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For pedestrians, intersections pose a high risk

In theory, you should feel incredibly safe every time you walk across the street in a crosswalk. That walking symbol tells you that you have the right of way. Cars stop and wait for you. Other pedestrians cross in a safe, controlled manner. When everyone is out of the way, the signs change and cars start moving through the intersection again.

The reality, of course, is far more dangerous. You get things like:

  • Drivers trying to rush through before pedestrians start crossing.
  • Drivers turning right on a red light, perhaps watching traffic and not watching for pedestrians at all.
  • Drivers turning left on a flashing red light, with the same problem as noted above
  • Drivers who feel like the flashing warning sign telling pedestrians not to cross gives them permission to cut these people off or drive far too close to them.
  • Drivers honking their horns to move pedestrians out of the road.
  • Other drivers honking at cars that actually do stop to wait for pedestrians.
  • Drivers who run red lights.
  • Drivers who speed up to make it through yellow lights, even when that means they actually run the red.
  • Pedestrians who run to try to make it to the crosswalk in time.
  • People who simply refuse to cross at the crosswalk and jaywalk near the intersection.
  • Pedestrians who start crossing right as the walk signal ends.
  • Drivers who try to slowly push their way through crowds of people.
  • Distracted drivers who never see pedestrians.
  • Distracted pedestrians who cross at the wrong times or step right out into traffic.
  • Cyclists who do not follow the rules of the road and cross at any time they want.
  • Cyclists who attempt to share the sidewalk and the crosswalk with pedestrians.

Children who are bullied may be scarred for the long-term

Bullying has been getting a lot of attention in the media during the past few years. One of the reasons for this is that an increasing number of victims have been turning to abusing drugs or alcohol, have developed mental health issues or have taken their lives because of it.

Research shows that children who are bullied have difficulty adhering to a set eating or sleeping plan. They also tend to lose interest in activities that they once enjoyed, become sad or depressed and develop feelings of loneliness. They may also have more anxiety than others. All of these mental health concerns can affect a person's physical health as well.

1 is killed, 4 are injured in a Nov. 19 T-Bone crash in Waco

On Nov. 19, officers with the Waco Police Department were dispatched to the intersection of South Third Street at South University Parks Drive just after 1:45 p.m. When they arrived on the scene, they found that a 22-year-old Texas State Technical College student who had been riding in one of the vehicles involved in the crash had been killed.

In speaking with witnesses, the investigators determined that the driver of a Ford F-150 pickup truck had been driving northbound along University Parks Drive shortly before the crash occurred. It was as he attempted to make a left to head west along South Third Street that a gravel truck apparently came through the intersection and collided into the passenger side of his truck.

Much like drunk drivers, distracted drivers think they're safe

There is a well-known phenomenon involving drunk drivers where they consistently underestimate how alcohol has impaired their ability to drive. There are many reasons for this. Alcohol may increase someone's sense of confidence and decrease their anxieties are reservations.

People who drink frequently may be under the mistaken impression that they can better control their actions while impaired, especially compared to someone who doesn't drink frequently. Unfortunately, that usually isn't the case.

Your actions as a parent could derail your child injury case

As parents, we all share one thing and that is the feeling that we would do anything to make our injured child feel better, safer and simply more loved. Child injuries can occur in so many ways. He or she could have a completely accidental bicycle crash and break an arm. In another example, the child could fall off playground equipment and injure his or her leg.

Most of us know that the examples above are pure accidents that nearly all kids have. The scrapes and scars they acquire in such cases usually become badges of bravery and honor among the child's friends. What about the more serious child injuries that are caused by someone else's pure negligence, carelessness or reckless behaviors? One of the first and most powerful emotions parents feel in these cases is anger.

What are the most common injuries teachers suffer at work?

For many years, teachers arrived at their jobs largely unconcerned about suffering a work-related injury. Considered one of the nation's safest industries for a long time, educator positions were highly desirable to those wanting to make a difference in the lives of children and young adults.

Most teachers of today choose to take a more involved approach to educating young minds. Teaching jobs are still desirable, but now those contemplating this career have more to consider before making a choice. Personal safety is high on the list of those considerations.

How do whiplash injuries occur in car accidents?

All kinds of injuries can occur during a car accident. Broken bones, internal damage and head injuries are common. Whiplash is also a common injury suffered during car accidents.

While whiplash isn't typically life-threatening, it can have a lasting impact on a victim's health and finances.

Why are tractor-trailers so dangerous in a crash scenario?

All motor vehicle crashes between trucks and smaller vehicles carry significant injury risks. This is so in truck accidents involving utility trucks, work vans and construction vehicles. However, of all the different types of trucks involved in these accidents, tractor-trailers typically pose the most injury hazards to Texas motorists.

Obviously, a small passenger automobile is no match for the sheer size and weight of tractor-trailers, but this is only part of the equation. There are several additional factors that can increase the risk of being involved in a truck accident. The following information illustrates why it may be difficult to avoid a collision with a semitruck.

Working too long can increase the risk of injury

Do you often find yourself staying late at the office? Do you pride yourself on your ability to put in long hours when needed?

While dedication is impressive, you should know that doing this does increase the odds that you will suffer an injury at work. This could be an ergonomics-related injury from failing to give your body a break from those daily tasks -- even the simple ones, like working on your computer.

How safe is your hayride?

Autumn is a time of outdoor fun for many Waco residents. When attending football games, trick-or-treating or going for a fall hayride, locals find the milder temperatures are a welcome respite from the summer heat.

These fun activities can also increase the likelihood of accidents, however. Today's post will address safety on hayrides.

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