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Were you or a loved one injured in a slip-and-fall accident?

Falls are a number one cause of injury amongst workers and the elderly. However, you don't have to be working or and elderly person in a nursing home to suffer a slip-and-fall accident injury. Even the most average person can be victim when they enter a premise in which the property is unsafe and it can quickly cause injury.

When you were a kid on the playground, you probably played with you friends and took a spill or two. The difference between then and now is you probably bounced right back up. Now, a fall on a wet concrete floor could have a completely different outcome. Losing control of your body in a fall can cause a person to land on it awkwardly or to land on a body part that isn't meant to be impacted.

Can truckers use cellphones?

In the old days, truckers would stop and use payphones when they needed to get in touch with co-workers or loved ones. When they were on the road, they were essentially out of contact for hours at a time. They did use radios to talk to other truck drivers, but part of the reason for their stops was so that they could have phone access -- along with gas, food and other essentials.

Those days are over. Payphones are obsolete and nearly impossible to find. The cellphone industry completely crushed them, right along with house phones. These days, most people carry their phones everywhere they go and they can get in contact with others at any time.

Defensive driving to protect yourself from distracted drivers

At every turn, it's easy to spot distracted drivers. Maybe it's the teenager on the phone with friends. Maybe it's the commuter trying to find the right podcast for the drive. Maybe it's the parent with three kids under five years old in the back seat of the van. Maybe it's the college student trying to do some last-minute studying at red lights.

People get distracted in a lot of different ways. Cellphones are the biggest issue, but they're not the only one. You need to know what to do to keep yourself safe. It goes beyond simply not giving in to distraction yourself. You have to protect yourself from everyone else. Here are a few tips that can help:

Truck accidents often life-changing for those injured

We're all familiar with the 18-wheeler hauling cargo down a major freeway. Since they are so commonplace, the average person may become desensitized to their potential danger. However, that false sense of security can come to a screeching end when a person or a loved one is involved in a truck accident and suffers serious injuries. The truth is, commercial trucks can have a life-changing impact if a person is involved in a truck accident.

Did you know that commercial trucks are regulated by federal guidelines? Because of their size, potentially dangerous cargo, the speed at which they travel and other factors, commercial trucks are expected to follow strict regulations that regular passenger vehicles do not have to think about. These include regulations on the truck driver, including the amount of time they can drive before legally taking a break. There are also regulations on the truck itself.

How to prevent ladder falls

Ladder falls are incredibly dangerous. Even from a relatively short ladder -- 6 feet tall, for instance -- a fall can result in serious injuries and even death. The risks get worse on taller ladders, though some professions require the use of 30-foot ladders and other such extremes.

If you cannot avoid this type of work, you need to know how to do it safely. Here are a few tips that can help:

Slip-and-fall accident could be result of other's negligence

An everyday errand or walk with the dog could suddenly take a turn for the worse. This could happen quickly, in the blink of an eye, in a slip-and-fall accident. There really is no need to decode the term 'slip-and-fall' as it is exactly what it sounds like. Slip and falls can be complete unforeseen accidents, or they could have involvement in terms of another's liability and/or negligence.

With cooler weather and winter weather officially here, slip-and-falls can happen outside on slick ground or ice. If the slip-and-fall happened on another's property (especially in the constraints of a public area, like a sidewalk) or in the entryway of a business, it could mean the property owner shares some level of accountability and responsibility for that person's injury. Property owners are expected to uphold a standard of care, a reasonableness, concerning the safety of their property. For instance, a wet floor, left un-mopped in the entryway of a store could easily render a person to slip-and-fall causing injury.

Is Uber really making the roads safer for everyone?

One of the advantages of using a ride-sharing app like Uber or Lyft is that a person is practically guaranteed that they will be able to get a ride to their destination in a relatively short amount of time. Throughout Pennsylvania different communities have adopted ride-sharing as a good way to keep unsafe drivers off of the roads and to reduce the number vehicles in operation at any given time. However, a recent study on the impact that ride-sharing services are having on general safety has revealed that they may actually being causing more harm than good.

The study brought together researchers from Rice University in Texas and the University of Chicago to examine what impacts ride-sharing has had on traffic, accidents, and roadway fatalities. The results suggest that rather than decreasing accidents and fatalities from collisions, ride-sharing has actually caused these incidents to increase since the related apps' inceptions.

Drinking and driving during this holiday season

As soon as the summer ends, we enter a string of holidays that makes the fall and beginning of winter fun and exciting. It's really a festive time for family and friends. The run of holidays lasts all the way until New Year's Day, when we move forward into the next year with those warm holiday memories now behind us.

Short-term accident trends are concerning

When you look at long-term accident trends, you'll quickly find that fatalities have been on the decline over the decades. It appears that safety technology -- everything from your standard airbags to new lane-departure warning systems -- has been working. People still crash, but they appear more likely to live through those accidents than they were a few decades ago.

However, experts warn that the statistics can be misleading. If you shrink the scale down a bit, you'll see some worrying trends. The roads may not be as safe as these large-scale reports lead you to believe.

A pedestrian accident can cause long-term physical harm

When they are young, Pennsylvania children are taught to look both ways before walking onto streets. They are given this important lesson so that they are prepared to avoid coming into the paths of moving vehicles and so that they may protect themselves from the serious harm that can result from auto-pedestrian accidents. As children grow into adults many still remember this important piece of wisdom but despite their best efforts, individuals of all ages are often made victims of collisions with motor vehicles.

Pedestrian accidents happen for many reasons including driver distraction and intoxication, speeding, and other traffic infractions. When a person is hit by a car the driver of the involved vehicle should stop to offer the victim aid; if the driver continues without stopping their vehicle then the accident which caused the victim harm may be known as a hit-and-run accident.

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