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Study: Pregnant women may be at greater risk for car accidents

Auto accidents are all too common in Jasper, and throughout the U.S. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 33,000 people were killed in U.S. motor vehicle accidents in 2012 alone, and many more were injured. While nearly every motorist has at least some risk of being involved in a collision, a study that was recently published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal found that the danger might be greater for pregnant women.

What workers’ compensation benefits are available in Alabama?

Employees in nearly every field and industry in Alabama, and throughout the U.S., can be at risk of suffering some type of work-related injury. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, private industry employers reported over three million occupational injuries and illnesses in 2013. Often, these workers must rely on the benefits provided through their employers’ workers’ compensation policies to cover their medical expenses, and help supplement their incomes while they are off of work to recover, or are on limited duty.

The problem and prevention of fall injuries in nursing homes

Many people expect that, since nursing homes are typically staffed with aides and nurses, residents of such facilities are not at risk of falling and suffering serious injury or death. That is not the case, however. According to the National Council on Aging, falls are among the leading causes of death for people in Alabama over the age of 79. Depending on the circumstances, failing to prevent such falls, and the resultant injuries or deaths, can be considered nursing home negligence. In order to help ensure that they, and their loved ones are protected, it can help people to understand why these types of accidents happen in nursing homes and what steps they can take to help prevent their loved ones from falling.

Weather conditions a possible factor in truck accident

The winter storms that often hit Jasper, and other cities throughout the U.S., during this time of year can make traveling particularly dangerous for drivers, including truckers. Drivers may experience reduced visibility due to weather conditions, such as rain, sleet and snow. Wet and icy roads are often slick and can cause motorists to lose control of their vehicles. As a result, truck, and other auto, accidents are common throughout the winter months.

What are Alabama’s car seat laws for children?

Children are commonly passengers in vehicles that are involved in auto accidents in Jasper, and throughout the U.S. While there is a danger of injury and death for all drivers and passengers, the risk can be more significant for children. This can be due to a number of factors, including children’s softer bones, their weaker neck muscles and larger heads in proportion to their bodies, and the overall fragility of their bodies. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were over 148,000 children injured in car accidents in 2011 alone.

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