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February 2019 Archives

'Disability" has a specific meaning under SSA rules

The Social Security Administration has an often complex set of rules and regulations governing the requirements that a claimant must meet before disability benefits are granted. Many Missouri workers who have experienced difficulty working due to a mental or physical condition believe they are disabled but do not meet the SSA's standards. In fact, over 50 percent of first time applicants are turned down. Consequently, it is important to have an understanding of what disability means when applying for SSD benefits.

Documenting car accident damages and injuries

When filing a claim following a car accident in Missouri, accident victims tend to be more likely to get a fair payment or settlement if damages and injuries are well documented. It's a process that often goes smoother if an affected party remains calm so important details can be recalled. However, before any documentation of damages begins, the standard recommendation is to call 911 first to deal with emergency issues related to an accident first.

NTSB releases list of most wanted traffic safety improvements

The National Transportation Safety Board has released its 2019-2020 Most Wanted List, and both truckers and truck fleet owners in Missouri should take note because 6 out of the 10 desired items relate to the trucking industry. The first item is to eliminate distracted driving. Among other things, the NTSB recommends that all states ban the non-emergency use of portable electronic devices with the exception of navigation software.

What the GHSA recommends to reduce speeding deaths

Throughout Missouri and the rest of the U.S., speeding accounts for nearly one-third of all traffic deaths. Since speeding does not have the cultural stigma that DUI or driving without a seat belt has, it is often seen as acceptable and continues to pose a threat, especially to pedestrians and bicyclists. That's why the Governors Highway Safety Association has released a report recommending ways to tackle the challenge.

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