As the coronavirus pandemic is sweeping the world and news outlets are saturated with death tolls, infections and scary predictions, it would be nice to focus on some good news. Besides the main benefit of avoiding infection and spread of the disease, we have compiled some of the good consequences the quarantine and social distancing orders around the world have caused. During these difficult and uncertain times, it’s always good to look at the positive while still being informed of how this situation develops.
With Valentine’s day coming up it’s important to recognize one of the risks we take when dating and meeting people online with is falling victim to a romance scam. According to the FTC, in 2019 people reported losing $201 million to scammers who pretended to have a relationship with them in order to take advantage of them. If you’re using online dating apps or websites, you should be aware of the warning signs of romance scammers and how they trick people into sending them money.
Pets are an important part of our lives and many of us consider them a part of the family. According to a survey by the American Pet Products Association, 67% of households in the U.S. own a pet. During a divorce, couples have to make tough decisions about child custody, alimony, dividing property, and about who gets to live with the family pet. This conflict can be solved outside of court through mediation and a visitation schedule could also be drafted so that all parties can still see and be involved in the pet’s life. However, there are times when an agreement can’t be reached, and a judge must step in and decide who gets custody.
According to a report by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) 6,227 fatal pedestrian accidents occurred in 2018, the highest number of accidents in the past three decades. While improvements to motor vehicle safety and laws against driving under the influence or distracted have increased protection for drivers, pedestrians remain mostly unprotected and at higher risk of suffering deadly injuries from a car accident. Drivers aren’t the only ones guilty of distractions, pedestrians using handheld devices are also at risk of causing accidents. Studies have found that pedestrians who are texting and walking have a higher risk of being involved in an accident than others who are not engaging in these activities.
Choosing the best type of living situation for your loved one is a decision that should involve both parties, if possible. Talk with your loved one about how they prefer to live, either in their home or at an assisted living home with other people. Consider any medical treatment they need and how much help they need on a day to day basis, if they have a cognitive impairment, and if they have enough mobility to live on their own or not. Think about the costs of each arrangement and thoroughly investigate the staff that will be taking care of your loved one. Look for reviews and comments from other people who have used these services. Making an informed decision that is the best for both parties is important to prevent any unfortunate elderly abuse or accidents.
Truck drivers need to abide by strict regulations called Hours of Service regulations. These rules were created to monitor and control the number of consecutive hours a driver is on the road. They are in place to prevent truck drivers from driving too tired and causing an accident and they also prevent carriers from forcing extremely long working hours on their employees.