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Bicyclist safety during the night

For those who ride bicycles, the road can be especially dangerous. After all, in the event that a collision occurs involving a vehicle, with such little protection a bicyclist may be seriously hurt or killed. Helmet use and the use of other safety gear (such as reflective clothing) can be tremendously helpful. However, threats posed by reckless drivers, such as those who drive while under the influence, can lead to bicyclist fatalities regardless of the precautionary measures taken by a bicyclist. Moreover, certain times of day and riding at night can be particularly dangerous.

There are many reasons why riding a bike at night can be so dangerous. For starters, with reduced visibility, a driver may have a harder time seeing a bicyclist. Moreover, bicyclists may have more difficulty seeing as well, and some may accidentally find themselves riding in a vehicle’s path. Aside from visibility issues, there are many people who drive drunk during the night and this is also a concerning time to be on the road with respect to driver fatigue. There is an increase in the number of fatigued drivers during the nighttime hours and they may be more likely to collide with a bicyclist.

2 issues that lead to delayed cancer diagnoses

Every year, thousands of patients in the Vinton area and across the country receive cancer diagnoses. If you suspect you may have cancer or have recently learned it, you may not realize how important it is to get immediate and timely care. Though you must rely on medical professionals to provide a proper diagnosis, mistakes often occur during the process, leading to delays in treatment and recovery. 

Mistakes are an unfortunate aspect of the medical field that often results in harm and further injury to patients. To prevent yourself from encountering issues with your care that could complicate your health and life, consider the following information about medical errors and cancer diagnoses

Avoiding debris on the road

Drivers have to keep an eye out for all sorts of hazards while they are behind the wheel, including traffic signs, other vehicles, patches of ice on the road and many other potential areas of concern. However, debris on the road can be especially concerning and has played a role in many motor vehicle collisions over the years. Furthermore, there are many different types of debris on roadways across the U.S. and this debris can cause an accident in different ways.

During heavy winds, tree limbs may be knocked down and fall onto the road. Or, an animal such as a raccoon or a deer may be killed while trying to cross the street and the carcass may be lying on the road. Various types of debris may fall out of a vehicle, such as material that is being transported by a semi truck or trash that has been discarded by a driver. When these various forms of debris are present on the road, they can lead to a devastating accident in different ways.

Prescription medications and intoxicated driving

When people think of intoxicated driving, alcohol and/or unlawful drugs likely come to mind. However, prescription medication can also result in intoxicated driving, which can severely impact a driver’s ability to operate their vehicle safely and follow the rules of the road. Drivers who are intoxicated may be so impaired that they cannot stay in their lane or come to a stop properly and some may even pass out while they are behind the wheel. Sadly, these accidents have led to the loss of many innocent lives over the years and victims who have survived have also faced tremendous physical, financial and mental hardships afterward.

A person may become intoxicated by prescription medication for various reasons. Sometimes, they may accidentally consume too much of a certain drug unknowingly, while others may have an unexpected reaction to a drug. Some drivers may ignore the warnings and wrongly believe that their medication does not impact their ability to drive, while others may be struggling with an addiction to prescriptions. Whether someone is accidentally or intentionally intoxicated by prescription drugs or any other mind-altering substance, they should be held accountable for causing an accident in their inebriated state.

How to tell medical malpractice from a bad surgical result

When you have to undergo surgery, you hope for it to help you in some way, whether to fix a problem, alleviate pain or even deliver a baby. You do not expect it to end up causing you more harm, yet that can be the case for some patients, and it happens more often than the medical community would like to admit. U.S. News and World Report reveals that medical errors of all types are responsible for a third of American fatalities. That number may be even higher due to under-reporting and inconsistent record keeping.

If a surgery has negatively affected you, you might have a medical malpractice case. However, before you start planning on how you are going to spend the awards, be aware that just because the surgery went badly does not mean it qualifies as medical malpractice. First, understand the difference between the two.

Driving with a dog and other distractions

There are many ways in which drivers lose their ability to focus on the road. Often people recognize that smartphones and other electronic devices are a major source of distraction, but there are all sorts of other reasons why drivers lose their focus. For example, a driver may be distracted by someone else in the vehicle, the radio or even a dog that is riding along with them. If you drive with your dog, whether you bring them over to someone else’s house or take them to the vet, it is essential to ensure that they will not distract you.

Unfortunately, some people do not pay attention to these risks and they allow their dog (or other pets) to get in the way of their ability to drive. Not only can a dog jump up onto a driver’s lap and cause him or her to swerve off of the road or take their eyes or hands away from driving, but they may also bark loudly or distract a driver for some other reason.

Busy schedules and the risk of a traffic collision

The risk of an auto accident may be increased due to many different factors, from irresponsible driver behavior to inclement weather. There are many different challenges that some drivers may face which increases the risk of an accident, such as fatigue, and some may be more likely to cause a crash because they have a hectic schedule. Sadly, accidents caused by driving too fast or constantly running around in circles can make life harder for those who are struggling with busy schedules and any innocent victims involved in the collision.

Whether someone works too many hours or has to take care of many different responsibilities on a daily basis (errands, driving kids to and from school and other commitments, etc.), people feel overwhelmed for all sorts of reasons. Sometimes, this stress and sense of urgency can lead to distracted driving, cause a driver to become drowsy behind the wheel or even push them to break the law (drive over the speed limit, drive through a red light, etc.).

Should you ask for a second opinion?

Generally, people trust their health care providers to give them the care they need. However, medical mistakes do occur with some regularity, many of them rising to the level of actionable malpractice.

People often do not feel comfortable bringing up a request for a second opinion, afraid of offending their doctors. In some situations, asking for a second opinion can help you avoid a mistake that can have potentially severe repercussions for your health and even your life. You should trust your provider, but you should also trust your ability to recognize some common situations that may call for another doctor's point of view.

Failing to yield and other examples of dangerous driving

Motor vehicle collisions happen for many reasons, such as treacherous weather conditions that make roads unsafe. However, many crashes are the result of human errors and carelessness, such as a driver’s failure to yield. If you were injured in a crash that was caused by someone who was not following traffic laws, it is pivotal for you to understand what legal options you may have and do all you can to recover both physically and financially. Sadly, many lives have been shattered as a result of reckless driving.

Drivers may fail to yield for many reasons. Some may be inexperienced, while others may be intoxicated, suffering from driver fatigue, in a rush to get somewhere or simply absent-minded. Unfortunately, when a driver does not yield, they can cause a devastating collision which results in severe injuries or even the loss of someone’s life. As with all motor vehicle collisions, the consequences of these wrecks can make life tough for victims in a lot of ways.

What leads to jackknifing?

When a semi-truck takes a turn too fast and goes into a skid in Virginia, it could cause the trailer to turn at an angle to the front of the truck, leading to what is called a jackknife accident. The term "jackknife" hails from the knife with a folding blade that forms an angle with its handle. A jackknife trucking accident can force your truck to roll over, potentially damaging other cars around it and hurting you and other drivers. 

Jackknifing usually occurs when the wheels of your trailer are not able to stay in line with the wheels in front. This can happen for a number of reasons:

  • Slippery roads
  • Taking a curve too fast
  • Equipment malfunction
  • Underweight loads
  • Locked drive axles

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