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Beware of drowsy drivers on the roadways

Drowsy driving is potentially deadly driving, so anyone who gets behind the wheel of a vehicle must ensure they are fully prepared to accept the responsibility. This includes being able to stay awake and focused while driving. When a driver becomes fatigued, they should get off the road as soon as possible and get rest before continuing on their journey.

Everyone on the roads can watch for signs that a driver is impaired. If they spot any, they can report it to the authorities as soon as it is safe. This might help to prevent a crash.

Deadly underride crashes are often preventable by vehicle guards

Commercial trucks are a major source of risk for smaller passenger vehicles. The size and weight of a commercial truck make it very possible for the vehicle to cause catastrophic damage to the smaller passenger vehicle in a crash.

Of the various kinds of collisions that result from a crash between passenger and commercial vehicles, the underride crash is arguably the most horrific. Interestingly, it is also one of the most preventable kinds of truck crashes.

Legal action might stem from anger after a sudden loss

When you lose a loved one unexpectedly, you might go through a range of emotions. One of these might be anger if the death was the result of a person's negligence. When this happens, you might feel compelled to avenge the death. You can't just fly off the handle and act out of sorts. Instead, you'll do better launching a legal action against them in the form of a wrongful death lawsuit.

A wrongful death lawsuit seeks to hold the liable party accountable for the financial damages that you suffer because of your loved one's passing. There are specific elements that must be present if you are going to do this.

Nursing home negligence isn't ever permissible

Having a loved one who resides in a nursing facility isn't easy. You have to place your trust in the staff members who are charged with meeting your family member's needs. While many people live in nursing facilities that provide excellent care, there are some that are seriously lacking the care and attention they deserve. Watching for signs that something is amiss can help you to determine when you need to take steps to ensure that negligence isn't happening at the facility.

There are many different types of negligence and abuse that can occur at nursing facilities. Some are very obvious, such as when physical abuse is present. You might notice that your loved one has frequent bruising and cuts. This is a sign that something serious is going on, and it does require an investigation.

Texting makes an accident 23 times more likely

You're driving when you get a text message. You ignore it, continuing on for a half-hour until you get to your destination. When you arrive, you find out that you actually have half of a dozen messages. The person who initially texted you is angry that you did not respond for so long.

In today's world, many people expect an instant response to any text. This puts pressure on people to prioritize the phone over everything else. If you see someone answering a text at the dinner table or during a movie, that's why.

Answering these wrongful death questions could change your life

When a loved one's death is the result of another person's negligence, your life is turned upside down. As you grieve, it's critical to revisit the cause of the death with a focus on the steps you can take to hold the negligent party responsible.

You're not alone if you don't have much (or any) knowledge of wrongful death laws. This isn't something most people learn about until they find themselves in position to take legal action.

Autumn dangers motorcyclists should avoid

The cooler weather is here, which means that leaves will start to fall off the trees. While the changing leaves are undoubtedly beautiful to look at, the falling leaves are one of the most significant hazards that motorcyclists face. Anyone on a motorcycle during this season should know how to handle this danger, as well as a few others that come with the colder weather months.

When the leaves fall on the roadway, they can become slippery. This gets even slicker if there is rain or dew. For motorcyclists, the effect of the leaves is much the same as riding on a sheet of ice. There is also the chance that the leaves will cover a pothole or another defect in the road that can cause problems for the two-wheel vehicle. When you can't avoid the leaves, drive through them as slowly as possible to reduce the risk of a severe accident.

Funeral planning is difficult after an unexpected death

The sudden and unexpected death of a loved one means that you need to handle specific tasks. One of these might be planning the funeral. Unless the person had a pre-arranged funeral, you are going to have to make the decisions. This can be difficult, especially when you are dealing with grief.

When you sit down to start planning the details, you should think about the decedent would want. This dictates some of the points, such as whether you will have an open casket or cremate the person.

Troubling symptoms can come weeks after a crash

Victims of car wrecks often face serious injuries, but these might not show up right away. It is imperative that anyone who is in a crash takes the time to do self evaluations, so they can determine if there is anything amiss. Any signs of an injury must be addressed immediately.

Some injuries, such as concussions, might show up days or weeks after the accident. If you have signs of this, including a headache that doesn't go away, dizziness or nausea, you should contact your doctor. You might need to go on brain rest, which means you cut out screen time and just rest. In some cases, the headache is due to bleeding under the skull. This can require surgery and is a medical emergency because of the pressure on the skull.

Emotional abuse in nursing homes is atrocious and must be stopped

Nursing home residents count on health care workers to handle many tasks for them. They also count on being able to socialize with their fellow residents. Unfortunately, some residents don't have the chance to live the lives they deserve because they are dealing with the effects of emotional abuse in the nursing home. This type of abuse isn't easy to spot, but it can be very damaging to the senior citizens.

One thing that makes this type of abuse so hard to spot is that some of the signs are similar to the symptoms of dementia-related conditions. For example, the person might seem withdrawn. This could be because they are being kept away from other residents, but it could also be due to the effectswe of dementia.

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