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Rush hour driving: These safety tips will help

Driving in rush hour traffic is no easy task, as you always have concerns about being part of an accident. Even if you're doing everything you can to avoid trouble, there's always a chance that another driver could make a mistake that causes a crash.

Here are five rush hour driving tips that can improve your safety and lessen the risk of being involved in an accident:

  • Leave more time to reach your destination: Accidents often happen when a driver is in a hurry. While you can't control what others are doing, you can leave yourself more time so that you're never in a rush.
  • Consider an alternate route: If your primary route is more dangerous than you would like, it's time to look into other options. For example, you may be able to avoid highways. Not only can this help you reach your destination faster, but it may also reduce the risk of an accident. It never hurts to consider every possible route.
  • Follow with caution: One of the biggest mistakes drivers make in rush hour traffic is getting too close to the car in front of them. When you tailgate another vehicle, there's a greater chance of rear-ending the person if they stop quickly. Give yourself an extra car length or two and you'll feel much better.
  • Pay attention at all times: When traffic is creeping slowly, it's easy to assume you can let your mind wander. You look at your cellphone, you tune the radio and you chat with passengers. If your mind isn't on the task at hand you're increasing the risk of causing an accident.
  • Don't lane jump: You're sitting in the right lane, just to realize that traffic is moving faster in the left lane. For this reason, you make a quick change. Soon enough, you find that the right lane is moving faster. It's never a good idea to lane jump. Once you know what lane you should be in, stay there until you reach your turn.

Bicycle commuters can stay safe by following these tips

It doesn't matter if you're commuting to and from school, work or another destination, doing so on your bicycle can be a lot of fun.

Conversely, riding a bicycle is dangerous, as there are many circumstances that increase the risk of an accident.

As a pedestrian, safety comes first

As a pedestrian, there are times when you are in a hurry to reach your destination. For example, if you are walking to work and running late. There are also times when you're a pedestrian for pleasure, such as if you are jogging or riding your bicycle.

Regardless of where you are going or what you are doing, safety should always come first.

Spring weather can bring trouble to the roadways

As a Massachusetts resident, you know that spring is an enjoyable time of the year. You also know that the weather doesn't always cooperate, as it can change on a dime.

If you find yourself behind the wheel in inclement weather, it's important to quickly process what's going on to lessen the risk of being part of an accident.

A sad reminder of road risks

As the school year winds to a close, families around Massachusetts got a reminder of how fragile life can be. Fatal car accidents are always difficult, but when the victims are young, and not even out of high school, the questions and anguish begin to mount.

Four Stoughton High School students died in a car crash in East Bridgewater on Saturday, May 19th. Their car flipped during a rainstorm and careened into a tree killing three. The fourth died at the hospital. While officials are still investigating the accident, there is a chance that the ultimate fault will not be with the driver or the slick road conditions.

The prognosis of spinal injuries after a car accident

When involved in a serious car accident in Massachusetts, life-changing injuries can occur. One of the most common types of injuries during a car accident is the damage of the spine. This can have the potential to cause a wide range of issues in the body, especially when the spinal cord is affected.

Sometimes, you might feel fine after an accident. However, regardless of how your body feels, it is important that you consult a physician as soon as possible afterwards. This is because some minor neck and back injuries can become much worse if left untreated.

Consulting a lawyer is critical after Massachusetts bus accidents

Buses are an integral part of life in Massachusetts. They transport people back and forth to work and school every day. Children ride school buses and city buses. Drivers in conventional vehicles must be completely aware of these large vehicles and that they make frequent stops and starts. While most buses are operated safely and the drivers go about their business without incident, it is unavoidable that there will be accidents.

Distracted driver statistics sparks focus on reducing it

As law enforcement, legislators and research agencies seek methods to improve safety on the roads and convince drivers to adhere to the law, various strategies are used. Massachusetts drivers should know that April has been dubbed Distracted Driving Awareness Month by the National Safety Council. While the attempts on the part of the NSC and insurance companies to ramp down distracted driving is a worthwhile endeavor, the backstory behind the need for it is the number of drivers who are texting and driving and behaving as a distracted driver when on the road.

OSHA investigation examines trenching and excavation risks

When there is an injury or fatality on the job, Massachusetts workers and their families must be fully aware of the steps they should take to receive workers' compensation benefits. Some jobs hold a certain amount of inherent risk and it is up to the employer and regulatory agencies to ensure the proper steps are taken to make sure workers are safe. This is especially true with trenches and excavation. As the number of deaths increase with trenching and excavation projects, more attention is paid to the safety of workers. If a person was hurt or a family lost a loved one when working in a trench or while excavating, it is critical to know how to pursue compensation.

There has been an effort by the U.S. Department of Labor to significantly lower the number of injuries and deaths in trenching and excavation. Their goal is to lower the total by 10 percent from the total in the fiscal year of 2017 to September 30, 2019. To achieve this, they plan to raise the number of inspections conducted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and by helping employers increase compliance. Even with that, accidents will still happen.

Distracted driver survey shows behaviors still problematic

There are innumerable dangers on the road in Massachusetts and across the nation. However, one that is growing in anecdotal and statistical risk is encountering a distracted driver. Because looking away from the road increases the chance of being in an auto accident and nearly everyone has a device that is a clear temptation to use, it has become troublingly prevalent for there to be crashes due to distracted driving. Studies and surveys are conducted to determine the scope of the problem and the latest from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety shows that drivers are still using their cellphones behind the wheel despite the known risks.

The latest version of AAA's Traffic Safety Culture Index shows that 88 percent of drivers think that there is an increase in distracted driving and it has surpassed aggressive drivers and impaired drivers as a concern. Since 2013, the number of drivers who admit to talking on their cellphone when driving and do so on a regular basis or "fairly often" has grown by 46 percent. Forty-nine percent of drivers say they had recently done so. 35 percent admitted to sending emails or text messages. Fifty-Eight percent say that speaking on a cellphone behind the wheel can lead to serious threats to personal safety. Seventy-Eight percent say texting is a major risk. Studies have shown that there is a four times greater risk of being in an accident if a driver is talking on a cellphone. It is up to eight times higher if the driver is texting.

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