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Personal Injury Claims Based on COVID-19

Most personal injury claims are based on a legal theory called negligence, which means that a person or a business did not use the appropriate care under the circumstances. The person bringing the claim (the plaintiff) must show that they would not have suffered harm if the defendant had acted reasonably. These cases do not typically arise from contracting an infectious disease, such as a flu. It can be hard to prove the precise source of exposure, as well as identifying a specific action by a defendant that showed a lack of reasonable care. However, there may be certain situations...

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What Are Mass Torts and How Do They Differ From Other Personal Injury Lawsuits?

Mass torts are civil actions that have many plaintiffs involved against one or several defendant corporations. The suits can be venued in state or federal courts. The term "mass" has several layers of meaning in mass torts. The first meaning refers to the participation of many plaintiffs in tort litigation. The second meaning refers to the use of mass media by plaintiffs' lawyers to recruit even more plaintiffs to join the ongoing litigation and plaintiffs' class. The media is used, even if indirectly, by plaintiffs' bar to air the case preliminarily to the public (and potential jury pool). How Mass Torts...

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Being Prepared to Meet Your Attorney After a Motor Vehicle Accident

Driving a car carries with it many responsibilities, such as obeying traffic laws and obtaining insurance. So what sort of things is your attorney going to be interested in knowing, and what documents might he or she be interested in reviewing? The following is a checklist of items you might want to think about, and prepare for, before meeting your attorney for the first time. Accident Information: Are you prepared to explain the details of the accident? Yes or No? What day did the accident occur? What time of day did the accident occur?  What was the exact location of accident? What was the weather like? What was the roadway...

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Timeline for a Personal Injury Lawsuit

Get Medical Treatment The first thing that you should do after getting injured in an accident is to get medical treatment. If you are hurt, go to the hospital or see a doctor. Not only is this the right thing to do for your health, but, if you don’t see a doctor for some time after an accident, the insurance adjuster and the jury will assume that you weren’t all that hurt. Choose a Lawyer The next thing that you will have to do for anything more than a minor claim is to choose a lawyer. You should choose the lawyer soon after the injury....

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Death and Injury From Traffic Crashes Continue to Be Among the Most Serious Public Health Problems

In 1966, traffic crashes resulted in over 50,000 fatalities and the fatality rate was three times as high as it is today. Congress recognized this public health crisis and created the Department of Transportation and the National Highway Safety Bureau. That momentous event was a crossroad in our nation's efforts to address this crisis. If the extraordinary progress in improving highway safety had not been made since that time, over 120,000 people would have died last year and hundreds of thousands more would have suffered traumatic injury. Death and injury from traffic crashes continue to be among the most serious public...

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Skiing and Snowboarding Accidents

Each winter, millions of people hit the slopes on their skis and snowboards in search of excitement and adventure. And although most recreational skiers and snowboarders are aware that these sports can be dangerous, most do not recognize the extent of the inherent dangers involved. Although you take precautions to minimize the chance of being involved in a skiing or snowboarding accident, unfortunately you depend on the conduct of others on the slope. The inconsiderate, reckless, and even negligent behavior of other skiers and snowboarders is a major contributor to skiing and snowboarding accidents. However, there are numerous other threats on the...

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With Snowy Roads Just Around the Corner Here are Some Winter Driving Tips

Severe weather can be both frightening and dangerous for travelers. Winter storms, bad weather and sloppy road conditions are a factor in nearly half a million crashes and more than 2,000 road deaths every winter, according to research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Drivers should know the safety rules for dealing with winter road emergencies. Cold Weather Driving Tips Keep a bundle of cold-weather gear in your car, such as extra food and water, warm clothing, a flashlight, a glass scraper, blankets, medications, and more.Make certain your tires are properly inflated and have plenty of tread.Keep at least half a tank...

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How Airbags Work, And How They Can Fail

Millions of the safety devices have turned deadly. It's been a brutal year for motorists and for an industry safeguard that was, until now, seen as an unmitigated lifesaver. Last spring, several automakers began recalling vehicles because their airbag supplier, Takata Corp., had shipped bags with botched inflators. It turns out the inflators can send shrapnel spewing through a cabin with such force that they leave victims with what police have said look like gunshot and stab wounds. (In one case, cops actually started a homicide investigation.) Global giants like Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Ford, Mazda, BMW, Subaru, and Pontiac were forced to recall 19...

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More Women are Dying While Cycling in Cities and Urban Environments

Among urban cycling infrastructure experts, conventional wisdom holds that when more women are biking, a city has built a successful cycling network. In too many American cities, though, a gruesome corollary to this rule is becoming apparent: When a city builds infrastructure that creates the illusion but not the reality of cycling safety, more women will die. Urban cycling has long been mostly a male activity. As Evan Friss writes in a new history of cycling in New York City, the bike messengers who helped define the city’s 1980s streets were virtually all men. Today’s food delivery cyclists are predominantly male....

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Proposed Hours of Service Rule Changes Aim to Give Truckers Flexibility but Brings Safety Concerns

Truckers across the U.S. were finally able to catch a break earlier this month as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) unveiled its proposed changes to the hours of service (HOS) rule. “FMCSA wants drivers and all CMV (commercial motor vehicle) stakeholders to share their thoughts and opinions on the proposed changes to hours of service rules that we are putting forward today. We listened directly to the concerns of drivers for rules that are safer and have more flexibility — and we have acted. We encourage everyone to review and comment on this proposal,” says FMCSA Administrator Raymond P....

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