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What types benefits are offered through workers' compensation?

When a person in California is injured or made ill while on the job, their primary concern may be regaining their health, so they can go back to work. Unfortunately, a workplace injury can cause a person to incur numerous expense. This is significant, as a person who was injured or made ill through no fault of their own should not have to face the additional stressors of being unable to pay their bills or even afford their basic living expenses.

Fortunately, a worker injured or made ill on the job can seek workers' compensation benefits. There isa number ofdifferent types of benefits that may be pursued. One type of benefit is medical care, which the worker's employer pays for. This may include compensation for physician's appointments, tests, medication, equipment and the cost of travel that is reasonably necessary for the worker to recover from their ailment.

Federal rules aim to prevent truck driver fatigue

While no one can deny that the use of semi-trucks is important to many businesses in California, it still isn't always easy to share the road with them. Semi-trucks are incredibly large and heavy, and they take special training to operate. When it comes to an accident between 80,000 pound semi-truck and a standard 2,000 pound automobile, the automobile stands no chance.

And, unfortunately, semi-truck drivers do not always operate their vehicles responsibly. Encouraged by their employers to make as many deliveries as quickly as possible, they may try to spend as many hours on the road as possible, leading to drowsy driving.

What is a motorist's duty to pedestrians in a crosswalk?

While the rest of the country is stuck in the grasp of winter's bitter cold, people in Indio are fortunate that the mild weather in their area allows them to enjoy going outdoors on a regular basis. For some people, this may be as simple as a daily walk. Whether they are doing it for exercise or as a cheaper and environmentally-friendly alternative to driving, pedestrians in California can benefit greatly from walking.

However, taking a walk is not always a safe endeavor. Pedestrians who are struck by a car are often severely injured, or may even die. After all, pedestrians to not have crumple zones, seat belts or airbags to protect them in the event of a crash. It is simply them versus an automobile weighing thousands of pounds.

Four people lose their lives in wrong-way car accident

Freeways can be dangerous places, due to the number of vehicles on the roadway and the fast speeds at which they travel. Unfortunately, no matter how careful a person drives, he or she still could be involved in a fatal accident on a California freeway.

Four individuals recently lost their lives in an auto accident caused by a person driving the wrong way on the 210 Freeway. According to police, a man drove due west in the eastbound lanes of traffic. His vehicle struck a second vehicle head-on. The man was the only occupant of his vehicle. The vehicle he struck had three women in it.

California sees decline in workplace injuries, illnesses

California is a state of constant growth and opportunity. Buildings, factories and homes are erected at an extraordinary rate in the Golden State's fastest growing cities, and factories and manufacturing plants are pumping out vast quantities of products that will end up in the stream of interstate commerce. Of course, construction and industrial occupations present certain dangers, and every year workers in these industries are injured on the job. However, Californians may be glad to hear that according to the Department of Industrial Relations, the rate of non-fatal injuries or illnesses workers are suffering on-the-job has gone down in 2016 to 3.7 out of every 100 full-time workers. This is a decrease from the six out of 100 workers made injured or ill in 2002.

In 2016 in California approximately 466,600 workers were injured or made ill on-the-job. Of these, nearly 80 percent took place in the private industry while over 20 percent took place in the government sector. According to the Department of Industrial Relations, the jobs that saw the most days away from work last year were those in building/grounds cleaning and maintenance. After that were jobs wherein workers were repairing, maintaining or installing items, and following that, jobs in the construction industry.

Tired truck drivers cause dangerous collisions

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, around 13 percent of truck drivers are fatigued at the time they cause accidents with other motor vehicles. Fatigued or exhausted truck driving is a problem for Californians and something that federal regulators have attempted to combat with hours of service regulations on the operators of large commercial vehicles.

When drivers are behind the wheels of their commercial rigs for long stretches of time they can become exhausted both in their physical conditions as well as their mental capacities to stay alert. A fatigued truck driver may lose their focus and allow their rig to swerve between lanes of traffic. An exhausted driver may fail to notice stopped traffic in front of them and may collide with traffic when they fail to brake in time.

You're not alone after a car accident

Each and every day, countless people head out on the open road. The vast majority of these trips are completed without incident. Unfortunately, however, some of these journeys result in a car accident that has devastating effects on those involved.

Before concerning yourself with the long-term effects of a car accident, it's important to understand what to do in the immediate aftermath. If you suspect any form of injury, you should seek medical attention right away. Waiting too long can not only impact your health (which is most important), but it can also hurt your case. While you're seeking treatment, don't talk to the insurance company of the other party involved. Saying the wrong thing - which they will try to make you do - can greatly reduce any type of payout you rightfully deserve.

Pedestrians are very vulnerable out on the road

When a car or truck gets into a motor vehicle accident, there is a plethora of safety options to protect the people inside the vehicles. Airbags, seat belts, and even the frame of the vehicle help to keep the people inside alive and unharmed.

When a motorcycle is involved in an accident, there are fewer options to keep them safe, but at least there are some. Pads for their appendages, heavy jackets to protect their torsos, and hard helmets for their heads can all do a lot to minimize injuries in an accident.

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