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Wrong-way accidents are more severe

One of the most dangerous situations you can ever encounter on the road is a wrong-way driver. You may have little to no time to react. You never expect it to happen. It can lead to a very severe wreck.

It is uncommon. Statistics show that about 300 to 400 people lose their lives annually in these accidents. Most drivers never go the wrong way down a road and accidents are infrequent.

The safest day to drive

You can try to reduce your odds of getting into a car accident in many different ways. You can practice safe driving yourself, avoiding distractions and following traffic laws. You can practice defensive driving, watching for others to make mistakes so that you can react to them as quickly as possible.

But what if it was as simple as just choosing when you drive?

Hit-and-run injures 6-year-old in Colorado

A driver suffered injuries in a hit-and-run accident, along with a six-year-old child who was in the vehicle. Though the person who hit them fled the scene, the authorities have now located him and made an arrest.

The crash happened on Monday, January 6. According to reports, a man stole a white pickup truck. This theft was reported to the police the Sunday before. On the day of the crash, the man saw a police vehicle and, perhaps feeling nervous that he would get caught since he was on parole at the time, he began driving erratically. He then ran head-on into a white car with a woman and her child riding in it.

Truck drivers have to be extra careful in the mountains

Under the best of conditions, driving a truck is difficult and often dangerous. In the mountains, in the winter, everything goes up to another level. Truck drivers have to be very conscious of the risks and they need to be very careful behind the wheel.

For instance, they always have to keep an eye on the grade of the road. It makes a huge difference regarding vehicle control and stopping distances. An oversight can lead to an accident.

6 injured as car burns in Colorado

A frightening car accident in Colorado left six people injured and one vehicle on fire. It happened on Interstate 25, in the northbound lanes, and it was so bad that the authorities had to shut down the popular highway.

The crash happened on Sunday, Dec. 15, right around 10:30 a.m. The police closed the road down for about 45 minutes, getting traffic moving again around 11:15 a.m.

Did you lose your hearing on the job?

Workplace injuries sometimes come from consistent exposure to harm rather than from one event. People often think about things like ladder falls or electrocutions, and those things do happen, but that does not mean that sickness, illness and disease -- among other things -- are no less important.

For instance, did you know that many American workers suffer from hearing loss? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), here are the most common "chronic physical conditions" that adults face:

  1. Hypertension
  2. Arthritis
  3. Hearing loss

Tips for avoiding injury on a portable ladder

Portable ladders see use in many professions. They're very common with electricians, construction workers, roofers, drywall installers, cable installers and many others, but that doesn't mean they don't show up in office jobs and other settings. A janitor at a school or an office complex may use a portable ladder to change light bulbs, change air filters and clean hard-to-reach areas, for example.

It's important for all workers in all industries to know how to use these ladders safely. Falls are very common and can lead to serious injuries. Even a short portable ladder could cause a fatal fall. Here are some safety tips that can help:

  1. Before every use, take the time to inspect the ladder. This is especially true if you are not the only person that uses it.
  2. Always read the warning labels and instructions. They're usually printed right on the ladder itself. It only takes a few minutes to avoid a serious accident.
  3. If necessary, take the time to secure the bottom and/or the top of the ladder. For instance, you always want to use a level, firm surface to set up the ladder. If there's any question, secure it.
  4. Keep three points of contact with the ladder at all times. Never work with both hands or lean so far that you take a foot off.
  5. If someone else is on a ladder, never touch it except to stabilize it. If you need to move it, even an inch, have them come down, move the ladder and then climb back up again.

Workplace safety myths to avoid

Workers get injured year in and year out, in part because they buy into workplace safety myths that make their lives more dangerous. You want to make sure that you always have accurate information and that you never let these myths push you into mistakes or a false sense of security.

To get started, here are a few of the most common myths you need to avoid:

  1. Office workers don't get hurt. The truth is that they absolutely can. They may not face the same exact risks as physical laborers, but they definitely can get injured in slip-and-fall accidents, wiring accidents, technology-related incidents and much more.
  2. You always have to do what your boss says. You don't. If your boss instructs you do to something you believe in good faith to be dangerous, you can decline the request. You may also be able to ask for a safety inspection. You do not have to put yourself in danger.
  3. Older workers get hurt, not younger ones. Young people often think that being in great physical shape will protect them from injury, but the truth is that inexperience actually leads to a lot of injuries and accidents. Workers can get hurt at any age.

How often do workers get injured?

Even if you don't have one at your company, you have certainly seen signs proclaiming that a business has been accident-free for a certain number of days. This is done to show that they are dedicated to safety, and they make it a priority. Accident rates are different for different industries, but it might be a very big deal for some to get to 365 days without an accident, injury or fatality.

However, these signs do make you wonder just how common accidents are. How often do American workers get injured? How serious are the risks that they face?

Living with facial disfigurements after an accident

Even in serious motorcycle accidents, many injuries will eventually heal. Broken bones mend themselves. Road rash fades away. Even brain injury symptoms can heal and improve over time, though they may not completely heal.

For some, though, disfigurements last forever. This can have a drastic impact on a person's life, especially if they suffer from a facial disfigurement. It can happen in all sorts of ways, with or without a helmet.

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