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Fluctuating winter weather? Do this right away.

The weather this winter has been nothing if not variable. Last week it was below zero. Today it’s 60 degrees. Next week, we’re expected to get snow.

While rapid season shifting certainly keeps things interesting, it’s important to understand how highly fluctuating weather conditions such as these can impact your safety on the road. In today’s post, we examine one critical—but commonly overlooked—step that any winter driver should take to protect themselves behind the wheel.

The implications of the government shutdown on personal safety

The partial government shutdown has now been in effect for over a month. More than 800,000 federal employees have been furloughed or are being forced to work without pay.

As this nation-wide halt in services wears on, the impacts on human lives are becoming increasingly severe. One less obvious consequence of the shutdown is a higher risk of personal injury. Here’s why:

The consequences of not fighting a traffic ticket

There are far worse criminal charges than receiving a general traffic ticket. This reality makes it easy for you to brush off tickets as not a big deal and pay the fines to get the process over with so you can move on with life.

However, have you ever stopped to think about the impact traffic tickets can have on your life? They can easily become a bigger problem than you anticipated if you do not take care of the situation in the most effective way.

How your worker status affects injury compensation benefits

When it comes to worker benefits, not all workers are created equal. Your designation—either as an employee or an independent contractor—determines the benefits you’re entitled to. A contractor is typically exempt from workers’ compensation—in addition to other benefits, such as overtime pay, employer-sponsored healthcare and paid time off.

However, the distinction between an employee and an independent contractor is not always cut and dried. Many employers misclassify workers who are actually employees as independent contractors—thus denying them important benefits. Some estimates indicate that in the U.S., as much as 30 percent of employers misclassify their workers in this way.

How to coordinate gift-giving with your co-parent after divorce

The first Christmas following a divorce can be stressful for everyone in the family. As a parent, it can be tempting to focus on your own pain and loneliness—and overlook how this dramatic life change is affecting your children.

It’s important to put aside any animosity you and your ex may have, and focus on creating new, happy Christmas traditions with your children. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

How your online activity can hurt your personal injury case

You’re driving home after a long day at work. Suddenly, a distracted driver in the lane next to you swerves into you—sending your car spinning into oncoming traffic. Miraculously, you survive, but you’re badly shaken and suffering from serious injuries that will take you out of commission for months.

During stressful life events such as these, you may be filled with anger towards the reckless driver and anxiety about your future. It can be tempting to vent your frustrations or seek support on chat forums or social media.

When a Black Friday shopping spree ends in personal injury

While Thanksgiving used to be primarily about gathering with family and friends for an abundant, calorie-filled meal, the holiday tradition is changing. For many families, Thanksgiving is now synonymous with the three Fs: feasting, football and Friday—Black Friday, that is. The steep, day-after-Thanksgiving sales prompt many Americans to head to the mall, in search of the perfect holidays gifts at great prices.

However, the shopping event isn’t always a relaxing, fun-filled occasion. The enormous surge of holiday shoppers—who have often been waiting in line all night on no sleep—can quickly make things get competitive and unruly. Violence often erupts at such sale events—leading to serious personal injury or even death.

How do I tell my kids our marriage is over?

If you think the hardest part of divorce in Pennsylvania is serving your spouse with papers, then you might not realize how vulnerable your children are. There is no perfect way to tell them the news, but if you are not careful, you could do so in a manner that makes it more challenging for them to accept it and move forward. 

No matter how old your kids are, keep in mind that they are still young and not capable of understanding the situation like you or any other adult. Older children may not take the news as hard as younger ones. However, careful consideration before, during and after your divorce can help them heal faster. 

How likely are collisions with deer out on Pennsylvania’s roads?

States vary in what kinds of safety hazards are common on their roads. Here in Pennsylvania, one type of accident there is a relatively high risk of, compared to most states, are collisions with deer. This can be seen in a recent report on deer crashes.

This report, by State Farm, gave the odds of colliding with a deer or similar animal out on the roads for all of the states and the District of Columbia. These odds were based on animal crash statistics covering July 2017 to June 2018.

Safety tips for driving with your infant

When you have a baby, everything takes more time. Gearing up for a simple excursion to the park requires anticipating every possible eventuality. Will your baby need to eat or be changed while you’re out? Does she have adequate protection from the sun? Did you pack extra blankets or clothes in case she gets cold?

Traveling with your little one by car can be even more of an ordeal. And ensuring your baby is optimally protected in her car seat isn’t always straightforward. In today’s post, we provide the latest safety recommendations for car seat usage.

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