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How to spot a drowsy trucker

If you spend any amount of time on the highways in and around Atlanta, you're sure to find yourself sharing the road with large commercial trucks.

While the majority of truckers understand the importance of following the rules of the road, there are always some who push the limit and hope for the best.

What’s the best way to treat whiplash after a car crash?

A car accident has the potential to cause many injuries, such as whiplash. This occurs when your neck is thrashed back and force, often the result of a rear-end crash.

Left undiagnosed and untreated, whiplash can cause additional health concerns in the future. Fortunately, there are a variety of treatment options available, including the following:

  • Rest: For the first 24 to 48 hours, it's typically a good idea to rest the injury. After that, too much rest can delay recovery.
  • Hot and cold therapy: A heating pad and/or ice can help reduce swelling and improve range of motion.
  • Pain medication: This includes both prescription and over-the-counter medications. Your medical team can help you decide which ones are best.
  • Physical therapy: As you recover, physical therapy can help improve range of motion and strengthen your neck and back muscles.
  • Foam collar: Using a foam collar, such as immediately after the accident, can help keep your neck still. However, using this device for too long can cause more harm than good.

Follow these 3 road trip safety tips this summer

There's nothing more exciting than taking a summer road trip. From the warm weather to the time with friends and family, you're in a position to enjoy yourself on many fronts.

However, there's something to remember: Your safety is more important than anything else. Here are three simple tips you can follow to avoid trouble on the road:

  • Inspect your vehicle: Before leaving home, inspect your vehicle to ensure that it's ready to safely transport you to and from your destination. Pay close attention to tire pressure, tire tread levels, fluid levels and wiper blades.
  • Rest up: Drowsy driving claims many lives every year. Even if you're not taking a super long road trip, it's still critical to get enough sleep before leaving home. This allows you to avoid drowsy driving and the risks associated with it.
  • Don't drive distracted: It's easy to get distracted when spending so many consecutive hours behind the wheel. You fiddle with the radio, you chat with passengers, you eat and you drink. Even minor distractions can cause an accident, so you should prevent these at all costs.

Georgia nurses are trained to avoid medication errors

When you entrust your health care to a licensed medical nurse, you expect that he or she will adhere to accepted safety standards and regulations set by Georgia law to help you avoid injury. There's no question that nurses typically have stressful jobs. They work long hours and often have to juggle many tasks at once. If you're on a nurse's list of patients, it's understandable that you expect high quality care.

On the contrary, substandard care can have disastrous effects. In fact, your life itself might be at risk if a nurse is negligent. Medication errors are among the most common types of medical mistakes that occur in this state and throughout the country. It's important to know where to seek support if you fall victim to a nurse's careless or reckless behavior on the job.

Are you familiar with these nursing home injuries?

There may come a point when a loved one, such as an elderly parent, takes up residence at a nursing home. This is often the best way for the person to receive the around the clock medical care they require.

Unfortunately, nursing homes aren't perfect. There are times when mistakes are made, which has the potential to cause serious injury or even death.

Tips for driving safely in fog

You never want to find yourself driving in heavy fog, but there's no way of avoiding it from time to time. While fog is most common during the early morning and late evening hours, it can move into the area at any time.

Here are three tips you can follow to drive safely in foggy conditions:

  • Slow down: With limited visibility, you'll want to slow down to ensure that you have enough time to react in the event of an emergency.
  • Focus on what's happening around you: This isn't the time to take your eyes off the road. You must concentrate on what's happening around you, including other drivers and potentially dangerous road conditions (such as construction).
  • Use your headlights: This increases your visibility of the road ahead. It also helps other drivers, especially those traveling toward you, see your vehicle. The one thing you want to avoid is using your high beams, as this will cause the light to reflect back into your vehicle.

Simple steps for reporting a drunk driver

Imagine this: You're traveling down the road, and you come across a driver swerving all over the place. Furthermore, they're braking erratically and ignoring the rules of the road.

While there are many reasons for this type of behavior, it's possible that the person is under the influence of alcohol.

Protect yourself by prepping your car for warmer weather

With temperatures on the rise, there's no better time than now to prepare your car for the months to come. Proper preparation will go a long way in keeping your vehicle in good working condition while helping you avoid a roadside emergency or accident.

Here are three ways to prep your car for warmer weather:

  • Inspect the cooling system: This is a top cause of summer breakdowns, so it's imperative to protect against this. For example, get into the habit of flushing and refilling your car's cooling system every two years.
  • Inspect the tires: Worn down tires, for example, are more likely to burst in hot weather. Just the same, those that aren't properly inflated have a greater chance of giving out and stranding you on the side of the road.
  • Pack an emergency roadside kit: From flares to bandages, from water to a flashlight, there are many things you need to keep in your trunk or glove box. These items could save your life if you're stranded on the side of the road during the summer months (or at any other time of the year).

2 are killed, 5 injured by a drunk motorist in downtown Atlanta

A 34-year-old Union City man has been arrested on numerous charges including driving under the influence (DUI) after he caused a deadly crash in downtown Atlanta early in the morning of April 20.

The series of events that led up to the fatal crash occurring got underway shortly before 3:40 a.m. According to a spokesperson with the Georgia State Patrol (GSP), a motorist driving a black Dodge Challenger apparently pulled in front of a trooper while driving against traffic at the intersection of 5th Street and Spring Street.

Who is to blame when a plane goes down?

Plane crashes are rare, significantly less common than motor vehicle accidents. Some odds say your chances of being in a plane crash are about one in 11 million. However, when plane crashes do occur, they often end in devastation. Even a small plane crashing can leave untold damage, both to passengers and to those on the ground, especially in densely populated areas.

You may have seen numerous movies about plane crashes, and many of them involve a domino effect of mishaps and mistakes. In real life, there are a handful of causes that lead to most plane crashes, but most of them have a common denominator: human error.

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