Month: January 2018

Do anti-phone laws actually work?

There's more evidence than ever that cellphones and driving are two things that shouldn't go together. As a result of the problems with distracted driving, there are lots of state and local ordinances out there prohibiting the use of cellphones while behind the wheel. Do they actually work? Is it time to try something else? The data says that anti-phone laws don't work The newest data indicates that cellphones are a factor in 52 percent of all roadway accidents. In addition, researchers found out that it really doesn't make much difference whether the driver lives in a state with anti-phone...

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The mysterious world of the auto insurance claims

For most consumers, what happens on the insurance side of the fence after an auto accident is a total mystery. For that matter, what they need to do themselves immediately in the aftermath of an accident can also be confusing. Experts say that most consumers only have to deal with a claim about every eight years or so. That's not often enough for most people to remember what to do and what happens next. Here's some information that can help. Jot down (or photograph) as much as possible With a little luck, your claim will be nice and easy, and everything will go smoothly. Just in case it...

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NASCAR legend has car accident in the snow

One of NASCAR's legendary drivers, Dale Earnhardt Jr., can take a turn around the racetrack that made him famous at 200 miles per hour. He cannot, however, drive well in the snow. He probably can't be blamed for not having his "snow wheels" under him, since snow and ice on the roads isn't exactly a familiar situation for lifelong residents of the southern United States. Earnhardt Jr. is a resident of North Carolina, which has been hit with an unusual amount of winter weather this season. The racing legend made light of his predicament on Twitter, joking about it to his fans. He ran into a...

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Car accidents often cause delayed-onset injuries

Biologically speaking, our human bodies are still very poorly equipped to survive serious body trauma. Unfortunately for many drivers and passengers, car accidents are much more violent experiences than they may realize at the moment. Even when modern safety features are present in a vehicle and the passengers are using them correctly, serious injury is possible in nearly any kind of car accident. Unfortunately for many car accident victims who think they might get away from the accident without serious injury, delayed onset injuries do not cause pain until hours or even days after the crash...

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Small injuries can become catastrophic if infection settles in

Could a stubbed toe lead to an amputated leg? What about a skinned knee? If you get scratched by a neighbor's cat, could you lose your fingers, hand or arm as a result? Actually, yes -- you could. It isn't the injury itself that's so dangerous because they're all arguably very mild. The problem sets in when a physician fails to take the wound seriously or misses the early signs of infection and fails to prescribe antibiotics that keep the condition from going catastrophic. What types of infections cause minor injuries to go catastrophic? There are two primary causes of serious infections...

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Drunk drivers put you and your family at risk on the roads

There are risks inherent to driving or riding in a motor vehicle, such as the potential for sudden mechanical failure or the potential for a serious collision or crash. When other drivers sharing the road with you make poor decisions, such as driving while impaired or indulging in distractions while at the wheel, the potential for serious injury or death in a vehicle increases. In 2017, drunk drivers caused 1,172 deaths. That is an increase of about 4 percent, despite the fact that there were roughly 8 percent more traffic enforcement actions targeting those suspected of operating a vehicle...

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The misdiagnosis of Type I diabetes can be fatal for patients

Diabetes is a common condition in the United States. A combination of genetics, fairly sedentary lifestyles and easy access to rich foods with high carbohydrate and sugar contents makes it an easy condition to acquire -- especially as people age. The majority of diabetics have Type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetics are not insulin-dependent. Instead, their bodies simply can't use the insulin they produce efficiently, creating insulin resistance. Treatment can include medication that helps them properly use the insulin they have -- and some can even control their condition through diet and...

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