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Workers' compensation claim may follow big rig driver's death

Big rig drivers in California face multiple workplace hazards while navigating the state's busy freeways. Along with the crash hazards that they have to deal with, unattainable or unrealistic deadlines imposed by many employers force truckers to sacrifice rest time to meet the required standards. Sadly, fatigue is often the result, making them even more vulnerable while driving. An unexplained crash recently claimed the life of a truck driver whose family will likely rely on workers' compensation benefits to assist with the unanticipated expenses.

It is unknown whether this driver suffered fatigue or another emergency, or whether an engine malfunction caused the big rig to veer off Highway 58 on a recent Saturday afternoon. The California Highway Patrol report indicates that the driver of a commercial truck which was fully loaded was westbound when the truck veered onto the right shoulder and over the edge of an overpass. The vehicle landed on railroad tracks below, blocking all rail traffic.

Study: Infrastructure investment tied to pedestrian, biker safety

Public investment in infrastructure appears closely tied to pedestrian and bicyclist safety, according to a new study. Researchers compared fatality rates in 46 U.S. regions with each region's 'Bicycle Friendly Community' and 'Walk Friendly Community' rankings and found a surprisingly large difference between the safest and most dangerous communities.

"The five most dangerous regions for walking had an average fatality rate five times higher than the five safest regions," said one of the researchers. "For bicycling, the most dangerous regions had a fatality rate six times higher."

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