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What are the helmet laws in Alabama?

Motorcycles are the most vulnerable motor vehicles on the roadway. Mainly, this is due to their size. They can be difficult to see. When you are in an accident on a motorcycle, you face the possibility of much more severe injuries than if you were in a car or truck. You do not have an extra layer of protection from the vehicle that passenger vehicles do. This is why Alabama has created laws to help keep you safe. One of those is the universal helmet law as explained by the Alabama Legislature.

Alabama is one of only a few states that have a universal helmet law. What this means is the state requires all riders, regardless of age, to wear a helmet when operating a motorcycle on roadways. The helmet must meet certain requirements. It has to protect the head properly and also meet safety standards. You can see a list of approved headgear, which is put out by the Director of Public Safety.

Remember: Insurance company employees are not your friends

After involvement in a serious car accident, you may have many topics on your mind. You may wonder how well you will recover from your injuries and how you will pay for medical expenses. You may also wonder what you will do about the repairs needed for your vehicle or having to buy a new vehicle entirely. These concerns are common after such a frightening and potentially life-changing event.

In many cases, insurance coverage can help you pay for repairs and medical expenses, but you may want to think twice before completely relying on an insurance adjuster to give you the best payout. In fact, insurance companies need to make money just like any other business, and often, they attempt to give payouts at the lowest level possible, which may not even cover the damages you suffered after an accident.

How can I protect myself when working around corrosive chemicals?

For people in Alabama who regularly work with corrosive chemicals, proper protection is of the utmost importance. While your employer is responsible for ensuring a workplace remains safe for its workers, you can also take steps to make certain you and others are not subjected to serious injuries. In this case, Brandeis University offers the following guidance to those who regularly encounter hazardous chemicals.

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3 Possible Signs of Nursing Home Neglect

If you have a loved one in an Alabama nursing home, it’s natural that you want the best care possible. Unfortunately, some nursing homes are negligent in the service they provide, which can harm residents both physically and mentally. Because this is such as serious issue, U.S. News & World Report offers the following signs of potential nursing home abuse or neglect.

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Protecting animals left in hot cars

As the temperatures heat up in Alabama, there are likely to be more news stories about dogs being left in hot cars and succumbing to the heat. This is a terrible tragedy. It is also one that many states want to try to prevent through offering freedom from liability to good Samaritans who break into vehicles to rescue pets left to suffer. In Alabama, though, the law is not on the side of the good Samaritan.

According to Michigan State University, Alabama has no good Samaritan laws. In fact, only 28 states do have such laws. These laws allow a person who sees a dog in destress to break into the vehicle to save it without fear of being prosecuted for damaging the vehicle. Some states even criminalize leaving a pet in a hot vehicle.

Drawing attention to truck driver fatigue

There are a number of reasons behind the prevalence of large truck collisions and many drivers recognize that drug use, distractions and speeding are very dangerous. However, fatigue is another serious problem in the trucking industry and a lot of large truck collisions have happened because a truck driver was too tired. There are a number of ways in which fatigue can interfere with a person's ability to drive a large truck (or any vehicle, for that matter). For example, they may fall asleep while behind the wheel, paying attention to signs or they could have difficulty reacting when there is danger on the road.

Truck drivers can become fatigued for various reasons, from the use of certain prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs to missing sleep and working for too long. In some cases, truck drivers suffer from chronic fatigue because they have a sleep disorder that is not treated, while others may struggle with short-term fatigue after missing a night's sleep. In both cases, being tired behind the wheel can be deadly. After all, large trucks are particularly dangerous when a driver loses control, between the time it can take to slow down and their size.

Is your elderly loved one a victim of financial exploitation?

Elderly individuals in Alabama are more susceptible to mistreatment, including financial exploitation. This is because they may be more trusting with people who are caring for them, and therefore, they may be more vulnerable to various types of abuse. Not all types of elder abuse is physical, and sometimes, it includes financial mistreatment and exploitation.

If you suspect that your loved one is experiencing financial abuse or exploitation, you have the right to take action on his or her behalf. With help, you can hold liable parties accountable for the suffering of your loved one and secure appropriate compensation for financial losses. The exploitation of an elderly individual is unacceptable, and you have the right to fight back.

Hazards associated with working on or around scaffolding

If you, like many men and women across Alabama, make your living working at a construction site, you probably rely on scaffolds, or temporary, elevated platforms that allow you to work at heights, to perform certain jobs. While quite common, scaffolds are inherently dangerous, both because of their temporary nature and because of the inevitable dangers that come with working at higher elevations. At The Sapp Law Firm, L.L.C., we recognize that catastrophic injuries often result from scaffolding accidents, and we have helped many state residents who suffered injury while working at construction sites pursue recourse.

Per the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, scaffolding endangers a broad number of today’s professionals, among them construction workers, building erectors and building dismantlers. Because many scaffolding-involved accidents arise because of similar errors and situations, learning where scaffolding-related hazards lie is the first step in minimizing them.

How to avoid becoming involved in a truck accident

As you travel along the roads of Alabama, it isn’t uncommon to drive alongside large tractor trailers and other trucks, in addition to cars and motorcycles. While all of these vehicles pose a certain degree of danger to you as you’re driving, tractor trailers are especially hazardous. The sheer size of these vehicles alone can cause extreme damage if they should become involved in a catastrophic accident. Large trucks need a greater distance to stop when driving at high speeds. Furthermore, the blind spots surrounding tractor trailers inhibit truck drivers’ ability to see other vehicles that are driving next to them or behind them. There are some key tips that you should keep in mind when sharing the road with large trucks.

You should attempt to stay out of a trucks’ blind spots, which are especially large on the right-hand side of and behind the truck. If you find yourself driving in these areas, speed up and pass the truck on the left. Remember, if you cannot see the truck driver’s rear-view mirror, he or she cannot see you.

Before you get on the back seat of a motorcycle

Your friend just got a motorcycle, and he wants to take you for a ride on the Alabama roadways. However, donning a helmet and hopping on the back seat can put you at risk in ways that riding shotgun in a car never would. At The Sapp Law Firm, L.L.C., we understand the many ways that a motorcycle passenger could sustain serious injuries.

MotorcyclistOnline.com notes that you are not a passive rider just because you are not in control of the steering and brakes. You must be ready for any of the operator's actions.

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