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A visible cellphone can lead to distraction and mistakes

When talking about distraction and cellphone addiction, conversations often center around texting and driving or checking social media sites behind the wheel. When people actively use their phones, they get distracted and they cause accidents.

However, the problem may go far deeper than you realize. One study suggests that just being able to see your cellphone, even if you are not using it, can lead to distraction.

5 steps to avoid a head-on crash

Head-on collisions should never happen, and there is a high chance that they'll be fatal when they do. The combined speed of two vehicles colliding is incredible. In some cases, these accidents happen on interstate highways, when a driver gets on going the wrong direction. In other cases, they happen on two-way roads when a driver, perhaps distracted by a cellphone, drifts into the oncoming lanes.

So, what should you do if you see a car coming toward you? Here are five steps that may help you avoid the wreck:

  1. Reduce speed as much as possible, in a safe and controlled manner, by taking your foot off of the gas and hitting the brakes.
  2. Use your horn and flashing headlights to signal the other driver; a distracted driver may not realize he or she is in the wrong lane.
  3. Turn your car to the right. Do not swerve to the left, which would put you in oncoming traffic on a two-lane road. Plus, if the other driver corrects but you swerved left, you will still crash.
  4. Drive onto the shoulder. Look for a clear escape route.
  5. If you have to, leave the road entirely and drive into the ditch. You may damage your car, but you are less likely to get injured going into the ditch than if you slam into the oncoming car.

An I-285 truck crash near Camp Creek Parkway claims 1 life

A crash that involved multiple tractor-trailers and a single passenger car occurred along Interstate 285 in south Fulton County around noon on June 19. While all of the truckers made out with non-life threatening injuries, the driver of the pasenger car was not as fortunate. She lost her life.

According to a spokesperson with the Georgia State Patrol, one trucker had been traveling northbound along I-285 as he neared Camp Creek Parkway when he suddenly crashed into three other semis and the rear portion of a passenger car in his path. The force of the crash caused the passenger car to become dislodged under one of the tractor-trailers that had previously been struck.

Take a deep breath: Your doctor's stethoscope may be contaminated

If any single instrument is the symbol of a health care professional, it is the stethoscope. A doctor or nurse uses a stethoscope to check for abnormalities in your heart, your blood pressure, your lungs and other parts of the body. It is part of the uniform, hanging over the neck of a health care provider, easily accessible as he or she moves from patient to patient.

This is why a new study focused on the hygiene of the typical stethoscope may be upsetting to many who rely on the cleanliness of their doctors and nurses to prevent the spread of infection. When a Georgia doctor stops by your bedside and reaches for the stethoscope on his or her shoulder, you may want to ask a few questions before the examination proceeds.

Whiplash: Symptoms and complications

You can suffer whiplash in many types of accidents, such as if your vehicle is struck from behind by another (even at a low speed).

There are many symptoms commonly associated with whiplash, including the following:

  • Neck pain accompanied by stiffness
  • Worsening of pain when you attempt to move your neck
  • Headaches, typically start at the base of the skull and radiating from there
  • Pain in the arms, upper back and shoulders
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Numbness or tingling in the arms

It’s critical to take the right steps after a car accident

It's never easy to deal with the aftermath of a car accident, as you will have many things to think about. From your health and well-being to the traffic around you, there's no shortage of details to consider.

It's critical to take the right steps after a car accident, and these include the following:

  • Check yourself and your passengers for injuries: If an injury is present, don't wait to administer first aid.
  • Move your vehicle to safety: This is not possible if you are injured or your car is severely damaged, but it's something you should definitely try to do.
  • Call 911: This is one of the best ways to ease your mind and improve the situation. Calling 911 speeds up the process of police and an ambulance making their way to the scene.
  • Exchange information with the other driver: You don't have to do this if you are seriously injured, but it's something to think about otherwise.
  • Document the accident: From taking notes on what happened to snapping photos of the scene and your injuries, don't sell yourself short. The information you collect can help you in the future.

Do you know how to spot an impaired driver?

Every time you get behind the wheel and take to the road, you put yourself in position to be part of a motor vehicle accident.

While this isn't the most enjoyable thought, it's important to remember that an accident can happen at any time.

Why do dentists get sued for malpractice?

The fear that many Americans experience when they think about having to go sit in a dentist chair to have their teeth worked on doesn't just come from nowhere. Instead, many of those who are scared to go the dentist may have experienced a traumatic situation at some point or know someone else who has.

If we look at data having to do with why medical malpractice claims are filed against dentists, we'll notice some trends.

The serious consequences of emergency room mistakes

When a person needs emergency medical care, he or she may turn to the services of a local emergency room. If you have ever visited a Georgia ER for care, you likely expected to receive quality medical support and an accurate diagnosis. However, emergency rooms do not always provide quality care, and misdiagnosis can happen.

If you are a victim of a misdiagnosis in an emergency room visit, you have the right to hold liable parties accountable for medical malpractice. Through a civil claim, you can hold the responsible parties accountable and seek appropriate compensation for your pain and suffering related to a misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis or improper care received in an emergency room. 

How to spot distracted drivers in Atlanta

Distracted driving is quickly becoming an epidemic on the roads of Atlanta and the rest of Georgia. States across the country are doing all they can to curb this issue and protect drivers as much as possible. Distracted driving is very dangerous. A vehicle can travel the length of a football field in a matter of two or three seconds when the driver's eyes are diverted from the road. Here are some tips for spotting distracted drivers.

A distracted driver will have trouble staying in between the lines of his or her lane. If they are constantly weaving, riding the shoulder or switching lanes, it is very likely he or she is not paying attention to the physical act of driving.

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