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Protect yourself by using good judgment with social media

Many Americans suffer from personal injuries, whether from car accidents, a slip-and fall or something else. If you find yourself in this situation, insurance companies and other involved parties may provide you with the financial help you need to recover.

Often, however, seeking the help of an attorney or other professional is necessary to get money for medical care and other expenses. From the beginning, social media errors may hinder your case.

Common repair method for water pipes may be hazardous

North Carolina construction workers who regularly repair water pipes using the cured-in-place method might not know that this process could be more hazardous than traditionally thought. Researchers believe that, based on air test studies, the plumes that are released during the process can contain organic vapors that are known carcinogens.

Researchers conducted air tests at seven different locations where water pipes were repaired using the cured-in-place method. Five of the pipes were storm-water pipe installations and two were sewer-pipe installations. The tests found that the plumes, which were traditionally thought to be steam, were actually chemical and contained endocrine disruptors in addition to the carcinogens. These results contradicted the assumptions that this water pipe repair method was safe for workers, the public and the environment.

Chronic pain after a car accident takes its toll

Chronic pain has many causes. For example, arthritis and cancer can cause it. So can nerve damage, stomach ulcers and a host of other conditions. One cause you may not think about, though, are car accidents in the form of whiplash.

This type of chronic pain can be especially devastating for some people because their whiplash may have been mild at first. They might even have skipped a doctor's visit in favor of treating the whiplash at home. However, it never went away, and years after a car accident, walking, bending and other physical movements may be more difficult than ever.

Common causes of truck and car accidents

When North Carolina motorists are in accidents with large trucks, the truck drivers are not always at fault. In fact, car drivers are at fault in around 70 percent of accidents that involve large trucks and cars.

About 475,000 large trucks are involved in accidents each year according to federal statistics. There are around 5,000 deaths and more than 140,000 injuries as a result of those accidents. In some cases truck driver error is to blame, but a look at how some of these accidents happen can shed some light on what may be other causes.

Risk of big rig crashes prompts product recall

A defective auto part on commercial trucks built by Paccar has led to a product recall. The dangerous product is a faulty fuel pump connected to an ISX15 engine that was manufactured by Cummins, and some of the trucks might be on North Carolina roadways.

There are about 1,700 trucks effected with the faulty product. They include a selection of 2017-2018 Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks with the Cummins ISX15 engine. The earliest manufacture date listed for any of the vehicles is Dec. 20, 2016.

Is it safe to drive with your dog?

Being able to take your loyal companion with you nearly everywhere you go is one of the joys of having a dog. While this makes for fun car rides and fond memories, it can also carry risks for you, your canine and others.

North Carolina is in the process of making it illegal to drive with a dog (or other live animal) on your lap. While this is a start, it is not enough to keep you and your furry friend safe. Learn why it can be dangerous and what precautions you can take.

State fair halted after accident

North Carolina residents may understand how dangerous carnival rides can be. That message was reinforced on July 26 when one person was killed and seven others were injured at the Ohio state fair. According to authorities, the incident was reported at near 7:24 p.m., and authorities also said that three of those who were injured were in critical condition.

It was reported that three people had been taken to Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Another three patients were taken in by OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, and two of the patients there had been released the following morning. The accident took place on a ride called the Fire Ball, and it had reportedly been inspected on several different occasions prior to the accident taking place.

FMCSA report reveals alarming rise in fatal truck crashes

Federal data suggests that the roads in North Carolina and around the country have become more dangerous in recent years. The surge in traffic accident deaths observed in 2015 and 2016 represented the highest two-year increase in road fatalities in more than half a century according to the National Safety Council, and statistics from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration indicate that fatal collisions involving large commercial vehicles are becoming worryingly common.

The federal safety watchdog's Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts report reveals that 4,311 buses and tractor-trailers were involved in fatal accidents in 2015. This figure, which represents an 8 percent year-over-year increase, has risen by an alarming 26 percent since 2009. A similar increase was also noted in what the FMCSA refers to as the large truck involvement rate. This is the number of crashes that tractor-trailers are involved in for every 100 million miles traveled.

Falls big source of fatal brain injuries in construction industry

Construction workers in North Carolina face many hazards from working in high places and in the vicinity of moving or falling objects. Safety researchers have recorded over 2,000 fatal traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) in construction workers between 2003 and 2010. They calculated that for every group of 100,000 full-time workers, 2.6 died from this cause. Among workers age 65 and older in this industry, falls represented the top source of these deadly blows to the head.

Some construction companies are pursuing improvements to traditional hard hats to reduce the incidence of TBIs. Technology used in helmets designed for mountain climbing and athletics could update construction-oriented head gear. Hard hats as they are today depend on about an inch of space between the shell and skull to absorb impacts. An engineer from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health said that construction workers deserve the benefits of improved helmets that draw upon new developments in engineering and material science.

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