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Fits of rage and reckless driving

People drive recklessly in many different ways. For example, some drivers do not follow traffic safety guidelines because they are intoxicated after taking drugs or drinking in excess. However, reckless driving may be the result of other issues, such as strong emotions. Someone who is in a fit of rage may pose a threat to other people on the road and themselves. If you ever find yourself in this position, it is pivotal to make sure that you do not let your emotions interfere with your driving. Unfortunately, some people do let their anger negatively impact their ability to drive.

People become angry for many reasons, from finding out about a spouse’s infidelity to their favorite sports team losing a crucial game. Sometimes, people who have road rage become overly angry about something that happened while they were driving. Regardless of why a driver becomes very mad, these emotions can affect driving in different ways. They may lose their mental focus, drive more aggressively and exhibit other dangerous behaviors while behind the wheel.

Natural disasters and car accidents

Motor vehicle collisions have many causes, some of which are the result of human behavior (such as driving drunk or switching lanes improperly). However, weather can also cause auto accidents in many different ways and some weather events, such as natural disasters, are especially concerning in this regard. Often, it is smart to stay off the road altogether during a natural disaster or periods of inclement weather. However, some people may drive during these events for various reasons. It is extremely important to be careful if you have to drive during or after a natural disaster such as a hurricane, tornado, or following an earthquake.

First of all, natural disasters can bring very strong winds and destruction while leaving debris scattered across the roadway. Fallen trees and many other hazards may be present in the wake of a natural disaster. There are other risks to be aware of as well. For example, other drivers may be extremely tired, or they may be driving erratically because they are very stressed out or emotional. Human behavior can be a serious concern during natural disasters and other types of emergencies, so it is vital to be aware of any risks you may face while driving.

“Ban the box” movement gaining momentum

In recent years, states have taken great leaps in crushing the stigma of convictions and arrest records. Over 150 cities and counties have jumped onboard with ban-the-box or fair-chance policies. The goal is for employers to look at a job candidate’s qualifications before looking at a criminal record. Background checks occur later in the hiring process, after employers carefully consider job applications.

Drinking a hot beverage while driving

As the summer comes to an end and fall arrives, many people like to celebrate the change of season by drinking hot beverages. People often enjoy hot coffee, tea and hot chocolate during this time of year, but it is important to be aware of some of the dangers that can actually arise as a result of these hot beverages. Many auto accidents have been caused by a driver spilling a hot beverage on themselves while behind the wheel, losing control of their vehicle, and it is vital to understand the risks drivers may face when they drink something that is hot while behind the wheel.

Beverages, especially those which are hot, can lead to an accident in different ways. When a driver spills a hot drink on themselves, they may veer into oncoming traffic or swerve off of the road because they have been burned and are in a great deal of pain. This is not the only way a hot beverage can cause an accident, however. Drinking anything while driving can be a serious distraction and some drivers may become particularly distracted while they attempt to slowly drink a hot beverage to avoid burning their mouth. Although many people enjoy these drinks, it is pivotal to realize the risks.

What treatments are available for alcohol addiction?

Receiving a DWI in North Carolina is a serious matter with very serious consequences. Additionally, a DWI charge can also point to a problem with alcohol use in general, and these effects often extend beyond the legal. Interpersonal relationships, work, and even health in general will all be impacted by prolonged acohol usage. WebMD explains the different treatments available for alcohol addiction and how each one may potentially help you on the road to recovery.

Inpatient/outpatient programs

Reasonable suspicion: all you need to know

In order for a police officer to pull you over on suspicion of a DUI, they must have what is called “reasonable suspicion.” This is a less severe form of “probable cause,” but it is still legally binding. Without reasonable suspicion, one may be able to challenge the traffic stop and possible following arrest.

In North Carolina, arrests for driving under the influence are common and the police pulling people over under suspicion of a DUI is even more so. What does reasonable suspicion mean and what acts create reasonable suspicion?

Driving at night without much experience

Operating a vehicle can be dangerous at any time, but certain periods (such as the night) can be particularly hazardous. During nighttime hours, drivers may struggle to see the road and hazards near the roadway, more people may get behind the wheel while intoxicated and drowsy driving becomes especially concerning. For some people, driving at night can be especially difficult because they do not have very much experience with this, and driving when it is dark out can be different from driving during the day in a number of ways.

First of all, those who drive at night may not be used to using their headlights or adjusting their high-beams. Moreover, they may be startled when another vehicle fails to turn off their high-beams while approaching, temporarily blinding the driver. Outside of these concerns, there may be other risks that are present during the night, such as wildlife running across the road. Moreover, people who are not used to driving at night may behave differently and struggle to adjust to the various differences.

Deer and traffic collisions

In many parts of the country, hunting season begins in the fall. While this can be an exciting time of year for hunters, it can also be a hazardous time of year for drivers and those riding along in vehicles. Unfortunately, some motor vehicle collisions are caused by deer, whether they involve one vehicle slamming into a deer or veering off of the road, or multiple vehicles that crash when a driver attempts to avoid a deer. To make things worse, the sun goes down sooner during this time of year, which can make it harder for many drivers to see the road and obstacles that lie ahead, such as deer.

While driving, it is important to be vigilant and keep an eye out for deer or other animals that may run onto the road. If you see a deer, you should try to slow down and avoid impact. However, you should also be aware of other hazards. For example, you do not want to swerve and avoid a deer only to find yourself heading toward oncoming traffic and become involved in a head-on collision.

When your teen is facing drug charges

Raising a child can bring on a great deal of stress at times and parents may be concerned about their child's future for many reasons. However, there are certain times when these concerns may become even greater, such as when a teen is charged with a drug offense. Whether your child has been accused of selling drugs or possessing unlawful substances, it is crucial to not only understand how their future could be affected by these charges but do what you can to support them during this tough time. In North Carolina, these charges can be very damaging with respect to a young person's future.

First of all, you should help your teen understand his or her options and do what you can to make sure that they are able to put their best foot forward in court. There could be some details surrounding the case that may seem relatively insignificant to you. However, these details could drastically influence the outcome of the case, so it is pivotal to make sure that the entire case is analyzed carefully.

Dealing with a back injury after a crash

Those who are hurt in motor vehicle collisions may suffer in many different ways. Some victims experience a great deal of physical pain, while others are immobilized for the rest of their lives. Moreover, the emotional and financial toll of these collisions can be very damaging as well. In this post, we will look at some of the challenges that car crash victims who have sustained a back injury may face.

An injured back can leave someone unable to continue working. Moreover, they may never be able to work in a particular field again. For example, someone whose job duties involved physical work may not ever be able to take on these responsibilities due to their injured back. Not only can this be very upsetting, but it can bring financial hardships into someone’s life. Additionally, medical bills and the cost of rehabilitation can make life even more difficult from a financial standpoint.

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