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Staying safe as a pedestrian in Georgia

As a pedestrian you are subject to the possible danger of being hit by a car or someone biking down the street, as you do not have the same protection as a car. While it is not always possible to avoid being struck by a vehicle, there are precautions you can take while walking that can help you avoid an injury or fatality.

Pedestrian deaths have been on the rise in Georgia. In fact, in 2015 the number of pedestrian deaths increased by 30 individuals.

Surgical errors must be immediately addressed

Patients who need to have surgery depend on the surgeon and the rest of the staff in the operating room to keep them safe during the procedure. All hospitals and surgical centers must have protocol and procedures in place to help keep the patients from suffering harm.

There are several dangers that have to be addressed in these plans. When any of these protocols is missing or if someone in the surgical suite neglects their duties, the patient might be injured.

Knowledge of pedestrian-vehicle accidents can keep you safe

It doesn't matter if you're walking, jogging or riding your bike, there is a chance you're doing so in close proximity to motor vehicles. As long as you understand the risks and the steps you can take to prevent an accident, each of these enjoyable -- as well as practical and environmentally-friendly -- pastimes can be enjoyed for the reasons you pursue them.

As you learn more about the common causes of pedestrian-vehicle accidents, you'll find it easier to adjust your approach to enhance your safety. Here are some of the most common factors contributing to driver negligence:

  • Distracted driving, such as when a driver is texting when navigating a crowded city street
  • Speeding
  • Failure to yield to pedestrians at crosswalks
  • Disobeying traffic signals, such as speeding through a red light or rolling through a stop sign
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs or prescription medication
  • Disregard for traffic conditions, such as during rush hour
  • Disregard for inclement weather

Many factors may lead to semitruck crashes

Semitruck crashes are devastating for the victims whose lives are suddenly upended due to serious injuries after the crash. When there is a wreck, the injured parties can explore their option of seeking compensation. As part of this, they will usually need to include what factors contributed to the incident.

It is easy to assume that trucker error always causes semitruck crashes. This isn't true, but those types of errors are factors in many of them. In some cases, there might be two or more contributing factors that cause the wreck.

Fake bike helmets can cause extreme injury or death

If you are really concerned about protecting your head while out biking, you may want to re-consider your thought process if you think that any helmet will do. While the fit and look of a helmet can be very important, it turns out that the durability of a helmet should also be considered. This is because the market has been infiltrated by counterfeit helmets that don’t meet safety standards and may not protect you from a catastrophic injury.

There are government regulations for bike helmets, but counterfeit helmets have been getting around those requirements by having logos that relate to meeting European standards. An indicator of a fake helmet will be missing a sticker that the helmet meets the standards of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Most counterfeit helmets seized by the government are from shipments coming in internationally.

Your right to punitive damages following a DUI crash injury

Driving home after a dinner, a driver veered into your lane and struck you and your family. After further investigation by police officers, they discover that the driver operated the vehicle while drunk. You and your family face serious injuries and significant car damage, and you feel that you have the right to obtain compensation from the driver’s insurance.

In Georgia, you may also hold the right to receive punitive, or vindictive, damages. Individuals and families receive these damages when the accused driver proves to have intentionally endangered your lives by driving while intoxicated. While receiving compensation for medical costs, rehabilitative care and expenses for a replacement vehicle, you may also receive extra benefits for the other driver’s decision to drive while drunk.

Preparing for your bike rides in the autumn

It is understandable why some bike riders are still active in the fall time. While summer may be the optimal season for some, the cooler weather in autumn might feel more refreshing and the leaves changing colors means there will be some gorgeous natural sites on the road.

However, the seasonal change also means there will be more obstacles that bicyclists need preparation for. Even if Georgia is not one of the coldest states in the nation, residents should still treat the changing temperature and environment very carefully.

Common children's sports injuries

Fall is right around the corner and that means back to school and the beginning of some of your kid's sports seasons. Playing sports is a great way for your kids to learn teamwork and other valuable skills. However, youth sports can be dangerous too. As with many physical activities, kids are at risk for injury when playing sports.

As a parent you want to keep your kids safe as much as possible. Here is what you need to know about common youth sports injuries and what you can do to keep your kids safe, healthy and happy.

After the crash: how to receive medical aid without insurance

An auto accident damages more than just the vehicles involved. A National Institute of Health study showed 70 percent of car crash victims who suffered soft-tissue injuries still had symptoms 15 years down the road. It is essential you receive the medical care needed to recover after an accident.

Unfortunately, many people in the U.S do not have health insurance. This prevents much-needed doctor' visits, medical treatments and therapy. If this is your situation, do not lose hope. Despite whether or not you can afford to pay up front, there is a chance you can be fully compensated.

Quick tips for staying safe in the pool this summer

Swimming is the perfect summer activity. As the temperatures rise, a dip in the pool lets you and the family enjoy being outside while still getting a break from the heat.

There's nothing like a relaxing day at the pool. But it's important to be safe around the pool as well. Here are some tips for staying safe around the pool this summer. 

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