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Almost any distraction can cause an accident

One of the main reasons that driving distractions are such a problem on America's highways is simply that there are so many distractions to choose from. Sometimes, it feels like not a drive goes by where you don't experience them.

Naturally, some of the biggest distractions are easy to pinpoint. They are things like:

  • Using a cellphone
  • Talking to passengers
  • Reaching for things that fell on the floor
  • Interacting with children or pets
  • Doing personal grooming
  • Singing along with the music or even dancing
  • Looking at objects in the car or along the road

What are average nursing home response times?

You're with your loved one in a nursing home when they decide to press the call button. Maybe it's an emergency and they're having trouble breathing. Maybe they just have a question and need to talk to a staff member.

Either way, you notice that it takes a long time for someone to actually arrive at the room. While you know that workers have a lot to do -- they don't just sit in the office waiting for someone to press the button -- you're not sure how fast they should show up. Is it neglectful if they take too long? What is the average response time in the industry?

Why do drivers run red lights?

It seems so simple: If the light is red, all traffic has to stop. There are exceptions, such as when you're making a right turn, but even then, you have to stop first, check to see if the way is clear and then turn. There's never a situation where you can just blow through a solid red light.

And yet, people do it all the time. They cause accidents, they put other people in the hospital and they even take lives. Why does this happen? A few reasons include:

  • The driver was distracted and never saw the light at all. For instance, some drivers have admitted to reading or writing emails while they drive, taking their attention away from the road.
  • The driver was attempting to beat the red light by speeding up, rather than slowing down, when it turned yellow. If they timed it wrong, then they could go through the red at a high rate of speed.
  • There were no other cars around or so they thought. Some drivers will run a red light if they can't see any traffic passing through, but that can lead to a crash when they simply overlook an oncoming vehicle.
  • They were thinking about something else. A busy person with their mind on their work or a conversation with a boss or a loved one may run a red light while simply thinking about everything else in their life and driving on autopilot.

Death is 51 percent more likely when teen drivers have passengers

How often have you seen teenage drivers get behind the wheel as a group of friends piles into the car? Maybe you have plenty of memories of riding around in your own teen years, with five (or more) people packed into the car because only one member of the group had a license.

It happens all the time, but studies have found that it absolutely shouldn't. The risk of a deadly accident is vastly higher.

Dehydration and nursing home neglect

You know that nursing home neglect can often lead to dehydration. It's not intentional abuse -- at least, not all of the time. It's just the fundamental neglect of the person's basic needs. That could mean not bringing them food and water as often as they need it, even though they are dependent on the care of others.

When you help your loved one move into a nursing home, you begin to worry about neglect and vow to watch out for the most common signs and symptoms. That starts with dehydration, so exactly what should you be looking for? A number of the most common symptoms are:

  • Headaches that linger, even if they're mild
  • Constipation due to a lack of fluids to soften the stool
  • Irritability that has no other cause
  • Excessive cramping, which is most often in the legs and arms
  • Dark yellow urine
  • Urinary tract infections
  • A general sense of dizziness, which may get worse whenever they stand up
  • Fatigue and excessive sleepiness
  • Repeated complaints about thirst -- although it is important to note that many elderly people have a decreased sense of thirst and may not know how thirsty they are
  • Weakness and trouble with physical tasks that should be possible
  • A face that is flushed with warm, dry skin
  • The onset of various sicknesses, such as a fever

What are the most dangerous vehicle-related defects?

It seems like we hear about a new automotive recall every other week, and sometimes, they involve tens of millions of cars throughout the world. Considering that car manufacturers usually fix these defects for free, we should celebrate the opportunity to make our cars safe again without incurring additional expenses. However, there's one very important drawback: Not all vehicle owners get the message and not all of them take their cars to get fixed even when they do.

The fact is, millions of dangerous automobiles remain on the road endangering their drivers and anyone who might unsuspectingly purchase the cars. Here are some of the most dangerous car-related defects you need to watch out for:

2 pedestrians are struck by a motorist in the Town of Ulster

A 38-year-old motorist struck and killed one pedestrian and critically injured another in the Town of Ulster early on the morning of Jan. 6.

The Saugerties' motorist had apparently been driving his 2010 Subaru Legacy along an unlit portion of Ulster Avenue near the Route 199 overpass in the moments before the crash occurred. He pulled over and called police to report the incident just after 12:39 a.m.

How can you treat a whiplash injury?

It's hard not to notice a whiplash injury. A whiplash will usually manifest as an extremely painful, tender and even swollen neck. You may even suffer from splitting headaches as a result of this injury, which is caused by strained, bruised and torn neck muscles from the gravitational forces involved in an auto collision. The accident doesn't even have to be a fast one for whiplash to occur. Many fender-fender benders have left vehicle drivers or passengers with whiplash injuries that take many weeks to resolve.

If you've suffered a whiplash injury in a car accident, the following treatments could help you recover in the best way possible:

  • Ice your neck for 15 minutes every three to four hours for several days. Put the ice in a thin piece of cloth to protect your skin.
  • Take over-the-counter painkillers, which can be enormously helpful. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen can help reduce pain and swelling.
  • Don a neck brace or collar. Either can help give your neck needed support, but don't wear a brace long-term as it will result in weakened neck muscles.
  • Visit a massage therapist, physical therapist or chiropractor. All three can bring tremendous relief to your painful whiplash symptoms.
  • Take a rest from work. Extra rest may be required to give your body time to heal from a whiplash injury.

Common questions about premises liability claims

Property owners, such as the owners of hotels, restaurants and shops -- could be liable if they neglect to maintain safe premises and their negligence results in an injury to those who visit their properties.

That being said, many people who suffer serious injuries on a property are completely unaware of their legal rights and options after they get hurt -- and they never seek the financial compensation they deserve. As such, we want to answer a couple important questions that premises liability plaintiffs commonly have:

2 kinds of medical errors that happen to patients

The last thing you want is a surgical mistake or doctor's error when receiving treatment for a medical condition. Nevertheless, these mistakes and blunders happen on a daily basis at most medical facilities. In most cases, the patients aren't hurt, or their injuries are so minor that no one pays a great deal of attention to them. In some circumstances, however, patients suffer from life-threatening injuries as a result of medical treatment mistakes.

Below are two of the most common errors that happen to patients.

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