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Three safe walking habits to help you prevent being hit by a car

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were almost 6,000 pedestrians killed by cars in 2016. A majority of those crashes happened when it was dark outside, as opposed to other times of day. A majority of crashes also occurred at areas other than intersections.

Drivers should be looking for pedestrians all the time, should be prepared to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks and should display extra caution when backing up. However, drivers do not always do these things. Sometimes this failure is caused by conditions that make it challenging to see pedestrians. Other times drivers may be driving too fast to stop in time or they may be distracted or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Common injuries deserving of compensation after an auto accident

Anyone involved in a serious auto accident knows the pain and shock it causes to both mind and body. Many accident victims experience debilitating trauma interfering with their confidence to get behind the wheel again long afterwards. Although it is impossible to change the past, accident victims are entitled to certain compensation for the damages experienced.

If you have been hurt in an accident, you need to know what you are entitled to before you are left with medical bills and the inability to return to work. A quality legal representative can ensure you are not unfairly treated after a serious auto-accident. The last thing you want is to be held financially responsible for damages that you suffered at the negligence of another driver.

Factors that lead to personal watercraft accidents

We have all heard about jet skis, the water vehicles you can rent while on vacation or buy for your own personal use. The popularity of personal watercraft (PWC) is increasing in Florida and other states with beautiful beaches. Though it’s a thrill to ride the waves, PWC can be just as dangerous as cars. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, there was 671 PWC accidents in Florida in 2015 – 52 deaths.

If operators and passengers are not following the "rules of the road" while out on the water, accidents can happen. Accidents on the water can happen for a variety of reasons, but it is important to be aware of the common causes of PWC accidents.

How to practice boat safety

With the rise in temperatures, many people are anxious to get their boats back on the water. In Florida, we are lucky to have so many bodies of water to enjoy boating activities.

However, accidents can happen out on the water. Three common types of boating accidents are when one of your passengers falls off the boat, your boat overturns or your boat strikes another boat or object. To prevent tragedy, you should practice proper safety procedures.

Ouch! Most common dogs ranked for bite injuries

Our furry, four-legged friends may turn into enemies when they snap and attack unexpectedly. It can happen at a moment’s notice and injuries could lead to surgeries, temporary loss of mobility, trauma and more. Unfortunately, small children are at the highest risk of getting badly injured by a dog bite. It can be devastating to try and recover trust in an animal that has caused physical and emotional pain.

You and your loved ones deserve to be prepared to handle matters should a dog bite happen. This means keeping an account of any medical costs associated with the injury and taking plenty of pictures and witness statements if moving forward with legal action.

4 delayed injuries that can surprise accident victims

In the immediate aftermath of a car accident, many details demand attention. You will have to file a claim with insurance, get your car fixed and you might have to take a day or two off work. Once everything is under control, you can be relieved to put the incident behind you.

However, that can be very difficult to do if you start noticing signs of injuries days or even weeks later. These are delayed injuries, and they have the potential to be very serious. Below, we look at four types of delayed injuries that accident victims often suffer.


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