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Car accident injuries can be diverse and extremely damaging

The new cars that Pennsylvania residents buy to get themselves to work and to transport their families in are built with some off the most up-to-date safety features on the market. While seat belts have long been standard in American vehicles, technologically advanced airbags, road monitoring systems and lane encroachment programs all work to keep men and women on the right and safe path while they are behind the wheel.

Due to these advances in safety technology many car accidents can be avoided or may be mitigated to incidents that individuals can walk away from. However, serious accidents can still result and when they do they can cause their victims serious pain and loss. From concussions and spinal cord damages to bleeding and broken bones, car accident injuries can be unique and very serious.

Car accident, concussion and getting the right treatment

In the event of a car accident, there's always a chance you could strike your head on the steering wheel, windshield or another part of your vehicle.

If this happens, it is possible to suffer a concussion. This brain injury requires immediate medical attention, as the treatment you receive can go a long way in helping you prevent long-term medical issues.

What is workers' compensation?

If a Pennsylvania resident sustains injuries due to another person's careless actions or negligent conduct then the victim may have the right to sue the other party in order to reclaim their losses. However, most workers do not have this option when it is the carelessness or negligence of their employers that causes their harm. That is because the state has a workers' compensation system in place to streamline the process of getting hurt workers the help that they need.

It would be time consuming and expensive for employers to litigate every claim that their employees made regarding on-the-job injuries. In lieu of this option, workers' compensation allows hurt workers to notify their employers of their injuries and seek benefits to help them get better and then back to work.

Truck accident trends: Asleep at the wheel

A truck can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. In your SUV or sedan, you feel very conscious of that weight difference -- your vehicle is likely in the 3,000 to 4,000-pound range -- every time you pass a truck. It towers over you. In an accident, your car could slide right under the truck as it obliterates your passenger compartment.

How worried should you be? According to some sources, deadly accidents are getting more likely, and many experts note that part of the issue is that drivers keep falling asleep at the wheel.

The surprising causes of most trucking accidents

The freight-hauling big rigs that travel the highways are the engine that keep our local economies thriving. These hardworking drivers are constantly under a time crunch to make sure their payloads reach their final destinations, and we can continue living daily life. Accidents happen, though, and the results are often devastating.

That was the situation recently in Maryland when a tractor-trailer suddenly lost control and collided with several construction vehicles parked on the Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge. The impact ignited multiple vehicle fires. Four workers had to be rescued, and four people on the bridge were taken to the hospital. The truck driver did not survive. 

The dangers of a high-stress workplace

No one enjoys a high-stress workplace. When you dread going to work in the morning and you cannot wait for the clock to let you out at the end of the day, something is wrong. That stress can really sap your devotion to your job and many people constantly seek new opportunities to try to escape it.

That said, research indicates that a high-stress workplace does far more than just make your job -- and your life -- less enjoyable than you'd like. It can also lead to serious health complications.

Property owners should prevent slip-and-fall hazards

Most Pennsylvania residents have experienced the momentary fear and panic that takes over when their feet hit solid ice and their balance begins to waver. With the serious winters that Butler residents must contend with it is a miracle that more people do not fall victim to the slippery conditions that plague sidewalks, parking lots and other outdoor surfaces. However, slip-and-fall accidents happen every month of the year and not just in the winter. Often when they happen in the warmer seasons it is due to the negligence of another party.

Property owners are generally tasked with the responsibility of keeping their properties safe for the individuals that may enter into them. For example, the owner of a grocery store should know and expect for people to enter their store and buy food; since the property owner opens their doors to the public to make purchases that owner should expect that people will come. Since they have the expectation of visitors on their premises they are responsible for maintain those premises in a safe manner.

Taking steps to protect your rights after a car crash

With the school year coming to a close and the summer holidays approaching, residents in Pennsylvania and elsewhere can likely expect to experience an increase in traffic. Because many seek to drive to their vacation destinations, it is possible to see more traffic at any point of the day. While this is great for tourism and revenue in the state, it can become problematic for motorists. Distracted driving, drowsy driving and driving while intoxicated are three major concerns on the roadways. When a motorist is negligent, this puts many lives at risk and increases the chances of an automobile accident occurring.

No matter the cause of the accident, being involved in an automobile wreck is a difficult event to process. Not only is it shocking and unexpected, but it is also a tragic event that causes a victim to endure insurmountable pain and damages. Because no one expects to be in a car accident, one is ill prepared to deal with the aftermath. Medial bills, rehabilitation, lost wages and damages can equal a huge loss, causing one to find it difficult to move on from this incident.

Texting and driving: The real risks when drivers text

Technology is an important part of the world today, but with improvements come dangers. People can stay in touch easier than ever before, but texting and driving is extremely dangerous.

Around 1.6 million crashes involve cellphone use, a statistic that may seem shocking, but not unlikely. Around 78 percent of drivers who were distracted when they crashed were texting behind the wheel.

Keyless ignitions put Pennsylvania drivers in peril

When one pictures injury from a vehicle, the image conjured likely involves damaged vehicles. But not all automotive peril in Pennsylvania derives from car accidents. Some of the danger is far more insidious, involving no damage to the vehicle and victims who are not even in the car: carbon monoxide poisoning. And a key culprit in dozens of carbon monoxide poisoning cases around the country is the keyless ignition.

According to the New York Times, automakers have known of the risks posed by keyless ignitions since a Florida woman died in her home in 2006. The problem arises when a car owner parks his or her vehicle in an attached garage, exits the passenger compartment and takes the the key fob, believing the car engine is off. However, in many such cases the motor - which is often too quiet to be heard idling - continues running, filling the garage and attached dwelling with carbon monoxide.

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