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What are the most dangerous foods to eat while driving?

Like most other drivers here in West Virginia and elsewhere in the country, you have probably eaten while driving at some point. Perhaps you do it more often than you would like because your schedule, commute or other factors limit your time, and you have to eat at some point.

Unfortunately, when you do, you increase the odds of ending up in an accident. Realistically, eating or drinking anything while driving increases the chances of having an accident.

Tips for getting behind the wheel with confidence after a crash

If you've been involved in a car crash, your physical injuries aren't the only ones you need to deal with. Any crash will have a psychological effect as well.

One clinical psychologist says that it's normal to be extra cautious when driving again and to feel some anxiety when you find yourself in a situation that reminds you of the crash. This could include passing the intersection where it happened or driving in the rain if it was raining at the time of the crash.

Load issues that can cause a truck accident

Truck accidents happen for many reasons, and some of them are not as obvious as truck drivers getting distracted behind the wheel or driving while they're too fatigued to safely be on the roads. In fact, if the driver did not load the truck themselves, they may be able to argue that the accident wasn't even their fault. They could claim that the fault lies with the trucking company or the company that did prepare the load.

There are a lot of load-based issues that can lead to accidents. Some of them include:

  • The load is not strapped down properly and it shifts while the truck is in motion. This often happens as the truck goes around a corner, and it can cause a rollover accident.
  • The load is heavier than permitted for the vehicle. This increases stopping distances and can even cause the brakes to fail when trying to stop.
  • The load is not properly balanced or the center of gravity is too high. Either one can put excessive force on the truck and cause it to roll or make it harder to control.
  • The load is not secured to the trailer or bed of the truck and comes loose while driving. This can be devastating for anyone driving behind the truck.
  • The load is positioned in such a way that it creates blind spots for the driver, and the driver then strikes a car, pedestrian, or cyclist as a result.

Declining car accident deaths are a good sign

The general trend with car accidents, over the decades, has been a decline in fatalities. However, in recent years, stats had actually started to trend upward again. Many experts blamed the popularity of the smartphone, starting around 2007, saying that it was causing more driver distraction and thus undercutting the work of all safety innovations.

If you have heard that complaint before, you'll be happy to know that things have turned around again. For the last two years on record, accident fatalities have dropped by about 2%. That's in consecutive years, for a 4% total drop between 2017 and 2019. More than 1,000 lives have been saved as a result.

The risk of crying children in the car

Parents must drive with their children in the car, at least for a portion of the time that they're on the road. And, as any parent knows, this is not always going to go as smoothly as they may like.

When a child cries, many people turn to distraction to get them to stop. Rather than trying to "fix" the situation, they try to take the child's mind off of it. After all, there may be no way to fix it. If the child is distressed about being in the car for so long and there is still an hour to go, parents can't avoid that.

Mining companies must protect workers from common hazards

Workers in the mining industry face risks with each shift. The onus is on the employer to ensure that these workers remain as safe as possible while they work. There are some very specific dangers that they should be aware of, so they can take steps to prevent them.

Each shift at a mine should start with a safety meeting. This gives everyone who is working a chance to determine if there are any special steps they need to take while they get the tasks for the day done. Some specific things to monitor for include:

  • Cave-ins and collapses: Working in underground mines comes with a risk of both of these occurring. It's imperative that safety plans are in place to address this possibility. Inspecting the mines for potential hazards is also necessary.
  • Fires, explosions and smoke exposure: Workers who are underground can face devastating injuries if they're involved in a fire or explosion while they work. There is also the risk of smoke inhalation even when the worker isn't directly exposed to the fire or explosion.
  • Electrical hazards: The equipment that workers use must be inspected thoroughly prior to each use. If there's anything that's amiss, the equipment should be placed out of service until it can be repaired or replaced.

An insurance settlement offer may not be in your best interests

You will more than likely focus your concerns on your recovery in the days following a serious car accident. You may spend days in the hospital, followed by days at home, more medical appointments, physical therapy and more.

During all of this, and perhaps before you even leave the hospital, an insurance adjuster may come see you or contact you by phone. You received an offer to settle your claim for a certain amount of money. You may consider taking it right away because, now that you think about it, your financial situation just took a major hit. That may be true, but more likely than not, that offer is far lower than the amount you actually need and deserve.

Drunk driving crashes are preventable and claim too many lives

Drunk driving is a serious problem in this country, so all drivers must ensure that they're doing their part to keep the roads safe by only driving when they're fully sober. Unfortunately, not all drivers abide by this. Instead, they choose to drive after they've had a few drinks or more.

An average of 29 people die daily due to drunk driving in this country. Each one of those deaths was preventable because the driver could have decided not to get behind the wheel of the vehicle and opt to use an alternative method for getting home.

Reacting the right way after a car accident

An accident can change your life in an instant. One moment you are driving down the road, and the next you could be dealing with injuries that are painful and debilitating. How you react to your accident is important, as there are certain things you can do that will set you up for success if you should pursue damages through a civil claim.

The hours, days and weeks after a crash are critical. It is in your interests to know what to do at the scene, while getting medical attention and at home recovering. If your accident was the result of the negligent or reckless actions of another person, you have the right to seek recovery through the civil justice system. You do not have to face this complex and potentially frustrating process alone.

Human error causes some railroad accidents

Working on the railroad means that you're facing serious risks each day that you're on the job. One thing that you shouldn't have to deal with is the consequences that can come when you work with a conductor who is negligent. It is up to the railroad to determine whether conductors are trained and fit for duty. When they aren't, it's possible that other employees will suffer harm.

The Federal Railroad Administration has specific regulations to limit the risks that employees and others will face because of negligent conductors. An average of 37% of train accidents are caused at least in part by human errors.

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