Most of us are trying so hard to avoid getting into a car crash that we never consider the fact that some people are causing them on purpose. So-called "staged car accidents" are rising in popularity as a way for criminals and scam artists to make a quick buck.
The floor is wet, or the sidewalk is icy. Suddenly, you feel the world shift around you as your feet slid out from under you. You wind up falling on your back, slamming onto your side or crashing into nearby fixtures in the store. You may need help to get up, or you may even black out for a few seconds. If you don't notice a horrific injury, like a broken arm, right away, you may feel tempted to quickly move on and hope no one saw. Doing that could prove to be a major mistake.
Unless you have personally experienced the loss of someone close to you in an unnecessary accident, you will not fully understand the trauma of such a loss. Family members will never stop wondering, "What if my loved one took another route to work that day?" Or, "What if the at-fault driver had decided not to drive drunk that night?"
No one plans to get into a serious motor vehicle collision. Although everyone knows there is risk of both injury and potentially death when you drive or ride in a fast-moving vehicle, it is necessary for most people in Pennsylvania with jobs, children or medical needs. Many people do their best to avoid risk factors, including drugs, alcohol and distraction while driving. However, the fatality rate is on the rise anyway.
When you think of asbestos, you probably think of serious cancer, like mesothelioma. Most cases of this kind of cancer involve people who worked in industries with regular exposure. Factory workers, auto mechanics and even construction workers who handled insulation or asbestos remediation could end up developing serious medical conditions due to repeated, prolonged exposure to the toxic minerals.
Driving in Pittsburgh, like many other cities, can be dangerous. The weather conditions can be less than ideal in the winter, with snow and ice on the ground. Other drivers may act negligently or even recklessly. The road itself could be in poor condition and lead to an accident.
One of the most unique things about Cracker Barrel is the Old Country store out front. While you're waiting for your meal or after you've finished, you probably want to peruse the cutesy items for sale. From giant checkerboard rugs to rabbit skins and even clothing, there's all kinds of gifts and fun items for sale. Unfortunately for some people, one of the items recently sold in Cracker Barrel could prove dangerous.
Most people go out of their way to avoid serious injuries. Whether it's driving more slowly in inclement weather or avoiding unleashed dogs on the street, we all engage in risk management.
The slip-and-fall scene is so common in movies and television that many people have internalized the way Hollywood presents these accidents. A person slips, maybe on a banana peel, and flies up into the air, feet up and head down. The victim comes crashing down, buttocks and ego bruised, only to get up and walk it off.
Imagine making your daily commute when another driver rear-ends you. Once the police arrive and you and the other driver are providing your information for the police report, you find out that he does not have car insurance. Does this mean that you have to pay for the damages to your car? What about medical expenses associated with your injuries? The impact was hard enough that you soon began to experience back and neck pain. What if the damage is more serious than you think it is? Will you be stuck paying expensive medical bills and losing out on pay because you have to take time off of work?