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City pays out $275,000 to child hurt in physical education Class

A young child should never have to go through the struggles of a serious injury. It is a sad day for everyone when a child suffers a brain injury or other debilitating condition that makes it hard for them to talk, walk or otherwise interact like they used to.

Childhood injuries happen all the time, but they're not always under acceptable circumstances. Take, for example, this case involving a $275,000 settlement paid to the family of a child hurt in a school PE class.

What are the most dangerous types of car crashes?

As someone who has been in a car crash, one thought you may have had is how serious your crash could have been. Not all crashes are the same. After all, there are so many factors involved. Things like wearing a seat belt, getting hit in the front instead of the back and speed all play a role in how serious a collision is.

A few types of crashes are more dangerous and likely to cause injuries than others. They include rollovers, head-on collisions, rear-end collisions and side-impact crashes.

Here's what to do if someone dies at the scene of a crash

It is devastating to be involved in a car crash that leads to a person's death, but these crashes do happen to people every day. Crashes involving small passenger vehicles, pedestrians, motorcyclists and bicyclists are more likely to result in deaths than those in semi-truck and large commercial vehicles, but anyone can be killed in a crash.

Following a crash, individuals at the scene need to immediately take note of what has happened and check on all the people who are hurt or involved. Those who are capable of providing help to the injured should attempt to do so, keeping in mind that no one should be moved unless it's necessary for safety.

3 tips for keeping your kids safe during every car ride

In a car crash, one of the most horrible things to witness is an injury to a child. Children have their whole lives in front of them, and seeing them with broken bones, spinal injuries and head trauma is devastating.

Parents who drive with their children regularly likely want to know what they can do to keep their kids safe. The good news is that there are many things you can do to help keep your child safe while in your vehicle. Here are a few tips to help:

Do you need special insurance for ATVs and other vehicles?

Recreational vehicles include many kinds of vehicles, and there is a potential for them to be just as dangerous as passenger cars and trucks. Recreational vehicles aren't just RVs, they're also personal watercraft, boats, off-road vehicles, motor homes, travel trailers and 5th-wheels.

While many people remember to get insurance on their RVs and motor homes, it's not as common to see someone have insurance on a four-wheeler or boat. It's vital to do so, though, not only because of the need to pay for repairs in the case of a crash but because of the risk of harming someone else and being held liable financially.

Are the ice roads in Alaska as dangerous as they appear?

Alaska is a beautiful state. It has variable temperatures, beautiful icy winters and plenty of things to do for winter-loving people.

One thing that has been spread around America through the media is the potential for extremely dangerous trucking across the state. Yes, the roads are sometimes challenging in Alaska, and one cable TV show, Ice Road Truckers, made that obvious. How realistic is it, though?

Crashed? Here's what to know about under or uninsured drivers

If you're in a crash with an uninsured driver, then that person is in some trouble with the law. You, on the other hand, need to find a way to recover your losses from that individual. That may mean suing for what you're owed.

In most cases, people carry underinsured or uninsured motorist coverage. This coverage is important, since it helps you cover your losses if the other driver does not have insurance and is at fault for your collision.

You can stay out of crashes with these 3 tips

Over the last several decades, the overall trend has been for car accidents resulting in fatalities to reduce yearly. However, between 2015 and 2016, the number of deaths caused by crashes suddenly increased significantly from 22,741 in passenger vehicles to 23,793. Car occupants are the most likely to be involved in a fatal crash, making it extremely important for drivers to be cautious on the roadways.

While there is no obvious reason why the number of deaths increased, it's possible that changes in laws and the number of vehicles on the roads plays a role. Regardless of the reason, it's necessary to discuss ways to reduce your risk of being in a collision. Here are three tips to help:

Obtaining damages after a wrongful death

After a person dies due to another person's negligence or recklessness in an accident or other situation, there may be a case for a wrongful death lawsuit. In these lawsuits, family members generally have a right to pursue compensation to help them recover losses associated with the death.

There are a couple kinds of damages a family may receive including pecuniary losses and punitive damages. Pecuniary losses are those that include expected losses due to the decedents inability to continue working and earning. They also include losses based on the decedent's age, health and other factors.

Using your underinsured or uninsured motorist coverage

Uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage is a kind of coverage that helps you protect yourself in the case that you're involved in an accident with someone who does not have enough coverage to settle with you for damages or injuries. This coverage is something you have to purchase, but it gives you peace of mind, since you know that you have coverage no matter what kind of accident you get into.

Nationally, around 13 percent of drivers do not have insurance. That equates to around one in eight drivers, which is a relatively high risk. If you get into a crash with that individual, you'd have to sue him or her personally to obtain the compensation you need for damages and injuries.

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