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3 reasons to never take cash after a car accident

The number of traffic fatalities appears to be on the rise in Georgia. The years 2016 and 2017 saw the highest number of roadway fatalities in over a decade, according to data from Georgia's Department of Transportation

Fortunately, most accidents only result in minimal damage and minor injuries, if any at all. With such a small amount of damage, some drivers may attempt to sweep the incident under the rug by offering cash instead of getting insurance companies involved. Someone offering a few hundred dollars makes for a tantalizing offer, but you should always play it safe and follow standard procedure. 

What’s the best treatment for a crushed finger?

Depending on your job, there's a possibility of dealing with the aftermath of a crushed finger at some point in time.

This is every bit as serious as it sounds, as it can result in a broken bone or even an amputation in the most severe of cases.

Knowing how to drive in fog is critical to your safety

Driving in fog can be a big challenge, as you won't have as much visibility as you would like. Even if you do your best to avoid this, you never know when you'll find yourself in dense fog with no way out but to keep driving.

In this case, here are a few tips you can follow:

  • Slow down. You may be in a hurry to reach your destination, but you need to back off the accelerator. Now is not the time to drive fast.
  • Don't use your high beams. You may assume that your high beams will provide greater visibility, but the reflection actually makes it more difficult to see.
  • Use fog lights. Not all vehicles have these, but if yours does, you should see if they help. It's worth a try.
  • Never stop on the road. Other drivers are navigating through the fog as well. If you stop on the road, you're increasing the chance of someone else striking your vehicle.
  • Move to the right side of the road. By doing this, as opposed to hugging the center line, you leave yourself more space.

Do you follow these circular saw safety tips?

Depending on your profession, using a circular saw may be a way of life. For example, if you work in the construction industry, this is one of the most commonly used tools.

While there are many times it makes sense to use a circular saw, you don't want to do so without first considering your safety. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind at all times:

  • Never put your fingers in close proximity to the cutting blade
  • Don't wear loose clothing or jewelry that could get caught up in the blade
  • Remove all debris from the area you are cutting, such as scrap material
  • When possible, the object you're cutting should be laid flat
  • Never attempt to hold a piece of wood with one hand and use a circular saw with the other
  • Learn about the features of the circular saw, such as how to change the depth cut
  • Use the right kind of blade for the job
  • Watch the electrical cord, as you don't want this to get in your way when cutting
  • Wear safety gear, such as goggles

Did your plastic surgery procedure go horribly wrong?

Many Atlanta residents decide to "get a little work done," i.e., seek out a plastic surgeon for a little nip and tuck or other cosmetic procedure to improve their looks or keep the years at bay a little longer. But few expect to have their procedures leave them in worse condition than before their surgeries, or even more serious, cause life-threatening problems.

One research study from 2016 reviewed 1,438 claims that were filed against plastic surgeons who were insured by the largest doctor-owned medical malpractice insurer in the United States, The Doctors Company. The claims were from January of 2007 through June of 2015, and included allegations relating to improperly performed surgeries, technical performance factors involving patients and problems communicating between the doctor and the patients or their family members. Often, there were multiple contributory factors involved.

What are the most common types of driving distractions?

At this point, most drivers realize that they need to avoid distractions at all costs. They understand that this can cause an accident that results in serious injury or even death.

Despite this knowledge, it's not always easy to avoid distractions. Here are the 10 most common types of driving distractions:

  • General distractions, such as daydreaming or thinking about something else
  • Cellphone use, including but not limited to texting and talking
  • Outside event, object or person, such as looking at an accident on the side of the road
  • Talking to other people in the car
  • Reaching for a device or object in the car, such as something under a seat
  • Drinking or eating
  • Adjusting climate or radio controls
  • Using other devices in the car, such as GPS systems or power seats
  • Moving an object, such as a toy for a child
  • Smoking related activities

What to do if you an uninsured driver hits you in Georgia

Getting into a car accident is every driver's worst nightmare. The scenario becomes even more difficult, however, when the driver who hit you does not have any insurance or does not have an adequate level of coverage to help pay damages you incur.

There is no reason to lose hope if an uninsured motorist caused the accident that brought on your injuries. You do have options. Here is some more information about steps you can take if you suffered a car accident with an uninsured motorist in Georgia.

Do you always follow these ladder safety tips?

When it comes to ladder safety, there is never a good time to get lazy. You always need to know what you should and shouldn't be doing, as to avoid a serious accident that can lead to injury or even death.

Here are seven ladder safety tips to keep in mind at all times:

  • Never use a ladder unless you first inspect it for damage and defects
  • Make sure the ladder is working as intended before taking the first step
  • When setting a ladder, you should search for firm and level ground
  • Don't use a ladder that is too long or too short for the job
  • When climbing a ladder, you must always maintain three points of contact
  • Never carry a heavy load up a ladder, as this could cause you to lose your balance
  • Don't set a ladder near a door or other high traffic area

How to drive safely in heavy rain during the winter months

As one of our Georgia readers, we suspect that you spend some time driving in the rain during the winter months.

While you may have no choice but to do this, you should realize that the decisions you make will go a long way in determining your level of safety.

Personal strategies for preventing distracted driving

No matter how hard you try, there will be times when you find yourself distracted while you're behind the wheel. This is never a good thing, as taking your eyes and attention away from the road can lead to a serious accident.

Fortunately, there are many personal strategies you can implement for preventing distracted driving. Here are just a few of the ideas you should consider:

  • Let your passengers know that you need to focus 100 percent of your attention on the road, meaning you won't be able to talk to them
  • Don't eat or drink when driving
  • Never use your cellphone when driving, unless it's for an emergency
  • Store all loose items in a secure place, as you don't want to find yourself grabbing for any of these when driving
  • If you need to do something else, pull your car to the side of the road
  • Never take on any personal grooming tasks, such as applying makeup, when you're driving
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