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Can you sue if you slip and fall at a local pool?

As Memorial Day approaches, many facilities are getting ready to open up their pools. Local friends and family members may have them and be excited about having a party with you invited. One risk that pools pose is the risk of slipping and falling due to water on the desk surrounding the pool.

Of course, there are a few ways to prevent these accidents. For example, always walking around the edges of pools is a good way to help you keep your balance. Additionally, wearing shoes with nonslip soles may help you create friction and keep traction in wet areas.

Should you hire a mega-firm personal injury attorney?

If you have suffered injuries as a result of a car crash, or perhaps because of a fall you took in the grocery store, you realize you need legal help. The question is, what kind of law firm should you contact? A friend thinks you should call a big firm that deals with every kind of legal issue imaginable, including personal injury cases. Uncle Harry suggests a smaller firm with a personal injury focus.

Your preference is an attorney who has lots of personal injury experience, who will carefully build a case, work closely with you and advocate on your behalf. Perhaps Uncle Harry has a point.

Tenants have a right to safety in their homes

As a tenant, the last thing you ever expected was to be handling a situation where you feel your landlord has not kept your property safe. You believe the property contains asbestos, and there are crimes taking place throughout the apartment complex.

Your landlord does have a responsibility to keep you safe and to take care of hazards. Landlords are required to disclose that properties have asbestos. If yours did not, he or she may be in violation of the law. Additionally, you should have a smoke detector and fire exits to prevent you from suffering in the case of fire.

Complacency kills, but you can fight back after a crash

Dangerous drivers put you and others at risk of death on the roads. Why do these people take the risks they do? Some believe they aren't being risky at all.

According to a National Safety Council (NSC) survey, around 83 percent of drivers surveyed stated that safety was a concern of theirs. Despite that, 64 percent of the drivers admitted that they were comfortable driving over the speed limit. Some stated they were comfortable driving while impaired by marijuana (13 percent). Still others stated that they were okay with driving after they had too much to drink.

The Commercial Driver's License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse

You were traveling when a truck driver hit you. You later found out that the driver did not have a right to have his license; he'd been in a drunk-driving accident in the past and was not supposed to be hired for commercial driving.

People in your situation shouldn't have to worry about the wrong people getting licensed to drive. Since this is an ongoing concern, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has been working to establish the Commercial Driver's License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse, which is a database that shows violations in relation to drug and alcohol testing programs for those who have commercial driver's licenses.

Security teams need to keep an eye on club and bar visitors

As a person who goes to bars and nightclubs, the increase in terror attacks and violence in these venues may disturb you. As you decide if you want to continue going to music events and dance clubs, you start to consider the security at these locations. Is it enough to keep you safe? What should security do to prevent injuries to the people inside?

Most clubs have bouncers who throw out individuals who are underage, causing trouble or otherwise unwanted in the club or bar. Some clubs and bars do have their own security services, though. What should the security members do?

If you are injured in a car accident, you need legal help

Vehicle accidents can be extremely stressful and scary. It may take a while for your nerves to settle afterward, but it helps to take action because there are certain steps to follow. You should first check everyone involved for injuries, and you may have some of your own. You should then phone 911, and after that, the police. It would be a good idea to make your next call to an experienced personal injury attorney whose practice emphasizes compassionate, personal attention for accident victims.

There are roughly 10 million motor vehicle collisions each year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and if you are involved in one, you need legal representation to ensure the protection of your rights. You can help your attorney go to work on your behalf by providing details about the accident.

Serious accident takes the lives of 2 teens in Indiana

Anytime a life is lost, it's a tragedy. It's an even greater tragedy when the person who passes away is a child or teen. These individuals had a long, bright future, but that's all over. The loss of a child is painful for his or her parents, community and friends. What's saddest is that many of these losses could have been prevented if a dangerous driver had not been negligent.

In this recent case, a car crash that occurred on April 9 took the lives of two students who went to North West High School. The students, both members of the baseball team, were killed when a driver on Indiana 39 rear-ended their vehicle.

What you do right after a slip-and-fall accident is vital

Most of us have slipped and fallen at some point in our lives. Much of the time, these accidents result only in embarrassment, but other times, a serious injury might occur. This is problematic on both sides. The victim rightly feels he or she should receive compensation for injuries suffered in a slip-and-fall accident. The property owner probably feels he or she bears no fault in the accident.

As we have discussed in our blog before, the hinge point in assigning liability for slip-and-fall accidents is proving negligence. The victim will have to prove that negligence caused the accident and the injuries. When someone slips, falls and suffers an injury, the last thing on his or her mind is gathering evidence. However, if you are physically able, it is crucial to do so immediately after such an accident occurs. Here is why.

Does drowsy driving cause many car accidents in Indiana?

Because most research addresses drowsy driving on the national level, it is difficult to find accurate statistics on the state level. However, one can reasonably assume that Indiana experiences more than its fair share of drowsy driving related car accidents. The current research surrounding driving while drowsy supports this assumption. Below you will find some disturbing facts about drowsy driving on the national level.

-- Estimates provided by the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) indicate that drowsy driving caused 72,000 car accidents in 2013.

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