Carter Craig, Attorneys at Law

December 2017 Archives

Workplace deaths rise for third consecutive year

Virginia workers have reason to worry about workplace injuries, especially following the release of a report on fatalities on the job in 2016. For the third consecutive year, workplace fatalities grew in number, rising by 7 percent in 2016 over the number of on-the-job deaths in 2015. The increase in the number of fatal workplace injuries was accompanied by a percentage increase as well; the fatality rate in 2015 was 3.4 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers while in 2016 it rose to 3.6 per 100,000.

The dangers of driving while under the influence

Many Virginia residents have been or known someone who has been the victim of an automobile accident connected to driving under the influence. It is not uncommon for the impaired individual who provoked the accident to walk away from the accident with fewer injuries than the victims, whether they are occupants of the other vehicle or pedestrians.

Staying safe on winter roads

In Virginia, winter can be a stressful and dangerous time for drivers. Ice and snow are the cause of a majority of car accidents in this time. Ice doesn't allow the tires to get a good grip on the road, making it hard to steer and brake, and black ice can deceive many drivers with its wet appearance.

Study reveals Pokémon Go's effect on car crash rates

In its early stages, Pokémon Go had no restrictions to keep people from playing it when they were driving. This frequently made the game a distraction for drivers in Illinois and across the U.S., especially when they needed to visit Pokéstops to obtain in-game items. A recent study, shared online but still awaiting peer review, conducted by two professors at Purdue University shows just how much of an effect the game has had on car crash rates.

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