Southern California offers beautiful weather and plentiful areas to enjoy the water. From paddle boarding and surfing to fishing and riding fast in motor boats, residents and tourists alike can find fun activities in the water. In an attempt to help keep everyone safe, various rules and regulations are put in place. Those who violate these rules can face steep monetary fines. In some cases, violations could even lead to tragic accidents.
Truck accidents are receiving serious scrutiny by the media. Although the catalyst for these stories may have been the truck accident involving famous comedian Tracy Morgan of 30 Rock and SNL fame, reporters are stumbling on some troubling data as they put these stories together. It appears Tracy Morgan's story is not rare. In fact, according to a recent report by NBC News there were approximately 3,921 fatalities connected to truck accidents in 2012 alone. In addition, these accidents are increasing. According to the same report the rate of accidents involving commercial trucks was up almost 20 percent between the years of 2009 and 2012.
Stores are starting to set up displays with backpacks, pencils, notebooks and other back to school essentials. With the return to school just around the corner, parents may be discussing how the kids will get to and from class. For some, a carpool may work best.
Boating is a great way to get out and enjoy the waters of San Diego and surrounding areas. Although boating is a lot of fun, some hesitate to take on the extra responsibilities inherent to owning a boat. These can include the time and cost of maintaining a water vessel, storing and cleaning the boat as well as dealing with towing it to the water.
A California man was recently sentenced for crimes in connection to a fatal mauling of a toddler involving three pit bulls. The man was caring for the 2 year-old, who was his step grandson, when the incident occurred. A local CBS affiliate, CBS 8, reported that the man had separated his five pit bulls from the area he was using to care for the child, keeping the dogs in the garage. The young child was left unsupervised and wandered to the garage. The boy somehow entered the area where the dogs were kept and was fatally attacked, reportedly by only three of the five dogs. Details from the investigation note the young boy received over 100 dog bites.
Two vehicles crashing together is a dangerous event, but the dangers are even greater when these accidents occur on the water. Boating accidents can be tragic since in addition to injuries connected to the crash itself victims could also face the danger of drowning while awaiting assistance. Although a variety of measures are taken to reduce the risk of boating accidents, the United States Coast Guard recently reported that these accidents are on the rise.
In our youth, summer was a time to run through the sprinkler and enjoy a nice, cold glass of lemonade. As we age, summer continues to be a time to work, making the money needed to pay for the sprinklers our loved ones are enjoying during their summer breaks. Those who are working during these hot months should take precautions to avoid injuries associated with heat stress.
The Fourth of July is a time for celebration. From family barbeques to trips to the beach with friends, celebrations often begin early in the day and go late into the evening. For many, the holiday is synonymous with fireworks. Although festive and fun, it is important for those who are using fireworks to be aware of their dangers.
San Diego's International Boat Show was a hit. The president of South Coast Yachts told Boating Magazine that the show was "the best we've had in years." Numbers are coming in to back this statement. The magazine further reported this year's show had a 24 percent increase from 2013, bringing in 7,640 visitors.
As of June, 2014, San Diego County already has 11 fatal pedestrian or bicyclist hit and run accidents on record. According to a recent report by the Voice of San Diego, that number is already one higher than previous yearly averages. Seeing as we're only half way through the year, 2014 is likely to be a record breaking year.