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Avoid Common Road Hazards on Your Motorcycle

April 26th, 2017
When you are out riding your motorcycle, chances are that you are paying close attention to the behaviors of others around you. You worry about other vehicles seeing you, and you stay out of the blind spots of truckers. Do you worry about road hazards?Most motorcyclists know to avoid potholes and loose gravel, but those who are less experienced might not consider other hazards that are on the roads. Read on to discover how to stay safe on your bike when out on the open road.

1. Slick Surfaces

When rain or snow falls, it makes sense that the roads may be slick. Some don't consider that slick roads can also be caused by heavy fog or even early-morning dew. Regardless of the reason for the slippery roadway, there are things you can do to maneuver safely.The first thing you want to do on slick surfaces is reduce your speed. It will take you longer to stop when the roads are slick so slow down. Your front brake is responsible for most of the braking power of your motorcycle, but on slick Read more
Posted In: Motorcycle Accidents

Information to Help Prevent Truck Accidents

April 24th, 2017
Semi truck accidents are often catastrophic. It is easy to understand why when you consider just how much power is behind such a large truck. While there are certainly reasons for these accidents that can be attributed to truckers themselves, many come down to the behaviors of vehicle drivers.Sharing the road is everyone's responsibility. Vehicle drivers need to be careful when driving near semi trucks and other large vehicles. Here are four things that vehicle drivers may do that could easily cause a truck versus car accident.

1. Changing Lanes

A smaller car can fit into the spaces that a semi truck cannot. Unfortunately, squeezing into the space just ahead of a truck is not always a good idea when changing lanes. Trucks take a longer time to come to a stop than a typical vehicle. Swerving in front of a semi truck can cause an accident simply because of the limited response time of a trucker.

2. Passing

Passenger vehicles can see one another much easier than trucks can. Passenger vehicles are not always Read more
Posted In: Truck Accidents

When Are You Most Likely to Be Bitten By a Dog?

April 21st, 2017
There are millions of dogs in the United States. They are arguably the most popular pet in the nation. With so many dogs residing in households, it should come as no surprise that thousands of people are bitten every year. No one wants to believe that their beloved dog could ever bite someone, but the truth is that any dog can bite given the "right" circumstances. Knowing why dogs tend to bite can go a long way toward preventing these injuries.

1. Cornered

When any animal is cornered, the fight or flight response kicks in. A dog will typically give several warning signs before it strikes out. In most situations, a friendly pet will prefer flight to fight. A dog that has found itself cornered with no option for flight may lash out.If a dog feels trapped or cornered, it may lower its head, growl, pin its ears back or even tuck its tail. If you notice any of these signals, back away and give the dog space.

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Posted In: Dog and Animal Attacks

Why Medical Care is Necessary After a Car Accident

April 21st, 2017
You were involved in a car accident but didn't feel as though you have sustained any injuries. Because you felt just fine, you told emergency responders you did not want to be transported to the hospital and never took yourself to get checked out. You could have made a mistake. Here are some of the reasons that medical care is necessary after a car accident.

1. Discovery of Injuries

Most people have a misconception that injuries sustained during a car accident will be immediate and apparent. This is not always the case. When you are involved in an accident, your adrenaline spikes, often masking symptoms of less obvious injuries.By seeking medical attention, even if you don't believe you sustained an injury, you may be alerted to issues you weren't aware of. A medical professional can give you a thorough examination and tell you if you really are okay or if Read more
Posted In: Car Accidents

Is Driving an Old Car Dangerous?

April 17th, 2017
You have been driving your old car for years. You love your car. The four wheels sitting in your driveway are paid for, and you loathe the idea of taking on another monthly car payment. But should you?It's not unusual for people to pay off a car and then hang on to it. They may use it for work or hand it down to their kids. They may use it as their primary form of transportation simply to save themselves from being forced to make a car payment for something newer. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, people hanging onto their beloved cars may be putting themselves at risk.

What Is "Old?"

When someone says "old car," what do you picture? In this instance, the NHTSA is talking about pre-2008 models. This is the year that safety features began improving by leaps and bounds, resulting in the lowest fatality and injury rates in decades.If you are driving a vehicle of a model year prior to 2008, there are some statistics you should be aware of according to the NHTSA.

1. Risk of Crashing

If you are driving a car that was made before 2008, your likelihood of being involved in a crash is 30 Read more
Posted In: Car Accidents

How to React When Traffic Signals Go Down

April 14th, 2017
If you are like many drivers, you got your license many years ago. It's not unusual to forget the things we learned, especially when we were teenagers. It's even more common to forget the information we never have to use. One of the things most often forgotten when it comes to driving is how to behave when traffic signals go down.You may remember what to do when the light at an intersection goes out. Then again, maybe you have forgotten. Read on for a quick reminder on what to do when the lights go out.

1. Intersections

When you come to an intersection and notice that the lights aren't working, treat it like you would if there were a stop sign present at each corner. Let vehicles that are already in front of you go first. If you and another vehicle arrive at the same time, yield to the vehicle on the right.

2. Flashing Red Light

A flashing red light is the same as a stop sign. When you get to an intersection with a malfunctioning red light, come to a comp Read more
Posted In: Car Accidents

Traffic Fatalities Rose in 2016 — Again

April 12th, 2017
Car accidentNewly-released data has shown that America’s roads are not as safe as many may have thought. The National Safety Council recently published a report that traffic fatalities rose by 6 percent last year. In 2015, fatalities rose by about 7 percent. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not released its official findings yet (which takes into account deaths that don’t take place on public roads), but they estimate deaths rose by 8 percent. Though traffic death rates have fallen by nearly 25 percent since a decade ago, this emerging trend shows 2016 was the deadliest year on record since 2007. Experts believe many different factors have played a role in this increase, from the economy to the climate to driving habits. Regardless of the cause, traffic injuries and deaths have a massive impact on the national economy and the well-being of American citizens as a whole.

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Posted In: Car Accidents

Drowsy Driving Responsible for Thousands of Accidents

April 12th, 2017
Most people know that distracted driving is a problem. One of the most widely talked about distractions is texting and cell phone use. What most people don't talk about often is drowsy driving, which is responsible for injuring around 40,000 people in car accidents each year.

A Widespread Problem

According to the United States Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), drowsy driving is behind 100,000 or more car accidents annually. The studies conducted by the agency looked only at accidents that occurred at night, creating the high possibility of even more than 100,000 accidents being attributed to drowsy driving each year. Likewise, the studies look at single-vehicle crashes rather than those involving multiple vehicles.

Commonalities in Drowsy Driving Accidents

There are some characteristics that are common in drowsy driving accidents. These include:

1. Time

Most accidents attributed to drowsy driving occur late at night or early in the morning: people driving between the hours of Read more
Posted In: Car Accidents

What to Do If You Hit an Animal on the Road

April 3rd, 2017
A runaway bull recently caused a serious pileup in California. It's fair to say that you don't expect to see a bull on the road in Charlotte, but stranger things have happened, right? Even if you hit something a bit smaller, say a deer, you still need to know how to react. For most people, hitting an animal is a shock. There is an immediate rush of adrenaline and a bit of momentary panic. Many people wonder how to react when they strike an animal in the road. If it happens to you, here's what to do.

1. Stop Your Car

The first thing you want to do is to stop your vehicle. If it is safe to do so, get out and check for any damage. Take pictures of the scene, the damage you've incurred and the animal if it is still on the road.

2. Call the Police

Unless someone is injured or you don't know your exact location, it is not necessary to call 911. Instead, call the non-emergency number for the local police department and report the accident. Ask the police dispatcher if you are required to stay on scene and follow the i Read more
Posted In: Car Accidents, Uncategorized

Mapping Your Road Trip: The Five Most Dangerous States to Drive In

March 31st, 2017
As people start planning for their summer vacations, many are considering a road trip. Maybe you have a fear of flying or perhaps you think that a few days in the car will be a great family-bonding experience. No matter the reason, mapping out your road trip is one of the most important things to consider when you are making your plans.There is always a bit of risk to driving, but some locations may be more dangerous than others. If you will be driving through a single state or across several, plan your route with safety in mind. Here are five of the most dangerous states for driving.

1. Montana

Most people wouldn't think of Montana when they think of dangerous drivers. After all, the state is fairly wide open. However, the state sees just more than 2 fatalities for every 100 million miles driven. It is thought that the high fatality rate is due to the fact that residents of the state drive for longer stretches than people in other states. Studies have shown, interestingly, that the state was Read more
Posted In: Car Accidents, Uncategorized
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