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Auto accidents can harm you in more ways than one

As you drive to the store one day, you may be mulling over the other errands you plan to complete as well. However, a relatively ordinary trip may quickly turn into a life-changing one if you encounter another driver who is careless behind the wheel and ends up colliding with your motor vehicle.

A car accident in South Dakota can have a wide range of negative consequences for you, including physical pain and financial difficulties. Fortunately, if you have suffered injuries as a victim in an auto accident, you have the right to seek justice.

An overview of retail shopping injuries

You were at a store, just picking up some shampoo or toilet paper, and then something happened and injured you. Who is at fault? Does the store owner have some duty to keep you safe from harm?

A business owner must take reasonable precautions to ensure the safety of customers who are on the premises of the business. A person who becomes injured due to the negligence of a business may receive awards from damages suffered because of an accident. The store owner is responsible for maintaining a safe environment and taking steps to rectify any dangerous situations as soon as he or she becomes aware of the hazard.

Did someone's slip-up cause your slip-and-fall accident?

You are at a store one day shopping as usual. However, you find yourself standing up one second and on the floor the next due to slipping and falling. When you look more closely at the floor, you see the puddle of liquid that caused you to fall.

Unfortunately, slip-and-fall accidents in South Dakota can quickly turn an ordinary day to one that is unforgettable -- for all of the wrong reasons. You may find yourself with serious injuries and even have to miss work as you heal. Fortunately, you have the right to seek justice in such a situation.

Back to School: What should I know about school bus accidents?

Most of the time, school buses are a safe way to transport your kids back and forth to school. Nevertheless, accidents do happen, and sometimes those accidents are fatal. Between the years of 2004 and 2013, there were over 1,200 school bus accidents involving fatalities.

In South Dakota, extreme weather can sometimes be a concern in addition to the usual issues at hand during a motor vehicle accident. Your children are precious to you, and you want to do all that you can to protect them. By teaching your kids a few safety guidelines, you can increase the likelihood of them staying safe on the school bus.

Is there a dangerous toy in your child's closet?

If you're like most South Dakota parents, you probably enjoy giving gifts to your children from time to time. A variety of toys may be among the gifts you've given in recent years. As a conscientious parent, when your children get new toys you no doubt help them review all the instructions and safety warnings on the packages. There's a certain amount of risk involved with all toys; however, some are far more dangerous than others are.

Do you know some children received popular toys some years back meant to mimic the popular CSI television series? Their parents were undoubtedly shocked to learn that the mini CSI investigation kits contained asbestos. The company took the kits off the market, but there's no telling how many children were exposed to asbestos before officials rectified the situation.

Which is more dangerous on the road: Fatigue or distraction?

The dangers of distracted driving are well-known. There is significant evidence to indicate that distraction of all kinds can cause serious accidents, leaving innocent people dead or seriously injured. While this is a serious issue that will continue to be a problem, it is not the only threat to South Dakota drivers.

While it does not receive as much attention as distracted driving, fatigue can be just as dangerous and just as costly. Drowsy driving is extremely common, and like distraction, it can be difficult to prove. If you believe that a negligent driver caused your car accident, it is possible that fatigue played a role in the liable party's negligent or dangerous actions.

Do you think textalyzers are a good idea?

Most South Dakota motorists are familiar with the Breathalyzer device. Police often use this blood alcohol content measuring tool to determine whether a person involved in a fatal car accident was acting under the influence of alcohol behind the wheel. Drunk driving continues to be a major problem on most of the nation's highways. However, another roadway menace that has taken many lives is texting.

Only a few decades ago, texting while driving was not even possible. Advanced technology has allowed drivers easy access to GPS information as well as the internet and emergency services when needed. The problem is many drivers don't safely pull off the road before using their hand-held devices.

Distracted driving: does eating behind the wheel count?

South Dakota drivers are well aware of the potentially deadly consequences of distracted driving. Distraction is one of the leading causes of car accidents across the United States, and while texting and phone use is one of the leading sources of this type of dangerous activity, it is certainly not the only one. In fact, there are many dangerous behaviors that drivers do every day because they do not seem risky.

Many drivers eat while behind the wheel at some point. From drinking coffee on the morning commute to grabbing a fast-food dinner on the way home from work, it is quite normal to eat on the go. As common as this type of behavior may be, it is not worth it. In fact, eating while you are driving can be as big of a safety threat as texting while driving.

I've been in a car collision: What now?

If you have suffered injuries in a car accident due to the carelessness of another driver in South Dakota, it is within your rights to seek monetary damages. However, making certain mistakes following the car collision can harm your chances of getting the full compensation to which you are entitled. To protect your best interests, there are several actions that are important to take, as well as to avoid, following a crash.

Do you understand your parents' estate plans?

As your parents age, you may become more aware of the fact that they will not live forever. Though coming to terms with a loved one's mortality can prove emotionally difficult and jarring, you may have to confront these feelings in order to understand your parents' end-of-life wishes.

Do you know if your parents have an estate plan? Do you know the details of those plans? If you answered no to either of these questions, then the time may have come to discuss estate planning with your loved ones.

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