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Study reveals shift work leading to drowsy driving

Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital have conducted a study to determine the link between night or rotating shift work, which over 9.5 million Americans are employed in, and drowsy driving, which is considered a public health hazard. While many people in New Mexico and across the U.S. are aware that shift work increases the risk for medical conditions like heart disease, drowsiness may be the more immediately pressing issue.

16 night shift workers with varying years of experience were selected to participate in two driving sessions on a closed track. The initial session took place after participants had an average of 7.6 hours of sleep, the second after they had worked a night shift. Drowsiness and poor driving performance were hallmarks of the second session.

Anti-distraction features could be making distraction worse

Every driver should know that they would be wise to avoid distractions while driving. When a driver focuses on anything besides the task of driving, or when drivers take their hands off the wheel and eyes off the road, they can easily hit other cars, pedestrians or bicyclists.

Despite this awareness, distracted driving remains incredibly common in Albuquerque. In an effort to combat it, carmakers have started to add in-car features that attempt to curb distracted driving. Unfortunately, these systems could actually be making distraction and even bigger problem.

Delayed Injuries Following an Accident

If you were involved in a minor accident, you may feel fine shortly afterward and think that you are uninjured. That doesn't necessarily mean that you are injury-free, however. Some injuries can take several days or weeks to manifest. What should you do if you learn you are injured in your accident after some time has passed?

What's Next After an Amusement Park Accident?

Each year, thousands of people are injured at amusement parks, whether from water slides, roller coasters, slip-and-fall incidents, bumper cars, or some other reason. If you are harmed at a park or one of your family members is injured, it is important that you understand your rights and know what to do next. In certain circumstances where an injury is caused by the negligence or error of the park owner or management, the injured party may be eligible to bring a negligence claim against the park.

Host Liability: The Dangers of Over-Serving Alcohol

Did you know that as a social host, you have an obligation to act responsibly when serving alcohol to your guests? Much like the way a bartender may be held liable for over-serving someone who then drives intoxicated, the host of a house party is similarly responsible when providing party-goers with alcohol. Whether the host serves someone too much alcohol or serves alcohol to minors who have not yet reached the legal drinking age, the resulting legal repercussions can be severe.

Why Night Is the Most Dangerous Time to Drive

Driving is dangerous at any time of day, but the darker it gets, the more likely you are to experience an accident on the road. The biggest factor is the lack of light; as the sun retreats, it becomes harder for many people to see in the dark, even with the help of headlights. However, the following are the most common reasons night tends to be the most dangerous time to drive.

Why Teen Drivers Crash

Teen drivers are some of the most inexperienced, dangerous, and reckless drivers on the road. Fatal car accidents are one of the top causes of death amongst teens in the United States, which is a frightening statistic for parents and all other drivers everywhere. Perhaps what is one of the most devastating truths about teen car accidents is that they are 100% preventable, if only these teens and their parents are prepared for the various hazards on the road.

4 Ways to Promote Safety on the Road

Driving is an incredibly dangerous activity, especially since there are more people on the road than ever before. In 2016, around 40,000 people died in car crashes, and millions more were injured or disabled in the United States alone. The biggest causes of these fatalities were impaired driving, speeding, and distracted driving. There are 4 ways you can help make your commute safer, particularly if you're an employer.

Tips for Preventing Workplace Injuries

Workplace injuries, though preventable, are growing increasingly more common. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, more than 13 people died a day while doing their jobs. At Berenson & Associates, P.C., we find this statistic to be an appalling exemplification at the lack of common safety practices in many workplaces. We believe prevention is the best protection, which is why it is essential to regularly promote workplace safety practices.

AAA Survey Finds Millennials Are the Worst Drivers

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety sent out a survey to 2,511 licensed drivers. Based on this sample, the researchers found 88% of drivers between the ages of 18- to 24-years-old reported engaging in risky behavior, such as texting and driving, running red lights, or speeding. Of those surveyed, 69.3% of 16- to 18-year-olds reported engaging in irresponsible driving behavior, while 88.4% of those ages 19 to 24 reported something similar.

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