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August 2012 Archives

Divers identify cause of fatal California boat accident

Back in May, we wrote about a California sailboat accident that took the lives of four veteran sailors. At the time of our previous boat accident blog post, Coast Guard officials had not yet determined the cause of the fatal crash, but suspected that the sailboat may have collided with a tanker or other larger vessel.

Could singing behind the wheel increase car accident risk?

In the last few years, traffic safety officials both in California and at the federal level have been focused on distracted driving, working to educate drivers on the dangers of talking, texting and emailing on mobile devices while driving. In doing so, however, it seems that many people are no longer focused on some of the more traditional forms of distraction behind the wheel, such as eating and drinking, changing the radio and putting on makeup.

Weekends may be more deadly for California brain injury patients

Every year, about 1.4 million people suffer head injuries in California and across the United States, resulting in approximately 50,000 annual fatalities. Now, a new study has reportedly found that brain injury patients are more likely to die if they are admitted to the hospital on a weekend than on a weekday. This is believed to be the result of inconsistent staffing levels during the two time periods.

Distractions partly to blame for rise in pedestrian deaths

As we told you about recently, U.S. traffic fatalities increased in the first quarter of 2012 compared to the year before. Not surprisingly, pedestrian deaths appear to be on the rise as well. The most recent data available, from 2010, shows that pedestrian fatalities rose 4 percent year-to-year.

Previous aggression may no longer be required in dog bite cases

A 30-year-old pregnant woman has reportedly been attacked by a three-year-old pit bull at a San Diego apartment complex. According to media reports, the dog attack occurred when the pit bull and another dog were left unleashed allowed into a fenced common area on the premises left unleashed and unsupervised.

California city settles dog bite lawsuit

A California city has reached a settlement with a 7-year-old boy and his family in regard to a dog bite that took place at a city park and that left the boy with serious, lasting injuries. Under the terms of the settlement, the city will pay more than $300,000 to the family, to be used for past and future medical bills, therapy, education and other costs.

Safety officials test new speeding deterrents

For many years, state and federal traffic safety officials have searched for an effective way to decrease the amount of speeding that takes place on U.S. roads, with varied success. Now, researchers may have found a successful way to discourage drivers from speeding. It remains to be seen if and when this method will be available in Missouri and other U.S. states, but it is a promising development nonetheless.

Rear seat belt mandate aims to prevent crash deaths

When two cars collide, especially if they are traveling at high speeds, just about everything in the vehicles becomes airborne. Unfortunately, that includes people, and it means that passengers who are not wearing seat belts then become a danger not only to themselves but to the other people in the car.

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