Carter Craig, Attorneys at Law

August 2016 Archives

Learning from workplace safety mistakes

Many decisions made in the employment context are reactionary in nature. Employees may be fired after lackluster performance. A Virginia business may get additional insurance after learning that something was not covered unexpectedly. Safety programs may not be improved until after a workplace accident occurs.

Returning to work with modified duties after an injury

A Virginia work accident can cost an employee in lost wages and the employer in lost productivity. While workers need time to recover from their injuries after an accident, returning to the job sooner rather than later can improve their finances. Employers also benefit when an injured employee returns to work because they do not have to train new staff.

Why you should seek medical attention after a car accident ASAP

It's expected that a "major" accident - a head-on or broadside collision at high speed - will result in injuries. But even a "minor" car accident - a fender-bender or slow speed collision - can cause injuries. If you have been involved in an accident and have the slightest worry or indication that something isn't right - pain, bruises, soreness, dizziness, or just not feeling right - it's a good idea to seek medical attention immediately. Why?

Autonomous safety truck designed to protect highway workers

Highway maintenance and repair workers in Virginia and across the country are endangered every day by speeding vehicles with distracted, fatigued or intoxicated drivers behind the wheel. Conventional safety systems like arrow boards and warning signs are of little use when motorists are not paying attention, and the problem is particularly dangerous when the vehicles involved are fully laden semi-tractor trailers traveling at highway speeds that can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds.

Operation Safe Driver Week scheduled to begin on Oct. 16

Collisions involving large commercial vehicles claim the lives of thousands of road users , and most of these accidents in Virginia and around the country are caused by driver behavior, according to data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance coordinates the safety initiatives of the private sector with the regulatory and enforcement efforts of federal, state and provincial government agencies, and one of the nonprofit organization's most effective campaigns is its annual Operation Safe Driver Week.

Distracted driving means more than texting

Forty-six states, Virginia among them, have laws against texting while driving, but distracted driving is no longer just about texting. Smartphones and new social media realities have drivers on Facebook, Twitter, Spotify, Instagram and Google Maps. Pokémon Go, the augmented-reality video game, may already have been the distraction behind at least one crash; a man hit allegedly hit a parked police cruiser while chasing Pokémon.

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