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What to do about a dangerous truck driver

The more time you spend on the highway, the more likely it is that you'll come across a dangerous truck driver. While most truckers understand the importance of following the rules of the road, some are overly aggressive and downright dangerous at times.

Here's what you can do to protect yourself:

  • Remain alert: Keep a close eye on all commercial trucks in close proximity to your vehicle, looking for anything suspicious. For example, if a truck is swerving all over the road, it may mean the driver is drowsy, under the influence or distracted.
  • Keep your distance: For example, don't drive next to a truck for a long period of time. Either lag back or go up the road ahead. The more space you have, the more time there is to react in an emergency.
  • Call 911: Depending on what you're seeing, this may be something you want to do. Maybe a trucker is visibly angry and taking it out on other drivers. Call 911, explain what you're seeing and let the police decide what to do next. And remember, there's never a good time to take matters into your own hands.

How to protect yourself on a long road trip

The more time you spend on the road, the more likely it is that you'll run into trouble. So, as you plan a long road trip, it's critical that you have a clear understanding of the steps you can take to protect yourself.

Here are three things you can do:

  • Prepare your vehicle: Don't assume that your vehicle is in good enough condition to safely transport you to and from your destination. Hire a mechanic to take a closer look and conduct any necessary preventative maintenance.
  • Get plenty of sleep: If you don't bank enough sleep before you leave, you could find yourself drowsy as you close in on your destination. Should your eyelids begin to droop, move to safety and get rest before taking to the road once again.
  • Watch for reckless drivers: You're likely to come across many reckless drivers on a long road trip. This takes on many forms, ranging from illegal passing to excessive speeding to the failure to use turn signals when changing lanes. You want to keep as much space between yourself and these drivers as possible. This buffer can be the difference between an accident and maintaining your safety.

What happens when someone drives drunk?

Even though there are strict laws in place against driving under the influence of alcohol, many people continue to take a risk. Not only does this put them in jeopardy, but it does the same to every other person on the road.

Here are some of the many ways that alcohol can affect a person who is operating a motor vehicle:

  • Poor judgement: Without the ability to make sound decisionsor to react timely to an emergency situation, a person is more likely to cause an accident.
  • Drowsiness: Alcohol can result in drowsiness impairing reflexes or actually causing a person to fall asleep at the wheel.
  • Aggression: Some people become extremely aggressive when under the influence, and this affects the way they operate a motor vehicle. They'll yell at other drivers, violate the law and make poordecisions.

False-positive breast cancer tests come with consequences

Technology has given us the means to detect life-threatening conditions early enough for successful treatment in many cases. More and more Georgia residents take advantage of technologies like mammography to ensure that their breasts are cancer-free. While the benefits of mammography are undeniable, these procedures are not 100% accurate 100% of the time.

Sometimes, mammograms return false-negative results, which means not getting treatment early enough to rid the body of cancer. False-negative tests are tragic and can lead to death. However, false-positive test results also come with negative consequences. In either situation, victims have legal options such as medical malpractice claims when a breast cancer misdiagnosis occurs.

Cerebral palsy can be caused by medical errors

As an expectant mother, you worried about your child. You wanted them to grow to be healthy and to be born as easily as possible. It was your goal to make sure they were protected, so you attended regular appointments and made sure you and your child were healthy.

Unfortunately, you struggled to give birth. You were in labor for 10 hours before a nurse finally told you you were dilated enough to deliver. They failed to mention that your doctor wasn't at the hospital yet. This entire time, you were just being monitored.

How to drive in wet weather around commercial trucks

It's difficult enough to drive in close proximity to commercial trucks when conditions are perfect. But throw wet weather into the mix, such as a rainstorm, and you're even more concerned about your ability to stay safe.

Fortunately, there are tips you can follow to enhance your safety when driving in wet weather around commercial trucks. Here's what you should do:

  • Slow down: You want to leave yourself as much time to react as possible. As conditions worsen, lower your speed. And if you're not comfortable driving, pull to safety until conditions improve.
  • Leave a greater following distance: In addition to poor visibility, compromised traction is one of the biggest concerns of driving in wet weather. Since you may not be able to stop your vehicle as quickly as you would like, leave a greater following distance.
  • Beware of strong winds: Strong winds often accompany wet weather, which can make conditions even more treacherous. Commercial trucks are high profile vehicles, making them susceptible to tipping in strong winds. Since these vehicles are at risk of tipping, you don't want to drive too close to them.

What to do if you suspect medical malpractice

If you suspect medical malpractice, there's a good chance that your health and well-being are at risk. For this reason, you need to effectively balance the care you receive and the steps you take to protect your legal rights.

Here are some steps you should take if you suspect medical malpractice:

  • Obtain evidence: Collect evidence related to your claim, such as notes of conversations you had with your doctor and medical records. It's best to collect everything up front, as you'll need it at some point in the future.
  • Under most situations find another provider: Don't continue to see the same doctor. Find another provider, discuss your concerns and ask them for a second opinion. Not only does this allow you to obtain care, but it can help you better understand if you should proceed with a medical malpractice claim.
  • Focus on your health: While you're taking steps to hold the negligent provider responsible for their actions, you should focus on your health and what you can do to make a full recovery. Follow the direction of your medical team, down to every last detail.
  • Continue to take notes: As the days go by, you'll find yourself uncovering new information pertaining to your potential medical malpractice case. Keep a journal and continue to obtain evidence related to the incident. If you don't do this right away, it's possible you could forget something that could help you win your case.

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