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Texting and driving is a true risk to road users

Texting and driving is a known hazard on the roads, yet people continue to take the risk every day. It's always a good idea to talk to your loved ones about the risks of driving while distracted by texting, so you can make it clear that it's a dangerous, and potentially deadly, behavior.

With the right statistics, it's easier to open people's eyes to the dangers of texting while driving. For example, did you know that there are around 2.5 million people impacted by traffic accidents yearly? Of those crashes, around 1.6 million involve the use of a cellphone.

Strategies to reduce your chances of dying in a vehicle crash

If everyone in the world used common sense, defensive driving tactics and followed traffic laws, the number of people who die in auto collisions would sharply decline. In fact, some safety experts would agree that auto accident deaths would virtually become a thing of the past. If you want to help support a safer world and drive your vehicle the "right" way to avoid accidents and fatalities, take the following advice to heart:

-- Don't allow yourself to be distracted by a mobile device. Smartphones cause you to take your eyes off the road and this can be fatal. Put all of your devices out of reach while driving.

Why do ladder falls happen?

Few things are as dangerous as working on a ladder. Did you know that falls lead the way in construction's Fatal Four every year, often making up about 40 percent of fatal incidents? On top of that, thousands of people suffer serious injuries every year.

Fall accidents happen daily. While not all of them happen from ladders, it is important to take ladder safety seriously. Ladders are one of the main reasons for these falls, and the level of exposure and distance from the ground means even a small mistake can lead to a devastating accident. To start being safe, it is important to consider the reasons why these accidents happen.

The subtle risk makes distracted driving so dangerous

For years, the roads got safer. You read the reports and saw fewer accidents, injuries and fatalities. The trend literally held for decades. It wouldn't be long, you thought, until driving was one of the safest ways to get around.

And then, in recent years, the trend switched. Accidents and fatalities started climbing again. Not only did the dream of overall safety seem to disappear, but you longed for things to even out. If two years in a row could post the exact same statistics, that would be an improvement.

There is no excuse for dehydration in a nursing home

One common problem among patients of nursing homes is the risk of dehydration. Patients may take many medications, and certain types could make them prone to dehydration. Along with the inability to obtain a drink whenever they want and difficulty with memory lapses, some patients are more likely to suffer from dehydration than others.

It is important for the facility to focus on reducing dehydration in patients, because not working to do so could be a sign of neglect or negligence. The good news is that there are some ways that nursing homes can address the issue and help patients stay hydrated.

What causes delayed injuries?

Delayed injuries are often a concern among those injured in car crashes. In many cases, the injuries themselves are present at the time of the crash, but the victim may not realize it until much later. At that time, the victim may have gone home without medical care, not realizing that they're injured until the injury has progressed significantly.

Delayed-onset injuries aren't uncommon after a crash. When an impact happens, the body has to absorb as much as it can. Although the seat belt and airbags deploy and limit the impact to the body, there is still a risk of injury. When the body cannot absorb any additional force, bruising, lacerations and other injuries occur.

Theft is a form of abuse in nursing homes

Nursing home abuse comes in many forms, and one of those is theft. While it's not a physical form of abuse, it does take advantage of victims and take away their power.

Like with other forms of nursing home abuse, those who steal from patients are acting in a way that keeps them in control. They want to manipulate patients and get what they need with no regard for what the patient needs.

Is your loved one a victim of nursing home neglect?

For many people, the choice to place a loved one in a nursing home is difficult for everyone involved. Even in circumstances where the care facility operates well and the staff are capable and trustworthy, the emotional strain of the transition is difficult to bear.

Of course, for many patients who enter a nursing home, the experience is much harder. Some nursing homes operate with questionable policies or simply provide unacceptable care. Others may employ caretakers who do not have their patients' best interests in mind, and may take advantage of their vulnerable state. There are many concerns when it comes to nursing homes, and they are all important to consider.

In a crash: Take these emergency steps

When you are in a motor vehicle accident, the first thought you may have is for your passengers. You know the condition you are in based on how you feel, but your passengers may be badly hurt or need emergency care.

If there are witnesses, people may try to help you. It is important to know what they should or should not do so that you can help the victims of the crash in the best way possible.

How can you deal with chronic pain?

After your injury, you find yourself dealing with chronic pain. Some days are better than others, but it's always there. It becomes a constant presence in your life. That injury -- whether it came from a car accident, a workplace accident or something else entirely -- just will not fully heal. The pain will not end.

At first, you feel optimistic. You get medical care. You look into treatment options. You figure that it will just take time. You are willing to put in the work.

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