Over One-Third of First Year Drivers Are Involved in a Crash

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More than one-third of young drivers are involved in car accidents within their first year of driving. Speeding, taking on risky behaviors, and driving while distracted all play a significant role in the crash rate. Establishing some ground rules, such as prohibiting reckless or distracted driving, requiring young drivers to wear seatbelts, and encouraging them to drive at safe speeds can substantially reduce the risk for accidents during a driver’s first year. The Optimistic Perception High crash rates among young, inexperienced drivers are significantly attributable to their risk perception. These drivers tend to be overly optimistic about the likelihood of negative events occurring to them and they often overestimate their driving skills. They adopt dangerous behaviors like driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, which render them susceptible to getting involved in auto accidents. According to a recent NIH study, teens are about five times more likely to take part in risky driving behaviors when compared with their parents. To help reduce the chances of young driver crashes, parents should remind their kids about the adverse effects of impaired or reckless driving. Distracted Driving It’s not unusual to find young drivers engaging in distractive activities that make them take

Determining the Safest Cars for Teens

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Given that the rate of fatal accidents among young drivers is higher than that of older drivers, it is crucial to focus on safety when buying cars for teens. Fortunately, a lot of modern vehicles come with safety features like lane departure warning, forward collision, and collision prevention systems as well as blind spot monitors, that are designed to detect and prevent accidents. However, determining the safest cars for teens requires gathering essential information regarding vehicle safety. What to Look For The safest vehicles for teenagers are larger, heavier models with lower horsepower, high safety ratings, and electronic stability control. ESC is standard on all modern cars and it’s a feature that parents will want to look for when buying a car for a teen driver. When the driver loses steering control, the ESC system automatically applies the brakes to the wheels, which guides the car back to the intended path. Parents should also go for a vehicle with side airbags, which go a long way in protecting the head in the event of an accident. Midsize and Large Cars Midsize and large cars for teenagers offer superior crash protection as compared to small or compact vehicles. While parents might be tempted

Truckers Aren’t the Only Ones Hurt when a HAZMAT Truck Crashes

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HAZMAT truck crashes in Nevada may be much more serious than other types of truck collisions because of the dangers that are presented by the hazardous materials that they transport. Some of the substances are flammable or explosive, and others are poisonous to humans or are radioactive. When these materials are spilled in a collision, they may cause explosions, fires, or radioactive exposures. The materials may also poison groundwater and impact people in the area that is near to the crash site. Because of these dangers, HAZMAT truck drivers must undergo specific training and have additional regulations governing them. There are several factors that increase the likelihood of a HAZMAT truck crash’s severity, and the factors are largely preventable. Why HAZMAT Truck Crashes Are Dangerous HAZMAT trucks are used to transport hazardous materials that are dangerous to humans and that may interact with other non-hazardous materials. When these trucks are involved in crashes, there is a risk that the dangerous materials that they are carrying will be released. Flammable materials may ignite and cause severe fires, and some hazardous materials may explode or cause the release of radioactive materials into the environment. If people are contacted by these materials or

Hands-Free Systems Are Still Driving Distraction

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Hands-free systems for cell phones are supposed to prevent drivers from becoming distracted while using their phones. However, despite their intent, studies show that these devices can be more distracting when doing certain tasks. Drivers should be aware that using a hands-free device while driving is safer than using a hand-held. But they should also be aware that it can still be dangerous. Any device that causes a driver to take his or her eyes off the road for a split second or disrupts a driver’s concentration increases the risk for an accident. Hands-Free Systems Do Not Stop Distraction Since 2012, most vehicles include a voice control system as standard equipment. For cars without a voice control system, there is usually capability for the driver to connect his or her cell phone to their vehicle and voice-interact with it. The intent of such equipment is to allow drivers to safely use their phones or perform other tasks, such as obtaining GPS directions or changing radio stations. In 2016, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration studied whether various types of hands-free systems were effective in reducing driver distractions. The intent of this research was to develop their Driver Distraction Guidelines. The

The Lasting Effects of a Slip and Fall Accident [infographic]

Lasting effect of slip and fall accidents

All Nevadans have a risk of being injured in falls, but children and the elderly have heightened risks of suffering serious injuries that can have lasting impacts on their lives. Children who fall may suffer subluxations of their cervical, thoracic and lumbar vertebrae that can cause ongoing issues in both childhood and adulthood. Elderly people may suffer serious injuries, including fractures, sprains, strains, lacerations, and bruises. Some elderly people who are injured in slip and fall accidents are forced to move into skilled nursing facilities and are never able to regain their mobility. People who are injured in slip and fall accidents that happen because of a hazardous condition on the property of others might be able to recover compensation for their losses. (Article continues below infographic) ______ Impacts on Children In the U.S., between 60 and 80 percent of injuries that occur on playgrounds are caused by falls. Each year, an estimated 200,000 children are taken to the emergency room after being injured on playgrounds. When children fall, they may suffer from subluxations in their vertebral column. One study found that 40 percent of children who were apparently healthy had subluxations in their pelvic region, and 15.8 percent had

Why Prom Night Can Be Dangerous

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Prom night is expensive in Nevada, and there are also several increased dangers that parents might take steps to prevent from occurring. Teens are much likelier to engage in risky behavior and may celebrate the night by drinking alcohol or using drugs. Many teens head to after parties following prom. If they become intoxicated, they have a heightened risk of being sexually assaulted. Some teens choose to drive home after they have been drinking and may cause accidents. Parents should be aware of the dangers and take preventative steps to keep their children and other people safe on prom night. Prom Night Dangers An average of 5,000 people who are under the age of 21 is killed in accidents that are caused by underage drinking. Alcohol is to blame for almost 33 percent of the accidents involving teens. Many teens drink alcohol on prom night. When surveyed, 90 percent of teens said that they believe that their peers will drink on prom night. Underage drinking on prom night can increase the risk of drunk driving accidents. People who go to parties and who become intoxicated are also in danger of being sexually assaulted while they are incapacitated. Those who drink

Excavations Without Cave-In Protections Can Be Deadly

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Excavations without cave-in protection expose workers to the deadly risk of becoming crushed, trapped, or suffering from suffocation caused by the force of a load of dislodged earth. Lack of protective systems is among the leading causes of fatalities in the construction industry. There is no reliable warning when an excavation or trench fails. Cave-ins occur swiftly and workers in most cases will not have time to move out of the way. Since a single cubic yard of earth can weigh a ton and a half or more, the weight of a small automobile, cave-ins are a particular hazard. When a trapped worker exhales, it becomes harder to inhale the next breath due to the weight of the load. Safety rules regarding the operation of excavations have been around for decades. Despite having the knowledge and means to prevent work-related deaths in excavations, an estimated 1.2 million workers are exposed to excavating hazards and between 35 and 90 people are killed in cave-ins in the United States every year. In the first five months of 2017, 19 injuries and 15 deaths related to excavation operations were reported in the country. OSHA Excavation Safety Requirements OSHA requires that all excavation 5

Do You Live In One Of Nevada’s Safest Cities [infographic]

Nevada’s Safest Cities

Reno does not fall within the top five safest cities in Nevada and stronger security measures are needed to help keep people safe. Out of 182 cities, Reno received an overall safety ranking of 82 and a home and community safety ranking of 53 and while this shows that Reno is not the most dangerous place to live, it also demonstrates the importance of providing adequate security in the city’s casinos, bars, restaurants, and nightclubs. (Article continues below infographic)   How Reno Stacks Up in Safety While Reno didn’t make the list of the five safest cities in Nevada, the cities that earned that distinction by order from one to five include Yerington, Boulder City, Mesquite, Carlin, and Henderson. A comparison of 182 cities across the nation found that Reno ranked at number 53 in the home and community safety ranking, which would include violent crimes, assaults and property crimes. Overall, Reno received a safety ranking of 82 out of 182. Per 1,000 residents, Reno has a violent crime rate of 7.06. By comparison, Yerington, which is the state’s safest city, has a violent crime rate of just 0.66 per 1,000 residents. This clearly illustrates the importance of enhanced security

Do You Want a Car that Crumples?

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Most modern cars are built with crumple zones that absorb more of the physical forces released in collisions, helping to protect drivers and passengers from severe injuries and death. While vehicles that crumple might sustain more damage than older vehicles in a crash, car occupants are less likely to absorb the kinetic energy that occurs on impact. The inclusion of these zones in modern vehicles increases their safety when accidents happen. What Are Crumple Zones? Crumple zones are areas of vehicles that are designed to crumple upon impact. This helps to divert the physical forces of accidents away from the occupants because the cars themselves are able to absorb more of the energy upon impact. Older vehicles were designed to be rigid, which meant that they sustained less damage. However, when collisions involving older cars occurred, the vehicles stopped suddenly, but the occupants would continue to travel at the same speed that the vehicles had been traveling just prior to the collisions, causing a personal injury. Lawyers say that as a result, a greater number of people suffered catastrophic injuries or fatalities in motor vehicle accidents. How Crumple Zones Work Crumple zones are designed so that they take advantage of

Is Your Child’s Playground Safe? [infographic]

Child Playground Safety

Playgrounds are popular destinations for many families in Nevada, but a number of dangers that exist on and around playground equipment can cause these areas to be unsafe. Before taking children to play, parents and caregivers should carefully evaluate the playgrounds in their area and be on the lookout for hazards that could pose threats. Parents should opt for playgrounds that have impact-absorbing surface coverings around the equipment, and they should always supervise their children while they are playing. Parents should also avoid taking their children to playgrounds that have broken equipment. If they see problems with a playground or its equipment, parents and caregivers should report the issues to the playground’s owners so they can be addressed. (Article continues below infographic) ______ Common Types of Playground Accidents There are many potential playground accidents that can happen. Some of the most common accidents involve: Falls from or onto equipment Strangulation when drawstrings get caught in equipment Trips over debris such as rocks or tree roots Falls from swings or slides Injuries from broken equipment Children between the ages of five and nine are the likeliest to sustain playground-related injuries that require them to visit the emergency department. The Frequency of

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