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October 2017 Archives

Understanding and preventing dog bites

As a dog owner, you most likely think of your pet as a member of the family. However, it is important for you and other Californians to understand that although your dog may be your best friend, you cannot trust dogs to react to people with friendliness at all times. In fact, a dog you know may end up biting you or a loved one and causing serious injuries.

Factors in large truck crashes

According to research sponsored by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, defects in large trucks significantly raise the chances of being in an accident in California and the rest of the nation. Additional factors in the crashes include claiming the short-haul exemption to circumvent federal hours-of-service rules and driving for excessive hours.

Vehicle accidents and night shift workers

California residents who work during the night shift are more likely than other drivers to get into a motor vehicle accident. This is even if they commute home during daylight hours. According to researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital, interruptions in sleep-wake cycles and inadequate sleep at night are common in people who have to drive home after working during the night. This increases their chances in getting in accidents.

Smartphones and traffic fatalities

California residents who own smartphones should know that these devices are playing a major role in the rise in traffic fatalities. The number of deaths resulting from motor vehicle accidents has risen sharply by 14.4 percent over the last two years. This is coming after a period of decades during which the number of road deaths had been dropping.

Accident death rates continue to climb

California drivers might find it sobering to hear that the number of people killed in traffic accidents around the country increased for the second year in a row according to a report released on Oct. 6 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The agencyrevealed that fatal motor vehicle crashes claimed 37,461 lives in 2016. The figure represents a 5.6 percent year-over-year increase and is the highest highway death toll in nine years.

Stair use and injuries

A study released in the 'American Journal of Emergency Medicine" states that over a million people in California and the rest of the country sustain injuries from stair use each year. Although some groups, such young children, women and older adults tend to report more cases of injuries, victims of all age groups make visits to the emergency department for injuries like fractures, strains, bumps and sprains.

Factors that may increase the risk of a serious accident

California residents may be safer in a newer car as opposed to an older one. This is the conclusion of a research paper written by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Those who operate a vehicle that is 19 years old have a 71-percent greater chance of getting into a fatal accident than those who are driving a vehicle that is three years old or newer.

Injured while shopping? Take these 3 steps

When you are shopping, you are not expecting to suffer an injury. You are simply out buying food, clothes or other goods. Unfortunately, retail stores are not always up to par. If a store has hazardous conditions, such as an overcrowded aisle or slippery floor, you could sustain an injury while shopping.