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Answer these questions immediately after a car accident

The moments immediately following a car accident can be murky, as you're in a situation that you're not familiar with. Since you can expect to be shaken, it's critical to know exactly what to do if you find yourself in this position.

Here are some important questions to answer immediately after a car accident:

Determining liability after a truck accident

Commercial truck accidents are some of the most traumatic, frightening experiences a motorist can experience on the road. As such, truck accidents often result in catastrophic damage and injuries, and complex legal claims. Commercial truck accidents include several additional layers of complexity that may make it exceptionally challenging for victims to resolve their claims fairly on their own.

After any collision, it is always important to undergo a thorough medical examination to make sure that you identify all injuries before they cause lasting harm. Once you receive proper care or a clean bill of health, it is important to build a strong legal strategy to make sure that you can protect your rights.

Scaffolding safety tips: Follow these to avoid trouble

As a construction worker, you may find yourself working on scaffolding throughout the day. Even if you're not actually using this equipment, there's a good chance you're in close proximity to it every now and again.

There's no denying the fact that the use of scaffolding can make your job easier, such as if you're laying bricks or painting a building.

Undocumented workers denied some workers' compensation benefits

It's a cornerstone of American industry that workers who get hurt on the job are entitled to certain economic benefits. But those provisions and benefits are severely slashed or eliminated entirely when the injured worker is undocumented.

In the current political climate, if the injured undocumented worker is lucky enough to survive the accident, he or she will surely be subject to deportation. Even if the worker miraculously evades deportation, the chance of him or her receiving fair compensation for the injuries are slim.

Getting to work or school safely as a pedestrian

New York City is a great place to live, work and have fun, but it does have its risks. One of the risks is the heavy traffic in the city. Whether you're in a vehicle or walking, there's a real chance that you could be involved in a crash.

There are approximately 300 pedestrian fatalities each year in New York. How can you avoid getting into an accident? Here are three tips to consider.

Abdominal pain after a car accident? Seek medical care

Car accidents cause many kinds of injuries, ranging from annoying to life-threatening. Typically, these injuries are fairly obvious at the scene of the accident, but not always. Some injuries do not present any visible indications that anything is wrong, and may not even cause pain in a victim until hours or days later.

These injuries are known as delayed pain or delayed onset injuries, and some of them are quite serious. For instance, a victim may receive a blow to the head that doesn't manifest symptoms for days or even weeks, or may suffer damage to the spinal column and suffer long-term radiating pain or numbness and tingling. Likewise, whiplash often waits several hours to set in, but can practically paralyze a victim for days once it does.

Driver negligence could cause a pedestrian accident

As a pedestrian in New York City, you know one thing to be true: There will always be vehicles in close proximity to where you are walking. Even though there is nothing you can do about this, there are some steps you can take lessen the likelihood of an accident.

Above all else, you need to realize that driver negligence can cause a pedestrian accident. For this reason, you need to keep a close eye on everything that is going on around you. For example, if you see a driver acting in an irresponsible manner, wait until he or she is out of the area before you do anything else.

Undocumented Hispanic construction workers are at high risk

Most people who know someone working in construction understand that it is a very dangerous career path. People in this industry can easily get hurt or even killed while working. It only takes a second for a worker to slip while working high up in a building, resulting in a fall. Similarly, falling materials, electrocution, crushing accidents and scaffolding issues all pose risks to construction workers.

Even within the construction field, some people are at higher risk than others. In particular, young Hispanic construction workers face the greatest risk of severe injury or death. Undocumented workers also face risks from employers who may be willing to ignore safety laws like they do other employment laws. These workers and their families deserve compensation if they end up hurt or killed while working.

Pedestrian accident data stable in NY, despite tech innovations

The latest in technology can provide a number of benefits to vehicles. One of these goals is often a reduction in the risk of accidents. Yet, the rate of pedestrian accidents in New York has remained constant despite these changes. New York State’s Department of Health reports that the most recent data shows there were 312 deaths due to motor vehicles striking pedestrians annually. This number has remained fairly constant since 2001.

In addition to these deaths, pedestrian accidents account for over 3,000 hospitalizations for injured New Yorkers.  

What to do after a bus accident

Car accidents occur daily but any vehicle is at risk of a crash. Accidents on public transportation can be even more fatal than other accidents, often ending in lost lives or severe injuries and disabilities. If you are in a bus accident, you have every right to pursue a lawsuit for your injuries. However, gathering the proper information will greatly help your chances at a successful claim.

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