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Do these things if you're part of a car accident

If you're involved in a car accident, it's difficult to calm yourself down. Subsequently, it's a challenge to make sound decisions.

When you know the steps to take after a car accident, it's much easier to avoid trouble and to put yourself on the right path to a fast and full recovery. Here are five things to do:

  • Check yourself and passengers for injuries: Even if it's a minor fender bender, you should check for injuries, as you never know what can happen as the result of a collision.
  • Move to safety: If you're capable and your vehicle is in good enough condition, you should move to the shoulder of the road. Before getting out, make sure it's 100 percent safe to do so.
  • Call 911: It's best to do this right away, as the dispatcher can send local police and an ambulance to the scene.
  • Document the accident: If possible, exchange information, take photos of your injuries and damage and speak with witnesses.
  • Receive medical treatment: This may be the last item on the list, but it's a top priority. In addition to initial treatment, work closely with your medical team throughout the recovery process.

Do these things to prevent a winter season car accident

If you live in the state of New Jersey you know that the winter season can bring all sorts of weather. From rain to snow, from ice to fog, you never know what you'll run into when you get behind the wheel.

Although you don't have control over other drivers, there are steps you can personally take to lessen the risk of a wintertime car accident. Here are several things you must do:

  • Use the right type of tires: For example, you may want to swap out your every day tires for snow tires. When doing so, make sure you're using four of the same kind. Mixing radial tires with other types actually increases the risk of a crash.
  • Don't use cruise control: Using cruise control on slick roads, such as those covered in rain or ice, increases the likelihood of losing control of your vehicle.
  • Increase your following distance: It takes more time to stop your vehicle on wet roadways, so a greater following distance is a must. As a general rule of thumb, aim for a distance of eight to 10 seconds.
  • Don't stop when traveling uphill: This doesn't mean you should push the limit by tackling a hill that's covered in snow and/or ice. However, if you are heading uphill, do your best to maintain your momentum. If your vehicle stops completely, you may find it difficult to get moving again.
  • Steer in the direction you want to go: If your car begins to skid, don't panic. Take your foot off the gas, don't slam the brakes and do steer in the direction you want to go.

Recent recall on electric scooters that are breaking in half

Several weeks ago, the fast-growing electric scooter company, Lime, issued a statement that their scooters were breaking apart "when subject to repeated abuse." Now, Lime is recalling scooters from every city worldwide, after users report them breaking in half under normal conditions.

This recall comes only weeks after Lime recalled several scooters for concerns over battery fires that may have contributed to two deaths and multiple other injuries.

Do these things to work safely in cold weather

As one of our New Jersey readers, you know that the winter months are sure to bring cold temperatures and snow to the area. While this can be enjoyable on many fronts, it's not always easy to work outdoors when the weather takes a turn for the worse.

Fortunately, there are a variety of steps you can take to maintain your safety when working outdoors in cold weather. Here are several things you can't forget:

  • Plan in advance: If you know the weather will be cold, plan your day in advance with respect to what you'll wear and how you'll tackle the task at hand.
  • Overdress: You can always take clothes off, but you can't put any on if they're not available. Overdressing allows you to remove clothes as necessary, and put items back on should you begin to get cold again.
  • Stay hydrated: You can sweat just as much in cold weather as you do in the summer heat. Maintain proper hydration throughout the day by drinking as much water as possible. Also, avoid beverages that can dehydrate you, such as coffee and alcohol.
  • Remove wet clothes: If your clothes become wet for any reason, such as rain or sweat, remove and replace them immediately. Working in wet clothes increases the risk of illness.
  • Take regular breaks: As necessary, seek shelter in a warm location. For example, you could go indoors every three to four hours to warm up and ensure that you're feeling okay. Don't push the limit because you want to get the job done. Your health and well-being should always come first.

These injuries are why you must take slip-and-falls seriously

Experiencing a slip-and-fall incident often feels embarrassing. For many people, the initial reaction is to see who noticed their little accident and act like they aren't hurt, even if they feel some aches and pains.

Far too many individuals attempt to brush themselves off and continue with their day as though nothing has happened. However, slip-and-falls can actually lead to serious injuries, some of which have delayed onset symptoms.

Hold distracted drivers accountable for damages they cause

There's an inherent danger involved in moving around in massive, heavy vehicles at high speeds. It only takes a fraction of a second for a mistake to result in a catastrophic collision that produces injuries and property damage. Most people want to do everything in their power to avoid a crash, but some people make poor decisions that put everyone else on the road at risk.

One common mistake that people make is the decision to text while in control of a motor vehicle. People may feel addicted to their phones, unable to disconnect while they drive. Someone taking his or her eyes off the road to read a text or compose a message could directly cause a crash. For those who suffer injuries or lose a loved one in a distracted crash, it's important to hold the driver responsible for choosing to neglect the responsibility to drive safely.

How Serious Is Truck Driver Fatigue?

In short, it is deadly enough to have numerous regulations written to combat it.

Historically, truck drivers have faced pressure from both their employer and their clients to deliver goods as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, it is not always possible for drivers to complete a long haul while keeping a focus on both speed and safety. For this reason, many drivers have resorted to exceeding the limits of exhaustion to log more miles in a day - often relying on skipping breaks, putting off rest and using various stimulants to stay on the road. Fortunately, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has set about crafting regulations designed to keep drivers safe and rested.

2 deadly risks that construction workers face every day

No workplace is completely safe from the threat of injury. Even at an office job, workers can fall off of their chairs, trip and hit their heads on the corner of a cubicle or slip on a wet spot while chatting with colleagues next to the water cooler.

However, in comparison to office workers, construction workers face truly deadly risks on a daily basis. As such, they need to stay alert to these risks if they want to get home safe and injury-free from work each day. Here are two of the worst risks that construction workers have to navigate on a daily basis:

3 questions about slip-and-fall accidents

If you or a loved one suffered a serious injury in a slip-and-fall event, you'll probably have a lot of questions. Mainly, these questions will center around whether you can pursue a claim for damages and how much money you could potentially recover.

Here are three questions that slip-and-fall accident attorneys commonly hear:

Help your child avoid getting attacked by a dog

Being a parent isn't easy when it feels like there's a potential danger for your child lurking around every corner of the neighborhood. Sometimes, these dangers can even be present in the home, in a friend's home or in a park when it comes to the risks of getting attacked by a dog.

Fortunately, parents can take several precautions that will reduce exponentially the chances of their children getting attacked by dogs.

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