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How big a problem is truck driver fatigue?

Did you have a close call with an 18-wheeler? Were you almost forced off the road by a semi-tractor trailer that drifted into your lane? Most truckers are responsible drivers, but they work long hours and are always subject to fatigue. That drowsy feeling is insidious; it can creep up and take over in seconds, creating a hazardous situation for the trucker and any other vehicles nearby, including yours.

Poor construction safety procedures put owners at risk

Although profit is the focus in all construction projects, safety at the jobsite is critical. The possibility of risks to employees, tenants or visitors must be top of mind for the owner who, in turn, wants to feel comfortable placing trust in the contractors who have been hired. Comprehensive safety programs should be in place, and both owners and contractors should carry liability coverage. However, the owner may be left open to general liability or property damage claims if he or she has not demanded that the proper safety programs be instituted.

4 ways to improve your visibility as a motorcycle rider

From traveling in the blind spot of the car next to you to being practically invisible after dark, you confront safety issues whenever you take your motorcycle out for a spin. As a biker, much of your concentration is directed toward watching the road and looking for possible hazards. However, because it is also very important for you to be observed by other motorists, here are four things you can do that will help drivers see you more clearly.

How to handle a road rage situation

You have probably seen your share of aggressive drivers. There seems to be a lot of tension on our roads and highways, and some of it escalates into road rage, a term that was coined by a Los Angeles television station following a string of freeway shootings. You may be surprised to learn that you might be capable of experiencing road rage yourself or causing other drivers to feel this kind of angst.

Hit by a truck in West Virginia?

A car driver doesn't have to be behind the wheel long in West Virginia before they come across a coal truck, a logging truck or the standard 18-wheeler. In early October, Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Joe Heck pulled over to help with the aftermath of a truck crossing the median and creating a multi-car crash that left one man dead. Minus the politicians helping, we see or hear stories like this all the time and they often have a sad ending.

Improperly loaded trucks are a leading cause of accidents

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were more than 300,000 truck accidents in 2012 causing over 100,000 injuries and almost 4,000 fatalities. These accidents can cause serious, catastrophic and deadly injuries. Experts agree, that one of the leading causes of truck accidents is improper loading.

Steps to take after a car accident

A car accident is an event that is defined by confusion. No one plans to have a car accident. When it happens, even the smallest fender bender can be extremely frightening due to the disorientation a person experiences after a sudden and violent shock to the system. However, there are steps you can - and should - take after an accident to protect your health and your legal rights.

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