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What onlookers should do if they see a motorcycle crash

You're driving down the road with a motorcycle behind you. A car is waiting to turn left. It starts to turn as you go by, and you realize the horrible truth: That driver did not see the motorcycle.

A split second later, you hear the impact. You pull over, jump out of your truck and see the biker and the motorcycle lying on the side of the road.

4 driving distractions that can cause accidents

Distractions cause accidents. Drivers absolutely need to pay attention to the road at all times when they are behind the wheel. Even things that people do every day, that they think nothing of, count as distractions. For example:

1. Listening to music

Alleged DUI crash kills passenger in New Hampshire

A tragic accident happened in Bath, New Hampshire, when a white 2011 Chevrolet Cruz went out of control while going around a curve in the road. The small passenger car left the street and slammed into a tree. Pictures from the scene show the car sitting in front of the tree with the fender bent back and the hood crumpled up toward a smashed windshield.

The driver of that car was a man who is 28 years old. Inside were two passengers. One was a young male and the other was a young female. Since they are both minors, their names and exact ages have not yet been released. Their relationship to the driver wasn't reported.

Tips for life after losing a spouse

When you got married, you said you would stay together until death parted you, but you never really thought about what that meant. Now that your spouse has passed away, you're finding it hard to move forward with your life.

Here are a few tips that may help if you're facing this tragic situation:

  • Consider cleaning out possessions that trigger hard memories. Often, it is the simple everyday items -- like a pair of shoes or a hairbrush -- that are hard to look at. Getting rid of them can help you move forward.
  • Take time when making big life choices. Maybe you are thinking of leaving New Hampshire to move closer to your hometown, for instance or just thinking about selling the house. You need to make these choices eventually, but do not be afraid to take time to grieve first.
  • Do not try to bury the way you feel. Grief is okay. Letting feelings surface and dealing with them helps you more than trying to refrain from showing your emotions. You don't have to "tough it out."
  • Find a new passion or hobby. You need something to fill your time. Otherwise, you spend too much time in your own head, thinking about everything. A new activity like hiking or joining a book club can give you something positive to work on. In some cases, that distraction is just what you need.

What types of injuries are most common in motorcycle accidents?

Have you ever wondered exactly what injuries you are most likely to suffer if you're in a motorcycle accident? With all of the talk about helmets, for instance, do you assume that head injuries are the most common? Or do helmets provide enough protection that people usually suffer injuries to other parts of their bodies?

Of course, every wreck is different, but you can see trends by looking at long-term statistics. To this end, one study examined roughly 1.2 million people who got in motorcycle accidents and ended up in emergency rooms in the United States. None of the cases were fatal.

Jobs with the most workplace fatalities

Workplace fatalities can happen in any job. An office worker can fall down the stairs and suffer a head injury, even in what appears to be a very low-risk occupation.

That said, some industries certainly carry a greater level of risk than others. Below are a few of the industries with the most annual fatalities.

16 car accident causes to watch out for on New Hampshire's roads

Do not assume car accidents are random and unavoidable. In many cases, the root causes can be identified, and there may be steps you can take to prevent a crash from happening. Much of this just has to do with being aware of risk factors and staying away from high-risk drivers and situations.

For instance, here are 16 common accident causes to keep in mind:

  1. Construction zones
  2. Deer crossings
  3. Flat tires and blowouts
  4. Potholes and road defects
  5. Drug use
  6. Inexperienced teen drivers
  7. Illegal turns and wrong-way driving
  8. Tailgating
  9. Automobile flaws and design defects
  10. Driving at night
  11. Red light runners
  12. Rain, snow and poor weather conditions
  13. Aggressive, reckless driving
  14. Speeding
  15. Driving while intoxicated, or drunk driving
  16. Distracted driving

What does nerve damage do to you?

After a serious dog bite, you may suffer nerve damage. This does not always heal properly, even when given time, and can be very detrimental to the rest of your life.

You have three different types of nerves to consider. First, there are motor nerves, which help with movement and basic motor function. Second, there are autonomic nerves, which help with involuntary actions -- such as keeping your heart beating properly. Third, there are sensory nerves, which actually help you feel things like pain, heat, cold and the like.

Reducing ladder hazards on construction sites

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regularly finds that ladders lead to a high number of workplace injuries for construction workers. Though they are necessary equipment for the job, they increase fall risks, and falls are always the main way that workers are both hurt and killed in this occupation.

For instance, some OSHA reports say that ladders and stairways alone lead to 36 deaths and 24,882 injuries annually.

Traffic light countdowns may cause accidents

In many places, the light signals that tell pedestrians when to use the crosswalk have countdowns alerting them to exactly how long they have left to cross the road.

The goal of these countdowns is simple: reducing pedestrian accidents. Even though people are not supposed to start crossing the road on a flashing signal, many do. Without a timer, they could step into the street and then find that they either have to run across or hold up traffic. The countdown allows them to know just how fast they need to walk to make it in time.

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