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Could your medications cause a traffic collision?

In 2017, drowsy driving contributed to over 91,000 collisions, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). These crashes caused injuries to about 50,000 people and caused almost 800 deaths. Being tired can cause an accident when a driver falls asleep at the wheel, but even if the driver does not fall asleep, being tired can cause impairments that can lead to a collision.

When a drowsy driving collision occurs, some people may assume that the driver stayed up too late the night before or has an untreated sleep disorder, like sleep apnea. However, there can be other causes for a driver’s drowsiness.

Perdue recalls several tons of chicken over found bone pieces

Have you checked what’s in your freezer? If you’re thinking of pulling out some chicken for dinner tonight, you may want to double check the packaging. Chicken producer Perdue has recalled over 30,000 pounds of chicken sold nationwide over the possibility of containing bone pieces.

The recall covers many organic chicken products produced last March with an expiration date of May 20. Perdue specifically recalled the Simply Smart and Chef Quik branded chicken nuggets, tenders and patties. These brands are the specialty gluten free and organic brands for Perdue.

What do you do if an insurance company low-balls you?

Any kind of personal injury can impact you in a variety of ways. You may have a new disability to live with, or you might have chronic pain from the injuries you're recovering from. No matter what the situation is, it's your right to make sure the other party covers your losses.

If you have to take time off work, have medical bills or other expenses, then the person at fault for your car crash should be held liable. Your attorney will make sure that any settlement offer is fair and can advise you on what to do if you don't agree with the offer.

What are some common danger spots for bikers?

In California, many bikers can ride year-long. This provides valuable road experience and allows bikers to get a better feel for which issues are most common.

However, when someone’s just starting out (or are a seasonal rider) it’s important to understand what circumstances feature the most danger for bikers:

Follow these 3 tips for safer cycling

Cyclists face serious harm on the roads, even in places like Pasadena, where it's common to see them. A cyclist may be riding in a bike lane and suddenly end up in an accident with a vehicle that pushes too far over, or they could be hit when a vehicle turns right, and the driver doesn't look to see if anyone is in the lane next to them.

As a cyclist, there are some things you can do to protect yourself against injuries. Here are three things that can help prevent serious wounds and crashes.

What happens if my car accident was partially my fault?

Right after a car crash, it may be challenging to figure out who caused it. You have to concentrate on getting to safety, trading information with the other driver and talking to the police. On top of all this, you may have an injury that needs urgent attention.

You might not have time to think about who is at fault or what the consequences of that may be. You should know what your options are if both you and the other driver played a part in the accident.

Brain injuries in older adults may lead to other conditions

Discussion of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) tends to center on certain groups of people. For example, the risks that football players face have been a serious topic for years now. But the discussion of TBIs doesn’t focus as much on one specific group—senior citizens.

Elderly people are known to be more likely to break bones and suffer serious falls. But they also have a higher chance of experiencing other serious brain issues due to TBIs.

Could your used car be under recall without you knowing?

Most people drive a used car at some point in their lives. It could be that you got a cheap clunker for your first car as a teenager. Maybe you like to tinker with a fixer-upper. Or perhaps you simply wanted to save a little bit of money on your vehicle.

Whatever the reason, your car has a history to it. How can you be sure that it is safe to drive when you don’t know everything about it?

Public safety sacrificed for larger profit turnarounds

The trucking industry is a massive network of crisscross transportation demands that span the continental United States every day. The truckers who drive across the country are often faced with harsh scheduling requirements and poor working conditions. Unfortunately, many trucking accidents cause serious injury and death. The result is often due to truckers trying their best to serve the constant whip of demands coming from their employers.

Anyone who has lost a child or loved one due to a preventable traffic collision knows the pain when public safety is sacrificed for larger profit turnarounds. Trucking transportation is a big business. Too often, the greed of incentives, trickling down from company agreements to the ground-transport workers gets in the way of following the law and remaining safe on the road.

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in California

Accidents can happen to anyone, anywhere. That's why officers in California have become focused on helping one group of people: motorcyclists in California.

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. The police take motorcycle safety seriously, and the authorities are taking the time to remind people that motorcyclists have a right to be on the road. Drivers are being reminded to watch out for others and to share the road.

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