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Running away from a dangerous dog feels like the most natural thing in the world. The dog charges and you turn and sprint in the other direction. Maybe it’s just instinct. After all, you’re trying to protect yourself. Maybe you think the dog just wants you out of its perceived territory and you’re showing it that you’re getting out.

No matter why you run, it’s actually the wrong idea. Dogs have a very strong chase reflex. Anyone who has gone for a jog with their pet knows how this works. The dog may seem tired out after a few miles but, if a squirrel runs across the sidewalk, the dog suddenly has a burst of strength to pull on the leash.

The same is true no matter what the dog is chasing. That’s a dog’s first instinct. It may just have barked at your before but, if you run, now it wants to chase. That escalates the entire situation. The dog may chase you down and bite you specifically because you ran.

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While all motor vehicle accidents can cause life-changing injuries and damage, truck accidents are some of the most severe. These types of crashes can:

  • Cause more serious injuries
  • Cause more damage to your personal property
  • Involve different laws and regulations

Truck accidents often result in serious or catastrophic injuries. Why?

  • Large trucks need longer to stop. If the driver isn’t paying attention or someone cuts them off, they may not be able to stop in time to prevent a crash
  • Large trucks need more room to navigate, so they’re more likely to tip while making turns that are too tight
  • Trucks are much heavier than passenger vehicles. The force of the crash is likely to be higher because of that fact alone

As a driver of a typical consumer vehicle, your goal should be to play it safe around these larger trucks. While there is no way to guarantee that you’ll avoid a crash with a large truck, you can take steps to prevent them as a result of your actions.

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People go to the shooting range for all sorts of reasons — to hang out with their friends, blow off some steam or build up their skill with a new firearm. These ranges are often popular, successful businesses. Most people who visit shooting ranges will come away with stories about their experience and accuracy, not injuries.

Unfortunately, accidents can and do happen where many people handle firearms in close proximity to one another. No matter how well-organized and safety-focused your favorite shooting range is, you could potentially wind up suffering an accidental gunshot wound due to someone else’s negligence, a malfunctioning weapon or other circumstances.

Not everyone who wants to shoot can handle their guns

Different shooting ranges have different policies, but many allow people to bring their own firearms or to rent firearms for use on the range. Just because somebody was able to buy a 12-gauge shotgun doesn’t mean that they can handle the recoil when they fire it. The same is likely true for the larger and higher caliber firearms sometimes available for rental at shooting ranges.

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The purpose of any personal injury lawsuit is to compensate a victim after an accident that was someone else’s fault. The goal, meanwhile, is to get enough compensation to help the victim get as close as possible back to what their life was like before it was disrupted by the accident.

Part of that is making sure the victim doesn’t have to pay accident-related bills out of their own pocket. It is easy to prove how much a victim is owed for medical expenses and lost wages just by looking at the total of their medical bills and missed paychecks. But bills are far from the only consequence of an injury-causing accident, and other consequences may have a far greater impact on your life.

How do you calculate the value of physical pain? What about the stress and emotional harm an accident causes? No amount of money can ever take away that pain. But we can get close to assigning a monetary value by examining what effect your injury has had on your life.

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After receiving medical care following a motor vehicle accident, it’s important to file an insurance claim. However, with so much going on in your life, you need to proceed with caution, as neglecting to do so can result in a mistake that costs you money in the long run.

Here are some of the most common insurance claim mistakes:

  • Saying too much: Yes, you want to file a claim as soon as you can. And yes, you need to provide your agent with basic information about the accident, such as where it occurred. However, don’t dive too far into the details until you understand your legal rights and are comfortable answering questions.
  • Agreeing to make a recorded statement: If your agent asks you to make a recorded statement, you have the right to turn them down. Doing so while under stress is a mistake, as you could say the wrong thing or misinterpret what’s asked of you.
  • Trusting your insurance agent: Many people have a longstanding relationship with their agent, so they trust them to do the right thing if they’re in an accident. You shouldn’t put all your trust in your agent, because at the end of the day it’s a business. They’re going to do what’s best for them, their company and their bottom line. So, you need to do what’s best for you, and that means not putting your trust in your agent.
  • Accepting their first offer: You want to put your accident behind you as soon as you can, and your insurance company knows this. So, they may make you a lowball offer in the hope that you take it. Don’t accept any money from an insurance company until you’re 100% sure that it’s the right thing to do.

You’re faced with many challenges after a car accident, especially if you suffered a serious injury that requires long-term treatment.

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