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Stay safe during your next Uber or Lyft rideshare

Uber, Lyft and other rideshare services allow you to reach your destination without driving yourself. If you want to avoid looking for a parking spot, navigating traffic and the other mundane tasks that come with driving your own vehicle, taking a rideshare is a fantastic choice. 

You do not want your trip to end in a disaster, though. After all, if your rideshare driver has an accident, you may sustain serious injuries. You may also experience property damage. While acting quickly to receive compensation from whoever caused the accident is important, you would likely rather avoid an injury altogether. Here are three suggestions for staying safe during your next Uber or Lyft ride: 

Injured workers may file third-party liability claims

When workplace accidents occur, many Illinois employees assume that workers’ compensation benefits are the only form of compensation they are eligible for. Sometimes, the nature of injuries they sustain and the costs associated with them far exceed the value of benefits they can recover.

Accidents that occur on the job or during the commission of work duties do not always solely involve negligence from the employer or employee. Many injured workers do not realize that there are conditions where they can file third-party liability claims without losing their right to receive workers’ compensation. Here is a brief explanation of third-party liability and workers’ compensation claims. 

Things you need to consider before you use a ladder at work

If you perform any kind of manual labor, there is a good chance that you will need to use a ladder at some point. Anytime you are high off the ground, you run the risk of falling.

We all know how dangerous it can be to fall even a short distance. You need to make sure that you are physically prepared for your work before you take the first step up a ladder.

Emergency vehicles and distracted drivers

The glamor and fascination with firefighters, paramedics, EMTs and other medical first responders are legendary attractions both in Hollywood films and real life.

The frontline of brave heroes draws followers. Mesmerized drivers stare at the drama of a rescue in progress when they unexpectedly see the rotating light bar from a firetruck at the side of the road.

What to do as a pedestrian after you get hit by a car

A vehicle hitting you as a pedestrian is a scary experience. It can happen to anyone – in fact, nearly 6,000 pedestrians died from traffic crashes in 2017. Because of this risk, it is crucial to know how to respond after such an event.

When a car hits you, you need to take certain steps to protect yourself financially, medically and legally. Here are some suggestions on how to safeguard yourself after a pedestrian accident. 

Driving is riskier than you think

You hear so much about all the things you should do to avoid a car crash: Put down your cellphone while driving. Wear your seat belt. Follow the speed limit. You may feel that all the advice is overkill and there are more important things to worry about or dangers to prevent.

However, when you take a closer look at the numbers, you will see how risky it really is to drive and why these precautions matter. These are the statistics you need to know.

Whose fault is it if a trespasser on my property gets hurt?

What happens if a trespasser on your land gets hurt? Could you be responsible for their injuries, even though they trespassed illegally? You might be concerned about damage a trespasser could cause to your property, but you might also need to worry about how they could injure themselves.

How the opioid epidemic is affecting workplace fatalities

Fatal workplace injuries are on the rise, according to a recent report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Between 2015 and 2016, such injuries jumped by 7 percent. Instances of workplace violence spiked by 23 percent--which contributed to the escalation in workplace fatalities. However, the number one reason for this upward trend is linked to drug use.

Pedestrians struck at higher rates

When you want to go out for a stroll, you need to pay attention to what is going on around you. Vehicle-versus-pedestrian incidents continue to rise, and in Illinois, it means you can wind up seriously injured or worse.

With the rates of pedestrian strikes so high, what, if anything, can you do to protect yourself from becoming a statistic? Take a look at some of the ways you can keep yourself safe as a pedestrian.

3 common reasons for slip and falls

Slip-and-fall accidents are more common than you may think. The National Floor Safety Institute finds that there are approximately 1 million emergency room visits every year because of slip-and-fall injuries. Injuries you may sustain from such an incident range from minor bruises to severe skull fractures.

Because of the risk of this issue, it is vital to do whatever you can to avoid getting hurt in this manner. The first step is to know what causes these types of accidents to occur. 

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