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Driving in flood waters

If you live in certain areas of Texas, you may be at greater risk from floods. Whether caused by a huge coastal storm or a rain storm that lasts a long time, flooding presents danger to anyone in its path, and it is important to understand how to stay safe. As a driver, you may think you can drive on roads that have flooded over, but this is not a good idea. The best thing to do is turn around, but if you have to drive through make sure you practice extreme caution.

According to Georgia's Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner, flooding is a significant cause of death every year, and around half of these fatalities occur in vehicles during flash floods. Moving water is extremely powerful, and it does not take very much of it to cause serious issues. In fact, only two feet of water can carry even big vehicles away. Because of this, it is never a good idea to try and drive through water as it is difficult to see how deep it is and what the condition of the road underneath is.

How do truckers prevent fatigue?

When driving in Texas, it is not uncommon to find yourself sharing the road with an 18-wheeler or some other large truck. These vehicles are needed as they transport and deliver many essential items from gasoline to groceries and more. However, an accident involving one of these vehicles can be extremely dangerous. This is why truckers need to be very careful to operate vehicles safely and avoid becoming tired when on the job.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's Hours of Service rule provides oversight and guidance on how many hours a day a trucker can drive or work. While a truck driver is allowed to work 14 hours in one day, they are only allowed to drive a maximum of 10 hours in one day. Those 10 hours are not allowed to be consecutive as a rest period of at least 30 minutes is required after eight hours of work.

What you need to know about uninsured motorist coverage

When it comes to car insurance, deciding the exact type of coverage you need can be quite difficult. Although your insurance agent may advise and inform you about your options, the truth is that your agent has the company's best interests at heart.

It is your responsibility to take out the insurance coverage that best protects you in the most common circumstances you are likely to face on the roads. The reality is that many of today's motorists drive uninsured , and if you have a crash with them and they were at fault, you may end up without compensation. One way to protect yourself from this eventuality is to include uninsured motorist coverage when you buy car insurance.

Pedestrian accidents during Halloween

People are struck by vehicles while walking throughout the year, but some occasions are especially likely to result in pedestrian accidents. For example, Halloween is a particularly dangerous time for those who go from door to door while wearing costumes and ask for candy. A driver may collide with a pedestrian at a relatively low speed, which can still be dangerous, or they may even run into a trick-or-treater at a high speed, claiming their life or causing them to become seriously harmed.

It is important for parents to remind their kids of the dangers they may face while trick-or-treating and to be cautious while on or near the road. Unfortunately, some reckless drivers pose a risk to pedestrians regardless of the precautionary measures that pedestrians take. For example, someone who drinks too much at a Halloween party and decides to get in their car may veer off of the road or drive far too fast through a residential neighborhood with many children walking around.

Depression, anger and other emotions after a car crash

The physical toll of a motor vehicle collision can be overwhelming. Some people pass away after being struck by a negligent driver, while others suffer massive injuries that alter the rest of their lives. However, there are many other hardships that auto accident victims may have to work through. For example, some people face a number of difficulties from an emotional point of view after they are involved in a motor vehicle wreck. Stress, anger and depression are some of the emotional challenges that may arise under these circumstances and it is important to address these emotions properly.

Victims of a car wreck may become very depressed for many reasons. They may be sad that injuries have interrupted their lives and derailed plans they had, such as participating in a physical event or activity. Moreover, some people become angry at a driver whose reckless behavior caused all of these hardships, while others also struggle with high levels of anxiety. A car accident victim may be worried about how the accident will affect their career, how they will pay medical bills and other expenses and many other areas of uncertainty.

How do medication errors occur?

While medications are intended to heal, in some cases they actually cause harm. According to the Mayo Clinic, on a yearly basis preventable medication errors affect hundreds of thousands of people, with sometimes serious consequences. The following information sheds light on what medication errors entail and what steps you can take to potentially avoid them.

Medication errors can occur when drugs are being dispensed, prescribed, or taken. If a medication error occurs but causes no harm it’s called a potential adverse drug event, while those that do cause harm are called a preventable adverse drug event. Errors can involve incorrect dosages or even taking the wrong medication altogether. Even if the dose and type are correct, there might be an adverse drug interaction.

How can pedestrian accidents in rural areas be avoided?

When people think of a pedestrian accident, they may envision an urban environment, where someone is struck by a car and traffic is hectic. However, these accidents also take place in rural areas and there are a number of ways that communities can work to reduce these accidents. Moreover, pedestrians should be aware of various ways they can stay safe while walking. From reflective clothing to staying off of the road while under the influence of alcohol and being aware of nearby traffic, there are a number of safety tips that pedestrians should keep in mind.

According to the Federal Highway Administration, there are a number of ways in which pedestrian accidents can be reduced in rural communities. For example, the FHWA offers some recommendations which could be beneficial for certain rural communities, such as increasing lighting on dark roads, improving signage, paving road shoulders, adding sidewalks and educating pedestrians as well as drivers. Pedestrians should also avoid darting across the road and understand the risks associated with failure to yield.

What you should know about gap coverage

Car insurance can seem like a simple issue until you get into a crash and actually have to deal with trying to get a fair settlement. One issue many people have questions about is gap coverage.

Generally speaking, when you sustain a car accident and suffer a total loss to your car, if the other driver was at fault, his or her insurance should pay for your loss. Assuming everything else goes smoothly, the insurer will pay for the total value of the car.

Driving in a new city can be dangerous

We have covered so many of the risk factors that often cause motor vehicle crashes, and drivers should definitely keep these concerns in mind while they are on the road. However, there are many other hazards that can increase the probability of a crash, and some may not be so obvious. For example, someone who finds themselves in a new city for the first time may be more likely to collide with another vehicle. Not only do some drivers have a harder time in new cities because they are not familiar with the roads and have to constantly look for directions, but they may also be tired and very stressed out.

Some people drive through new cities on their way to another destination, while others get behind the wheel in a new city for the first time while they are visiting. Moreover, some people find themselves in this position after moving to somewhere new. Regardless, it can be dangerous when a driver does not have a lot of familiarity with local roadways. For example, they may be less aware of potentially hazardous parts of the road and they could be distracted by something that would not have drawn the attention of someone who has driven down the road many times.

When a tire blows out on the road

Roads across the country can be hazardous for different reasons. Sometimes, poor weather and chaotic streets due to large events can make driving more dangerous. There are times when an increased accident risk is somewhat predictable, such as expecting an increase in the number of drunk drivers during a holiday weekend. However, some accidents are completely unpredictable, such as those caused by a driver whose tire blew out on the road.

It is essential for you to maintain your vehicle properly and make sure that any areas of concern are addressed before taking to the road. Sadly, some people do not, whether they are experiencing financial problems and cannot afford to fix their vehicle or because they procrastinate and have a tendency to push these types of things off. Sadly, when their poorly-maintained vehicles fail while they are behind the wheel, they pose a serious risk to others around them.

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