Some Tips for Hosting A Safe Super Bowl Party

Some Tips for Hosting A Safe Super Bowl Party

Super Bowl Sunday has become an event that many people celebrate, whether they’re football fans or not. Many people host Super Bowl parties, where they invite friends to come over and watch the game. It’s a day for enjoying food and drink with your friends and neighbors, but it can quickly turn tragic if someone drinks too much alcohol and drives off when the party is over. No one wants a situation like this to happen, and yet it’s not easy to host a party and serve no alcohol. There are ways to control the drinking at your party, however, and a little common sense will go a long way. Know who the designated drivers are. Every group of attendees should have a designated driver. Identify who they are, and make sure that no one serves them an alcoholic drink. Offer more than just alcohol. Have plenty of non-alcoholic drink choices on hand, and make sure you serve lots of food — drinking alcohol on an empty stomach magnifies its effect. Limit how much alcohol you serve. Plan out how much beer, wine, or liquor you will have on hand, so that the supply will run out well before the game ends. In fact, it’s good to stop serving alcohol in the fourth quarter. Don’t serve underage drinkers. Know the ages of your guests, and do not serve alcohol to anyone who is under the legal age. Besides being against the law, it’s asking for trouble, since young drinkers have less tolerance for alcohol and their judgment is impaired more easily. Have a plan to handle impaired drivers. If...
Timing is Important in Medical Malpractice Cases

Timing is Important in Medical Malpractice Cases

Many legal cases start with a clear and definite incident that has happened. If a car knocks you down when you’re trying to cross the street, you know exactly what happened and when (or you have witnesses who do). With medical malpractice cases, however, the timing is not always so clear. You can be receiving treatment over a long period of time and not be aware that there is a malpractice issue. Medical errors in diagnosis, treatment, or surgery may not surface for months, or even years. It’s important to act on your suspicion when you suspect medical malpractice. Many patients (most often the elderly) put doctors on a pedestal and do not question their diagnoses even when they feel something is not right w/their body and/or with what the doctor had told them. It’s important to act quickly, as there are statutes of limitations on medical claims which vary from state to state. Generally speaking, you must file a claim within two years in Georgia. However, the time or event which triggers the running of the statute of limitations may vary and may not be clear. For these reasons it is important to speak up to your medical practitioner about any complaints you may have. Don’t be afraid to explain your symptoms in detail, and even offer your opinion on what may have gone wrong; accurate patient feedback is an important part of the treatment process. Make sure you communicate your concerns with urgency, so the doctor pays full attention to the matter. If you do that and the medical professional doesn’t give you the satisfaction you need,...
Stay Alert and Avoid Accidents

Stay Alert and Avoid Accidents

Driving fatalities have been on a downward trend in recent years, which is great news. However, a disturbing twist is that distracted-driving accidents have been increasing, and many of those involve fatalities. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), reported that in one recent year 3,328 people died in distracted-driving accidents, and more than 421,000 others were injured. That’s a massive amount of accidents that could easily be prevented with a few simple steps. Plan ahead. Before you set out for your destination, make sure you have everything you need for your trip. If you need to read directions from a piece of paper, do it before you start driving. If you need change for tolls, make sure it is within reach, so you don’t have to take your eyes off the road to find it when you’re on the road. A little planning before you turn the car on can minimize distractions. Teach your kids well. Young people are the worst offenders when it comes to driving while distracted. If you have teenage drivers, teach them that driving a car is a complex act that requires concentration to do safely. Impress on them the importance of driving without distractions. You be a good role model for your teenage driver. Use technology to help you. Use hands-free GPS and phone systems, and apps that disable the most distracting features of the phone while you’re driving. Drive defensively. Remember that there are other people on the road who could be driving distracted, so stay alert and drive defensively — it may be up to you to avoid an accident with...
Driver Fatigue Can Kill

Driver Fatigue Can Kill

Every day millions of trucks drive over the roads, carrying millions of tons of products to stores, warehouses, and distribution centers. The drivers of these massive vehicles are out there day and night, in all sorts of weather and on all sorts of terrain, doing their jobs. Most of them are extremely safe drivers, but a minority get in accidents. And sometimes those accidents are caused by driver fatigue. In fact, experts estimate that driver fatigue is the main reason behind as many as one third of all truck accidents. Commercial drivers sometimes push themselves to drive on little or no sleep because they are paid based the number of miles they travel, not the hours they work. Federal and State laws and regulations have been developed to combat driver fatigue. Many of them deal with how many hours a commercial driver is allowed behind the wheel during a 24 hour period. Drivers are supposed to keep accurate records of their driving time, to show they are in compliance with the laws. However, some drivers alter their log books to avoid admitting they have violated regulations. Industry watchdog groups have proposed eliminating the log books in favor of electronic applications that are updated automatically, without driver input. Another proposal involves switching drivers to an hourly wage instead of a rate that is tied to their miles driven. Both ideas would help to lessen the number of truck accidents caused by driver fatigue. If you or someone you know is involved in a traffic accident with a truck, there is a chance that it could be because the driver was...