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Long hours may increase injury risk in mines

When people think about injuries in the mining industry, explosions and similar incidents frequently come to mind. What they might not realize is that many mining injuries stem from other, often preventable, factors. One of these is the length of each shift the miners work.

Many mining companies are moving to longer shifts, which sometimes top out at 10 to 12 hours. While this might seem beneficial to the company, the unintended impact is that there is an increased risk of injuries and deaths.

Why must truckers perform pre-trip inspections?

Fleet managers have many responsibilities. One of those is to make sure and inspect their trucks before the tractor-trailer operator takes it out on the road. While many truckers may not see the point in checking out their truck before it's driven out of the parking lot, federal regulators demand that truckers do this for a reason. Tractor-trailers are large and often heavy. They can do a lot of damage if they're involved in a crash.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires all truckers or trucking companies to complete a Driver-Vehicle Inspection Report (DVIR) before initiating a haul.

You have 2 years to file a personal injury claim

Being involved in a car wreck can lead to serious injuries, so the victims must ensure that they get the medical care they need. This is sometimes a costly endeavor when the co-pays, deductibles and other out-of-pocket expenses come into the picture. Unfortunately, not obtaining the care and other items that are necessary for treatment isn't really an option. This puts the financial pressure on the innocent victims of these crashes.

We know that most people don't have the money to cover this type of catastrophe. The financial stress can make it difficult for them to focus on healing, so they can get to the life they knew before the crash or the life that they'll have now if the injury was catastrophic.

Slips and trips at stores come from several reasons

Going shopping shouldn't be a dangerous experience. Unfortunately, some retailers don't take customer safety seriously. They might leave hazards around the business that put the people who are coming to procure goods in danger.

There are several things that can put customers at risk that store employees need to be aware of. One of the most obvious of these is wet spots on the floor. These are common when it's raining because people who come into the store may have water on their shoes. This can make the entryway slick. Businesses can use mats, fans, and wet floor signs to help keep customers safe.

Don't let your social media jeopardize your insurance claim

Social media platforms can connect West Virginia residents with friends and family all across the globe. Right now, the opportunity to stay connected this way may be more important than ever.

However, if you were recently involved in an accident for which you are making an insurance claim, sharing on social media may not be the best idea. Your posts and pictures may not be as private as you think.

Can the Federal Employers Liability Act help hurt rail workers?

Being employed in the railroad industry here in West Virginia is a dangerous job. The federal government signed the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) into place in 1908 after realizing just how risky it is for individuals to be employed as railroad workers face. Railroad companies are required to adhere to certain safety regulations as part of FELA.

FELA requires that railroad workers be properly trained and familiar with safety precautions. This piece of federal legislation also requires rail workers to be constantly supervised and not to subject them to unreasonable demands.

You only have 2 years to take legal action after a car wreck

A person who's involved in a car wreck is likely going to have some injuries. Some of these might be catastrophic. For those who suffer an injury in a wreck that's caused by another person's negligence, the thought of being responsible for their own medical care and other crash-related expenses might be infuriating. We're here to help you work to shift the financial responsibility to the liable party because no victim should be left with the bills for these situations.

The damages you face might be considerable. They can include medical transportation, including being air-lifted or taken by ambulance, the emergency room care, hospitalization, follow-up visits and therapy sessions. Medication costs are also an expense. You may even need personal care assistance, which is another financial consideration for you.

Federal regulations govern driving time for truckers

Truckers spend a lot of time on the roads, but this doesn't mean that they're immune to fatigue. In an effort to minimize the chance of one of these professional drivers suffering from this problem, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has set limits for how long they can drive. These rules are set for interstate hauls, and they must be complied with unless there is a temporary relaxation of the regulations due to a declared disaster.

The hours of service regulations are divided into two primary categories. One of is for those who transport goods and the other is for those who carry passengers.

Fatigued driving is a serious problem in West Virginia

Drowsy drivers pose a risk to everyone else on the roadways. Anyone who is going to drive needs to be sure they get ample sleep and are mentally prepared to drive. This can help keep them and others on the road safe.

A survey of almost 150,000 adults shed some light into how big of a problem drowsy driving is in this country. It included people in the District of Columbia and 19 states. It found that people who slept six hours or less, as well as those who snored, were more likely to fall asleep at the wheel. Overall, around 4% of respondents reported that they'd fallen asleep while they were driving at some point within the 30 days prior to completing the survey.

Are you ready for the financial impact of an accident?

If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, the first thought that may run through your head is, "Am I hurt?" Naturally, this concern will extend to others traveling with you and perhaps those in the other vehicle. The next thought that occurs to you might be, "Is this going to be expensive?" It is not an unreasonable question.

In fact, you probably already know an accident will cost you. When you think about medical expenses, damage to your vehicle, lost wages and other setbacks, it is wise to do everything you can even before you get behind the wheel of your car to avoid mistakes that may add to your financial pain.

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