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Funeral procession car accident injures 2

Three vehicles crashed during a funeral procession for a young girl from Butte, Montana, and the accident sent two people to the hospital.

The girl who passed away had cystic fibrosis, and she was just 15 years old. The service for her was at the Duggan Dolan funeral home, and her loved ones then had a reception planned, which was held at the Big Butte Fire Hall. After the service, those in attendance formed the funeral procession for the drive from the first location to the second.

A malfunctioning gun can result in trouble

When using a gun, you expect it to work as intended. Unfortunately, this isn't always the case. For example, a gun could malfunction for a variety of reasons, such as a defective design.

Even though today's guns are more reliable than ever before, you never know if something will go wrong. Here are four types of malfunctions that can result in trouble:

  • Failure of the gun to fire: It's not common, but you could come across this at some point. If your gun fails to fire, keep it pointed down as there's always a chance it could accidentally discharge. From there, remove the round and empty the gun.
  • Failure of the gun to feed: This can happen for a number of reasons, such as weak magazine springs, damaged magazines, damaged cartridges, and dirt or debris accumulation in the chamber. To fix this issue, carefully remove the magazine from the gun and inspect the chamber.
  • Failure of the gun to extract: This occurs when you're unable to remove the empty cartridge from the chamber, often leading to prematurely feeding another.
  • Failure to eject: There are many reasons for this, such as a weak grip on the gun or a damaged chamber. Just the same as the other malfunctions, you must carefully examine the gun to pinpoint the cause.

Do you know how to stay safe when driving in fog?

Any type of inclement weather makes it difficult to drive, and this is particularly true of fog. Not only does it reduce your visibility of the road but it also makes it more difficult for other drivers to see you.

If you find yourself driving in heavy fog, here are three tips to follow:

  • Use your headlights: This improves your visibility of the road, while making it easier for other drivers to spot your vehicle. Never use your high beams in fog, as the light will reflect back into your eyes.
  • Slow down: Since your visibility is limited, you won't have as much time as usual to react to hazards, such as traffic that's stopped on the highway. Slowing down gives you more time to react.
  • Focus on the road: Driving in fog is a challenge, so you need to focus on the road and your surroundings at all times. Set your cellphone to the side, don't talk to passengers and turn off the radio. One hundred percent of your attention should be on the road.

How to increase reaction time when driving

When driving, good reaction time is often the difference between avoiding an accident and being part of an accident.

There are several tips you can follow to increase reaction time when driving, such as:

  • Leave a greater following distance: This gives you more time to stop, such as when the car in front of you brakes suddenly.
  • Eliminate distractions: If you're distracted, such as by talking on the phone or sending a text message, you're more likely to have a slower reaction time. This is a direct result of your attention not being on the road.
  • Avoid busy streets: If you know where traffic congestion is most likely, you can avoid these areas to reduce the risk of trouble.
  • Don't drive when drowsy: When you're tired, you're less likely to be able to make quick decisions and react to danger in a timely manner.
  • Don't drive after taking prescription medication: This goes along with driving drowsy, as some prescription medications will cause you to lose focus and possibly fall asleep. Discuss this with your doctor if it's a concern.

Share these driving safety tips with your teenager

As a parent, you're probably not looking forward to the day when your teenager is able to get behind the wheel without supervision. Conversely, this is something your child has been looking forward to for many years.

There are many ways to help your teen become a safe driver, such as by sharing the following tips:

  • Always wear your seat belt: Not only is this the law, but it can help protect your teen from serious injury or death in the event of an accident.
  • Follow the rules of the road: There are laws in place for a reason, so make sure your teen understands the importance of obeying them at all times.
  • Never drink and drive: Underage drinking can result in all types of trouble, such as increasing the risk of causing an accident.
  • Avoid distractions: In today's world, teens rely on technology more than ever before. This can lead them to use their cellphone when they should be focusing on the road.
  • Don't drive with too many people in the car: You may want to set a limit for your child to follow, as too many passengers can quickly become a distraction.

Do you know how to drive safely around commercial trucks?

The number of semitrucks on the road is staggering and that number will continue to grow. You can see them on interstates, highways and even on dirt/gravel roads.

Driving safely around commercial trucks is easier said than done for a number of reasons:

  • These vehicles are extremely large
  • Commercial truckers must contend with multiple blind spots
  • Commercial trucks have long stopping distances
  • Commercial truckers find it difficult to maneuver safely in tight spaces

Man from Montana involved in deadly accident in North Dakota

A high school student from North Dakota is dead after an accident with a man from Montana who allegedly blew through a stop sign.

According to reports, the crash occurred on April 7, a Sunday. The man from Montana, who is 27 years old, was driving a 2011 GMC Sierra pickup truck on County Road 21, heading toward the intersection with ND highway 1804. When he reached the intersection, he was supposed to stop at the sign, but he apparently drove right through it and slammed into a 2015 Jeep Wrangler that was passing legally through the intersection.

5 things to teach your children about gun safety

If you have children, it's important to discuss gun safety with them at the appropriate age. This holds true even if you don't have guns in your house, as you never know when your child will have access to a firearm.

While there is a lot to discuss in regard to gun safety, here are five things you should definitely touch on:

  • Don't touch a gun unless you have adult supervision: If your children follow this rule, you never have to worry about them using a gun and potentially making a fatal mistake.
  • Treat every gun like a loaded gun: No one should ever point a gun, loaded or not, at a living person, animal or property. Also, teach your children to keep their fingers off the trigger.
  • A real gun is not the same as a toy gun: Many children enjoy "playing guns" with their friends, thus making them think it's a harmless activity. Teach them the differences between real guns and toy guns.
  • Teach them how to shoot: If your child is old enough, you may want to teach them how to shoot at a local gun range. This gives you the opportunity to teach them right from wrong, while also driving home various safety tips.
  • Always pay attention: When using a gun, it's imperative to pay attention to the task at hand, and nothing else. This isn't a time to text friends, talk to someone else or take their eyes off the target for any reason.

Tips for safe driving in traffic

You can find yourself driving in heavy traffic at any time of the day, regardless of location. This is often the result of rush hour, an accident or construction.

Regardless of the reason for the traffic, it's important to take a variety of steps that can help prevent an accident. Here are five things you need to do:

  • Don't drive aggressively: Defensive driving is a must in a traffic jam, as it keeps you safe and helps avoid trouble with other drivers.
  • Keep a safe following distance: Just because traffic is moving slowly doesn't mean you should tailgate the car in front of yours. A gap of three or more seconds is considered safe.
  • Keep your eyes on the road ahead: Even if traffic begins to move, it could quickly come to a halt once again. Keeping your eyes ahead allows you to slow down as necessary.
  • Avoid distractions: It's not safe to drive distracted, even if you're moving at a slow rate of speed.
  • Use your mirrors: With these, you're able to see most of what's happening around you, allowing you to make informed decisions.

Emotional distress is a form of injury

It is sometimes easy to note physical injuries after a car accident. Something like a laceration on your face or a broken arm is hard to overlook. It's easy to prove that you're suffering and that the accident was responsible for that suffering.

That's important if you want to seek financial compensation. You should not have much trouble demonstrating why you need that compensation and what it should cover.

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