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3 ways to expedite recovery from an injury

Being injured is not only painful. It is also inconvenient as it limits your abilities, and it is expensive as medical bills accumulate. You are likely anxious to make a full recovery, but sometimes this eagerness can lead to actions which actually prolong recovery time.

If you want to feel back up to speed as soon as possible, there are a few ways to accomplish this. Follow these three tips to reclaim your health after an injury.

What to do after a truck accident

Getting into a truck accident can be an extremely frightening and stressful experience, in addition to potentially causing serious injuries. The size and weight of a commercial truck often substantially increases the resulting damage and raises the chance of fatalities. Taking the right steps after your accident can help you and your attorney build a stronger case to get you the compensation you need.

First, you need to take care of your medical treatment. First responders may take you to the emergency room. Whether you stay at the hospital or get discharged, you need to follow up on your treatment by taking stock of symptoms and seeing a doctor as soon as possible.

Common types of trucks and the dangers they pose

Many drivers feel justifiably wary about driving next to commercial trucks. These vehicles' large size and weight can make them more difficult to steer and increase the damage that can result from an accident, especially to motorists traveling in passenger cars. Additionally, the various types of trucks may present specific risks for smaller vehicles sharing the road with them.

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Distracted driving and truck accidents

If you want to increase your awareness of road safety, you can begin by understanding some common causes of serious accidents. Concerns about the phenomenon of driver distraction continue to grow as the number of resulting accidents climbs. Knowing the basic types of distraction can help you avoid this behavior yourself and stay away from distracted drivers in other vehicles.

Sharing the road with large trucks

Being on the road with lots of big rigs can be intimidating for drivers of passenger vehicles and motorcycles. After all, getting into a crash with a big truck can increase the resulting damage exponentially. Because semis are so heavy, the force with which they can slam into a car is much greater than that of a sedan. Another reason to be wary is that the loads trucks carry can come loose and add to the damage; some are also flammable.

New laws to address trucker fatigue

Sleep deprivation is a major safety concern within the trucking industry. Driver fatigue seems to be built into the trucking lifestyle and presents a serious hazard on the road. It is among the most frequent causes of trucking accidents. However, efforts to regulate drivers' schedules in order to alleviate this problem have not been entirely successful, due mostly to pressures within the trucking industry.

How fatigue causes truck accidents

Many drivers consider trucks to be among the more serious hazards they can encounter on the highway. This is for good reason: a truck that goes out of control can cause immense damage due to its size, weight and occasionally flammable cargo. Trucks are harder to manage on wet or icy road surfaces, and their large blind spots can cause drivers to overlook cars behind them when turning or changing lanes.

What types of compensation can I get for a truck accident?

Car accidents often have both immediate and far-reaching financial consequences. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration puts property damage, loss of productivity and medical expenses as the top areas of economic loss resulting from crashes. If you are considering seeking compensation for your losses, it is important to be aware of the various types of recovery available.

Who pays when a family gets hurt?

In late September, a Missouri family set out for a long-awaited trip to Disney world. The family of four made it safely to the Magic Kingdom, but on the way home--after making one last stop at the beach--the family's car was side-swiped by another vehicle, sending them careening into a tree. Both parents were killed on impact. The two children remain in critical condition.

Who pays for medical expenses?

Vacations are the time for making memories with the people we love. No one sets out for vacation with the idea that they may not return. The children in this case are now without parents--and medical bills for their care will likely cost tens of thousands of dollars.

Back to school: Are schools liable if my kid is hurt on the bus?

Early September is always a crazy time, as parents and kids adjust to the new school routine. For some there is the adjustment of a new school, for some there is a new start time and for some there are after school activities. Whatever the changes are, the number one concern is to make sure your kids get to and from school safely.

Some kids walk to school, some get driven by the family, and some take the school bus. But is the bus the safest way to travel? And what happens when your child is injured on the bus--does the school have liability?

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