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What are the most common injuries in a motorcycle accident?

A motorcycle accident is not only dangerous but potentially life-threatening. When you lose control of your motorcycle or collide with a vehicle, there are several things that could happen. You could hit the vehicle head-on, slide on the road or be thrown from your motorcycle. In each case, you face a series of significant injuries.

You can reduce your risk of injuries by wearing a helmet and appropriate riding gear at all times. After looking at a collection of data from emergency room visits for non-fatal crashes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the highest risk of injury is to the feet and legs. Around 30 percent of those in non-fatal collisions or crashes suffered injuries to the lower extremities.

Dog bites: The risk of infection is high for victims

Dog bites pose many risks beyond the initial punctures and tears. The American Pet Product Manufacturers Association states that there are around 77.5 million dogs in the U.S. Around 2 percent of people are bitten annually, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The most at-risk group of people are those between the ages of 5 and 9 years old. Boys are particularly at risk for being bitten. Around half of bites are considered to be unprovoked, with the number of bites seeming to grow in dogs that have not yet been neutered.

Man leads police on chase while transporting 4-year-old child

Two New Hampshire state troopers, their K-9 companion and a suspect fell into ice on Milton Three Ponds following an extended chase through the states of Maine and New Hampshire. According to the story from Jan. 27, the suspect had been fleeing from Maine with a child in the back seat of his Chevy 2500 pick-up truck.

The officers reported to Kittery, Maine, where the driver attempted to push their cruiser off the road. The Chevy slowed and stopped briefly before speeding away. The officer did not follow, but shortly therafter, it was seen against in Eliot, Maine. The driver was still behaving erratically, and the police again attempted to stop the vehicle. The truck got away a second time.

Hurt on a road construction site? You can get the help you need

Working in construction is dangerous, especially when you're near moving traffic. Here are some facts about road construction sites and what you should do if you've been injured.

What are some common road construction accidents?

Children and the elderly: Awards for wrongful deaths

When an elderly person or child is killed because of negligent actions, the family of that person can file a wrongful death claim against the negligent party. One of the things to remember about these claims is that children and elderly adults are treated slightly differently by the courts. In any wrongful death case, you have to consider how much the person is worth, even though that can be a difficult thing to try to discuss.

While no person's worth can be based in financial earnings alone, the person's potential earnings or lack thereof makes a difference to the case.

What kind of compensation can you get for a dog bite?

You might have been visiting a friend, walking up to knock on a neighbor's door or been riding a bike across the street when a dog attacked. You recognize it as your neighbor's pet during the attack, and you say so after emergency help arrives. You are taken to receive medical care, and now you have to start asking how you're going to cover these expenses.

Who has to pay after a dog bites you?

Use these tips to stay safe on icy roads

Driving safely when there's ice and snow can be difficult, but with a few tips you can make sure you stay safe on the roads. First, remember that you shouldn't drive at normal speeds on an icy road. When the roads are icy, no vehicle should travel over 45 mph. Even traveling as slow as 10 mph can lead to you sliding off the roads, so slow down.

The best way to avoid getting into a crash on icy roads is not to go out when the roads are icy, but that isn't always an option. If you can wait a little longer for the salt trucks or other help to clear the roads, do so. If not, go slow and remember to carry emergency blankets and other necessary items in case you get stuck. Wear your seat belt, too; it will help keep you in your seat if you slide or go off the road.

How can you prove that a dog was vicious before an attack?

There are several ways that you can prove that an owner knew that his or her dog was vicious. In many states, you won't need to do this, but there's a chance the owner could claim that you caused the dog to attack.

One of the things you can use to show that the dog had violent tendencies is to look at the breed. Bigger animals tend to cause more serious injuries simply due to their size. Some breeds, like pit bulls or Rottweilers, have a propensity for viciousness that courts will consider.

What should I know about workers' compensation coverage?

Workers' compensation was created to make sure employees would be able to seek medical attention in the case that they were injured in the course of employment. They are also entitled to additional benefits, like pay for missed days at work, in some cases.

How do employers get this insurance?

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