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March 2017 Archives

Who is most at risk for slip-and-fall accidents?

Slip-and-fall accidents are one of the most common injuries in today’s society. According to the National Floor Safety Institute, falls account for over 8 million hospital emergency room visits annually. Slips and falls account for about 12 percent of total falls. Most falls are not fatal, but slip-and-fall accidents do represent the primary reason adults miss work.

Breast implants increase risk of extremely rare cancer

North Carolina women who are considering breast augmentation procedures may be interested to learn that there have been nine reported deaths from a rare form of cancer that has been associated with breast implants. The Food and Drug Administration stated that women who had breast implants had a low risk of developing this particular cancer, though the risk was increased when compared to women who did not have breast implants.

Nursery products and injury

According to a Nationwide Children's Hospital study, each year, over 60,000 children under the age of 3 in North Carolina and the rest of the United States visit emergency rooms due to accidents involving nursery products. That amounts to approximately one accident every eight minutes.

The effect of economic recession and recovery on driving fatalities in 2016

During the Great Recession and economic recovery, great improvements were made when it came to keeping roads and citizens safe from driving fatalities. However, per the National Safety Council, the number of traffic-related deaths hit 40,200 in 2016, which is up 6 percent from 37,757 in 2015. This is the highest number for a single year in almost the last decade. Before 2016, the highest number of fatalities hit was 41,000 in 2007.

How drowsy driving causes major accidents

Most people do not think of tiredness as risky. People who would never get behind the wheel after having a drink think nothing of driving when short on sleep. They would be surprised to learn that, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, there is not much difference between these two behaviors.

Company building remote control tech for trucks

North Carolina motorists may be interested to learn that truck drivers may soon be operating their commercial vehicles remotely. A company based in San Francisco created remote control technology that could be retrofit into commercial trucks that are already using the roadways.

North Carolina woman facing charges after school bus crash

The North Carolina Highway Patrol has reported that a woman has been charged with running a stop sign after hitting a school bus in Pitt County on Feb. 21. The accident caused a minor injury to an elementary school student. The incident occurred at the intersection of Staton House Road and Daughtridge Drive near Greenville at approximately 3:10 p.m.

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