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Risks associated with driving at night

Accidents happen at all times of the year and day, but some are especially dangerous. For example, nighttime driving can bring a higher risk of a crash for various reasons such as an increase in the number of drunk drivers on the road, poor visibility and drowsy drivers. If you regularly drive during the nighttime, whether you have to go to work or take care of another responsibility, it is crucial to be vigilant behind the wheel.

When driving at night, you may not able to see the road or other vehicles as well, especially if you drive in an area that is poorly lit. However, poor visibility is not the only risk factor associated with driving during the night. Unfortunately, many people get behind the wheel while intoxicated due to consuming alcohol or taking drugs at night and this combined with decreased visibility can make roads incredibly dangerous. Furthermore, some people are tired because they have worked excessive hours or recently woke up to head to work for an overnight shift, also increasing the chances of an accident.

How can motorcyclists stay safe on the road?

For motorcyclists, roads can be particularly dangerous and the likelihood of passing away or sustaining a serious injury in a wreck are especially high. As a result, it is critical for those who ride motorcycles to be aware of some of the things they can do to protect themselves on the road. Motorcycle crashes cannot always be prevented, especially when they are caused by another driver’s recklessness, but precautionary measures can reduce the likelihood of death and serious injuries.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has provided a number of tips for motorcyclists who are looking for ways to stay safe and avoid a fatal accident. For example, motorcyclists should never take to the road after drinking or under the influence of drugs and they should pay close attention to other traffic safety laws, such as speed limits, signage and traffic lights. Motorcyclists should be mindful of intersections and the distance between their motorcycle and other vehicles. Moreover, reflective materials can help other drivers notice motorcyclists and avoid hitting them.

Did you wind up in a worse condition after surgery in Louisiana?

When you go to a doctor, you expect that they will make you better -- not make you worse. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.

In this blog post, we are going to focus on some of the mistakes doctors and other medical professionals make. This is not to scare you or deter you from going to the doctor, but to rather arm you with knowledge.

4 types of brain injuries that could occur in a car accident

Suffering a head injury tends to cause immediate panic. Most everyone understands that a head injury could also mean a brain injury has occurred, and serious harm could come from a brain injury. Because of the severity of these injuries, it is important that you obtain medical attention soon after experiencing any type of blow to the head.

You certainly hope that any damage suffered from a head injury is minor. While there are certain cases in which a brain injury could fall into a less-serious category, lasting effects could still occur. When it comes to understanding a brain injury you or a loved one may have suffered, you may want to learn more about the exact injury involved.

When a driver loses control of their vehicle

Accidents happen for all sorts of reasons, but it can be especially terrifying when a driver loses control of his or her vehicle. To see a vehicle careening off the road or swiftly moving in the wrong lane can be alarming and these drivers put lives at risk. Whether someone has a seizure, another type of health crisis, is intoxicated or even inexperienced, drivers who lose control of their vehicles are a major problem on roadways across the country.

In some instances, drivers lose control and hurt themselves and cause property damage. For example, a driver may pass out behind the wheel and drive off the road, colliding with trees. Unfortunately, some of these accidents also involve other innocent drivers and passengers, who may have little or no time to prepare, especially if a driver loses control around a turn. Sadly, this happens far too frequently and has led to the loss of many lives.

Bicycle accidents and negligent drivers

As a bicyclist, you have to keep an eye out for all sorts of dangers while you are on the road, from poor weather conditions such as heavy rain to potholes and other hazards. Unfortunately, you may also find yourself in an accident as a result of a negligent driver, such as someone who is operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs. Other risky behaviors, such as getting behind the wheel when one is extremely tired, can also cause an accident. Sadly, these accidents can be especially disastrous for bicyclists.

If you were hit by a negligent driver, there may be many different challenges you are facing. Aside from physical pain and severe injuries, you may be going through other hardships. For example, you might be angry due to your circumstances or struggling with depression and anxiety. Furthermore, the financial toll of these accidents can be staggering. After all, with medical bills and other problems brought on by your injuries, such as missing out on work, your finances may be hit hard. Tragically, these accidents also claim many lives each year, which often leaves families with emotional pain that they will never fully recover from.

How can garbage truck accidents be prevented?

On the road, there are many risk factors that threaten the lives of drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Sometimes, less common risks, such as a negligent garbage truck driver, can be especially concerning. On the other hand, the reckless actions of someone else, such as an intoxicated motorcyclist, can also result in a garbage truck driver becoming injured or killed in an accident. As a result, it is pivotal for garbage truck drivers and those who find themselves near a garbage truck to review some precautionary measures that can reduce the chances of a mishap occurring.

According to the City of Columbia, Missouri, garbage truck accidents can be prevented in a number of ways. Garbage truck drivers should avoid speeding or driving while intoxicated and work to maintain appropriate communication with co-workers. Waste disposal companies should ensure that workers are trained properly and that workloads are appropriate. Moreover, all drivers should be vigilant when driving near a garbage truck.

Scooters, skateboards, and other forms of road accidents

When people envision a traffic collision, they may picture two vehicles colliding, a motorcyclist crashing, or some other accident that only involves vehicles. However, it is important to keep in mind that people are hit by cars in many other ways as well. For example, someone may be hit by a vehicle while walking, riding a kick scooter, or skateboarding. Sadly, these accidents can be especially devastating, since victims may have little protection when they are struck by a vehicle. If you are a parent or ride a skateboard or kick scooter yourself, it is important to be mindful of the risks.

These accidents happen for all sorts of reasons. On the one hand, some are caused by careless skateboarders who might ride in front of traffic, for example. However, many are also the result of negligent drivers. For example, someone who is under the influence of alcohol might drive off of the road and strike an innocent child, claiming his or her life or causing a serious injury. Or, a driver might be drowsy or distracted, causing them to ignore crosswalks or veer off the road and hit someone riding a skateboard.

Will self-driving cars threaten the safety of pedestrians?

New Orleans is a city with a significant amount of pedestrian traffic, including both locals and tourists. With so many people walking as a mode of transportation, it is especially important for drivers to be on the lookout to avoid hitting someone. But what if no one is actually driving the car? Then who is responsible?

Recently, a woman was killed after she was struck by a self-driving car. The self-driving car was in testing mode at the time -- with a human backup driver. This tragic accident is calling into question the safety of this new technology