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Toxic exposure at work can be bad for your wallet and your health

Some Alabama workers have jobs that require then to be in close proximity or close contact with dangerous substances and toxic chemicals. Whether it is in a one-time accident or it occurred slowly over time, exposure to dangerous substances can have a detrimental impact on your health and your wallet.

If you became ill or suffered physical injuries because you came into contact with something at work, you may have grounds to seek benefits through your employer's workers' compensation benefits. Occupational illness is a valid reason to file a claim, and while the process can be quite complicated, you do not have to navigate it on your own. 

4 reasons why a seatbelt could save your life

When it comes to car accidents and car accident prevention, following the law and being an attentive -- as well as a defensive -- driver are not always enough. Some Alabama drivers will get into an accident no matter how excellent they are at driving. It's in these car accident circumstances that you definitely want to be wearing seatbelt to try and avoid or minimize your injuries.

Here are several reasons why a seatbelt could save your life:

Workers' compensation death benefits in Alabama

Most Alabama workers know that if they suffer a serious on-the-job injury, they can seek workers' compensation benefits to pay for their medical care. This applies to all manner of job-related injuries caused by accidents, repetitive use, chemical exposure and more. It also applies to work-caused diseases. What many workers don't realize, however, is that if they suffer a job-related death, their family members may also be entitled to death benefits.

Workers' compensation death benefits are meant to assist families financially during the difficult period following the loss of a loved one who was also contributing financially to the family. During this difficult time, close family members will be struggling emotionally to come to grips with their loved one's death. Financial struggles will be the last thing on their minds, but losing the salary of a spouse can create serious survival challenges that extend far beyond emotional suffering.

25 percent of drivers used a cellphone before crashing

A technology company reports that nearly 25 percent of drivers were using their cellphones just before getting into an accident. The study was published by a technology firm that built an app to curb cellphone use while driving.

The technology company, Cambridge Mobile Telematics, also reported that 52 percent of vehicle trips that resulted in crashes involved distracted driving. The chief technology officer for CMT said that that being distracted by smartphones has proved to be a serious problem for pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers and their passengers. In fact, it's one of the prime determinants that can result in a crash these days.

Fatal motorcycle crash in Autauga may result in criminal charges

A fatal motorcycle accident in Autauga, Alabama, could result in criminal charges against the surviving motorcycle driver. The accident happened last Saturday at approximately 10 p.m., on Alabama Highway 14. A 24-year-old Florida woman was killed in the incident. She was pronounced dead by emergency responders at the crash site.

The woman was riding as a passenger on a motorcycle driven by a 29-year-old man. He survived the crash and required hospital care. The accident happened after he lost control of his Yamaha motorcycle and drove into a ditch.

Can you get workers' compensation benefits for your car crash?

Workers' compensation insurance offers protection to employees while they are carrying out their job duties. If those job duties included driving a vehicle -- and the worker was "on the job" at the time the car crash occurred -- then workers' compensation insurance may pay for his or her medical care, time spent unable to work and more.

Here are the most important facts to be considered when determining if your accident injuries will be covered:

Some workplace hazards are so common that they go unnoticed

Employers in Alabama and all across the nation are responsible for the safety and health of their employees. While certain industries pose greater risks than others, some dangers exist in almost all workplace environments. You may be able to avoid serious injuries if you keep a lookout for some of the most common threats.

Although the fact that workers' compensation benefits will cover medical expenses and lost wages in the event of an occupational injury, minimizing the risks may prevent the need to claim benefits altogether. By reporting hazardous situations to your employers, you might even help to prevent co-workers from suffering workplace injuries.

Several myths about retreaded tires

We've all seen those giant pieces of tire on the side of the road. If you drive semitrucks, you know exactly what those are. They're strips of rubber that trucking companies glue on to worn out tires in order to save money and make the tires last longer. Using retreads on semitrucks is safe, legal and reasonable as long as follow good maintenance protocols.

If you're a truck driver, though, there are a few myths you might want to know about retreads:

Mother and daughter die in separate car accidents on the same day

A mother and her little girl are dead following two car accidents on a recent Tuesday afternoon. The 39-year-old mother died at around 3 p.m. after being involved in a two-car crash. On the same highway -- Alabama 117 -- her 8-year-old daughter died in an unrelated car crash about 30 minutes later.

The mother died in a car crash involving her Ford Explorer and a Dodge Ram. The Ram driver and another passenger in that vehicle survived the head-on collision with the mother's Explorer. They were rushed to a local hospital to receive medical treatment.

Common elements in a truck accident case

Semitrucks are extremely heavy, making them slow to stop, slow to maneuver and slow to accelerate. The slowness makes them more likely to get into a car accident, and the heaviness results in extreme and catastrophic injuries and damages when they do.

Because the dangers associated with big rigs are elevated, special laws apply to the drivers of commercial trucks and the transportation companies that employ them. These laws will come into play if someone injured by a semitruck decides to pursue a personal injury claim to pay for their damages.


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