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How can you drive safely at night?

Regardless of where you live or the time of the year, it's safe to assume that you'll find yourself driving at night every now and again.

While there is nothing wrong with hitting the road after the sun goes down, this does increase the likelihood of being involved in a motor vehicle accident.

Reducing road rage against cyclists

Although most motorists recognize that cyclists have the same rights on the road as cars and trucks, there are still times when drivers get upset over sharing the road with bicycles. Road rage is common on the road, usually due to stress, frustration and anger on the part of the driver. While cyclists cannot control other drivers, they can certainly do their part to promote peace on the road. Not only will you avoid accidents when you drive defensively, you will have the safest ride possible.

While cyclists cannot control other drivers, they can certainly do their part to promote peace on the road. Not only will you avoid accidents when you drive defensively, but you will also have the safest ride possible.

  • Drive your bicycle and obey the rules of the road. Your bike is considered a vehicle in the eyes of the law. Be as vigilant on your bike as you would be if you were driving your car.
  • Use signals to make sure other drivers know your intentions. Smile at other drivers. Wave. Make sure they see you.
  • Pass on the left, as you would if you were in a car. Use the bike lane when available. Be courteous.
  • Wear bright clothing and use reflectors to be as visible as possible. You need to stand out. Ride in pairs or groups for added safety, but never ride more than two bikes next to each other.
  • When a driver does seem impatient, give the benefit of the doubt. Let the driver get around you. It does nothing for your mood to be passive-aggressive on the road.
  • Do not confront another driver no matter who is driving what. If you are a victim of road rage, call 911 immediately and let the authorities handle the situation. 

Your hands and repetitive stress injuries

Depending on your profession, there is a good chance that you use your hands on a regular basis.

Over time, you may find that you are suffering from a repetitive stress injury. This can include but is not limited to bursitis, tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome. While not life-threatening, any of these can harm your ability to effectively do your job.

There are many types of shopping injuries

Even if you don't enjoy shopping, it goes without saying that you will find yourself in a shopping mall, grocery store, or retail environment every now and again. This is simply a way of life for most people.

Did you know that you could suffer a variety of injuries while shopping? Some of the most common types of shopping accidents include:

Memorial Day kicks off the 100 deadliest days for teens to drive

Memorial Day weekend marks the start of period which American Automobile Association (AAA) calls the "100 deadliest days" of the summer. It's during this timeframe, when teenage drivers are out of school for the summer, that they are most involved in car crashes. In fact, teens are 16 percent more likely to be involved in fatal accidents during this period than any other time of the year.

There are a number of contributing factors that have resulted in an annual average of 1,022 people dying in car accidents with teens during this three-month period over the past five years. Driver distraction, which includes teens talking on their cellphones or sending texts, accounts for at least 58.5 percent of all crashes.

Pharmacist mistakes happen all too frequently

When you get a prescription filled at your local pharmacy, you assume that it will be 100 percent accurate regarding the drug and the dosage.

Unfortunately, there are times when pharmacists make mistakes. Patients may end up taking the wrong medication entirely, or take higher or lower doses than what their doctors' prescribed.

New details released with regard to bus accident

The Roswell Police Department recently released new details about an accident on April 24 involving a school bus and two high school students.

According to reports, two brothers were driving in a BMW passenger vehicle on S.R. 92/Woodstock Road. Upon approaching the intersection of West Road, the school bus neglected to yield as it attempted to enter the highway. The result was a serious collision.

Construction workers and falls from elevation

There is no denying the fact that construction workers face many risks on a daily basis. Among these is the potential of suffering serious injury or death as the result of a fall from elevation.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 350 construction fatalities in 2015 were caused by a fall from height.

An Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigation

If Occupational safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigators have any reason to believe that an inspection is necessary, they will first get an overview of the situation to better understand the situation and how to best move forward.

Here are the six priorities that investigators consider before deciding to open an investigation:

Young boy dies in Atlanta restaurant accident

The Sun Dial restaurant in Atlanta is known for offering 360 degree views of the city. For more than 40 years, it has sat atop the Westin Peachtree Plaza, attracting both locals and out of town guests.

Unfortunately, earlier this month, a 5-year-old boy was killed when he was caught between a table and a wall in the dining area. Although the rotating floor shut off when the boy became stuck, he was not able to survive his injuries.

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