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How to lower the risks of getting in a car accident

No matter how long anyone has been driving, they have likely been in an accident. In America, car crashes are a lot more common than you’d think. According to a noted driving statistics website, 6 million car crashes occur in the United States every year. This adds up to 2 million injuries and 32,850 fatalities each year.

Even for those with clean records and safe driving habits, some accidents can come out of nowhere, whether it is the reckless actions of another driver, poorly designed or maintained roads or some other factor out of the control of the victim.

Police ramp up efforts to catch distracted drivers

Everyone has been guilty at some point of checking their phone, doing their makeup or eating behind the wheel. However, any glances or diversions off the road can cause an accident. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), nine people a day are killed on U.S. roads due to the negligence of distracted drivers. In many states, authorities often find themselves cracking down more on distracted driving than drunk driving.

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Slip and fall fraud costs businesses money

You want to think most of your employees and customers are reasonable people and wouldn’t want to cause any harm. However, that’s not always the case. Just take a look at this man in New Jersey, who faked slipping on some ice to get insurance money. Luckily, security footage shows the man staged the fall by throwing the bag of ice on the floor before he “fell over.”

They say a slip and fall is one of the oldest methods in the book for fraudsters and plenty of people still do it. Factoring in medical bills, treatments and potentially lost wages, the property owner and their insurance company are looking paying $40,000 or more.

Sharing the road with motorcycles

The recent crash outside of Walker made the local news for a good reason. A rider on a Harley Davidson traveling westbound on LA Hwy 1024 East of Hwy. 449 crashed head-on into a Chevrolet Tahoe that was traveling east. According to news reports, the driver of the SUV crossed over the center line, causing fatal injuries in the rider but no harm to himself. The crash occurred at 5 p.m. and the driver was checked for impairment but did not appear to be intoxicated at the time of the accident. The results of the test have not been announced.

In light of this tragic death, we thought it would be an excellent time to remind drivers of cars and trucks that they need to be especially careful around motorcyclist. It is important to remember that motorcycles are smaller, more maneuverable and generally faster than cars or trucks. Their relative size and speed also make them difficult to read, so they often appear farther away than they are.

Protecting your tenants from apartment fires

Owning rental properties like apartment buildings is a fine way to bring in extra income or even sustain yourself financially. You may be a hands-off landlord, entrusting the care and upkeep of your apartments to people you hire, or you may be personally involved in the daily operations of your properties. Either way, you have many responsibilities toward your tenants.

A primary right of your tenants is to live in an apartment that is safe. You may do all you can to provide that safety, including installing adequate lighting and, perhaps, cameras or secure entrance systems. In this way, you do your part to keep danger out. However, it is not always easy to protect your residents from hazards that come from inside their own units, especially the danger of fire.

Steps bicyclists should take after a car-bike accident

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports 783 bicyclists were killed in crashes with motor vehicles in 2017. The agency’s most recent data shows those deaths accounted for 2.1% of all traffic deaths, and 75% of those fatal crashes occurred in urban areas.

The agency reports that over the past 10 years, the average age of bicyclists killed in Louisiana and elsewhere has increased from 41 to 47 years old while men are eight times more likely to be the victims of fatal crashes than women.

You can fight city hall

The term “You can’t fight city hall” implied that citizens were not allowed to sue a municipality, parish or government agency because they had sovereign immunity. If there were egregious errors on their part, they would occasionally consent to be sued so suitable reparations could be made. However, this is no longer the case.

Now municipalities and agencies can be held accountable in a court of law if the potential lawsuit involving personal injury, premises liability, or other circumstances. This is at the federal level as well as here in Louisiana – the Louisiana Government Claims Act outlines the rules, exceptions and requirements necessary.

Common causes of brain injury in kids

A severe head injury to a child is the biggest fear for many parents. It can be a toddler who falls down the stairs or teen who is hurt playing sports. So many took more than a passing interest when a study on traumatic brain injury (TBI) was recently published. It found that 72% of non-fatal traumatic brain injuries involve commercial products.

TBI occurs when there is sudden trauma to the head from a bump, blow, jolt or hit that cause damage to the brain. It estimated that 4.1 million children suffered a TBI injury between 2010 and 2013. The causes of injuries were broken down by groups:

Defending your business against a slip-and-fall claim

As a property owner, you know there are certain things you must do to protect your clients, visitors or tenants from harm. For example, having appropriate fire escapes and smoke detectors can save lives in the event of a fire. You may also take special care to avoid hazards that would cause someone to slip or trip and take a bad fall. Above all, you carry adequate insurance in case such an accident occurs despite your precautions.

If you do find yourself facing a slip-and-fall claim from a visitor to your property, you will not want to simply accept the claim and pay the compensation since this could result in higher insurance rates and damage to your company's reputation. Instead, you will want to investigate the circumstances to ensure that the plaintiff has a valid claim.

3-year-old drowns in a grease trap

The news of a three-year-old boy who fell into a grease trap and died captured the attention of local and national news outlets. The tragic story involves a little boy running across a plastic manhole-sized lid in a grassy area adjacent to a Tim Hortons restaurant located in Rochester, New York. The lid cracked and broke under the child’s weight. Despite determining that the boy had fallen in the grease trap within a few minutes of the incident, the boy drowned.

Tim Hortons provided CNN with the following statement:

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