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Who's at Fault in a Car Accident?

Before a settlement, car accident fault or negligence must be determined. The insurance company and the attorney for the injured person must come to an understanding of what a jury would likely do is asked to determine relative fault between the drivers in causing a car accident. Sometimes, it's is very easy and undisputed, such as with a rear end collision. The car who rear ends the vehicle in front of him is going to be 100% at fault unless faced with an emergency not of his own doing. On the other hand, many intersection or side impact accidents are not so easy to evaluate. Often each driver has a different version of the accident or there are inconsistent witness statements. In these cases, each attorney or claims adjuster uses their knowledge of the law and command of the facts to arrive at their best educated opinion on what a jury might do with the question. We say a jury, because in our justice system, if the parties cannot come to a compromise or settlement, then the ultimate decider is a jury in a court of law.

4 hurt and 1 killed in Wisconsin Dells car accident

A devastating accident near Wisconsin Dells left one person dead and sent four others to the hospital.

According to reports, a minivan was driving in freezing rain. Coming the other way was a Jeep Compass, a compact SUV. The roads were covered in slush. As the two cars neared one another, the minivan started to slide out of control in the poor conditions. It spun all the way over the center line, into oncoming traffic, where it was struck by the Jeep.

America's most dangerous jobs: The top 10

You have probably heard repeatedly that the construction industry is the most dangerous profession. While it does carry a high degree of risk, part of the reason for the high numbers of total injuries and fatalities is just that the industry itself is huge. The more workers you have, the more likely it is that someone will get hurt.

To really find out which professions are the most dangerous, you need to adjust the numbers for the amount of incidents per 100,000 people working in that profession. This shows you where the true risk lies.

Workers Comp Low Back Pain - Symptoms and Diagnosis II

Workers comp low back pain diagnostic tests to determine a herniated disc from a work accident or job duties over time include the following. Keep in mind every case is different and only a doctor with benefit of a good history and clinical examination is in a position to determine which tests are appropriate.

Workers Comp Low Back Pain - Symptoms and Diagnosis

Workers Comp low back pain symptoms vary from person to person. They depend on a person's condition and which structures are affected. Work related lumbar injury symptoms include low back pain, pain spreading into the buttocks and thighs, pain radiating from the buttock to the foot, back stiffness and reduced range of motion, muscle weakness in the hip, thigh, leg, or foot and sensory changes (numbness, prickling, or tingling) in the leg, foot, or toes.

Study: People use smartphones while driving constantly

If you ask someone about distracted driving, they will probably tell you that they know how dangerous it is. They may cite smartphone use as the most dangerous type of distraction, since it causes you to look down, away from the road and to take your hands off the wheel.

You may expect that, knowing all of that, people would never do it. That's where you would be wrong.

7 things that make it harder for truck drivers to sleep

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has laid out rules about how much time truckers have to take off and how many hours they can remain behind the wheel every day. These rules were created mostly in an effort to keep exhausted and overworked drivers off of the road. Truckers need to get their sleep, even when they're on the go, in order to be safe drivers.

Unfortunately, even when truckers stop driving and spend the night in a sleeper cab, that does not always mean they're getting a solid eight hours of good sleep. They still have many issues that make it harder to feel fully rested when pulling back into traffic. Some of these issues include:

  1. Sleeping in new locations every night, with new surroundings.
  2. Getting woken up by other sounds in the parking lot or truck stop.
  3. Finding it hard to fall asleep when it's not perfectly dark in the truck.
  4. Dealing with health issues, like back pain, that make sleeping in a cab far less comfortable than a real bed.
  5. Getting woken up by movement and vibration, which can happen often at truck stops with many semis in the same lot.
  6. Having to sleep through bad odors and smells wafting in from outside of the truck.
  7. Not feeling fully comfortable after consuming unhealthy food and drink, which is easier to find on the road than a wholesome, home-cooked meal.

Why do people run red lights?

Stopping for a red light, for most drivers, feels like one of the naturalist parts of driving a car. It's second nature. They'd never just drive through, putting themselves and others at risk.

However, the statistics show that people actually do this all the time. For instance, 771 people died in accidents where one driver ran a red light in 2015. There were so many of these accidents that around 137,000 people got hurt, even when they survived.

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