What can (and cannot) prevent drowsy driving?

Did you know that driving while drowsy can be as dangerous as driving while intoxicated? Despite this fact, reports estimate than roughly 33 percent of drivers have driven when they were extremely tired in the previous month.

Unfortunately, drowsy driving is more common than it should be. However, every driver can take steps to avoid the risks of driving while sleepy.

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FDA approves device to detect concussions better

After a car accident, fall or collision while playing sports, one of the main concerns victims and medical workers have is whether a person has a concussion. A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that can cause some brain damage and chemical changes, even when it is minor. As such, properly identifying a concussion as quickly as possible is vital.

Recently, the Food and Drug Administration approved a device to make concussion detection faster and more accurate. The device is Oculogica’s EyeBox and it could change how, where and when we test for concussions.

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Changes coming to Ohio Amish country roads

Drivers in and around Cuyahoga county are likely quite familiar with the presence of people in the Amish community. And while Amish and other residents may not occupy a lot of the same spaces together, we do share the roads.

Unfortunately, this is creating some serious – and dangerous – problems for everyone. Across Ohio, there have been 860 fatal crashes involving Amish buggies between 2012-2017. More than 700 people suffered injuries in the accidents. Citing these troubling numbers, the U.S. Department of Transportation and Ohio Department of Transportation are partnering to make roads in Amish country safer for everyone.

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Dangerous toys of 2018

Every year, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) Education Fund publishes a report detailing findings from a survey on toy safety.

This year, the PIRG’s survey included 40 toys. Of those, 15 were found to be potentially unsafe or hazardous due to:

  • Choking hazards
  • Small parts
  • Balloons (which pose the greatest threat of a choking)
  • Magnets (potentially dangerous if swallowed)
  • The presence of boron
  • The presence of lead
  • Being potentially privacy-invasive (in some smart toys or connected toys)

Thousands of new toys are manufactured every year. The PIRG survey only looked at 40 of them. Here are some of the toys that were mentioned in the report:

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Worldwide traffic safety and roadway accident statistics

We often look at local or national car accident statistics. But worldwide car accident statistics are more difficult to come by.

The World Health Organization recently released information about worldwide traffic-related deaths. This includes car drivers and passengers as well as pedestrians, bicyclists, etc. Some of the interesting statistics were:

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How to avoid holiday injuries – as told by your favorite Christmas movies

The holiday season is one of the most magical times of the year. From decorations and new toys to food and festivities, we all have reasons to be excited for the coming weeks.

Take cues from these classic holiday movies to help keep an injury from putting a damper on your festivities. Continue reading “How to avoid holiday injuries – as told by your favorite Christmas movies”

Despite improved tech, truck accident rates remain high

Commercial transportation is a vital element of our economy, and the need for safe vehicles and safe drivers is as critical as ever. Unfortunately, despite massive improvements in driving technology in recent years, accidents involving commercial trucks continue to happen.

In fact, according to this recent article, accident rates have either stayed steady or increased for light-duty and larger trucks in 2018.

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Toys to avoid giving this holiday season

The last thing people want to do this holiday is spend money on a gift for someone that causes serious injuries – especially to children. Unfortunately, it can and does happen: Every three minutes, a child goes to the hospital with toy-related injuries. As such, avoiding defective or potentially dangerous toys this holiday will be crucial.

Groups like World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc., (WATCH) put together a list of the worst toys of the year to make it easier to avoid dangerous products.

The list from WATCH includes:

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How to manage the financial fallout from an auto accident

By William J. Price

Auto accidents create debt instantly. As a victim, you could have to pay for medical bills and damage to your car, all while being forced to take time off of work to recover. The biggest expenses – hospital stays, surgery, long-term care, and medication – pile up quickly, creating a mountain of debt.

The result: Your credit report is damaged within 30 days. Continue reading “How to manage the financial fallout from an auto accident”