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Some tips for driving in poor weather conditions

Weather-related hazards can lead to a wreck at any time of year. However, there are certain months, such as those during the winter, which can be especially dangerous. Truck drivers may have to watch out for a number of hazards, depending on where they live, which might include heavy rain, snow, ice on the roads, fog, and strong winds. Sometimes, drivers push themselves to drive even when weather conditions are poor, such as those who need to get to work or take care of an important responsibility. If there is a possibility that poor weather could increase the likelihood of a crash, there are a number of tips that drivers should keep in mind if they decide to take to the road. That said, drivers should never out themselves in danger or drive if road conditions are not safe.

If it is snowing, raining, or there is dense fog, drivers should give themselves more time to get to their destination. When weather conditions deteriorate, drivers should slow down and pay closer attention to potential hazards on the road, which include other vehicles. Drivers should make sure that all of the windows are free of any problems that could affect visibility, such as snow or a foggy windshield. Drivers should always watch out for ice, including patches of black ice, snow drifts, and other hazards that may lie ahead while driving.

Air bag recall illustrates the wide reach of a bad product

The Takata airbag recall in 2017 affected millions of automobile owners and cost automakers millions of dollars.

The recall was an example of a defective product that was capable of causing death and serious injuries. The manufacturer foisted defective air bags on an unsuspecting American public, as well as car owners around the world.

Drunk driving charges can be critical in car accident cases

We understand that an accident can be physically and emotionally jarring. While you recover from your injuries, it is important to have an experienced personal injury attorney investigate the cause of the crash. After all, a large majority of accidents arise out of human error, meaning one (or more) drivers were at fault. This is very likely when alcohol is involved.

Indeed, drunk driving charges usually bring about criminal consequences, but in terms of their effect on a traffic collision, there may be civil implications as well. 

Adjusting to life in a wheelchair after a crash

Motorcycle accidents can change a victim’s life in countless ways. Sadly, there are often financial, emotional, and physical challenges after a wreck. For some, the consequences of a collision can lead to permanent difficulties that will require adjusting one’s life significantly. If you were hurt in an accident and are now in a wheelchair, you may be having a hard time coming to grips with the ways in which your life has changed. However, you should try to keep a positive outlook and examine any options, such as legal action, that might help you as you move forward.

If you need to use a wheelchair temporarily or will never be able to walk again, you might be facing various hardships. For example, you might not be able to perform the responsibilities of your former job or participate in activities that you used to enjoy. This can be extremely devastating, but you should try to avoid feeling hopeless or giving up. If a reckless driver has caused you to find yourself in this position, you should definitely take a look at potential legal options and do your best to have them held responsible.

Could lower sleep aid dosages lead to fewer accidents?

The devastation caused by distracted driving led a number of states to enact laws banning the practice. The U.S. Department of Transportation also established rules prohibiting truck and commercial bus drivers from using cell phones behind the wheel. While distracted driving remains a national issue, drowsy driving has become equally as dangerous, as many drivers who rely on the sleep-aid, Ambien, were seen causing accidents.

The high risk of accidents caused by sleep deprivation led the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ask drug manufacturers to lower dosages of medications including zolpidem (the active ingredient in a number of sleep aids). Federal regulators believe that remnants of zolpidem are still prominent in a person’s blood stream the morning after taking it, and that it can impair one’s ability to drive.

Important elements of a successful wrongful death claim

Losing a loved one quickly due to the negligence of another party can be traumatizing, and in some cases financially debilitating. In such cases, a wrongful death claim may aid in providing some peace in knowing that the responsible parties will pay for what they did.

However, if claimants do not handle the process properly, they may not reach the verdict they seek. To that end, any successful wrongful death claim must possess a few important elements.

Educating teens on workplace injuries

Accidents in the workplace occur every day. When teens start their first jobs, they may be particularly susceptible to certain workplace injuries.

One of the best ways to prevent an injury is through information. There are a few key facts that young people should know about injuries in the workplace.

What can drivers do to cut down on motorcycle accidents?

As many as 5,286 motorcycle riders died in 2016, which is the latest data available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That was the largest number of fatal motorcycle crashes since 2008 and a 5.1 percent increase over the previous year.

For several years, motorcycle fatalities had been dropping. The 2016 increase may be due to an increasing number of motorcyclists on the road, but it could also be due to a decrease in motorcycle helmet use, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association.

AAA: Drowsy driving accidents 8 times higher than prior estimates

"Drivers who don't get enough sleep are putting everyone on the road at risk," said the executive director of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. "By conducting an in-depth analysis using video of everyday drivers, we can now better assess if a driver was fatigued in the moments leading up to a crash."

The foundation's head was referring to a major naturalistic driving study just completed for AAA. Naturalistic driving studies use video cameras and other sensors in ordinary vehicles driven by volunteers. The technology allows researchers to observe natural driving behavior.

Is the X-LITE guardrail system hazardous during crashes?

A South Carolina woman was riding in an SUV driven by her husband when the vehicle went off the side of the road and hit a guardrail. Highway guardrails are meant to absorb the impact of a crash, keep the vehicle from going too far off the roadway, and perform another critical function. The pieces are supposed to "telescope," or fold into one another so that the long metal pieces do not cause additional danger.

In this case, and in other cases in several states, the guardrails did not telescope. Instead, they acted like spears, thrusting through the vehicle and severely injuring vehicle occupants. In this case, pieces of the guardrail penetrated the passenger side all the way through the frame and backseat. According to one of the lawsuits, the South Carolina woman suffered "immediate, horrible, and agonizing pain, severe damage to her internal organs, internal bleeding" before she died of her injuries.

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