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Were you hit by a drunk driver with a BAC of less than 0.08?

Just like everywhere else, one of the first questions law enforcement officers here in Mississippi ask in the aftermath of a motor vehicle accident is whether impairment played a role. Even though the number of fatalities attributed to drunk driving has declined in recent years, the danger of being hit by a drunk driver remains. In fact, the driver does not even have to be considered legally intoxicated to be dangerous.

From the first drink, an individual's demeanor begins to change. As he or she continues to drink alcohol, behavioral changes only increase. Even if a driver only has one or two drinks before getting behind the wheel, it could be enough to set the stage for a catastrophic accident.

Understanding motorcycle accident statistics

Motorcycle accidents often result in serious injuries even when it is a low-speed impact. Despite helmets and other types of protective gear, the impact of the large and heavy steel frame of a passenger vehicle is no match for a person on a bike. This is why it is particularly crucial for drivers to know how to share the road safely with bikers.

There are other factors that could also affect the likelihood of a motorcycle accident. For example, motorcycles may be less visible to other drivers, which may increase the chance of a driver coming too close, side-swiping the bike or hitting it directly. Often, collisions involving bikes and larger vehicles are the result of driver error or reckless actions, such as speeding or following too closely.

What you should expect from a disability hearing

If you are unable to work because of a disability, you understand that this issue can impact multiple areas of your life. Not only do you have to live with certain limitations, but you may also experience financial hardship as well since your physical or mental condition may prevent you from working. If you are in this situation, you may want to pursue disability benefits through the Social Security Administration.

The process of actually obtaining these benefits can be difficult. The SSA holds a strict definition of what counts as a disability, and sometimes initial claims come back denied. This is frustrating but normal, and you have other options available to you. Through the appeals process, you can continue your pursuit of Social Security disability benefits and fight for the financial support you need and deserve.

Observe ladder safety to avoid work-related injuries

Mississippi residents who work in construction may spend at least some of their time on a job site on a ladder. While they are useful tools, they also present the risk of falling. Failing to observe proper ladder safety could result in work-related injuries that prevent being able to work for an appreciable amount of time.

Obviously, workers could use any number of ladders. However, it is crucial to choose the right one for the job being done. A ladder that is too short or too tall could create the need to contort in unnatural positions that affect a worker's balance. Even a fall from a short ladder could cause injuries that require medical attention and a significant amount of time off work.

Did the condition of the road factor into your accident?

When it comes to car accidents, a majority of the focus during an investigation is on the behaviors and actions of the drivers involved. Even though this makes sense, other factors out of the drivers' control could also contribute to an accident.

For instance, the condition of the road could easily play a role in a crash. How many times have you driven down a road and wondered why the city, county or state doesn't keep up with the maintenance?

Pursuing a third-party claim in a fatal workplace accident

Every job comes with risks. The difference is that, in many industries, the dangers are more apparent and prevalent. In other industries, workers and employers alike tend to forget about the hazards -- that is, until someone gets hurt. In fact, the possibility of a fatal workplace accident exists in many jobs, and occasionally, Mississippi workers may be reminded of that when a tragedy happens.

For instance, a pizza delivery man in another state recently lost his life during the performance of his duties. It should have been a routine delivery. After all, he was only taking the order to a building across the street from the pizza shop where he worked.

3 children fatally injured due to another drive's negligence

Protecting their children is the number one priority for most Mississippi parents. In fact, parents often drive more carefully when their kids are in the car. The problem is that they cannot account for the driving habits of other motorists that could lead to their children being injured due to another driver's negligence.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol recently responded to a scene involving an 18-wheeler and a passenger vehicle. Both were traveling northbound on Interstate 55 at the time of the crash. The passenger vehicle had a mechanical issue, so it was traveling at less than 70 mph when the big rig slammed into the back of it. During the impact, the passenger car hit the guardrail with enough force to make this a fatal accident.

How can you protect yourself after a commercial truck accident?

If you are ever in an accident with a large commercial truck, you know how serious this type of motor vehicle collision can be. Due to the large size and heavy weight of these types of vehicles, an accident with a semitrailer can have devastating consequences. Victims often sustain serious injuries, and extensive property damage is likely.

This type of accident is devastating, and you may not be sure how you can pick up the pieces and move forward from this point. If you are suffering from the reckless or negligent actions of a trucking company or trucker, you have options. It is in the interests of every Mississippi motorist to know how to pick up the pieces and fight for a full and fair recovery.

Child fatally injured in Mississippi car accident

Certain events tend to mark the holiday season for families. Sadly, for one Mississippi family, that event will be the death of a 7-year-old child. As the month of December began, the child was fatally injured in a car accident.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol responded to the crash on Highway 18 that involved five vehicles. Preliminary reports indicate the crash began when a westbound 18-wheeler entered the eastbound lanes and crashed into a pickup truck. The pickup truck then slammed into an SUV also in the westbound lanes. Two other vehicles headed eastbound were damaged by debris from the accident.

What do you need to know about the workers' compensation process?

An accident in the workplace can be devastating. It can leave you with injuries that keep you from working for a certain amount of time, and ultimately, this can take a significant financial toll. You may know that you have the right to seek support through a workers' compensation claim, but do you know what to expect from this process?

You have the right to fight for your full and fair recovery. It is important to know what to expect from the workers' compensation process and how you can seek to maximize the benefits that could be available to you. Workers' compensation insurance companies do not have your best interests in mind, which is why you may find it beneficial to work with a legal ally who does.

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