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Crane Accident

Crane Accident

accidents result in injury and damage, which oftentimes result from negligence
and/or the malfunction of construction or commercial equipment. Crane accidents
can be classified as a subgenre of construction accidents. Eponymously, a crane
accident results in any injury or damage resulting from the operation of a

What is a Crane?

A crane is a piece of mechanical equipment
that is utilized to lift and move heavy objects. Cranes consist of a large arm
that extends from a base. While the earliest incarnation of cranes were mounted
and operated by lever and pulley systems, the most advanced cranes can extend
hundreds of feet while being mounted from vehicles or various platforms. Due to
their large size(s), cranes can not only lift heavy objects, but also move them
to otherwise unreachable destinations due to locational restriction(s).

Why do Crane Accidents Occur?

Crane accidents can occur for a variety of
reasons, but the most common types of crane accidents result from two primary
causes: malfunction and negligence. Due to its height and complex mechanical
design, even the simplest flaw within a crane’s construction can result in a
crane accident, regardless of the integrity and experience of its operator.
However, in the event that an individual is not skilled in crane operation, or
is operating the crane in a negligent, unsafe manner, a crane can be an
extremely dangerous piece of machinery.

What are Some Types of Crane Accidents?

Damage or injury as a result of a dropped item is a
rather common crane accident. Although the causes for this type of crane
accident are vast, should a crane drop an item that it was being operated to
move, the results can be catastrophic. The weight of the object, in addition to
its elevation, can contribute to the severity of the damage or injury sustained
by the collision.

Damage or injury as a result from a crane’s hook is
another type of crane accident. Most cranes utilize a hook affixed to the arm
in order to grasp and lift objects. However, the hook itself can be quite heavy.
Unfastened hooks permitted to swing wildly can cause property damage, as well
as personal injury depending on the velocity.

Damage or injury resulting from an unbalanced or
improperly mounted crane has resulted in many crane accidents. In the event
that the weight of the object being lifted exceeds that of the mount, cranes
have been known to topple or tip. This type of accident not only poses a danger
for individuals and items surrounding the crane, but also to the crane operators

How to Investigate a Crane Accident?

Cranes, akin to all types of construction
equipment and machinery, must be operated, inspected, maintained, and utilized
in proper fashion. Furthermore, cranes must operate within the legal parameters
of a construction zone. The unsafe or unlawful operation of a crane can not
only result in property damage, but injury as well. Attorneys specializing in
construction accidents will be able to assist individuals in assessing damage
and injuries sustained by crane accidents, as well as assist in the research
and accumulation of construction zone operational codes.

Fatal Accidents

Fatal Accidents

A fatal
accident is an accident that results in the death of one or more individuals.
Fatal accidents are classified as a type of preventable death, which exist as
anomalies and occur out of the ordinary. Within the United States, the number
of fatal accidents and preventable deaths reaches upwards of 105,000 cases on
an annual basis.

The Nature of Fatal Accidents

Although all fatal accidents result in death, the
expediency of death varies. While some fatal accidents result in sudden death,
others result in eventual death. Examples of fatal accidents resulting in
sudden death and those that result in eventual death are similar. However, the
severity of the injury sustained designates the duration of time prior to

reason(s) for the death of two passengers involved in a fatal car accident can
vary in nature, while existing within the scope of a fatal accident. While one
passenger may have been killed immediately by blunt-force trauma due to the car
accident, the other could have died three days later from a collapsed lung
resulting from that same car accident. Regardless of the expediency of the
respective fatalities, both of these cases are classified as fatal accidents.

Fatal Accident Liability

The nature of the term “accident” suggests that an
event is unplanned, yet there exists a wide range of liability, fault, and
analysis upon the investigation of a fatal accident. Fatal accidents resulting
from negligence are considered to be involuntary. This means that although the
accident occurred due to negligence, the event lacks malice and/or
premeditation. In these cases, the individual responsible for the negligent
act(s) is considered to be held responsible, and thus liable, for the fatal

following are some examples of negligent fatal accidents:

Vehicular manslaughter resulting from reckless
operation of a motor vehicle, driving under the influence, or driving while

Unlawful operation of equipment, machinery, or
specialized tools deemed unsafe in a civilian setting, such as construction
accidents and/or death in the workplace, due to negligence;

Unlawful, untrained, careless, and/or impaired
operation of a firearm that results in fatality;

Fatal accidents resulting from faulty products
and/or defective manufacturing;

The irresponsible and unlawful sale of

Legal Recourse for Fatal Accidents

Fatal accidents resulting from chance occurrences
in which no fault is attributed can still retain certain levels of liability,
yet the level of liability tends to be far less severe than liability assigned to
fatal accident cases resulting from negligence. Individuals involved in fatal
accidents, which do not illustrate expressed fault or liability, are encouraged
to consult with attorneys specializing in cases involving fatal accidents. The
assessment of a fatal accident case by a legal expert can shed light on
pertinent, and oftentimes overlooked, details of the case.

Forklift Accidents

Forklift Accidents

A forklift
accident is classified as a construction accident that occurs through the use
of a forklift. A forklift is a piece of construction machinery that is used to
both lift and transport heavy objects.

What is a Forklift?

A forklift is comprised of a bed, or palette, that
is affixed to a vehicle, which allows it mobility. Within the cabin of a
forklift sits an operator with access to the controls of both the movement of
the vehicle, as well as the movement of the bed. The bed can be raised,
lowered, extended, or retracted. The earliest incarnations of forklifts
consisted of treated wheels, while the latest modifications to forklifts
consist of streamlined wheel systems that allow for better traction, a smoother
ride, and a heightened center of gravity.

Types of Forklift Accidents

Forklift accidents that involve dropped
objects are some of the most common. These types of accidents can include
objects falling off the bed of the forklift, as well as objects falling as a
result of contact with the bed of the forklift. In many cases, forklift
accidents that result in dropped objects can injure the operator of the
forklift and/or individuals in the perimeter of the dropped object.
Furthermore, dropped objects can cause property damage to the surrounding area,
as well as to the object itself.

Forklift accidents that involve the
tipping or tumbling of the forklift are also quite common. These types of
accidents occur as a result of faulty weight distribution in the scope of the
operation of the forklift. In the event that an object being lifted by a
forklift disrupts the inherent balance of the forklift’s center of gravity, the
force of the object against the bed can cause the forklift to tip or tumble.

Forklift accidents that involve the
puncturing, piercing, or striking of an object are also common accidents. These
types of accidents occur as a result of contact between the bed of the forklift
and another object or individual. There have been a number of reported deaths
as a result of this type of forklift accident.

Forklift accidents that result in the
ejection of the operator have caused a number of deaths as well. These types of
accidents occur as a result of a collision, in which the operator is thrown
from the cabin of the forklift.

Forklift Accident Safety and Recourse

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration
(OSHA) requires strict certification measures and safety requirements while
operating a forklift. Operators who have been injured due to negligent work
conditions, faulty machinery, or a hazardous work environment may be eligible for
compensation as a result of any injury or damage sustained as a result of a
forklift accident. The proper training and experience is imperative for those
operating a forklift, and it is the responsibility of any and all foremen to
ensure that these requirements are being met. An attorney specializing in
forklift accidents – or other personal injury cases – will be able to assist in
the assessment of such a matter.

Five Eastern States will Participate in Earthquake Drill

Five Eastern States will Participate in Earthquake Drill


The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announces that people in five states and the District of Columbia will participate in the first earthquake drill for the eastern states on October 18, 2012 at 10:18 a.m.  The drill is being called the Great SouthEast ShakeOut.
Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia want all schools, businesses, organizations, government agencies, towns, and households to participate in the first-ever drill.  The drill is being led by FEMA, the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium, and other partners as well.  
A similar drill occurred in the nine Central U.S. states in February of 2012, and about 2.4 million people joined in.  
During the drill, people are encouraged to DROP to the ground, take COVER under a sturdy object, and HOLD ON until the earthquake stops.  The common action during an earthquake emergency is known as “Drop, Cover, and Hold On.”  
The east-coast drill is being performed because of the M5.9 Mineral, Virginia earthquake that occurred on August 23, 2011.  Earthquakes are rare on the east coast, but the earthquake caused a considerable amount of damage to Louisa County in Virginia and Washington D.C.  
Robert Welch, the FEMA Region III Acting Regional Administrator wants as many people and organizations to join and register for the event as possible.  Welch stated, “We were reminded last year that earthquakes can and do happen anywhere.  Everyone should make plans and take actions to ensure that disasters do not become catastrophes and this drill is an excellent start.” 
FEMA states that about 10.5 million people are expected to participate in the drills on October 18.  If FEMA is right, the drill will be the largest safety drill ever held at once. 
Source: Federal Emergency Management Agency

Gymnastics Accidents

Gymnastics Accidents

accidents are classified within the scope of athletic, or sports accidents, that
can range in severity. Due to the wide range of gymnastic activities, there
also exist a wide range of potential gymnastic accidents to which gymnasts may

Danger Latent within Gymnastics

Without proper training – and in certain
cases, even with proper training – gymnastic accidents can take place. Due to
the elevated and aerial motions and maneuvers inherent within the sport itself,
the chances of injuries are heightened. The rigorous expectations and maneuvers
exuded by even the most trained gymnasts can result in gymnastic accidents if
either the timing or placement of such exertions is not perfect. This is not to
say that participation in gymnastics should be avoided. However, the strict
safety precautions instituted by the United States Gymnastic Association (USGA)
must be met in order to reduce the chances of gymnastics accidents.

USGA Regulations

Although the parameters and specifications
vary depending on the gymnasium in which gymnastic equipment exists, the USGA
maintains strict requirements for the maintenance, operations, and upkeep of
all professional-grade gymnastics equipment. Furthermore, only padding and
protective gear that has been both endorsed and/or sponsored by the USGA is deemed
acceptable for use in competitive gymnastics.

Type of Gymnastics Accidents

The Pommel horse is considered to be one of the
primary and most recognizable pieces of gymnastics equipment. The Pommel horse
consists of a padded bar that sits atop a metal stand with fitted handles. From
top to floor, a Pommel horse measures 3.77 feet. Gymnastics accidents involving
the Pommel horse have included a gymnast being ejected from the horse and
impact between a gymnast’s body part and the horse. Without proper padding
beneath the Pommel horse, a gymnast is liable to be injured due to slips and
falls from the Pommel horse.

The parallel bars are amongst the most dangerous
of all gymnastics equipment and are responsible for the majority of gymnastics
accidents that take place. Parallel bars measure 6.6 feet from bar to floor and,
as a result, slips and falls resulting from mistakes during routines can result
in injury. Gymnastics accidents involving the parallel bars have included
paralysis, broken bones, and brain injury. Due to their height, gymnasts
without proper training or proper protection are encouraged to avoid
participation in parallel bar routines.

The rings are an example of elevated gymnastics
equipment that can sit upwards of nine feet from floor to ring. Akin to the
parallel bars, mistakes in gymnastics routines can lead to serious injury due
to the height of the rings.

Gymnastic Accident Precautions and Recourse

Regardless of the level of gymnastic activities,
which can range from physical education in schools to a professional level,
proper precautions must be taken. Not only must the equipment be in proper
working order, but the protective measures must be maintained. Although there
exists inherent risk in the participation of gymnastic activity, injuries
sustained as a result of negligence should be explored and assessed by legal
professionals specializing in such matters.

Warning: Is it an Accident or Arson?

 Warning: Is it an Accident or Arson?

One of the
main challenges to
 arson prosecutions is to distinguish between arson
fires and accidental fires. Arson fires are fires set with intent
 to destroy or damage property.
The legal definition of arson fires involves fires where the person setting the
fire had the intent to commit harm by setting the fire, as well as setting the
fire or being interrupted while in the process of setting the fire. Accidental
fires are all other kinds of fires.

Accidental fires are usually
not prosecuted as arson. If however, an accidental fire occurs because of
demonstrably gross negligence
 or a casual disregard for the
consequences of setting the fire, these fires can cease to be judged as
accidental and may instead be seen as arson fires.

An accidental fire is often set by a juvenile. In such situations, these juveniles may simply be
manifesting an innate human interest in fire. More than half of the people
arrested for setting fires of both types were under the age of 18 in 2003.
Children under the age of seven are generally not setting arson fires.
Accidental fires set by these children are almost exclusively the result of

In children ages eight to
twelve, fires are still sometimes accidental, but a greater proportion are
arson fires. The arson fires set by these individuals are often a manifestation
of deeper psychological problems, as seen by the fact that there are relatively
few accidental fires set by juveniles thirteen to eighteen years old. Fires in
this group are often intentional and criminal, meaning they can be properly
called arson fires as can those set by adults.

Accidental fires set by adults come in several forms. The most
widely depicted presentation of accidental fires in the media is the drunkard
who falls asleep while smoking a cigarette, which then sets fire to the bed.
Cigarettes represent the greatest source of accidental fires in the home. As a
result of widespread calls for reform, technology has been adopted to try and
prevent the rate at which accidental fires are created by cigarettes by
changing the composition of the cigarettes so that they are less likely to burn
if left unattended.

Another common species of
accidental fires involving cigarettes involved throwing a lit cigarette from a
moving car. This is a gray area, though, because negligence or disregard may

A type of accidental fires that
is not in dispute, however, involves campfires. Campfires at which every
reasonable effort is made to control the fire and contain its blaze, but still
spreads due to the spread of properly managed embers, can only be included in
the category of accidental fires no matter how large the blaze which results.

Accidental fires in the home can have several causes. The forensic
 employed to investigate fires are trained to examine whether a fire shares more similarities in burn
patterns with accidental fires or arson fires. Common sources of accidental
fires include cooking accidents, electrical appliances that have overheated,
been left on for too long, or short-circuited, sparks from fireplaces or
welding tools, cigarettes, or lightning strikes.

Missing Information on an Accident Report

Missing Information on an Accident Report

Accident reports are used as an official record for car accidents in court and for insurance companies that are making determinations about a driver’s responsibility. Accident reports include information such as which driver is at fault, as well as the date, time and location of the accident. Accident reports may also include the names of all involved parties, including passengers in the vehicles that were involved in the accident.
When there is missing information on accident reports, officers may fill in the details. In general, missing information on accident reports can only be filled in by officers that were at the scene. The information required may come from further analysis of the accident scene and the vehicles involved, necessitating changes or additions to the accident report. Generally, the accident report will not be accepted by the court until all spaces have been filled in.

Don’t Get an Accident Attorney Without Reading This!

Don't Get an Accident Attorney Without Reading This!

Suffering an injury as the result of a car accident can be a trying and frustrating situation. However, there may be grounds for a legal remedy in certain car accident cases. Consulting an accident attorney may be a great way to learn about the possibilities of bringing a lawsuit against the party causing injury in order to gain damages and compensation to assist with medical bills and loss of income if a person is disabled.
The process of choosing an accident attorney can prove to be a confusing undertaking. However, there are various options available to find an accident attorney after suffering an injury as the result of a car accident. The internet may be a great source to find accident attorneys in the area.
It is important to not limit one’s options to just one possible accident attorney and consult with various lawyers in the area to find the most competent and experienced accident attorney possible. Furthermore, it is important to consult with various attorneys in order to find one that will be able to render legal services in accordance to one’s budget or financial needs. 

Don’t Try to Leave The Scene Of An Accident!

Don't Try to Leave The Scene Of An Accident!

If an individual is involved in an accident and leaves the scene, the police will pursue the individual responsible. Although it may take time to determine the make and model of the vehicle that fled the scene, officers can often make those determinations at the scene of the accident. For example, officers may note the color of paint found on the other vehicle. In addition, witnesses to accidents can generally help to determine which other car was involved.
Those that flee the scene of a car accident may also find that their auto repair shop is required to report an auto accident of the driver who does not have an official report on hand. Officers would then respond to the mechanic to determine how and when the damage was caused to the car.
Regardless of how an individual is caught leaving the scene of an accident, the charges will be increased because they fled the scene. Those charges can include fines, additional tickets and possible jail time.

Using the Best Accident Attorney for Free

Using the Best Accident Attorney for Free

Those that have been involved in an accident may require the services of an accident attorney. Individuals that wish to sue the responsible party will find that they require the services of an attorney to do so.
In many cases, individuals will not have to pay a fee unless their accident attorney wins the case. There are also accident attorneys available for those that are accused of being at fault.
Accident attorneys are very adept at showing who the responsible party is. They may bring in accident specialists to explain how the accident occurred and who may be at fault.
Accident attorneys are also able to explain why a financial compensation award would be appropriate. First, they will examine and explain all medical and other bills which arose from the accident. They will also examine pain and suffering which resulted from the accident, in an attempt to receive a compensatory damages awarded for the victim.