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The types of broken bones that can result from car crashes

Driving should never be thought of as a recreational activity, but many motorists here in Waco treat it that way. Drivers speed, cut fellow car operators off, run lights and don't yield to others' right of ways. This often results in crashes. Motorists are vulnerable to breaking their bones in some of the more serious types of accidents.

Motorists are most apt to suffer either a skull or facial fracture if their head strikes the dashboard or windshield. A driver is most apt to suffer this type of injury when they don't wear their seat belt.

What are some car safety features that may prevent a crash?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) publishes a listing of the safest cars introduced on the market each year. The list of vehicles that made the list this year didn't get on the list by happenstance. The automakers instead spent time learning what would earn their previous model cars higher scores over previous years. They then set out to improve them. New technology helped make some cars make the 2020 "best of" list over others too.

IIHS researchers focused on headlights this year. They did so because it's the one feature that's a standard feature on all cars. They aid motorists in seeing hazards that may be obstructing their path both close and far. IIHS researchers note that high-performing headlights are particularly important during the nighttime when a motorist's visibility is poor. Many of the vehicles that made the "best of" list this year had improved headlights. This, in part, allowed some cars to score better than others when they were being ranked.

What kind of dangers lurk at your local shopping center?

The holiday season has long passed but that doesn't stop Waco residents from heading out to Texas shopping centers and malls to snag a good deal. Many people view shopping as a type of therapeutic experience -- even though there are so many ways that someone can get hurt while out shopping.

You don't even have to leave your vehicle to get hurt while out shopping. Auto accidents in mall parking lots are quite common. This is one of the reasons that you'll often see a security vehicle traveling in circles around this area. They're in part looking to deter motorists from driving recklessly through parking lots.

Why do some people still text and drive?

It seems pretty simple: Texting and driving is dangerous. Everyone gets taught about it in driver's training. Even those who took the training years ago, before texting was a concern, have seen the commercials and ads and Public Service Announcements. People know that texting in the car carries a level of risk and can cause accidents, and that's why state after state has moved to ban it.

Yet, people still do it. Undoubtedly, there are some cases of ignorance, where people do not understand the risk despite all of the information that is out there, but these are likely rare. Most people know. Why do they text and drive anyway?

New technology aims to reduce the number of drowsy truckers

A new technology known as wearable biometric monitors is currently being fine-tuned. Tech companies that are busy developing these devices are hopeful that their technology will be able to hone in on when long-haul truck drivers are drowsy. This technology will be able to send truckers an alert to wake up if it notes this.

There's no exact data for how often drowsiness is to blame for truck accidents; however, some veteran truckers argue that it could be responsible for as much as 70% of them. Many truck drivers attribute their crashes to unexpected roadwork when their fatigue is more likely to blame for it.

Taking legal action for bullying injuries at school

Unfortunately, bullying at schools is a continued issue across the United States despite extended efforts to prevent it. Becoming a victim of bullying can severely affect a child's self-esteem, their academic success at school and their mental health. They may also suffer physical injuries as a result of being injured at school.

If your child recently suffered injuries at school due to being bullied, you should take action to protect them from future abuse. The school, in this case, failed to protect your child from injury, and, as a result, they had to go through significant pain and suffering. The following are some things to consider before taking legal action on behalf of your injured child.

Why is black ice something motorcyclists should worry about?

If you own a motorcycle, then you may not want to keep it stowed away for the entire winter. Black ice is one of the most dangerous winter-weather hazards on the road though. You should learn how to better identify black ice as well as when and where it's most likely to develop if you want to be safe out on the road.

Black ice is most apt to appear on the roadway when there's water that's puddled and it's 32 degrees or less outside. One of the reasons that it's hard to identify is because it's a layer of ice that's so transparent and thin that it appears as the same color as the asphalt, concrete or any road surface below it.

How often do caregivers improperly restrain kids in cars?

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data shows that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of childhood fatalities here in the United States. There were an estimated 116,000 children age 12 or younger that were injured in car crashes in 2017. A total of 675 children died in similar incidents that same year. Many of these crashes can be blamed on child victims not being properly restrained.

At least 49% of the 8- to 12-year-old children who lost their lives in car crashes in 2017 weren't wearing seat belts when they happened. That same CDC data shows that 22% of those children age 4 and under who died were also unrestrained. Another 36% of those kids between the ages of 4 and 7 were not buckled up when their caregiver was involved in a crash.

Whiplash doesn’t always cause pain after a car accident

Whiplash is one of the most common injuries that victims suffer in car accidents, and also one of the most commonly overlooked. Like other delayed pain injuries, whiplash does not always cause pain for several hours after the accident. Many car accident victims may not feel the pain of these injuries in the aftermath of a collision, and they may decide to skip the recommended medical examination. This can turn into a costly, painful mistake.

If you recently experienced a car accident, you may have whiplash that you did not feel at first, as well as other delayed pain injuries. Avoiding a full medical examination after a car accident may seem like a good way to lower your medical costs, but this is often untrue. If you have a delayed pain injury, avoiding a medical exam could give your injuries time to grow much worse.

What should passenger car drivers know about truck braking?

If you've been driving long enough, then it's likely that you've seen the aftermath of a tractor-trailer and passenger car crash at some point before. These types of incidents often involve a motorist getting rear-ended by a truck. Truck wrecks often result in critical injuries or deaths for passenger car occupants. If you're wondering why these accidents often produce such serious results, it has a lot to do with truckers not having enough time to brake to avoid a crash.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued several safety tips intended to keep passenger car drivers safe when operating their vehicles alongside trucks in 2019.

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