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Why are recreational vehicles prone to accidents?

Having your own recreational vehicle is a dream you've had for years. Now that you have one, it's important that you take precautions to stay safe on the roads. Before you ever drive, make sure that you understand the differences in these vehicles compared to traditional cars and trucks.

RVs are much larger than many traditional vehicles. People often get into accidents because of the size and weight of the RV. Keep your RVs height handy so that you don't accidentally hit a low bridge, for example, and know how much clearance do you need.

What happens if there isn't enough insurance coverage?

An accident with a motorist who doesn't have enough insurance is a problem that many victims have to face. They may have little choice but to turn to their own insurance for coverage or to sue the driver who hit them. As a victim, it's your right to know if the other party does or doesn't have insurance, so you can begin a claim.

Some people don't like to cause trouble for others, so they may not speak up if there is no coverage. Don't be that person. It's your right to receive compensation if you've been hurt by another party. If that person doesn't have enough coverage, you can then decide what you want to do.

Childhood injuries cost billions each year

Children who are hurt suffer in many ways physically and mentally, but they also have economic issues to deal with. As they age, they may have a lesser ability to work or bring in an income, and socially, they may have longer bouts of isolation or difficulty being part of a group.

What's most important in terms of support is making sure that children who get hurt have the financial support needed to survive later in life. Even if it's just an amount of money that compensates them for a shorter period of time, it needs to be enough to make a difference.

A recreational vehicle crash requires good insurance coverage

As the owner of a recreational vehicle, you should know that it requires its own special insurance. These vehicles have various designs that require special consideration by insurance companies.

If you drive an RV, having insurance is the key to staying safe and mobile on the road. You'll want to consider a few kinds of insurance, like replacement cost for personal effects, total loss replacement and emergency expense coverage. Many of these options will cover damages and injuries that happen when you're driving your own vehicle, without even considering the potential of an injury caused by another person.

Man killed on farm as a result of gunshot to the head

The wrongful death of any person is something no one should have to witness. Whether the fatal incident occurs because of a car crash or negligent act of another party, it's a family's right to seek out compensation for the loss of their loved one.

In one such case in Saskatchewan, the family of a man who was shot to death has filed lawsuits against the farmer and RCMP following an acquittal. The man, an indigenous Alaskan, was killed when he was shot in the head. The incident, which happened in August 2016, resulted in the landowner pleading not guilty after claiming the gun accidentally fired. He claimed he was attempting to scare younger people away from the farm, as he believed they had been stealing from him.

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.

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