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Did you know that there are over 253 million cars and trucks on the roads in the US? While the vast majority of drivers get from A to B without any problems, there are thousands of crashes on the roads every year. Despite the prevalence of accidents on the roads, most people suffer from greater anxiety when faced with an airborne journey. If you’re a nervous flyer, you’re certainly not alone. A fear of flying is one of the most common phobias. If you drive or fly on a regular basis, you may be thinking about just how safe you are when you climb aboard that plane or get behind the wheel. This guide will tell you everything you need to know, and hopefully, put your mind at ease.

Driving safety: the facts

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 32,000 lives are lost in car crashes in the US per year. This equates to around 90 deaths on the roads every day. Driving carries a number of risks. The terrain can be tricky, the conditions may be poor, and there’s also a chance of mechanical failure. However, the overwhelming majority of accidents on US roads are caused by driver error. When you have a hold of that wheel, you are responsible not solely for your safety, but also that of your passengers, other drivers and anybody else who is in the area. Making mistakes can have serious repercussions. Of course, there’s always a chance that you’ll be injured by another driver’s negligence, and you can’t account for other people’s poor driving, but it always pays to be a careful driver yourself. You can seek advice from a firm like if you have been injured by a negligent driver, but compensation is often of little comfort if you’ve sustained serious injuries. Rules and laws are there to protect drivers, but all too often, they are flouted, and by the time you realize that you could be a safer driver, it’s too late. If it’s been a while since you brushed up on the highway code, or you tend to take risks behind the wheel, think carefully about the other people on the roads the next time you fire up the engine.

The most common causes of road accidents include driving at high speeds, tiredness and a failure to be aware of your surroundings. If you go flying out of a junction without looking or you slow down or pull over without checking your mirrors and your blind spot, there’s every chance that you could hit another vehicle or even a pedestrian. Driving over the speed limit may affect your ability to control the vehicle, especially if you have to brake suddenly, and tiredness reduces awareness and concentration and increases reaction time. If you crash at high speed, the impact is also likely to be more severe. Other causes of accidents include drinking under the influence of alcohol or drugs and losing control of the car. This often occurs in bad weather when the surfaces of the road are slippery or wet.

Are you safe in the air?

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If you’re afraid of flying, the news provides little comfort or reassurance. Sadly, when something goes wrong in the air, it tends to be a serious incident that attracts widespread media attention. If you think back over the years, you could be forgiven for thinking that there’s a real chance that your plane could go missing or come down. The truth of the matter is that flying is an incredibly safe mode of transport. Crashes are very rare. In 2016, around 3.5 billion people traveled by plane, and there were 325 fatalities, which occurred in 19 separate incidents. Although a plane crash is likely to be much more devastating than a car crash, the likelihood is so much lower. The trouble for most people is that the chance of survival is low. If you’re hit by another car when you’re driving, there’s a good chance that you’ll survive, even if you do sustain severe injuries. When you hear about plane crashes, it’s common to listen to reporters talking about entire crews and hundreds of passengers losing their lives. If you’re struggling to feel calmer about flying, you may find this article useful

The most common reason people feel anxious about flying is the possibility of mechanical failure in mid-air. Although this is always a risk, the technology involved in manufacturing planes is so advanced these days that the risks are minimal. All planes should also be checked rigorously before take off to ensure they meet the required safety standards. It’s perhaps unsurprising that more and more passengers are suffering from anxiety linked to terrorism given events that have unfolded over the course of the last twenty years.

So, what is the safest way to get around?

It is estimated that your odds of being involved in a car crash are approximately 1 in 200. Most of us feel safer in a car than any other form of transport, but the statistics suggest we should think differently. The figures are 1 in 65,000 for a train accident and 1 in 7.6 million for a plane crash. If you’re nervous about flying, always remember that it’s by far the safest way to get around. Billions of people fly from A to B every year, with hundreds of planes taking off every second.

Many of us jump into the car and drive to work every day without a care in the world, but when it comes to flying, feelings of anxiety creep up on us. It’s natural to have fears, especially in the current climate, but the statistics suggest that we should feel safer on a plane than almost anywhere else. Next time you fly, remember that you’re almost certain to get to your destination safely. Put your feet up, take a nap, and try to relax.

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The Most Common Killers Worldwide



While the world is getting more and more populated with the human species, there are also more and more deaths too. And most of the time they have been caused by things that weren’t intended to be fatal.

Here’s some of the most common.

Road accidents

One of the most common killers is from road accidents, whether that be in a car or on a bike, there are crashes that happen every single day. This tends to be due to careless driving from people that are either over the limit and under the influence, driving competitively, or distracted by their phones. While a lot of people are aware of this information, it doesn’t stop the accidents from happening, and lives are constantly being lost. A lot of the time, the accident involves taking innocent lives away at the fault of someone else, that causes them to have an unpleasant death that could’ve been avoided. This is why more awareness needs to be raised with every incident that happens, along with how often they do, because this might give the world a much-needed wake-up call.


Robberies can happen in all sorts of environments, be it at home, in a store, and even on holiday. Robbers tend to target people that seem to have something of value on them, and don’t look as if they’re going to fight back. A lot of robberies do happen when people are on holiday because they’re a lot more relaxed and off guard, because it’s the last thing on their mind while sipping on a mojito. The problem is, they can go wrong very quickly. Most robbers do not intend on killing anyone, they just go in with force to scare the victim, making them easier to take from. But when someone does get brave enough to fight back – that’s where things turn fatal. The robber may end up overcompensating or doing something they hadn’t planned on doing all in the heat of the moment. Not only ruining their own life, but an innocent person’s too.


We all know what cancer is, we see it all over the tv and other forms of media. It’s a disease that comes with a lot of heartache. While there are many different forms of cancers, the grief that they bring to victims and their families can be very hard. Many can be treated with the right drugs and therapy – even surgery. But some aren’t as curable as that, leaving people to end their lives in a lot of pain and discomfort. Cancer can affect anyone, regardless of their age, gender, and lifestyle. There are many different things that are advertised to reduce the risk of ever getting it, but really, the sad truth is that if you’re going to get the disease – you’re going to get it.

There is a lot of negativity in the world, and this is why we should all be doing as much as we can to see the good things. The media highlights a lot of deflating stuff – it’s your job to seek more. – Better.

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Myths About Compensation Unveiled



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Compensation is an area of life that seems to be surrounded by a host of myths. All sorts of headlines have been made surrounding issues such as “compensation culture” and how compensation is detrimental to society as a whole. But this isn’t necessarily true. In fact, compensation, in many ways, can turn out to be quite a good thing. It’s a process that ensures that as many individuals in positions of authority and responsibility as possible stick to the protocol and provide those under their care with safe environments and products. Imagine the state of things if there wasn’t any threat of financial recompense for negative actions! So, let’s take a look at just a few myths associated with compensation to clear up the confusion.

You Can Claim Compensation for Any Accident, Regardless of Fault

Now, there have been cases in the past where compensation has been falsely claimed by individuals who have exaggerated situations, injuries, or trauma. But this percentage is extremely low and, generally speaking, you have to give a whole lot of proof to be able to make a claim. Only genuine breaches will be taken into consideration, as it has to be proved in court by the claimant that the other part has been negligent. No lawyer will waste their time with cases that won’t stand up in court. Serious faults, such as cases where the victim is deceased as a result of the problem, or the victim is genuinely harmed will generally be prioritised.

People Are Too Ready to Claim

We are given this image of compensation cases where everyone jumps at the slightest opportunity to make a claim. This, again, is false. In fact, six out of every seven individuals negatively affected by an accident are likely to brush opportunities to claim under the carpet. They are often scared by branded with this very myth and turn a blind eye to the problem at hand.

Employers Shouldn’t Have to Pay Out for Unforeseen Problems

Many will argue that employers or insurance companies shouldn’t have to pay out for unforeseen problems. A huge point of contention in this area is asbestos claims. People believe that companies shouldn’t have to pay out because they didn’t know at the time that asbestos was dangerous. However, it’s important to highlight that when you are in a position of responsibility, it is your job to check everything that those under your jurisdiction are dealing with. In the case of asbestos, health and safety checks should have been carried out.

Lawyers Purposefully Make Compensation Cases Last Longer

Another commonly spread myth is that lawyers will purposefully prolong the legal process of taking a compensation case to court in order to increase the amount of money that they can charge and earn from it. But any legal representative has a legal obligation to act in the best interest of their clients. To do this would break their code of conduct.

Chances are that you’ve heard all of these myths time and time again. But hopefully, we’ve helped to clear them up for you!

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America’s Aging Workforce: A Call For Change



You don’t need us to tell you that people are living longer. What’s more, advances in medical treatments keep us fighting fit into our later lives. With medicine as it stands, even illnesses such as cancer aren’t enough to knock us down. Instead, we bounce back, often fitter than we were before. Such is the miracle of modern medicine.

No one can deny that this is a positive change and something we should all be thankful for. But, it’s also impossible to ignore that these improvements are at the root of some issues. America’s aging population is nothing new. For years now, we’ve seen baby boomers, born between 1946-1964, forming the largest generation in America. As it stands, 75 million American citizens fall into this category.

As a result, strains have been placed on Medicare, social security, and even our workforces. Early retirement packages start as young as 62, but many are now able to work later. What’s more, inadequate pensions leave many with no other choice.

And, there are obvious issues with an aging workplace. While there are benefits to elderly workers, there are also negatives. Of course, the majority of the issues come about from workplaces targeted towards the young. So, what needs to change to help our aging workers? Let’s take a look.

New health and safety regulations

As it stands, health and safety regulations aren’t serving the aging workforce. In the past, workplace fatalities have concerned younger workers or an even mixture across the ages. But, statistics from Minnesota fatalities suggest that things are changing, with more elderly workers at risk of fatal or long-term injuries. In fact, at least half of workplace deaths involved those who were 55 and over. And, these numbers look set to skyrocket in the coming decade. In some ways, you could argue that these statistics are inevitable. After all, workers in these age ranges now far outweigh those in any other. But, the figures are still worrying. What’s more, those over the age of 65 are thought to take longer to recover. Statistics show that older workers took an average 14 days to recover, while younger workers took 4-9. This is terrible news for everyone, as it means lost workload and lost earnings. The injured individual would be within their rights to contact lawyers such as Strickland, Agner & Associates to cover the financial burden of their time off. But, this would again leave employers out of pocket, which ultimately doesn’t help anyone involved.

Instead, it might be time for workplaces to reconsider their health and safety measures. With elderly workers in mind, issues such as visibility and hearing should be a priority. Bear in mind, too, that a small trip could do real damage for an older worker. As such, it’s more important than ever to keep walkways clear and safe at all times. These changes won’t be difficult to implement. So, there’s no excuse for workforces not to get behind this.

A focus on employee wellness

Employee wellness should always be a priority. Any employer knows that allowances must be in place for workers with disabilities. The law states that they provide wheelchair friendly desks, easy access to all areas, and even parking spaces close to the building. And, all these allowances could help to make life easier for an aging workforce. Admittedly, going too far here could cause insult. But, it’s hard to ignore that a 65-year-old worker will struggle to make their way up three flights of stairs to reach the office. As such, you should provide options like elevators and parking spaces nearby. Keep this understated, and let workers make their own choices about whether to use such benefits. But, you can be sure that having the option will go a long way towards reducing any discomfort.

Acknowledge the limitations of age

This is a tricky matter to traverse. On the one hand, discrimination should be avoided at all costs. And, that includes age discrimination. At the same time, it’s impossible to ignore that older workers won’t be as able to complete incredibly strenuous jobs. What’s more, they could cause themselves injuries while attempting it. As such, it’s difficult to know how employers could best approach this issue.

It may be that jobs should be at a worker’s discretion. Nobody knows our limits as well as we do. As such, it should be made clear that elderly workers can approach managers if they aren’t up to certain tasks. They shouldn’t be reproached or made to feel uncomfortable. Instead, bosses should be accommodating here. After this has happened once, they’ll know not to give the individual in question that job again. Rather than being a matter of discrimination, communications like these are a sign of a healthy and fair workplace, which accommodates for age without making assumptions.

Acknowledge the benefits of age

On the other end of the scale, it’s also crucial for workplaces to acknowledge the benefits with come from an aging team. Workers who have been in the field for their whole lives can bring a load of experience to a role. While not all 65+ employees will be as physically able as young candidates, you can be sure they’ll know a lot more. Why not make the most of these benefits by entrusting our older workers to train our young ones? This would save managers both time and money, and ensure workers learn from someone who’s done the job for years. What’s more, those older workers are sure to appreciate the chance to pass on their knowledge. It’s the best of both worlds and is a setup which is sure to suit everyone.

In conclusion

Accommodating an aging workforce isn’t difficult. It doesn’t cost employers, or create unnecessary work. In fact, small shifts in thinking and operations are all it takes to get this right. And, given that this is an issue which will only become more prevalent, it makes sense that all workplaces get on top of this sooner rather than later.

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