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Shifting cargo can cause a devastating truck-car crash

You may feel a little uneasy if you are driving on a busy freeway wedged between two big rigs. Even worse, there is no way you can get away from them because other traffic has you blocked in.

Both semis are likely carrying thousands of pounds of cargo. You can only hope that those responsible for loading the trailers handled the job properly; cargo that shifts can cause a horrendous accident.

3 common job activities that cause repetitive stress injuries

When you imagine a workplace injury, you may think of a broken bone or brain injury. However, one of the most common types of occupational injuries is a repetitive stress injury. A cumulative trauma disorder refers to damage to tendons, nerves and muscles due to repetitive motions.

Repetitive stress injuries often affect the wrists, hands, neck, shoulders, elbows and forearms. A few of the most common repetitive injuries are carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, bursitis and tennis elbow. Here are some workplace activities that may lead to this type of trauma.

How adrenaline masks pain after an auto accident

Anyone can end up in a car accident. In one incident earlier in June, two people sustained serious injuries that left them in critical condition following a collision in Chesterfield. 

In extreme cases, it will be obvious whether you have an injury and need to see a doctor. However, there have been plenty of instances where drivers felt perfectly fine after a traffic collision. Having to speak to the police and an insurance agent can make a person just want to go home and avoid seeing a doctor. Even if victims feel all right after a car accident, it is still for the best to get a full medical diagnosis. Many injuries remain hidden, and you may not be in the right state of mind to care for yourself. 

How common is substance abuse among truckers?

It is virtually impossible to avoid sharing the road with commercial truckers these days, but that does not make doing so any less stressful. For many motorists, navigating around large trucks is anxiety-inducing, both because they can prove difficult to see around and because they pose a serious threat to smaller cars because of their more substantial size and weight.

While driving alongside semi-trucks can prove dangerous under even the best of circumstances, truckers who abuse alcohol or drugs while on the job can make sharing the road with them downright deadly. Regrettably, however, substance abuse is quite common among commercial truckers, many of whom abuse substances in an attempt to combat boredom or cover more miles.

Common work injuries for emergency responders

Firefighters, police officers, paramedics, EMTs and other first responders are the daily heroes of America, saving lives at the risk of their own. That risk is very real, and not just for those running into burning buildings or gunfire.

While such extreme situations may be the deadliest, everyday tasks also come with high rates of accident and injury, shares the CDC. These injuries can be just as life-changing and eligible for workers' compensation as severe physical harm is.

  • Strains and sprains: The job of emergency responders is very physically demanding, often leading to sprains, muscle strains, overexertion and musculoskeletal pain. Those who do heavy lifting, such as paramedics and firefighters, also sustain back injuries.
  • Falls: Firefighters are at most risk for falling from ladders and buildings, but others can fall as well. Falls often lead to broken bones, fractures and head trauma.
  • Cuts and bruises: Sometimes those who emergency personnel are trying to aid (or apprehend) physically assault their helpers. Cuts and bruises can also be the result of equipment and other objects.
  • Motor vehicle accidents: Responders must drive quickly to arrive at emergency scenes. Other motorists may not follow proper protocol in getting out of the way or may be distracted and not notice the sirens and lights. Whatever the reason, it ends in a preventable accident with the emergency vehicle.
  • Exposure to diseases: EMTs and other health care workers are subject to exposure to infectious diseases, mostly from needlesticks.
  • Exposure to toxic materials: Part of the job may be using or being near hazardous substances, such as asbestos or gas fumes, which can cause cancer and other diseases.

Car crashes involving teens spike during “100 deadliest days”

Teen drivers, through no fault of their own, are inexperienced, but they can and should take accountability when they engage in dangerous driving behaviors that endanger you and everyone on the roadway. Each year, the days between Memorial Day and Labor Day mark summer’s “100 deadliest days,” a period of time where teen drivers take to the roads in record numbers and deadly teen-involved crash numbers spike as a result.

Nationally, per the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the number of fatal, teen-involved car crashes rises 15 percent during summer’s deadliest days, with inexperienced drivers spending less time in the classroom and more time out on the roads. Teenagers are far more likely than older drivers to engage in a range of dangerous driving behaviors, and their actions claimed more than 1,600 lives during “deadliest days” periods within the past five years.

Complications associated with cesarean sections

Before you give birth, you may read every book and article you can find about the process, but all that knowledge can go out the window if you end up needing a cesarean section. Per the American Pregnancy Association, today's doctors deliver more than a quarter of all babies through this method, so familiarizing yourself with the process and risks associated with C-sections is a wise idea.

Anytime you go under the knife, you face certain dangers, but when you have a C-section, your baby, too, could face risks. 

How to drive safely around large trucks

Traffic collisions involving large trucks account for a significant portion of the number of fatalities that occur on America roadways each year. In 2016 alone, 3,968 people died from large truck crashes, and a vast majority of those fatalities were people in the much smaller car.

Large trucks often weigh 20 or 30 times the amount of a standard sedan. There is also a greater likelihood the truck driver's vision will become impaired due to another car falling within the blind spot. When you drive past a large truck, especially if it is late at night, you need to be extra vigilant to avoid an accident. While you can't be sure truck drivers will always act safely behind the wheel, you can take your own steps to try to protect your safety when trucks are around.

Key aspects of injury claims for minors

Parents strive to protect their children at all times; unfortunately, this is not always possible. Thankfully, parents may be able to seek restitution from those parties that cause injuries to their children

To have a successful claim, it is important to understand its different elements. In particular, there are a few key aspects to be aware of in regards to injury claims for minors.

What constitutes distracted driving in Missouri?

When you get into a car accident in Missouri, one of the steps in pursuing a lawsuit is determining who was at fault. Missouri is a comparative negligence state, meaning that how much compensation you can recover for personal injury depends on how much at fault you were for the accident.

It will be in your favor to prove as much fault on the other driver's account as possible. One way to do this is by showing the driver was distracted. You may not think this is applicable in your case because the driver was not talking or texting with a handheld cellphone. However, cellphone usage is only one of many distractions a driver may engage in. These are other common ones you may see.

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