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A dislocated shoulder can have lasting effects

Being involved in a car accident is a frightening experience. You may have lost control of your vehicle after another vehicle hit it, and for a few moments that likely felt like an eternity, your vehicle may have turned or flipped or moved in other gut-wrenching ways. When it finally came to a stop, you may have felt relieved.

However, that relief was likely short lived because you began to feel intense pain in your shoulder. Whether you knew it or not at the time, the crash and uncontrollable movement of your body during it dislocated your shoulder.

You can prove fault in an auto crash in a couple of ways

As you drive to work, you come to a halt at a red light. All of a sudden, though, another motor vehicle rear-ends your car. Now, you must deal with car damage along with serious injuries.

Unfortunately, a car wreck in Alabama can easily happen as a result of another person's careless behavior. In this situation, you have the right to seek compensation for the injuries you suffered in the accident as well as the damage that your car sustained. Here is a look at how to prove that the other driver caused your accident.

Dog bites are more likely to injure children than adults

Dog bites can pierce skin, break bones and spread disease. Even wounds that appear minor can become easily infected. Everyone should try to avoid being bitten by a dog, but it maybe especially important for parents to help protect children from dog bites.

This is because children are especially vulnerable to dog bites. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), children are bitten more often than adults, and the wounds are often more severe than what adults experience.

Crashes involving semi-trucks can be especially dangerous

When a car crash involves a semi-truck, it can be especially catastrophic. Semi-trucks weigh 20 to 30 times more than passenger vehicles do, so often the occupants of smaller vehicles receive serious injuries or are killed in this type of crash.

Because a crash involving a semi-truck can be so severe, truck drivers have special rules they must follow to ensure the safety of others on the road. However, sometimes crashes happen anyway. Crashes can be caused by truck drivers breaking these rules or by other drivers on the road who may not understand the operating limitations of these large trucks.

Staying focused while driving

In a world where all most of our communication comes from a device only a little larger than your hand, there comes an obligation to be “on call” 24/7. At any given time, your phone can beep or chirp with another notification.

Of course, the person on the other end has no idea what that you might be driving. They are merely sending along the information when it is convenient for them. On your end, though, it feels like they need a response right away.

Holding drugged drivers accountable in Alabama

Driving while under the influence of drugs in Alabama constitutes a serious offense. Damaging property or endangering pedestrians occurs while operating a vehicle while high, but the most significant injury is inflicted on innocent drivers nearby.

Drugged drivers harm you and your family members. They operate heavy vehicles in a negligent manner, often inflicting life-threatening injuries or killing drivers throughout Alabama. Fortunately, not only will drivers face significant charges if found guilty, a court may also require them to pay you compensation for your injuries. Understanding the laws behind driving under the influence of drugs helps you identify your right in obtaining payment for a negligent driver’s serious mistake.

How to know if you are sharing the road with an impaired driver

Do you ever feel like you have a bulls-eye on your car? Some days it seems like you are taking your life into your own hands just driving down the road.

According to the Alabama Department of Transportation, someone is injured in a traffic accident about every 11 minutes of every day. And, more than one in three drivers in Alabama will be involved in a serious motor vehicle accident during their lives. While bad drivers cause a number of accidents, many are actually distracted or impaired.

What you need to do after a car accident

Car accidents are a lamentable regularity for drivers. In fact, an article by Forbes estimates that the average American will be involved in three or four accidents in their lifetime, a traffic collision roughly every 17.9 years.

Over 6 million car accidents happen annually and 3 million accidents result in injuries. In the U.S. more than 90 people die in fatal car accidents each day. Not only are accidents deadly, they are expensive. The average insurance claim for an injury accident claim is $23,450.

Will self-driving cars reduce motorcycle accidents, too?

Most industry experts believe it is only a matter of time until the majority of cars on the road are autonomous, or self-driving. Tech companies, carmakers and others have invested over $80 billion and counting in self-driving vehicle technology.

Some skepticism remains, of course. It is hard to put your life in the hands of new technology. And in the case of motorcycle riders, part of the fun is having control over the machine. Many riders may be reluctant to give up control of the bike. It is likely one of the reasons why carmakers are focusing on sedans and commercial vehicles; the market for those vehicles is likely higher, at least initially, than for motorcycles.

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