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What are the most common types of reckless driving?

In a perfect world, every driver would be respectful of others as they follow the rules of the road.

However, you know this will never be the case. Even when you're doing your part to remain safe, there are others who drive recklessly without considering the potential impact.

What are the signs that you’re too drowsy to drive?

There is never a good time to find yourself drowsy when you're behind the steering wheel of your car. If this happens, you should pull to the side of the road without delay. Pushing forward puts you, as well as other drivers, at a greater risk of an accident.

Here are some of the top signs that you're too drowsy to drive:

  • Difficulty focusing on the task at hand
  • Daydreaming, such as thinking about things that have nothing to do with driving
  • Rubbing your eyes
  • Repeated yawning
  • Trouble recalling what happened over the past few miles on the road
  • Difficulty keeping your head up
  • Irritability, often toward other drivers
  • Drifting from your lane of travel

Biloxi clinic closing in part due to fear of malpractice claims

There are many collateral consequences of malpractice. One of them is the reluctance of doctors to continue to treat patients out of fear of being named as defendants in malpractice litigation.

That scenario is playing out in Mississippi at the Biloxi OB-GYN Clinic. For over a dozen years, one of the physicians in the practice has treated women's health needs and delivered their babies. His caseload used to max out at 25 patients per day.

Do you know what your car insurance policy covers?

You purchase car insurance for a couple reasons. In addition to the fact that it's illegal to drive without insurance, you realize that this could benefit you in the event of an accident.

At a very minimum, you will need to purchase liability insurance. This is used to compensate for damage and injuries to other motorists in the event that you caused an accident.

Many things can lead to a vehicle-pedestrian accident

As a pedestrian, you may have some concerns about being in such close proximity to vehicles without any protection. You realize that it only takes one mistake by one driver to cause a serious accident.

One of the best things you can do is understand the top causes of vehicle-pedestrian accidents. When you understand what could go wrong, it's much easier to avoid trouble.

There is more than 1 form of personal injury

Simply going about your daily life can be dangerous. Even if you do your best to avoid trouble, you never know if you'll be part of an accident that leads to serious injury or even death.

While you can't live your life assuming you will be part of an accident, you must understand that there are many forms of personal injury. These include but are not limited to:

  • Motor vehicle accidents, such as a commercial truck that strikes you on interstate
  • Dog bite or animal attack
  • Slip-and-fall accident, such as the result of a slippery floor in a retail store
  • Medical malpractice

How will you avoid these car insurance claim mistakes?

Being part of a motor vehicle accident is every bit as dangerous and complex as it sounds. In fact, if you find yourself in this position, you may soon realize that your life will never be the same.

It's imperative that you understand how to effectively communicate with your car insurance company. This means many things, including avoiding these common mistakes:

  • Don't feel pressured to provide a written or recorded statement that could be used against you in the future
  • Don't sign anything until you know what it says and how it will impact your situation
  • Don't accept the first offer from your car insurance company, as they could be trying to low ball you in an attempt to put your claim in the past
  • Don't forget that your policy has time limits
  • Don't let your car insurance company get away with not living up to its legal obligations as outlined in your policy

Simple tips for avoiding distracted driving

Even with laws in place, distracted driving remains a major problem throughout the United States. Any driver, regardless of age or experience, can fall prey to a distraction while he or she is behind the wheel.

There are many tips that can help you avoid distracted driving, including the following:

  • Only use your cellphone if you are in an emergency situation, such as after a motor vehicle accident
  • If you feel drowsy or ill, don't hesitate to move your car to the side of the road
  • Limit the amount of commotion inside your vehicle, as too many people can cause you to lose track of what's happening around you
  • Avoid eating or drinking while driving
  • Don't attempt to multi-task when you're behind the wheel, such as by programming a GPS system and talking to passengers at the same time

How can I avoid losing my life in a collision with a deer?

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics show that 187 annual motorist fatalities in the United States result from collisions with large animals including deer.

If you live in a rural or suburban area, then you likely see an influx of deer out in the open seeking mates around late fall and early winter. Several months later beginning in May into early summer, you're likely to adult deer once again as they venture out seeking food for their newborns.

Understand your auto insurance policy limits

When most people select their auto insurance policies, they either go online and choose one or call an agent who offers them some recommendations. A few days later, they get the actual policy mailed to them and promptly tuck it away in the car with the registration. Few actually read — or fully understand — the terms.

Why it's important to read your policy

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