Friday, February 19, 2016

Rules and Tips for Motorists When Turning

Many accidents occur when a driver is in a turn lane to turn left. A left turn can be a dangerous maneuver because the left turning vehicle enters the lane of traffic for other vehicles. It’s one of the maneuvers that require the most caution to be used.

Most states require in some form that the left turning motorist is required to signal his or her intent to make a left turn at least 100 feet before reaching an intersection. In addition to giving the proper signal, the driver is required to make a proper observation that the turn could be made without endangering a passing vehicle.

The left turning motorist also has the duty to yield to all vehicles approaching from the opposite direction that are within the intersection or close enough to be an immediate hazard. And in intersections where there is an inoperative traffic signal especially, motorists have to use extreme caution.

But a surprising number of drivers neglect to use their turn indicators or turn them on late as they are turning. According to a report from 2012 by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), turn signal neglect causes as many as 2 million crashes per year in the U.S. The SAE studied a total of 12 turning and lane-changing vehicles, and found that the neglect rate for lane changing is 48% and 25% when making turns. Here are some tips for the use of turn signals:

-       Get into the habit of signaling every time you change direction. Signal even when you do not see anyone else around because you might miss someone who needs to know what you are doing.
-       Signal as early as you can. You should signal at least three seconds before you make your move. You must signal at least 100 feet before a turn if the speed limit is 45 mph or less. If the speed limit is faster than 45 mph, you must signal at least 300 feet before you turn. But be careful that you do not signal too early either. If there are streets or entrances between you and where you want to turn, wait until you have passed them to signal.
-       If another vehicle is about to enter the street between you and where you plan to turn, wait until you have passed them to signal your turn. If you signal earlier, the other driver may think you plan to turn where they are and they might pull into your path.

These tips may seem like common sense, but many drivers fail to follow these tips and that is what causes many accidents to happen. So it’s important to make a habit of properly using your turn signals, even in parking lots. You should never rely on what other motorists might guess what you do. Make your intentions known as much as possible.


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Friday, January 8, 2016

Hoverboard Injuries On The Rise In Florida

Hoverboards, the new trendy riding gadget that doesn’t exactly “hover,” has been a huge hit this past Christmas as it was one of the best selling gifts. Despite its popularity however, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) revealed last month that it will be undergoing an investigation of 22 reports of hoverboards that have caught fire in at least 17 different states.

The CPSC engineers in their National Product Testing and Evaluation Center in Maryland have been testing new and damaged boards to try to figure out why some boards catch fire during the charging stages when compared to others that caught on fire while they were being rode on. It is believed the battery that comes equipped with the board and its compatibility with the charger is a main cause of these occurrences. These combustible batteries have been the reason even many airlines have banned hoverboards from carry-ons and checked-in baggage. Tampa International Airport even posted on their twitter to not even bring them to the airport. “We’ve joined many airports/airlines in banning them on campus,” they tweeted.

Not only are hoverboards dangerous because of the possibility of catching fire but also because of the risk of falling and causing serious injury. The CPSC has received 70 reports of emergency room-treated injuries involving hoverboards. These injuries included concussions, fractures, contusions/abrasions, and internal organ injuries. The CPSC is concerned that there are no hoverboard safety standards. Sean Kane with the Safety Institute said, “You have a product that doesn’t meet any safety requirements. They are considered toys, but in fact they’re not.”

A man from Clearwater broke his leg in several places when he fell from a hoverboard. Apparently, he tried to change directions and fell backwards. Now he has more than $100,000 in medical bills. Another Florida resident also had an accident with a hoverboard when he was trying out his nephew’s board. He injured his arm and had to go to a hospital to receive treatment for his injury.

Elliot F. Kaye, chairman of the CPSC, urges the danger of these boards and how while fire hazards are unsafe, the risk of severe injury from a fall from the board is more pertinent. Therefore it’s very important to not underestimate these boards and use extreme caution if using them, especially if you’re trying it out for the first time.

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Friday, December 18, 2015

How To Avoid Holiday-Related Accidents

The Holiday Season comes with much activities, festivities, and sometimes even injuries. This is the time of the year where most accidents, whether they be vehicle or slip-and-fall accidents, occur. It’s important to know common accidents related to the holiday season so that you can use extra caution in the future and keep yourself and your family safe. Here are some tips to stay safe the rest of this year according to the most common accidents:

Car Accidents
Car accidents are the most common during the fall and winter season. Thanksgiving is one of the days of the year when most accidents due to drunk driving occur. The entire holiday season is basically riskier than any other time of the year. There is more traffic than usual, more people are traveling and are in a rush to get to their families. There’s a lot more stress on the road. Some tips for staying safe on the road:
-       Lose the distractions. Don’t use your phone, eat, or perform any other activity that takes away your undivided attention from the road. It’s important to be well aware of everything when driving, especially during a busy time on the road.
-       No impaired driving. That not only refers to drugs/alcohol but also drowsy driving. Always be well rested and in a full-functioning state of mind.
-       Be prepared. You can be prepared by checking the weather, having a first aid kit, and by having food and water in your car.
-       Drive carefully. The more caution you use, the less likely you should be of getting in an accident.

Falling While Decorating
Think about it. People are getting up on ladders and roofs, trying to install lights and holiday decorations, and that can be very risky. This tends to send many people to the hospital each year, as trips and falls can lead to serious sprains and injuries. Here are some things to keep in mind when putting up Christmas decorations:
-       Make sure the ladder, stool, or whichever surface you’re stepping on is stable and secure.
-       Act carefully. Take your time. Don’t try to do things fast – that may just make it more likely for you to lose your grip/balance and fall.
-       Have assistance. It helps to have an extra hand. You can have someone reach you things while you’re high up so that you don’t have to keep coming down or trying to reach for something yourself.

House Fires
Fires occur during this time of the year mainly because of elaborate meals that are being cooked in the kitchen and people leave the kitchen unattended. Many fires ignite from Christmas trees and Christmas lights as well. Here’s what you can do to prevent a fire in your home:
-       Make sure you water your Christmas tree. Keep the tree stand filled with water. When trees dry out they can become a serious fire hazard.
-       Look out for any broken bulbs or damaged wires on Christmas tree lights. If you find any lights that are damaged, throw them away.
-       When you’re not home or when asleep, make sure you turn the Christmas tree lights and any other decoration lights off.
-       Keep candles in a spot where they cannot be knocked over and make sure they are blown out when unattended.
-       Stay in the kitchen while food is cooking.
-       Make sure smoke alarms are connected and working.
-       Keep a fire extinguisher at home.

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Monday, December 7, 2015

Knee Airbags Causing Injuries

An important factor for many people in deciding what car to purchase is safety, which includes the prevalence of airbags. Airbags are important for protection in the event of a severe car accident. But did you know that many newer cars have knee airbags, and that knee airbags may actually be causing injuries to some drivers during relatively minor car accidents?

Knee airbags are designed to minimize injuries to the lower limbs as they make contact with the dashboard. However in some cases, knee airbags deploy with such force that they actually cause knee injuries even in accidents where there would have been no knee injuries at all.

Ford introduced a new passenger knee airbag design on the 2015 Ford Mustang that is made of an inflatable, molded plastic bladder, instead of the traditional fabric used for airbags. When an accident occurs, the inflator fills the bladder, extending the entire glovebox outer door panel toward the front passenger’s legs. Once it’s deployed, the outer door helps to provide cushioning in a manner similar to a traditional knee airbag.

This new plastic material, however, has caused injuries to some people when they say they likely would not have been injured. For example, earlier this year a Florida woman was involved in a low-speed crash yet says her legs are cut up and injured so badly that it will take months to recover. And according to drivers who complained to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there have been at least eight of these cases since 2008.

So while knee airbags are supposed to prevent disabling leg injuries, and may benefit you in certain accidents, it is also possible in some cases it may cause harm where there should be none. Many people are unaware that their cars even have knee airbags. You should check if your car is equipped with them if you are worried about this potential issue.


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