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Summer Pool Fun Is Sometimes Hazardous

Companies often create products, such as cooking tools, toys, and medical devices that are later recalled due to resulting safety hazards associated with using that product.  Unfortunately, before these products are recalled, serious injury or death of multiple consumers often occurs. We often hear about these recalls through the nightly news or via e-mail alerts, but sometimes it is too late. Often, we hear about these recalls more around the holidays, when many childrens' toys are recalled due to safety reasons. However, recalls on dangerous and defective products can involve summertime activities, too.  

Chronic Pain Following A Car Wreck

If you or someone you know has ever been in a car crash, the idea that chronic pain often follows an accident may seem like common sense.  However, did you know that car crash victims have over an 84% increased risk of experiencing chronic pain?  This is one of the many new aspects of a research study going on in University of Aberdeen School of Medicine, Scotland.  Researchers from the university have been studying chronic pain as it relates to many different types of accidents and injuries. The focus of their studies include areas like car accidents, workplace injuries, fractured bones, surgical operations, childbirth, and other miscellaneous hospitalizations. Their study involved interviewing patients across multiple years. They interviewed over 200 patients three times over a period of four years. Their results may be surprising!  In addition to the car crash statistic listed above, over 30% of patients who were victims of any kind of trauma were more likely to experience a new onset of chronic pain following their trauma.  However, there was no significant link between childbirth or surgery and chronic pain.  

How Cars and Motorcyclists Can Share The Road

Sometimes, motorcyclists get a bad reputation while driving on the road.  However, it is the responsibility of both motorcycle and car drivers to maintain safe practices while driving on the road.  Although this can be tricky at times, a few tips may help make it easier for both of these drivers to share the road in a safe manner:

Fourth of July Driving Safety Tips

Are you planning on driving somewhere to celebrate during our Fourth of July holiday?  It is important to be especially cautious during this holiday time period.  Others who are out celebrating may be be driving under the influence and/or making other similarly unsafe choices. In an effort to keep yourself safe on the road, here are some tips from a local news article out of New Bern, NC:

Increasing Your Knowledge of TBIs

How much do you really know about traumatic brain injuries?  Although this injury has made many headlines in the news in the past few years, the cause, symptoms, and treatments remain a mystery to many.  Many websites have compiled information about traumatic brain injuries to help educate the general public.  Of these websites is the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC), which has myriad information relating to traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and burn injuries. For those who may want to educate themselves more on the causes, signs, and treatment of traumatic brain injuries, their website may be a good place to begin.  Click here for the direct link to their TBI page.

Brain Injuries Following A Collision

Do you know about how traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) occur?  How common are they in car accident victims? Today we will be covering how TBI's occur and debunk some myths about TBIs.  

Motorcycle Accident Statistics

In an effort to raise motorcycle safety awareness, we are highlighting some common themes that tend to occur when a motorcycle accident occurs, as well as some safety statistics.   It is so important to respectfully share the road with other vehicle and motorcycle drivers in an effort to prevent accidents on the road.  Motorcyclists and bicyclists may be particularly vulnerable to injury due to to their exposure to the outside elements when they're riding.  According to an article cited at the bottom of this post, here are some interesting facts relating to motorcycle accidents:

Car Accidents Rise In The Summer

You may not know this, but the warmer weather also brings about a rise in traffic accidents and tickets.  An article written by Insurance Hotline reported that almost 27% of tickets and 27% of car accidents occur during July, August, and September.  Many people believe this rise in ticketing is due to summer travel and tourism, which is coupled with increased road construction in the summer.  It is also likely that people are less cautious when driving in the summer, because the roads are generally clear and dry. No matter the cause, these statistics are reason enough to be extra cautious when you are driving around with your family this spring and summer. 

Safest Spots In A Car

Have you ever wondered which seats in your car are the safest in the event of an accident?  A recent report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety examined this question and found some interesting results.  According to their research, passengers in the back seat may be at heightened risk for serious injury or death in a head-on collision as opposed to travelers in the front seat.  Although these results may seem like the opposite of what you might expect, researchers are attributing the risk to back seat passengers based on several factors.  Many seatbelts in the back seat are not designed well for passengers, which may increase their risk for injury.  Most research and crash tests tend to focus on the safety of front seat passengers as opposed to back seat passengers.  Seatbelt safety technology has improved greatly over the years for those in the front seat, but these same technological advances are not always used in the back seat, too.  Additionally, seatbelt tensions do not always react the same way in the back seat, which sometimes makes restraints too loose or too tight in the event of a collision.  Additionally, there are no front airbags in the back seat.

Preventing TBIs This Summer

Summer is a great time to be outside and enjoy fun with family and friends.  Sometimes, these outside activities can also pose risks, too.  Sometimes, outdoor activities can leave you more exposed to the risk of traumatic brain injury (TBI).  When you and your loved ones are outside, it is important to remember the following tips to avoid summer injury:

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