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Did shifting cargo cause your truck accident?

Truck accidents can cause massive devastation when they occur, especially when a truck is carrying a full load of cargo. In many cases — but not always — these collisions occur because the driver of either the truck or a consumer vehicle makes a driving error.

Unlike drivers of passenger vehicles, truck drivers interact with many parties when accepting jobs, receiving cargo and making deliveries. Each of these encounters may affect the outcomes of the truckers' trips.

Construction site ladder accidents: More common than you think

As a construction worker, you may not think twice about that ladder you climb up and down 100 times a day. The same holds true for that scaffolding that you call home for several hours at a time.

While you may be comfortable using a ladder to make your job easier, there's something you need to know: It only takes one mishap to find yourself part of a serious accident that can change your life forever.

Sleepy truck drivers cause car accidents

Sleepy drivers cause accidents, and lawmakers are well aware of this fact. That's why numerous rules and regulations exist to make sure semitruck drivers are getting enough sleep.

According to the laws that govern the trucking industry, truck drivers can only drive so many consecutive hours in one day, and they can only drive for a limited number of hours each week. However, many truckers complain that they're still having a hard time getting a sufficient amount of sleep when they're driving across country. This is putting truckers and other drivers at risk of getting in catastrophic accidents.

4 signs of distracted driving

Day or night, driving through Chicago can be a dangerous undertaking. You might have to share the road with drunk drivers, angry drivers, distracted drivers and others who are completely reckless. While it is sometimes hard to tell what kind of driver is next to you, behind you or in front of you, there are some indicators that you might clue you in. For instance, if a car is drifting back and forth in the lanes and it is midnight, there is a good chance that the driver is drunk.

If you can identify certain signs of bad driving behavior, it increases your chance of avoiding a wreck. If you see any of the following behaviors on the road, the driver might be distracted and therefore dangerous to you and others.

You can do these things to prevent a truck accident

As the driver of a passenger vehicle, there is no way to completely avoid large commercial trucks. No matter where you go, you'll always find yourself in close proximity to these vehicles.

While there is no reason to believe you will be part of a truck accident in the future, you should never rule this out. Even if you follow the rules of the road, one mistake by a trucker could put you in a challenging position.

What are the top safety hazards on a construction site?

Working on a construction site, day in and day out, can be an enjoyable experience. There is no better feeling than watching your hard work build something that will help others and endure for years.

Unfortunately, construction sites can be dangerous at times. If you aren't careful with what you're doing, you could find yourself dealing with an injury that could change your life.

Injured railroad worker? You have rights

As a Chicago railroad worker, you know that there are constant hazards that you have to watch out for while on the job. In the early days of railroading, the occupation was so dangerous that the United States eventually passed the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) in 1908. The Act is still in place and provides protections for thousands of railroad employees and their families. In general, FELA provides a legal option for recovering medical expenses and lost wages that result from rail workers' injuries.

If you have suffered a work-related injury, FELA gives you the option of filing a claim with your employer, the railroad company itself or taking your case to a federal or state court. In addition, FELA also sets the standards for working conditions, employer liability and employee safety. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury as a railroad worker, you might be entitled to compensation through FELA. To find out more about FELA, read below.

There are a few key steps to take after a car crash

A car crash can cause damage to your vehicle, but it can also lead to a serious injury or even death. While you hope that you never have a car accident in the future, you need to be prepared for anything that could happen while you are on the road.

Here are some of the many steps you need to take after a car crash:

  • Move your car to a safe place. This is not always possible, such as if you suffered injuries or the car is immobilized, but it's something you should attempt when possible. For example, move your car to the shoulder of the road. However, don't get out of your vehicle until you know that it is 100 percent safe to do so.
  • Check for injuries. In addition to yourself, you should check any passengers for injuries. Just because you don't immediately recognize an injury doesn't mean it doesn't exist. You may be so focused on what's happening around you that you overlook a potentially life-threatening injury that requires immediate attention.
  • Call 911. Doing so can reassure everyone that first responders, police and ambulances are on their way to the accident scene.The police officer will take control of the situation and summarize the events in a later report. An ambulance will ensure that you receive immediate medical attention.
  • Take notes and exchange information. It's important to take notes regarding the circumstances preceding the collision and those immediately following it. These notes will come in handy later. Also, don't forget to take pictures at the scene. e.g., the skid marks, vehicles' final resting place, etc.
  • Don't sign anything from an insurance company. While there is nothing wrong with contacting your insurance company to file a claim, you shouldn't sign anything until you learn more about your legal rights.

Trucks are exceedingly dangerous to others on the road

Truck drivers have an obligation to others on the road. Since they drive such large vehicles, they have the potential to cause serious accidents. It's their job to be on the roads, but it's also vital that they are cautious and trained appropriately to avoid crashes.

Truck accidents happen for many reasons, most of which could be prevented completely. For example, a driver who is distracted may look away from the road long enough to go over the center line. A driver who is eating behind the wheel may spill a drink and make a driving error as a result.

How your cellphone can help after a serious car accident

Safety after a serious car accident was one of the driving factors that popularized cellphones. No matter where you are or how bad the accident may be, you have the option of contacting emergency services right away. For parents of young drivers, knowing their child was carrying a phone was a source of comfort.

Nowadays, cellphones are often denigrated when it comes to car accidents. It is true that talking, reading or texting on your cellphone could result in a distracted driving crash. Your cellphone, used properly, could also be an important tool for your safety and recovery after a car crash.

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