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The dangers of 'dehydrated driving'

It's easy to become dehydrated in the summer. Increased physical activity coupled by more time spent in the hot sun can contribute to dehydration. Often, people don't even realize they're dehydrated because they don't feel thirsty.

In addition to the impact of dehydration on the body, even mild dehydration can impact a person's driving ability. In fact, researchers at a university in the United Kingdom determined that dehydrated driving can be every bit as hazardous as drunk driving.

Misdiagnosis can lead to significant harm to patients

The last thing that you expect when you go to the doctor is to be misdiagnosed; however, this is a possibility. There are times when a doctor might not review all the applicable information or they might not come to the right conclusion about what's going on with you. While a misdiagnosis isn't always a life-threatening issue, it's possible that you will face considerable harm because of it.

There isn't any reason why you should have to pay the costs associated with the error that your doctor made. It's possible to have impacts that extend well beyond the potential increase in medical care that you'll need to address a condition that was allowed to worsen because it wasn't diagnosed and couldn't be treated properly.

What you need to know before your nanny drives your kids

If you're considering hiring a nanny, you'll likely need them to drive your children at some point. Even if driving them to school, extracurricular activities or play dates won't be a regular part of the routine, they may need to drive them somewhere if you can't make it home in time for an appointment or if there's a medical emergency. That's why it's crucial to check out their driving record and see their driving skills first-hand before you hire them.

Any prospective nannies should be willing and able to provide a copy of their driving record. This will let you see how long they've been driving and whether they've had citations for any red-flag issues, like accidents and DUIs. Another option is to ask for a copy of their driver's license and then have your insurance agent obtain their motor vehicle report.

When can you file a wrongful death suit over a car crash?

Any time someone is killed by an at-fault driver, it's tragic. The driver may face criminal charges for their actions. The victim's surviving family members can seek compensation from the driver in civil court. However, when does it rise to the level of a wrongful death case?

Wrongful death suits can typically be filed whenever someone's actions (rather intentional or not) lead to someone's death. This can include car accidents, manufacturers' defects, criminal activity and much more.

Planning a night out? Talk about safety as a pedestrian

As a pedestrian and someone who is just planning on having a fun night out, you need to know how to safely get from point A to point B. You do plan on walking to each of your destinations, because you and your friends will be drinking.

Since you know that you may be impaired later on in the night, it's a good time to review how you're going to get to each place safely and how you're going to avoid making mistakes that result in a pedestrian crash.

You can lessen your chances of being hit while bicycling

Do you ride your bicycle around the neighborhood to get some exercise and fresh air or you depend on your bike to get where you need to go? Either way, you probably already know that not all drivers are as cognizant of bicyclists as they should be. Some even seem to resent the fact that they have to share the road with them.

A car vs. bike crash usually ends far worse for the cyclist than the driver. Last month, a 65-year-old Mississippi man died from injuries he suffered several weeks earlier when a vehicle struck him while he was cycling in the middle of the afternoon on U.S. 61 South near Vicksburg.

What is an attractive nuisance?

Children are injured and worse every year on private property belonging to others because they're "lured" in by what's known as an attractive nuisance. These are potentially dangerous design elements or objects that appeal to children and sometimes teens so much so that they disregard their own safety and cross boundaries to get to them.

Property owners can be liable for harm caused by an attractive nuisance -- especially if the person harmed is a young child. That's true even if they were trespassing. The reasoning is that young children don't have the judgment or knowledge to stay off someone else's property.

Don't overlook these hazards of summer driving

It might seem like summer is the safest season for driving -- even here in Mississippi where we don't have to deal with the extremely cold temperatures and massive snowfalls that our neighbors in northern states face every winter (and sometimes well into spring). However, summer brings its own unique dangers on the road. Let's look at some of those:

Tourists and other out-of-towners: Whether they're taking a day trip to get a change of scenery, visiting family or on a long vacation in their RV, you're probably going to see more people on the road who aren't familiar with the area. This can lead to unpredictable behavior like sudden stops and attempts to get across the highway into an exit lane.

Can your doctor give you a placebo instead of real medicine?

Most people have heard the term "placebo." It's a pill or other treatment that has no active ingredient. Placebos are sometimes used in clinical trials. One group is given a real medication, while the other (the control group) is given a placebo. Researchers determine how effective the real medication is. The subjects aren't told which they're receiving.

In years past, doctors have been known to give patients placebos when they believed that there wasn't actually anything wrong with them and their symptoms would disappear if they believed they were being treated. However, surveys indicate that some doctors still prescribe placebos to patients who insist on getting medication when they don't need it. In one survey, a third of doctors said they had no problem with prescribing placebos in these cases.

3 common causes of semitruck crashes

Semitruck crashes can lead to devastating injuries for the victims. Because these trucks are so large and heavy compared to other vehicles, the truckers who operate them must be especially careful when they're on the roads.

There are some specific hazards that must be factored into the trucker's driving techniques. Understanding some of the more common causes of crashes can help to avoid them. Every improvement in driving behavior has the potential to save a life.

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