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What should I do after a hit and run accident?

Being involved in a hit and run accident can be extremely scary. You may also be concerned that damage to your automobile won’t be covered since the driver fled the scene. In this case, the actions that you take immediately following the accident are extremely important and can even help you bring the responsible party to justice. State Farm offers the following advice if you’re involved in a hit and run.

Don’t leave the scene

What types of benefits available through workers' compensation?

Workers' compensation insurance is a form of protection available to Texas workers who suffer injuries at work or become ill as a result of work conditions. If you became ill or find yourself dealing with serious injuries, you may be unsure of where to start or what you can expect from your claim. It can be helpful to know what types of benefits are available to you through your employer's insurance coverage. 

The specific benefits you will be able to receive through your claim depend on your injuries, how long you will be away from work and other factors. Even with a valid claim, it is not always easy to secure benefits. You will find it beneficial to seek help as you work on your claim in order to pursue the full and fair benefits to which you have a rightful claim.

What should I know about spinal cord injuries?

If you’ve recently sustained a spine injury at your place of work, you may have a long road ahead of you. Spine injuries can have very serious consequences and may even impact your ability to earn a living in the future. Knowing what to expect will help you make the most of the recovery process, which is why the following information provided by MedicineNet.com is so important.

Symptoms

Collision between bus and semi produces catastrophic results

One might think of a car traveling down the road in San Antonio as a complex system of components that all need to work in concert in order to both function properly and keep its occupants safe. If that is the case with a car, one might imagine how much more complex the proper operation of a semi-truck or tractor-trailer must be. A failure of any of the components needed to for such a vehicle to function can often produce catastrophic results and create a nightmarish scenario for other drivers on the road. 

This fact was on full display in a devastating accident that recently occurred in New Mexico. A simple blowout of a tire on a semi-truck caused its driver to lose control of the entire vehicle. The semi ran off its section of highway and went across the median into oncoming traffic, where it collided with an approaching Greyhound bus carrying 50 people (including the driver). The damage to both vehicles was extensive, with the truck ending up overturned across the highway (its contents strewn all across the road) and the entire front end of the bus being obliterated. 7 people were killed in the accident, and many other sustained serious injuries. 

What steps should I take after a car accident?

Even the safest San Antonio motorists may find themselves involved in a car accident at some point during their driving history. In this case, knowing what steps to take immediately after an accident occurs is crucial. Not only will it preserve the safety of yourself and others, taking the right steps will also help should you decide to file an accident claim down the line. State Farm recommends the following advice if you’re involved in an auto accident.

Check for injuries & move your vehicle

Woman killed in parking lot accident at El Paso school

More often than not, the car accidents that occur in San Antonio may be just that: accidents. There may be no malice or ill-will involved on the part of those who cause them, and certainly no intent to harm others. Yet the outcomes of such incidents are often the same despite the intentions of the responsible parties. Accident victims may be left with extensive damage to their vehicles or properties, significant injuries to themselves and/or their passenger, or even having to deal with the tragic loss of a loved one. 

Sadly, that was the outcome of a recent crash that occurred outside of an elementary school in El Paso. A woman and three of the school's students were hit by a speeding car in the school's parking lot. The car apparently began speeding towards the students, which prompted the woman to throw herself in front of them in order to protect them. As a result, she took the brunt of the impact and ending up dying at the scene. The students still sustained injuries in the collision, yet after being rushed to local hospitals, are reported to be in stable condition. 

With school in session, the risk of accidents may be higher

School is back in session in many areas of Texas, which means there may be more drivers on the road at certain times of day. With the start of school, law enforcement is warning drivers of the importance of paying careful attention while operating a vehicle. 

Distracted driving continues to be a serious problem and one of the leading causes of accidents in the state, and this can be especially dangerous for people walking, biking or traveling to school. Estimates suggest that as many as 13 percent of Texas school children either walk or ride a bike to school. 

Analyzing backover accidents

Should one mention the term "car accident," most in San Antonio will likely immediately begin to conjure up images of collisions occurring between vehicles traveling at high speeds on a roadway. Yet car accidents need not involve high speeds to produce devastating results, and some may actually occur off the roads. While most might have difficult conceptualizing it, car accident injuries and fatalities can easily occur in driveways or parking lots when drivers inadvertently back their vehicles over pedestrians.

Many may not appreciate the devastating or crushing force that a slow-moving vehicle can produce, yet backover injuries can often end in catastrophe (particularly when they involve young children or the elderly). Indeed, most often associate backover accidents with these particular demographics, yet almost anyone can suffer them. Crowded parking venues and busy worksites can often cause drivers to become disoriented or confused as to who and what is around them. Information shared by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration reinforces this fact; its data shows that there were as many as 70 fatal "on-the-job" backover accidents in 2011 alone. 

Does your company have to carry workers' compensation coverage?

One of the main benefits that people derive from their jobs in San Antonio is the security that their employers provide. Part of that security is knowing (or at least assuming) that if you were to be injured on the job, workers' compensation coverage would help pay for your expenses. Imagine, then, how unsecure you might feel if you were told by your boss that your company did not offer such coverage. 

Can companies actually get away with not carrying workers' compensation insurance for their employees? While it may seem surprising, the answer to this question is yes. According to Section 406.002 of the Texas Labor Code, only public employers (as well as those in select circumstances) are required by law to offer workers' compensation coverage. The fact that your employer is not required to have workers' compensation insurance, however, should not suddenly cause you to feel as though you are all alone in dealing with the financials obligations related to your workplace injury. Not being required to carry workers' compensation coverage does not necessarily mean that your employer is still not liable to help pay for injuries you suffer on the job. 

How truck drivers can prevent fatigue

If you’ve ever shared the highway with a Texas truck driver, you know that driving skill is an integral part of this profession. Truck drivers must also take steps prevent fatigue from setting in, which in some cases can be as dangerous as driving while intoxicated. TruckingInfo.com highlights the dangers of driving while fatigued, while also offering insight into how truckers can prevent serious accident from occurring.

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