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Reducing Drunk Driving Deaths: The Need for High Visibility

To discourage drunk driving and reduce resulting death rates, safety agencies are turning up the visibility of enforcement efforts. In May of 2013, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released a report containing recommendations for eliminating deaths associated with drunk driving. Noting that more than 10,000 people are killed and 170,000 injured each year in… Read More »

Shopping Cart Falls Cause Injuries and Fatalities to Children

Shopping carts and active children do not mix unless parents act responsibly, and stores provide proper restraints. Anyone whose children sustain injuries from a shopping cart fall can unfairly face charges of parental negligence by stores that are in fact liable for the incident. This is why parents in North Carolina need to consult with… Read More »

The High Cost of Motor Vehicle Crashes

A recent study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) put a price tag on the cost of motor vehicle collisions in this country. In an effort to quantify the economic and social value of motor vehicle accidents, NHTSA looked at accident figures from 2010. The dollar values were staggering. Points of the report… Read More »

Pregnant? Use Caution When Driving

Recent research suggests physical changes during pregnancy could increase the risk of a serious vehicle accident. Women and their families are extra careful when there is a baby on board. Along with preparations for the baby, women are cautious about diet and exercise. A new study shows pregnant women should also be more careful driving… Read More »

Codeine for Coughs? The Answer Should be No.

If your child is prescribed codeine for a cough or pain, just say no. Doctors and many parents are familiar with codeine. But it is that very familiarity that could be putting children in danger. Why? Codeine is an opioid narcotic. When a child ingests codeine, it is metabolized at rates that are affected by… Read More »

Dangerous Healthcare Settings: Poorly Sterilized Equipment

A recent safety advisory points out continuing problems with improperly disinfected hospital equipment in the United States. The Joint Commission is a non-profit entity that accredits healthcare facilities in this country. The agency also inspects and surveys hospitals and physician offices to ensure safety and other standards are met. The Commission has the authority to… Read More »

Are Hands-Free Devices Safe?

Think talking on a hands-free device is safe while driving?  Motorists seem to think so but research says no. In April, the National Safety Council (NSC) released findings of a survey gauging attitudes about hands-free cellular devices. The survey found eight in 10 motorists believe use of hands-free devices is a safe option. While many… Read More »

Fatigue a Factor in Accidents

Increasingly, the issue of human fatigue is making headlines as a serious factor in transportation accidents. In December of 2013, a Metro-North commuter train derailed in the Bronx, New York. As the train rounded a curve prior to reaching the station, its speed was well beyond the recommended limit for that part of the track…. Read More »

Sun in a Box: FDA Issues Sunlamp Warning

Recently the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) upped the warning level on tanning beds and sunlamps. The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates approximately 13,000 people each year die of skin cancers. A leading cause of skin cancer is exposure to ultra-violet (UV) radiation. Emanating from our daytime star, the sun, everyone is exposed to… Read More »

The Drive for Data: Automobile Black Boxes

Will an increase in automobile defects drive manufacturers toward new and improved event data recorders for motor vehicles? Consumers are reeling from recent recalls by General Motors, Toyota, Nissan and Ford. While these recalls may be a symptom of corporate fear of liability rather than responsibility, the recalls do warn motorists of dangerous defects built… Read More »

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