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2 accused in crash that resulted in 2 deaths

Imagine driving down the road. You're minding your own business, but that doesn't stop a crash from taking place. Before you can move out of the way, a person on the opposite side of the road attempts to pass too closely to your vehicle. He hits you head on, causing a serious accident.

Head-on crashes are some of the most deadly, and this head-on crash resulted in multiple deaths. A second person has been charged with reckless homicide following a crash that resulted in two deaths. According to the news from Aug. 30, the suspect was involved in a collision when the 1998 Mercedes he was driving failed to safely pass a 2008 Dodge Avenger. They were in a no-passing zone at the time.

Preventing dehydration makes the elderly healthier

When your loved one is in a nursing home or hospital, it's important that he or she is drinking enough fluids. If he or she is not, then the nurses or doctors there should be willing to use an IV to make sure that your loved one does not become dehydrated.

Dehydration is a serious problem for patients, because it can make them weak and threaten their health in general. Severe dehydration can lead to bedsores, weakness, confusion, urinary tract infections and other health concerns.

Workers' compensation or disability: Which is right for you?

Workers' compensation is a benefit provided to you if you're hurt on the job. It is designed to be an alternative to taking your employer to court and suing for damages. Workers' compensation insurance instead pays for medical bills and other needs until you can work again, be retrained or need to be on disability benefits through the government.

State disability benefits give you weekly benefits if you're injured away from work but cannot work your job after the injury. You don't necessarily need to suffer a physical injury to obtain state disability benefits, and even though who have never worked have the potential to receive these benefits.

Are injured workers getting addicted to opioids?

If you get hurt on the job and require surgery or treatments for pain, you may be interested to know that the rate at which doctors are prescribing opiates has dropped. With a war on opiate abuse coming to a head in the United States, only those who truly have no other medical options may end up with these controlled substances.

States are approaching the drug-related issues by restricting and monitoring the use of opioids. In the past, they were overused and misused, leading to the concerns heard today. A study released by the Workers Compensation Research Institute pointed out that there have been decreases in the amount of opioids given to injured workers in most case studies.

Are adults with disabilities suffering from abuse?

Many adults with disabilities in South Carolina are depending on others for their daily living requirements. Some of these adults are receiving care at nursing facilities, and just like any other person at a nursing home, these adults are at risk of being abused or neglected.

According to statistics from the National Center on Elder Abuse, 33 percent of institutionalized women with disabilities reported being the victims of physical abuse. Meanwhile, 22 percent of institutionalized women who didn't have disabilities reported being abused. As for men, 55 percent of them were abused by someone following their disability. Twelve percent of these men said that their abuse was perpetrated by someone providing personal assistant services.

The deadliest days of summer are upon us in 2017

Once school's out for summer, plenty of teens get behind the wheel and learn to drive or continue on their adventure learning what it means to hold a license. After Memorial Day, parents need to recognize and talk to their kids about the 100 deadly days of summer, the days where teens are most likely to be involved in accidents. These 100 deadly days, as reported by the American Automobile Association, are when around 1,000 people die in crashes involving teen drivers.

The ages of teens involved in these accidents range from 16 to 19 in most cases. During the school year, the chances of these teens getting into accidents is lower, since they're in school and participating in activities. In the summer, that's not necessarily the case, which means they have more time to get behind the wheel.

Watch out for these 3 signs of nursing home negligence

When you place a loved one in a nursing home, it's important to know that he or she is being cared for. If you find that your loved one is not being taken care of, you may be in a position to file a medical malpractice or nursing home neglect case for your loved one's injuries.

There are signs of nursing home negligence you can look out for. They may include poor hygiene, physical ailments from a lack of nutrition, a loss of mobility and others.

A South Carolina deputy is killed during boat training exercise

A 30-year-old Anderson county sheriff's deputy died after being struck by a boat propeller in the early morning hours of Thursday, June 1, 2017. A captain with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR), said that the man had been participating in a training drill on Lake Hartwell at the Singing Pines Campground in the of Starr, South Carolina at the time.

Anderson County Sheriff's Office deputies and Army Corps of Engineers representatives were participating in a joint exercise along the waterway when three individuals were ejected from the boat they had originally been riding in. For some unknown reason, the boat's operator circled back around upon realizing what occurred, striking the deputy in the process.

What to do if you have an accident during Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day weekend is the first big summer holiday (even though summer hasn’t begun yet). Nevertheless, it is ubiquitous for road trips. AAA estimates that nearly 40 million people will travel at least 50 miles away from home over the weekend. With more cars on the road, drivers have to put a little extra effort into sharing the road. Unfortunately, this does not always happen, and accidents occur.

This post will impart some helpful tips to help you if you are involved in an accident. 

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