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Rate of child fatalities in car crashes high in South Dakota

A car accident is a scary time in anyone's life, and they are perhaps more concerning when children are involved. Nobody wants to see a child hurt, and kids themselves may have trouble understanding why an accident happened. This notion may be especially concerning for drivers in South Dakota and Iowa, where a higher percentage of children under the age of 15 die as a result of car crashes when compared to other states.

Alarming new data from researchers at Harvard and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center studied how children were affected by car accidents from 2010 to 2014. The data shows that children die in 16 percent of crashes nationwide. However, the fatality rate was nearly 1 in 4 for children in South Dakota and Iowa. Why is this the case?

South Dakotans should be aware of wind dangers while driving

Drivers are aware of the common dangers faced on the road, but residents of South Dakota and northwest Iowa face something that is unique to the Great Plains. Wind acts as an invisible danger to drivers along the I-29 and I-90 corridors, making South Dakota and Iowa among the top five windiest states in the country.

High winds resulted in the deaths of 54 people in 2014, according to the National Weather Service. The relatively flat geography east of the Missouri River allows for unbroken, high-speed winds to blow across the plains. While the wind carves its own path, drivers are forced to adjust on the same roads.

Common reasons workers' compensation claims are denied

Receiving notification that your workers' compensation claim was denied is both shocking and discouraging. Typically, when a claim is denied it's because the insurance company decided that your injury does not meet the necessary standards and therefore shouldn't be covered by workers' compensation. This is upsetting because you know in your heart that your injury was legitimately sustained at work and you don't understand how they could disagree.

Don't delay: You only have 3 days to report an injury

When an employee is injured on the job, their employer's workers' compensation plan typically covers the costs associated. Unfortunately, many employee's worry about filing a claim because they like working with their employer or fear some sort of retaliation.

In South Dakota, you are required to report an injury within three business days. That's not a lot of time as compared to other states. Iowa, for example, allows 90 days for a worker to submit a claim. If you do not make your claim within three days, you risk having your claim denied and may lose out on benefits.

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