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Holiday Travel Safety Tips

Full of good food, family and friends; for many the holiday season is the happiest season of the year. While this means lots of time with loved ones, it also means lots of time on the road. Traditionally the day before Thanksgiving is the busiest day of the year for travel, and experts expect this year to be no different. With low gas prices, they're actually predicting that the numbers for Thanksgiving 2014 will top last year's 39.6 million auto-travelers!

Accident Kills 5 in Louisiana

Our team at the Beattie Law Firm is saddened to hear of the tragedy in Louisiana that struck a family of eight, when five of its members were pronounced dead at the scene. According to the news release from the Louisiana State Police, the accident occurred just before 11 p.m. The family was on their way to Disney World when the 16-year-old driver of the Chevrolet Tahoe fell asleep and hit a medium. The driver overcorrected the vehicle, causing it to roll over.

Fire Destroys Business in Des Moines

A Code Red was issued after dangerous black smoke stretched for miles, warning people nearby to leave or take shelter inside, after a Des Moines business caught fire Monday evening.

It's Back! What you need to remember with snow

Snow dusted across the state in the early morning, making for dangerous driving conditions. As you head home this afternoon, and all through the winter months, be mindful of other drivers on the road. The cold temperatures and wind also increase hazards on the road, with patches of (black) ice, flying debris and even distracted drivers.

Keep your home CO free

A hotel in Charlotte was forced to evacuate all guests today following increased levels of carbon monoxide. The cause of this accident was attributed to a fumigation crew's improper equipment use. No injuries were reported and all guests and employees are said to be in good condition. This was an important reminder on just how silent, and potentially deadly, carbon monoxide poisoning can be.

Avoid Dog Bites This Holiday Season

2014 has been a record year for dog bites. The Insurance Information Institute reported 17,359 incidents already-a number that hasn't been seen since 2003. While this spike in bites is troubling enough, data trends show that a majority of these bite victims are bitten by the dogs of friends and family, and more often than not, are children under the age of 10.

Accident Protection: What You Need to Know

Drivers in Iowa are making national headlines and none of it's good. In the last week two Iowans were involved in traffic altercations with very serious, and seriously avoidable, legal implications.

Fire Prevention Week October 5 through 11

Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, which killed more than 250 people and left 100,000 homeless; destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres.

Need help to stop texting while driving? There's an app for that.

The technology-driven world we live in has many people consumed in their cell phones, whether it's checking email, texting and even playing games on a new app.

What is the difference between a workers' compensation claim vs. a personal injury lawsuit?

Workers' compensation claim and personal injury lawsuit often get confused, but one main difference between the two is how your case is proven. Keep reading below to learn how.


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