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A variety of mishaps can lead to wrongful death

It doesn't matter who you are or where you live, there could come a point in the future when you find yourself injured as the result of another person's negligence.

Although you can't live your life in fear, you must realize the many safety hazards that are lurking. Here are a few examples of mishaps that could lead to a serious injury or even death:

  • A motor vehicle accident, such as one caused by a truck driver who was not paying attention to the road
  • A slip-and-fall accident, such as the result of a business neglecting to maintain its parking lot
  • Medical malpractice, which spans from failure to diagnose a serious disease to prescribing the wrong medication
  • A dog attack

What’s the best way to stay safe on a holiday road trip?

Taking a holiday road trip can be quite a bit of fun, but only if you make it to and from your destination without incident.

The last thing you want to think about is being part of a motor vehicle accident during the holiday season. Unfortunately, if you'll be traveling during this time of the year, you won't be the only person on the road. And even if you're doing everything right, another driver could make a mistake.

Mississippi officer says elderly drivers often get disoriented

Elderly individuals are often hesitant to stop driving. They still want the freedom that they've known for most of their lives. Plus, it's hard to define when the time has come, as it's different for everyone. These conversations can be hard for family members to have.

That said, a police officer from Mississippi did say that elderly drivers can be a high risk on the road. He admitted that some accidents are attributed to age and the issues that come with it -- slower reaction times, for example, or limited physical abilities.

Prisoners are dying needlessly in the southern heat

States like Mississippi, Texas, Arizona and more all have one thing in common: scorching hot summers.

Climate change has made the summers even longer and hotter -- and while the news warns elderly people to get inside with air conditioning and churches open their doors to the homeless to get them out of the heat before they suffer strokes, there's an underclass of citizens that are left to literally cook inside concrete walls: the prisoners in local and state jails.

Top tips for avoiding distracted driving

With so many laws in place, it's hard to imagine that distracted driving remains a major problem throughout every state in the country.

As a driver, regardless of the vehicle type, you need to do your part in keeping the roads safe. This means many things, such as focusing on the road in front of you at all times.

How do you drive safely in fall rain?

With the fall season here, you know that a rain storm could move into the area at any point. If this happens while you are behind the wheel of a vehicle, you need to immediately adjust your driving habits.

Here are some of the steps you can take to drive safely in fall rain:

  • Adjust your way of thinking. It's easy to get stuck in the same habits as a driver. You need to change your ways if the rain begins to fall.
  • Use your headlights. This makes it easier for you to see the road. It also makes it easier for other drivers to see your vehicle. In some states, headlights are required if you are using your windshield wipers.
  • Slow down. The faster you drive in the rain the greater chance there is that you could hydroplane at some point.
  • Don't use cruise control. As convenient as it may be, this is a big mistake in the rain. You need to maintain full control of your every move, which means turning off cruise control.
  • Watch for other drivers. Even though you may adjust your approach in the rain, it doesn't mean that other drivers will do the same. Some people will continue to drive just like it's sunny and dry outside.

Have you addressed these birth injury questions?

As you prepare to bring a child into the world, it goes without saying that you never want to consider the fact that something could go wrong. Unfortunately, you know in the back of your mind that this could happen.

Here are some of the most common questions to address in regards to a birth injury:

  • What is the difference between a birth injury and a birth defect? In short, an injury is caused by something that went wrong during labor or delivery. A defect is harm caused to an unborn child, such as an issue during pregnancy.
  • What types of situations lead to a birth injury lawsuit? There is no easy answer to this question, as it can range from a doctor that fails to diagnose a problem during delivery to the improper use of medical devices during delivery.
  • How common are birth injuries? In the United States, it is believed that approximately five out of every 1,000 children born will suffer some type of injury.
  • What's the best thing to do after a birth injury? The most important step to take is getting the child the right medical care. From there, you will want to learn more about what happened and your legal rights.

The aftermath of a serious truck accident

It doesn't matter where you are traveling in the state of Mississippi, if you find yourself on the highway, you'll likely be in close proximity to a variety of commercial vehicles.

A truck accident is nothing you want to be a part of. Due to the speed, size and power of these vehicles, an accident can put anyone in a passenger vehicle in great danger.

Things you should do when making a car insurance claim

Making a car insurance claim is easier said than done. In addition to any injuries you may be dealing with, you know that saying the wrong thing could work against you in the future.

Here are some of the many things you should do when making a car insurance claim:

  • Call your agent as soon as possible, as you want to inform him or her of your accident
  • Review your car insurance policy to ensure that you know your rights
  • Take detailed notes of every conversation that you have with your agent or any other insurance company representative
  • Take into consideration any other insurance policies that may provide coverage, such as umbrella insurance
  • Stick to the facts and only the facts, as you never want to stretch the truth regarding what happened
  • Make sure you understand what your policy is saying, so that you know what to fight for
  • Keep track of all bills and receipts associated with expenses related to your accident

The perils awaiting at school bus stops: Be mindful

Now that school is back in session, students all over the country are riding a bus every day of the week.

While most school districts and bus drivers do whatever it takes to keep students safe and secure at all times, there are times when something horrifying and tragic happens. This is often the result of a school bus stop accident.

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