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Answering these wrongful death questions could change your life

When a loved one's death is the result of another person's negligence, your life is turned upside down. As you grieve, it's critical to revisit the cause of the death with a focus on the steps you can take to hold the negligent party responsible.

You're not alone if you don't have much (or any) knowledge of wrongful death laws. This isn't something most people learn about until they find themselves in position to take legal action.

Autumn dangers motorcyclists should avoid

The cooler weather is here, which means that leaves will start to fall off the trees. While the changing leaves are undoubtedly beautiful to look at, the falling leaves are one of the most significant hazards that motorcyclists face. Anyone on a motorcycle during this season should know how to handle this danger, as well as a few others that come with the colder weather months.

When the leaves fall on the roadway, they can become slippery. This gets even slicker if there is rain or dew. For motorcyclists, the effect of the leaves is much the same as riding on a sheet of ice. There is also the chance that the leaves will cover a pothole or another defect in the road that can cause problems for the two-wheel vehicle. When you can't avoid the leaves, drive through them as slowly as possible to reduce the risk of a severe accident.

Funeral planning is difficult after an unexpected death

The sudden and unexpected death of a loved one means that you need to handle specific tasks. One of these might be planning the funeral. Unless the person had a pre-arranged funeral, you are going to have to make the decisions. This can be difficult, especially when you are dealing with grief.

When you sit down to start planning the details, you should think about the decedent would want. This dictates some of the points, such as whether you will have an open casket or cremate the person.

Troubling symptoms can come weeks after a crash

Victims of car wrecks often face serious injuries, but these might not show up right away. It is imperative that anyone who is in a crash takes the time to do self evaluations, so they can determine if there is anything amiss. Any signs of an injury must be addressed immediately.

Some injuries, such as concussions, might show up days or weeks after the accident. If you have signs of this, including a headache that doesn't go away, dizziness or nausea, you should contact your doctor. You might need to go on brain rest, which means you cut out screen time and just rest. In some cases, the headache is due to bleeding under the skull. This can require surgery and is a medical emergency because of the pressure on the skull.

Emotional abuse in nursing homes is atrocious and must be stopped

Nursing home residents count on health care workers to handle many tasks for them. They also count on being able to socialize with their fellow residents. Unfortunately, some residents don't have the chance to live the lives they deserve because they are dealing with the effects of emotional abuse in the nursing home. This type of abuse isn't easy to spot, but it can be very damaging to the senior citizens.

One thing that makes this type of abuse so hard to spot is that some of the signs are similar to the symptoms of dementia-related conditions. For example, the person might seem withdrawn. This could be because they are being kept away from other residents, but it could also be due to the effectswe of dementia.

What are some of the main reasons behind trucking accidents?

No matter when you hit the road or where you're driving, you're likely to find yourself navigating in close proximity to commercial trucks.

When you combine the size of these vehicles with the fact that some truckers don't follow the rules of the road, it's easy to see why car-truck accidents are so common.

The trucker shortage is impacting your safety

There is a shortage of truckers in the United States that is directly impacting commerce. However, some individuals don't realize that it is also affecting safety on the roads. It is expected that by 2027 there will be a shortage of around 900,000 truckers. This means that the truck drivers who are on the road will have to push the legal limits for driving as well as their own limits. This isn't a good situation for anyone on the roads.

There are a few reasons why the number of truckers on the road will continue to decrease. One is that the average age of truckers is currently 55 years old. The average retirement age in this industry is 63. As these experienced truckers are aging out of the business, new ones aren't coming in at the same pace.

Intense waves of emotions are possible after a loved one's death

Many things have to be done when a loved one passes away. You might not be prepared for this when the death is sudden, such as when a person is fatally injured in a car crash. When this happens, you have to find out what you need to do. One of the first things that you will need to do is to make the final arrangements for that person. At this point, it is easy to become so focused on what plans you are making that you might feel almost numb; however, that isn't going to last forever.

As you grieve, you are going to go through a range of emotions. These might be intense and come out of nowhere. Unfortunately, they aren't going to just magically stop one day. These feelings of sadness, anger and despair will continue --but they might slowly get less intense and less frequent.

Safety tips to help all motorcyclists

Motorcyclists who are out on the open road need to ensure that they are doing what it takes to remain safe. There are several things that they must do if they want to make it to their destination safely. Knowing what these are now can help you ensure that you are doing what you can.

Speeding was a factor in almost half of motorcycle crashes that are fatal. Alcohol is also a common factor. Unfortunately, these factors aren't always controllable by the motorcyclists. They are often at the mercy of other drivers on the roadways.

Just how dangerous is drowsy driving?

You feel tired as you drive home from work. You keep going, though, because you're used to it. You remember some late-night drives home when you were in college. You always made it safely. Now, since you often work the night shift, you drive while you're tired more often than not.

But are you actually in more danger than you realize?

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