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Overconfidence, winter weather and accidents

In many parts of the U.S., the winter months bring very poor weather conditions. Heavy snowfall, dense fog and ice accumulation on the road can all increase the likelihood of an accident significantly. When two vehicles collide at high speeds after one driver lost control due to ice, the consequences can be devastating. The chances of a crash can be reduced by safe and attentive driving when weather conditions are poor. Unfortunately, some drivers show little regard for road safety due to their overconfidence.

Medical errors remain a leading cause of death in U.S.

Plenty of people have no problem entrusting their well-being to nurses and doctors. What those people fail to realize is that the risk of a mistake or negligence occurring in a hospital is far greater than they know. According to a recent report by Johns Hopkins, approximately 250,000 medical errors occur annually in the United States that lead to a patient's death. Other reports suggest that number could be much higher. 

Motorcycle accidents on the freeway

Motorcycle crashes happen in all sorts of places and under various circumstances, from accidents caused by poor weather conditions to the use of intoxicating substances. Unfortunately, some motorcycle crashes can be especially devastating, such as those which occur at high speeds. On the freeway, a motorcyclist may be particularly vulnerable for a variety of reasons and if you ever ride your motorcycle on the freeway it is pivotal to pay close attention to all hazards.

Depression and the risk of a crash

Many people realize that a motor vehicle crash can cause depression. After all, suffering a major injury, losing someone you love or having your life turned upside down in other ways can certainly make someone very sad and emotionally devastated. However, it is also important to remember that those who suffer from depression may be more likely to cause an accident if they disregard certain areas of concern. In this post, we will examine some of the ways in which depression could increase the chances of a collision.

Children and pedestrian accidents

In a recent post, we looked into high speeds and the likelihood of a pedestrian accident claiming someone's life. There are many other issues related to pedestrian accidents that are important to keep in mind, especially for those who frequently walk on or alongside the road as well as the parents of young children. In this post, we will analyze some of the risks that children may come across while walking and draw attention to this especially concerning issue.

How to prevent motorcycle accidents

Motorcyclists in Virginia are at higher risk of getting into accidents than other drivers on the road. Oftentimes, the operator at fault is not the motorcyclist but another motorist on the road. To decrease the number of accidents, drivers need to understand how they can drive differently around motorcycles, and motorcyclists need to take the proper safety precautions. 

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