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Car-related injuries from a Biloxi vacation can cause headaches

Biloxi is a popular destination for vacations and road trips. After all, Biloxi is essentially the premiere casino destination for the region. There aren't many other great options for people who want to gamble or experience the fun and frivolity common at casinos. You may expect to lose some money at the craps table, but you probably wouldn't have bet on experiencing an accident during your trip.

Whether you get struck by a vehicle as a pedestrian or end up in a crash caused by another driver, a vacation injury is more than an unpleasant end to your fun times. It can also cause serious financial issues, especially if you're visiting from out of town or out of state. Understanding the potential impact of a vacation accident and injury can help you prepare for a worst case scenario.

How can you reduce the risk of a pedestrian accident?

As a pedestrian, you know there is nothing worse than being part of an accident with a motor vehicle. Since you don't have any protection, the impact of the crash (even at a low speed) could cause serious injury or even death.

With all this in mind, it's important to understand the steps you can take to reduce the risk of a pedestrian accident. While you have no control over drivers, there are things you can do as a pedestrian to better protect yourself:

  • Make it easy to be seen at all times: For example, if you're walking at night, wear brightly colored clothing so drivers can see you.
  • Cross the street when the "walk" signal tells you to do so: Making your move when the signal says "don't walk" greatly increases the chance of an accident.
  • Always cross the street in a crosswalk: Drivers expect to see pedestrians here, so they're more likely to come to a complete stop.
  • Never dart into traffic: This goes along with the points above about obeying the walk signal and using crosswalks.

Study: Diagnostic errors are the largest malpractice issue

Medical malpractice cases have decreased overall in recent years, but one specific category has remained steady: diagnostic errors. That's according to a study just released by a malpractice insurer and service provider. These errors were behind more malpractice claims (accounting for a third of them) between 2013 and 2017 than any other issue.

According to the study, which looked at a sampling of 10,000-plus claims, the second-most common issue involved surgery or other procedures. Those accounted for nearly a quarter of the claims studied.

Are you following these rush hour driving safety tips?

Rush hour driving is a part of life for many people. Every day before and after work they fight traffic to reach their office and home.

While this isn't the most enjoyable part of your day, you know you have no choice but to stick it out.

These car insurance claim tips can save you time, money

If you are part of a car accident, it won't be long before you find yourself on the phone with your car insurance agent.

While you hope your agent will help every step of the way, there's something to keep in mind: You can't always trust your insurance company to do what's best for you.

What can you do to prevent a truck accident?

As the driver of a passenger vehicle, you know you'll find yourself in close proximity to commercial trucks every so often. This is particularly true if you spend a lot of time driving on the highway.

You also know that truck drivers don't always follow the rules of the road. From speeding to driving when drowsy, truckers often make mistakes that increase the likelihood of an accident.

Sun glare: It could cause a serious accident

Imagine this: You're driving down highway 90 or I-10 and you soon realize that you can't see more than a few feet in front of your vehicle. The sun glare is so bad that you think twice about pulling to the side of the road.

While there's no better feeling than the warm sun, too much glare can be a nightmare when you're behind the wheel of your vehicle.

A commercial truck accident is as serious as it sounds

As a driver, how often do you look around just to realize that you are surrounded by commercial trucks? If you find yourself on the roads around the state of Mississippi, you know that this is all too common.

There is nothing you can do about driving in close proximity to commercial trucks. This is something you need to get used to, as these vehicles are all over the place.

What are the potential consequences of speeding?

In 2016 alone, speeding killed more than 10,000 people throughout the United States. Despite this statistic, many people continue to break the law when they get behind the wheel.

When driving faster than the speed limit, it can be difficult to understand why it's a bad idea. This is particularly true among people who are in the habit of doing so. However, there are many potential consequences, such as the following:

  • Greater chance of losing control of the vehicle
  • Increased stopping distance
  • Increased severity in the event of a collision with another vehicle or object
  • Increased cost of ownership, such as using more fuel

These conditions are most often misdiagnosed

The thought of a medical misdiagnosis is enough to keep you up at night. With this going through your mind, you may always have questions about whether or not you are in good health.

The best thing you can do to protect yourself is choose a reputable medical professional, while also keeping a close eye on what he or she is doing.

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