Trick-or-treating is an exciting time for kids, but it's also a dangerous time. It's natural for kids to be excited about going door to door in their costumes, and sometimes this means that they run when they should walk, or cross the street without looking. If drivers don't take extra precautions or just aren't paying attention, they set the stage for an unfortunate accident.
Investigators at the University of Utah School of Medicine have studied the medical records and crash histories of 49,464 commercial truck drivers in the effort to measure their safety on the road. The results, published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, have shown that drivers with three or more health conditions are at least twice as likely to get in an accident. This should be of concern to trucking companies in Georgia and across the U.S.
Emergency rooms in Georgia and around the country treat an injury involving stairs about every 30 seconds according to a recent study from the Nationwide Children's Hospital. Researchers from the Ohio-based pediatric hospital looked at emergency room data compiled between 1990 and 2012, and they found that ER doctors treated 25 million stair-related injuries during this time. The study was published by the American Journal of Emergency Medicine and released online on Sept. 20.
As many Georgia motorists are aware, newer model cars come with many safety technologies and could be expected to perform better than older vehicles. But just how much better, with regards to safety, may come as a surprise. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that someone who drives a car that is 18 years old or older has a 71 percent higher chance of dying in a serious crash than one behind the wheel of a car that is three years old or newer.
Georgians who are thinking about buying new cars may want to take the vehicle sizes into consideration. While smaller cars may get better gas mileage, they also place vehicle occupants at much greater risk of suffering serious injuries when they are involved in accidents.