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Dealing with the aftermath of a car accident

Most people spend little to no time thinking about the possibility of being involved in a motor vehicle accident when they jump into their car to head somewhere. For the most part, there is not a reason to worry about it as much of the time people get where they need to go in their car, without incident. Sometimes however a car accident does occur and in certain situations the outcome is devastating.

Tips for finding a nursing home for a loved one

As people throughout the state of Connecticut continue to live longer lives there is a growing need for families to determine how their loved ones will be cared for when they are unable to do so themselves. For many people this involves looking for a nursing home for that person to live. As is the case with any big decision regarding care it is important to take the matter seriously. Accordingly, most people find it advantageous to gather information regarding the possible options. 

Steps pedestrians can take to stay safe

Walking is a part of most people’s daily lives. In fact, many people probably don’t think much about the activity. This is true whether one is walking to the kitchen to get a drink or walking to work or school. While there are of course dangers in one’s home, in most cases the activity is far more dangerous for those who are outside.

This danger extends beyond those who are simply walkers. Other individuals who fall into the category of pedestrian include individuals who use items such as strollers or wheelchairs to get around. In 2010, 70,000 pedestrians were hurt in traffic-related accidents. In addition, more than 4,200 died.

Study investigates how pay structure impacts truck safety

Readers may be aware that the trucking industry is heavily regulated. These regulations are designed to keep not only truck drivers but those who share the road with trucks, as safe as possible. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has commenced a study that could impact future regulations. The study is looking into what, if any, connection exists between safe driving and the pay practices of the industry.

The online questionnaire, which seeks to determine the unintended consequences of various commercial driver compensation methods, would be provided to carriers who are randomly selected. It will specifically look at the following factors to try to determine what bearing the type of operation has on the matter:

Should you file a lawsuit following a car accident?

Following a motor vehicle accident there are many things that may need to be addressed. After attending to one’s medical needs, the next step may be filing a lawsuit. This course of action could be appropriate in situations where negligence of another person is to blame. To explore these options most people find it beneficial to work with a personal injury lawyer to ascertain whether such a case is viable.

In determining the answer to that question, an attorney will likely assess the situation to determine if another person owed a duty to the injured individual, whether that duty was breached, if the person looking to bring the lawsuit was hurt in the incident and if the duty that was breached was the cause of that injury.

Child custody matter diverts plane back to airport

Working though child custody matters to reach an agreement can be a stressful process. That stress does not necessary end after an agreement has been finalized. Custody battles may arise out of violations of that agreement. These violations can take many forms including a parent taking a child out of the United States without permission. Earlier this month it appears that an attempt to do this very thing was thwarted.

The incident led to a flight being diverted after it had already left U.S. airspace but before it landed in any other country.

Wearing a bicycle helmet reduces risk of brain injury

Throughout the nation many people rely upon bicycles both for transportation as well as recreation. The National Safety Council estimates that between 73 to 85 million people enjoy the activity. While good for one’s health, it can also be dangerous when someone on a bicycle is involved in an accident.

While some bicycle accidents involve only the one bike, others involve another cyclist. In still other situations, a bicyclist may be involved in a collision with a motor vehicle. In the last scenario in particular, the outcome can be devastating to the person on the bike, leading to serious injury or even death. Such an incident could result in a personal injury lawsuit being filed.

Labor Day weekend car crashed increased this year

Long holiday weekends are usually ripe for car accidents. Accordingly, there is often a heightened awareness of road safety during holidays, such as Labor Day. Unfortunately, that heightened awareness did not appear to have a positive impact on drivers throughout the state of Connecticut. In fact, the number of motor vehicle accidents that occurred this past Labor Day in the state, was more than the previous year.

According to the Connecticut State Police, the number of car accidents that took place over the holiday weekend in the state was higher than the previous year. Over Labor Day 2013, the number of car accidents that occurred in Connecticut was 259. This year, that number rose fairly significantly, to 315.

Do you know what elder abuse looks like?

While no one wants to think about it elder abuse occurs all too frequently throughout the nation, including in the state if Connecticut. It can happen in a variety of settings, at the hands of people in a variety of different roles. Nursing homes are one of the settings where elder abuse sadly takes place.

Elder abuse can take multiple forms including:

  • Healthcare fraud and abuse. This is perpetrated by health care providers who do things such as recommend treatments that are not necessary, overcharge for care, charge for care that is not provided, get kickbacks for prescriptions or referrals or provide either too much or not enough medication to a resident.

General Motors exploring distracted driving technology

Improvements to automobile safety are nothing new. Automakers are seemingly always introducing new safety features designed to either prevent crashes or minimize the outcome of a crash. General Motors is not an exception. It is currently working on technology that identifies a driver engaging in distracted behaviors.

More specifically, the technology uses cameras to determine where a driver is looking and for how long. With that information, algorithms are used to determine if the driver is distracted or fatigued. In cases where that is deemed to be the case drivers are encouraged to stop engaging in the distracted behavior or pull over.

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