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Careful; the big rig in the next lane may be overloaded

Overloaded cargo is one of the major causes of truck accidents. In a truck as massive as an 18-wheeler, a load that is not distributed properly can easily shift, causing a rollover or perhaps a collision with a motorist like you who has the misfortune of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Injuries in truck-car accidents can be devastating; after all, in size and weight, the big rig has a tremendous advantage over your passenger vehicle.

Key things to understand about workers' comp in Michigan

When workers are hurt on the job, they may face physical and financial hardship. To alleviate some of the stress, a workers' compensation claim may be helpful.

For those looking to file a claim, it is important to know what to expect and what the provider expects. There are a few key things employees should know about workers' compensation in Michigan.

Can time of day be a factor in a truck-car collision?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration does a great deal of research into highway accidents caused by truck drivers. Their findings show that fatigue is a significant problem for truckers and one of the major factors in crashes.

Accidents happen more frequently at certain hours, but it is not just because of morning rush-hour traffic or poor visibility on a dark and stormy night. If a tractor-trailer suddenly swerves into your lane and sideswipes you on a clear, sunny afternoon, time of day may still be a contributing factor in the collision.

Reduce your chances of injuries caused by medical malpractice

When you need medical care, you go to doctors for diagnosis and treatment to feel better. You may not think about the mistakes they make that can lead to harm. When doctors and health care staff fail in their duties, their patients suffer.  There is even the possibility of death. 

You should not let your concerns about medical malpractice keep you from taking care of your health. Very few doctors are negligent with their duties and no doctor makes mistakes on purpose. But when mistakes do happen, the negligent health care professional is not relieved of liability for damages done to the patient. Here are some things you can do to make their jobs easier and further reduce the chances of you becoming a medical malpractice victim. 

How car technology help prevent car accidents

Many of the vehicles you see on the roads in Michigan are equipped with car accident prevention technology. These cars are much safer than many older model vehicles because they have systems in place to warn motorists of hazards. However, as some drivers become more reliant on new car technology to prevent motor vehicle accidents, they become less defensive about their driving behaviors and make more errors. 

It is no secret that car technology helps to save lives. However, these systems are much more effective when drivers are not engaged in distracting activities like texting, surfing the web and focusing on other things than the roads. Here is a brief overview on how car safety features help prevent motor vehicle collisions and injuries. 

Older motorcyclists are at risk for head and chest injuries

Did you know that the average age of bikers has increased in the last 20 years? Unfortunately, so has the risk of injury. Older motorcycle riders are three times more likely to suffer injuries in accidents than their younger counterparts.

Senior bikers are subject to fractures and serious structural breaks simply because their bones are more brittle than they once were. However, studies show that head and chest injuries predominate when older riders are in motorcycle crashes.

The potential saving graces of dash cameras

Driving accidents in Michigan don't always leave tell-tale evidence of exactly what happened and the drivers involved often give conflicting versions of events. The use of dash cameras may be a great source of evidence in automobile crashes without witnesses, or when the facts of who caused the accident are in dispute.

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Three ways to build your case when you are hospital-bound

Sustaining an injury can be a serious and life-threatening event. Whether you are recovering from broken bones or severe whiplash, you will likely be dealing with the consequences of these injuries for a while. If they resulted from a motor vehicle collision, accident at work or slip and fall, it is especially imperative that you take the steps necessary to advocate for yourself and your case.

If you happen to be in the hospital and cannot leave, there are still options for building your case, and it is important that you do not wait to do so. Consider the following three tips for both making a full recovery and recovering your damages. 

Medical care following a low-impact collision is critical

If you are in a low-impact collision, you may see nothing that looks remotely like a severe injury. You check yourself and you seem to be intact. You may feel fine, if a trifle shaken, and more concerned about the cost of repairing the dent in your back bumper than you are about the cost of any medical treatment you might need.

Thinking about medical treatment, however, is a very good idea, and you may want to see a doctor immediately, for more reasons than one.

Economy tied to increase in motor vehicle accidents

Earlier this year, the Detroit Free Press reported that 2016 was the deadliest year for auto drivers in Michigan since 2007. A total of 1,021 people died in more than 300,000 crashes across the state. Experts speculate that there are three core reasons that caused this increase: texting and driving, lower gas prices, and an economy which is improving.

A researcher with U of M believes that the Great Recession caused a decline in the number of younger drivers, who tend to take more risks. Nationally, this is also true. There was a decline in traffic fatalities between 2007 and 2011. The number of fatalities leveled out for a few years, then they began to rise in 2015. Although texting and driving is one possible cause for more fatalities on the road, the bigger cause might be that drivers are spending more time on the roads. It is cheaper to go places, more people have jobs and take to the roads more often. Lower gas prices mean more people taking pleasure trips.

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