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Jackknifing can be prevented with controlled driving

A semi driver obviously must be in control of his or her vehicle, but it's about more than just staying behind the wheel and technically obeying the rules of the road -- such as the speed limit. The key to avoiding a jackknifing accident is to drive in a careful, controlled manner.

Slip-and-fall accidents can have serious consequences

Louisiana isn't known for icy, snow-drifted winters. That doesn't mean that there aren't plenty of opportunities for serious slip-and-fall accidents all year round. In fact, New Orleans is the third rainiest city in the United States. The area averages about 64 inches of rain spread out over 56 rainy days per year. All of that water can result in serious dangers to people on sidewalks and in stores. It only takes one ignored puddle of rainwater to send you flying in the air and then on to the hospital. Slip-and-fall accidents are incredibly common and in many cases can result in very serious injuries.

Crash victims: Never downplay injuries after a crash

Distracted driving poses a threat to everyone on the road. You might have noticed the driver approaching you wasn’t looking up. She was looking down, and you can only assume that she was on her phone or looking at her radio. That short time looking away from the road was enough time for her to strike you. It wasn’t a serious accident, but you did suffer injuries. Should you make a big deal out of the crash? You aren’t severely hurt, and she’s upset.

People can quickly get over a fear of autonomous vehicles

The American Automobile Association talked to drivers in the United States, and it found that a full 75 percent said they were still afraid of self-driving vehicles. This fear seems to persist even though these vehicles have been involved in very few accidents in test trials, especially compared to the very high accident rates of human drivers.

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