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Don’t let sun glare lead to an accident

Even though summer is coming to an end, that doesn't mean that you won't see the sun again until next year. In fact, sun glare is often at its worst during the fall and winter months.

As a driver, you must prepare yourself for sun glare, as you could find yourself dealing with this at many times of the day (especially in the morning and evening).

Victim's family suing club for overserving drunk driver

The family of a young Georgia father who was killed last summer by an alleged drunk driver is suing the strip club where the man had been drinking in the hours before the fatal crash.

The suit, which was filed on behalf of the victim's 6-year-old son in DeKalb County State Court, claims that Oasis Goodtime Emporium should not have continued serving the patron who was "noticeably intoxicated." It also asserts that the valet employee who worked for the club should not have given him the keys to his car to drive away from the Doraville club.

Tips for safe driving in a construction zone

Driving through a construction zone is a challenge, as you have to contend with cars, workers and a variety of equipment in close proximity to your lane of travel. Even so, you know that you'll face this situation every now and again.

Fortunately, there are a few tips you can follow to improve your personal safety as well as that of others around you. Here are some things to consider:

  • Be ready for anything: For example, a construction worker could dart out in front of your vehicle. Or maybe a barrel falls over, thus causing you to quickly change lanes.
  • Slow down: If you don't do anything else, be sure to slow down when traveling through a construction zone. This gives you more time to adjust on the fly.
  • Be mindful of workers: It's not just the cars around you that you have to worry about. Active construction zones are full of workers.
  • Be patient: Even if you're in a hurry, exercise some patience. Getting upset won't do anything to move the traffic along.
  • Don't change lanes: Unless it's absolutely necessary, stay in your lane of travel. Jumping back and forth increases the risk of an accident.

Plane crashes are rare but often deadly

First, the good news: The chances that your plane will crash are about one in 5.4 million, and perhaps even one in 11 million, depending on the report you read. In fact, you are more likely to win an Oscar or become president of the United States than you are to die in a plane crash. You are certainly more likely – about 200 times more likely – to suffer injuries in a motor vehicle accident on a Georgia highway than in a plane crash.

However, if you or a loved one fly frequently, your odds will certainly go up. Even if you have never been on a plane, there is always the chance that just the right thing could go wrong. While technological advances improve the safety of travel, they also present additional risks. For example, you may have heard of laptop batteries recently combusting in cargo areas of planes. While it may be difficult to predict when a plane will go down, some common factors contribute to aviation catastrophes.

Tips for driving safely near a commercial truck

When you get in your car to go to work, school, the doctor or to run errands, you will likely come across dozens of commercial trucks. You might be behind one on a two-lane road, next to one on highway or be followed by one on a one-way road. No matter the circumstances, you need to follow the safety tips described today for driving near a commercial truck.

It is vital for you to keep your vehicle out of a truck's blind spot as much as possible. When you drive in a truck's blind spot, the driver will not be able to see your vehicle. This can lead to an accident when the truck goes to change lanes or make a turn. Blind spots on trucks are on either side and in the rear.

How can you make sure your doctor listens to you?

Few things are as frustrating as going to the doctor with a problem you have been thinking about nonstop for weeks and feeling like your doctor doesn't even listen to you. This is a very common issue. According to one study, while most doctors (75 percent) think that they communicate well with patients, a mere 21 percent of those patients actually agree.

So, what can you do? Here are a few tips:

  • Write out notes and plan what you want to say. This way, you can easily hit all your main points in as little time as possible. You can also easily tell the doctor, if he or she is talking over you, that you just need to read off this list first. It's easier to control the conversation when you plan for that conversation.
  • Bring someone else. Maybe it's your spouse or a close friend. Tell that person what you want to say and what concerns you have. They can then help you make sure the doctor hears those concerns.
  • Tell your doctor if the conversation isn't going how you want. If you say "I don't think you're really listening to me," it can reset the conversation. Remember, your health is very important. It is the main focus of this visit. You may feel a bit awkward to tell the doctor that you do not like the level of communication during the visit, but that's a small price to pay to get the treatment you deserve.

There are many causes of car accidents: Protect yourself

As a driver, you have full control over everything you do in your vehicle. Conversely, you don't have any control over other people on the road, as they're going to make their own decisions.

It's critical to understand the top causes of car accidents, as this can help you avoid trouble:

  • Distracted driving: Anything that takes your attention away from the road is a distraction. Texting, talking on the phone and eating or drinking are just a few of the most common forms of distracted driving.
  • Drunk driving: Anytime a person drives under the influence of alcohol, there's a greater chance they'll cause an accident.
  • Speeding: It's not always easy to drive within the speed limit, but pushing things too far increases the risk of a crash. The speed limit is in place for a reason.
  • Reckless driving: There are many forms of reckless driving, such as changing lanes without signaling and illegal passing.
  • Weather conditions: Driving conditions are not always perfect. There will be times when drivers are contending with rain, wind and even sun glare.
  • Tailgating: Following another vehicle too closely is a big mistake, as it gives you less time to stop.

Whiplash symptoms may be worse than you thought

Whiplash is often thought of as simple neck pain after a car accident. If you get hit from behind, for instance, your head may snap back and forth violently during the crash. Even if you do not break anything, you could still experience whiplash and need medical treatment.

While neck pain is the main symptom, the overall impact may be much worse than you imagined. The Mayo Clinic notes that you could also face other symptoms, including:

  • Neck stiffness
  • Reduced range of neck motion
  • Increased pain whenever you move your head or neck
  • Pain and tenderness in your arms and shoulders
  • Headaches, which often begin at the lower portion of your skull, where it meets your neck
  • Dizziness and related issues
  • Fatigue and drowsiness after the crash
  • Numbness and tingling in your arms
  • Blurry vision that makes it hard to focus on anything
  • Increased irritability, even over things that did not bother you before
  • Tinnitus, which is a ringing in your ears
  • Problems concentrating
  • Issues with your sleep cycle and disturbances to your sleep pattern
  • Clinical depression
  • Problems with your memory

An allegedly drunk man crashes into a young mom, she dies

A 31-year-year old Lawrenceville man was arrested and charged with driving under the influence and other charges on Thursday, July 26. He is believed to have caused an alcohol-induced, chain-reaction crash that killed a 23-year-old mother.

The incident that led up to his arrest occurred on July 14. The man was reportedly driving his 2001 BMW southbound along Buford Drive when he drove his car across the roadway's median.

The complex claims following an aviation accident

Perhaps one of the most terrifying things to imagine is being on an airplane as it crashes. Hollywood has made numerous blockbusters about the events leading up to the disaster, the fear of the passengers, the heroism of the crew and the aftermath. In real life, it is not always such a happy ending. Accidents involving aircraft often result in serious or fatal injuries.

If you have suffered injuries or lost a loved one in an aviation accident, you are probably one of many who are seeking answers to your questions about the flight, the pilot and the fitness of the aircraft. Perhaps more than understanding the cause of the accident that changed your life, you want to know who will take responsibility.

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