be aware of. Age is another factor that may have an impact on a person’s likelihood of being involved in a fatal motorcycle crash and there are multiple ways in which age may affect riding abilities. For example, a younger driver may lack experience while an older driver may struggle with their vision.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that during 2016, a total of 1,488 motorcyclists under the age of 30 passed away in motorcycle crashes. For those aged between 30 and 39 years old, there were 952 fatalities, while 901 people between the ages of 40 and 49 lost their lives in motorcycle wrecks over the course of 2016. 1,940 motorcyclists who were over the age of 50 passed away in accidents throughout the year. Clearly, motorcyclists of all ages face significant risks on the road and may lose their lives in an accident.

Keeping large truck crashes in perspective

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration keeps track of a wide variety of statistics pertaining to large truck crashes.

The latest numbers from 2015 remind us that as motorists, we share the road with big rigs and that it is wise to remain alert around them and respect their size and power.

3 symptoms of asbestos poisoning

Asbestos is a common yet highly toxic material that is found both naturally and unnaturally in many objects. Direct exposure can cause a host of ailments, though, including mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis. Each of these ailments has different symptoms, but exposure to asbestos in general can be tentatively identified by a few symptoms. It is imperative that you seek treatment if you have any of them.

The following are symptoms most commonly associated with asbestosis. Exposure can cause many other symptoms and ailments, so if you suspect that you have been in contact with asbestos, see a health care professional to ensure you are not sick.  

Prescription medication and large truck collisions

Large truck crashes sometimes happen because of truck driver fatigue due to working too many hours or not getting enough sleep at night, the use of alcohol behind the wheel, distractions such as cell phones, and countless other reasons. However, prescription medication can be especially problematic, and many truck crashes have been caused by a truck driver’s prescription use, whether or not they are following their physician’s recommendations. People take many different drugs for various reasons, but prescriptions can adversely affect a person’s ability to drive safe.

Whether someone takes a prescription to relieve pain, help with anxiety, or even takes an over-the-counter drug to help with allergies, these medications can affect driving abilities. A truck driver may become drowsy or even intoxicated by prescription drug use, which interferes with their ability to follow traffic safety laws. Sadly, many of these accidents have led to the loss of life and even more have left victims with devastating injuries. Emotional pain and financial challenges are also problems that many victims have had to struggle with.

Motorcycle accidents and Memorial Day weekend

Any time of the year can be dangerous for those riding motorcycles, but holidays are often especially concerning for multiple reasons. Not only do holidays such as Memorial Day bring an increase in traffic, some people drive drunk after celebrations as well. If you plan on riding a motorcycle over the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, it is crucial to be vigilant and aware of the risks that you may encounter. Sadly, many innocent lives have been lost in accidents during this holiday and many people have sustained devastating injuries.

When someone gets behind the wheel after drinking too much at a family party over Memorial Day weekend, they are probably less likely to pay attention to the road closely and be aware of their surroundings. If you are riding a motorcycle, this can be disastrous. Moreover, many people take to the road over this holiday, whether they go on a road trip to visit family members and friends or they are out and about to celebrate the holiday with their loved ones. With so much traffic on the roadways, it can be a particularly dangerous time to ride a motorcycle. Moreover, many motorcyclists enjoy celebrating the holiday by taking to the road and this weekend is often a perfect time to ride a motorcycle.

Delivery truck drivers and traffic collisions

Many people face risks associated with driving on a daily basis, but some people are especially likely to be involved in an accident at some point, such as those whose job responsibilities revolve around driving. For example, someone who drives a taxi, a large truck, a delivery truck, or a vehicle for any other work-related purpose likely spends a lot of time behind the wheel. Sometimes, these drivers are hit by the recklessness of others, such as those who are drunk. In other instances, they may cause an accident as well. For example, delivery truck drivers may be very tired after working for an extended period of time.

If you were hit by a delivery truck, you could be in an especially difficult position, depending on how fast the truck was moving. Moreover, minor accidents also occur far too often and often take place because of how difficult it can be to drive a delivery truck in a tight space, or a truck driver’s lack of experience. However, even relatively minor accidents can cause serious damage and leave victims with injuries that bring turmoil into their lives, such as missing work.

Red light cameras may help to reduce rear-end collisions

The findings of a 2017 university study indicated that drivers benefit from a longer grace period when approaching an intersection in which the light is turning red.

The study found that red light camera enforcement is instrumental in helping to reduce vehicle crashes, including common accidents like rear-end collisions.

Holiday weekends and drunk drivers

With Memorial Day weekend coming up, you may be looking forward to spending time with those you love and celebrating the holiday. Sometimes, these celebrations involve alcohol and sadly many people choose to drive after drinking at a get-together. Whenever you are on the road, there is always the risk of being hit by someone who is intoxicated after drinking or taking drugs. However, there are certain occasions, such as holiday weekends, when these accidents are even more likely. As a result, you should be vigilant during the upcoming holiday weekend and during other holidays throughout the year.

The ramifications of a drunk driving crash may go far beyond ruining the lives of those involved in the collision. Sometimes, these accidents lead to the loss of life, which can leave a whole family with emotional pain and financial turmoil. Even when no lives are lost, the injuries that people sustain in these accidents can also bring on hardships, whether they are financial, physical, or mental in nature. Unfortunately, people continue to drive drunk during the holidays, whether they are careless or do not realize that their blood alcohol content level is over the legal limit. Either way, there is no excuse for driving drunk.

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