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UPS drivers are supposed to take a longer, safer route

Drivers for UPS know that there is great value in avoiding traffic crashes. Clearly, public safety is at the heart of this matter, as they seek to keep others out of the hospital by eliminating dangerous accidents. There is also the financial side, though, since even a minor crash can really impact their productivity or ability to work.

One way that UPS focuses on safety is by telling drivers that they generally need to avoid turning left. This may mean taking a longer path to get to the next drop-off. For instance, a driver may go all the way around the block, turning right three times, just to avoid one left. That could add minutes to the trip.

Teens text more than adults probably realize

Texting and driving is something that anyone can do, from a 16-year-old who just got their license to an 80-year-old who has been driving for decades. It is always dangerous and should always be avoided, regardless of age, experience or any other factors.

That said, many conversations about texting and driving focus on teens and young adults. Why is this?

Can your brain trick you into drunk driving?

Many people head to the bar or to a party, telling themselves that they won't drive drunk. They'll either keep their drinking under control or, if they don't, they'll call an Uber.

Then, inevitably, many of them decide that it's safe to drive home when it's really not. They may even regret it the next morning or for years to come. They understand that they shouldn't drive in that state but, in that moment, it feels fine. They think nothing will go wrong. Why is this?

Does a motorcycle helmet really help protect riders from injury?

One common refrain that motorcyclists often hear is that wearing a helmet can protect them from injury. Motorcycles lack a lot of the inherent protections of a car, and their bodies are likely to hit the ground or a vehicle in a crash. Therefore, the helmet is their first line of the defense.

However, some people wonder how much difference it can make. After all, in a severe crash, a motorcyclist can suffer internal injuries and massive external injuries. A helmet only protects one small part of the body, and they may feel that it doesn't make that much of a difference.

How common do you think car accidents really are?

You can check your local news any day of the week and find stories about car accidents in your area. Some are major, some are minor. But it definitely feels like they happen often.

On the other hand, though, do you always feel like they happen to someone else? Maybe you assume you'll probably get in a car accident in your life, or maybe you think you're such a good driver that you can avoid them. How common do you think accidents are for the average person?

Why work with an attorney when making an insurance claim?

You never expected to be the victim of a car crash, but now that you have serious injuries from one, you know that you need to take steps to move forward with a claim. You have many medical bills and financial losses to take care of.

While you know that you can call the insurance company on your own, that may not be the best idea. In fact, it's more likely that you'll get the results that you're looking for if you seek the help of an attorney to help you negotiate. That's not the only reason to work with an attorney, though.

Does texting etiquette lead to car accidents?

Texting etiquette really seems to depend on who you ask. This can cause stress between people when they look at it very differently.

That said, researchers have noticed that people tend to think a lot about just how fast they should respond. Some reports have indicated that most text responses have a shocking average wait time of just 90 seconds. Others have claimed that waiting to respond for a few minutes is fine, but anything over 20 minutes becomes rude.

The online shopping surge and commercial drivers

It's no secret that there has been a recent surge in online shopping. It's easier than ever to shop from your phone, and with many companies offering faster and faster shipping, it may even be quicker than finding time in your busy schedule to drive to the store.

For instance, July saw a 55% increase in online shopping. August saw another 42% increase. Even though the rate of increase may have slowed, the total amount of online shopping is still going up. If you thought people bought a lot of items online in 2019, it's nothing compared to what we have seen in 2020.

Will you notice your car accident injuries right away?

If you get into a car accident and you find yourself standing on the side of the road, marveling at the fact that you didn't get hurt, it may be time to question whether you did or not. If you feel fine, does that mean you really are?

It doesn't. There are many conditions that only show up later. Whiplash. Head injuries. Brain injuries. Internal injuries. The list goes on. Hours, days, weeks or even months later, you may realize that you actually did suffer injuries in the crash. Feeling fine after the accident was just an illusion.

Getting justice after being hit by a drunk driver

No words can describe the pain and suffering that victims of drunk driving accidents go through. In addition to the physical injuries that they need to heal from, victims also have to deal with many painful emotions, from frustration, sadness, grief, and anger toward the person who did this.

If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident involving a drunk driver, it is important that you are able to process what has happened. Taking legal action to get justice could not only help you financially, but it could also enable you to gain closure after such a traumatic chapter of your life. The following are some things you should consider before taking legal action.

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