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When another person's distraction becomes your problem

Have you ever read a book while talking on the phone? Imagine if your friend or loved one, whom you haven't spoken to in a while, calls you to catch up, but you don't want to put down the good book you're reading, so you try to keep reading while having your phone conversation. If your mind feels confused just thinking about multitasking between talking on the phone and reading a book, you're definitely not the only one to have this reaction.

The same type of confusion, stress and difficulty you'd likely experience if you tried to read a book and talk on the phone at the same time is similar to what happens when those driving cars use their cell phones, text or otherwise distract their attentions away from the road. In fact, analysts say it takes approximately five seconds to glance down at a text message while driving, which is comparable to driving across an entire football field with a blindfold over your eyes.

Who is responsible for the damages after a serious dog bite?

If a dog bit you and you suffered an injury, you know that the experience can be traumatic and scary. You may have medical bills as well as pain and suffering. The injuries may have been serious enough that you missed work or spent time in the hospital.

However, you may be reluctant to file a claim to recover your damages, especially if the owner of the dog was a family member or friend. You may be worried that the cost of covering your losses could leave the dog owner in a precarious financial situation. However, many types of insurance that the dog owner is likely to carry should cover your medical and other needs. If your injury is the result of a dog owner's negligence, you are eligible for a full and fair recovery of your damages.

Bicyclists not protected by crash prevention technology

Bicycles are cost-effective modes of transportation for countless people in South Dakota. Whether traveling to work, school or for pleasure, riding a bike can be a fun, healthy way to get somewhere.

Unfortunately, they can also be dangerous. Despite laws that protect bicyclists' rights to share the road, many drivers of larger motor vehicles fail to leave enough room or pay attention to people on bicycles, which can lead to deadly results.

Don't let injuries such as whiplash break you financially

You prepared for a busy day ahead, complete with work commitments and perhaps even a child's evening soccer game. However, as you drove along a South Dakota highway, nothing could have prepared you for the fellow motorist who suddenly struck your car from behind.

Following the accident, you feel pain in one or more parts of your body. You probably experienced some of the most common injuries stemming from car accidents -- soft tissue injuries such as whiplash. Fortunately, if you have suffered an injury due to another motorist's carelessness, you have the right to seek to hold the other driver accountable.

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.

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