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Quirk in South Dakota law uses slight/gross negligence rule

Like people in every state, South Dakotans injured due to another person’s negligence might sue the negligent person and their insurance company. The lawsuit might help them recover costs of treating injuries, loss of work days or job opportunities, as well as pain and suffering.

But South Dakota’s personal injury laws have a minor quirk that make it unique among the 50 states. Only South Dakota acknowledges the apparently contradictory idea of “slight gross negligence.”

Vehicle-building collisions are common and preventable

Like everything else in the digital age, it’s hard to tell whether it’s happening more often, or just being seen on our cellphones more often. South Dakotans seem to be crashing cars into buildings.

Every day in the U.S. there are about 60 vehicle-versus-building crashes on average. According to Ameriprise Insurance, more than 500 people are killed every year when cars crash into businesses. Only about 63 people die from earthquakes, tornadoes and lightning strikes combined.

Leading causes of distracted driving

Distracted driving has become a massive issue in the United States. It has played a significant role in the injuries and deaths of thousands over the past decade. In 2017 alone, distracted driving contributed to the deaths of 3,166 people. Additionally, more than 1,000 people are injured daily due to this problem.

Preventing distracted driving has become a focal point of law enforcement in recent years. To do your part in putting an end to this issue, make sure you avoid the following leading causes of distracted driving.

Long drives on rural roads can be risky for commuters

Sometimes a job that requires a long commute is the best fit for your situation. However, a long commute can get old fast. You may get up early in the morning to beat traffic and get home late after you finish working. When you get home, you may delay going to bed so you can complete your responsibilities around your home or try to unwind before doing it all again the next day.

Although driving can be a safe mode of transportation most of the time, your extra time on the road may increase your chance of eventually being involved in a traffic collision. If a long stretch of your commute occurs on rural roads, you may be especially susceptible to drowsy driving crashes.

Drug use may be a factor in some commercial trucking accidents

The federal government limits the number of hours a commercial truck driver can drive without rest. However, truckers are paid based on the miles they drive, not the hours they work, so it is common for truck drivers to violate these regulations in an effort to make up for lost time.

When violating the federal hours-of-service regulations, truckers risk becoming too tired to drive safely. To combat fatigue, many drivers turn to illegal substances, like amphetamines and cocaine.

What causes car accidents?

Driving is a part of most people’s daily life. It might be unavoidable. However, driving is a particularly dangerous activity. Driving-related injury and even fatalities are relatively common. It is estimated there are approximately 17,000 accidents per day.

Due to this, you might be wondering how so many car accidents occur? What are the most common causes of car accidents?

Minimizing risk for your kids on the farm

Children who grow up on farms are familiar with the amount of work farming requires. And while these kids grow up accustomed to taking responsibility for completing chores and working together as a family, there are many potential safety concerns involved.

Living and working on the farm can be hazardous in a variety of ways, as loud machinery, potentially toxic chemicals and heavy animals are typically part of the daily experience. However, although the farm can present dangers to your children, there are some things you can do to increase safety on your farm.

What to do after a car accident

A state with open spaces has a lot of roads, and roads lead to car accidents. What exactly should you do if you are in a car accident?

The first thing you should do after an accident is get medical assistance, either for yourself if necessary or for anyone who was injured in the accident, either in another car or a pedestrian.

DOL ranks farming the most dangerous industry in America

The United States Department of Labor (DOL) recently reported that the agricultural industry was the most dangerous industry in the United States last year. Sadly, many farmers in South Dakota are already too familiar with the dangers.

Just last September, a two-year-old boy tragically died after getting caught in a grain auger-conveyor near Chamberlain, South Dakota. A few months before, a Freeman resident died in an accident involving his tractor.

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