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These tips can help you stay safe on a bicycle

As a cyclist, you are well aware of the size difference between your bike and the cars and trucks you are expected to share the road with. You feel very exposed, knowing that any mistake a driver makes could cost you your life -- or at least put you in the hospital with serious injuries.

That is true; you do face serious risks on the road. However, there are also steps you can take to reduce the risks and avoid accidents. For instance:

  • Make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them. Do not assume that they see you.
  • If the driver hasn't looked at you, consider waving your arm to get their attention.
  • Wear bright colors, like lime green or orange.
  • Put a headlight on your bike. Even during the day, a bright flashing light makes you far more visible.
  • Couple that headlight with a rear light that also has a flashing mode.
  • Be wary of people getting out of cars and opening their doors into your path; stay on the left side of the bike lane.
  • Always ride in the right places: Going with traffic, staying off of the sidewalk and riding where drivers expect you to ride.
  • Don't wear headphones. The more you can hear what is happening around you, the better.

After divorce, don't make the kids your messengers

It's not easy to talk to your ex during the divorce process or even after the case gets finalized. Maybe you never wanted to end the marriage. Perhaps your spouse left you for someone else. The last thing you want to do is give them a call or sit down in a room together and have a face-to-face conversation.

Instead, you decide to start sending your messages with the children. You just tell them what you want your ex to know and ask them to relate any response to you when you see them again. Maybe you text them when you know they're with your ex to check up on it. Since you have shared custody, it seems like the perfect solution.

The 3 types of distracted driving

Did you know that there are really just three different types of distracted driving?

You may feel like you can name far more just off the top of your head. Maybe you're thinking of things like texting and driving, eating and driving, talking to passengers, changing the radio station, interacting with children or gawking at accidents.

4 tips to reduce ladder falls

It may be nearly impossible to realistically eliminate all ladder falls, one of the leading causes of on-the-job injuries. It's like trying to eliminate car accidents. It's possible in theory, but it continues to happen at an incredible rate.

That said, there are definitely some ways to reduce ladder falls, and keep workers safe. Here are five important tips from experts who researched how and why these incidents took place:

  1. Use alternatives, like scaffold systems and aerial lifts so that workers simply do not have to spend as much time on ladders in the first place.
  2. Do more work at ground level, when possible, so that workers do not even have to use ladders or other alternatives. This may not be as fast, but it could increase safety on the job.
  3. Give all workers proper safety training on the job. Make sure they understand how to use a ladder safely and that they have hands-on practice doing so before they actually have to work.
  4. Inspect all ladders before use. This should happen periodically, even if the ladder has been used safely for some time.
  5. Always make sure that the ladder a worker uses is the right one for the location, the task at hand and the worker's own physical build.

Was that traffic stop legal?

On your way home from an evening with friends, you pass a police car. The officer instantly hits the brakes, and you know the traffic stop is coming before he even turns around. When the lights come on, you pull over to the side of the road.

During the course of the stop, the officer determines that you have been drinking. You get arrested. After the arrest, they use it as a reason to search your car. That's when they find illegal drugs in the trunk.

2 different wrecks lead to fatalities in Georgia

Georgia has seen its fair share of deadly accidents as summer begins, with two recent deadly crashes on the same day. That day was June 4, a Tuesday.

The first accident happened right around 2 p.m. At least two people were riding in a 2007 Toyota Camry. One of the passengers was a 17-year-old boy.

What happens if I’m found in possession of meth in Georgia?

Do you know what the most commonly used drug in Georgia is? While heroin and opioids are rightfully receiving a fair amount of national attention right now, they are just the third most used drug in Georgia. Meth is the most used drug in Georgia, according to 2018 research from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

You may know someone affected by meth, given how common the drug is. Meth possession is something that law enforcement doesn’t take lightly and punishments, even for first-time offenders, are severe.

What are some potential signs of domestic violence?

Domestic violence is, unfortunately, one of the reasons that many people finally decide to end their marriages. These relationships deteriorate to the point that people do not feel physically safe.

This can lead to a confrontational divorce. It may mean that one spouse loses their right to see the children. It can lead to protection orders and even the intervention of the police.

Tesla accused of rigging its workers’ compensation program

The workers’ compensation system is a tradeoff that is supposed to be beneficial for both workers and employers. Workers who are injured on the job are promised access to medical care and benefits in exchange for waiving their right to sue their employer for injuries. Employers are given a shield against legal liability by agreeing to pay for treatment and compensation of those who get injured.

This is how things are supposed to work. But sadly, employers often have too much power over the entire process, and that can make it difficult or impossible for their workers to receive the care and compensation they deserve. According to a recent news article, luxury automaker Tesla is currently under fire for the ways in which it allegedly went to great lengths to control costs by denying workers’ compensation claims, underreporting injuries and intimidating workers who tried to speak up.

Will I go to jail for a DUI?

Georgia has severe consequences for those who are caught driving drunk, and even a first offense for driving under the influence (DUI) can result in a prison sentence. However, that may not necessarily mean you will go to jail for a DUI. Depending on your situation, there may be ways to avoid going to jail for your DUI charge.

What penalties you face for a first DUI conviction

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