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Four tips for staying awake while driving

Life is tiring. The sad truth is that you may have to get behind the wheel when you're tried. Maybe you have to work late and you need to go home for the day, or maybe you're on a road trip, so far from your destination that you have to push on as it grows late. This does increase the risks for you and other drivers.

To stay awake while you drive, use these four tips:

Common injuries suffered in motorcycle accidents

Now that the weather is warmer, you probably couldn't wait to get back on your motorcycle. The thrill of riding never gets old, and riding is one of the many things you look forward to when summer comes around.

Nevertheless, not everyone appreciates when motorcycles share the road with them. Some motorists simply don't take the time to look out for you, and others may be openly hostile, even using their vehicles to express their disapproval of motorcycles on the highway. A driver who places your life in danger may not realize the damage possible when a larger vehicle collides with a motorcycle.

A car accident can cause serious issues with your vision

If you suffer a head injury in a car accident, you could wind up with lasting vision problems. The most catastrophic injuries could lead to blindness, a permanent disability, but even more "minor" injuries could be very problematic.

Some experts even warn that whiplash can lead to vision problems. People often joke about whiplash, but it's no joke to those suffering from neck pain and all manner of related complications.

Will you ever be able to walk again?

You have an incomplete spinal cord injury. It's very severe, even though it's not complete, and a little feeling remains. Will you be able to walk again?

The answer is different for everyone, and experts warn that it's hard to know for certain. There are definitely cases that looked hopeful at the beginning, but in which the person never regained that skill, and there are cases that looked hopeless where the person was eventually able to walk again.

Truckers' wages encourage speeding

Did you always assume that truckers were paid by the hour? It's a common misconception; in many cases, truckers are actually paid by the mile.

This is done, in theory, to encourage production. The problem, though, is that it may encourage speeding. If a trucker knows that he or she can earn more by breaking the speed limit, risks may be taken when the trucker would just set the cruise control at a safe limit if he or she were being paid by the hour.

What are the medical expenses I can claim in a car accident case?

The last thing you want to think about when you get hurt in a car accident is money. You just want to get better and get past your injuries as soon as possible. However, eventually your doctor's bills and other medical expenses will need to get paid.

If your car accident and associated injuries were the direct result of another party's negligence, reckless or unlawful activity, you might be able to pursue a personal injury lawsuit to recoup your medical expenses. Indeed, medical expenses tend to be the most important part of any car accident damage claim.

Exercising your right to file a wrongful death claim

Nothing can bring back a loved one after an unexpected death, but there are steps that you can take as a surviving family member to hold liable parties accountable for pain and suffering, as well as financial losses. In fact, you have the right to seek compensation if the death of your loved was the result of the negligence or harmful actions of another person.

The unexpected death of a family member can result not only in emotional and mental suffering, but also in financial suffering as well. From medical bills to loss of income, there are multiple ways that this incident could impact your family. You can learn what you can do to potentially recover these losses by reaching out to an experienced Alabama attorney as soon as possible. 

Premises liability includes more than just slips and falls

Premises liability law covers a wide variety of circumstances. Most Alabama residents think of slips and falls when they think of premises liability claims. While slip-and-fall incidents do make up a large percentage of these types of claims, this category of the law is not merely limited to people slipping on a floor that was negligently left wet at the supermarket.

Two types of premises liability lawsuits you may not have considered:

How do I know if I have whiplash?

Did you get into a car accident and head home thinking that everything was okay, but the next day you felt a horrible pain and stiffness in your neck? This might be the symptoms of whiplash, one of the most common car accident injuries that Alabama residents can suffer from. Let's take a moment to look at what whiplash is exactly.

Whiplash is known as a "soft tissue injury" in the medical field. A soft tissue injury isn't one that affects the bones, but rather the softer tissues of muscles and ligaments.

Retreaded tires: The good and the bad

We've all seen those giant pieces of rubber on the side of the interstate. That rubber used to be a piece of retread glued to the outside of a semitruck tire. However, this retreaded rubber can eventually wear out and detach, creating a dangerous obstacle on the road.

Due to these unsightly "road gators," retreaded tires have long received a bad reputation. The reputation is now even worse due to competition from Chinese tire manufacturers that can build and sell a brand new truck tire for only slightly more than the price of a retreaded tire. The thing is, some say that these Chinese-made new tires may not be as reliable as a retreaded higher quality tire.

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