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Six Types of OilField Accident Injuries

The Texas oil industry plays a critical role in the state’s economy. Contributing 14% of the total state economy and 40% of total US crude, it’s safe to say that our way of life depends on Texas oil workers.  However, employers don’t always provide workers with safe working conditions. In fact, the oil and gas industry is one of the most dangerous places to work. Investigative reporters analyzed US Department of Labor Data to find some disturbing statistics: From 2008 through 2017, 1,566 workers were killed in oil field jobs; 552 accidents killed oil workers during this time; The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fines for an oil accident that killed a worker averaged $16,813; From 2008 to 2018, OSHA cited companies in the extraction industry for 10,873 violations; and 64% of OSHA citations were for serious violations, meaning hazards likely to result in death or serious physical harm. While the number of oil field fatalities may seem shocking, these statistics don’t even account for injured workers. In 2011, there were 1,400 nonfatal injuries and illnesses in oil and gas extraction, with 8,500 more injuries and illnesses from supporting activities. After the media attention given to the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010, people assumed that the oil industry would clean up their act. As these statistics show, that safety overhaul didn’t happen. The meager OSHA fines prove that government action is not likely to prompt safer working conditions. Instead, victims of oil industry negligence must speak up and take legal action. In exposing the oil industry’s bad actions and holding them accountable through a lawsuit, you can create safer working conditions for other workers. Please don’t hesitate to call our firm at (254) 752-9688 or send us a message for assistance. Types of Oilfield Injuries Since the oil field is such a dangerous place to work, workplace accidents often lead to life-changing or fatal injuries. Accidents can happen for a variety of reasons—from human error to equipment malfunction—causing severe oilfield injuries before a worker has time to react. So what types of injuries do these accidents cause?  Slip and Fall Injuries When working on high platforms among oil and chemicals, workers encounter the potential for serious slip and fall accidents. A slip and fall can lead to these injuries: Broken bones,  Strained muscles,  Neck or spinal cord injuries, and  Concussions. Sadly, a fall from a high platform or around moving machinery can result in death. Equipment Malfunction Injuries The heavy equipment that is powerful enough to extract oil from deep beneath the earth can cause severe injuries if it malfunctions. Either a manufacturing defect or human error can lead to catastrophic equipment accidents, causing any of these injuries: Crushed limbs, Severed limbs, Broken bones, Neck and back injuries, and Traumatic brain injuries. Workers injured by equipment malfunction may lose the ability to work and provide for their families. Rig Collapse Injuries Oil rigs weighing thousands of tons balance power and stability. Sometimes, quick construction using sloppy methods produces an unstable rig. When a rig collapses, these oil field injuries might result: Broken bones, Traumatic brain injuries, Severed limbs, and Back injuries. Workers who are high up on a collapsing rig or trapped beneath it may not survive the accident. Fire and Explosion Injuries The high heat and volatile chemicals used in the oil industry create the potential for fires and explosions. These horrific accidents have cost many oil workers their lives. Workers who survive oil fires and explosions can suffer these injuries: Burns, Head injuries, and Nerve damage. Oil fires and explosions receive much media coverage, but the oil industry has not improved safety standards to prevent these terrible disasters. Poisonous Gas Injuries The oil extraction process can release poisonous gases, such as hydrogen sulfide, which poses a lethal hazard to unprotected workers. The colorless gas collects in enclosed spaces where it awaits unsuspecting workers. This Center for Public Integrity article discusses the lax inspections and regulations that leave workers vulnerable to gas injuries, such as these: Nausea and vomiting, Headache, and Unconsciousness. Sadly, workers exposed to poisonous gases are often provided no respiratory protection, resulting in them being killed instantly. Electrocution The electricity required to power oil equipment poses a hazard to oilfield workers. Also, workers in the vast Texas desert, surrounded by towering metal equipment, are vulnerable to lightning strikes. Electrocution can injure workers in these ways: Burns, Shock, and Unconsciousness. An oil worker who suffers electric shock may not receive prompt emergency response due to the remote location of oil fields. Thus, many electrical accidents kill workers. Types of Compensation Available If you were injured or a loved one was killed in an oilfield accident, you may be able to sue. Texas workers who experience oilfield injuries have access to several potential forms of compensation. Workers’ Compensation Texas employers are not required to cover workers’ compensation insurance. If your employer does carry this insurance, you can file for workers’ comp, but you can’t sue your employer. Workers’ compensation will pay your medical bills and provide you with a portion of your salary for a limited time, depending on the extent of your injuries. This insurance program may also pay for job retraining if you cannot work at your oil field job due to your injuries. Personal Injury or Wrongful Death Lawsuit However, if your employer does not subscribe to workers’ compensation insurance, you can sue for a personal injury, survival claim, or wrongful death. An injured worker brings a personal injury lawsuit. The family or estate of a worker who was killed may be able to file a survival claim for the workers’ oil field injuries or a wrongful death claim for the family’s harm. Also, if your oil field injury was caused by a third party—not your employer or a coworker—you may be able to sue that company or individual. For instance, if the oil field equipment malfunctioned and caused your injury, you may be able to sue the manufacturer. How an Oil Field Lawyer...

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What to Do After an Oil Field Accident in Texas

A Texas oil field accident can happen in an instant, changing your life. An accident may leave you injured, out of work, and wondering how to pay your bills. Even worse, an oilfield accident could claim the life of someone you love.  When an accident occurs, you may feel helpless and unsure of whether you deserve compensation. If you need assistance, you’re in the right place. At The Zimmerman Law Firm, our attorneys can help evaluate the circumstances of the accident and let you know what compensation may be available. Know that you’re not alone in this experience. Thousands of other families have suffered oilfield accidents, and our lawyers have represented many of those victims. As our attorneys have learned through years of helping oil field accident victims, you should do a few things to prepare for a possible injury lawsuit. Take the following steps to give yourself the best chance of obtaining maximum compensation. Seek Medical Attention Your priority must be getting medical treatment for serious injuries. By delaying medical treatment, you risk worsening your injury. You also put your ability to recover compensation in question. If your employer assumes you are uninjured, it may be hard to claim otherwise later.  Don’t hesitate to take care of yourself, and let our investigators gather key accident evidence. Your employer may request that you visit a company doctor. This is fine as a first step, but a company doctor may attempt to minimize the extent of your injuries. If you doubt a company doctor’s medical evaluation, you can obtain a second opinion from a neutral doctor.  Don’t feel pressured to return to work before you have recovered from your injuries. That could make things worse. Instead, get the treatment you need, and save all medical reports and invoices. Report Your Accident to Your Employer Inform your employer of your accident and any potential hazard to other employees. Document these details when you notify your employer of the accident:  Date and time of notification, Who you notified, and  Your employer’s response. Complete an incident report, a written account of your accident on a form provided by your employer. Describe the facts of your accident to your employer in an honest manner, but don’t hesitate to contact an attorney for advice if your employer’s questions seem hostile or make you uncomfortable. You usually have a limited time to inform your employer of an accident if you want to qualify for workers’ compensation. Make this report right away. When your employer reports the accident to workers’ compensation, this begins a formal accident investigation. Once the accident investigation is underway, you should not speak to investigators without advice from an attorney. Gather Accident Information If you don’t need immediate medical attention, gather any available accident evidence. Take photos of the accident scene and surrounding work environment. Write down the names and contact information for witnesses to the accident. Write down what you remember about the accident, including details like the time of the accident and sequence of events before the accident.  If you’re hurt and unable to gather these details, don’t worry. Write down anything you remember once you’ve received medical attention. Our investigators can gather other needed details from the scene of the oil field accident. Note others at your workplace who have experienced similar oilfield accidents, and our attorneys can follow up with them. Contact an Oil Field Accident Lawyer You should contact an oilfield accident lawyer as soon as possible after your injury. An attorney can help you get appropriate medical care and advise you on steps to recover compensation. An experienced oilfield attorney also knows the tactics your employer may use to try to deny your claim.  Our attorneys can coach you on questions to expect before interviews or other interactions with your employer or the insurance company. We always advise you to give honest answers, but we help you think through your experience so that you don’t feel intimidated or caught off guard. Our law firm employs skilled investigators who will gather and review all available evidence from your accident. We can determine who was responsible, which may be a different conclusion than your employer asserts. Our attorneys will fight for your just compensation and help you explore all legal options to get the money you need. What Compensation Is Available? When you meet with our attorneys, we’ll inform you of possible strategies to obtain injury compensation.  Workers’ Compensation The most straightforward and first step usually involves filing for workers’ compensation. Workers’ compensation is a no-fault system of recovery, meaning that even if you caused your accident, you can still file a claim.  In Texas, if your employer carries workers’ compensation insurance, it will pay for your medical treatment and a portion of your average weekly wage. Texas workers usually receive from 70 to 80% of their average weekly wage on workers’ compensation, with required maximums and minimums. For instance, you cannot earn more than $971 per week through workers’ compensation, even if that amount is less than 70% of your average weekly wage.  However, you can only receive workers’ compensation benefits for so long. Your workers’ compensation will cease when any of these events occur: You reach maximum medical improvement, meaning further medical treatment won’t help you recover; You return to work (at the same wage as before the accident); or You received temporary wage compensation for 104 weeks. There are some exceptions to these limitations. For instance, if you can’t return to your previous job, you may be eligible for retraining that would allow you to work another job. Also, if you need spinal surgery, you may receive wage benefits for longer than two years. If you are permanently injured, you will be eligible for additional payments. Family members of an employee who was killed on the job may be able to receive workers’ compensation death benefits for a limited time. Workers’ compensation provides the money you need to pay some of your bills while you seek medical...

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How Does Texas Auto Insurance Work After a Wreck?

After a car wreck, one of the first things you may be wondering about is whose insurance covers an accident. This depends in large part on who is at fault. In Texas, you have the right to seek damages from the person that caused your accident. It’s essential to understand, when filing Texas auto insurance claims, the rights you have and how to protect them. Contact a personal injury attorney to discuss your rights and whose insurance pays in a car accident.  What Does Auto Insurance Cover? Every car insurance policy consists of several different components. Each of these components provides slightly different forms of protection. When you apply for car insurance, the options provided offer limits and deductibles for each component. Recommendations suggest obtaining more than the basic coverage amounts required by law. If involved in an accident, out-of-pocket expenses become very high if your coverage is basic. However, it’s important to note that your premium costs will be higher as your coverage limits increase.  Texas auto insurance laws require drivers to purchase minimum liability insurance of 30/60/25 coverage. This basic liability insurance covers injuries up to $30,000 per person and $60,000 per crash. It also provides up to $25,000 in coverage for property damage. Despite sounding like a lot of money, these coverage limits are minimal and likely will not cover all costs in a severe accident.  Bodily Injury Liability  Bodily injury liability represents the part of insurance covering medical bills if you’ve injured someone in an accident. If you don’t think you can afford to risk having to pay high medical bills out of pocket, you may want to increase your coverage limit in this component of your auto insurance policy.  Property Damage Liability Property damage liability represents insurance covering the cost of property damage you caused to another vehicle in an accident. As with bodily injury coverage, if you don’t want to risk paying additional costs out of pocket, you should consider increasing your property damage coverage limit. Personal Injury Protection or Medical Payments Personal injury protection (PIP) covers medical expenses for you and your passengers after an accident. Insurers must offer Texas drivers at least $2,500 in PIP coverage. PIP serves as a form of no-fault coverage. In other words, you can seek coverage under your PIP policy regardless of who was at fault for the accident.  PIP covers medical costs associated with an accident in addition to lost wages due to loss of work as a result of your injuries and funeral costs. Texas law does not require the purchase of PIP coverage. Another option that might be available to you is medical payments insurance (MedPay). Insurers are not required to offer MedPay, but if they do and you elect coverage, it can help you pay for things like health insurance deductibles and copays. It does not cover lost wages. Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverage  Uninsured/underinsured motorist (UM/UMI) coverage covers your expenses if you are involved in an accident with an underinsured or uninsured driver. Even if the other driver was at fault, their insurance coverage may not provide enough to compensate you for your losses adequately. When this occurs, your UM/UMI insurance may make up the difference. Although Texas law does not require underinsured or uninsured motorist coverage, it’s a good idea to obtain this coverage in case you are involved in an accident with a driver who has inadequate insurance.  Collision This type of insurance covers damage to your car after an accident. You may need this coverage if you are in a solo accident, such as hitting a tree or divider or if you were at fault in an accident with another driver. Collision insurance does not cover damage caused to another’s vehicle, only your own. Comprehensive Comprehensive coverage covers damage to your car that happens when you are not driving it. Comprehensive coverage involves events out of your control, such as extreme weather, fire, falling objects, riots, vandalism, and animal damage. Comprehensive coverage also protects you in the event your car is stolen and subsequently damaged.  Carefully choosing your auto insurance coverage options ensures your costs after an accident don’t cause more distress than your actual accident. Speaking with an auto insurance representative may provide clarity and recommendations on auto insurance coverage components to protect you and your property.   What Type of Auto Insurance Claim Should I File After My Accident? Filing a claim with your auto insurance aids in coverage for your losses and any damages suffered by others involved in the accident. Whose insurance pays in a car accident depends on which party was at fault.  When Your Car Is Damaged The process of filing a claim for damage to your car depends on the cause of the damage.  You’ll need a comprehensive claim to cover damage for stolen cars, vandalization, or severe weather events. If you caused an accident, you will need to file a collision claim. File a liability coverage claim with the other party’s insurance if your car suffers damage in an accident caused by another. If their insurance is insufficient, you may also need to file a claim under your UM/UIM insurance.  If fault is not apparent, file a claim with both your insurance company and the other driver to determine whose insurance covers an accident. When You Are Injured  When injured in a car accident, file a claim with the at-fault party’s insurance company. Texas auto insurance claim rights permit you to recover from the at-fault driver. However, if the at-fault driver’s insurance is insufficient, you may need to file a UM/UIM claim with your own insurance.  If you have PIP or MedPay insurance, you may also file a claim under those policies. Both of these claims are no-fault, meaning that you can seek compensation under the policy no matter who was at fault for the accident. When There Is Minimal Damage and No Injuries It may be difficult to know if you truly escaped an accident without injury. Injuries do not always...

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What causes a person’s blood alcohol level to increase?

When you read a media report about a drunk driving crash, it generally mentions what the negligent motorist’s blood alcohol content (BAC) was when it occurred. Stories that make it on the news are often the ones in which a motorist had a BAC two or more times Texas’ legal limit of .08%. What you may be unaware of are the many factors that can affect your BAC. A bartender generally pours five ounces of wine when they serve you. A regular bottle or can of beer is generally 12 ounces. A shot of tequila, vodka or another liquor is generally 1.5 ounces. While these are standard sizes of most products that you purchase at the store or the bar, there are exceptions to the rule. The alcohol content that different drinks have can vary as well. How much and what you drink can impact how long it takes your body to metabolize it. This may result in you not feeling the full effects of what you’ve consumed until your fully intoxicated. Mixing alcoholic beverages is a bad idea. It can leave you feeling more intoxicated than you otherwise would have felt had you only had a single type of drink instead. Individuals who mix liquor with sweet beverages such as sodas may forget the fact that they’re consuming alcohol. By the time it absorbs into their bloodstream, they may find themselves overly intoxicated. Even if individuals drink exactly the same thing, their bodies may process what they consume completely differently. Females and males tend to metabolize alcoholic beverages at two distinct speeds. A person’s weight can affect how quickly they can process drinks too. Individuals who are new to drinking may not have built up as much of a tolerance for alcohol as more seasoned drinkers have. Although Texas’ legal limit is .08 %, the American Association for the Advancement of Science argues that individuals can face significant impairments with a BAC of as little as .05 %. Motorists may have difficulty steering their vehicle, processing information and reacting quickly. This may make them more vulnerable to crashing into others. Motorists in Waco who’ve been struck by drunk drivers should consult with an attorney. They can aid them in recovering the compensation necessary to cover medical bills, lost wages or funeral costs.

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Can you sue if you’re injured at a public pool in Waco?

Summer doesn’t start for more than a month, but it’s already hot enough here in Waco that many assume that it’s already begun. With school going on break for the next few months, you’ve probably already scoped out local pools where you and your kids can go to cool down from this Texas heat. Have you thought about who to hold accountable if someone gets hurt though? The more people that congregate at a pool, the higher the chance that someone will get hurt. Many different injuries can take place at a public pool. An individual may hit their head on the diving board, slip and fall on the floor surrounding the pool or nearly drown. If one of these incidents occurs, then you will immediately want to let those running the premises know. You should, of course, place a call for paramedics to come and check you or your child out too. If you can take pictures or ask someone else to do so right away, then this is ideal. These can be used by you and your attorney to help determine liability. Witness statements and pictures can be used to identify the cause of your injury. The next important step you’ll have to take is to find out who’s responsible for maintaining the property. If it’s a government agency, then you’ll likely be required to file a notice of claim with them during a small window of time. They’ll then make a decision as to whether to offer a settlement or to throw out your claim. If they deny it, then you may be eligible to file a lawsuit in civil court. Before filing a civil suit, you should consider how convincing the evidence is that you’ve amassed in your case. You may also want to take into account how pursuing a civil legal matter is often time-consuming and costly. A premises liability attorney can advise you of the costs involved and explain the many benefits associated with filing a claim.

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Who pays my bills if a truck’s debris strikes my car injuring me?

Ask any Texas Department of Transportation worker and they’ll likely tell you about a variety of items that they’ve had to remove from the highway. If asked, a Department of Public Safety officer will likely tell you how many of them have caused motor vehicle accidents. If you’ve been injured by flying debris or by something that was left in the roadway after falling off a truck, then you may be wondering who you can hold liable for paying your bills. In a state like Texas where motorists are required to take out Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage when purchasing an automobile insurance policy, you’ll be able to rely on it to cover your medical bills. If you also purchased medical payments coverage, then you can use it to do so as well. These are your best options if you’re injured by debris and you don’t know who left it behind. If you were riding behind a truck in Waco when its tire blew out or when a ladder came loose from a work van, then you can pursue damages by filing a lawsuit against the insurance company. It’s important that anytime a crash as serious as this occurs, you have police dispatched to the scene to create an incident report. This will aid your attorney in proving negligence. If you have a dash camera that captured what happened, that’s even more helpful to your case. When crashes such as this occur, you should consult with a truck accidents attorney as soon as possible so they can preserve evidence and take witness accounts of what they saw happen leading up to the incident. By doing so, you’ll give yourself the best chance of recovering the compensation that you need cover your lost wages and medical bills.

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Taking action if your child was injured at summer camp

When we send our children off to summer camp, we have faith in the professionals and caregivers to keep them safe at all times. We may know that they will be embarking on adventures and partaking in sporting events, but this does not mean that we think that our children will become injured as a result. If your child was injured at a Texas summer camp, it is important that you consider the circumstances surrounding the acquisition of the injury and ask yourself whether you believe that the summer camp leaders could have prevented such an accident. If you do think that something could have been done to keep your child safer, you may want to read more about how the law works in regard to personal injury cases such as these. Determining whether negligence was present Leaders at summer camps as well as the premises in which the summer camp was held have the responsibility to keep your children as safe as is reasonably possible. If there was a clear danger present for your child and the premises did nothing to mitigate this danger, they could be held legally liable if it can be shown that this danger caused your child’s injury. Bullying at summer camps In addition, summer camp leaders have the responsibility to recognize if your child is being bullied or abused at summer camp. Children can be cruel, and they have the potential to cause other children injuries and suffering. You may be able to take action against the summer camp organizers if they did not adequately safeguard your child from the harming actions of bullies. Summer camp injuries and liability waivers Many summer camps ask that parents sign liability waivers before they send their child to summer camp. While these waivers might go some way toward preventing lawsuits, they do have their limits. Most seriously negligent cases will still be able to be enforced by the law. If your child has suffered as a result of their summer camp experience, it is important not to accept this as simply something that occurs. Summer camps should be held liable for negligence when children are needlessly hurt.

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Veteran motorcycle riders share their safety tips

If you’re new to motorcycles, the one thing you can’t get instantly is experience. You may also know that experience can help keep you safe on the road. There’s only one way to really put in those hours, but that does not mean you cannot learn from others who have done it. Here are some safety tips from veteran riders: Do not wear black. Yes, it’s the “traditional” color that bikers wear, but it makes you far less visible than red, neon green or even a reflective jacket. Put on something bright so that other drivers see you. If you ride in a group, make sure you trust everyone else in that group. If anyone makes a mistake, it could lead to a chain-reaction accident. Maintain a 20-foot cushion around yourself. That’s how far you want to be from other bikes or vehicles, on all sides. Only ride when you’re awake and alert. Of course, you never want to drink and ride, but you also want to avoid drowsy riding, which can reduce reaction times. Look for escape routes. Know where you’d go if someone else makes a mistake. That 20-foot cushion can help at stoplights. Watch the cars behind your bike. Sometimes, drivers do not see a stopped motorcycle and rear-end it. Watch out for cars that approach too quickly. The accident would be that driver’s fault, but you still want to avoid it if possible. You’re very exposed on a motorcycle. These safety tips can help, but you may still get involved in an accident. Be sure you know all of your legal options. Source: Buffalo Chip, “12 Safety Tips Seasoned Riders Swear By,” Mary Panerio, accessed June 15, 2018

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On the playground, these injuries are most common

As a parent, you constantly worry about your child’s safety when he is out of sight. You know that accidents can happen any time, anywhere. While you try to trust your son’s Waco school to provide a safe space, you still worry that you will get a call that there has been an accident. While playground manufacturers have made recent strides in providing safer equipment, injuries are still very possible. One of the things you can do as a parent to provide extra protection for your child, is to learn about the most common playground injuries and to teach him to be cautious while he is playing. Breaks, fractures and sprains According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), children between the ages of 5 and 9 are more likely to sustain a fracture or sprain while playing. All it takes is one loose rock on the playground to cause an ankle to turn. Fortunately, children tend to heal much faster because their bones are still flexible since they are growing. If your child suffers a break or sprain, be sure you alert his teachers so that they can keep a closer eye on him while he continues to heal. Concussions and other head injuries In general, the climbing equipment on playgrounds is the most popular. It also causes the most injuries. In many cases, children are not even aware of the severity of their injuries if they fall and hit their heads. This means that instead of alerting a teacher or other adult, they try to keep playing. If your child starts to display light sensitivity, dizziness, headaches or nausea, then he could have a head injury. Other indicators include drowsiness, looking dazed or confused, irritability, and slow responses to basic questions. Joint dislocation Joint dislocations are another common injury that children suffer on the playground. It does not take much force for an arm or elbow dislocation to occur in a child. If this happens, take him to the doctor and let a medical professional put it back into place. If you attempt to do so yourself, you risk causing further injury. Signs of dislocation include redness and swelling around the joint, difficulty moving the joint or limb, and even irritability or agitation. Scrapes and bruises Scrapes, cuts and bruises tend to be the wear and tear most children come home with on a regular basis. While these playground injuries tend to be minor, if you do not properly treat them, infection can set in and they can become much more serious. When it comes to cuts and scrapes, be sure you are treating them with antiseptic ointments and regularly changing the bandages. If your child has a bruise that does not seem to be fading and lasts longer than a week, it could be an indication of an internal injury and you should seek medical treatment immediately. While understanding the above injuries can prepare your child to stay safe on the playground, it is not possible to prevent every accident. If your child suffers a playground injury while at school due to lack of adult supervision or faulty equipment, you may be able to take legal action.

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Are rural or city roads more dangerous?

Perhaps you’ve seen the statistics indicating that rural roads results in more deadly accidents than urban roads, even though far more drivers are in urban areas and many more miles are driven there every year. This seems counter-intuitive. Wouldn’t there be more deadly crashes on packed roads where more total accidents happen? There are numerous reasons why rural roads are actually more dangerous. A few include: 1. No street lights. It’s truly dark at night. This can massively limit one’s ability to see potential hazards and may be disorienting to drivers who are used to street lights. 2. Drivers may be too relaxed. It’s easy to stop paying attention when you’re driving in a straight line, on a relatively empty road, for miles and miles. If you do, though, that could reduce reaction times and cause an accident that could have been avoided. 3. Drinking and driving. While a drunk driver could just as easily be in the city, some people are more likely to drink and drive in the country because they think the odds of being caught by police are lower. 4. Head-on accidents. Many city streets are one-way roads or it is illegal to pass on two-way streets. Conversely, many country roads allow passing, even though the roads are more narrow. This increases the odds that two cars will wind up in the same lane going opposite directions, and it therefore increases head-on collision statistics. These are some of the most dangerous accidents to be involved in. No matter where you are driving when another driver causes an accident that injures you or takes a love one’s life, you must know if you have a legal right to financial compensation. Source: BLine Traffic Schools, “Why are Rural Roads More Dangerous?,” accessed Aug. 18, 2017

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