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Steps to take after an animal bite

Animals are some of the most beautiful living organisms nature has to offer. They can be majestic, yet also very dangerous. Even trained animals, such as pets, can be dangerous at times. Animals have an innate tendency to bite, especially if they are provoked. If you are bitten by an animal, these are the steps to take immediately following the incident.

If needed, seek medical attention immediately after the animal bite. If the bite is serious enough, call 911. A serious bite would include any bite where the bone is showing or an appendage has been separated from your body. This is a very serious situation that should be taken care of immediately before doing anything else.

Truck accident logo liability: What is it?

Have you ever been traveling in the interstate -- perhaps to visit some loved ones on a holiday weekend -- and giant big rig passes you buy with an obnoxious advertisement plastered on the side of it? These logos could in fact affect the liability of a truck driver and his or her employer in the event of a serious auto accident.

Logo liability is an issue in cases where commercial trucks are transporting freight or people for a fee, and the transportation is being carried out with a leaded truck and driver. When transportation companies don't use their own vehicles and drivers, but utilize an independent contractor, the transportation company may not be liable when an accident occurs. As such, transportation companies may seek to reduce their exposure and risk of liability through the use of independent contractors.

Overconfidence can cause GPS-related accidents

Do you remember the first time you ever used a GPS device to find your way? You were probably very skeptical. The technology, now so common that it's built into most new vehicles, was once unproven and new. It certainly sounded good, but people were hesitant to trust a computer system.

Over time, though, you likely became more and more confident. Each time that you successful arrived at your destination, you trusted the device just that much more.

Do monitoring systems reduce the risk of trucking accidents?

It is no surprise that large trucks can cause catastrophic accidents. The most basic laws of physics teach us that the larger a vehicle is the more mass it has. The more mass it has, the more difficult it is to stop. When a large truck crashes into a smaller passenger vehicle, those within the smaller passenger vehicle experience a huge amount of force — often resulting in serious injuries.

Surely, there must be some way to reduce the risk of these crashes?

Car wreck leaves victim's home, property damaged

When most of us think about damages from car crashes, we probably imagine vehicles being destroyed - but other types of property can also be affected by collisions. This is demonstrated by a recent chain-reaction car wreck in Nashville, Tennessee, in late May, which left a homeowner looking for answers after damages to his house. Official reports show that the chain-reaction crash totaled elements of the man's house and other personal effects.

Authorities say that the collision happened on May 26 in South Nashville, when a homeowner awoke to find that his trailer, a car, and his front porch were all damaged because of a car crash. The at-fault driver reportedly struck the victim's trailer first. That vehicle contained some construction material that was then sent crashing through the victim's home and other car. The victim stated that many items on his property are now "totaled," and he even reported that the crash knocked a clock off of his wall in the home.

Worker faces uncertain future after insurer rescinds comp policy

A worker who was harmed while on a trip to Tennessee could be left out in the cold after a decision about workers' compensation payments. The man, who injured his back while he was lifting a truck latch in 2009, is the subject of a workers' compensation dispute in which in an insurer rescinded a company's policy even after a claim was filed. Official reports show that the company in question may have misled the insurer about the nature of its workers' activities, leading the policy to be retracted.

The victim in this case sought compensation for a workplace injury in 2009. The California man was reportedly lifting a latch on his truck when he was injured. A problem arose, though, when the insurer determined that the man was traveling more than 200 miles from his company's home office -- an action that was not supposed to be covered under the employer's insurance. The employer misled the insurer, saying that employees would not be traveling that far when the insurance application was submitted.

Truck driver gets award for safety, but he's in the minority

Many people outside the trucking industry may not realize that truck drivers are recognized by commercial and government agencies if they have an excellent driving record. One Midwestern man has driven for millions of miles without a truck accident, and he was awarded the Owner Operator of the Year award from the Truckload Carriers Association. The man, who has driven through Tennessee and, presumably, most other states in the nation, has driven for 2.3 million miles accident-free.

For drivers like this award recipient, the safety of others on the road is a top priority. The man says that he hopes that other drivers can look at trucks and realize that the people who operate them can be responsible professionals. He says he has passed millions of vehicles on the road and even has a truck stop named after him in his home town, but he still cares the most about safety.

Driver dead, others injured in distracted driving car wreck

A car crash at the intersection of U.S. 245 and Sowell Hollow Road on April 29 left one person dead and three others injured. The fatal car wreck happened at about 5 p.m., when two vehicles collided head-on at the intersection. Official reports show that one of the drivers was likely driving while distracted, which contributed to the severity of the crash.

Authorities say that a Nissan Pathfinder in the northbound lane veered across the center line and crashed head-on into a Toyota Corolla that was traveling southbound. A passenger in the front seat of the Corolla was ejected through the windshield as the vehicle spun because of the crash. The driver of that vehicle, age 30, was killed in the car accident. Official reports show that at least one driver or passenger was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the collision. Criminal charges are still pending in the matter, according to authorities.

Can children qualify for disability benefits?

Children are a source of infinite joy and infinite worry. Parents experience a new level of emotions when they welcome children into the world. In some situations, these little loved ones may develop a serious illness or suffer a catastrophic injury. In some cases, these children may qualify for benefits through Social Security.

When can children receive these benefits? The Social Security Administration (SSA) states that there are some situations where children can qualify for Social Security disability benefits. In order to qualify, a child must meet the agency's definition for disability for a child. This definition includes that the child has a physical or mental condition "that seriously limits his or her activities" and that the condition resulting in the disability "must have lasted, or be expected to last, at least 1 year or result in death."

Why a dog that bites once is likely to cause more personal injury

Pet owners have a responsibility to prevent their animals from harming others. Still, too many pet owners refuse to acknowledge that their animal could cause personal injury in Tennessee. The consequences of this negligence can be dire - consider the New Jersey woman who was recently attacked by her neighbor's dog. The woman suffered disfiguring injuries to her face and injured her back during the attack, which happened while she was pet-sitting her neighbor's German shepherd chow-chow mix. The result? An $850,000 settlement for medical expenses.

In that instance, the dog had already bitten two people prior to the major incident that led to the animal attack verdict. The dog's owners failed to notify the woman that she could be at risk of being harmed by a dog bite. This raises the question - is it smart for pet owners to keep dogs that have a history of attacking people?

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