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That offer from the insurance agent you can’t refuse? Refuse it.

If you’ve been injured from a car or truck accident, you are certain to receive a visit from the insurance agent. The insurance company sends the agent to visit you or call you in the hospital. The agent will seem like a friend, deeply concerned about your well-being and ready to make sure you get the compensation you need from your injuries.

If the Offer Seems Too Good to be True, It Is

When trucks can't stop

If you remember the exam you had to take before getting your drivers' license, there is minimum safe distance when traveling behind another vehicle. In Tennessee, the average stopping distance when traveling 50 miles per hour would be 200 feet. Of course, this distance increases as driving speed increases.

But these numbers are based on the average consumer automobile. What about 18-wheelers? They are far larger and heavier than common cars and trucks. This means it takes trucks a much greater distance to come to a complete stop compared to other vehicles, creating much greater risk for rear end accidents.

What standards must school bus drivers meet?

We put our kids on buses every morning assuming they will be coming back in the afternoon. But a recent CBS News analysis suggests an astonishing indifference to who is driving those buses.

Every day, scores of school buses get into accidents – about 60 per day. That adds up to 22,000 bus crashes a year, and thousands of injured kids.

Cell phones are only one type of distraction in driving

Since cell phones have become such a prevalent part of our culture, we don’t usually think of any other significant risk for distracted driving. We blame it all on the smart phone.

However, while smart phones remain at the top of the list, there are numerous potential distractions while driving. It is important to understand the various distractions so you can stay safe and avoid serious accidents.

The center line on the highway is not enough to protect drivers

When driving along our highways, we often assume that everyone will respect the center line. We don’t usually worry that someone will driver over the center line, so we don’t drive defensively in this regard or watch out for this potentiality.

However, people drive over the line more than most of us realize. Whether due to intoxication, exhaustion, poor vision or many other reasons, people drive over the center line on highways with some frequency, and when they do, the results are usually disastrous.

Accident victims must be ready to fight for their compensation

In the aftermath of a serious accident, victims cannot sit back and wait for the other drivers' insurance companies to provide them with adequate compensation, and they cannot simply trust the authorities to make sure justice is realized.

In a recent example, the Chicago Tribune reports that an elderly woman was struck by a semi-truck recently when she stopped to help a turtle get across safely.

US Supreme Court limits jurisdiction in plaintiff injury claims

After a serious accident caused by a major corporation, most people experience some trepidation. It is no small task to face a powerful company to obtain compensation for medical bills and other damages.

When bringing a lawsuit against a power national corporation, being able to find a court that is known to be favorable to plaintiff claims is a tremendous benefit. However, it looks like that benefit has become much more limited due to a recent Supreme Court ruling.

North American Truck Drivers on Notice: Secure Those Loads

It’s official. Truck drivers throughout North America are on notice that their cargoes need to be properly secured.

Everyone in the trucking business knows the importance of properly securing cargo to avoid unnecessary safety risks, yet serious accidents continue to occur due to improperly secured loads. Can governmental oversight limit the frequency of these accidents?

Cutting through the fog of insurance policy language

After a significant car accident or other motor vehicle accident, the insurance companies get involved almost immediately. The insurance company executives will play nice with the victims and their families, and act as though they want nothing more than to help out.

The truth, however, is quite different. Insurance companies do not make money by doing the right thing in every case. In fact, many motor vehicle accidents result in endless insurance policy language minutiae that all works to minimize, delay and deny policyholders’ rightful claims.

ATV Accidents and Injuries Worse for Children than For Adults

Most people feel that All-Terrain-Vehicles (ATVs) are relatively safe. Safe enough to let their children ride them, either as passengers while an adult is driving or as drivers themselves.

However, ATVs are not as safe as some people think. Just looking at the lack of coverage and seat belt protection makes this fact obvious, and science and also backs up common sense in proving the dangers of ATVs, especially to children.

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