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February 2017 Archives

The impact of speeding

Speeding motorists are a common problem on the streets of Raleigh. Although the effects of driving faster than the posted limit are well-known, many drivers choose to do it anyway. In 2015, 9,557 people died from car accidents caused by speeding motorists, states the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Highway Loss Data Institute. The blatant disregard for traffic signs, rules, road conditions and other motorists make the roads more dangerous for everyone.

Truckers with health issues more likely to cause crashes

North Carolina motorists may be interested to learn that, according to a study, commercial truck drivers who have certain health issues are more likely to be a risk to others on the road with them. Ultimately, the study showed that there was an association between decreasing health and increased crash risk.

5 noticeable signs that a driver is drunk

It is well-known fact that drinking alcohol and driving do not mix. The majority of alcohol-related crashes across the nation are caused by binge drinkers. Even people in Raleigh who socially drink are at risk of drunk driving if they do not allow enough time to pass before they get behind the wheel. Drunk driving accidents are usually avoidable. You should learn how to recognize the signs of intoxicated driving so you can take measures to keep you and your passengers safe.

Millenials and risky driving behaviors

An AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety survey has found that 88 percent of drivers who are aged 19 to 24 years admitted to exhibiting dangerous driving behaviors during the previous month. North Carolina drivers who are concerned about road safety should know that the risky behavior included running red lights, speeding and texting while driving.

Scissor lift safety in the workplace

Scissor lifts can be deadly for workers in North Carolina and across the United States, according to a hazard alert issued by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. However, the agency says employers can keep their workers safe by implementing effective controls, such as fall protection and proper training.

Dog bites and insurance claims

Millions of Americans own dogs, and many of those dogs go their entire lives without biting someone. Regrettably, this is not always the case. The Insurance Information Institute reports that about 4.5 Americans suffer dog bites every year, and that about half of those injured are children. If you are bitten by a dog, or if your dog bites someone else, it is important that you understand who may be held accountable for damages.

Highway safety group ranks states by their traffic laws

In the United States, traffic fatalities are on the rise. The group Advocates for Highway Safety has released a report on traffic safety that includes rankings of individual states based on their traffic laws. North Carolina ranked yellow in the color-coded ranking system, meaning it needs improvement in safe traffic laws. Only five states and D.C. ranked in the green, or very, safe range while 17 states received danger-zone ratings of red.

Steps to take after a slip and fall accident

No matter how many safety policies a business has, slip and fall accidents are still one of the leading causes of injuries in the United States. According to the National Floor Safety Institute, falls account for over eight million emergency room visits each year, or about 21.3 percent of all visits. Although most slip and fall accidents do not account for fatal injuries, these accidents are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries. Whether you are injured on the job or when you are a customer, you should know what to do following a slip and fall accident:

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