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Rehabilitation options you can use at home after a back injury

If you suffer a back injury in a car accident, you may need to have surgery and work with a professional physical therapist. However, even as your injury heals, you may still want to have some things you can do at home to promote health and further healing.

Remember, it is a marathon with back injury healing, not a sprint. It takes time and you need to work hard during your recovery. A few things you should consider include:

  • Doing stretches for your lower back, such as a back extension while lying on the floor.
  • Doing hip rolls to work on your flexibility.
  • Doing leg raises, which work all through your core and your legs.
  • Doing specific core exercises; a strong core and strong abs can lend support to your back while it heals.
  • Doing sit-ups when your back is well enough to do them.
  • Going through all your exercises and stretches at least once per day.

No-fault insurance in Michigan is hard to navigate

The Michigan automotive insurance program is rather unique. The no-fault insurance means that your own insurance must cover many of the costs associated with a motor vehicle crash regardless of who is at fault.

There are some limitations to this coverage. Here are a few important points you need to know about no-fault insurance:

5 key steps to keep kids safe in the car

You may not always think of it this way, but your children are trusting you with their lives every time you take them in the car. It is very important to take the proper steps to keep them safe. Remember that you cannot predict accidents, no matter how good of a driver you are.

With that in mind, here are five key steps you should take:

  1. Until children turn 13, they should not sit in the front of the car. An air bag can save an adult's life, but it can seriously harm a shorter child.
  2. Only transport children in cars known for safety, with high crash-test ratings. Some risks may be fine on your own, but not with the kids.
  3. Always use seat belts and proper car seats for children, based on their size and how old they are. Keep an eye on them to make sure they use the belts as instructed.
  4. When installing car seats, take your time and check the instruction manual. Many injuries happen when parents accidentally use car seats improperly. Even if you think you got it right, double check.
  5. Always watch the children when they are near the road, in the driveway or in the car. Do not leave them alone. Constant supervision is required because it only takes a split-second for a catastrophic accident.

5 tips to snowmobile safely this winter

As the Michigan winter draws closer, you may be thinking about getting the snowmobile out. It's a great way to actively enjoy the outdoors in the next few months when snow begins to blanket the state.

That said, you need to know what to do to ride safely. Below are five important tips that can help:

  1. Ride with someone else. Having a partner on another snowmobile helps you tremendously. If anything goes wrong, you have someone who can offer assistance. Riding alone increases the risks if you get lost or stuck, run out of gas or get into an accident.
  2. Keep your speed down. Snowmobiles are fast and fun, but speeding reduces reaction times. You especially want to make sure you do not overrun your headlights at night.
  3. Never drink before you go for a ride. As with a car, a motorcycle or any other vehicle, you need to stay sober so that you stay in complete control. If you want to drink, do it after you get back.
  4. Watch out for unstable ice. Never go out onto a lake or a river that you do not know very well. Every year, riders go through thin ice, and it does not take long for these accidents to turn fatal in freezing temperatures.
  5. Look for buried hazards. Just because a trail or a field is all white doesn't mean it's open. The snow can cover rocks, stumps and even fence posts.

Childhood brain injury can lead to a variety of other conditions

All parents dread the idea of their child suffering even a minor injury even though that's just part of childhood. However, a study just released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that over 1.8 million American children (approximately 2.5 percent) suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI) before they reach their 17th birthday.

The data in the survey was based on the National Survey of Children's Health from 2011 and 2012. It reflected parental reporting of their children's TBI for which they sought emergency room treatment. Therefore, the actual numbers could be significantly higher.

Michigan motorists who ignore distracted driving laws hurt others

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data shows that distracted driving is one of the top reasons that motorists either nearly miss crashes or are involved in them. Although texting and driving has been illegal in the state of Michigan since July of 2010, motorists often take a chance and do it anyway. Countless pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists and vehicle operators lose their lives because of this.

Activities that fall under the umbrella of distracted driving include drinking, engaging with passengers in dialogue, reading, using the cellphone to text or make calls, eating or watching a video. Listening to loud music, using a global positioning system (GPS) or changing the radio station is also considered to be distracting.

Company sued after Michigan teacher accidentally shoots boy

A man from the Grand Rapids area was sentenced to a jail term after a life was lost under his charge. The hunting safety instructor plead no contest to the charge of careless discharge of a firearm resulting in injury and death.

The man was teaching a 13-year-old boy to hunt in Oceana County when the boy was struck in the back of the head by a bullet fired from the man's rifle. He originally claimed the shot was a ricochet while firing at a squirrel, and a trial on the original misdemeanor charge resulted in a mistrial.

Do you know about the dangers of fall driving in Michigan?

Fall in northern Michigan is a beautiful time. The leaves begin turning colors and the air is crisp. Apple cider is available, freshly made from Michigan apples. It's a great time to get out and enjoy your community.

However, there are also seasonal risks on the road that you should be aware of. Winter is not the only season with special considerations for drivers. Autumn can pose its own unique set of risks. Understanding this can help keep you safe as the seasons turn toward colder weather in Michigan.

Michigan's no fault insurance helps pay medical bills, lost wages

If you look at your Michigan auto insurance policy documents, then you'll notice that you have personal injury protection (PIP) coverage listed on it. It's also known as no-fault insurance and it's mandatory that all drivers have it in the state. It's intended to cover medical bills that either you or your passengers may amass if you're involved in a car crash.

In the event that you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, you're probably wondering what your no-fault insurance coverage can be used to pay. It can be applied toward any unmet health insurance deductible. It can also be used to pay any amounts, such as co-pays, that are beyond your plan's limits.

How dangerous is speeding?

You've broken the speed limit before. It feels like everyone does. Maybe you were late for work. Maybe you were on a long road trip, and you knew that setting your cruise control slightly above the speed limit would shave off some time. Maybe you just didn't see the road sign, and you were not sure what the speed limit was.

For whatever reason, you've broken the limit. You don't think it's a big deal. Is it?

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