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Important steps to take after a dog bite accident

Even though most dogs are cute and cuddly, there are times when these animals are vicious and dangerous. If you're ever the victim of a dog bite accident, it's important that you know what steps to take.

While not always the case, a dog bite can cause serious injury. Even worse, depending on the situation, it has the potential to result in a fatality due to infection.

Ladder accidents are all too common on construction sites

In the construction industry, you may go up and down a ladder all day on a regular basis. A ladder is often the best way to reach a higher level or work at a certain height. Unfortunately, using a ladder increases the risk of a serious accident.

This is particularly true if you don't know important ladder safety precautions. The more precautions you take, the less likely you are to suffer a serious injury while working.

The top 7 causes of pedestrian accidents

As a pedestrian, there will obviously be times when you find yourself in close proximity to motor vehicles. This holds true when jogging on the sidewalk, crossing the street on your way to work and walking into the shopping mall or grocery store.

There are steps you can take and tips you can follow to prevent trouble. However, you know that some drivers don't pay attention to pedestrians, which increases the likelihood of being part of an accident.

What you should know about workers' compensation

Having to file for workers' compensation coverage in New Jersey can be a challenging process. One of the most important things for workers to do is to become familiar with some of the ins and outs of this program. It isn't always easy to determine what you should and shouldn't do while navigating the workers' compensation system.

Because there are many different circumstances in these cases, you might need to find out how the laws will apply to your case. Here are some of the common questions that might come up.

How does a hospital commit medical malpractice?

As the venue where you receive medical care, your hospital carries a great deal of responsibility to make sure that you receive the care you need from qualified professionals. If you suffer an injury in a hospital, the hospital itself may be one of the defendants in your claim to address your injuries, depending on the circumstances.

Hospitals do not always face medical malpractice claims, but it is fairly common. If you have any reason to suspect that the hospital where you suffered your injury holds liability, you should consider including it in your claim when the time comes. Be sure to take the necessary time to build a strong claim and give yourself the space to focus on your physical recovery.

Bus Driver Who Killed 2 Charged In Wreck

The 77-year-old school bus driver who was involved in a double-fatality wreck on May 17 has now been charged with two counts of vehicular homicide. A 52-year-old teacher and 10-year-old student died in the collision that also injured 40 others on the bus - some seriously.

According to law enforcement, the driver traveled across three lanes of traffic on Interstate 80 in Mount Olive approximately 45 miles west of New York City as he attempted to illegally make a U-turn.

Are you familiar with why dogs bite?

It's easy to believe that every dog is cute, cuddly and friendly, but this is not always the case. Unfortunately, there are times when dogs bite, which can result in a serious injury that requires immediate medical attention.

No matter who you are, it's imperative to have a clear understanding of why dogs bite and/or attack. With this knowledge, it's much easier to prevent a bad situation in which you become the victim.

Hold distracted drivers accountable for damages they cause

There's an inherent danger involved in moving around in massive, heavy vehicles at high speeds. It only takes a fraction of a second for a mistake to result in a catastrophic collision that produces injuries and property damage. Most people want to do everything in their power to avoid a crash, but some people make poor decisions that put everyone else on the road at risk.

One common mistake that people make is the decision to text while in control of a motor vehicle. People may feel addicted to their phones, unable to disconnect while they drive. Someone taking his or her eyes off the road to read a text or compose a message could directly cause a crash. For those who suffer injuries or lose a loved one in a distracted crash, it's important to hold the driver responsible for choosing to neglect the responsibility to drive safely.

How Serious Is Truck Driver Fatigue?

In short, it is deadly enough to have numerous regulations written to combat it.

Historically, truck drivers have faced pressure from both their employer and their clients to deliver goods as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, it is not always possible for drivers to complete a long haul while keeping a focus on both speed and safety. For this reason, many drivers have resorted to exceeding the limits of exhaustion to log more miles in a day - often relying on skipping breaks, putting off rest and using various stimulants to stay on the road. Fortunately, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has set about crafting regulations designed to keep drivers safe and rested.