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Overexertion can result in musculoskeletal injuries and damage

It can be hard for a Texas resident to get up each morning and get to their job. However, most people are able to put forth a great amount of effort toward the completion of their work-related tasks once they arrive at their offices, construction sites or other work locations. That effort can help them finish their responsibilities faster and support the goals of their employers.

It is important for workers to work hard, but at the same time, workers must be protected from a common cause of workplace injuries and accidents: overexertion. Overexertion happens when a worker engages in the same motion or activity over and over again, causing stress and pain in their body. It may also happen when a worker is asked to do something that they are not physically capable of doing on their own, such as lifting a heavy object with a machine or additional support.

Victims do not have to fight their legal battles on their own

Suffering injuries in a motor vehicle accident can be an isolating experience. A victim may have loved ones who support them as they recover, providing them with care as they heal. However, a Texas resident who is hurt when a negligent driver collides with their vehicle must overcome their physical pain on their own and learn how to cope with their new limitations without the guidance of others.

Surviving a devastating motor vehicle accident can be difficult and it can also be expensive. Emergency medical bills alone can reach into the thousands of dollars, and if a motor vehicle accident victim must undergo surgeries, physical therapies or other accident-related treatments, there losses can be exorbitant. Some individuals never recover from their motor vehicle accident injuries; some never find financial security after incurring the costs of their medical care.

Help prevent truck crashes with these tips

Big rigs can be a hazard to drivers, but it's often those driving smaller vehicles who cause problems for larger trucks. Smaller vehicles may zip in and out of traffic, but that speedy behavior can lead to collisions.

Large vehicles need special considerations on the roadways. For example, they need to make sure that they have enough time to stop, so drivers often leave space between themselves and the vehicles in front of them. If a smaller car moves into the lane, then the driver of the truck has to slow down, back away and put space back between themselves and the next vehicle.

Parents can take steps to prevent teen crashes

New drivers are at a higher risk of being involved in a fatal collision, but parents can help reduce that risk. While parents may believe that the education their children receive before getting their license is enough, the reality is that they have a continuous job to keep their teenagers safe.

There are many ways to help your teen stay safe when behind the wheel. Here are three to make sure you follow through on.

Traumatic injuries are a problem for American workers

On almost any given day, a Texas resident may suffer an injury while performing the tasks of their job. Many workplace injuries are minor, such as the papercuts that individuals may get from filing documents or the bruises they may acquire when they walk into tables or other equipment or furniture. More serious injuries can result when workers trip, slip and fall on the job, and in some cases, workers may even suffer traumatic injuries when significant accidents threaten their well-being.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 25% of non-fatal workplace injuries result from slips and falls and that those injuries often result in workers having to take time away from their jobs to heal. Slips and trips can result in more than stubbed toes: broken bones and other serious trauma can result when workers fall while doing their work.

Reasons that motorcycle accidents happen

Although there are not as many motorcycles on Texas roads as there are other types of motor vehicles, many people enjoy the freedom that motorcycle riding brings to their lives. Motorcycles are open to nature and allow riders to have a more physical experience as they travel from destination to destination. Motorcyclists often recognize, though, that their chosen method of transportation can be dangerous due to their own actions and the actions of others.

Some motorcycle crashes are caused by rider mistakes and negligence. This is similar to the fact that some car accidents are caused by driver inattentiveness, recklessness and negligence as well. Many others are caused by the actions of others and the problems that dangerous drivers create for others on the roads.

Stay safe in rush hour traffic with these tips

If you live in or around the Houston area, driving in rush hour traffic is a way of life. Even when you do your best to avoid it, you're still likely to find yourself creeping along during the morning and early evening hours.

When navigating rush hour traffic, it's easy to turn your attention to making your way to your destination as quickly as possible. While this is important, your safety and well-being should always be top priority.

Committed support for truck accident victims

Large trucks, like semis and delivery vehicles, can create a lot of harm when they are the cause of roadway accidents. A Texas resident who is unfortunate enough to be involved in a collision with a truck will quickly learn how devastating such incidents can be. From suffering serious injuries to losing time and work opportunities as they recover, victims can feel the effects of truck accidents for years.

It is because these accidents can be so damaging to victims' lives that many individuals who have suffered harm in truck collisions choose to sue for their losses. Their claims are based on personal injury theories of law and plead the loss of damages that were caused by the negligence of truck drivers, truck operators, and companies that put trucks on the roads.

How can workplace repetitive stress injuries develop?

Some workplace injuries are suffered by victims of serious accidents and unexpected events. For example, when a trench collapses at a construction site, Texas workers may suffer a range of injuries as they are pulled from the debris of their accident. However, many workers are hurt every year in a much more subtle way. Rather than becoming victims of big events, they suffer harm from doing their jobs over and over each day.

A repetitive stress injury is one in which a body part is used over and over and wears down over time. A worker who must operate a single piece of equipment to do their job may suffer this form of harm if the action of using their tool forces them to move in a repetitive manner. Additionally, office workers who spend much of their days at computers may suffer repetitive strains in their hands and arms from typing at desks.

Impact speed makes a difference in pedestrian crashes

The speed at which a driver is traveling can dictate how severe a person's injuries are when they're involved in a pedestrian accident. It makes sense to say that the faster a vehicle goes, the greater the chance of injuries or fatalities upon impact. What might not be as clear is how fast a vehicle can go and still give a person a chance at survival.

There are many factors that affect the outcome of a pedestrian crash. The person's weight, age and overall health play a role in the ability to survive. The vehicle's speed plays a role, as does the angle of impact.

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