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Injured Oklahoma workers must fight for every penny

Certain jobs bring an increased potential for injury. However, you do not have to work in a dangerous job to be at risk for injury. Accidents and workplace violence can occur at any time, leaving you and your family struggling.

Fortunately, workers' compensation insurance covers qualified workers who suffer injuries on the job. The process for claiming these benefits can be complicated, and it is not unusual for injured workers to have to put considerable time and effort into obtaining the financial benefits they need. Additionally, in Oklahoma, the funds available to you through workers' comp may not compare well to those in surrounding states.

Smartphone addiction and its deadly consequences

At some point while driving, you have probably shared the road with an Oklahoma driver who was exhibiting signs of distracted driving. These types of behaviors include swerving or drifting from lane to lane, or perhaps you actually noticed the driver putting on makeup or eating. You know that no matter the type of distraction, unfocused drivers are extremely dangerous.

Of course, the biggest source of distracted driving is smartphones. These handheld devices have a grip on most Americans, and many drivers find it simply impossible to just put down the phone and drive. As a result, distraction is now one of the leading causes of car accidents and a major public safety concern.

Car accidents are second most common cause of brain injury

As the weather gets warmer, you may find yourself wanting to get out of the house more to enjoy the Oklahoma sunshine. Whether you are driving your family to the park for an afternoon of fun or heading to the home improvement store to plan your first spring project, you will be out among the thousands of other travelers, some of whom are not paying attention to their driving.

You may take every possible precaution to remain safe. You wear your seat belt, use appropriate safety seats for your children and keep your cell phone in your pocket. Nevertheless, you cannot control the actions of other drivers, and this places you at risk of accident and injury. Among the most common injuries victims of car accidents face are traumatic brain injuries, which can alter the course of your life.

How safe are you while working alongside a robotic co-worker?

Are you working side-by-side with a robotic colleague? Robots are becoming a part of the manufacturing environment in Oklahoma, taking over all those tedious, unsafe tasks. Several agencies are working on establishing safety standards to protect human workers. These include the American National Standards Institute, the National Safety and Health Institute, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Although current safety standards do not include regulations to deal with user and equipment safety in robotics, your employer must comply with OSHA's general safety standards. You need protection against the hazards posed by traditional industrial robots that do not share workspace with humans, and the more modern collaborative robots that interact with human workers and work alongside them.

Are you prepared for the many hazards you will face as a trucker?

Transportation and logistics play significant roles in the economy of Oklahoma, and so do the brave men and women who spend many hours facing the numerous hazards of operating big rigs. If you are new to the trucking industry or considering making a career as a trucker, you might be interested in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's report that truckers experience more non-fatal injuries than workers in any other industry. Commercial truck drivers face much more than the dangers of road accidents.

To limit the number of injuries and deaths caused by fatigued and exhausted truck operators, the U.S. Department of Transportation regulates the number of hours the operators may drive before taking mandatory rest periods. However, many other aspects of trucking are hazardous.

Avoiding truck accidents as a pedestrian or bicyclist

Commercial vehicle operators use Oklahoma as a main thoroughfare for hauling their loads to destinations across the United States. The large number of big rigs on the roadways of the state can threaten not only smaller vehicles but also pedestrians and bicyclists, as not all commercial vehicle drivers make an effort to look out for those in their immediate vicinities.

As a pedestrian or bicyclist, you're obviously going to be moving a lot slower than most vehicles, and you will have little to no protection, making you significantly more vulnerable than most others sharing the roadways.

Common hazards faced by landscapers

If you are an employee of any of the landscaping companies in Oklahoma City, you would want to be sure you are part of a work crew that is protected by a comprehensive safety plan. If your employer complies with the safety regulations of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, you can be sure of management's commitment to prioritize workplace safety. This will increase your chances of going home safely after every workday.

You will need assurance that your employer has safety protocols in place to identify workplace hazards and address them before illnesses or injuries occur. The company's safety plan should include adequate training to equip you and your co-workers with the ability to recognize potential hazards and know what steps to take to protect yourselves.

Work in health care? An injury could be in your future

Working in health care can be an incredibly rewarding experience. Sadly, it is also a dangerous one. Oklahoma health care workers are more likely to suffer an injury or serious illness on the job than those in any other industry.

If you work in a hospital, residential facility, private physician's office or anywhere in the health care field, you may not realize the insufficient safety standards in your workplace. Few people do until they suffer the consequences.

The hazards of bicycles and automobiles sharing the same roads

If you are an avid bicyclist, you were likely eager to get your bicycle out of storage after the harsh winter. National Bicycle Safety Month in May reminded bicycle riders and motorists in Oklahoma of the need to share the road effectively. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the numbers of fatal bicycle accidents are on the rise.

A safety advocate for the Auto Club Group said a survey indicated that the primary concern of most cyclists is a car striking them, followed by a fear of distracted drivers. She said the warmer weather would bring more cyclists onto the roads, and she urged both bicycle riders and motorists to demonstrate courtesy and care.

Trucking accident? What caused it, and who could be held liable?

As a motorist in Oklahoma, you have probably noticed that more and more commercial vehicles share the highways with you. Tractor-trailers, 18-wheelers and tanker trucks travel through our state to reach delivery points across the country. With the increased number of big rigs comes the higher risk of truck vs. passenger vehicle accidents, and the significant difference in size and weight often allows truck operators to walk away unscathed while occupants of cars usually suffer catastrophic injuries -- if they survive.

Although most truck drivers are aware of their increased responsibility to drive with care, some may be a little more lax behind the wheel, which can lead to serious crashes involving other motorists. If you or a loved one are suffering the consequences of a truck accident that was not your fault, the cause of the crash will determine who might be liable for your damages.

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