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How Connecticut motorcyclists can reduce their risk of a crash

The National Motorcycle Institute (NMI) posits that one of the leading reasons that motorcyclists become involved in crashes is because of carelessness. They note that there are certain actions that they can practice when operating their motorcycles on public roads to avoid hurting themselves or others.

Their researchers point out that a motorcyclist shouldn't start riding a high-performance motorcycle until they've used a less robust, "learner" one for at least one year.

Jogging tips when you have to run near cars

Some of the most devastating car accidents are those involving pedestrians. Many of these accidents involve people in crosswalks or getting in and out of cars, but a lot of them also involve runners. Those who jog in the city spend a lot of time in close proximity to vehicles, and there's always an inherent danger there, no matter how experienced they are.

So, if you decide to run near traffic -- or if you have no choice -- here are some safety tips that can help you avoid a serious crash:

The mold in Stamford schools can affect workers' health

Statistics released in late February by the Stamford Public School System shows that 148 employees filed claims for workers' compensation for injuries that they'd suffered from mold exposure during the 2018-2019 fiscal year. This accounts for 38 percent of all claims submitted by any city employees. Only 80 of those claims submitted by paraprofessionals and teachers were filed for other types of injuries or illnesses.

When asked to comment on the high number of mold-related claims filed in the district, one of Stamford's Board of Education members questioned what the source of the information was. She noted that, as far as she's aware, there have been only three workers' compensation claims filed by custodians, the actual workers who are responsible for cleaning it up. She notes there have been significantly more filed by the teaching staff.

An elderly man is convicted of killing a young dad in Bridgeport

A 64-year-old Bridgeport man was sentenced on Feb. 19 to three years in Connecticut prison for his role in causing car crash that claimed the life of a 31-year-old father of three. The accident that claimed the young Stamford father's life took place on Father's Day in June 2016.

According to police and court records in the matter, the elderly retired electrician had decided to take his car out for a spin to pick up a pack of cigarettes that fateful evening.

What are the top 3 most dangerous professions in the U.S.?

Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data shows that 5,147 workers died in what's been described as accidental workplace deaths in 2017. While this number decreased by 43 people over what it was in 2016, worker fatality rates are significantly higher than they were 10 years ago. While an uptick in drug overdoses has resulted in many of these accidental deaths, some professions are just flat out more dangerous than others.

The three most dangerous jobs that an individual can have include fishing, logging or working as a flight engineer or airplane pilot.

A Norwalk man is charged with causing a motorcyclist's death

An 18-year-old Norwalk resident was taken into custody by the Stamford Police Department on Jan. 18 for his role in causing a fatal motorcycle crash in September of last year.

According to a spokesperson with the police department's Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Squad, the young man had been driving his Jeep Wrangler along Tressler Boulevard shortly before 7 p.m., when he attempted to turn onto Canal Street. The Jeep and a motorcycle, which was being operated by a 26-year-old Stamford resident, collided at that intersection.

Who is to blame after a crash, the trucker or their employer?

If you were involved in a collision with a truck in Connecticut, it is likely that there were significant damages to your vehicle, and it is also likely that you suffered from personal injuries. This entire ordeal can be stressful and upsetting, but, at some point, you will want to consider your possibilities when it comes to gaining damages.

In the case of a collision with two passenger vehicles in Connecticut, the at-fault driver's insurance provider will be responsible for paying out damages. However, when a passenger vehicle is involved in a collision with a truck, the situation is slightly more complex. This is because the liability may lie either with the truck driver or the truck driver's employer, depending on the exact circumstances.

Truck insurance policy limits correlate with the danger they pose

If you have any doubts about how truck accidents compare to automobile ones, then all you have to do is to ask a first responder about the difference between the two. They'll likely tell you that crashes where a truck collides with a passenger vehicle are particularly catastrophic. Victims who survive them often endure long recovery times while others die. Fortunately, compensation is available no matter what the outcome.

Truck drivers and their employers are bound to abide by certain standards of care and laws instituted by the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Motor Safety Administration (FMSA). They're in place to make driving alongside them safer.

The top 5 body parts that are injured in motorcycle crashes

If you ask a motorcyclist in Stamford who prefers to ride on a motorbike instead of a car, they'll likely tell you that they appreciate just how freeing it feels to have nothing separating them from the blowing wind. This motivates many motorcyclists to take to the road wearing far less clothing than what's necessary to protect each and every body part in a crash.

A study performed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that during the years of 2001 and 2008, 1,222,000 motorcyclists were treated for non-life threatening injuries in emergency rooms in Connecticut and across the rest of the United States.

How can you avoid dropped object incidents at construction sites?

Data recently published by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) shows that just over 50,000 reports of workers being struck by falling objects occurred during its most recently recorded year. This equates to more than 140 workers being struck every day in this country. Although only 25 percent of construction workers consider these incidents to be preventable, they're more avoidable than most think.

One of the ways that construction workers can protect themselves and others from dropping objects is to wear wristbands or lanyards that keep the tool they are using tethered closely to them without interfering with its use.

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