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Self-employment and car crash compensation figures

When you are self-employed, you rely on yourself for support. This can be troublesome if you are involved in a car crash and need to seek compensation. Unlike an employee, you can't just grab some check stubs to show what you missed. Just because it is more difficult to prove the lost earning from self-employment doesn't mean that you don't need to try.

You will have to figure out what you've missed out on due to your injuries. If you know the monetary amount of income you missed, you can start from there. Make sure that you have the records to show your claims. This can include statements from clients and the previous year's income tax records. It might behoove you to get copies of any payments that you received from the client.

The aftermath of semitruck crashes is far-reaching

Trucking accidents can lead to serious injuries or even death. For the victims of these crashes, life is severely changed after the crash. Dealing with the aftermath of this can be a challenge. You might have to get extensive medical care to cope with the physical injuries, but the impact might not end there.

Many people who are involved in semitruck crashes have emotional trauma to deal with. This goes beyond just feeling shaken up after the crash. You might find that you are anxious or worried about having to get back on the road with semitrucks again. You may realize that you need to do something about your emotional state.

"Fatal 4" construction accidents must be prevented

The construction industry faces a host of hazards on a daily basis. Workers are placed in dangerous situations on almost every shift. As such, construction companies must do their part in keeping their workers safe.

There are many different types of accidents that can devastate construction workers. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has a list of common accidents. Of these, there are some that are more deadly than others. The top accidents are known as the "fatal four."

Smartphone apps claim to keep you awake behind the wheel

Fatigued driving is one the most serious threats to the safety of automobile drivers. Some motorists and truck drivers are overworked and therefore not getting enough sleep. It is easy for drivers in this position to fall asleep behind the wheel. Drowsy driving often leads to disastrous consequences for drivers, passengers and other people with whom they're sharing the road.

Smartphone application designers are looking to address the problem with apps that try to prevent drivers from falling asleep. The effectiveness of these apps is unproven. They are certainly not a substitute for adequate sleep.  Drivers who battle fatigue have several options to select from, depending on their providers.

There are steps you can take to prevent a truck accident

You should never lose sight of the fact that there is nothing you can do to prevent a truck driver from making a mistake. For example, if a person wants to speed, he or she is going to do so. The same holds true for distracted driving and breaking other rules of the road.

Conversely, you have full control over what happens in the cockpit of your vehicle. With this in mind, there are some steps you can take to prevent an accident with a truck:

  • Don't drive in a trucker's blind spot (such as too close behind), but instead make it easier for him or her to see your vehicle
  • Never change lanes abruptly in front of a truck, as these vehicles are difficult to slow down in a hurry
  • Always use your turn signals when changing lanes
  • Don't pull in front of a fast-moving truck when merging onto the interstate
  • Do your best to avoid a situation in which you're stuck driving between two large trucks
  • If you must pull your car to the shoulder of the road, move as far out of the way as possible

What increases the chances of an asbestos-related illness?

Many New York-area workers are in danger of asbestos exposure. Even some office workers could be in danger if they work in an older building where construction is being performed.

For this reason, all New York residents -- no matter what their occupations -- should try to learn about the risk factors that contribute to the chances of contracting an asbestos-related illness.

Construction workers have special protections in New York

Just about everyone knows that construction workers are hard workers who face some very real hazards each day they report to work. This fact alone makes these individuals a special group of people. New York law recognizes that need for these workers to be able to do their job safely and return to their family members at the end of the shift.

There are three sections in the New York labor law that deal directly with construction accidents. Section 200 provides very broad safety guidelines that construction companies must follow. Section 240 has to do with workers who work at significant heights, such as those who work on scaffolding. It sets strict liability on the construction company.

Tips to help truck drivers avoid distractions

Truck drivers are behind the wheel all day or all night, so distractions are hard to avoid. Sometimes it's a text message the driver wants to read. Other times, the driver's mind just wanders as he or she grows bored with the endless highway. Still other times, the distractions are simple things like looking at the GPS or changing the radio station.

The tragic reality is that distractions can be deadly. A semi can weigh 80,000 pounds. When a driver is distracted for even a second, he or she can cause a deadly accident. To help, here are a few key tips for fleet owners:

  • Have drivers study helpful videos on their down time. In some cases, drivers can watch videos of themselves and try to learn from what they did wrong. In other cases, they can watch videos of other drivers -- and other accidents -- to see what mistakes to avoid.
  • Tell drivers to focus on active driving and situational awareness. This means looking ahead, thinking about what may happen, and planning actions accordingly, rather than just reacting to what happens on the road.
  • Make drivers set up their routes on GPS prior to leaving a parking lot or truck stop. They should never program the device while on the road.
  • Consider adding cameras to truck cabs. This way, truckers know that supervisors may be watching to see if they engage in dangerous activities, like texting and driving.

Could ladder accidents be prevented with more training?

Annually, 300 people are involved in fatal ladder accidents. Far more face moderate to serious injuries, including broken bones and traumatic head injuries.

It's a devastating toll, especially considering that nearly every single accident could have been prevented. So, how do we reduce the number of ladder accidents, injuries and fatalities?

What constitutes premises liability?

Premises liability cases usually originate in public community places like restaurants, hotels or stores. New York laws regarding premises liability require specific evidence to prove a premises liability claim.

First, negligence must be involved. Negligence constitutes a failing to provide a degree of care that would be considered reasonable by any sensible person in the same circumstance.

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