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How to safely change lanes every time

It doesn't matter if you're driving in downtown Atlanta or one of the many highways throughout Georgia, you'll find yourself regularly changing lanes.

As an experienced driver, it's easy to get lazy when making a lane change. Unfortunately, doing so greatly increases the risk of an accident.

What are the first steps in a medical malpractice claim?

If you have reason to believe you can file a medical malpractice claim, you shouldn't wait to take action. The sooner you learn more about your legal rights, the easier it becomes to create a plan for moving forward.

Here are the first steps to take in a medical malpractice claim:

  • Contact your medical provider: Before making a claim, talk to your medical provider to better understand what went wrong and to determine if there's anything you can do to fix the issue. They may be willing to help, free of cost.
  • Contact the appropriate medical licensing board: This doesn't do anything to improve your health, but a licensing board can review what went wrong and discipline the medical practitioner if needed.
  • Understand your legal rights: For example, there are statutes of limitations governing how long you have to make a claim. In Georgia, the statute of limitations is two years.
  • Get a second opinion: This is important, as a medical assessment is necessary to confirm that your case has merit.
  • Settle out of court: Depending on the details of your case, you may be able to settle with the provider out of court. Although this can save time and reduce stress, don't go down this path unless it makes sense financially.

Follow these safety tips when driving in a city

Some people enjoy driving in the city, while others avoid it like the plague. Regardless of which group you fit into, it's imperative to take extreme caution when driving in close proximity to so many other vehicles.

Here are three top safety tips to follow when driving in the city:

  • Pick a lane and stay there: Changing lanes frequently sounds like the best way to reach your destination in a hurry, but it doesn't do much to save you time. Furthermore, it greatly increases the risk of an accident with another vehicle.
  • Watch for pedestrians: Busy cities, such as Atlanta, are full of both motor vehicles and pedestrians. As you approach an intersection, for example, scan the area for any pedestrians on the roadway or about to enter from the sidewalk.
  • Follow the rules of the road: From stop signs to traffic signals, you need to obey the rules of the road at all times. It only takes one mistake to cause an accident that harms another person. For example, don't take your eyes off the road ahead, as doing so could cause you to coast through a red light.

Truck driver fatigue is as dangerous as it sounds

Most truck drivers spend many consecutive hours on the road, which often means they don't get as much rest as they should. Even though truckers are used to this, drowsy driving is a dangerous behavior that greatly increases the risk of an accident.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drowsy driving was responsible for more than 40,000 injuries and 72,000 accidents in 2013 alone.

Scheduled for surgery? You might be at risk for surgical errors

When you or a loved one visit a Georgia doctor because you are experiencing symptoms of ill-health, you can logically assume that he or she will hopefully be able to diagnose the problem and recommend appropriate treatment to promote healing. In some cases, the recommendation might include surgery. Upon learning that you or an immediate family member needs surgery, you might feel a bit worried or anxious, which is natural.

You might want to inquire how many similar surgeries your prospective surgeon has performed because going under the knife of a highly experienced surgeon may help reduce your anxiety. Even experienced surgeons can make mistakes. While you don't want to exhaust all your energy focusing on the worst that could happen, it is wise to be aware of potential risks. Sadly, there are three common types of surgical errors that cause injury to thousands of patients in this state and across the country every year.

How to drive safely in heavy rain

With the spring season here, you should expect to encounter rain on a regular basis. You may enjoy the rain when you're sitting inside your house, but it's a different story entirely if you're out on the road.

Wet roads impact your vehicle in many ways, like making it more difficult to stop. Rather than face a safety risk, follow these three tips if you find yourself driving in the rain:

  • Slow down: Slowing down helps you avoid hydroplaning, which occurs when your tires lose contact with the road. Also, the slower you're driving the quicker you can stop.
  • Use your headlights: This increases visibility, while also making it easier for other drivers to see your vehicle. Don't use your high beams, as this can blind other drivers and may reflect back into your eyes.
  • Leave more space: It doesn't matter if you're driving on the highway or in stop-and-go city traffic, leaving additional space between vehicles gives you more time to react in an emergency.

Do these things to prevent a rear-end collision

As a driver, you may have concerns about being involved in a rear-end collision. Fortunately, there are personal safety tips you can follow to avoid trouble.

Here are three of the best things you can do to avoid a rear-end collision:

  • Leave more space: It doesn't matter if you're on the highway driving 70 miles per hour or in stop and go city traffic, leave a safe following distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.
  • Keep an eye on your surroundings: This gives you the opportunity to pinpoint dangerous situations and drivers, such as someone who is texting or talking on the phone.
  • Be predictable at all times: The more signals you can provide other drivers the better off you'll be. For example, always use your turn signals, as this gives the person behind you time to slow down. Also, slow down gradually as you reach a stop sign or traffic signal.

What effect does alcohol have on the brain?

People consume alcohol for a number of different reasons. Some do it because they like the way it tastes. Others drink because they like the way it makes them feel. Many people drink to fit in at parties or other social situations.

While there's nothing wrong with responsibly drinking alcohol, it's important to understand the way it affects the brain. Alcohol consumption can result in:

  • Blurred vision
  • Slurred speech
  • Difficulty walking
  • Slowed reaction time
  • Impaired memory
  • Impaired coordination

Tips for driving safely through an intersection

Many motor vehicle accidents happen at intersections, often because one driver neglects to stop at a traffic signal or stop sign. Since these areas are among the most dangerous on the road, you need to take special caution.

Here are several tips you can follow to improve your safety when driving through an intersection:

  • Scan the intersection: As you approach an intersection, scan the area around you to see what others are doing. For example, if you have a green light and realize that a driver with a red light isn't going to stop, you need to slow your vehicle.
  • Watch for pedestrians: Intersections are often the scene of car-pedestrian accidents as well. When you yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, you lessen the likelihood of an accident.
  • Slow down: Even if you have the right of way, slow down to give yourself more time to scan the intersection. The faster you're driving the less time you have to stop in the event of an emergency.
  • Beware of large vehicles: For instance, a vehicle may be hiding behind a commercial truck or bus, making it impossible to see. Take extra caution when you're in close proximity to larger vehicles.

Common questions regarding medical malpractice

When you seek medical treatment, you hope that you never run into any form of malpractice. However, since medical professionals are human, mistakes can and do happen from time to time.

If you believe you've been the victim of medical malpractice, it's important to understand your legal rights and what you should do next. Here are some questions you can review to add clarity:

  • What are the most common forms of medical malpractice? There are many types of medical malpractice, including failure to diagnose, misdiagnosis and surgical errors.
  • What is a medical malpractice claim? This is a claim of negligence against a medical provider whose treatment was not in line with the standard of care.
  • Can you file a medical malpractice claim if you're unhappy with the service or results of a procedure? Since there is no guarantee of medical results, the general answer is no. If you want to file a claim, you need to prove that there were some damages or injuries associated with the treatment and/or procedure.
  • What should you do after an instance of medical malpractice? First off, receive a second opinion to ensure that you have your health in order. Also, obtain your medical records for future use. You can then consult with an attorney to learn more about your legal rights.
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