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Distracted truckers are deadly truckers

There are many different things to which truckers have to pay attention when they are driving. These have to be the priority. Everything else has to take second place while the trucker is operating the rig. A trucker who is distracted can cause crashes that might injure or kill people.

Several laws are on the books related to distractions in the cab of the trucks. For example, it is against the law for the operator of a commercial vehicle to use a handheld cellphone while driving. This includes surfing the internet, texting or talking.

Teen drivers' lack of experience could put you in danger

While it's true that the only way to get better at driving is to do it, that doesn't diminish the fact that teenage drivers' lack of experience and skill puts everyone in danger on the roadways, especially since they tend to take unnecessary risks they can't back up with expertise.

It probably won't surprise you to know that teens' risk of getting into accidents is far higher than that of experienced drivers. Research regarding teenage drivers reveals some alarming data.

What to expect if you have an incomplete spinal cord injury

When it comes to spinal cord injuries, there are two different types of them. "Incomplete" injuries are those that are unfinished. In contrast, those that are "complete" are totally severed.

While many may readily assume that an individual's prognosis is better if he or she suffers an incomplete spinal cord injury as opposed to a complete one, that's not necessarily the case.

Georgia's governor signs into law a new distracted driving bill

On Wednesday, May 2, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal became visibility choked up as he signed a new distracted driving bill. When he signed it into law, he was flanked by the loved ones left behind when five nursing students from Georgia Southern University were stuck and killed by a distracted drunk driver in 2015.

Before signing the new legislation into law, the governor spoke with the families of the victims. He told them that he knew that by him signing House Bill 673, it wouldn't help mend the family members' broken hearts. He did, say, however, that he hoped by signing it, it would keep others from having to suffer through the same kind of thing as well.

Vehicle accident statistics: How does 2017 compare to 2016?

The Insurance Information Institute (III)publishes statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regarding motor vehicle accidents every year. At this time, the most recent figures available are for 2017, so it may be interesting to look at how these figures compare to the previous year, 2016. Have our nation's roads been getting safer, or have they been getting more dangerous, overall?

First, let's take a look at the statistics that pertain to 2016. The NHTSA reports that 37,461 deaths happened for vehicle-related reasons in 2016, which was a 5.6 percent increase from 2015 numbers. Deaths caused by distracted driving declined in 2016, but deaths caused by reckless driving increased. Various reckless behaviors that contributed to motor vehicle deaths included drunk driving, drugged driving, speeding and failure to use a seatbelt. The fatality rate per 100 million driven miles was 1.18.

The risk you take: Anesthesia and surgery

For a lot of people, going under the surgeon's knife isn't nearly as intimidating as going under anesthesia. However, anesthesia has changed a lot in the last few decades and is critical to many surgical procedures.

For one thing, it's far safer than it used to be. Problems with anesthesia used to kill one out of every 10,000-20,000 people. Now, anesthesia-related deaths are highly uncommon, happening only once out of every 200,000 surgeries.

Diagnostic errors continue to rise

If going to the hospital for surgery fills you with fear, you are not alone. Patients in Georgia and beyond often cite losing control of the situation while under anesthesia as a primary cause for concern. Many people had a fear of the uncertainty that accompanies going under the knife long before news reports began to reveal how frequently surgical errors lead to the injury and death of patients.

New reports from malpractice insurance providers show that surgical errors may no longer be the leading type of medical mistakes. This may sound like good news. However, you may not feel relieved when you learn that although the rate of malpractice claims for other causes, such as procedural and medication errors, is on the decline, one area of medical practice shows a disturbing increase in claims based on mistakes.

Put your anger to work after your loved one's tragic death

The loss of your loved one will bring up a host of emotions, even if the death was expected. When the loss was sudden, such as in a traffic crash, the feelings might be intensified. This is a difficult time for you and we understand that you might need to focus on healing now.

As things begin to settle down and your life slowly moves toward the new normal, you might realize that you need to do something about your loved one's death. You might feel like you need to avenge that tragic death. This is understandable, but you need to make sure that you do this in the right way.

Just how dangerous is boating?

An afternoon out on the boat sounds fun and relaxing, a perfect way to spend a summer day in Georgia. On the lake or the river, you can stop worrying about the pressures of life and just soak in the sun and the beautiful scenery.

At least, that's the hope. The reality is that boating carries a higher level of risk than many people realize. You need to know the risk before going out on the water.

Beware of the emotional impacts of car crashes

Many different things can happen when you have a car crash. The emotional impacts of the crash are something that can have a big effect on your life. This is because they might go far beyond just being upset about the accident.

There is a chance that you could suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which can impact your social life, your home life and your career. This is a difficult disorder to have to live with because it can manifest in so many different ways.

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