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Why are cars so popular in the U.S.?

When you look at the impact that cars have on America, it made lead you to question why they're so popular and why everyone drives them without a second thought.

After all, for some age groups, cars are a leading cause of death. They often lead to between 35,000 and 40,000 deaths every single year. That's the entire population of a major college, and it happens annually. And that doesn't even take into account far more people who suffer serious and life-altering injuries.

How many residents are there per nursing home staff members?

The number of residents in a nursing home may not change much on a day-to-day basis. There is only so much capacity in the building. Due to the nature of the business, there is turnover, but the facility's goal is to be filled with the same number of residents almost all the time.

What can change, of course, is the number of nurses, aides and staff members who actually show up for work each day. That number creates a ratio between staff members and residents, and it is often that ratio that determines the level of care everyone gets. What should it look like?

The role of phone addiction in car accidents

Driving distractions are not just limited to cellphone use, not by any means, but phones are the most common type of distraction. Part of the reason is versatility. For instance, you can stream music, use a GPS or text your friends; all of those are different distractions, but they can all come from the same source: your phone.

One major aspect to consider is the role of phone addiction. And it's about more than willpower. It's a real issue that consumes the lives of many Americans, and phone apps were specifically designed to make you feel more and more addicted over time.

If you get doored, it can happen quickly

Cyclists everywhere worry about getting doored, especially while riding in the city. This is the term for an accident caused by a person in a vehicle opening their door and striking a cyclist as they ride by. It typically happens because the person in the car simply has no situational awareness and has no idea that the cyclist is there.

When you look into situations where cyclists get doored, one thing that becomes clear is just how quickly it can happen. A split second makes all the difference. The hardest crashes happen when someone opens the door just at the moment that the cyclist passes, so they can't brake or swerve.

How can you stay safer if you're driving in to the sun?

As we head in to fall and we have fewer hours of daylight, you may find yourself driving into the sunrise and/or sunset for the first time in a while. The glare can be blinding. If you're already dealing with the aftermath of a car crash, suddenly not being able to see in front of you can be especially frightening. It's also frightening to realize that other drivers around you are being blinded as well.

If you aren't able to adjust your work schedule or other activities (and many of us can't) to avoid driving into the sun, there are some things you help you stay safe. Wearing sunglasses and using your sun visor are essential. Let's look at some other things you can do:

  • Slow down. That makes it easier to leave extra room between you and the vehicles in front of you. This gives you more time to react if you're blinded for a second or two.
  • Turn on your headlights. Even if you have daytime running lights, you can make yourself more visible by turning on your headlights. That makes your taillights go on, which helps cars behind you see you more easily.
  • Keep your windshield clean (inside and out). Often, we don't notice those little streaks and smudges until the sun hits them. You don't need anything unnecessarily reducing your visibility.
  • Pull over if you need to do so. This might make you a few minutes late, but you have a better chance of getting where you're going safely.

Electric bicycles are more dangerous than traditional bikes

An electric bicycle is something of a hybrid. It is still a bike and does have a pedal system that the rider can use, but it also has an electric motor. Some use this to assist their efforts to pedal while others use these bikes like a moped -- not pedaling at all. Electric bikes are especially popular with commuters who do not want the expense of a car -- or the pollution it causes -- but who do not want to cycle every day.

While there are many upsides to these bikes and there's a reason they've grown so popular, it is important to note that they're more dangerous than traditional bicycles.

Are nursing homes properly staffed?

To avoid nursing home neglect, one key is to find a nursing home with the proper staffing levels. Many times, neglect happens in understaffed homes simply because the small number of workers cannot do everything at once, so they're forced by necessity to respond slowly, neglect certain residents and not give them the care they expect.

How common is proper staffing? Not as common as you may think. Some reports have found that under-staffing runs rampant.

Why does prolonged labor happen?

Prolonged labor can increase the chances of injury to the child. After a certain amount of time, many doctors will suggest moving on to other options, like a C-section.

Why does a long delivery increase the risks? Some of the reason is just that there is more exposure to potential injury if the event takes longer. Part of it is also that there is an underlying reason for the prolonged labor, and that reason in and of itself can be dangerous.

In one sense, fatal car accidents are declining

Over the years, fatal car accidents have certainly declined on the whole. Since peaking in the 1970s, the most dangerous time to be on the road, things have gotten better.

Every so often, though, there is an increase. This most recently happened around 2015 and 2016. While 2017 leveled off a bit and 2018 did fall, fatalities are still higher than they were in 2010.

Motorcycles can become more visible at night

Visibility is an issue for motorcycles at all times of the day. Many accidents happen because drivers do not see motorcycles at all. They are very small, many are black or another dark color, and they tend to move quickly. Drivers just overlook them and create accidents.

On one hand, this problem gets worse at night. That small black bike can blend into a dark roadway as the sun goes down. We already know that the reduced visibility at night leads to car accidents, so it follows that it can lead to motorcycle accidents, as well.

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