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How safe are you while working on a construction site?

Everybody who has anything to do with the construction injury -- and even those who do not -- know that it is one of the most hazardous industries. The fact that almost all of the top 10 most reported safety hazards involve construction sites indicates the validity of this statement. However, the sad truth is that many construction company owners in California prioritize profits over employee safety, often resulting in devastating consequences.

If construction is the industry in which you earn an income, taking some responsibility to protect yourself against known construction site hazards might allow you to return home unharmed every day. Knowledge of the safety guidelines of the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health is a good start, along with some first-aid skills.

Filing a wrongful death lawsuit can help finances after a loss

In most every case in which someone dies as a result of someone else's misconduct or negligence, a victim often leaves behind family members that must learn to live without the physical, emotional and financial support that that individual once provided.

Unless criminal negligence resulted in a person's death and a trial can be held, then there is often only one remedy that our legal system here in the United States permits to help families cope with their loss. It's one that allows for monetary damages to be imposed in situations like this. In criminal cases, it's even possible for a defendant to be prosecuted for his or her crimes and then sued civilly for his or her malicious acts.

5 injuries you might not realize you have after a car wreck

A car wreck can be a horrifying experience. In addition to physical injuries, it can greatly affect your emotions and your mental state. However, you might not even realize that you suffered any injuries in the car crash.

This might be because of the adrenaline that is pumping through your body or because you are more concerned with your passengers' injuries or even the damage to your car.

New features on SUVs aim to reduce crash rates

Sports utility vehicles (SUVs) have increased in popularity during the past few decades. Many consumers have been drawn to them because of their ability to carry both passengers and cargo.

Others have flocked to them because of their towing abilities or because they allow motorists to sit up higher than they otherwise would. Four-wheel-drive models afford motorists an enhanced ability to tackle wet roads and to traverse rugged terrain.

A mom dies after her disabled car is struck along the 60 Freeway

A 31-year-old Perris woman died on the evening of Sunday, March 25 when her Ford Taurus was struck along a portion of the 60 Freeway that runs through Chino. The incident occurred just before 7:45 p.m. in the eastbound shoulder of the freeway, just before the Central Ave. exit.

Both police and Chino Valley Fire District paramedics were dispatched to scene after calls started flooding in reporting a two-car crash along that stretch of the freeway. As the investigation into what had occurred began, police found out that the female motorist's vehicle had begun experiencing mechanical troubles, so she decided to pull over onto the freeway's right shoulder.

Do you have grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit?

Have you lost a loved one in a vehicle accident, medical malpractice or a workplace accident? If it was another party's reckless, negligent or deliberate actions that led to the fatality, your natural response might be to want to hold that person responsible for your damages -- even though no monetary award can undo your loss. You might have grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit.

If successful, such a civil lawsuit could lead to compensation for the damages suffered by the surviving family members. Recovery could include both economic and non-economic losses.

Wearing a helmet greatly reduces your neck and spine injury risk

A recent analysis of medical records of motorcycle crash patients previously seen at the University of Wisconsin Hospital (UWH) points to just how important wearing a helmet can be to preventing the most severe types of neck injuries.

As part of their investigation, researchers at UWH scrutinized the records of at least 1,000 patients who'd been seen at their facility after a motorcycle crash between 2010 and 2015. They published their findings in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine just a few days ago.

How often and why do school bus accidents occur?

On any given school day, some 500,000 school buses will take to the road to carry as many as 25 million kids either to or back from school or to other extra-curricular activities. Although they carry so many kids to and fro, you rarely hear about catastrophic school bus accidents.

One of the main reasons you don't hear about them is because, according to the National Traffic Safety Board (NTSB), school buses are one of perhaps the safest vehicles that you'll find riding down the road. In fact, the NTSB contends that children are far safer riding on school buses than in any passenger car, even if it's with their own parents.

SUV crash is less likely to be fatal than a small vehicle crash

If you ask many sports utility vehicle (SUV) owners whether they're confident that their cars would protect them if they were to become involved in a crash, you'd likely hear a resounding "Yes." Many believe that the fact that SUVs are large is one thing that they have going for them that passenger cars don't.

The fact that they sit up higher off the ground doesn't hurt either. We've all heard about SUVs and their roof problems or rollover risks, though. This has made it difficult for many to decide what truly is best.

How often does road rage result in motorist injuries and deaths?

Public service announcements (PSAs) you see on television or billboards often focus on those who choose to drive under the influence of alcohol or who enjoy texting while driving. These PSAs often focus on discouraging motorists from engaging in these behaviors if they wish to avoid potentially fatal collisions.

Despite the fact that it can kill, you hear far less about road rage than you do drunk, drowsy or distracted driving.

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