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Injury is the number one cause of death for children and teenagers in the United States. Catastrophic childhood injuries are one of the hidden public health crises of our time, leading to an annual death toll of about 950,000 young people worldwide. Some of the most common causes of catastrophic injury are road accidents, drowning, poisoning, burn injuries, and falls. A few others include fractures, joint injuries, muscle injuries, open wounds, and internal organ injuries. If your child has been injured in an accident due to someone...

A new feature introduced by Apple in its iOS 11 operating system, released for iPhones on September 19, may go a long way to adding an extra degree of safety and preventing one of the leading causes of automobile accidents -- distracted driving. The company hopes its Do Not Disturb While Driving feature will ultimately save thousands, if not millions, of lives. Distracted Driving Statistics Distracted driving, according to the National Highway Safety Administration, is defined essentially as any activity that takes attention and focus away from...

Across the United States, three major features that car manufacturers are implementing. While they’re not strictly intended to reduce distracted driving, they will help reduce the incidence of accidents and make the roads safer for us all. Forward-Collision Warning (FCW) FCW alerts drivers to warn them of an imminent collision. Statistics from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) indicate that FCW may reduce the incidence of rear-end collisions by as much as 27 percent.   Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) AEB senses a collision before it happens. If...

Since 2014, deaths on America’s roads have risen by admitted that texting while driving was the cause of his distraction. Officially, however, this accident is not attributed to cell phone use . . . or even to distraction. Accidents like this may be happening all the time, and we’d never know about it unless the driver admitted to it. This is one reason Smith suspects that the number of accidents directly caused by distracted driving may be as many as three times as high as the...

A variety of health issues prevent truckers from being as attentive as they should when behind the wheel. They create alarming safety hazards for other drivers, passengers, and pedestrians. Obstructive sleep apnea is an especially concerning condition, as it prevents drivers from obtaining the quality sleep they need to remain alert on the road.  Marked by numerous breathing interruptions while sleeping, apnea causes daytime drowsiness and reduced concentration — potentially deadly problems for commercial truck drivers. Recent efforts left concerned individuals hopeful for a future free...

Vehicle technology is always improving. The latest active safety features reduce the risk of collision, while advanced airbag technology minimizes likelihood of injury in the event of a crash. Unfortunately, today's vehicles are far from perfect, as evidenced by a recall initiated by Fiat Chrysler in May, 2017. This recall has drivers worried about the reliability of software in select Ram trucks, which may not be as safe as owners were led to believe. Why the Recall? Fiat Chrysler's May recall was sparked, in part, by two...

The holiday season is a time for celebration and warmth for many American families. It’s also a time for massive amounts of travel. During the Thanksgiving weekend, the number of long-distance trips (that is, trips longer than 50 miles) on the road jumps by 46.9 million Americans traveled 50 miles or more for Thanksgiving 2015. With the heavy traffic of the holidays almost upon us, we’ve gotten together this list of holiday travel safety tips for those of you who are going to be out on...

During the car-buying process, we all depend on car dealerships to let us know about the features of vehicles in the showroom. But with technology, automation, and artificial intelligence advancing at an incredible rate, how much can we depend on dealerships to keep us well-informed about the ever-expanding list of add-ons? Not as much as we’d hope, according to a recent MIT study that interviewed salespeople from 18 car dealerships in the Boston, MA, area. Consumers expect these salespeople to be well-informed about the vehicles they’re...

For drivers aged 16-19 in the United States, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Highway Loss Data Institute (IIHSHLDI) reports the fatal crash rate is three times as high as it is for drivers 20 years old and older. In 2015 alone, 2,715 teenagers died in accidents. The reasons are apparent. Teens most often lack the experience to deal with many tense and dangerous situations they experience on the road, including poor visibility, hazardous weather and careless motorists. But while many of these hazards are unavoidable,...

We’ve all seen 18-wheelers drift onto the shoulder and wondered what was going on in the cab. Was the driver looking at a map? A phone? Eating? Lighting a cigarette? Drowsy? Truck drivers get tired driving long stretches of highway for hours on end, and there's no doubt exhaustion is a real danger. Linked to exhaustion for many drivers is sleep apnea, which, along with high blood pressure and diabetes, is a prominent health problem experienced by truckers. Each of these health problems can lead...

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