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Dangers of truck driver burnout

Some jobs require one to work long hours. Most residents in North Carolina and elsewhere think of doctors and factory workers when they think of long work hours, but every day, overworked truck drivers take to the road. Whether it is the start of their shift or the end of their workweek, truck drivers log hundreds of miles a day. Thus, there is an ongoing concern regarding trucker fatigue across the nation.

While tired truck drivers are dangerous. Another growing concern is their exhaustion level. Even if they do get enough sleep, exhaustion or burn out could be just as dangerous as fatigue.

Three family member perish in a North Carolina car crash

Driving a motor vehicle can seem like a simple activity. While it is rather routine for some residents in North Carolina, it is an activity that requires attention and a duty of care to be upheld. Today, technology and social media are important factors in most people's lives; however, these need to take the back seat when a motorist is operating a motor vehicle. Nonetheless, many drivers are compelled by these distractions, causing inattentiveness and negligence behind the wheel.

According to recent reports, a fatal car accident in Nash County resulted in the death of three generations in one vehicle. Police reported that the crash occurred in the morning hours near baily on Highway 264. Authorities believe the rear-end collision occurred when the driver of a truck attempted to pass a camper it was behind in the right-hand lane. The truck driver did not see the stopped vehicle in the left lane, resulting in a collision.

Helping you assert your rights following an automobile collision

For the most part, most residents in North Carolina own and operate a motor vehicle. While some may view this as a luxury, to many this is a necessity in life. Although motor vehicles are fairly reliable and provide the ability to transport individuals safely to one destination to the next, motor vehicles are also prone to encountering and causing many risks and dangers on the roadways. If a driver is negligent, distracted, reckless or intoxicated, this indicates a failure to uphold the duty to drive safe. It also signifies a perfect environment for a collision.

The aftermath of an automobile collision is devastating and life-altering. No one expects to collide with another vehicle, and victims certainly did not accept dealing with the pain and suffering they endured because of the accident. At Miller Law Firm, PLLC, our experienced legal team focuses on the needs and rights of our clients. An accident victim's life could be turned upside down; thus, we are dedicated to helping Raleigh residents navigate a personal injury action.

Can I get fired if I file a workers' compensation claim?

For many people who are injured at work, their biggest concern is holding on to their job. Many employers discourage injured employees from filing claims for workers compensation benefits, sometimes by actually telling a hurt employee not to file a claim and to just use their own health insurance. Other times, employers let it generally be known throughout the workplace that a worker who files a claim can make themselves a target for termination down the line. The good news is that North Carolina has laws specifically designed to protect injured workers who file workers' compensation claims from retaliation by their employers. Can you be fired for filing a claim? The short answer is "no."

6 tips for keeping older employees safe at work

Older workers make up less than a quarter of the workforce, but in 2015, workers 55 and older accounted for nearly 35 percent of all fatal workplace accidents.

As we discussed in a previous post, this is happening at a time when overall workplace fatalities are dropping. The workplace fatality rate among those 55 and older is 50 to 65 percent higher than for other workers. What's going on?

Don't let social media damage your workers' compensation claim

These days, if you want to learn about a person's life or who they are, the first place to go is often that person's social media accounts. Photos, comments, and even places where we have been can all be open to public view. We can have some control over what information about us we make "public," but not always. If you are involved in a workers' compensation claim, rest assured that social media is one of the first places the insurance company evaluating your claim is going to look to try and find an excuse not to pay you the benefits you need. We know that Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and other social media platforms don't tell the whole story of our lives, and are only a "snapshot." Those snapshots are typically of moments when we are in a good place and feeling well - who posts pictures of themselves struggling to get groceries out of the car or of the look on a child's face when a parent can't play catch because the pain is too much? On the other hand, a picture of you smiling at a friend's birthday party at a restaurant or of you on a beach vacation with family can be just the "evidence" an insurance company is looking for to claim that you are not really hurt, or that you are capable of doing more than you really are. It won't matter that the only time you were smiling at the birthday party was for the picture and you were in pain the whole time, or that you spent most of the "vacation" alone in the hotel room while your family had to go have fun without you.

Analysis: Serious traffic wrecks down in 2017, still quite high

Preliminary data from the first half of 2017 indicates that traffic injuries and fatalities were down slightly over last year, although they're still substantially higher than they were at this time in 2015. Deaths from motor vehicle accidents started to spike in 2014, and 2016's total represented the steepest two-year increase in traffic fatalities since 1964, according to the nonprofit National Safety Council.

According to the safety organization, there were approximately 18,680 traffic deaths in the U.S. in the first half of 2017, which ended on June 30. That's about 1 percent fewer than in the first half of 2016. The first half of this year also saw an estimated 2.1 million serious injuries in traffic accidents. The council estimates the financial costs of those losses at about $191 billion -- and that doesn't count the human cost.

High levels of construction work mean risks from mobile cranes

Construction is at an all-time high in the U.S. right now, and simple exposure means that injuries and financial losses will follow. This week, we're talking about the risks associated with mobile cranes.

Did you know that the riskiest time for losses around mobile cranes is when they're entering and existing job sites? It's true, according to a spokesperson for ProSight Specialty Insurance. Tower cranes and other large cranes have to be assembled and trucked in, then dismantled and trucked out, but mobile cranes are driven onto and off of job sites fully assembled.

Growing number of older workers, rise in fatal worksite accidents

A recent Associated Press analysis of federal statistics found that older people -- those between 55 and 70 -- are working quite a bit longer than they traditionally have. Baby Boomers may have rejected the traditional retirement date of 65, or they may simply need the income. Either way, statisticians expect them to make up a full 25 percent of the workforce by 2024.

They're not working desk jobs, either. A 2013 AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll found that 44 percent of American workers aged 55 to 70 worked in a job that required physical effort either most or almost all of the time. At the same time, 36 percent reported having more difficulty completing the physical aspects of their jobs than they did when they were younger.

Study: Inexperienced teen drivers 3 times as likely to crash

New research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that inexperienced teen drivers between the ages of 16 and 17 are three times more likely than adults to become involved in a car accident with a fatality. This has led a number of safety groups to issue a warning now, while summer is at its height.

Summer is a time of fun and relaxation for most teens, but summer is also one of the deadliest times of year for auto accidents -- and teens are already the group with the highest rate of accidents.

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