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Document your injuries after a car accident

Insurance adjusters have exactly one job: minimizing the losses to their company on personal injury claims.

If you've been in a car accident, you can't expect the other driver's insurance company to pay you a dime more than they have to pay -- and what they have to pay is based largely on what you can prove. To maximize your potential recovery, document everything you can about your injuries and damages.

What can you do after you're injured at a friend's house?

People often make time in the summer to visit their friends, especially for backyard parties. Unfortunately, accidents can happen during those visits that can end up putting a strain on the friendship.

If you're seriously injured at a friend's house, it's important to understand your options. Your injuries could otherwise leave you in bad financial shape as you struggle with medical bills and even experience a period of unemployment while you heal.

Take extra care near intersections to avoid potential crashes

If you are like most drivers, you probably already take steps to stay safe behind the wheel. You avoid getting into a vehicle when you have been drinking or with a driver who has. You leave your cellphone out of your hands while you're driving, so that you can focus on the road. However, even if you attempt to be safe, you can't avoid risk related to other drivers.

One of the most dangerous places to be on a road is at an intersection. While highways may involve higher speeds than the average intersection, the fact that vehicles must start, stop and turn where roads cross one another is a risk factor for many crashes. Thankfully, educating yourself about intersection collisions can reduce the likelihood of experiencing one.

Are small dog bites really that dangerous?

There's no question that a large dog can do some serious damage with a bite -- even moderately-sized canines have enough force in their jaws to kill a human being. That causes a lot of people to treat medium and large dogs with a certain amount of properly due caution.

However, that caution often goes right out the window when a dog lover spots a smaller dog, like a Chihuahua or a Pekingese, because those little guys don't seem like such a threat.

Trucker charged with homicide in distracted driving death

A trucker in Pennsylvania has been criminal charged over the distracted driving death he allegedly caused back in October 2017.

According to police, the trucker was watching a Steelers game on his cellphone while he was driving -- among other things. The distraction caused him to overlook a motorcyclist on the road ahead and ram into the back of the vehicle, killing the driver and seriously injuring the passenger.

Seat belt injuries and pregnancy

There's absolutely no doubt that seat belts save lives -- that's why they're required by law. Under the right circumstances, however, seat belts can also end up being the cause of unexpected injuries, particularly among pregnant women.

If you're pregnant, you need to know how to safely wear seat belts and the type of injuries that can occur in a wreck.

Avoiding accident scams during summer vacation

Summer is vacation time -- but if you're heading out of town this year, or if your hometown happens to be a vacation hot spot, take care that you don't end up in the middle of a scam. You could become the unwitting accomplice of "car accident artists" who try to grab quick paydays from drivers and their insurance companies.

Staged auto accidents are a real problem. They often spike in the summer months when there are plenty of people on vacation -- which makes them easier targets since they're unfamiliar with the roads and often eager to avoid the complications of a car accident while they're on a trip somewhere. These scammers sometimes target innocent drivers and sometimes their insurance companies -- but they make it much harder for real victims to assert a claim for damages. Insurance companies and jurors alike start viewing everyone with a suspicious, jaded eye.

Even a small brain injury can mean big changes in a victim

When we think about brain injuries, we often imagine a victim who either has amnesia and can't remember a family member, or else may envision a person who wakes up one day completely capable of playing an instrument or performing complex mathematical equations. In most instances, a blow to the head does not "unlock" special abilities in a victim — in fact, it is usually just the opposite.

The most common type of brain injury is a mild traumatic brain injury, or TBI. They are so common, in fact, that many victims never realize that they suffered physical harm at all. Car accident victims, for instance, may not remember receiving a blow to the head, only to find days later that they constantly feel foggy-headed, or have ongoing headaches and nausea, among other things.

Slip-and-fall basics: Know what to do if it happens

Slip-and-fall accidents are terribly common -- and they can be more devastating than most people realize. Depending on your age, your health and the type of fall you take, you can end up with anything from a torn ligament in your knee to a traumatic brain injury.

Falls are so common that they are actually the No. 1 cause of missed days at work. Perhaps most surprisingly, bad falls often occur at ground level -- not from an elevated height like most people might think.

Is drowsy driving as dangerous as drunk driving?

We’ve all done it. We’ve stayed up all night cramming for a final exam. We’ve stared at our bedroom ceiling until dawn, anxious about our big job interview the next day. We may think a sleepless night shows academic or professional dedication. And there’s nothing really wrong with that.

If you want to stay up all night preparing for your sales pitch, that’s your prerogative. Just don’t drive yourself to work the following day. While your lack of sleep won’t elevate your blood alcohol concentration (BAC), the effects are just as serious.

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