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May 2016 Archives

Car Crashes are the Leading Cause of Death for U.S. Teens

Car crashes are the leading cause of death among people ages 16 to 20, with nearly 2,500 teens killed a year due to car wrecks. One study based on a national survey of teens between 13 and 19 concluded that about 40% of teenagers polled said they had been in cars where the driver is a teenager who is talking or texting while behind the wheel.

A Car Crash is no Accident!

The vast majority of us refer to a car crash as a "car accident." However, saying "accident" trivializes the significant danger car crashes create for the driving public. Such a saying also implies no one is responsible for a collision, which is usually not the case.

Safely Share the Road with Motorcycles

Motorcyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as any other driver on the road. However, because motorcyclists can be more difficult to see, it is important to take precautions to look out for motorcycles when driving. This is particularly important as motorcycles are less visible and less stable than cars, so when an accident happens, motorcyclists are more likely to be injured or killed, with many injured sustaining serious head injuries. To better share the road with motorcycles, remember these things:

Medical Errors Now Third Leading Cause of Death in U.S.

A recent study published in the BMJ indicates that medical errors in hospitals and from other health care facilities are very common and may be the third leading cause of death in the United States. According to the study, 251,000, lives every year are cut short due to medical errors. This is higher than respiratory disease, stroke, Alzheimer's and accidents.

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month: Have the Right Helmet!

May is motorcycle safety awareness month, and rightly so. As the dreariness and cold of winter come to an end and spring brings warmer weather and longer days, more people are hitting the roads on their motorcycles. Motorcycles are an enjoyable hobby for many people in West Virginia and safety must always be a top priority. Throughout the month, we will have several blog posts concerning motorcycle safety.

Brain Injuries on the Rise from Playground Incidents

A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concludes that playground concussions are on the rise. The study by the federal agency examined nation-wide data from 2001-2013 on playground injuries to children aged 14 and younger who received treatment in hospital emergency rooms. Of nearly 215,000 children, almost 10 percent (about 21,000) yearly sustained traumatic brain injuries including concussions. The study only included nonfatal injuries and most injuries studied were mild, with monkey bars and swings being the most involved pieces of playground equipment.

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