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4 reasons car accidents occur in road construction zones

Assuming you have lived in the Columbus area longer than a couple of weeks, you probably know central Ohio has a significant amount of road construction. You may not, though, realize automobile accidents are common in construction zones. If you are not careful, you may sustain a serious injury in a work area. 

According to the Federal Highway Administration, a work zone crash in the United States occurs roughly every five minutes. In 2015, there were more than 95,000 wrecks in construction zones. If you want to arrive at your destination safely, you must understand why these accidents happen. Here are four reasons accidents occur in construction zones: 

How frequent are construction disputes?

Having a new home built is an exciting process that involves a series of important decisions and lots of anticipation. When your new home is finally complete, the last thing you likely expect is to enter into a dispute over something that went wrong in the building process.

Unfortunately, construction disputes are an all-too-common result after new homes are complete. Homeowners may find specific defects in workmanship that they need to remedy with the builders. This situation can lead to difficult and costly legal battles, which is something you certainly want to avoid if you are building a new home. Informing yourself in advance about the potential risks and outcomes of construction disputes can help you mitigate this risk.

Commuters should be aware of these 3 road risks

Commuting to and from work every day is an exhausting process. Whether your commute takes 30 minutes or three hours, you face a number of risks that other drivers might not, so it is important to be aware and cautious. You do not want your morning commute to turn into a morning collision, but that is exactly what happens to drivers who are inattentive—though sometimes caution cannot prevent a crash.

Still, if you are commuting, you should do everything in your power to drive safely to minimize the risk of collision. Consider the following three risks on the road that a commuter may be particularly susceptible to.

Get a fair assessment of your home renovation costs

Home renovation projects, even seemingly simple and short ones, can spiral out of control financially and time-wise. This takes an additional toll on your mental health and stress levels.

Of course, getting a fair assessment of your home renovation costs upfront would be ideal. How exactly do you go about getting the best possible estimate?

4 springtime driving hazards

Springtime is here! The snow is melting, the flowers are blooming and the birds are chirping. But even as the snow goes away until next winter, there are still some seasonal driving hazards in the springtime.

You may assume that driving in the spring is safe with better weather all around, but that is not always true. Here are some spring driving dangers to watch out for and how to stay safe and avoid car wrecks.

Avoid a dispute over your estate ahead of time

You take pride in the sense of closeness your family has with each other. There is little drama during holidays and family get-togethers, and you have no real reason to believe there would be a major rift in your family. Why worry that your loved ones would fight over your possessions after you pass away? This is a possibility that you and other Ohio residents should consider, however. You would want to take measures to prevent a will contest or a dispute over your possessions among your family members after your death, no matter how minor the argument might be.

You have probably seen it before – the stress of handling funeral arrangements and the pain of losing a beloved family member can bring out the worst in people. They might be so upset that they become unreasonable in claiming heirlooms to remember the deceased by. A family member who cared for elderly parents before their death might feel entitled to receiving a greater share of the inheritance. For any number of reasons, relatives who otherwise get along might become emotional and combative over the distribution of assets. How can you help your loved ones keep the peace after your death? The following tips might help:

  •        Make a list of the valuables your loved ones might want, and during a family get-together when everyone is under the same roof, ask for their input.
  •        Talk to your heirs about your will, as well as your reasons for dividing the property as you did. For example, you might leave a little more to relatives who are caring for you when you cannot care for yourself, or for someone who agrees to take your pets if you die before they do.
  •        If you have specific wishes in case you become incapacitated, discuss them with your relatives and make sure they understand what you want.
  •        Calmly and respectfully discuss any questions or concerns your loved ones might have.

3 car accident injuries associated with headaches and neck pain

Experiencing an accident can be a physically and emotionally traumatic event. Any sudden motion or blows to the head can cause a variety of injuries. If you are experiencing neck pain or headaches, you might be wondering exactly what happened during your collision. 

If you are noticing any injuries after your car crash, you should consult a doctor as soon as possible. You should also learn about common car accident injuries and what might explain your pain.  

Factors that can impact the accuracy of a Breathalyzer

An operating a vehicle under the influence charge and conviction can impact many areas of your life, potentially affecting you financially, professionally and personally. If you live in Ohio, are over 21, and demonstrate a blood-alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher, or if you are under 18 and demonstrate a blood-alcohol content of 0.02 percent or higher, you may face a charge.

The device used to assess your level of impairment is a Breathalyzer, and while these tools are often accurate, they are not fool-proof, and they must undergo regular testing and calibration in order for their results to be valid. There are a number of factors that have the capacity to impact the overall accuracy of a Breathalyzer reading, however, and these factors include:

Red flags to watch for when hiring a contractor to build a home or business

Once you have made the decision to invest your hard-earned money in a property for your business or a home for your family, you deserve to know that your contractor is going to put his or her total effort into the project. No matter how many jobs he or she is currently doing, your project should be treated as important as the rest. Unfortunately, not all contractors hold themselves to high standards, and there are red flags you should watch for when choosing one to build for you.

Two reasons why it's important to be cautious around big rigs

Whatever name you use for the trucks on highways, be it tractor trailers, semis, heavy trucks or big rigs, it is well worth your while to be careful around them. Take the year 2015; large truck crashes proved fatal for 3,852 people. Sixty-nine percent of the deaths were comprised of people in cars and similar vehicles while motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians made up 15 percent. Meanwhile, people in the big rigs made up 16 percent of these fatalities. Here's a rundown of why these trucks can be so dangerous.

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