There’s no doubting the perils of the highway. Driving is a necessary, dangerous activity we take part in every day. There are ways to lessen the dangers, however. When a warrior or martial artist learns to defensively block incoming attacks, they learn how to protect themselves and their body from serious harm. Taking this same approach, a motorist can learn how to drive in a more defensive manner that may help them avoid devastating car accidents and keep their loved ones safe.
Driving defensively is a tactic that balances caution with the necessity to keep up with the flow of traffic. It revolves around learning how to anticipate circumstances and preemptively plan for situations that might occur which involve quick thinking. Essentially, it teaches us that thinking one step ahead of your opponent—whether that opponent is a drunk driver or a commercial truck driver who loses control of their vehicle—is the first step to coming out ahead.
Placing someone you love in a nursing home and turning over their basic care to total strangers can be frightening. This emotional decision, though necessary for their well-being, is never easy. There are things you can do to help ensure that your loved one is properly cared for and does not become a victim of nursing home abuse and neglect.
Pay attention. Before choosing a facility it is likely that you carefully examined it to be sure it was a quality choice. It is important to remain vigilant and continue to examine the facility each and every time you visit. Watch how the staff interacts with one another and with residents. Note how the staff addresses the residents, such as using “Mr.” or “Mrs.” instead of “Grandpa” or “Grandma”. And note any strong smells. Strange and unpleasant odors are inevitable, but a strong, lingering smell of urine can indicate a lack of cleaning.
If you are injured in an accident at work, chances are very good you are entitled to workers’ compensation. Almost every employee in the state of Nebraska is entitled to workers’ compensation benefits under the Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Act. This law covers employees of private industry, state and local government, part-time employees, minors, and employees of charitable organizations.
An injured employee is entitled to benefits if the injury was caused by an accident or disease during or as a result of their employment and as long as the employee was not acting negligently. Employers typically obtain a workers’ compensation insurance policy. In exchange for the right to receive these benefits from their employer, the employee must forfeit their right to bring legal action against the employer for damages that result from workplace accidents and injuries.
Almost every product that we use, food that we eat, or item that we purchase has spent some amount of time traveling on United States roads in a semi truck. Semi-trucks are necessary for making many of life’s conveniences possible. But these massive vehicles also make our roadways more dangerous. When a car collides with a semi-truck, the damage is often catastrophic. Truck accidents are different from car accidents in many ways.
Trucks are substantially heavier than cars
The average passenger car weighs 3,500 pounds. A semi-truck can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. Simple physics dictates that a crash between a large object and a small object will result in greater damage to the smaller object. The enormous size difference between cars and semi-trucks makes their collision very dangerous.
For most of us, driving a car is probably the most dangerous thing we will ever do. Carelessness, complacency, distraction by technology, and reckless driving are all factors that make driving a dangerous and sometimes deadly activity. In 2015, nearly 34,000 crashes happened in the state of Nebraska alone. And 218 of those crashes were fatal.
According to the Nebraska Department of Roads, 63.6% of crashes in 2015 happened on local roads and streets. Interstate crashes accounted for only 6.6% of car crashes on Nebraska roads. However, interstate crashes had a higher fatality rate. Crashes on interstate and other state highways tend to occur at higher speeds, causing them to have increased severity.
At Welsh & Welsh, our personal injury attorneys have been practicing law for over 50 years. One of the many things we’ve learned during our years of success is that in order to provide our clients with the best legal advice and services possible, we must always look ahead. Every profession is currently living the technological future as we speak, and this includes the legal profession. Lawyers who don’t embrace technology simply get left behind.
We realized that to better embrace technology and all the benefits it offers, we needed a website that allowed our clients to easily obtain the legal information they needed at any time. We also needed a website that made it simple for prospective clients to find everything they needed to know about our firm upfront– using any mobile device, including a smartphone or tablet computer.