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What common types of car accident injuries are you at risk for?

Living in Florida means there is no shortage of motorists on the streets, especially during the summer. More drivers also mean that there is a higher risk of car accidents. It may seem that the risk of injury is lower for minor fender benders. But there are many factors that determine whether or not a person sustains injuries in a motor vehicle accident. You cannot judge the scene of an accident or the amount of property damage to know what kind of car accident injuries a person may have. 

Learn about the common types of injuries that occur in car accidents so you know what kind of impact they can have on your life. 

One hidden danger of a rear-end collision

Rear-end collisions happen to many drivers every day. Sometimes, these wrecks are minor. For example, you could have been sitting at a red light when the car behind you edged into you. An inspection reveals no damage to your vehicle and perhaps not to the other car.

Other times, these collisions result in visible damage to at least one car. However, one hidden danger of a rear-end collision has to do with the fact that injuries such as whiplash can get much worse months after an accident.

Ways motorists can make the roads safer

Car accidents are becoming common scenes on the roads in Panama City. Whether alcohol or distractions are contributing factors, they are all preventable. You have a personal obligation to do your part to help keep the roads safe even though you are not a commercial driver. Every action you take to protect yourself can help to eliminate some of the driving dangers that you and other motorists face. Incorporate the following safety suggestions into your driving routine to reduce the number of collisions and fatalities that occur on the roads.

Put away distractions

Failure to diagnose and medical malpractice

When doctors make mistakes, the consequences can be devastating. People who suffer this type of harm look for ways to get redress. Litigants feel motivated by the fact that a medical error can vastly increase medical bills, cause pain, disability and loss of the ability to earn money. On an emotional level, many people feel strongly that fairness demands the punishment of a physician who causes this kind of suffering.

What can you do if you suspect elderly abuse or neglect?

You took your time and did everything right when you chose the assisted living home in Panama City your elderly loved one now lives in. However, you suspect they are being abused or mistreated in some way that has resulted in mild to severe injuries over the course of the last few months. Although you may not want to make any accusations without proof, here are some things you can do to if you if suspect nursing home negligence and abuse.

Causes of medication errors

A common problem in Panama City that is becoming more prevalent in the healthcare community is medication errors. More patients are receiving the wrong types and doses of medications for their conditions. This increases their risk of suffering complications from their ailments, developing new conditions and even dying significantly. According to ProPublica, injuries and complications that are related to medication errors are preventable in 59 percent of cases. People who rely on medication should make themselves aware of the common reasons that such errors occur so they can protect themselves.

Signs you may have a traumatic brain injury

If you or someone you love has been injured because of someone else's negligence, it's vital that proper medical care is given to determine if there are any long-lasting effects that may influence your future. Some injuries may not even show up right away, including traumatic brain injuries, which can be completely debilitating or life-threatening if not handled correctly. Per the National Institute of Health, some symptoms may show up immediately while others may not appear for several weeks after the accident. The following are signs to watch for if your or someone close to you has been in an accident that may have caused a TBI.

How to handle a road rage situation

Road rage is becoming a common occurrence on the roads today. It is a leading cause of injury and death for motorists. According to AAA NewsRoom, in the past year alone, road rage, aggression and significant anger were experienced by at least 80 percent of drivers. 91 million motorists who encounter road raging drivers show their annoyance by honking their horns. While it is completely normal for people to experience certain feelings periodically, they should not let them overtake their good judgment and impact their driving behavior. If you are concerned about your wellbeing and want to help make the roads safer for all, you should learn how to handle road rage situations and to avoid them if possible.

How does alcohol affect driving skills?

Many people in Florida are well aware of the consequences they face when they engage in drunk driving. However, many of them are not very knowledgeable about precisely how drinking affects their driving skills. According to the AARP, alcohol impairment begins as soon as a person's BAC reaches .01 percent. Taking the time to learn about how much alcohol can impact your driving behavior and safety can enable you to prevent accidents and injuries on the road.

Self-Driving Taxis Aren't Illegal...But Should They Be?

One day when you jump into a taxi, it will be missing one significant piece of equipment: a driver.

The ride-sharing service Uber has taken a significant stride in making this futuristic vision a reality by introducing self-driving taxis to American city streets. Although Uber says its cars will have two trained safety drivers who can take over in the event of an emergency, this new foray into driverless vehicles is not without controversy. Safety experts say that autonomous cars are not yet ready to deploy. They cite problems with the cars' navigational systems: they are confused by bridges and tunnels. They have difficulty in bad weather; downpours, snow, and puddles make it difficult for the cars to sense lines on the road. And they have problems discerning human gestures, such as those of a school crossing guard.

With over 37,000 dying on America's roads each year, many are concerned that autonomous cars will put people even more at risk. This isn't without basis: in May of this year, 40-year-old man was killed when his self-driving Tesla slammed into a tractor trailer in central Florida. Even proponents of Uber's new enterprise in the Steel City admit that the system is far from perfect, allowing that human error and still-nascent technology will likely lead to accidents.

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