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This is why car accidents happen in city settings

Driving in tight spaces, such as in a city setting, is much different than the open road of the highway. It calls for you to adjust your driving style, all with the idea of avoiding an accident and reaching your destination without incident.

Car accidents happen in city settings for many reasons, with these among the most common:

  • Disregard for traffic signals: For example, you're making your way through a green light at an intersection when someone traveling on a crossroad ignores the red light and strikes your vehicle on the side. Even if you exercise extreme caution, there's not much you can do to prevent this type of accident.
  • Aggressive driving: Heavy, slow traffic has the potential to anger people, which increases the risk of an accident. Aggressive drivers are more likely to take risks, putting everyone in a compromising position.
  • Distracted driving: When traffic slows, many drivers look for something to occupy them. They change radio stations, talk to passengers, dig through their glove box and send text messages. Any distraction greatly increases the risk of an accident.

What does a drunk driver look like?

You know there are drunk drivers all over the road. You also know that one of these people could cause a serious accident without notice. While this is enough to scare you, it doesn't mean you can stay off the road for the rest of your life.

The best thing you can do is focus on what's happening around you, which means knowing the potential signs that someone is driving under the influence of alcohol. Here are some things to watch for:

  • Swerving: Drunk drivers often find it difficult to stay in their lane of travel.
  • Aggression: While many types of people become aggressive when driving, this is common among those who are drunk.
  • Failure to obey the rules of the road: This takes on many forms, such as running a red light or stop sign, failure to yield and driving the wrong way on a one-way street.
  • Bobbing head: Someone who is drunk may find it difficult to keep their head steady and eyes above the steering wheel.
  • Slow response time: For example, when a traffic signal turns from red to green, they sit for a few seconds before finally hitting the accelerator.

Do you understand the seriousness of post-concussion syndrome?

If you suffer a concussion, it's imperative to follow the treatment plan outlined by your medical team. Doing so puts you in the best possible position to make a fast and full recovery.

However, even if you do everything as planned, you could still find yourself suffering from post-concussion syndrome. This is a complicated disorder in which the symptoms of your concussion drag on for several weeks or months longer than expected.

Brain injuries: Different patients have different experiences

Traumatic brain injuries are interesting, because they vary significantly among patients. For some, their injuries may resolve quickly, and they can get on with their lives with relatively few side effects. For others, it's a lifetime of recovery ahead of them.

When medical providers assess those who have suffered brain injuries, the first thing they have to do is rate them on the Glasgow Coma Scale. This gives medical providers a point of reference for how the patient was when they arrived at the hospital or clinic and how far they've come during treatment. Higher scores on this scale mean that the injuries are less severe.

How to drive up a snowy hill this winter

It's difficult enough to drive in snowy conditions when the road is perfectly flat. But if you find yourself tackling a hill, you'll soon realize that you're facing even more challenges.

While no two vehicles and hills are identical, there are some basic tips you can follow to maintain a high level of safety. Here's what you need to do:

  • Keep your momentum: It's not always possible, but you want to keep a steady speed from the bottom of the hill to the top. Depending on the conditions, stopping can make it impossible to start again.
  • Slow down: It's tempting, but don't attempt to hit the bottom of the hill at a high rate of speed to help carry you to the top. Slow and steady is the best approach on a snowy hill, especially when driving in close proximity to other vehicles.
  • Assess the road ahead: Since you're not likely to be the only one on the road, the snow on the hill will be disturbed. Remember, tire grooves made by other vehicles are almost always slippery, making traction more difficult.

Common causes of workplace slip and fall accidents

A slip and fall accident can happen at any time, especially at your place of employment. This holds true regardless of your career, job responsibilities or work environment.

Here are some of the most common causes of workplace slip and fall accidents:

  • Debris: Indoors and out, it only takes one piece of debris to cause an accident. For example, if someone leaves a bag of trash lying on the ground and you don't see it, there's a chance it could knock you to the ground.
  • Defective stairs: It's not always easy to pinpoint defective stairs, such as a step that is missing or rounded. However, if you work in an office building, you're likely to regularly climb up and down stairs.
  • Power cords: For example, if you work in the construction industry, there are power cords everywhere. Even if you're skilled at pinpointing and avoiding them, one could catch your foot and cause you to lose your balance.
  • Inclement weather: This typically comes into play during the winter months, such as if your employer or building owner neglects to clear the walkway of snow and/or ice.

Don’t delay treatment of a slipped disc

A slipped disc in your back has the potential to limit your ability to do the things you love. In fact, depending on the severity of the injury, it could force you to spend days on end in bed. And sometimes, rest isn't even enough to make a full recovery.

If you suspect a slipped disc or any other type of back or neck injury, seek immediate medical attention. Your doctor can run a variety of imaging tests, while also conducting a physical exam, to pinpoint the type and severity of the injury.

Do you know how to navigate heavy traffic?

No matter when you take to the road, there's always a chance you could find yourself driving in heavy traffic. Even if this is part of your daily routine, it doesn't make it any easier to prevent trouble and maintain your safety.

Here are some of the many steps you can take to improve your safety when navigating heavy traffic:

  • Slow down: Driving too fast in heavy traffic increases the risk of an accident since you have less time to stop, such as if the driver in front of you has to abruptly hit the brakes.
  • Stay in your lane: Don't be one of those drivers who is always looking for the fast lane. Find out where you need to be and stay there for the meantime.
  • Don't become aggressive: Forget about what everyone is doing around you. It's a must to drive defensively if you want to maintain your safety. Even if someone is pushing your buttons, keep to yourself and make decisions with your safety in mind.
  • Change your route: If you're tired of driving the same route every day, look for an alternative that may allow you to avoid some of the traffic.

4 pregnancy injuries you may sustain in a car crash

If you are expecting to welcome a new baby into your home in the next few months, you are likely unbelievably excited. Few things are more thrilling than getting to know a new child. Still, if you have a car crash during pregnancy, both you and your unborn baby may sustain serious injuries. 

In 2018, there were nearly 280,000 car accidents in the Garden State. Unfortunately, some of these accidents involved expectant mothers. If you have even a minor car crash during your pregnancy, you should seek immediate medical attention and take other steps. Here are four pregnancy-related injuries that may occur in a collision with a negligent driver: 

Do you have a concussion? Let your doctor decide

If you suspect a concussion, such as after a car crash or slip-and-fall accident, keep in mind that it's best to consult with a qualified medical professional. This is a serious brain injury that requires medical treatment.

There are multiple signs and symptoms associated with a concussion, including:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Trouble with your memory
  • Sleeping difficulties
  • Mood changes
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