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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. 

Railroad workers could be entitled to compensation for illness

If asked about worker’s compensation for railroad workers, most people might think about accidents—such as a derailing train or collision. But there are more injuries that your employer could be liable for.

When it comes to railroad worker injuries, crashes might get the most media attention. However, there are also diseases that can result from a railroad career.

Older motorcycle riders are vulnerable to serious injuries

Spring is on its way and when the temperatures warm up a bit, more motorcycles will be on the road—and many will have seniors aboard.

Members of the baby boomer generation will be out on their Harleys and Yamahas, but much as they love cruising on their bikes, they must be aware of their vulnerability to serious injuries.

Resisting the urge to check your phone while driving

Smartphones have drastically changed how we—as a society—interact with each other. The majority of us rely on our phones as our primary form of communication. Many of us maintain entire relationships through social media and text.

Smartphone addiction is a known problem—for children and adults alike. You may be commuting home after a long day at work. You’re focused on the gridlock in front of you. Yet the second you hear your phone alert you to a new text, you may find yourself instinctively reaching over to pick up your phone and see what you’re missing.

How the law recognizes the value of your romantic relationship

On Valentine’s Day, you may dedicate a little extra time to appreciating the special things about your spouse or partner that make you feel lucky to be with them. Maybe you appreciate the way they always do the dishes whenever you cook. Perhaps you admire their knack for lifting your spirits with an inspirational talk whenever you’re feeling down. Or it could be that you simply like the way they hold you—making you feel protected and letting you know that everything is okay.

When tragedy strikes, lives can change in a flash. If your spouse were involved in a serious accident, the impact on both of your lives would be tremendous. What are the legal structures in place to protect you—as the spouse of an accident victim?

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