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Understanding blind spots surrounding big rigs

When you drive, you probably recognize that there are numerous blind spots that you have to check to avoid crashing into another person. Blind spots exist for most vehicles, even those with relatively good mirror set ups and window alignments.

In larger vehicles, blind spots tend to become more significant. This is partially because mirrors can only see so far along the side of a vehicle. In the case of a big rig, the driver may not be able to see along the side of the vehicle or behind the vehicle.

3 steps to take at the scene of a fatal crash

Following a major car crash, there is always the potential for seriously injured individuals to require emergency care. In some instances, care can't arrive fast enough, and these people may pass away at the scene. When medical care isn't a viable option, other victims of the crash and witnesses need to know what to do.

The reality is that the steps you need to take are similar to those you'd take with any kind of car crash. Here are the main three things you need to do right away.

Crashes and cuts: How lacerations can be life-threatening

Deep cuts and wounds, also known as lacerations, can be just as devastating as head injuries or spinal cord impacts. It's possible for victims to suffer lacerations from objects slicing across or through the body.

Some common causes of lacerations in car crashes are broken glass from windshields or windows, sharp edges of damaged metal and items that individuals have in their vehicles (debris). Even something as simple as a pencil can become a danger in a crash with enough force.

How to avoid common driving distractions

As a driver, you know how hard it can be to remain focused at all times. You also know that taking your attention away from the road can result in an accident that causes serious injury (or even death).

3 ways to reduce glare and have a safer drive

Glare can be a serious problem for drivers, and it's one that isn't discussed as much as it should be. When a windshield sits at a certain angle or the sun reflects dust or dirt that has collected, the possibility of a blinding glare is higher than normal. Even if a driver is only struggling with glare for a few seconds, it's long enough to put him or her in danger and to endanger those around the moving car.

What are the symptoms of a herniated disk?

Our necks and backs are built to withstand a lot of strain as we complete various tasks throughout the day. However, the stress factors involved in the typical motor vehicle accident may be too severe for the average spine to endure. This is why many people who survive car accidents end up with long-lasting neck and back problems.

How drivers can protect pedestrian safety

Pedestrians are some of the most at-risk people on the roads. Unlike motorists, they have no real protection against the impact of cars or trucks. Pedestrians can be killed in a single accident, whereas motor vehicles involved in crashes with pedestrians may suffer no ill effects.

For people who are going to be walking on or near the roads, there's never been a better time to get educated on safety. For drivers, knowing what to expect when pedestrians are near could prevent serious collisions.

What are the dangers of driving at night?

Do you often find yourself on the road during the nighttime hours in Texas? Do you have concerns about your safety after the sun goes down? Do you know which steps you can take to improve your safety when driving at night?

There is no denying the fact that you could be part of a motor vehicle accident at any time of the day, even if it's bright out. However, there are additional dangers to take into consideration at night. Here they are:

A fatal mix: Port truckers and overtime hours

The Port of Houston is a 25-mile-long stretch of loading docks and cargo storage. It is the busiest port in the U.S. for the import and export of foreign tonnage and the second busiest for overall tonnage.

The constant arrival and departure of goods means port truckers work long hours to keep up with the demand. But when drivers work reckless amounts of overtime hours, which are often required to keep up, they expose themselves and other drivers on the road to significant risk.

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