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What do I do if I spot a drunk driver?

Getting behind the wheel is a very dangerous task that billions of people partake in each day. There's no guarantee that the other motorists around you will be as safe and observant as you. There's no guarantee that other motorists will drive with little to no distractions. There's also no guarantee that there won't be a drunk driver on the roads at the same time you are. So, what do you do if you spot a drunk driver?

If you believe you are witnessing a drunk driver near you on the road, you need to take a mental note of the vehicle make, model, color and license plate. If anything, get the license plate number memorized. Safely pull to the side of the road, or into a parking lot, and call 911. Do not make the call while driving unless you have a hands-free system in your vehicle.

Explaining landlord liability in tenant dog bite cases

The landlord of a property can be held liable for a variety of reasons. One reason that might surprise you is that the dog of a tenant bit another person. For the most part, the tenant in these cases is held liable for a dog bite and not the landlord. But, there are times when the landlord and the tenant can be held liable in such a case in Portsmouth.

One of the first ways a landlord can be held liable in a dog bite case is if he or she knew the dog was dangerous. If the landlord screened the tenant prior to approving the rental agreement and found out that their pet was dangerous, he or she could be held liable for letting the tenant move in with the dog.

What to do if you are injured while on the job

When you leave for work in the morning, you likely aren't thinking about what you have to do should you be involved in an accident on the job. This is especially true if you work in an office setting or profession where your job is not considered dangerous. Even though you might not work a dangerous job, you can still be involved in a workplace accident.

The very first thing you should do is seek medical attention. Even if your injury is minor in nature, it's best to be examined by a doctor. This will go a long way in helping your workers' compensation case move forward. If the injury is serious, it's best that you call 911 and seek transport to the hospital via ambulance.

How to make yourself visible on a motorcycle

Are you planning to go for a ride on your motorcycle this fall in Portsmouth? If so, you will want to enact as many safety procedures as possible. Riding is dangerous but it doesn't have to be deadly. An excellent way to keep yourself safe on the roads of New Hampshire is to make yourself as visible as possible to other motorists. Here are some tips to follow.

One of the first things you can do to make yourself visible to other motorists is to ride a motorcycle that is colorful. So many bikes are dark in color that they blend in and cannot be seen by motorists. If you drive a yellow or orange bike, you will definitely stand out when on the road.

Safety tips for driving this fall in Portsmouth

The fall season in New Hampshire is one of the most popular times of year. Tourists flock to the state to enjoy all that nature has to offer. The most popular attraction is the changing of the leaves. The colors are extraordinary but accidents can increase during the fall for various reasons. Here's how you can avoid car accidents in the fall.

Since leaves were mentioned above, this is one of the most common dangers of fall driving. Leaves can hide hazards in the road like potholes. Be wary of driving over them and if you cannot avoid them, make sure you slow down. Driving on wet leaves can reduce your traction and send you sliding across the road. Be mindful of how you drive around leaves.

Avoiding a fatal workplace accident in New Hampshire

The workplace should be a safe environment for all employees, even if they work in an inherently dangerous job like construction or the emergency services. When employees go to work in the morning, they should be confident that they will return home in one piece. Here are some important tips for avoiding a workplace accident in New Hampshire.

Safety training should be provided for every single employee of your organization from day one on the job. Training should not be a one-off thing either. Safety training should occur throughout the year so employees are reminded how they can protect themselves and their co-workers from accidents.

How to treat injuries and prevent infection after dog bites

If you have suffered a dog bite in Portsmouth, you will want to keep an eye on the area as much as possible. Once you have received medical care for the bite, you will need to care for it in an effort to prevent infection. Here are some tips for treating bite injuries so you can prevent infection after you've been bitten by a dog.

Once you return home from the doctor, be sure to elevate the area of your body where the bite is located, such as an arm or a leg. This helps to keep the blood flowing properly, which aids in the healing process. Wash the bite area with soap and water to keep it clean and free from infection. Once you wash the area, you can apply a sterile bandage to protect it from the elements. You must also apply ointment that is an antibiotic to prevent infection.

Identifying workplace hazards in New Hampshire

When you go to work each morning you shouldn't be worried about remaining safe unless you work in the fire service, EMS service or law enforcement. If you work in an inherently dangerous job, such as construction, shipbuilding, mining or any other similar profession, your safety could be in jeopardy. Here's how you can identify workplace hazards in New Hampshire.

The first thing you need to do when it comes down to identifying workplace hazards is to conduct a workplace risk assessment. One or more employees should walk around the workplace looking for hazards. These can be tripping hazards, fall hazards, chemical hazards, fire hazards and more.

Avoiding common motorcycle accidents in New Hampshire

Riding a motorcycle in New Hampshire can be thrilling and peaceful all at the same time. With fall rapidly approaching, many motorcycle riders will be heading out to take in the beautiful foliage throughout the state. With more motorcycles on the road, the dangers for riders can become worse. Here's some tips for avoiding common motorcycle accidents.

The most common type of motorcycle accident occurs when a car or truck makes a left turn in front of a bike. It's difficult for motorists to see motorcycles, which is why this accident happens so often. If you want to be a safe motorcycle rider, you need to develop a sixth sense and anticipate this type of accident happening. Slow your speed, cover your brakes and be prepared to make an evasive maneuver.

82-year-old woman injured when car crashes into pharmacy

The driver of a vehicle that crashed into the doors of a pharmacy in Rochester, New Hampshire, may have had a medical emergency after the accident. An elderly woman who was inside the business was struck by the vehicle.

According to police, the vehicle struck the pharmacy's front wall, damaging a concrete bench placed against the wall. The car also struck a post office box and then hit the glass doors that led to an entrance hall to the pharmacy. This was where the 82-year-old victim was when she was struck. The woman had been exiting the building.

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