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Truckers shouldn't ever drive when fatigued

Truckers who are fatigued pose a risk to anyone who is on the road with them. Unfortunately, some think that this feeling is just part of the job and don't realize the hazards that come along with it. This might cause some of them to continue to drive even though they can't do so safely.

Fatigue comes from several factors, but most of them are manageable if the trucker realizes that there is a problem. One of the more common reasons is that they drive for long hours. They might try to push how long they are behind the wheel of the truck, but they do have limits that are set by the Hours of Service (HOS) regulations. These place a cap on how many hours they can drive, and there are different regulations for specific circumstances.

One of the biggest drunk driving holidays is around the corner

If you've already been the victim of a drunk driver, you're likely more aware than ever of the fact that numerous people get behind the wheel while they're under the influence. You may try to avoid being on the road late at night, on weekend evenings or at other times when people are more likely to be drinking. But, you may not realize that Thanksgiving is one of those times.

In fact, the night before Thanksgiving is considered one of the heaviest drinking nights on the calendar. There's even a name for it -- "Blackout Wednesday." That's backed up by data, as bars report that their sales of drinks with hard liquor rise by 114% while beer sales increase a whopping 270%.

Medication errors are serious matters

Patients who get prescription drugs need to ensure that they are taking them correctly or they risk facing harm. But what happens if they don't get the correct drugs or receive an incorrect dosage? In this case, they might think that they are taking the medications correctly when they really aren't. This can lead to harm.

The issue with pharmacies giving the wrong medications is that the patient's needs might not be met. This could leave a condition untreated, and there is a chance that it might have a negative reaction with the condition or other medications that the patient is taking.

Uninsured drivers who cause crashes can leave you with the bill

Although liability is a complex concept, most Americans have a pretty good understanding of its basics. For example, the average adult knows that if someone causes a motor vehicle crash, do they assume liability for the costs associated with that collision. Typically, drivers carry insurance policies that protect them from the financial repercussions of a crash that is their fault.

Most people assume that because they carry insurance, they will have adequate protection in the event of a collision, especially one that is clearly the fault of the other driver. However, quite a few drivers on the Louisiana roads do not have any insurance coverage, which could leave you vulnerable to incurring expenses after a collision that was clearly caused by someone else.

Many medical errors occur outside of hospitals

These days, most Americans' health care is handled in "ambulatory care facilities" such as outpatient clinics and doctors' offices rather than in hospitals. We go to these facilities for regular check-ups, when we're sick or injured and even for minor surgical procedures. That means that many medical errors as well as other "safety events" occur in these facilities.

A recently published study by the watchdog group and patient safety organization (PSO) ECRI Institute looked at over 4,000 safety events in ambulatory care facilities to determine the biggest patient safety risks. The three most common safety events, in order, were:

Patients always deserve proper medical care

Medical malpractice cases can hinge on a variety of factors, like a patient receiving substandard care. In the medical community, the standard of care establishes the bare minimum that a patient should expect. Unfortunately, it isn't always easy to figure out exactly what that standard is because it changes according to the situation. There are several factors that come into the picture in these cases.

One of the primary factors is what information the doctor had. This includes test results, the patient's medical history and any symptoms or other information provided by the patient. The doctor has to put all of that together and try to determine what conditions are likely. This isn't always easy because different conditions can initially present the same, but they will have different treatments.

Which Louisiana roads have the most fatalities?

Like all states, Louisiana has its share of roads that see a large number of fatalities. But which ones are they, and what makes them so deadly?

Just this month, the consumer safety organization Safer America published its findings based on data from 2015 through 2017. During that period, our state had almost 2,100 fatal crashes, resulting in over 2,200 deaths. The study also looked at how many of those crashes involved a drunk driver.

Intermodal container securement guidelines help prevent accidents

Truckers have to ensure the cargo they carry is properly secured. Some loads might pose challenges, but it is imperative that nothing is allowed to slide, flip or move too much because unstable loads can lead to innocent people suffering injuries or death.

One of the more common types of cargo container that semitrucks carry is the intermodal. This container is simply placed on the trailer and then removing it at the destination. These must be secured to the trailer using specific methods to ensure that they won't topple or slide.

Victims can play a role in helping reduce drunk driving accidents

We hear about it all the time. A completely avoidable drunk driving accident has killed or severely injured yet another Louisiana victim. In the digital age, we all have fast access to accident reports and information about alcohol's effect on the body. So, why do people continue to drive while drunk?

As you may or may not know, alcohol use can change the human brain. It lowers a person's inhibitions, causing them to engage in risky or forbidden behaviors. It also affects how people make decisions. Needless to say, this means that most people are not capable of making wise decisions when they are intoxicated. Unfortunately, poor decision-making skills can and do lead to serious drunk driving accidents.

A traumatic experience can create a driving phobia

Do you feel too nervous to drive? Do you make excuses to avoid driving your car? Did you put off getting your license because you did not really want it?

There are people who suffer from a driving phobia. You may be among them. This happens for many reasons, but one of the most common is when there was some sort of traumatic experience involving driving or riding in a car earlier in your life.

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