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3 tips for avoiding Black Friday car accidents

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, Black Friday is almost here, too. If you are excited to stuff yourself with some turkey and do some holiday shopping, you should drive safely because this is one of the most dangerous times on the road. In fact, according to Time Magazine, there are 34 percent more car collisions on Black Friday in comparison to the two weeks before and after. 

So how can you brave the crowds and stay safe as you shop or drive to work on Black Friday? Here are some tips for avoiding a car crash during the holiday shopping frenzy:

Common police officer hazards and injuries

As a police officer, you spend your days keeping your community safe by patrolling the streets and apprehending criminals. You play a crucial role in the community of Palm Beach County and put yourself at risk each day because your job is inherently dangerous. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, police officers and sheriffs experience over 30,000 nonfatal injuries resulting in time away from work on average each year. 

If you sustain an injury while you are on duty, you may not be able to return to your job while dealing with costly medical expenses. But what type of circumstances and injuries could result in you being part of these statistics? Below are some common hazards and injuries you may experience as a law enforcement officer. 

How should insurance matters be handled after a car crash?

Following a car crash, any injury you may have sustained is usually the first thing on your mind. Then you will think about the damage to your car. You will likely feel dazed, even if the accident was only a fender-bender, but you will eventually begin to wonder what your next steps should be.

You know you should report the accident to your insurance company, but what about the other insurance company, the one that represents the other driver? What next steps would an attorney advise?

Parents awarded $45 million in Florida wrongful death claim

Wrongful death legal options protect families who have suffered the loss of a loved one in a fatal accident. The parents of a medical school student that was killed in a fatal car accident in Florida were recently awarded $45 million in damages. The fatal car accident occurred in nearby Florida community about an hour south of the West Palm Beach area. A construction company was ordered to pay the parents $35 million and the driver of a tractor trailer involved in the fatal car accident was ordered to pay the parents $10,005,000 million.

The accident that killed the 29-year old victim occurred when a tractor trailer exited a median from a construction area and collided with the victim's car. The driver of the tractor trailer blocked all of the lanes of the highway the victim was traveling on as the victims' vehicle approached. The tractor trailer was hauling concrete barriers for the construction area. Both vehicles were propelled about a quarter of a mile down the highway due to the force of the accident which also removed the roof from the victim's vehicle.

What to do when a disability application is denied

Social Security disability benefits are important for many disabled individuals and their families who are struggling to make ends meet. Being denied Social Security disability benefits can feel devastating to an individual struggling with a disability and to their family. Fortunately, a denied claim for benefits is not the end of the story, as there are several levels to the Social Security appeals process.

Most claims for disability are initially denied so it is important not to be discouraged if an initial claim for benefits is denied. The four levels of appeals include a request for reconsideration, a hearing before an administrative law just, a review by the Social Security Administration Appeals Council and filing an appeal in federal court. Each phase of the appeals progress is progressive in the sense that the applicant begins with the request for reconsideration, if it is available in their state, and progresses through each subsequent phase of the appeals process if their application for disability benefits continues to be denied.

Why you need a lawyer for a car accident with only vehicle damage

When you get into a motor vehicle accident, one of the most important things to do afterward is speak to a personal injury lawyer. An attorney can help you receive fair compensation for your injuries from insurance providers and the responsible motorist.

However, what if you got into an auto accident but only experienced damage to your vehicle, not your body? Even if you did not sustain any injuries, you still need the assistance of a lawyer for the following reasons.

How can cyclists avoid vehicle collisions?

Cyclists need to be careful no matter where they ride, but they particularly want to be careful in the state of Florida. A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that between 2008 and 2012, Florida had the highest rate of cyclist fatalities on roadways out of any other state. 

Drivers need to be cautious and share the road with cyclists maturely. However, it is just as important for cyclists to know how to ride defensively. With everyone keeping an eye out for each other, the roads in Florida can be a safe place for all. 

A guide to defensive driving

The greatest way a person can avoid being in a vehicle collision is to reduce the risk entirely. However, that is easier said than done. According to data from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, nearly 375,000 traffic crashes occurred in 2015 in the state, an 8.77 percent increase from the previous year. 

Occasionally, a person can do nothing to prevent a car crash. In these cases, the driver needs to go through standard legal procedures. Everyone can avoid some hassle by remaining defensive on the road and aware of surroundings. Here are some tips for engaging in defensive driving. 

Determining liability with golf course injuries

Most people go to golf courses for an afternoon of relaxation and fun. No one expects to go to a course only to leave in an ambulance, but it happens every year. In fact, an article in Golf Digest states that over 40,000 people go to emergency rooms every year as a result of injuries sustained on a golf course. 

As with any other personal injury case, the main factor an attorney will look into is liability. This ultimately comes down to what the injury was. The most common injuries on golf courses include flying clubheads and fast-moving golf balls. 

Protections are available for injured construction workers

This blog recently discussed the serious impact a construction or workplace accident can have on injured workers and their families. A construction accident can rob an injured construction worker of their ability to earn a living, care for themselves and their family and enjoy their life. As a result, it is important for them to be familiar with the resources and options available to protect them.

Unfortunately, construction workers have the highest risk of injury of any industry in the United States. Because of deadlines and financial incentives, construction workers may be pressured to cut corners concerning safety to complete a project sooner. Workplace safety should not be sacrificed for any other consideration and injured workers have protections to be familiar with.

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