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Do these things to avoid trouble in rush hour traffic

Do you ever find yourself sitting in rush hour traffic? Have you ever witnessed an accident while doing so?

As you know, rush hour traffic has a way of making people do funny things. In some cases, a driver will make a mistake that causes an accident. As a result, more than one person can be seriously injured or even killed.

Are you familiar with stationary roadway hazards?

As a driver, you're conditioned to keep a watchful eye on other motorists. For example, you should be aware of anyone who is breaking the law, such as by speeding or texting while driving.

But have you given any thought to the many roadway hazards that could cause you trouble at some point? If you aren't familiar with these, an accident could pop up when you least expect it.

What’s the best way to spot a distracted driver?

Even if you are completely clear that you should never drive when distracted, it doesn't mean that other people on the road are taking the same approach. There will always be people who think it's okay to text and drive, eat and drive or talk on their cell phone.

In some cases it's easy to determine if a person is distracted. For example, you'll look over at them and realize that they are playing on their smartphone.

Misconceptions about drinking while boating

People need to avoid alcohol when they get behind the wheel of any vehicle, including boats. According to data compiled by the United States Coast Guard, alcohol is a leading factor to fatalities experienced while on a boat. 

Unfortunately, drinking while boating is a popular activity for many people around Georgia. Heading out on the lake while drinking some beers is a common pastime. These people do not see the harm, but there are various myths surrounding the practice, and at the end of the day, it is best to avoid it. 

Construction workers, accidents, and workers’ compensation

Anyone who works in the construction industry knows that danger lurks around every corner. This doesn't mean you think about being injured all day long, but you know that something bad could happen at any time. This is why it's so important for everyone to take the proper precautions on the job site.

There are many causes of construction site accidents, including but not limited to:

  • Slip and falls, often the result of debris and tools that are left on the ground
  • Fall from height, such as when a person loses his or her footing on a ladder or scaffolding
  • Power tool accidents, including those involving table saws and nail guns
  • Vehicle accidents, such as those involving a backhoe
  • Explosions and fires, which can result from exposed wiring, flammable chemicals, and other conditions
  • Repetitive motion injuries
  • Lifting injuries

Workers’ compensation: You may need to protect your rights

If you ever suffer an injury on the job, you know that receiving immediate medical care is a must. The faster you consult with a medical professional, the better chance you have of avoiding a long-lasting injury.

If you are unable to return to work following an accident, you should learn more about filing a workers' compensation claim.

Safety tips for a long holiday road trip

With the holiday season closing in, there's a good chance you'll find yourself on the road at some point. Like many, you may even have a long trip staring you in the face.

While there is nothing more enjoyable than visiting family and friends during the holidays, here's something you should always remember: Every minute you spend on the road is a minute during which you have to be paying close attention to your surroundings.

Protect kids from sex offenders this Halloween

If you are an Atlanta parent, you undoubtedly want your kids to be safe during Halloween trick-or-treating activities. That includes being safe from registered sex offenders who may live along the trick-or-treating route.

Yet one group here in Georgia takes exception to the extra surveillance directed their way on this autumn holiday.

5 tips for motorcycle safety

As a motorcycle rider, you most likely already know that getting out on the road on your bike is inherently more dangerous than driving a car. It is easy to see how simple exposure to the elements while riding a motorcycle puts you at risk for injury in ways that driving a vehicle does not. 

That being the case, the onus is on motorcyclists to understand how to best protect themselves, whether they are on the road for a quick commute to work, or taking a long weekend touring cruise. Some of the most common tips are easy to start using from day one and may make the difference between safety and serious injury.

What’s the best first aid strategy for a broken bone?

There is never a good time to break a bone. If this happens, you'll need to take a few key steps to prevent additional damage.

While there is no one-size-fits-all first aid strategy for a broken bone, there are definitely a few key steps that you need to take:

  • Stop any bleeding by applying gentle pressure with an article of clothing, piece of cloth or bandage
  • Immobilize the area, but never try to realign the bone on your own.
  • Apply ice, if available, in an attempt to relieve pain and limit swelling
  • Treat for shock, which starts with laying down and placing your head slightly lower than the trunk of your body
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