Most Common Injuries in Rear End Collisions

When one vehicle hits another vehicle from behind it is referred to as a rear end collisions. In the United States, these type of accidents happen at a shockingly rapid rate. Labeled “fender benders” by many, rear end collisions are typically taken too lightly. Sure, not paying attention and tapping someone’s bumper while slowing down for a red light or stop sign is often not a serious crash. However, when traveling on I-95 or the Florida Turnpike at high speeds, a rear end collision is incredibly serious, and dangerous.

The National Safety Council claims that more than 2.5 million rear end auto accidents occur each year throughout nation. From tailgating to weather conditions and from careless drivers to driving under the influence, the causes of rear end crashes range significantly. The injuries that result from these accidents are often:

  • Traumatic brain injuries or head injuries caused from the head crashing into a windshield or caused by the blunt force of any flying objects inside of the vehicle
  • Wrist fractures caused from the driver’s attempt to brace the steering wheel during the time of accident impact
  • Knee injuries due to a passenger being forced into the vehicle’s dashboard
  • Fatal injuries when a large truck is involved in the crash
  • Whiplash
  • Back injuries
  • Airbag injuries to the face
  • Seatbelt injuries

Rear end collision, especially those that take place when the vehicles are traveling at fast speeds, can be extremely dangerous for all parties involved. Determining who is at fault in these situations is often very difficult. While many believe that the driver who strikes the other vehicle from behind is automatically at fault, this is not always the case. Meeting a burden of proof is imperative to prove that the other driver was in fact to blame. Speaking with an experienced rear end collision lawyer is critical during these situations. Be sure to contact a knowledge legal team to ensure that your case is being handled fairly.

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Car Maintenance Tips to Prevent Auto Accidents

Keeping up with car maintenance can, at times, feel like a full-time job. From oil changes to tire rotations, making sure that your vehicle is in proper form can be time-consuming and, even worse, costly. Therefore, many car owners avoid keeping up with their auto maintenance as much as possible. Sadly, adequate car maintenance is actually a way to prevent auto accidents and those who fail to do so are putting themselves and their passengers in danger. Effective car maintenance is one of the easiest ways to reduce the likelihood of a crash. With an extra focus on the functionality of your vehicle, you will be able to ensure that your car is working properly and as safely as possible.

Delaying your next appointment with the auto shop could prove to be much more costly than you could imagine. A recent study cited that $2 billion a year is spent for collisions due to unperformed vehicle maintenance. The following must be given special attention when it comes to auto maintenance:

  • Consistently get your oil changed
  • Replacing tires when necessary, i.e. bald tires
  • Make sure that your vehicle’s lights are all working properly
  • Replacing your timing belt
  • Tire rotation every 7,500 miles
  • Replacing your PVC valve
  • Making sure that your windshield wipers are working well
  • Attending to any leaks or drips
  • Checking the engine every so often
  • Inspecting your brakes

Far too many auto accidents occur each year due to improper vehicle maintenance. While they may seem minor at the time, neglecting any of the above items can lead to a crash. Take the time to schedule vehicle maintenance and prevent a potential accident in the future.

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Making Sure Your Kids are Safe around Dogs

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in every five dog bite injuries are severe enough to require medical attention. In total, about 4.5 million people in the United States suffer from a dog bite each year. Even worse, half of those 4.5 million people are children. Without a proper education on the subject matter, a child’s instinct is to lean down to pet or play with a stranger’s dog. If the child has a dog of their own at home, these instincts are even stronger. Kids love dogs, and understandably so. Dogs are the nation’s most treasured pet and thinking anything negative in regard to man’s best friend just seems wrong. Nevertheless, there are real dangers when it comes to dogs and they must be addressed with your children.

The American Humane Society reports that half of all dog bites in the country involve children under the age of 12, more specifically children between the ages of 5 and 9. As such, our nation’s youngest children are those who are being attacked by dogs, most often in the head and neck area. As such, it is absolutely vital that your children are educated. Speak to your children about the following dog safety tips:

  • Always leave a dog alone when they are playing with a toy, eating, or sleeping
  • Do not be mean to a dog – never slap, kick, or hit and never pull on a dog’s tail, ears, or paws
  • Be calm and cautious around dogs, avoiding sudden movements and yelling
  • Never approach an unknown dog, especially one behind a fence, tied up, or inside of a vehicle
  • Do not lean in to kiss or hug a dog – face-to-face contact is the leading cause of dog bites on a child’s face
  • Know which dogs are service dogs and leave them alone
  • When approaching a dog who is with their owner, ask permission to pet the dog
  • If permission is granted by the dog owner, the child should reach their hand out in a fist for the dog to be able to sniff it

Florida sidewalks, parks, and public places are filled with dogs. Making sure that your child knows the right way to interact with them is essential to their safety. As a general rule, however, supervision is always the best policy to prevent an attack. Be sure to watch closely and carefully as your child interacts with any dog.

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How to Handle Aggressive Drivers on the Road

It’s no secret that as the fall and winter months roll around Florida’s roadways get more and more populated. What were once 10-15 minute commutes to work quickly become 20-25 minute commutes, and this understandably frustrates Florida drivers. The population increases during this time of year lead to an inevitable traffic congestion on the highways and streets of the Sunshine State, more specifically, South Florida. Unfortunately, the increases in the number of cars on the roads has shown to also increase the number of aggressive drivers. Aggressive driving behaviors are amongst the leading causes of traffic accidents today.

Understanding the best ways to handle your vehicle in the presence of an aggressive driver is important. In many cases, an aggressive driver can bring out the worst in the other driver, compelling him to “retaliate” by driving recklessly as well. This is incredibly dangerous for all vehicles on the road. Florida drivers should keep these tips in mind if an aggressive driver is near:

  • Never try to teach the aggressive driver a “lesson” by being combative – get out of their way
  • Stay in the right lane unless passing another vehicle
  • Do not respond to any rude gesture, simply ignore and keep driving
  • Stay relaxed no matter what they are doing, your life could be at risk
  • Give the driver the benefit of the doubt – while difficult, remain calm at all times
  • Dial #77 to report the aggressive driver – only do so when you are able to safely get to a cell phone
  • Contact your local police to let them know that an unsafe driver is on the road

Florida’s roadways are threatened with aggressive drivers each and every day. From increases in traffic to general population increases, fall and winter months can be a frustrating time for Florida drivers. Do your best to ignore the temptations of frustration and anger that aggressive drivers bring about. It is your duty to driver as safely as possible at all times.

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Credit Card Fraud Protection

With the massive upsurges in technological capabilities for the average consumer today, identity theft and credit card fraud have become increasing prevalent. While credit card protection policies and bank security measures have certainly improved to handle new criminal approaches to fraud, new and innovative tactics arise to circumvent these every day. For instance, “phishing” is a term used to describe unlawful and randomized phone calls, emails, and text messages that serve to solicit victims for credit card and debit card information. Throughout the last few years, unsolicited communication has become a serious problem. More specifically, the elderly community has been targeted and taken advantage of by these phishing scams.

Things like dumpster grazing to steal information from old credit card statements and bills as well as other highly technical hacking practices have become an epidemic in the United States. Protecting your personal information is imperative. Following these steps for protection against credit card fraud:

  • Try to take only one credit card out of the house at a time, there is no need to leave the house with all of your credit cards
  • Never write your bank account information on the outside of an envelope
  • Unless it is a reputable company in which you contacted, do not give your payment information over the phone
  • Beware of plastic sleeves located on the inside of swipe slots in a credit card payment center
  • Keep a close watch on your card during any and all transactions
  • Stay on top of your bills and report any discrepancies immediately
  • Always review your account statements and do not make a payment without knowing that you do in fact owe that amount
  • Keep all receipts to review when looking over your monthly statements
  • Periodically look at your credit reports from the three main credit bureaus

Far too many Americans believe that credit card fraud would never happen to them. As a result, people become careless in the dealings of their most valuable and private information. Do not fall victim to credit card fraud. Be active in your approach to safeguarding all of your financial information.

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Top 10 Causes of Fatal Car Accidents

Close to 35,000 fatalities occur each year in the United States as a result of a car accident. Getting behind the wheel of a vehicle is an enormous responsibility whether you are a new teenage driver, a practiced adult driver, or an aging senior driver. At each level, different risks and dangers present themselves to the operator of the car. As the number one cause of preventable deaths in the entire country, taking control of traffic crashes should be the top priority of the nation. The Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), maintained by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA, has reported on some compelling facts regarding fatal auto accidents today.

The top 10 causes of fatal car crash include:

  1. Use of cell phone – this includes texting, talking, listening, etc.
  2. Rubbernecking – looking at a person, event, or object outside of the vehicle
  3. Distraction from occupants inside the vehicle
  4. Reaching for or using some type of device
  5. Drinking or eating
  6. Adjusting the climate controls or radio and vehicle controls – windows, mirrors, etc.
  7. Moving things inside of the vehicle – cargo, pets, etc.
  8. Smoking distractions – ashing, smoking itself, etc.
  9. Speeding
  10. Drunk driving

Nearly 10 million people are involved in traffic collisions each year in the United States. In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) marks that car accidents are becoming the leading cause of death for American teenagers. Far too many lives are lost each year due to preventable mistakes taken place while operating a vehicle. At the end of the day, drivers should be concentrating on safely getting from one place to another, and nothing else. The only way to keep the accident rates down is for all motorists to drive carefully each and every day.

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Massive Emergency Airbag Recall in Florida and Nationwide

Takata, the Japense auto supplier has been under fire for a quite a few months now. Back in June, the company recalled approximately 900,000 vehicles from nine different automakers because of faulty airbags. At that time, Takata recalled these vehicles in only Florida and Hawaii, as well as the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Then, Honda expanded the faulty airbag recall to add another 2.4 million vehicles. During this expansion, vehicles were recalled from Georgia, California, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Alabama, and Louisiana. To date, 7.8 million vehicles in the United States have been recalled with the threat of an exploding airbag.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) stated that more than 50 models of vehicles from Honda, Toyota, Mazda Nissan, BMW, Ford, General Motors, Mitsubishi, Subaru, and Chrysler that were made between 2000 and 2011 would need to be recalled. Thus far, Bloomberg reports that 4 deaths have been connected to these faulty airbags. For Florida drivers this is a pressing issue, as the faulty airbags seems to be acting up more frequently in humid, hot regions of the country. The NHTSA is now informing motorists of these affected vehicles to “take immediate action”.

Now, automakers are coming under fire as they scramble to handle this massive problem. Toyota’s spokeswoman took to the press last Wednesday to defend Toyota’s current airbag policy, “If a replacement part is temporarily unavailable at the time of repair, we view disabling the front passenger airbag as a temporary measure that prioritizes customer safety. We also advise that customers not occupy the front passenger seat until the replacement inflator is installed and the airbag is fully functional. To date, we have seen increasing supplies of replacement inflators and continue to work with Takata to expedite delivery of Toyota part allocations”.

While senators have suggested that loaners be made available to all of those affected, this has yet to happen in any vehicle company. Would you be nervous to be driving around a vehicle with a deactivated airbag? What do you think automakers should be doing to correct this issue? Share your opinions in the comment box.

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The Paley Foundation in the 2014 Saving Limbs Cycle Tour

On Saturday, October 18th, Brent Hayes along with other cyclists from around the country embarked on an incredible cross-country cycling tour. The ride began in Palm Springs, California and will finish in West Palm Beach, Florida on Sunday, November 30th at the St. Mary’s Medical Center Campus. This “Palm 2 Palm” ride serves to raise awareness for The Paley Foundation, an incredible organization dedicated to raising awareness for Dr. Dror Paley and the ground-breaking work that he is doing. During the 6 week period, Hayes will lead the 2,700 mile ride across the country, including 5 legs that cross 7 state lines in just 44 days.

Brent Hayes is a cancer survivor and former patient of Dr. Paley. The Paley Foundation was established in their effort to make a change. More specifically, they are dedicated to “changing the current standard of care from amputation and a life of prosthetics to innovate and proven limb reconstruction and lengthening whenever possible”. Take a look at the video below to hear from cancer survivor and cyclist, Brent Hayes:

Brent Hayes, like so many other Dr. Paley patients, is able to live life to the fullest and continue doing the activities that he has always loved. When Bill Bone Bike Law caught wind of this incredible cause, they had to join in. Florida cyclists are encouraged to register and participate in The Bill Bone Saving Limbs Ride, which will serve as a culmination of Brent Hayes ride across the country. The Bill Bone Saving Limbs Ride encourages all of the cyclists in the Palm Beach County area to join in this local ride that will meet Brent Hayes and ride to escort him into West Palm Beach.

Starting from the campus of St. Mary’s Medical Center and continuing on for a tour of Palm Beach County, riders have the opportunity to join in for 15, 30, or the full 60 miles. The culmination of the Palm 2 Palm Cross-Country Tour will be a huge celebration and one you don’t want to miss! Click here to learn more on Bill Bone Bike Law’s Facebook page!

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The Dangers of Asbestos Exposure

The United States primarily ceased the use of asbestos in the 1970’s due to new information regarding the severe dangers of substance. Since the 1970’s, the United States has conducted extensive research and come to the definite conclusion that the mineral to incredible dangers to all of those who are exposed to it. Unfortunately, asbestos was thought to be the best way to resist corrosion and heat and was therefore used in places like construction sites, automotive repair shops, and all sorts of factories. The mineral has been banned for quite a few years now due to the massive number of deaths and health issues directly connected to asbestos. Today, the repercussions of asbestos use throughout the nation continues to plague the health of so many.

Predictions cite that in this year alone about 10,000 people in the country will die due to some kind of asbestos-related disease. The most common effects of asbestos exposure are the development of mesothelioma cancer and lung cancer. In addition, asbestosis currently affects 200,000 Americans and this is a respiratory disease that is caused by inhaling asbestos fibers. Asbestosis can take anywhere from 10 to 40 years to develop in those who were once exposed to asbestos. Therefore, many people are just now being diagnosed with diseases that were caused from asbestos exposure many years ago.

Despite the alarming statistics and clear evidence of the dangers linked to asbestos, close to 30 million pounds of asbestos are still being used each and every year in the country. The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization was formed to shed light on the issue. They have cited that 54 percent of asbestos cases are connected with occupational cancers, meaning that this threat is very much still prevalent today. As more and more information becomes available, it is rather terrifying to realize the rate and quantity at which Americans are exposed to asbestos.

Being diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease is life-altering news. While the team of doctors will work with the patient to maintain their health as best as possible, many victims face serious financial struggles due to the bills that come along with treatment. As such, asbestos victims often engage in lawsuits to ease the pain of their financial burden. Unfortunately, it is tricky to prove who is directly responsible for the exposure to asbestos. Therefore, it is critical to hire a legal team to assess the situation and guide the lawsuit in the right direction. Asbestos cases often awarded hefty sums of money to the injured and should be handled with care.

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Taking an Active Role to Prevent Medication Errors

The idea that a hospital, doctor, or any type of health care provider would make a mistake is a tough pill to swallow. As patients with any kind of sickness or ailment, we look to medical professionals to solve our problems, lead us in the right direction, and ensure that we are able to overcome any illness to become healthy again. Unfortunately, the reality is that clinics, doctor’s offices, and local hospitals make medication errors almost every single day throughout the nation. While some medication errors are easily defeated, others may have a lifetime effect on a patient. No matter how advanced medical technology becomes, human error will also be an underlying factor of medication blunders and healthcare mistakes.

Medication errors cost the United States billions of dollar each year because of injury and death that result in a mistake. Being aware of the most common types of medication errors and blunders is one of the most effective ways to avoid them. Patients must play an active role in preventing these mistakes from occurring. The American Hospital Association and the FDA cite the following as the most common types of medical errors:

  1. Inaccessible drug information (i.e. warnings are no up-to-date)
  2. Mislabeling when a drug is prepared and/or repackaged
  3. Partial patient information (i.e. not being aware of other medications being taken and misinformation about allergies, lab results, or previous diagnoses)
  4. Distractions that keeps medical professionals from completing their tasks (i.e. hospital interruptions)
  5. Miscommunicating a drug order (i.e. bad handwriting on a prescription, confusion on dosing units, etc.)

While the above medication errors are certainly the most common, there are a ton of ways that a healthcare professional can make a mistake in their daily job. As a patient, you must be aware and astute when it comes to your diagnosis, transferring previous medical history to new doctors, making sure the label reflects the doctor’s prescription/dosage orders, etc. Be a member of your medical team and drastically decrease the likelihood of a medication error.

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