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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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