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15 reasons we cannot shake the car accident epidemic

In the United States, we lose tens of thousands of people to car accidents every year. Most of the time, the reason for a crash is little more than driver error.

You would think that the dire statistics would make people reassess the way that they drive, especially when they see that human error takes most of these lives. However, though the numbers have been slowly falling over the years for the most part, people certainly have not made a drastic effort to reduce crash statistics. There is a good chance that the most dangerous thing you do every day is simply driving your car to work.

Seeing both parents really is best for the children

Custody battles often happen during a divorce when one parent is attempting to get sole custody, keeping the kids from living with the other parent. That second parent either also wants sole custody or at least wants an even split of the time.

The courts, however, are not all that concerned with what the parents want. They attempt to do what is best for the children. That's the priority, even when the parents themselves do not like the outcome.

Report: Temporary workers account for 1 in 6 deaths

Being a temporary worker is dangerous. The number of temp workers in the United States has been climbing over the years, setting records even back in 2016 when it reached 3 million, and these workers are in danger of getting injured or killed on the job.

When looking at fatal accidents, reports claim that temp workers pass away at a rate of about one out of every six fatal workplace incidents. That's about 17 percent of the total.

Microwaveable soup containers are notoriously dangerous

When you think of soup, you picture comfort food on a wintry day or TLC from Mom on a sick day. You don’t associate it with a trip to the emergency room.

But children’s doctors warn that soup is not always good for kids. A new study reveals that more than 9,000 children go to the ER every year for severe burns from soup. The report specifically singles out prepackaged soup and ramen noodles in dangerously tall or dangerously flimsy containers.

How do you approach your divorce on social media?

Social media is a big part of your life. It's how you stay in touch with friends and family members. When you got married, you posted a lot of those wedding pictures and changed your marital status.

But now you're getting divorced. Suddenly, social media feels like something new and different. It's hard to find advice on how to handle it. What should you do?

Questions to ask when deciding if you should rent or buy

Are you trying to decide if you should sign a lease and rent a home or if you should get into the market and buy a house? It's a big decision, and it can be intimidating. There is a lot at stake. To help you, here are a few questions you should ask before making your choice.

1. Can you cover the extra costs of owning a home?

4 things you can do to help doctor-patient communication

A doctor can certainly be negligent without any malicious intent. Negligence just means you do not get medical care that is up to acceptable standards.

Unfortunately, medical negligence can lead to serious complications. For instance, if a doctor does not get to know you and confuses your records with another patient's, you could be prescribed a medication to which you have an allergy. If the doctor does not look into your issues or listen to you during the appointment, you could have a serious ailment left undiagnosed and untreated.

What if my workplace injury was my fault?

People hesitate to file workers’ compensation claims for many reasons. Fear for their job. Loyalty to the employer. Misinformation about their rights. Or sometimes feelings of guilt.

If you were injured on the job through your own carelessness or clumsiness, it should not stop you from filing a claim. Your honesty is admirable, but you are entitled to workers’ comp benefits no matter what happened.

Important statistics about elderly falls

For an elderly person, a fall can be very serious. Whether it happens on a wet floor in the local supermarket, on an icy sidewalk in the winter, in a nursing home with improper supervision or in some other way entirely, it can lead to catastrophic injuries and even death.

To help paint the picture, here are some important statistics about these falls:

  • More than 25 percent of older people in the United States fall annually.
  • Out of those, less than 50 percent disclose this incident to a doctor.
  • When an elderly person falls, the odds of a second fall double.
  • Hip fractures put around 300,000 elderly individuals in the hospital every single year.
  • Falls also send around 3 million of these individuals to the emergency room.
  • All told, more than 800,000 people spend time in the hospital because of injuries sustained in a fall every year.
  • The most common injuries are the hip fractures noted above and head injuries, which can be incredibly serious.
  • If you just look at the reasons why people suffer from traumatic brain injuries, you will find that the most common reason is that those people were involved in fall accidents.

The research-driven culture is changing homebuying

It has been said that no previous generation knew as much about homebuying and their options as millennials, the generation that is currently buying first and second homes. Their parents had a lot more questions and learned more along the way. Young people in 2018 simply know more to start.

Why is this? A big part of it is culture. Young people value research, and they do it for everything they buy.

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