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Sleet, ice and car accidents

The roads can be treacherous in certain parts of the country during the winter months, and for many people it makes no sense to get behind the wheel at certain times. However, people do drive during poor weather conditions, including times when the road may be covered in sleet or even ice. However, doing so can be incredibly dangerous, especially when a driver is inexperienced with these road conditions (such as someone who recently moved from a warmer area) or irresponsible (such as someone who is driving way too fast or under the influence of alcohol).

Sadly, accidents caused by icy roads have claimed many lives. Furthermore, there may be ice present on the roadway even if conditions appear to be fine. Black ice can hide in certain areas, such as those which do not receive a lot of sunlight, and drivers can lose control of their car after going over a patch of black ice. Ice and sleet can be especially problematic when it comes to driving around sharp turns or on a hill. Drivers should slow down and be careful on the road if they are concerned about ice or other problematic road conditions. At times, it may be smart to stay off the road completely.

Driving in Mississippi in the Winter

When it comes to snow, Mississippians fall into one of two camps: you love it, or you hate it. Love it or not, winter has come to Mississippi. Mid-November, just as everyone was preparing their plans for Thanksgiving and beginning to get into the holiday spirit, a wintery mix of snow and ice blew in. School schedules were adjusted accordingly to reduce the number of people on the roads.

If there's one thing we know about snow and ice in Mississippi, it makes for unpleasant driving conditions, at best.

Career challenges after a crash

A motor vehicle accident can lead to all sorts of different hardships for those involved in the wreck and their family members. Some people pass away, of course, while others are seriously hurt. Emotional and financial hardships are not uncommon, either, and there are other ways in which a traffic collision can turn someone’s life upside down. Often, people who are hurt in motor vehicle accidents encounter problems related to their career. Whether they cannot work anymore or need to look for a new job, this can be unsettling, and it can also lead to other difficulties (such as financial hardship).

If you were involved in an auto accident that left you with an injury, you may be struggling to walk or unable to perform certain tasks at your place of work. These injuries may affect you temporarily or they may result in a lasting disability that will affect you for the rest of your life. You might have to miss work for a matter of weeks or you may need to find a new career because you will never be able to perform your job responsibilities again.

When a skateboarder is hit by a negligent driver

Careless drivers cause many accidents, and some do not involve other vehicles. For example, a reckless driver could hit a pedestrian or slam into someone who is riding a skateboard. Whether a skateboarder is hit by a driver while trying to perform a trick in a particular area or they are struck while simply riding alongside the road, filing a lawsuit may be necessary in some cases. If your child was hit, you should do everything in your power to help them afterward, and this may also mean taking legal action.

There are many reasons why reckless drivers hit skateboarders and people riding other types of human-powered land vehicles such as scooters. Some may be drunk, while others may not pay attention to the speed limit or drive carefully while heading around a sharp turn. Some drivers may veer off of the road, especially during the night or when visibility is poor due to fog. No excuse can be made for a careless driver who causes a skateboarder to become hurt or killed, and many victims have found themselves in this position.

Report: Insulin pumps lead all medical devices in reported problems

Diabetics can face many challenges in keeping their condition properly managed. One class of medical device that many people with diabetes use to help with these challenges are insulin pumps. These are small computerized devices aimed at helping diabetics with maintaining proper insulin levels. Hundreds of thousands of such devices are used globally. Children make up a fair portion of insulin pump users.

Unfortunately, individuals sometimes encounter problems with such devices. According to a recent Associated Press analysis of a federal database of reports of problems with medical devices, since 2008, more such reports have been made over insulin pumps than for any other type of medical device.

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