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How to safely share the road with commercial haulers

Semitrailers, tractor-trailers, commercial haulers -- no matter what you like to call them, sharing the road with them can be intimidating. If you've seen an accident involving one of these monster machines, you have witnessed just how much damage they can do in a matter of seconds. Driving safely with these trucks around is possible. It just requires some thought and care.

On average, 3,000 to 4,000 people in the United States die in collisions with tractor-trailers every year. Many more suffer injuries in such events. It is possible to avoid collisions with these trucks, but how can you do that exactly? It is simple: follow these rules.

Legal protections for victims of nursing home abuse and neglect

No family member wants to learn that their loved one has been abused or neglected in a nursing home. As a result, it is important for family members and victims of nursing home abuse and neglect to be familiar with the ways they are protected from nursing home abuse and neglect when it occurs.

Nursing home abuse can occur when victims are physically or psychologically harmed while in the care of nursing home. Additionally, however, victims can suffer from nursing home neglect which is also serious and prohibited. Nursing home neglect can lead to serious harm to victims and with 3.2 million Americans living in approximately 17,000 nursing homes, it is important that nursing home residents and their families are familiar with what nursing home neglect looks like, how to protect against harm and what to do if harmed.

Distracted driving is dangerous

Distracted driving can cause serious car accidents and injuries to victims. Because victims can be unexpectedly harmed by a distracted driver, it is important for them to be familiar with the legal resources available to help them.

Distracted driving includes any activity that removes a driver's attention and focus from the roadway. Distracted driving can include cell phone use; texting; operating a navigation device; eating and drinking; grooming; reading; and carrying on conversations with passengers. The proliferation of these devices has led to more distracted driving, which, in turn, causes more car accidents. Distracted driving is considered negligence and negligent drivers may be liable to the victims they harm.

Workers' compensation benefits available in South Carolina

Workers injured in South Carolina have important workers' compensation benefits to be familiar with that they should know how to access and obtain when needed. Workers' compensation benefits are one of the most important protections injured workers in South Carolina have.

Workers' compensation benefits include several important types of benefits that can help injured workers and their families through a difficult period. Workers' compensation benefits include medical treatment; wage loss for time they are unable to work because of their injuries; vocational rehabilitation, and compensation for permanent disability and disfigurement.

The basics of soft tissue injuries and legal help for victims

Whiplash and other soft tissue injuries are a type of car accident injury many individuals may be familiar with but they may be unaware of how serious these injuries are or that they can worsen over time. Soft tissue injuries should not be dismissed or taken lightly because they can result in years of struggle for car accident victims which can result in medical bills and other challenges faced.

Soft tissue injuries refer to injuries to any of the soft tissue areas of the body including muscles, ligaments and tendons. Sprains, contusions and strains are all examples of soft tissue injuries. The most widely known type of soft tissue injury is a whiplash injury which occurs when the car accident victim's head is jolted violently back and forth in a car accident.

How can I improve my driving habits?

Driving is a part of everyday life for most of us. It is an extremely common mode of transportation for people who are going to work, running errands, taking kids to school and much more. In many cities, it is unavoidable -- you must be able to drive in order to accomplish many of the things you want to do.

When considering car accidents, though we all know that anyone can be the cause of a crash, we have a tendency to blame others. That "other driver" was being reckless, but not us. Experts say that we don't always take responsibility for our own driving habits, and this can be a deadly mistake.

What does nursing home abuse refer to?

Knowing what nursing home abuse includes is important for South Carolina victims and families to be familiar with so they can protect themselves and their loved ones. A component of keeping loved ones safe in a nursing home facility, which has been entrusted with their care, is knowing what legal resources are available to victims and their families if they have suffered harm as a result of nursing home abuse.

Nursing home abuse essentially refers to when residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities suffer physical, emotional or psychological harm because of negligent or intentional acts of a caregiver. Some examples of what nursing homes may be accountable for include if the nursing home facility provided inadequate care; if the nursing home facility was negligent in hiring and retaining employees; if the nursing home facility inadequately supervised staff; and if the nursing home facility failed to properly maintain facilities.

The many benefits workers' compensation has to offer

Workers' compensation benefits are available to help injured workers in different situations and can also provide protections to family members of injured workers or of workers who have been killed in a fatal workplace accident. Workers' compensation benefits can help with workplace accidents and injuries or with occupational illnesses workers may suffer.

Basically, workers' compensation benefits are a type of insurance paid by an employer to help workers who are suffering from a workplace illness or injury. Workers' compensation benefits provide protections for many injured workers and is considered a no-fault system which means that most illnesses and injuries will be covered. Workers' compensation benefits can help with a broad range of concerns injured workers and their families may have following a workplace accident.

Car accident victims or protected in South Carolina

Car accidents are an unfortunate part of life that can cause serious injuries and damages to victims and their families. In South Carolina, there are approximately 100,000 car accidents annually. Those car accidents cause 50,000 injuries and result in 900 deaths. The harm caused by car accidents can have a dramatic impact on the lives of victims and their families.

Car accidents can have a financial and emotional toll on victims and can result in physical, financial and emotional harm victims may need to be compensated for and may need help with. A personal injury claim for damages can help victims of car accidents, who have been harmed by a negligent driver, recover compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages.

South Carolina ranks low in nursing home protections

A recent study reports that South Carolina ranks last in the nation when it comes to protecting the elderly from elder abuse. Because of how serious elder abuse is, it is important for older Americans and their families to be familiar with the legal resources available to them if they have been harmed.

Factors the study evaluated in making its determination included the amount of elder abuse taking place in the state; the number of gross neglect and exploitation complaints; and the existence of financial elder abuse laws in the state. There are certain hurdles victims of elder abuse may encounter including statutes of limitation, which limit the amount of time they have to bring a claim, and other requirements that may be associated with bringing a claim for medical malpractice when a victim has been harmed in a nursing home.

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