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What does the data say about accidents involving big rigs?

Across the country, thousands of accidents occur each year, and a certain number of those crashes take place here in West Virginia. Narrowing the numbers even more, a certain number of them involve 18-wheelers. In order to narrow the numbers further, you have to consider that only a certain number of crashes involving big rigs also results in fatalities.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Highway Loss Data Institute gather facts each year regarding fatalities on the country's roadways, including those involving big rigs. It probably won't surprise you that driving or riding in a passenger vehicle increases your vulnerability in an accident involving a truck. So understanding how these accidents happen could help you avoid becoming a statistic.

Misconceptions about the dangers of distracted driving

Distracted driving is a serious issue that threatens the safety and well-being of every driver on West Virginia roads. While most drivers are fully aware of the dangers of distracted driving, many of them believe that they can still do certain things and drive safely. Misconceptions about the dangers of distracted driving can have serious or fatal consequences.

You may associate distracted driving with texting, and while that is one of the most common forms of distracted driving, it is not the only one. There are many other factors that can take a driver's attention and lead to an increased chance of an accident. If you suffered physically, emotionally and financially because of a distracted driver, you may have grounds to pursue legal recourse, regardless of the reason for the distraction.

Should I apply for SSDI or SSI benefits if I am unable to work?

West Virginia readers know that there are certain types of benefits available to individuals who are unable to work because of physical or mental conditions. If you are currently unable to work because you suffered a disabling injury or your condition is such that you can no longer carry out the obligations of your job, you have rights.

You could have a rightful claim to disability benefits, but there are things you may need to know before you apply. There are two types of programs available to you, Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income, and each of these have specific eligibility requirements. Before you move forward with your application for benefits, it is helpful to seek a full understanding of your rights and options.

Why does the SSA deny some disability claims?

If you applied for disability benefits, it is because you have a physical or mental condition that prevents you from holding gainful employment. This can be disheartening, but disability benefits could give you the ability to financially support yourself and your West Virginia family. Unfortunately, many first-time claims are denied.

It is rather common for disability claims to come back denied. This may seem like a setback, but it is possible to continue your fight for the benefits you deserve. If you have a rightful claim to any type of disability benefits through the Social Security Administration, a denial is not the end of the road for you.

4 precautions that may help protect you from drunk drivers

Driving on the roadways can present a number of hazards. Animals could run into the street. Weather conditions could make roads more treacherous. Other drivers could get distracted behind the wheel or, worse, drive while impaired. Unfortunately, drunk drivers pose one of the most significant risks to travelers, and numerous individuals die every year as a result of someone drinking and driving.

You may worry when you head out onto the roads yourself or when your child or other loved one gets behind the wheel. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a person suffers fatal injuries due to drunk drivers every 48 minutes. With a statistic like this one, it is understandable that you should feel apprehensive sharing the roadways. Because you likely cannot avoid driving, you may wonder what you could to do better protect yourself.

The unseen impact of a serious car accident

West Virginia readers know that an accident can change their lives in an instant. In a moment, you could find yourself hurt, confused and dealing with both physical and financial damages. However, a car accident can hurt you in more ways than just physically and monetarily. In many instances, a traumatic crash can cause emotional and mental duress.

The unseen damages from a car accident are just as significant as those you can see and count. As an accident victim, the scars from your accident can run deep, but you may be able to seek certain damages, for not only your financial and physical losses, but your emotional and mental ones as well. It could be reasonable for you to seek compensation for your pain and suffering.

Did a nursing home violate the rights of your loved one?

When you make the decision to place your loved one in a nursing home, it is with the expectation that the facility and those employed there will provide quality care. While most West Virginia nursing home residents receive good care and medical treatment, that is not always the case.

If you believe your loved one experienced a violation of his or her rights while living in a nursing home, you have the right to speak out on his or her behalf. No matter how sick or incapacitated nursing home residents may be, they still have rights, including the right to safety and acceptable care. Victims of any type of mistreatment in a nursing home could have a valid claim to financial compensation.

Does your chronic pain condition qualify you for disability?

West Virginia readers know that chronic medical conditions can affect many aspects of a person's life, including a person's ability to work. Even conditions that many consider to be relatively minor can have a significant impact on a person's abilities. Some of these conditions, such as complex regional pain syndrome, are chronic conditions that actually develop as a result of a previous injury.

Chronic pain is not just an inconvenience; it is a threat to a person's ability to do his or her job. If you are struggling with CRPS, it is possible that you will not be able to hold gainful employment. In this situation, you may have a valid claim to disability benefits through the Social Security Administration.

Don't fall asleep on your claim after a drowsy driving accident

Drivers get behind the wheels of their vehicles while tired all the time. You have probably done it, as well as every other driver in West Virginia. However, there is a major difference between driving while a little sleepy and driving while so exhausted that it's dangerous. In such circumstances, drowsy driving can have catastrophic, even fatal consequences.

Drowsy driving is dangerous, and it can be as dangerous as drunk driving or distracted driving. Sadly, it is rather common for drivers to make the decision to operate a motor vehicle while too tired to make safe decisions, and innocent motorists may pay the price for this decision. If you suffered harm in an accident, it is possible that a drowsy driver is to blame.

What you do after your car accident could impact your recovery

When a car accident happens, it often leaves those involved with serious injuries, unexpected medical bills and other losses. Dealing with the aftermath of a traumatic accident can be traumatic itself, but you do not have to walk through this intricate process alone. If you are a victim, knowing what to do in the days and weeks after a collision could have a direct impact on your recovery. 

If your accident was that result of the negligent or reckless actions of another West Virginia driver, you could have a rightful claim to financial compensation. However, actually obtaining restitution is an arduous process, and taking the right steps is an important part of ensuring you get the financial help you deserve.

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