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FMCSA rules attempt to reduce truck driver distractions

Let's be realistic. Driving all day gets boring. Truck drivers may begin to search for distractions to keep their minds occupied and their eyes open. Unfortunately, distractions increase the probability of an accident.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration implements and enforces rules on truck drivers designed to keep them from allowing distractions to take their eyes, hands and minds off the road. As you might imagine, the FMCSA prohibits truckers from texting while they drive, but another rule goes beyond just texting. Truck drivers may only use their mobile phones under certain circumstances.

Street racing accident injures Uber driver

Ride-share services such as Uber and Lyft not only make it easier for people in San Antonio to get to where they need to be, but they also offer local residents the chance to make a few extra dollars on top of their regular jobs. Of course, working as a driver brings with it certain risks, the chief among those being an increased risk of being in a car accident due to the added time spent on the road. Uber does offer some insurance protection (depending on where a driver was in relation to transporting a fare), yet securing insurance reimbursement in a ride-share accident can often be a tricky proposition. 

A man Missouri man nonetheless is going to have to attempt it after he was recently injured in a high-speed collision. His van was among many affected when a driver reported to be street racing struck another vehicle and caused a chain reaction. The driver responsible was reported to be going so fast that the impact of his vehicle supposedly was felt in an adjacent building. The injured man was working as an Uber driver at the time of the accident. Another injury was reported, yet it is unclear whether or not it was sustained by one of his passengers. 

What exactly does it mean to prove negligence in a car crash?

You did everything right. You paid attention to the traffic laws, the other vehicles around you and diligently kept your eyes, hand and mind on the task at hand -- driving. Yet, another motorist failed to give you the same courtesy, and you ended up in an accident.

Now, you find yourself facing substantial medical bills, lost wages and other damages, all because someone else somehow failed to drive safely. You may have heard that you can file a personal injury claim to pursue compensation for your injuries from the other driver. All you have to do is prove negligence. Okay, but what exactly does that mean?

The consequences of repetitive stress

Accidents in the workplace occur in many different ways, from those which are caused by a co-worker's negligent behavior to traffic accidents involving a company vehicle. However, some people ignore the signs and dangers of repetitive stress, which can upend a worker's life in all sorts of ways. If you are suffering from a repetitive strain injury, you might be trying to deal with physical pain that makes daily life challenging or be unable to perform your job responsibilities altogether. Depending on the details surrounding your injury and the struggles you are facing, various options might be on the table, such as workers' compensation benefits.

Employers should recognize the risks associated with repetitive stress, which can occur when a worker repeatedly lifts heavy objects, types frequently, or is required to perform other job-related tasks on a daily basis. To some people, repetitive strain injuries may not seem like a very big deal, but for those who are struggling with the ramifications of an injury the challenges can be all too real. Aside from repetitive strain injuries, other hazards exist in the workplace which may not always be given as much attention, such as slippery floors. When an employee is hurt in the workplace because of an employer's failure to ensure that workers are properly trained or hazards are addressed, legal action may be the right move.

A trucker with sleep apnea could be a danger on the road

One study estimates that somewhere around 28 percent of the truckers you share the road with suffer from some level of sleep apnea. This life-threatening and serious condition causes sufferers to stop breathing during their sleep for a minimum of 10 seconds. Some people experience this hundreds of times each night.

As you can imagine, this doesn't make for a good night's sleep. Truck drivers with this condition may be chronically sleep deprived. This makes them a danger to you and everyone else on the road. If you suffer injuries in a collision with a big rig, it may be worthwhile to determine whether the driver suffered from sleep apnea. To this end, it may help to know some details about this condition.

What do you mean parking lots are dangerous places?

How many times have you been to the grocery store, your local mall or some other establishment with a public parking lot? You've probably been to numerous parking lots too many times to count and probably didn't think there was any danger. After all, what could happen? You might end up in a minor fender bender, but that's it. Right?

That's not necessarily the case. Did you know that over 50,000 accidents occur in parking garages and lots each year? Believe it or not, over 60,000 people suffered injuries in those crashes, and more than 500 people lost their lives. As you can imagine, a significant number of these crashes took place during the holidays, Black Friday and other times when shopping is at its height.

Who faces the consequences in an uber accident?

One of today's most notable advancements is that of Uber and Lyft services. With the click of just one button, passengers can safely arrive to their destinations, free from the hassle of busy subways and long and potentially dangerous walks home. With this luxury, however, comes the usual risks of travelling on the road. Many Texans have been in the unfortunate situation of an Uber accident, but are unsure of where to turn after such a incident occurs.

As for standard procedures after an accident, one ideal place to turn is the company itself. In the case of an Uber accident, company policies urge passengers to first ensure that all parties are safe; from there, a call to police or paramedics may be necessary. Lastly, the policy urges riders to contact Uber to explain the details of the incident. According to Uber's website, a member of the team should reach out to all who were involved to confirm their safety and to discuss the necessary steps to move forward. Riders who experience an accident may receive an insurance form to fill out and return to Uber.

The common dangers of sharing the road with 18-wheelers

Let's face it, many Texas motorists find it at least a little uncomfortable to share the roadways with 18-wheelers. Where most passenger vehicles weigh in at around 4,000 pounds, big rigs come in somewhere around 80,000 pounds. That's a lot of weight and size coming up behind you, beside you or toward you as you drive.

One wrong move by the truck driver and you could face significant injuries and even death. Being prepared may help you avoid a crash with one of these mammoth vehicles, but the odds are that you simply won't have the time to react. Have you ever wondered what the most common causes of truck accidents include?

What qualifications does Lyft look for in a driver?

Lyft is just one of the ride-sharing services whose popularity has skyrocketed recently. At any given time, you could be sharing the road with one of the company's drivers. You may even use this service after a night on the town, when your car is in the shop or when you go to the airport.

Uber and Lyft have both been in the news after drivers got into accidents, and some people have suffered serious injuries as a result. Have you ever wondered how Lyft chooses its drivers?

The lesser-known dangers of the farming industry

Agriculture is one of the most crucial industries in the country. In Texas alone, agricultural production is worth billions -- with all of cattle, hay and other necessary production, the state is certainly a farming giant. Underneath all of this success, however, lies the workers that make this production possible. Few take the time to understand the difficulty of farming, but it is clear that the industry can be a dangerous one.  

An ancient line of work, farming requires intense physical labor, grit, patience and dedication. Modern Farmer magazine is not the first to point out that, despite its massive role in the country, the farming industry is also the deadliest. The introduction of tractors is part of the reason this type of work has become significantly more hazardous. While modern technology has boosted the industry in most regards, it has also been the culprit of countless injuries and fatalities. Machinery such as hay balers have also been to blame. Yet tractor rollovers account for a large majority of farm injuries, as farmland generally contains rough terrain, on which farmers must pull heavy loads.

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