Famous Women Who Have Died in Car Accidents

July 22nd, 2016

It seems that any time a famous person is killed in a car accident, we say that they were taken too soon. The same can be said of the “non-famous” people who are killed every day on America’s roadways. When it comes to famous women who have died in car crashes, Princess Di may be the most remembered. Here are other notable women who have died in accidents.

1. Jayne Mansfield

On June 29, 1967, Jayne Mansfield, her boyfriend, driver and three children were involved in an accident on Interstate 90, just east of New Orleans. The car the group was riding in hit the back of a semi truck. The three adults died in the accident were killed, but the three children riding in the backseat survived.

2. Grace Kelly

The Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly, died on September 14, 1982 when she was 52 years old. She was driving down a road in Hollywood when she plunged off a cliff. The thought is that Kelly suffered a stroke behind the wheel. Her daughter, Princess Caroline, survived the crash.

3. Linda Lovelace

Linda Lovelace led a troubled life that ended tragically. The adult film star was in Read more

Posted In: Car Accidents

How to Avoid Leaving a Child in a Hot Car

July 20th, 2016

Only a monster would leave a child to suffer in a hot car, right? You may think that, but you would be wrong. Every summer, there are dozens of children that are left in the backseat of hot cars only because their parents are distracted and operating outside of their normal routine.

On average, there are 37 children who die each year as a result of heat stroke sustained in a vehicle. The tragic accident can happen to the most loving, competent parents and guardians. No one thinks it will ever happen to them, but it does. here are ways that you can prevent such a tragedy from happening to you.

1. Put Something in the Back Seat

When you buckle your child into the backseat, leave something that you will need with them. It may be your purse, your cellphone or even your employee I.D. badge. Choose something that you would have to go back to your car for if you forgot.

2. Keep a Bear in the Child Seat

It doesn’t have to be a bear, but it should be something brightly colored. Keep it in the child seat and, when you buckle your child into the Read more

Posted In: Injuries to Children

AAA Says More Drivers Experience Road Rage

July 18th, 2016

You are driving down the street and someone pulls out in front of you, cutting you off. Not only do they cut you off, but they travel just below the speed limit, hampering your progress. How do you react?

According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, if you are like the nearly 8 out of 10 drivers in the country, you express anger. You may yell, honk, follow to closely, cut them off in return or perform any one of dozens of other behaviors that are displayed by those with road rage. The foundation conducted a study and found that more Americans than ever admit to having some form of road rage.

Men between the ages of 19 and 39 were more likely to admit to the negative behavior. Men of any age are more likely to confront another driver than women. And men are more likely to ram into another vehicle deliberately to express their displeasure.

Half of the respondents to the survey admitted to tailgating another vehicle. A quarter of respondents said that they had purposely blocked another vehicle, and 12 percent told researchers that they had cut off another vehicle. All of these actions Read more

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Treating and Caring for Burns Safely

July 15th, 2016

sunburn on neckIf you have never suffered with a burn, you may think that they are rare. The truth is that burns are one of the most commonly incurred injuries in households across the country, especially for children. The accepted characteristic of a burn is the dying of skin cells due to severe skin damage.

Many people who are burned recover without consequence. Serious burns can result in complications and, worse, death. Knowing general information about burns can help you understand how to treat them and how to heal.

Levels of Burns

There are four levels of burns, although most people are only familiar with three. Each level of burn has to do with the damage done to the skin. First-degree burns are considered minor, and fourth-degree burns the most severe.

  • First-degree burns: Skin is red but not blistered.
  • Second-degree burns: Skin is blistered and has some thickening.
  • Third-degree burns: Skin is thickened, white and has a leathery appearance.
  • Fourth-degree burns: The same symptoms as third-degree burns, but the symptoms extend into bones and tendons.

Causes of Burns

Burns can happen due to any number of causes. The most common include:

  • Hot liquids
  • Electricity
  • Chemicals
  • Fires
  • Excessive exposure to the sun

Treatment

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How to Reduce Your Chances of Falling

July 13th, 2016

Slips and falls occur every day in the workplace, in the retail industry and even on private property. Some falls are due to environmental hazards, and other accidents are due to a lack of balance or attentiveness. While you can’t prevent every fall or injury, there are things you can do to reduce your chances of taking a tumble.

Balance Exercises

If you exercise regularly, add a few moves that will increase your ability to balance. If you don’t exercise regularly, now is the time to start. Movements that focus on balance, strength and gait can help you stay on your feet. Look for tai chi, yoga or even kickboxing classes. Walking regularly is also a great way to stay fit and improve your balance.

Medications

Some medications can have a negative impact on our ability to maintain proper balance. If your medication is causing you to have headaches, experience dizziness or make it hard to maintain your balance, speak with your doctor. You may be able to have your dosage lowered or switch to a medication that works better with your body chemistry.

Correct Hazards

Effective fall prevention often starts with ensuring that slip and fall hazards are Read more

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USDA Says Foodborne Illnesses Occur More Often in Summer

July 11th, 2016

Food poisoning, or foodborne illness, is a danger at any time of year, but especially when the heat rises. According to the USDA, foodborne illnesses peak during the summer months for different reasons. If you are planning on enjoying the summer weather with a cookout this year, pay close attention to the rest of this article.

Natural Causes

Natural causes of foodborne illnesses are common. Specifically, bacteria present in water, air, soil, water and the bodies of people and pets. The bacteria that is always present grows faster during the hot weather of summer. Hot and humid weather is perfect for bacteria that grows fastest when temperatures reach 90 to 110-degrees Fahrenheit. When bacteria on food grows at such a rapid rate, it can easily make anyone who ingests it sick.

Outdoor Activities

With summer comes an opportunity to take part in all sorts of outdoor activities. People are cooking outdoors on camping trips, at picnics and at celebrations. Having a full kitchen outdoors is a rare privilege. This means that food isn’t contained like it should be, typically isn’t kept at cool temperatures and may not be cooked thoroughly. Additionally, people have fewer opportunities to wash their food Read more

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Bike Trailer vs. Bike Seat: Which to Choose

July 8th, 2016

Charlotte and its surrounding area is a beautiful place for bike riding. Many people choose to continue biking even after they have children, just a bit differently. Once toddlers are old enough, many new parents find themselves with a choice: bike trailer or bike seat?

Bike Trailers

Most of us have seen bike trailers, even if we don’t know what they are called. These contraptions hook to the back of a bike and look a bit like rolling pup tents. Bike trailers provide stability, but they can make navigating the bike different, especially around turns and in tight spaces.

Some children do not enjoy bike trailers because they feel far away from their parents. This can lead to a feeling of being unsafe. Some children who enjoy taking in the scenery may find it difficult to see out of a bike trailer.

Bike Seats

These traditional seats are things that many of us are used to from our own childhoods. They attach over the rear wheel of an adult bicycle, providing the child with a place to sit directly behind the bike operator. These seats allow the child to sit close to their parent, and the seats provide a Read more

Posted In: Bicycle Accidents

Medical Mistakes to Avoid After an Injury

July 6th, 2016

When you are hurt in an accident of any type, you may find it necessary to seek medical treatment. It’s always a good idea to do, especially if you think you may try to seek compensation for your injuries. Unfortunately, many people make mistakes when it comes to their medical treatment following an accident.

This is not an article about medical malpractice. Those errors are typically out of your control. What we are talking about are preventable medical errors or the things that you have complete control over. Here are a few things to avoid when seeking medical attention after an injury.

1. Premature Termination

Premature termination is one of the biggest mistakes victims make. This means that you sought medical attention, the doctor diagnosed your condition and came up with a treatment plan, and you failed to follow through. If you took the time to visit the doctor, do what they say. It really is that simple.

2. Underplaying Your Injuries

Now is not the time to be tough. Tell your doctor exactly where it hurts and try to describe your level of pain accurately. Downplaying your injury can lead to a misdiagnosis and, ultimately, a lengthier recovery time. Read more

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Why School Buses are the Safest and Most Eco Friendly Option

July 5th, 2016

school bus photoIn the last months of school in North Carolina, there were a few reports of different school bus accidents. Though dozens of car accidents happen in the state every single day, it is the unexpected ones, like those involving school buses, that garner the most attention. Though they are not very common, these kinds of accidents can be pretty deadly. After all, children are almost always the victim.

Though they are pretty rare, school bus accidents involving other cars can very often be avoided. All it takes is a good knowledge of the rules of the road and how to drive around school buses. Though it may be inconvenient, driving slowly and getting out of the way of buses could potential save the lives of the children being transported, as well as other drivers around you.

Nationwide Statistics You Need to Know

The latest figures from the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration regarding school bus accidents are from 2003 to 2012. In that time, there were nearly 350,000 total fatal accidents on the road. Of those, about 1,200, or 0.35 percent, of those involved school buses — that’s about 120 a year. From those accidents, 1,353 were Read more

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Types of Witnesses in a Personal Injury Case

July 4th, 2016

If you have never found yourself in court seeking compensation for a personal injury, chances are likely that you are not aware of all of the aspects that go into the case. One of the most important aspects to prove is that an injury actually took place and it was caused by the person being sued. This is where witness testimony is helpful, if not essential.

There are two types of witnesses in a personal injury case: individual and experts.

Individual Witnesses

Accident rarely happen in a vacuum. Chances are high that at least one person was around to witness what occurred. Anyone who saw your accident will be called to testify as an individual witness if your attorney believes they can help prove your case.

Because facts can be remembered differently as time passes, your attorney will want to obtain a written statement from individual witnesses as soon as possible. If you are involved in an accident, it is always a good idea to get the name and contact information for anyone who saw what happened.

Other individual witnesses may include those people who can testify as to how your injury has affected you. For example, your spouse may Read more

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