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Driving in the snow: Sasier said than done

You should never assume that driving in the snow is the same as driving in dry conditions. If you take an identical approach, you're increasing the chance of being part of an accident.

The winter months will bring many changes to your life. One of the most important is an adjustment to how you drive. Here are some top tips for driving safely when the snow begins to fall:

  • Be slow with everything you do. For example, you don't want to accelerate too quickly, as this can lead you to spin your wheels and lose traction. The same holds true when you need to bring your vehicle to a stop.
  • Take your time. When the conditions are poor, you can't afford to be in a hurry. The faster you drive the greater chance there is of an accident. It's best to leave yourself extra time to reach your destination.
  • Don't stop when driving up a hill. This is a mistake you should try to avoid, if at all possible. If you stop when going up a slope, it may be impossible to start back up.
  • Stay at home if you don't like what you see. If the conditions are too bad, the best thing you can do is stay at home until the roads clear. This may lead you to change your plans, but it's better to be safe than sorry.

Sharing the road with commercial trucks

Large commercial trucks are so prevalent on our roads and highways, that many consumer drivers do realize how dangerous these huge road beast actually are. While all car accidents hold the potential for serious damage and physical harm, these risks multiply many times over when an accident involves a commercial truck.

For many drivers, the problem is that they simply do not understand the limitations of commercial trucks when navigating the road. These vehicles cannot maneuver with the ease and precision that even a large consumer vehicle enjoys, but many consumer drivers treat them as if they can stop, turn, or react to changes in traffic as easily as an SUV.

3 tips for handling the insurance company after a wreck

Dealing with a car insurance company after an accident, whether it is yours or the other driver's, usually takes some delicacy. One wrong move and you can create some serious difficulties in the claim process. For example, if you say you have whiplash, the insurance company is going to start looking at your role in the accident with a more critical eye and suspect you of exaggerating your injuries.

Before you have to call a car insurance company to report an accident, take the time to brush up on the dos and don'ts. The tips below can help you avoid some common mistakes when you talk to the insurance company.

If you ride a motorcycle, watch out for these hazards

Riding a motorcycle in Waterloo, or anywhere for that matter, is dangerous. But, the thrill and the freedom is part of the reason most people choose to ride a bike in the first place. Of course, it also doesn't hurt that riding a motorcycle is generally less expensive than driving a car. Unfortunately, it's usually the people driving cars that pose the greatest threat to those who prefer two wheels instead of four.

In addition to cars, there are several other hazards that often play a significant role in motorcycle accidents. It is useful to find out about the common dangers that usually cause motorcycle crashes.

Common surgical mistakes that still happen to patients

Finding out that you require a surgery for your best health or potentially for your survival is often nerve-wracking. There are so many issues that can arise in a surgery. Some people have allergies or terrible reactions to sedation, including general anesthesia. In some cases, these reactions can even prove fatal. There can be complications during the surgery, such as nicked veins or arteries. After the surgery, some people experience life-threatening bleeding infections.

All of these situations can happen even with the best trained medical staff carefully adhering to medical best practices. When a surgeon or surgical aid staff member makes a mistake, potential for even more significant issues arise. While most surgeries are completed without major issues, mistakes can and do happen. Certain kinds of surgical mistakes are more common than others.

3 of the biggest risk factors for a major crash

Most people who regularly drive on public roads in Iowa already take steps to reduce the risk of a motor vehicle collision. Even a minor crash which results in nothing but property damage can be expensive and time consuming. All too often, however, people end up injured or even dead as the result of a crash.

In order to avoid becoming part of a major collision, you can follow certain steps to reduce your risk. One of the simplest ways to reduce the potential for an accident is to understand what factors most contribute to your likelihood of having one.

3 tips to follow after getting into a car wreck

When the other vehicle hit you, your first thoughts were about missing work, not being home in time for dinner and the frustration of what you were going through. You just want to go home and get on with your day. You have minor-to-moderate injuries, your vehicle is totaled and all you want to do is to avoid the hassle. You're not alone. Lots of people feel that way.

After an accident, your focus has to be on your health. Although you may struggle to get back to work or have concerns about the state of your vehicle or property, those issues can wait. The most vital thing to remember after a crash is that your safety and health comes first. Here are three tips to follow after you suffer an injury.

4 tips for motorcycle riding in the rain

With the seasons changing, you might find yourself starting a weekend ride off in stellar conditions, but end up with rain, wind and possibly even icy roads. Less than optimal weather conditions do not have to keep you off your motorcycle, but it is important to take extra precautions when riding in wet weather.

Riding in rain takes a whole separate set of skills than those you use on dry roads. By preparing yourself and your bike for rainy weather, you can reduce your risk of a motorcycle accident. For some tips to handle riding in the rain, read below.

Car accidents: The 4 most frequent injuries

In most car accident scenarios, no one gets hurt. The drivers and passengers had their seatbelts on, the airbags successfully deployed and -- although they are a little rattled -- everyone involved walks away from the crash unharmed.

However, many crashes are so serious that people get hurt or killed. The injuries -- whether fatal or not -- usually involve the same issues.

6 most common birth injuries

Sometimes, during the birth process, a baby can suffer an injury or trauma. In some cases, the harm is unavoidable but, in others, the injuries are due to doctor negligence. In addition, birth injuries can range from mild to severe and have life-long consequences. Birth trauma can happen when the birth process is difficult, the child is above average in size, or the baby is in a less than optimal position.

Some of the conditions that can lead to a birth injury include premature birth, the mother's pelvis is too small for a natural birth, prolonged labor and a breech birth. To learn more about the most common birth injuries, read further.

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