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Pregnant women should always go to the hospital after a car crash

Car accidents can result in injuries anytime, but can prove to be particularly dangerous for women who are pregnant, regardless of how long they've been pregnant. That's one of the reasons why most obstetricians recommend for their patients to always seek medical care after a car crash. They note that it doesn't matter whether it involved multiple cars or was a simple fender-bender.

Doctors even recommend that pregnant women seek medical care after an accident, even if they feel as if no harm was done. One of the reasons they recommend this is because they're likely to have seen a number of pregnant women experience a placental abruption during their career.

Don’t offer this information to your insurer

Driving in Miramar, like in many other places, comes with its own set of dangers. Whether it is a negligent driver or someone driving under the influence, you are at risk of an accident with another person every time you get behind the wheel. Since you may not be able to avoid every potential car wreck, it is important to know what to do in the aftermath of one.

While you probably know what to do immediately after a car crash, such as staying at the scene, waiting for the police and exchanging contact information with the other driver, you may not know the ins and outs of dealing with your car insurance company.

How learning from fatal bike crash data may save your life

Statistics released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that 818 bike riders were involved in fatal crashes with cars in 2015. This marked over a 12 percent increase from 2014's numbers. While bicyclist death rates increased from one year to the next, the injury rate decreased by 5,000 to around 45,000 during the same time frame.

A bicyclist's risk of becoming involved in a bike crash increases as night falls when visibility is poor. In fact, NHTSA data shows that at least 20 percent of all fatal bike crashes happen starting just after 6 and on up until 9 p.m.

Higher speeds lead to more serious motor vehicle crashes

Getting into a motor vehicle collision at any speed is a dangerous and frightening experience. Even if you are only traveling at 25 miles per hour (mph) on city streets, you could sustain serious injuries and potentially incur substantial damage to your vehicle. However, the faster you travel, the worse the potential outcome of a crash.

Those driving on highways, freeways and interstates experience the greatest risk of serious injury and even death if an accident happens. Greater speeds mean it takes longer to come to a full stop. They also make poor road conditions more dangerous, as a driver could lose control of the vehicle suddenly.

How can I avoid being injured by a lift truck as a pedestrian?

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), pedestrian safety is of great concern, especially around power industry trucks such as ones with any type of lifts on them. According to the Department of Labor (DOL), pedestrians being struck by truck lifts account for an overwhelming majority of work-related accidents in the United States.

The drivers of these types of trucks are taught that clearly designating areas that a pedestrian may want to avoid when moving around this type vehicle is one way to avoid causing his or her injury or death. Avoiding distractions, such as cellphone usage, can ensure that the lift operator's attention is fully placed on avoiding an accident as well.

3 critical types of distracted driving

You see driver distraction daily. Maybe it's the Uber driver trying to type a new address into his phone. Maybe it's the teen driver trying to text her friends on the way to the movies. Maybe it's the parent with three kids in the back seat, looking back to talk to them or hand out snacks.

The list of potential distractions is nearly endless. However, looking at the specifics -- texting and driving, talking and driving, etc. -- doesn't really help break down the distractions properly. They generally fall into three main categories: Physical distractions, mental distractions and visual distractions.

Just how safe are charter buses to ride on?

In recent weeks, a charter bus carrying a dozen or more cruise ship passengers was involved in a wreck that claimed at least ten of their lives in Mexico. In another instance in recent years, another charter bus, returning from a casino trip to Palm Springs, California crashed on its way back to Los Angeles killing several passengers and injuring many others.

When you hear about how safe bus travel is in the United States, many assume that it's a better option than other transportation modes. This, however, couldn't be further from the case. While school and city buses may be fairly safe to ride in, according to the statistics referenced below, the same can't be said about tour or charter buses.

Can I file a lost wages claim if I'm self-employed?

If you're involved in a car accident and miss time from the job, then you'll likely want to recover the money you lost while unable to work. While, if you're a salaried employee, you may find it easy to produce your work schedule along with documentation showing days you missed recovering from your crash, it may be a bit harder for an independent contractor.

As a sole proprietor, contract worker or independent contractor, you're still able to recover lost wages, compensation or income. This may allow you to submit a claim for lost contract, good favor or business opportunities.

Underride accidents one of many risks from commercial trucks

Most people on the road already understand that commercial trucks can be dangerous. They have massive blind spots and difficulty stopping quickly. Their drivers have to complete more education and face more legal restrictions on driving, but they are still humans who make mistakes. Understanding the risk posed by commercial trucks allows you to be more proactive in sharing the road with this huge vehicles.

One common form of accident, which is actually preventable with proper safety equipment on a truck, is the underride accident. These kinds of collisions involve a smaller passenger vehicle ending up underneath a much larger commercial truck.

What are the factors that give way to truck crashes?

A few years back, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) commissioned a study into the causes of tractor-trailer crashes. Researchers who took part in the "Large Truck Crash Causation Study" were able to identify 12 different factors that contributed to increased collision rates.

One of the most common reasons for truck crashes was found to be a loss of control that comes after some type of sudden, traumatic event. The researchers found that tire blowout often caused the trucker to lose such significant control of the truck that regaining control was not an option, thus resulting in a crash.

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