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1 huge driving distraction that parents can't avoid

To keep themselves and others safe, parents must avoid common distractions on the road. These include things like talking on the phone or trying to eat or drink while driving. Any type of multitasking can lead to an accident.

However, there is one major distraction that parents may not be able to avoid: their own children.

How can I prevent a scaffold-related accident?

Scaffolds allow Virginia workers to perform various job tasks at great heights, and for this reason, they are essential pieces of equipment at most construction sites. However, these devices can also create the opportunity for serious injuries -- particularly fall injuries -- so it's important for workers to follow the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines listed below:

-- All scaffolds need to be able to support quadruple their intended weight load.

Dehydration can lead to injuries for Virginia workers

The Virginia summer has been a brutal one when it comes to weather. That is especially for people who make their living outdoors. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2016, more than 50 percent of jobs required at least a portion of the work to be done outside.

People who work outside have a much greater risk of dehydration that those who work inside, and business operators must keep that in mind. Even though fall and winter await, MedExpress, which is billed as one of the nation's largest occupational medicine and workers' compensation providers, says it sees dehydration-related workers' comp visits as late as November.

Virginia couple killed in head-on collision

An off-duty Frederick County sheriff's deputy and his wife were killed recently in Page County, Virginia, when the motorcycle they were riding on was hit head-on by a pickup truck.

The crash occurred at U.S. 340 and Battle Creek Road, north of Newport. The 46-year-old deputy and his wife, 47, were pronounced dead at the scene. They were residents of Luray, Virginia.

Watch out for 'covert' car accident injuries

Car accidents happen every day in Virginia Beach. In most cases, the victims walk away injury-free, but in some cases, they suffer from obvious and life-altering injuries. The worst kind of injuries, however, can be the ones that don't appear right away.

There are many instances of individuals wrongly assuming that they've escaped their auto collisions without a scratch when in fact they've suffered from a 'covert' car accident injuries that appear later -- during the days following the collision.

What do you want in your starter home?

Odds are that the first home you buy isn't going to be the one you live in for the rest of your life. Many people buy starter homes. It's a step up from renting an apartment, but they plan to move on to bigger, more expensive homes as they advance in their careers.

So, what should you look for when shopping for that first house? It should start with affordability. Don't just buy the most expensive house you can get. Wait for a good deal or a dip in the market. Remember, you're planning to sell this house someday, so you want to make sure you'll earn money in that transaction.

Can an auto accident cause a car fire?

You see it all the time in the movies: A car crashes and immediately bursts into a ball of flames. It's dramatic and intense, but is it just the way Hollywood changes things for the big screen, or can it really happen?

An auto accident can cause a car fire, although it is unlikely to be a dramatic explosion like you see on the screen. Still, it is a genuine threat and can cause serious injuries, especially when people get trapped in a vehicle.

Are some workers' compensation cases more difficult than others?

Numerous workers injured in Virginia and elsewhere have filed for much-needed workers' compensation benefits and been denied the benefits they have a right to receive. In many cases, the workers take the denial on the chin and tragically suffer without their justly-due benefits. At our law firm, we fight in court for these individuals when they have viable claims that have been denied.

What we've found in our experience litigating workers' compensation cases is that certain types of injuries may be more likely than others to result in a denial of benefits from the insurance company. These types of injuries include:

  • Neck injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Hand injuries
  • Arm injuries
  • Knee injuries
  • Foot injuries
  • Leg injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Injuries that happen off work property
  • Injuries that happen after normal working hours

Alcohol helps trauma victims survive

Do you feel like you read about a startling amount of drunk driving accidents in which the drunk driver survives, and other people pass away from their injuries? Have you ever wondered how this happens?

While every accident is different, researchers have actually discovered that alcohol helps trauma victims survive. This goes beyond car accidents. A drunk person who gets injured in a fall or a fight also has a better chance of surviving than a sober person who suffers similar injuries.

Novices should be very careful with sidecars

People often think of sidecars as substantially safer and easier to drive than motorcycles. A lot of it has to do with balance. A traditional bike can tip over on its own and needs support and balance from the driver, especially at stoplights, while a bike with a sidecar stays up on its own.

That said, experts warn that this can be deceptive. They are quick to point out that sidecars handle far differently than traditional motorcycles. They are not even the same as cars, trucks, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), three-wheeled bikes or any other vehicles. The handling is unique and can take time to get used to, even for those who have been riding for years.

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