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Police chase ends in the tragic death of a 54-year-old man

When a driver is acting erratically, it's normal for the police to go out of their way to try to pull that person over. If the individual won't pull over, the police sometimes use special tactics to make the vehicle come to a stop.

If they're unable to get the driver to stop and they are approaching a town or intersections, it's normal for the officers to stop the pursuit. Doing so helps prevent further collisions or more erratic behaviors from the driver.

Merritt Parkway not suitable for large trucks due to low bridges

When low overpasses run across highways, there's no way that large vehicles can fit under them. Trying to do so puts others in danger, since the vehicle could end up colliding with the bridges and walkways. Slamming on the brakes to prevent a crash could actually cause one, too.

A fatal accident in Greenwich shows that trucks shouldn't go on the Merritt Parkway. According to the story, there are signs that prohibit commercial vehicles from entering the highway, but that doesn't stop all drivers from entering. On Merritt Parkway, there are low-hanging overpasses, and that's a problem because of the height of semi-trailers.

Thanksgiving: A dangerous weekend for drivers

The United States death rate spikes on Thanksgiving, which should concern you if you plan to travel this holiday season as well. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, at least 40 percent of passengers killed in traffic accidents on Thanksgiving were involved in crashes that were caused by or that involved drunk drivers. Over half of the people killed weren't wearing their seat belts.

Thanksgiving is one of the most dangerous times of the year to drive because of the heavy use of alcohol during the holiday and following weekend. What can you do to make sure you and your family stay safe? Practice safe drinking techniques.

Informed consent keeps you safe and is a necessary document

Informed consent, in a medical setting, means that a patient or his or her representative has been given all the information necessary regarding a medical procedure or treatment. He or she must understand the potential risks and complications. Typically, an informed consent is a piece of paperwork that you must sign before an operation or treatment plan can begin.

Informed consent is also necessary in situations where a person is part of a research study. For instance, if you are a patient participating in a new research study on a trial medication, you should receive an informed consent document detailing the risks of the medication. You must grant the researcher and medical provider access to your documents and sign off on the use of the medication.

You can hold those responsible liable for fatal burn injuries

There are an estimated 180,000 people who suffer from fatal burns every year around the world. While many cases take place beyond U.S. borders, there are still many people who suffer within the country. Even nonfatal burns lead to problems that affect individuals, like prolonged hospitalization, disability, disfigurement and social rejection.

The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that the United States saw over 410,000 burn injuries in 2008. The National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey from 2011 estimated that 486,000 people suffered burns requiring medical treatment. This doesn't take into consideration burns treated at hospital clinics, private medical offices or community health centers; in most of those cases, the burns are minor.

What should you do after a rear-end collision?

A rear-end accident may seem like it comes out of nowhere. Unlike a head-on collision, you usually don't see a rear-end collision coming, so you have no time to prepare yourself for the imminent danger. As a result, you may suffer injuries like whiplash or others due to the impact that you weren't prepared for.

After a rear-end accident, you should report the accident to the police. Call 911 as soon as you can, so you can have the emergency team come to the scene. Even if you don't think you're hurt, you'll want the police and emergency medical technicians there to help with the crash. Others could be hurt or you could find you need medical help as your adrenaline begins to wear off.

Drowsy driving puts everyone at risk of injury

At all times, it's necessary for truck drivers to be awake, aware and focused. They need to be certain they're staying in their lanes, prepared to slow or stop for slowing traffic and in control of their vehicles. Drivers who are drowsy can't make the same quick decisions as those who get enough sleep.

Drowsy driving puts everyone on the roads in danger. Drivers are at risk of causing an accident, while those around the truck are at risk of being hit.

Hold negligent parties accountable for pediatric injuries

It would be a difficult task to find a child who had never suffered an injury. There is a difference, though, between an injury suffered due to clumsiness or true accidents and an injury suffered because of negligence. For example, it's fairly normal for children to get hurt playing sports. A child might get hit with a baseball when he or she isn't paying attention, for instance. What wouldn't be normal is if the coach intentionally hit the ball as hard as he could toward the child or if the bat broke and shattered because it had been taped back together.

Pediatric injuries affecting children between 5 and 19 are most likely to be caused by motor vehicle accidents, which are preventable in most cases. In those situations, parents have a right to pursue compensation for their children.

What should you do if you're in a crash with a truck?

Trucks are incredibly large, heavy vehicles, and if they're involved in crashes, they can cause serious injuries and deaths. The destruction that can be caused by vehicles this size is scary, which is why drivers have to be properly trained to be behind the wheel.

Federal and state laws both regulate the trucking industry. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has its own regulations as does the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). On top of that, each state has its own rules for intrastate travel.

How can truck drivers be safer on the roads?

When a truck driver is safe, he or she protects many people on the roads from danger. When he or she isn't, the negligent acts performed during driving can result in crashes. What should drivers be doing to keep people safe? There are actually a number of suggestions drivers can follow.

For example, if you've ever been at an intersection and had a close-call with a truck, you know that drivers have to make turns that are difficult. Drivers can help avoid a collision by giving you time to back up if you're in the truck's path and by slowing down. Making eye contact can also guarantee that motorists are aware that the truck is switching lanes or moving in another way.

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