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Possible Causes of Cruise Ship Accidents

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in Cruise Ship | 0 comments

About 11 million Americans (close to 20 million counting other nationalities too) treat themselves to a luxurious holiday vacation to an exotic destination aboard a cruise ship every year.

Since the 1980s the cruising industry has been successfully transforming sea travel from a fun to a totally wonderful experience for all passengers and crew. This is why vessels have been, and are being, designed and equipped with all the facilities that would provide and ensure all the fun and comfort that modern living can offer.

Unlike old liners, many modern cruise ships can now accommodate more than 3,000 passengers (the Allure of the Seas, the biggest ship built thus far, can carry more than 6,000 passengers and crew per voyage). But as everyone on board may have his/her share of all the fun and excitement, questions about safety continue to remain a major issue, as crimes, like sexual assaults and murder, and major accidents still happen.

Besides mechanical failure that often lead to cruise ship fires, a ship running aground or crashing against rocks or icebergs resulting to a gash that allows water to flood in, sea storms, rogue waves or human error that may cause a liner to capsize, sink or get stranded in the middle of the sea, there are many other factors on board, which can cause passengers injury or even death.

One major factor that worsens emergency situations is the lack of training of crew members, including medical staff, during emergencies. Though cruise lines are willing to spend huge amounts of money on things that are tangible to passengers, like having a gym, multiple pools, great food, fine dining areas and onboard activities, thoughts of spending to enhance safety features, train crew members and the likes, are often left out.

According to cruise ship injury lawyers with the Vucci Law Group, P.A., passengers need to understand that if they get injured on a cruise ship, seeking compensation is so much more complicated than if the injury were sustained on land, like in a car accident. Injured victims can file a lawsuit, but only in the specific court indicated at the back of their passenger ticket (usually the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Florida). Making sure, therefore, that they are represented by a highly-qualified and experienced cruise ship injury lawyer, who will never back down until their rights are recognized by the court, may be an absolute necessity.

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Why Car Accidents Occur

Posted by on Feb 3, 2017 in Automobile Accidents | 0 comments

Car accidents happen because of many reasons, but some reasons are more common than others. Below is a list of the most common reasons why they occur. It is important to know these reasons so you can avoid them and prevent traffic accidents.

Driver Error
Errors on the part of the driver are one of the most common causes of traffic accidents. The error can come in many forms, such as failure to follow traffic rules and regulations, poor maneuvering techniques, particularly in changing lanes and turning, and not being mindful of the other motorists around them. Errors can be unintentional, but it doesn’t change the fact that it can be a form of driving negligence.

Driver Recklessness
If errors can be unintentional, recklessness are often deliberate. Drivers tend to distract themselves because they are too complacent that nothing bad is going to happen. They use their mobile devices, eat snacks, and daydream. These things put their eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, and mind off the act of driving. They drive while under the influence of alcohol, speed, and participate in street racing. This problem is serious enough that there are legal professionals out there who help those who have been injured by reckless drivers, such as this Destin car accident lawyer.

Vehicle Defects
Equipment defects, such as in airbags, tires, seat belts, door latches, and mirrors, are known to cause accidents as well. Sometimes, defects occur because of the driver’s poor maintenance of their vehicle. But there are known instances where the manufacturer itself is to blame for its defective products. This is a more tragic case, because an unsuspecting driver may be involved in an accident despite his diligence.

Road Hazards
Sometimes, the road and its elements become the cause of accidents as well. The most common elements are defects, such as potholes, improper drainage systems, debris, tree branches, crossing animals, and other possible obstructions. Malfunctioning traffic lights and poor street lighting are also known to cause collisions.

Weather Conditions
The weather is one of the most overlooked causes of car crashes. Rainy weather can make the road more slippery, potentially triggering an accident. Fog and snow may affect the visibility of the area, which is important to avoid colliding with other motorists and other obstacles such as barriers and guardrails.

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Protect Workers against Work Place Accidents and Injuries: An OSHA Mandate to Employers

Posted by on Dec 13, 2016 in Workers' Rights | 0 comments

Accomplishing more in much lesser time is one of the greatest challenges construction firms need to face to keep up with the demands of progress. With buildings becoming bigger, taller and more intricately designed, however, work becomes more demanding and more dangerous. Many construction firms, as a consequence, also require workers to render longer work periods – an employer requirement that posts threats to workers’ health and safety.

Risk of accidents and injuries in construction sites are increased due to the presence of dangerous tools and heavy machinery, like cranes, concrete mixers, forklifts, bulldozers, loaders, caterpillars, excavators, crawlers and road rollers. Though these machines make construction tasks easier and faster to accomplish, their huge size and wrong operation, especially if the operator is untrained or careless, can result to disabling or even fatal injuries.

Due to increased risk of accidents and injuries construction workers get exposed to every day, the U.S. Congress passed into law (in 1970) the Occupational Safety and Health Act (or OSH Act). The Act aims to: ensure all working men and women of safe and healthful working conditions; assist and encourage the States in their efforts in ensuring safe and healthful working conditions; provide for information, education, research and training in the area of occupational safety and health; and, authorize enforcement of the standards developed under the Act. Enforcement of these standards has been delegated by OSH Act to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which was created in 1971.

OSHA’s efforts in enforcing health and safety standards in the workplace have significantly reduced the number of job-related injuries and death since its creation in 1971; however, it was not enough to totally eliminate accidents in the workplace. Thus, the U.S. Department of Labor continuously received reports of injuries and, sometimes, deaths due to accidents. Based on results from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, fatal work-related accidents totaled to 4,585 in 2013; in 2014 the number of deaths went up 2%, registering 4,679.

Fatal accidents in construction sites include workers being struck and killed by a forklift or other heavy machinery, being struck by falling objects, electrocution, and falls, which frequently occur while workers are on ladders or scaffoldings. To promote worker safety and maintain a healthy work environment, the Federal OSHA enforced two safety standards:

  • Provide workers with personal equipment (such as helmet or hard-hat, eye protection, special goggles for welders, gauntlets for iron workers, hearing protection, and hard-toed shoes) that are designed to offer protection against certain hazards; and,
  • Make sure that workers, especially those tasked to operate and use heavy equipment or machinery, are effectively trained.

In the event of an accident resulting to injury or death, a January 1, 2015, OSHA Standard mandates (OSHA covered) employers to report the incident to OSHA within eight hours of learning of the event.

According to Dallas personal injury lawyers at The Benton Law Firm, work-related accidents resulting to injuries or death entitle workers or their families (in case of worker’s death) to file a claim with their state’s Worker’s Compensation Insurance office. Financial benefits, however, are often too small or delayed, that is if the application for claim is not rejected. Besides these, the Worker’s Comp also restricts injured workers from further pursuing legal action against their employer.

Under certain circumstances, however, this Worker’s Comp’s provision may be ruled against by a court, especially in cases where the injury is too severe or fatal. With assistance from a highly-skilled personal injury lawyer an injured worker or his/her family may be able to pursue the best legal option available that will enable him/her seek compensation from the his/her employer.

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Your Legal Duty to Care for the Safety of Everyone on the Road, Whether You are a Driver or a Rider

Posted by on Oct 29, 2016 in Automobile Accidents | 0 comments

Most motorcycle accidents and crashes involve riders who never received formal riding education. Rather than learning how to properly ride a motorbike in a riding school, these people believed that learning from friends or kin was enough. Motorcycling, however, is not just learning how to balance or how to maneuver a motorbike through traffic; the top priority is learning how to ride it safely.

The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) received 112,000 reports of motorcycle accidents in 2012: of these, 4,957 were fatal, while 93,000 resulted to serious injuries. While the number of motorcycles on the road keeps increasing every year, the number of accidents is to increase more likely as well, as long as there are those who choose not to learn how to ride the proper way.

Of the types of motorcycle accidents, single vehicle accidents are the most common. Their causes include riding while impaired by alcohol or illegal drug, riding too fast even during poor weather conditions, and failure to brake and maneuver properly, especially while rounding a corner. Due to these cause, motorcyclists losing their balance and crashing into road fixtures or being thrown off from their bikes are not uncommon sights.

Though less common, multiple-vehicle crashes result to more serious injuries and fatalities. Multiple-vehicle crashes involve another vehicle, such as a car. Of this type of accident, the worst is head-on collision, which often occurs in undivided rural highways and wherein one vehicle (either the motorbike or the other vehicle) happens to travel on the wrong side of the road.

Most multiple-vehicle crashes occur because many drivers fail to notice approaching motorcyclists or because many drivers deny motorcyclists their right of way. Despite actual crashes that verify these situations, many drivers continue to blame motorcycle riders, saying that they often careen in and out of traffic, putting their own and other motorists’ lives at risk.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) affirms through crash studies that in multiple-vehicle crashes motorcycle riders are more susceptible to injuries or death due to the absence of whatever may protect them from the force of impact during collision. Injuries resulting from motorcycle accidents can actually be enough to permanently alter victims’ lives besides causing them emotional and physical trauma. Nothing can be more painful, however, if it turns out that the accident occurred simply because the one at fault acted recklessly or negligently.

Negligence or the irresponsible actions of others are also cited by the law firm Ritter & Associates as the reasons behind many crashes that result to very serious injuries, such as brain head trauma, spinal cord damage, broke bones, lacerations, scarring, and internal organ damage. There is no excuse for reckless behavior on the road; thus, anyone who acts recklessly or negligently and causes a motorcycle accident to occur, may be held liable for the repercussions.

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The Perks of Choosing An Independent Car Insurance Broker

Posted by on Apr 27, 2016 in Insurance | 0 comments

Having car insurance can be a lifesaver for US drivers. With the various costs associated with car accidents, it pays to carry an insurance policy when these situations arise. Your premium can save you a lot of expenses and hassles. Many people are confronted with the problem of whether to work with a corporate or independent car insurance company.

The website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.® revealed that working with an independent broker offers several key advantages than working with a corporate car insurance firm. Here we shall take a look at the various advantages of choosing an independent car insurance broker.

1. They offer different insurance options

A corporate car insurance company will only offer the insurance coverage they carry. If you are the kind of person who want to first compare coverage, then an independent broker is the best bet for you. They carry different insurance providers thus giving you plenty of options to choose from.

2. They have the experience in the industry

Independent agents have an understanding of the complexities of the insurance business so they can help you make the right decisions. They know how to assess your needs and offer you the most appropriate plan to suit your needs.

3. They have the knowledge and training

An independent insurance agenrt constantly updates their skills. They consistently undergo trainings. They are licensed and have undergone rigorous tests. Since they carry multiple products, independent agents have knowledge of which company is competitive so they will know which product to offer to you.

4. They can be a one-stop shop

Aside from car insurance, an independent agent will also be able to offer you other kinds of insurance. Whether it’s for their home, business, family, or for personal, the independent broker may be able to provide for all your insurance needs as well.

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