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What does 'loss of consortium' mean for your injury claim?

Individuals get married because of the many benefits they receive from their unions. Love, companionship, intimate contact and sharing enjoyable moments with your spouse are just a few of the most important of these benefits. There are financial benefits as well, and benefits to having an extra pair of hands around the house who can help with driving, repairs, cleaning, laundry and child-rearing tasks.

Sadly, however, when one spouse is seriously hurt in a motorcycle or car accident, he or she can no longer provide those benefits to the other spouse. Not only does the injured spouse suffer pain, lost income and medical bills, but the uninjured spouse suffers due to the loss of spousal benefits.

Mercedes-Benz announces the recall of 6,100 dangerous cars

What's your favorite luxury car? If you ask 10 people this question, you'll probably get 10 different answers, but one thing is for sure — they will never suspect that buying one of these cars involves purchasing a dangerous or defective product. However, if you purchased a 2015-2019 Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-AMG vehicle, you might be in for an unfortunate surprise.

Mercedes recently announced the recall of approximately 6,100 of their cars for problems with the rear-drive versions of C-Class, E-Class and CLS-Class models.

These unexpected tips could save your life on the road

Checking the internet for safe vehicle driving tactics will render similar advice time after time. But if you try digging just a bit deeper, you might find a few gems that you've never seen before. If you've arrived at this article, then surprise! You have found two safe driving gems that just might help you avoid a life-threatening crash.

Chances are that you've never heard these tips before:

Teens and distracted driving: Facts you should know

Take a few seconds next time you're driving to look around at the other motorists on the road. Where are their eyes? Are they watching the road or are they watching their cellphones? Chances are you'll see quite a few of them with their noses buried in an electronic device. Sure they're looking up to see what's going on quite a bit, but every second they spend looking at their smartphones is a second they're not paying attention.

Teenagers are especially prone to smartphone addictions, so they're very much at risk of driving while distracted. Here are a few facts you should know regarding distracted driving:

  • Approximately 25 percent of vehicle-related deaths happen because of distracted driving.
  • Teens are the most likely to be distracted while driving.
  • Approximately 58 percent of teen vehicle crashes are attributed to driving distracted.
  • In 2015, 391,000 injuries and 3,477 deaths were blamed on distracted driving car crashes.
  • Distracted driving, a completely avoidable and preventable activity, is viewed as an epidemic problem on American roads.
  • Three seconds of distraction from watching the road can result in a serious auto collision.
  • Drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 have triple the likelihood of being in a fatal vehicle crash.
  • Many refer to distracted driving as the new drunk driving.

'Zen' and the art of driving the speed limit

In the modern era of stressed out drivers, many motorists opt to drive about five to ten miles over the speed limit on a regular basis. These drivers seem to think that pushing the speed limit like this makes their lives better.

In fact, you might argue the that speeding does opposite. Driving fast makes your day more stressful, it puts you at risk of getting hurt and it could make you liable if you get into a car accident.

What should you do if the weather suddenly changes on a drive?

Colorado roads become icy at different times of the year, and depending on a road's altitude, may be slick year-round. Recently, early snows resulted in crashes around Colorado. The roads were unusually icy for early October, which led to several serious collisions.

As someone who has to drive regardless of the weather conditions, you may be wondering how you can stay safe in sudden snow storms. Here are three tips to help you stay safely on the road when the weather shifts:

Why is the truck driver shortage a threat to road users?

When you're driving on a highway, it's likely that you'll see a truck or two. Semitrucks are common, and they're an important part of America's economy. However, over time, the number of people going into trucking has declined. That means that the people who are hired may not have to go through as rigorous of training, since companies need a driver no matter what.

The reduced number of truck driver candidates is a serious problem for people on the roadways. When there are fewer candidates, there are fewer choices. People who perhaps should not be on the road end up with a job driving what could be an 18-wheeled weapon.

Stay safe with these tips as the days get shorter

Riding a motorcycle is a danger at any time of year, but the fall poses unique risks. As the seasons begin to change, weather conditions alter, road conditions change and drivers are less likely to be expecting motorcyclists on the roads.

Chillier weather often means that motorcyclists pack away their bikes for the winter and head into the safety of a traditional passenger vehicle, but that's not always the case. Drivers, no matter who they are or what they drive, need to be prepared for motorcyclists at all times of the year.

Drivers' reaction times are worse when texting than when driving

Drinking and driving reduces your ability to react to things on the road around you. This is just one reason why it is so dangerous. A lag in reaction time could mean you don't stop at a red light or you don't see that traffic slowed down ahead of you until the moment of impact.

Maybe you accept this fact easily, having heard for years just how dangerous drunk driving really is. If so, it is important to note that studies actually claim that texting and driving is even more dangerous. It causes an even greater reduction in reaction time.

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