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What actually constitutes bullying?

While many people throw around the word "bullying," few have a clear understanding of what exactly entails. In short, it's any type of undesired, aggressive action taken by a child against another one. Any power imbalance between peers such as this may be deemed as bullying, especially if it's repeatedly enforced. Such treatment can leave a lasting impact on an individual's life.

A study conducted by the Bureau of Justice and the National Center for Educational Statistics in 2017 revealed that 20% all of all American students between the ages of 12 and 18 had experienced bullying. Another report published that same year by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that 19% of all students in grades 9-12 were bullied at school in the year before their survey was conducted.

6 key facts about deadly teen car accidents

Teenagers often feel incredibly excited when they finally get a license and they can drive. Parents, on the other hand, feel nervous. They know that inexperienced teen drivers face extra risks on the roads. They know how dangerous it is to get behind the wheel. That doesn't mean they don't want the teens to drive -- they know how helpful and necessary it is -- but they do worry that the kids will not be safe.

It's a legitimate concern. To show how dangerous things can get out there, here are six key facts about deadly accidents involving teenage drivers:

  1. The number of teen accidents resulting in death jumps by about 15% in October, making it the most dangerous month.
  2. Experts note that the increase stated above corresponds with the time of year that teens go back to school or college. They also may attend school-related events like dances or football games.
  3. For drivers who are 16 years old and in their first year of driving, the odds of getting into a fatal accident double after dark.
  4. The majority of nighttime accidents involving teens -- deadly or otherwise -- happen from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m.
  5. Fatal wrecks occur often from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., making up about 32% of the total, or roughly a third of all deadly teen accidents. This number is far higher than it should be since teens only drive about 14% of their total miles during this same time. That shows that the risks are vastly higher at night.
  6. Reasons for accidents involve everything from driving too fast for conditions to running off of the road to driving under the influence.

What are the leading causes of motorcycle crashes?

Data published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that motorcyclists are 35 times more likely to get killed while out riding their motorbikes than passenger vehicle operators are. That same data shows that 11% of all crashes that occur involve motorcyclists. Those same statistics also point to the fact that helmets can truly save many of these bikers from getting seriously hurt or killed.

NHTSA data shows that most motorcyclists who get hurt while out riding their bikes are ultimately diagnosed with head injuries. It also shows that those bikers who wear helmets have 37% less of a chance of dying in a crash when they wear helmets.

How common are playground injuries?

School will be back in session is just a matter of weeks here in Waco. If you have young kids, then one of their favorite times of the day likely is when they can take a break from their classes and head outside for recess. Sadly, playgrounds are the one place where kids are most apt to get hurt while at school.

According to Nationwide Children's Hospital, at least 213,000 children are treated in hospital emergency rooms every year here in Texas and across the rest of the United States. Most of the kids seen in hospitals range in age from five to 12. They're often seen for injuries resulting from a fall. They often present with cuts or bruises, sprains and broken bones. Arms are the body part most commonly affected in these schoolyard incidents.

Why do wrong-way crashes occur and how can you prevent them?

In a semi-rural city like Waco, it seems that there's a story on the news about a head-on crash almost every week. This isn't surprising. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, these crashes are most common in rural areas. They account for 13% of all fatal accidents. These types of collisions often result in significant injuries and deaths. They can be prevented though.

These types of crashes most commonly occur when a motorist crosses over the center line and into the direction of an oncoming car on a highway.

Take action to make yourself more visible as a motorcyclist

The authors of a report published by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) on July 16 sought to better understand how likely motorcyclists are to wear safety gear when operating their bikes. They initiated this study after determining that that high-visibility clothing makes it more likely that motorists will see them and thus less likely that they'll die in a crash.

When they delved into the topic of high-visibility gear, such as boots, jackets, boots, pants, helmets and gloves, the researchers found that motorcyclists, in general, have some type of aversion to wearing it. Most don't like how the pieces available on the market look.

A Waco man falls off a dock on Baylor's campus, sues for damages

A 43-year-old Waco resident filed a lawsuit against both Waco River Safari and Baylor University late last week in the 414th State District Court. He alleges that he suffered permanent injuries after falling into an on-campus river.

The victim and his wife had apparently traveled to Baylor University's McLane Stadium on April 27 to take a tour of the Brazos River. They were walking down the dock to their Waco River Safari boat when a young boy crossed paths with the 43-year-old blind victim. He sensed that the child was nearby, so he stepped aside so he could pass. When he did, he fell off the dock and to the bottom of the river. He then blacked out.

Water parks and summer amusement rides can injure your child

Water parks, traveling carnivals and amusement park rides are all popular places for families during the warmest months in Texas. Since the kids are off from school, it is easier than usual to pack your family up and go spend a day hitting up some water slides or roller coasters.

Although these trips can be a source of treasured family memories and a great break from the monotony of summer months out of school, they can also be a source of both severe physical injuries and emotional trauma to children. Part of what makes amusement parks and carnival rides so thrilling is the sense of controlled danger they produce.

Certain child injuries are commonplace in the summer

It's summer. Most children are busy at camp, at the pool, traveling or doing several other activities for the next few weeks until school starts back once again. Since kids are running around here and there, it shouldn't come as a surprise that there's an uptick in them getting hurt during the summer months. According to the Nationwide Children's Hospital, there are several common ways that children get hurt during the summer. Here are a few:

Drownings

A baby and two adults are injured in a Waco truck crash

A man, a woman and a baby were all seriously injured when they were struck by a cucumber truck just before 1:50 p.m. on Interstate 35 in Waco on June 26.

The Waco Fire Department was summoned to the crash scene located I-35 that afternoon soon after receiving reports that an accident had occurred between 18th Street and South Valley Mills Drive. When they arrived on the scene, they found all the northbound lanes completely blocked. There were also cucumbers strewn all about the interstate's southbound lanes.

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