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Tips to get out of a wrong-way driver's path

One of the deadliest types of accidents you could get into is a head-on collision. The force of the impact in these crashes easily results in serious if not fatal injuries to those involved. Anyone who walks away from this type of accident with little to no injuries might want to buy a lottery ticket.

With that said, few things scare drivers more here in Mississippi and elsewhere than seeing a vehicle heading right toward them in their path. It may actually take your brain a second or two to register what is happening, and it would be a good idea to already know what you can do to get out of that vehicle's way so that you don't lose precious time processing and panicking what you see before you.

What happens during a VPP evaluation?

Voluntary protection programs (VPP) are implemented by employers as a preemptive measure to prevent injuries at their place of work. A VPP evaluation conducted by an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) team must occur before a workplace is allowed to participate in a VPP. The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development explains what to expect during a VPP evaluation.

The first step is the initial meeting. The OSHA team will explain what’s expected from your workplace in terms of safety standards, as well as the standards used during the review. Along with management, any employees involved in workplace safety programs should also attend. You can also discuss the measures your workplace utilizes to ensure safety for staff.

What are some tips when driving on wet roads?

Now that fall is here, wet weather is right around the corner. As a result, many drivers must take extra care when driving on rain-slicked roads or they run the risk of being involved in a serious accident. While safe driving won't always prevent wrecks, it can greatly mitigate injuries and property damage that may occur. In this case, AAA offers the following wet-weather driving tips to ensure you and others remain safe. 

Reduce your speed

Are rear-end collisions always the other guy's fault?

You may be among others here in Mississippi who believe that the at-fault party in rear-end collisions is always the following vehicle. After all, that driver has the last opportunity to stop. If only that driver was paying attention, not speeding or otherwise failing to follow the rules of the road, the crash wouldn't have happened.

The driver of the following vehicle often ends up taking the blame for the accident, and in many cases, it is the correct assumption. In fact, following too closely is the most common reason for these crashes but not the only one. However, the fault, or at least part of it, could also fall to the lead driver. If you understand how many of these accidents occur, you could increase your safety on the road.

What is fibromyalgia?

Some disabling conditions are more complex than others. This is certainly the case with fibrolmyalgia, which is a condition that causes widespread body pain, along with other debilitating symptoms. The exact cause of this condition is still not widely understood and symptoms often mimic other disorders. This makes it difficult for people experiencing fibromyalgia to receive the proper treatment. 

In terms of causes, it's believed that a combination of factors come together to cause painful symptoms. There may be a genetic component since this disorder tends to run in families. People who've experienced physical or emotional injury and infections can also develop fibromyalgia. It's believed that the abnormal behavior of neurotransmitters responsible for sending pain signals is the cause of pain and discomfort that many people with this condition experience. 

Why do people drive distracted?

Most people agree that driving while distracted is a highly dangerous practice. However, many of the same people who make these statements continue to partake in dangerous driving behaviors, despite their acceptance that they can lead to devastating accidents. Travelers.com looks into the science behind this disparity to determine why so many motorists put their lives and lives of others at risk when behind the wheel. 

When polled, 26% of drivers in one survey admitted that they did engage in distracted driving behaviors when they deemed it safe to do so. There are a number of proposed reasons why drivers believe that they are capable of indulging in distractions without being faced with the same risk of crashes and injuries as other drivers. Recency bias is one principle that may impact driver behavior. This phenomenon refers to the notion that after numerous times succumbing to driving distractions, one may feel immune from being involved in an accident. 

You are a victim of medical malpractice -- but can you prove it?

When you go to the doctor, you expect to receive quality medical care and support from a trained medical professional. In fact, you probably assume that you will also get the right diagnosis and the proper treatment for your specific illness. Unfortunately, that may not happen. Many Mississippi patients are victims of medical malpractice each year.

If you believe that you are the victim of medical malpractice, you may also be wondering what you should do next. Do you have grounds for a valid claim? How can you protect your rights and hold liable parties accountable? In order to have a successful medical malpractice claim, you will have to produce clear evidence that wrongdoing took place. These are complex injury cases, and malpractice victims often find it beneficial to seek help as they move forward. 

Human error and the commonality of car accidents

The rate of car accidents in the United State remains high. This is despite the fact that vehicles are safer than ever and many states now have laws against distracted driving. While there have been many advances made in the name of reducing accidents and improving safety, human error remains the leading cause of auto collisions.

You may not realize how prevalent and pressing the issue of fatal car accidents is at the moment. Statistics indicate the number of Americans who have died in car crashes since the year 2000 is higher than the number of Americans who died in both World Wars combined. The numbers are grim, and the problem doesn't seem to be going away. So, what is really to blame for America's dangerous roads?

The top reasons for denial of worker’ compensation claims

Mississippi work injuries can occur in virtually any industry, from construction sites to office jobs. If your injuries prevent you from working, you may qualify for workers’ compensation. At Wood, Carlton & Hudson, P.C., we often assist clients in filing claims and fight for those with denied coverage.

PayScale reports that workers’ compensation can be complex. Even if you deserve compensation, you may receive notification of denial. There are several reasons this can happen.

Losing the ability to walk after a car accident

Motor vehicle collisions can be traumatic for a host of reasons. However, for some people the consequences of a crash can be especially disruptive in their lives. For example, those who lose the ability to walk as a result of a motor vehicle collision may experience a wide variety of hardships in their personal and professional lives. Hobbies that one has enjoyed for decades may need to be dropped due to immobility, and someone may no longer be able to continue working in a certain field. These are just some of the things to worry about when it comes to auto accident injuries.

When some people lose their ability to walk after a crash, a host of emotions may flood and overwhelm them. They may be angry about their circumstances, or they may develop depression. They may face significant and long-term financial pressure because they have to take a lower-paying job as a result of being immobilized or being unable to work altogether. Their circumstances may even bring about other hardships in their lives, such as their partner or spouse deciding to move on from the relationship.

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