Frequently Asked Questions
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Are tailgating accidents preventable?
Studies show that tailgating accidents are one of the most preventable accidents that occur. Some steps drivers can take are:
- Always keep a safe distance between your vehicle and the one in front, using the three-second rule
- Slow down your speed in bad weather
- If a driver is going too slow, pass them instead of driving too close to them
- Make sure to give yourself enough time to get to your destination. That way you won’t feel impatient and rushed
- If there is a vehicle that is tailgating you, find a way to let them pass you
What are the most common injuries that occur in tailgating accidents?
There are more than 900,000 people injured each year in tailgating accidents. About 2,000 victims are killed every year. Some of the more frequent types of serious and catastrophic injuries include:
- Brain injuries
- Burn injuries
- Cuts and lacerations
- Leg injuries
- Lower back injury
- Shoulder, arm, wrist injury
- Spinal injuries
Who has the right of way at a four-way stop?
Drivers must always yield to the driver who stopped first. However, if both vehicles stopped at the same time, then the driver on the right has the right of way and goes first. Vehicles that are turning are required to yield to those going straight ahead.
Who has the right of way when entering or exiting a highway?
This action can be stressful, especially for new drivers or those who don’t travel on highways often. Drivers entering a highway need to yield to the traffic that are already on the highway.
When exiting a highway, drivers should always use their turn signals to alert other vehicles that you are exiting.
What are important safety practices to use in a roundabout?
- Always look left and yield to traffic already in the circle
- Always signal right when you are ready to exit the circle
- Do not stop in the circle. Vehicles must yield to your vehicle
- Slow down to 20 mph
- Traffic flows in counterclockwise direction
What are unsafe behaviors to avoid in roundabouts?
- Changing lanes
- Not giving large vehicles and trucks enough space
- Not pulling over for emergency vehicles
- Not using the right lane
- Not using turn signal when exiting the circle
- Not yielding to pedestrians
- Not yielding to traffic in the circle
- Stopping while in the circle
What are roundabouts?
Roundabouts – also referred to as traffic circles or rotaries – are placed at intersections in order to reduce traffic congestions and vehicle accidents. Studies have shown that there are 35 percent fewer crashes at roundabouts than there are at regular intersections. This equals 75 decrease in injuries and 90 percent in traffic deaths across the country. All drivers are going in same direction, eliminating right-angle and head-on accidents. Unfortunately, many drivers do not understand how to drive in a roundabout and this can cause dangerous situations and serious crashes.
Can workers reduce their risk to asbestos exposure?
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has established safety measures that all employers should have in place to help protect workers who may be at risk of being exposed to asbestos. These include always wearing personal safety equipment and stopping immediately if it is suspected workers have been exposed to asbestos.
Are there certain occupations that are at a higher risk of asbestos exposure?
There are certain industries where workers are more at risk of being exposed to asbestos. Railroad workers are particularly at risk because there is asbestos in aging railroad tracks and railcars. People who work in construction are also at high risk, especially those who work in renovating older buildings, replacing parts of buildings, or demolishing. Many materials in older buildings contain asbestos and when the materials are removed, workers can inhale asbestos dust.
Other occupations at high risk are shipyard workers and emergency responders.
What are the long-term effects of PTSD?
PTSD can be so severe that the symptoms can be lifelong. The victim can be left unable to work, take care of their family, or generally cope with their life, affecting the victim’s relationship with their family and friends.