When Kids go Back to School, Accident Risks Rise

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As summer draws to a close and schools around the nation begin welcoming students for the fall semester, the risk for motor vehicle crashes and pedestrian/bicycle accidents increases significantly. Traffic congestion, inexperienced drivers, and a higher number of pedestrians and bicyclists on the road are all contributing factors, especially near bus stops and school zones. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 327 school-age children were killed in school transportation-related accidents between 2004 and 2013. Of those, 54 were passengers of school buses or other school vehicles, 116 were pedestrians, 9 were cyclists, and 147 were passengers in other vehicles. Whether children ride a bus or travel with a parent, use a bicycle, or even walk to or from school, the danger of becoming involved in an accident can be reduced by following a few simple safety tips. Back to School Safety Tips for Drivers According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), young drivers are at an especially high risk for becoming involved in a motor vehicle crash. In fact, drivers ages 16 to 19 are three times more likely to be involved in a fatal car crash than drivers who are 20 or older.

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What You Should Know About Dog Bites

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Dog bites have the potential to cause serious injuries to victims whether they are children or adults. There are roughly 77.5 million dogs living within the United States. From the tiny Pug to the gargantuan Great Dane, these dogs bite approximately 4,500,000 people every year. Victims include children, family members, friends, and members of the public. The CDC estimates that roughly half of these dog bites are unprovoked. Even trained dogs such as police dogs have the potential to cause unprovoked attacks. For this reason, it is important to stay alert to the dog’s demeanor and posture whenever they are present. Most Dangerous Breeds All dogs have the potential for violence, however, some breeds pose a greater risk than others. The following are some of the deadliest dog breeds in America based on statistics collected in 2012: Pit Bulls – Representing 4.4% of dogs in the United States, Pit Bulls have caused bodily harm to 2,235 victims. 1,268 of these victims were maimed, and 233 died as a result of their injuries. 911 of these victims were children, and 806 were adults. Rottweiler – Rottweilers represent 2.2% of the registered dog population and they have caused bodily harm to 495

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What Mail Carriers and Pedestrians Need to Know About Dog Bites

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Postal workers and pedestrians are increasingly at risk of dog bites. According to the U.S. Postal Service, dog bites to postal workers increased by 14% for 2015. Around 4.5 million dog bites or attacks occur every year in the U.S. About 800,000 of the bite victims seek medical attention and 386,000 of the victims require emergency medical care. Who Is Most At Risk? Mail carriers and delivery workers are increasingly at risk. The U.S. Postal Service recently released its annual report for 2015. 6,549 employees were attacked by dogs and Houston, TX had the most attacks at 77. About half of the 4.5 million victims in the United States are children. Many of the attacks that children experience are from the family pet. It is imperative to keep children and dogs separated when adults are not in the immediate vicinity. Even with an adult present, an aggressive animal can cause severe damage to a child in a very short period. What Causes A Dog To Bite? Typically, dogs bite as a response to a stressful situation. A scared or threatened dog may lash out. The dog might bite to protect their owners or their puppies. Dogs can attack if they

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Will Legalized Marijuana Harm Nevada Workers?

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State legalization of marijuana is a concern for Nevada employers who strive to maintain workplace productivity, safety, and workers’ rights. Workplace accidents and injuries typically seen by a workers compensation attorney may escalate if workers are allowed to smoke marijuana without workplace restrictions or limitations. Is Marijuana Legal in Nevada? The use of medicinal marijuana was legalized on November 7th, 2000, but the use of recreational marijuana is not yet legalized. In November 2016, Initiative Petition 1, which legalizes recreational marijuana use for anyone over the age of 21, will be up for a vote. Since Nevada has a history of attempting to legalize the use of recreational marijuana, Initiative Petition 1 is expected to pass. If the bill passes, marijuana will be regulated and taxed similarly to alcohol, so the alcohol industry is strongly supporting legalized marijuana in the state. If Initiative Petition 1 passes in November, the effective date for legalized marijuana in Nevada will be January 1, 2017. If Initiative Petition 1 passes, Nevada employers will face a variety of job related concerns due to the effects of marijuana in the workplace. Employers will be forced to navigate through policies and procedures that may impact the workplace

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