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Which state has the worst drivers?

Drivers in New York have a reputation for being aggressive and liberally using their horns. Drivers in Michigan have a reputation for ignoring all of the speed limits. Drivers in California have a reputation for fighting their way through massive traffic congestion.

But which state has the worst drivers?

Not getting enough sleep really impacts your body

Drowsy driving is deadly, but don't tell that to all the drivers out there trying to drink a cup of coffee on the way to work. With busy schedules and little sleep, we often think we just have to drive when we're tired, and a lot of people do not think that it's much of an issue.

It absolutely is. When you do not sleep enough, here are a few of the impacts it has on your body:

  • Cognition skills decline notably. This is especially true if you try to pull an "all-nighter." When you can't think clearly, your poor decisions make you a dangerous driver.
  • The odds of getting sick increase. Your body needs sleep to recharge and heal. Not sleeping enough can weaken you so that you get sick or stay sick for longer. Driving with a cold or the flu or a fever can all make you more prone to dangerous mistakes.
  • You get forgetful. This can lead to simple errors, like missing an exit. When you try to change lanes quickly or even pull an illegal u-turn to get back on track, though, you put others in danger.
  • Pure accident odds go up. Don't worry about exactly how the crash happens. Just know that it's more likely. Per the National Sleep Foundation, if you do not consistently get more than six hours of rest, your odds of a car accident triple.

Questions to ask about intangible damages after an injury

In most personal injury cases, victims will be able to pursue tangible damages and intangible damages. Tangible damages are easy to calculate with receipts and known or predictable costs. Intangible damages are a little bit different because they relate to things like pain and suffering or lost quality of life -- which are harder to put an exact dollar amount on.

To establish a sense of a personal injury plaintiff's intangible damages, here are a few questions that an attorney might ask his or her client:

Do you have a viable motorcycle accident injury claim?

It's impossible to know the statistics, but if you were to imagine how many injured victims of motorcycle crashes never realize that they have a viable personal injury claim they can make, the numbers would probably stagger the mind. This is why, even if you don't believe your motorcycle accident was the fault of another party, you should still visit a personal injury attorney – just to make sure you don't have a claim.

A personal injury lawyer will know where to look to determine if different vehicle accident liability factors might have been involved in your case. For example, here are a few things that an attorney won't rule out until he or she has gathered all of the facts:

Thousands of Alfa Romeo Giulias recalled due to fire risk

You thought your 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia was perfect, and every week, you looked forward to taking it for a long Sunday drive through the local countryside. That was before the last Sunday when your gorgeous vehicle spontaneously caught on fire, and you and your family barely escaped with your lives. It sounds like a horror story out of a work of fiction, but this could actually happen to one of the 6,100 Alfa Romeo owners affected by a recent recall announced in December 2018.

The recall, which didn't affect nearly as many cars as other recently announced recalls, was the third-largest in the month of December. Giulia sports sedans with 280-horsepower, four-cylinder engines and all-wheel drive have a brake fluid line problem. Essentially, the fluid hose could come in contact with a coolant hose clamp and result in a brake fluid leak. If the fluid leaks onto the exhaust, a fire could start.

Surprising advice for adjusting your side-view vehicle mirrors

Do you remember when you first started learning how to drive? Your parents probably taught you the most common advice for properly adjusting your side-view mirrors. Unfortunately, this advice was wrong, and it could be putting you and your passengers in unnecessary danger on the road.

Most Americans believe that they should adjust their side-view mirrors in a way that allows them to see along the side of their car when they look in them. However, you already know that the side of your car is there. It's not going to disappear, and you're certainly not going to collide with it.

2 ways to bring your personal injury case to a close

Imagine you were shopping at the grocery store and you slipped on a broken bottle of juice. You fell and broke your hip. You've been receiving months of medical treatments and rehabilitative therapies ever since. You've endured extreme and chronic pain as a result of the accident.

Fortunately, because the owner was at fault for not clearing the aisle of the slippery juice, you have a viable personal injury lawsuit to seek compensation for your damages. Ultimately, once you decide to pursue your case, there are two primary ways that it could come to a close:

3 ways to avoid a pedestrian fatality

When you're walking in and around traffic, you're always at risk of getting hurt in a pedestrian collision. In fact, if you get struck by a car directly, you may not survive the incident. Therefore, all pedestrians who are walking near motor vehicle traffic need to take precautions to avoid accidents.

Here are three things AAA recommends pedestrians do to stay safer:

  • Be as visible as possible. You'll want to wear light-colored clothing as a pedestrian. It's even better if you have a reflective jacket or hat that you can don. These items will make you as visible as possible to surrounding traffic so motorists can avoid hitting you. It's best to walk in well-lit areas where cars can see you — especially when you're crossing the road.
  • Stay alert. Avoid distractions of all kinds while you're a pedestrian. It's common to see pedestrians walking down the street looking at their smartphones, but this is a very bad idea as it requires you to take your eyes off the road. In addition, don't use headphones which will get in the way of your ability to hear.
  • Don't disregard traffic laws. Traffic laws apply to pedestrians, too, and failure to follow these laws could result in serious injuries or death. Also, even though you're following the rules, don't expect motorists to do the same. Taking for granted that a driver is going to act in a certain way could result in a collision and serious injuries.

Red tide leads to workers' compensation claims in Florida

In Florida, there are many unusual hazards you might not think will affect you on the job. One of those hazards is red tide. The red tide occurs when algae blooms and releases toxins. This colors the water and has a potential to harm animals and humans.

In a case in Palm Beach, five police officers have reported respiratory illnesses in relation to the red tide. Of them, two had to seek medical treatment. They filed for workers' compensation as well.

How does social media play a role in a product-liability case?

When a product has a defect, it can lead to injuries or deaths. That defect could result in a toy cutting a child, a bed falling apart during use or other serious hazards.

One interesting thing about product-liability cases is that it's usually more than one person who is involved. Since multiple consumers buy these products, the offending product could be found in homes across America.

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