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Some motor vehicle accidents are not discovered until hours later

Most Florida residents would like to believe that their passing would be noticed right away. Unfortunately, for some who die in motor vehicle accidents, the scene of their deaths is not discovered until hours after the event. This can sometimes make determining exactly what happened problematic, especially if only one vehicle was involved and all of the occupants were deceased when police arrived.

This was the case on a recent Thursday morning near mile marker 2 on Interstate 10. A motorist driving past that area noticed the wreckage and called police. By the time troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol arrived at the scene, the driver and his passenger, both of whom were from Alabama, had succumbed to their injuries.

Workers' compensation news: Company fined for trench collapse

Florida residents who work in construction face numerous dangers on job sites. Whether they work at heights, underground or in trenches, they continue to report for work trusting that their employers will take all of the measures necessary to secure their safety. Even so, some would say that accidents are inevitable; otherwise, there would be no need for workers' compensation insurance programs.

That may be true, but when employers fail to take the safety measures required to protect their workers, people suffer injuries or die. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently concluded its investigation into a trench collapse that could have caused the death of a 34-year-old man. Emergency responders credit his co-workers' quick thinking for his survival. They managed to unbury his head so that he could breathe during the approximately 30 minutes it took emergency workers to get him out of the trench.

Investigating a personal injury claim after a truck accident

The sights, smells and sounds that accompany an accident involving an 18-wheeler are not something you will soon forget. Nevertheless, sensory memories are more than likely the least of your concerns at the moment. The size and weight of the truck that slammed into your smaller, passenger vehicle may have caused you significant injuries, and you may consider filing a personal injury claim in a Florida civil court.

You could be out of work for an indefinite amount of time. You may amass quite a substantial amount of medical bills. You may also be looking at a future much different from the one you had prior to the crash, especially if a full recovery from your injuries may not be possible. Even if you can fully recover, it will undoubtedly take time.

Florida's intersections are hot spots for motor vehicle accidents

Anyone who has ever seen or been involved in a crash at an intersection may pause for a brief second even if the light is green. This is because the intersections of Florida's roadways are hot spots for motor vehicle accidents. Whether someone turns in front of another vehicle or runs a red light, the results can include severe or deadly injuries to unsuspecting motorists.

In one recent accident at an intersection, the result was the death of a 53-year-old Florida man. He had no way of knowing that another vehicle was heading toward the intersection he was in and that vehicle would not stop at the red light. Instead, the second vehicle flew into the intersection and struck the man's vehicle, which flipped over and hit two more vehicles.

Trucking toward compensation after a semitrailer accident

In the moment that it takes for a large commercial truck or semitrailer to collide with your vehicle, your life could change drastically. You may be left with serious pain, injuries and exorbitant medical bills. The impact of a truck accident can be detrimental, but what happened to you may not be your fault.

Many times, these kinds of accidents are preventable. Due to the size and weight of their vehicles, Florida truckers bear the responsibility of being safe and driving cautiously around smaller, more vulnerable vehicles. If you were hurt in a crash, several factors may be to blame for the accident that left you hurt and suffering.

Your arthritis could be grounds for a disability benefits claim

You may know that individuals who are unable to work due to a medical condition could be qualified to receive disability benefits, but you may not realize that this could apply to people with arthritis as well. Arthritis is a relatively common medical condition, and yet it is quite common for people with serious cases to find that they are unable to work due to pain and limitations.

If you are struggling with arthritis, and you are no longer able to hold gainful employment, it may be appropriate to move forward with a claim for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration. However, even with a qualifying medical condition and completed claim, it is not easy to actually obtain the benefits you deserve.

Many motor vehicle accidents involve multiple vehicles

Figuring out the order in which events occurred in some crashes could take Florida investigators a while. Sometimes, the vehicle that began the crash is not among the vehicles remaining at the scene. In those motor vehicle accidents, police may have to locate the vehicle and driver who may ultimately be responsible.

This was the case in a recent crash on one of central Florida's expressways. A vehicle veered into the median. A second vehicle was forced through the median and into oncoming traffic. That vehicle crashed into two other vehicles before catching on fire.

Workers' compensation benefits available even in freak accidents

Most Florida residents are aware of the dangers associated with their chosen professions. Even so, most people are often completely unprepared for what may only be characterized as freak accidents. Fortunately, workers' compensation benefits are available for workers injured in these types of accidents.

For example, most of the workers at Florida's airports expect there to be dangers involving lifting heavy luggage, being hit by moving vehicles and even being hit by falling objects. However, being hit by lightning may not be on most people's radar. Even when airports issue lightning warnings, few people even consider the fact that they could be struck.

Not all motor vehicle accidents happen in cars, trucks or SUVs

Vespas, ATVs and golf carts also qualify when it comes to wrecks. People suffer serious injuries and even die in motor vehicle accidents involving these modes of transportation as well. Recently, a ride on a golf cart ended in the death of a woman and the arrest of a man in central Florida.

The 51-year-old Florida businesswoman accepted a ride in the golf cart from the man driving it. Both she and the driver had been drinking that night, and at some point, the woman fell out of the golf cart. In a panic, the man dragged her body into a median and drove away. Reportedly, there were witnesses to his actions. The driver did not even call 911 as he left the scene, but the witnesses did.

Families may seek workers' compensation benefits after deaths

Many industries involve dangerous work. As such, some of the hazards people work around every day could lead to their deaths. When Florida families lose loved ones to work-related accidents, they may be able to obtain benefits through the state's workers' compensation system.

For example, three families of men who died on the job in southern Florida back in January may receive such benefits. The accident occurred in a manhole. The first worker, a 34-year-old man entered the manhole, but soon failed to respond to his co-workers.

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