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Post-car accident tips

The first time you're in a car accident will be very jarring, and you may suddenly feel out of your element, with no idea what to do. It's crucial to just stay calm, take deep breaths and use the following tips to get through this as quickly and easily as possible.

-- Call an ambulance if someone is injured, even if you're not sure. When in doubt, it's best to get in touch with emergency services and have a doctor check the person out. Some injuries may not be immediately obvious, but that doesn't mean assistance isn't needed.

Blind spots cause many motorcycle accidents

Blind spots are a large contributing factor in yearly motorcycle accident statistics. In many cases, drivers who hit bikes say that they simply did not see them.

It's important to remember that this does not mean the motorcycle rider is at fault. Drivers are responsible for knowing where their blind spots are and taking steps to drive safely. Still, it's good for motorcyclists to know about blind spots so that they can also work to stay safe.

Key points from the accident study presented to Congress

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration presented a report to Congress regarding car accidents in the United States. Specifically, the report looked at accident causes to better understand why they happen and what can be done. Below are a few interesting points from the report.

1. Intersections played a huge role in accidents. A full 36 percent of the cars involved in crashes were at intersections, either going through or turning, when they crashed. As such, the report called this a critical factor.

The physical impact of chronic traumatic encephalopathy

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy, which is often called CTE, has been in the news a lot lately as it pertains to the NFL. It's a condition originally noted most often in boxers, but it's now being found in many people who have suffered repeated blows to the head. Officially, it's a progressive degenerative disease, and having more of these head injuries -- even minor ones -- increases the chances a person will have it.

When talking about CTE, people often talk just about the symptoms. These include depression, memory loss, loss of cognitive function, and the like. Essentially, the brain is deteriorating, and many different things that were once easy become difficult. Like many brain injuries, it can impact different people in different ways.

Exceptions to the portal-to-portal rule

The portal-to-portal rule essentially says that your commute does not officially count as time at work. Therefore, if you're driving in to work or driving home, and you get in a car accident, your employer does not have to pay workers' compensation benefits. This is true even though you wouldn't have been driving had you not had to commute to your job.

There are exceptions, though, such as:

The importance of an autopsy to a wrongful death case

An autopsy can come about in two different ways. First, if the death itself seems suspicious, the state may demand that one be done as part of the criminal investigation. However, even if one isn't ordered, it's important for people to remember that they can still ask for one.

The autopsy will do a few different things, but the main goal is to prove, from a medical and scientific standpoint, why the person passed away. This proof can then be used in court. Even in cases where it seems obvious, an autopsy may be able to remove all doubt.

Futurists predict massive self-driving car boom to begin in 2025

The technology behind self-driving cars is intriguing as much as it is life-saving. If successful and safe, a self-driving car can eliminate drunk driving and distracted driving by replacing a human driver -- who is vulnerable to making bad decisions, human error and becoming distracted -- with a computer that does not make these kinds of mistakes.

Already, many people rely on drivers to transport themselves and their families around during the day. Be it an elderly person, a business person, a mother or a disabled person, these individuals know how convenient and helpful having a driver is. Sometimes these individuals employ full-time drivers and other times they just call up a taxi or limo at the spur of the moment when needed. The problem is, the cost of a private driver or taxi driver is exorbitant, so its convenience is not accessible to everyone.

2 Jennings residents involved in fatal motorcycle accident

A woman was riding on the back of a motorcycle last weekend when she and the motorcycle's driver were involved in a tragic crash. The woman was ejected from the bike and died s a result of the injuries. The driver of the bike was also ejected, but he was fortunate to survive.

Just prior to 11 a.m., the Louisiana State Police Troop D reported to the accident site along Interstate 10. There, authorities found a 54-year-old man from Jennings, Louisiana, who had been driving the motorcycle. Police reports indicate that the motorcyclist had lost control of his vehicle, drove off the road and hit a fence.

1 skill used by racecar drivers to prevent accidents

An injurious car accident can be devastating in terms of your health, your finances and your ability to work and hold down a job. For that reason, it is important to have as many skills as possible to prevent an accident from happening. This article will talk about a braking skill that all race car drivers know, but most drivers have not mastered. This is a great skill that can help you be more agile in your vehicle and avoid getting into a crash.

Racecar drivers know the limits of their vehicles better than anyone else. That's because they are always pushing their cars to the edge. Because of this vehicle knowledge, racecar drivers have learned how to separate the need to brake from the need to make a turn. In most cases, racecar drivers brake before they make their turn, not during the turn. They brake, stop braking, turn and after the turn, hey hit the gas to accelerate. This strategy gives racecar drivers a lot more traction when they are making a turn so that they can make the turn faster with less chance of losing control of their vehicles.

New technology could save pedestrian lives, says Google

Google has touted the advanced accident-avoidance capabilities of its self-driving cars as superior to those of human-driven cars. In fact, the company boasts some very impressive test statistics. However, accidents will still inevitably occur -- whether it is the Google car's fault or not -- and when these instances involve a pedestrian, the company has an idea that it says will save lives.

The idea is a little bit like flypaper. Google has patented an invention that would cause pedestrians that hit vehicles equipped with this technology to get stuck on the front of the car like a little bug. Indeed, a breakable shell exterior covers a highly adhesive material. When the shell is broken by a pedestrian getting hit by the vehicle, the pedestrian will get instantaneously stuck to the car. The reason this is helpful is because the pedestrian will not bounce off the car and strike something else, like another vehicle, the sidewalk or the Google car's windshield.

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