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Top reasons why truck accidents happen

The thought of being involved in a truck accident is enough to make anyone cringe. Thanks to the size difference between commercial trucks and passenger vehicles, any type of crash can result in serious injury or even death.

If you live in or around the Bloomington area and spend any amount of time on the local highways, you know that commercial trucks are everywhere.

Tips for dealing with an insurance company after a car accident

When you are involved in a car accident, you rely on auto insurance to help you repair or replace your damaged vehicle. After all, you have auto insurance in place specifically for this purpose - to avoid the financial stress of having to suddenly repair or replace a car.

Some insurance companies, however, may try to avoid paying out a claim - leaving you to pick up the pieces. Knowing in advance how insurance companies work - and how you should interact with them - can help you avoid certain pitfalls should you ever be involved in a car accident. Here are a few useful tips for dealing with an insurance company after a car accident.

How can you drive safely in strong winds?

As one of our Indiana readers, you know that strong winds have a way of moving into the area without notice. If this happens while you are behind the wheel of your car, it's important to understand the changes you must make to remain safe.

Wind may not sound like a big deal, but it can definitely impact the way you drive. If you aren't careful, you could make a mistake that increases the chance of being involved in an accident.

There is more to nursing home abuse than physical injuries

There are millions of people throughout the United States residing in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.

While most of these facilities are dedicated to providing nothing but the best care at all times, there are instances when things take a turn for the worse. For example, a staff member could begin to abuse a resident.

Medical misdiagnosis can be a big deal

When it comes to matters of medical misdiagnosis, every detail must be taken seriously. It goes without saying that some instances of misdiagnosis are more serious than others, but if this happens to you it's imperative to do two things:

-- Seek treatment from a more qualified professional.

What are the most common symptoms of whiplash?

It goes without saying that any type of motor vehicle accident can cause serious injury. Unfortunately, an accident can also lead to death.

One of the most common car accident injuries is whiplash. This occurs when one vehicle hits another from behind. In this case, the person or people in the lead vehicle are prone to this injury.

Mandated obstructed sleep apnea screening proposed for professional drivers

In and around Bloomington, you jockey for space with them: semis, box trucks and other large commercial vehicles. In summer months, sharing the road with the professionals driving big rigs takes much concentration due to truck drivers' limited visual field and increased braking time. Adding to these factors, the Indiana winter months can make a road excursion a white-knuckle experience. During this time of year, the reduced daylight hours and poor weather conditions intensify the hazards all drivers face.

In some cases, these risks can be reduced by slowing down and avoiding travel when the roads become too slick with sleet, snow or ice. For professional drivers, however, reducing travel may not be an option. Those whose pay relies on logged miles hit the road regardless of the season or level of fatigue. The Department of Transportation (DOT) is aware of the tension that exists between maintaining road safety and registering mileage. If you have read our blog, you know that federal regulations have mandated electronic logs be maintained to reduce the chances truck drivers will pilot their rigs beyond the hours allotted. 

There are many causes of outdoor slip and fall accidents

Like most people, you probably spend a good amount of time outdoors. Even if you're only walking to and from your vehicle, you're outside more than you think. Unfortunately, it's possible that you could be involved in an outdoor slip and fall accident at some point. If you understand the causes of these accidents, it's much easier to avoid trouble in the future.

Snow and ice accumulation can cause a serious slip and fall accident. During the cold winter months, it's important that you watch where you're walking at all times. Along with this, others, such as commercial building owners, have a responsibility to keep the exterior of their property safe.

Tort Reform Reduces Healthcare Innovation

Studies have shown that there is a direct correlation between tort reform and a reduction in the advancement of medical technology. The study in "Tort Reform and Innovation" found that patents for new technology and procedures had decreased by nearly 14%, after any given state passes medical malpractice reforms that limit damages wrongfully injured patients can pursue. In other words, the more protections from financial liability medical providers are given, the less financial incentive there is to make medical procedures safer.

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