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Study: Accidents increase after a storm

When a winter snowstorm hits, you expect the roads to get more dangerous. You expect accidents and fatalities to increase. After all, driving in snow, ice and slush simply makes the roads more hazardous and reduces control.

Storms can be dangerous, and weather patterns do cause car accidents. That much is clear. What may surprise you, though, is the way that the trends go the day after a storm. Researchers have found out that there is a "significant uptick" in fatal incidents and accidents overall on the day after a severe winter storm.

Do you refuse to put your bike in hibernation this winter?

Some motorcycle riders in Nebraska believe that riding in winter is not an option, and they cover their bikes with tarps and put them in hibernation until the first signs of spring. However, you might have different ideas because, with the proper kit and some common sense, you can make slight changes to your riding style and ride safely when the weather is not at its worst. Riding demands special skills and caution throughout the year; however, it can be particularly treacherous in the winter.

You might be wise to stay inside if snowfall is expected regardless of how tempting it might be to venture out. Conditions will challenge even the most skilled rider's experience and response time. However, you can take precautions that might limit your chances of landing in the hospital -- or worse.

If you spot a drunk driver, what do you do?

Imagine that the car ahead of you can't seem to stay in the right lane. It weaves over the center line, nearly drives off of the shoulder, and keeps drastically changing speeds. When you get to a stoplight, the driver stops well before it, then does not start driving right away when it turns green.

It doesn't take you long to realize that the driver is intoxicated. You know how common drunk drivers are, and you know you've spotted one. Now what should you do?

Work-Related Injuries for Truck Drivers

pallet-loading-container.jpgOpening and closing trailer doors are two of the leading causes of work-related injuries for truck drivers. Recognize the HazardsEnvironment: High winds can catch a swinging trailer door while you are holding it and cause back or shoulder strains. The door could also hit you with great force.

5 factors that increase workplace fall risks

Falls are one of the main ways that American workers suffer injuries every year. While some occupations clearly come with greater risks -- construction or painting, for instance -- people can slip and fall in any industry.

Companies and workers need to attempt to lower these risks, but the unfortunate reality is that workplace hazards often increase the odds of a serious incident. Here are five of the main factors considered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  1. Workers who do not use their fall protection equipment properly. For instance, a worker may never get the proper training and therefore may not know how to hook up the harness safely.
  2. Unprotected edges. This is a common issue at construction sites, where upper levels may not have adequate protection.
  3. Clutter. In any workplace, dirty or cluttered spaces can be dangerous. Slippery walking surfaces are also a major issue.
  4. Ladders that are not positioned properly. They may be too close to a wall or too far away; both are dangerous. Again, it could come back to a lack of proper training.
  5. Openings in walls and floors. These openings are sometimes necessary, such as in a mechanic's shop, but they have to be correctly marked to keep workers safe.

7 Tips to Trucking Safely Through Road Construction

construction-zones_400x250.jpgAbout every three days a fatal work zone crash involving a large truck occurs in the U.S. That totals 133 truck-involved fatal work zone crashes each year, according to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Highway work zones are dangerous for all highway travelers but are particularly difficult for trucks, with narrowed, shifting lanes, reduced speeds and last-second merging by other vehicles, challenging even the best and most experienced truck driver.

What causes a dog to bite?

Dog bites typically are not random events. They may feel unexpected to people, who often have no idea what they could have done to avoid the incident. The reality, though, is that dogs usually bite because of triggering events, which can be avoided.

One of the main reasons that they bite is when they feel like they have to protect something. Examples include:

  • Their home
  • Their food
  • A puppy
  • A water dish
  • A favorite toy
  • The owner
  • A child that is in their "pack"
  • A resting place

Tips for safe night driving

Driving at night really does put you in more danger. You don't see hazards as clearly. You may be around more drunk drivers and drowsy drivers. Your reaction times suffer. Young drivers, in particular, tend to simply feel more nervous and uncomfortable because they are not used to driving in the dark, and it can lead to car accidents.

To stay safe, make use of these tips every time you take the road at night:

  • Clean your headlights frequently. Getting a car wash can actually keep you safe.
  • Adjust your headlights, so they are correctly positioned for maximum visibility.
  • Do not look directly at the cars coming toward you, or their headlights can ruin your night vision.
  • Turn down your dash lights; they can also ruin your night vision and make it harder to see outside of the car.
  • Clean off both the inside and the outside of your window. The inside often gets streaks that you can't see during the day, but they show up when they catch the light at night.
  • Buy anti-reflective glasses. These cut down on glare.
  • Driver slower to give yourself more time to stop in an emergency. You never want to go so fast that you overrun your headlights, or you won't be able to stop even when you do see hazards.
  • Stay alert. Remember that you have limited visibility. Double-check for potential issues and obstructions in the road.
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