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Watch out for snow and ice on trucks

Truckers are supposed to clear the snow and ice off of their vehicles before they get on the highway. It doesn't always happen.

You must be careful if you see a truck covered in snow. Keep your distance and be wary. There have been cases where the snow and ice lets loose at highway speeds and strikes the cars behind. This can cause serious damage and injuries at the moment of impact, and it can also create whiteout conditions that make it impossible to see, leading to secondary accidents.

7 car accident facts you should know for 2019

Hoping to improve your safety on the road in 2019? The best place to start is by looking into some key car accident facts and statistics. The more you know about how and why accidents happen, the easier they are to avoid.

Below are seven key facts to get you started:

  1. Men are responsible for double the amount of car accidents that are caused by women.
  2. Overall, when looking at fatal wrecks, alcohol use can be linked to about 40 percent of them. This skyrockets to 75 percent from 12 a.m. to 3 a.m.
  3. While many people think that long trips increase the risks, the reality is that most accidents happen no more than three miles from home.
  4. Having a conversation on the phone while you drive makes it 400 percent more likely that you will get involved in an accident.
  5. Hatchbacks and sports cars show higher odds of getting in accidents than other vehicle types.
  6. Fourteen teenagers pass away from car-accident related injuries daily in the United States.
  7. Some studies have found that rollover accidents show the greatest odds of leading to a fatality. This was found after looking at rollovers, side impacts, rear-end accidents and head-on collisions.

Cellphones, addictive behavior and car accidents

We know well that addictive behavior can cause people to drive even when they know it isn't safe. For decades, drunk driving has taken thousands of lives and put many people in the hospital. Often, the root of the problem is addiction.

Alcohol is not the only addiction today's drivers have to contend with, however. Experts warn that cellphones can also be addictive.

Are deadly commercial accidents getting more common?

We have more exposure to news and information than ever before, and it can often make it feel like negative events are happening far more often. You're flooded with stories about wildfires and car accidents and other tragic events.

But are they really getting more common? Or is it just easier to find out about them? Let's take a look at commercial accident statistics to see if incidents involving buses and trucks are more or less common in recent years.

Never rest your feet on a car's dashboard

Modern cars are very comfortable, and we spend a lot of time in them. Sometimes, especially if you're on a long trip in the front passenger seat, it's tempting to just kick back and put your feet on the dash.

As comfortable as it may be, you should never do it. It's very dangerous. It can turn an otherwise minor car accident into a serious event.

Will these 4 tips help you avoid a head-on collision at night?

If you have lived in the Lehigh Valley area for any length of time, you know that there are some heavily traveled roadways here. With the number of vehicles that pass through the area on a regular basis, it shouldn't surprise you that numerous accidents occur in the area.

Despite this fact, you still need to get around. You probably travel at various times of the day and night. It is at night when you may encounter one of the most frightening sights on any roadway -- a pair of headlights traveling directly at you that do not appear to have any intention of moving.

What is the weight of a semitruck?

That semitruck crawling up the hill in front of you or approaching at what seems to be a dangerous speed behind you at a red light looks huge and imposing. You normally feel rather safe in your SUV, as high as it is off the ground, but you feel nervous every time you're around a semi. The size difference is daunting. But how much does a semi usually weigh?

Every truck is different, depending on the make, model and what type of cargo it is hauling. However, the maximum weight for a truck in the United States clocks in at a stunning 80,000 pounds.

The symptoms of a collapsed lung

If you get into a severe car accident, you could suffer from a collapsed lung. This is a very serious condition that could indicate that you have multiple internal injuries. It can be fatal.

As such, it is imperative that you know what symptoms to watch out for. Even if you think you were not severely injured initially, if you suffer from these symptoms, it is time to go see a medical professional to get checked out. A few examples include:

  • The sudden onset of serious chest pain
  • A tight feeling in your chest, as if it is very constricted
  • A sharp pain that perhaps gets worse when you try to breathe
  • Difficulty catching your breath or drawing deep breaths
  • Very quick, rapid breathing to make up for this lack of oxygen
  • An increased heart rate
  • Feelings of intense and unexplained fatigue
  • A cough, especially one that is painful and will not go away
  • A slight blue tint to your skin, which is called cyanosis and happens when your blood does not carry as much oxygen as it should.

Lessons you can learn after a devastating car accident

Getting into a serious car accident isn't something anyone hopes for but it still happens to thousands of people every single year. Accidents can leave you with life-long injuries. You may have a near-death experience. The impact it has on your life is tremendous.

However, that impact does not have to be all negative. You can learn some positive things from a difficult situation. These may include the following:

  • Don't wait to fulfill your dreams. Live your life to the fullest extent. People who have been through near-death experiences often say they felt like they put off the things they wanted to do. After the experience, they went out and did them, understanding that they may not have as much time as they hoped.
  • You matter to far more people than you realize. Many people care about you. They may not take the time to say it during a boring regular day, but those sentiments come out when life gets tough. You will find out just how much you matter and who cares about you the most.
  • There is a certain element of unavoidable fate in the world. You cannot always protect yourself from every danger. Even careful planning doesn't always help. Risk always exists. This isn't to make you fearful, but to help you live your life in a way that embraces this and allows you to enjoy the time you have.

Motorcycle safety as the season comes to a close

Every day in the fall, we're getting closer and closer to the end of motorcycle season. Before you know it, ice and snow will mean it's time to put the bike away for the winter.

However, even the fall can bring about new dangers. You must know how to ride safely.

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