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Drowsy driving is more than just not sleeping enough

Much of the time, drowsy driving happens because a driver simply did not get enough sleep before they got behind the wheel. Maybe it's a college student who stayed up until 2:00 a.m. the night before an 8:00 a.m. class. Maybe it's a truck driver who had to get up early to pick up a shipment on time. It happens in a lot of different ways.

That said, it's important to remember that drowsy driving does not only happen because of a lack of sleep. Some other potential reasons that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) note include:

  • Doing shift work
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Taking certain medications
  • Dealing with untreated sleep disorders

Witness memories change dramatically over time

While facing criminal charges, you find yourself in a situation where it's your word against that of an eyewitness. Their stories and what they remember is far different from the account that you give.

Is the witness lying? Possibly, but it's also likely that their memory of the situation simply changed over time. They may feel like they remember what happened accurately, but the truth may be something else entirely.

Know the symptoms of ‘dry drowning,’ ‘secondary drowning’

Summer is approaching fast, and that means your children will be spending more time in the water. Going to the beach or hopping in the pool can be an excellent way to escape the blazing summer sun, but there are some serious safety issues for which you should be on high alert.

We all know about drowning, but there are less common life-threatening events that are colloquially known as “secondary drowning” and “dry drowning.” These rare occurrences are collectively known as submersion injuries, and if you know the warning signs, you can prevent a potential tragedy.

How long do people stay in the hospital?

A serious injury puts you in the hospital. Maybe you get injured by a defective product. Maybe you get hit by a drunk driver. Maybe you get injured on the job, falling from a ladder while working in the construction industry.

No matter how the injury happens, what you wonder is just how long you're going to stay in the hospital. What is that going to cost?

Parents should set strict distracted driving rules

Distracted driving is something that impacts all of us, at any age. However, studies have shown that it happens more often with teen drivers than it does with adults. It leads to more accidents, injuries and even fatalities.

Laws and driving instruction classes can only do so much. Experts urge parents to help by setting strict rules for their teens, letting them know that distracted driving is not something they will tolerate on any level.

Here are the top 10 most dangerous occupations for 2019

If you're wondering how likely you are to suffer serious injuries on the job, it's important to think about more than the specifics of your workplace or the safety regulations that your company uses. You also need to simply consider your type of work in general. Some occupations naturally carry far greater risks than others.

For instance, construction is often cited as one of the most dangerous occupations in the world. Much of it has to do with working at heights. You can't avoid it in this line of work, but a fall from anything over six feet can be incredibly dangerous and even fatal. It happens all the time. And that's not even considering the risks of power tools, falling objects, heavy equipment, motor vehicles and the like.

Are you worried about your aging parent’s ability to drive?

As your parent ages, you may wonder if it is still safe for him or her to drive. Maybe you have noticed that your parent is having trouble focusing, gets confused easily or is unable to explain new dents in his or her car. Maybe you have not noticed anything in particular, but you want to be more aware of the signs to look for.

Age affects driving ability in several ways, but it is often difficult for older adults to realize how age may be impacting them. If you are worried about your aging mother or father, it may be appropriate for you to take action to protect your parent as well as others on the road.

Young nurse and another woman hit and killed on shoulder

A 23-year-old nurse had recently landed a new job. While she was from Pennsylvania originally, she was in Tennessee.

She was going to her job around 2:00 a.m., something that is common for medical professionals, when she had car trouble. She stopped her vehicle and got out. Another woman stopped to see if she could help in any way, and she also got out of her car. She was 38 years old.

3 reasons some kids shoplift

A police car pulls into your driveway, and your child is riding sheepishly in the back seat. It's not a moment you ever wanted to experience, but it's here. The officer explains that your child, whom you thought was just hanging out with friends at the mall, got caught shoplifting.

You're shocked that your child would participate in something that they know is wrong. How could they do this? The reason may be fairly simple. Here are three potential reasons that children shoplift, according to experts:

  1. If your child is very young, they may honestly not understand that they have to pay for something before leaving the store with it. They may grab something they want without telling you and walk out of the store with it.
  2. Even when your child does know stealing is wrong, there is still an issue with self-control. Children break the rules all the time. Your child may regret it after getting caught, but they may have simply decided to risk it in the moment. Perhaps they didn't know any other way to get an item they could not afford or that you directly told them they could not buy.
  3. If your child is a teenager, then you have to consider things like peer pressure and the "thrill" of breaking the law. Many teens shoplift because they're bored, and they think it will be fun. Maybe their peers goad them into doing it, and they desperately want to fit in with the group.

1 person dead after accident in Tennessee

Car accidents are one of the leading causes of accidental death every year in the United States, and a recent wreck in Tennessee showed how they continue to be a problem despite modern safety advancements. It is important for all drivers to be aware of the risk whenever they get behind the wheel.

In this recent crash, reports show that multiple vehicles were involved. The accident happened out on I-26, by mile marker 20, in the eastbound lanes. One person was killed, though there are no details out yet about other injuries in the accident. We do know that the incident happened after midnight and that police had to take the time to clear both the eastbound lanes and the westbound lanes, suggesting a certain amount of mayhem.

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