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Can worn out tires make you crash?

If you have been conflicted about whether or not you should invest in some new tires for your vehicle, you may be wondering just how much more use you can get out of your current set. The truth is, when you are driving in Massachusetts, a dependable and safe set of tires is imperative to your safety and to the efficiency with which your vehicle is able to operate. 

Unsafe tires can still roll and allow your vehicle to move, but that is about the extent of their ability. If you encounter inclement weather or make contact with a hot surface, your tires may not be able to withstand the conditions and they may pop or shred and fall apart. While the risks of something happening to your tires while you are driving are significant, the outcome can be extremely dangerous and result in serious injury or even death, especially if you are traveling at a high rate of speed. 

Physicians And Midwives Disagree On Safety Of Birthing Tubs

The use of birthing tubs during the labor and delivery process has grown in popularity throughout the United States. Proponents of the practice say it is a safe way to reduce labor pain without the use of medications, but physicians are now pushing back on these claims.

More Older Drivers Distracted Behind The Wheel

Over the past decade, most drivers have come to recognize the significant dangers posed by distracted driving. Indeed, no matter whether someone is using his cell phone, adjusting his GPS device or chatting with passengers while behind the wheel, any activity that causes a driver to remove his attention from the road can cause serious car accidents. Despite the widespread nature of distracted driving behaviors, the general belief is that younger drivers are more likely to engage in activities that render them a hazard. New data shows, however, that the incidence of distracted driving is increasing among older drivers.

Awareness Is Important In Preventing Motorcycle Accidents

As the weather turns warmer, drivers are likely to see motorcycles and other two-wheeled vehicles appearing on the roads of Worcester County. Motorcycles have grown more popular as modes of transportation because they don't cost as much as a car to maintain and operate. As such, it is important for drivers to be on the lookout for bikers in order to prevent a collision that can result in serious injury or death.

The Cost Of Construction Accidents For Massachusetts Workers

In February WPRI reported that a construction worker in Swansea needed emergency assistance after a dock collapsed on top of him. The man, who was taken to a nearby hospital, was apparently in the process of building the structure and the cause of the accident, as well as his overall condition, was unknown.

Man Killed After Being Struck By Turning Tractor Trailer

A substantial number of tragic car accidents involve large commercial vehicles. According to nj.com, a homeless New Jersey man using a motorized wheelchair was recently struck and killed by a tractor trailer, showing how dangerous these accidents can be, even at relatively low speeds.

Federal Guidelines May Require Car Makers To Limit Distracted Driving

Like anywhere in the United States, distracted driving is a safety issue in Worcester County and plays a major role in car accidents and near-accidents in Worcester, Fitchburg and Boston. Even Massachusetts and many other states have laws against distracted driving behaviors, drivers continue to text and use handheld cellphones while behind the wheel. Therefore, the federal government may be getting into the mix to further encourage drivers to put their cellphones down when driving.

Study: Distractions During Surgery Increase Risk Of Surgical Errors

Surgery can be a stressful experience even if undergoing a routine procedure. It requires the patent to put their trust in the surgeon to do all they can to avoid surgical errors. As a mistake can make the difference between life and death, it seems reasonable that surgeons and other medical professionals would take steps to minimize the chance of being distracted while operating on the patient. However, a recent study found that distractions are a significant problem during surgery.

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