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New parents may not be as safe behind the wheel as they think

If you are a new parent, safe driving may have taken on a new meaning in your life. When you have your little one in the car with you, you may be especially careful, but even when you drive alone, you know that your baby depends on you getting safely home.

However, it may be harder than it ever was before for you to avoid collisions. Infants usually wake up several times in the night, which means that new parents are also waking up multiple times a night. This can leave large holes in your normal sleep routines, resulting in sleep deprivation.

Underride collisions with trucks prove deadly

As the state capital and South Carolina’s second-largest city, Columbia remains an economic hub. With three major interstate highways in the area, motorists share the roads with many big-rig trucks hauling freight from coast to coast. Road safety is essential with these colossal 18-wheelers. After all, if you get into an accident with one, the odds just are not in your favor, especially in “underride collisions.”

Such road accidents can prove fatal to all occupants in passenger vehicles no matter at what speed. An underride collision takes place when a motor vehicle collides with a big-rig truck or its trailer, skidding underneath. In some situations, the vehicle roof is sheered, killing or seriously injuring the driver and all passengers.

The steps you must take after a car accident

Crash! And it was no fender-bender. This was not supposed to happen on your commute to work. But now that you are in the middle of a three-vehicle accident, you cannot be passive. Yes, you are going have to let the boss know you will be late, but your priorities are making sure you and other drivers are OK and to gather as much accident-related information and details as possible.

In most car accidents with or without injury, a driver is usually at fault. Their negligence – whether speeding, blowing a stop sign, running a red light or texting while driving – has led to a completely avoidable traffic accident. But now, you must keep calm and quickly act in order to protect yourself.

6 ways bikers can improve their visibility on the road

If you own a motorcycle, you already understand that bikes come with more safety risks than passenger vehicles. However, there is nothing quite like getting out and enjoying a ride on the open road.

Fortunately, there are ways you can minimize some of the safety risks that come with riding a motorcycle. Understanding the cause of most crashes is a good starting point to help you take appropriate safety precautions.

How do I file a claim after an accident?

Getting into a car accident, whether it was serious or not, can leave you stunned. You or the other driver could sustain severe injuries even if the accident seemed minor. A long-lasting injury may lead to a pile of medical bills and the possibility of missing work. To help pay for your bills and lost wages, you could consider filing an insurance claim for the collision.

What is one common reason behind trucking accidents?

Sharing the road with semi-trucks can be intimidating. Their sheer size can make it challenging for you to navigate the road in your own personal vehicle. But it also means that any accident involving a big rig often results in devastating consequences, usually for the other drivers involved. What’s even worse, the reason behind many trucking accidents is entirely preventable.

 

3 Tips for photographing the scene of a car accident

Car accidents are overwhelming. Whether it’s a fender-bender or a significant collision, a crash can leave you feeling dazed. You have to grapple with police officers, insurance companies and medical staff, not to mention you’re probably facing expensive damages to your car and your body.

 

What happens if you're in an accident with an uninsured driver?

It's your worst nightmare: you're involved in accident and the other driver has no insurance. You may think that you're out of luck and that you're going to have to fend for yourself to have your vehicle fixed and pay for your own medical bills.

What you may not realize is that your insurance has built-in protections for this exact situation. This coverage is based on law rather than the policies of various insurance companies.

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