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PTSD can be one of the many outcomes of a car accident

When a person is involved in a car accident, their first thoughts are likely to turn to the safety of themselves and others involved. Injuries can occur in varying degrees. Even the most minor of accidents can result in neck injuries and back injuries. More serious accidents can lead to paralyzing back injuries, brain damage and even death.

Beyond physical injuries, car accidents can affect people from an emotional perspective. If you have been involved in a car accident in the state of Kentucky, it is important that you do not overlook the implications of trauma and emotional stress. One of the most common conditions that car accident victims suffer from is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Reviewing a settlement offered after a Kentucky crash

Getting into a serious car accident in Kentucky can leave you in a precarious position. If you suffer injuries in a crash caused by another driver, you may not be able to work for some time. When you don't have income, even moderate medical bills can quickly cause major problems.

Hearing from an insurance company with a settlement offer after a crash can feel like a wonderful thing. After all, you probably need money to pay your medical bills as well as your standard living expenses. Before you sign anything and take that check, make sure the settlement offer is fair.

Do you know the most common forms of driver distraction?

For many people, mobile phones are the top response for potential dangerous distractions while driving. After all, we all know how smartphones can suck away our time and attention. Looking down at one while behind the wheel can mean taking your eyes and your mental focus off the road. That can create very real risk for a potential car crash.

Distracted driving is a serious concern for everyone on the road. Knowing the dangers created by distracted driving is important, as is understanding the different forms of distraction that can lead to fatal crashes and collisions. Despite what you may think, phones are not the biggest risk factor.

Driving in wintery conditions can be dangerous

There are times when you have no choice but to get behind the wheel and tackle the winter weather. From snow to ice to strong winds, you never know what you'll come face to face with.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to improve your overall level of safety. This doesn't mean that other drivers will take the same approach, but at the very least you can control what you're doing. Here are some tips to keep in mind at all times:

  • Accelerate in a slow and controlled manner. When roads are slippery, fast acceleration can lead to slipping and loss of control. These are two things you never want to experience when driving in winter weather.
  • Slow down. This is the number one thing you can do to improve your safety. You don't want to drive so slow that you put yourself and others in danger, but you definitely need to watch your speed.
  • Don't attempt to travel on roads that are untreated. It's not always possible to follow this tip, but you should try to keep it in mind at all times. It's best to stick with well traveled roadways when the conditions take a turn for the worse.
  • Don't stop when traveling up a hill. If you do this, you could find it difficult to start back up. You are better off moving slowly up the hill, knowing that you will eventually reach the top.

Staying safe when sharing the road with commercial trucks

Commercial trucks provide transportation for a wide range of industries. In some regards, they help keep the consumer economy moving along. Commercial vehicles like semitrucks or eighteen-wheelers transport all kinds of raw materials, produce, ready-to-buy items and even milk. Drivers can encounter these vehicles on just about any road.

On country roads and city streets, you always have the option of taking a detour if traffic conditions push you too close to a commercial vehicle. When you're in heavy traffic on the freeway, you may not have an option to change your route. Instead, you may have to drive in close proximity to a commercial truck at high speeds for many miles.

Fireworks accident in Henderson claimed life of Indiana man

The recent 4th of July festivities in and around Hendersonville were a smashing success for most residents and their guests. But for one 25-year-old man, fireworks proved to be a deadly form of entertainment.

At approximately 10 p.m. on the evening of July 3, the Salem, Indiana, resident was shooting off fireworks with friends at an undisclosed location on Dixon Road No. 2.

Remember These Safety Tips To Prevent Lawn Mower Injuries

Ah, summer – warmer temperatures, sunshine and the smell of fresh cut grass that comes along with that weekly chore. But rather than the delight of a newly manicured lawn, the task could end with an injury caused by using the mower in a dangerous and unsafe way. Letting children on a riding mower or leaving toys or other items on the lawn are just two examples that could lead to injuries. As you haul out your equipment for another season of lawn care, it’s important to know whether manufacturers have recalled any of the mower parts.

However, your safety is primarily your responsibility. You should be aware of the dangers involved with careless use. Thousands of people suffer injuries each year after not following safety rules when using a lawn mower.

What should drivers do after a motor vehicle accident?

The amount of vehicles on public roads and highways always seems to be steadily increasing. With so many vehicles on a road at any one time and because they are being operated by people, it is understandable that accidents can and do happen.

Over recent years, safety features have made operating vehicles much safer than it used to be. Unfortunately, any type of motor vehicle accident has the potential to cause large amounts of damage both to property and to people. So what should a driver do if they have been involved in an accident?