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5 steps for treating whiplash

The most common type of motor vehicle accident injury relates to whiplash. That's because, during a car accident, the gravitational forces invariably whip the head and neck around violently. This can cause the tearing of muscles and ligaments, which can create a stiff neck, headaches and extreme pain.

If you're suffering from whiplash after a motor vehicle crash, here's what you need to do:

  1. Evaluate whether you need medical care: Not all cases of whiplash will require medical care from a doctor. However, patients should seek immediate attention from their medical provider in cases where they experience significant pain following an accident, the neck pain affects their arms or legs or the pain includes numbness, tingling, headaches, nausea, visual problems or weaknesses.
  2. Relax your muscles: The most important thing to do following your accident is to help your muscles relax. Putting ice on the painful area of your neck is excellent for this. As your neck starts to heal, moist or dry heat can also help relieve tension.
  3. Take a pain reliever: Acetaminophen or ibuprofen make for excellent and safe pain relievers that can assist in the reduction of your whiplash pain.
  4. Don't strain: You'll want to give your neck as much rest as possible. Using a little pillow or rolled towel to support the nape of your neck while lying down is a great way to help this. Also, take it easy. No lifting heavy objects and -- if you do any kind of physical activity -- be gentle and aware.
  5. Get physical therapy: Physical therapy sessions can be a great way to help bring strength and flexibility back to your neck.

The Takata Airbag recall saga continues

When it comes to dangerous products, consumers rarely find out about the dangers of certain products until after numerous people have been injured and or killed. This is exactly what happened with the massive Takata Airbag recall, which has affected millions of vehicles built by different manufacturers throughout the world. When left unfixed, defective Takata airbags can explode, causing death and catastrophic injuries to passengers and drivers.

Unfortunately, the Takata Airbag problems have yet to be completely resolved. In recent news, Ford Motor Company added another 33,000 of vehicles to a list of vehicles that consumers are being told not to drive until after they fix the airbag problem.

Underride collisions with commercial trucks cost lives

Most people who drive already know that commercial trucks, like eighteen wheelers and semitrucks, pose a greater risk to other drivers than passenger vehicles. With their massive size and extreme weight, commercial trucks make wider turns, take longer to stop and can utterly destroy smaller vehicles in a crash. No matter how many steps you take to stay safe on the road, an accident is always a possibility.

A collision with a commercial truck could result in serious injuries, catastrophic property damage and even death. Despite increased awareness of the risks trucks can pose to other vehicle, serious injuries and fatalities are on the rise. One of the most deadly, and also most preventable, truck-related crashes is the underride collision.

Strategies to avoid a car crash

No one plans to get into a car accident, and they always happen when we least expect them. Even worse, they can result in life-altering injuries that may never fully heal. As such, every motorist needs to follow the rules of the road, drive defensively and do everything possible to avoid getting into a crash.

If you're interested in being a safer driver and possibly saving your and your passengers' lives, there are a few key tips to help you stay safe on the road.

59-year-old Montana man dead in fatal car accident

Perhaps the most unsettling thing about motor vehicle accidents is the way they happen when we least expect them to, and the way they alter the course of our lives forever. Be it a catastrophic injury or a death in the family, if it's a serious enough crash, no one will forget that fateful day.

Tragically, one such accident ripped through the lives of family members of a Montana man's family in January. According to news reports, the 59-year-old man was traveling in a pickup truck through neighboring North Dakota at approximately 6:30 p.m., on a Wednesday evening, when another pickup stuck his vehicle head-on.

Why is the Remington Model 700 still on the market?

The Remington Model 700 rifle has a known defect related to its trigger. The defect causes the rifle to spontaneously fire. This defect has resulted in numerous deaths over the years -- and one might think that Remington would take notice and try to correct the issue by issuing a free recall and repair.

In fact, Remington has agreed to a class action lawsuit settlement and even a recall relating to their defective guns. The problem is, most gun owners haven't gone to have their triggers replaced.

Common reasons for trucking accidents

Trucking accidents happen every day on U.S. roads and interstates. Fortunately, most of them do not result in serious injuries or death, but some of them do. For this reason, it's important that we learn and understand why trucking accidents happen so that they can be avoided in the future.

Here are some of the most common reasons why trucking crashes occur:

Winter driving safety tips: How to stay safe in snowy conditions

Most Montana drivers are skilled at driving in snowy and wintery conditions. It comes with the territory of living in a cold-weather state. However, there are probably a few tips and tricks that even the most skilled winter driver doesn't know about.

You may want to review the following winter weather driving advice.

Montana bicyclist suffers serious injuries in car accident

No one expects to get hit by a car while going for a bicycle ride, but these incidents happen every day in Montana. One minute you're riding your bicycle and enjoying the cool, winter air, and the next minute your at the hospital recovering from injuries following a serious bicycle versus car accident.

One such accident recently hospitalized a bicyclist in Billings due to serious injuries. At a little before 8 p.m. last Sunday night, a motor vehicle struck a bicyclist. According to the police officers who tended to the accident scene, the bicyclist suffered head injuries, in addition to injuries to his hip and left shoulder.

Severe winter weather results in safe driving warning

As Montana gets pummeled with cold weather, local law enforcement officers and the highway patrol are asking drivers to slow down. After the state got hit with cold weather before New Year's Day, numerous vehicle accidents happened along Interstate 90 because of the hazardous conditions. One collision involved a plow truck and a passenger car on Dec. 28, close to mile marker 87.

The plow truck was heading back to refuel when a passenger car tried to pass it. However, rather than passing the plow truck, the passenger car lost control. Fortunately, no one was hurt in the collision, but the highway patrol wants the incident to serve as a reminder to all drivers that severe winter driving conditions are not the time to drive aggressively or try to pass slower-moving vehicles.

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