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Truck accidents on the rise throughout the U.S.

Truck accidents are receiving serious scrutiny by the media. Although the catalyst for these stories may have been the truck accident involving famous comedian Tracy Morgan of 30 Rock and SNL fame, reporters are stumbling on some troubling data as they put these stories together. It appears Tracy Morgan's story is not rare. In fact, according to a recent report by NBC News there were approximately 3,921 fatalities connected to truck accidents in 2012 alone. In addition, these accidents are increasing. According to the same report the rate of accidents involving commercial trucks was up almost 20 percent between the years of 2009 and 2012.

The federal government has pushed to pass trucking regulations that are designed to increase the safety of the nation's roadways. One of the more recent regulations is receiving pushback from the trucking industry. The regulation in dispute requires that truck drivers get two consecutive nights of rest between the hours 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. Although this is intended to lead to more rested drivers, the trucking industry argues it puts more trucks on the road during morning rush hour. The increased congestion inherent to driving during these times could, the trucking industry argues, lead to even more truck crashes.

Tips to help kids get to school safe this fall

Stores are starting to set up displays with backpacks, pencils, notebooks and other back to school essentials. With the return to school just around the corner, parents may be discussing how the kids will get to and from class. For some, a carpool may work best.

Carpools offer families the ability to cut down on the amount of time traveling too and from school by combining resources. Some families may take the morning route, picking up kids in the neighborhood and dropping them off at school, while others take the afternoon route, returning them home when the day is done. Whichever route you take, some basic tips can help reduce the risk of a car accident while transporting this precious cargo.

Freedom Boat Club comes to San Diego, California

Boating is a great way to get out and enjoy the waters of San Diego and surrounding areas. Although boating is a lot of fun, some hesitate to take on the extra responsibilities inherent to owning a boat. These can include the time and cost of maintaining a water vessel, storing and cleaning the boat as well as dealing with towing it to the water.

One enterprising entrepreneur has taken note of this hesitation in the San Diego area and decided to bring in a local branch of the Freedom Boat Club. The franchise will be located in Dana Landing Marina. Boating enthusiasts can purchase a membership to the club and, in exchange for a monthly fee, can have unlimited access to a variety of boats without having to worry about the responsibilities that go along with actually owning a boat.

Head injuries during World Cup lead to safety debate

FIFA's World Cup drew in viewers throughout the world. The United States team did well this year, making it further than their last appearance in the soccer tournament. Although the sport appears to be gaining popularity, it is receiving some criticism for its handling of brain injuries during the competition.

FIFA most recently came under fire for how it handled players who were involved in collisions that included blows to the head and were suspected of suffering from brain injuries. Medical professionals recommend a doctor conduct an exam to see if the injury is severe before the player continues participating in the game. This protocol was not followed by those playing in the World Cup.

Man sentenced in dog mauling that killed California toddler

A California man was recently sentenced for crimes in connection to a fatal mauling of a toddler involving three pit bulls. The man was caring for the 2 year-old, who was his step grandson, when the incident occurred. A local CBS affiliate, CBS 8, reported that the man had separated his five pit bulls from the area he was using to care for the child, keeping the dogs in the garage. The young child was left unsupervised and wandered to the garage. The boy somehow entered the area where the dogs were kept and was fatally attacked, reportedly by only three of the five dogs. Details from the investigation note the young boy received over 100 dog bites.

The step grandfather and owner of the dogs was charged with various crimes in connection to the incident. He was sentenced to a year of prison time at a local county jail along with an additional three years probation for these crimes.

SoCal roller coaster accident injuries four

Going to an amusement park is supposed to lead to thrills, adventure and bonding with family and friends. Unfortunately, for the second time in less then a month, a fun day at the amusement park has led to a trip to the hospital after one ride left patrons injured.

The most recent accident occurred at Six Flags Magic Mountain, located in the Valencia area of Santa Clarita. The park is just north of Los Angeles. The crash injured four riders who were on the Ninja coaster. Passengers on the ride were left stranded after a portion of the coaster hit a tree branch. The coaster operates with cars suspended beneath the track while riders' legs dangle as their bodies are harnessed in. The Ninja is described as a ride that takes people "slicing through the landscape," leading some to speculate that the close call with trees and other surroundings is part of the intended thrill.  

Coast Guard: boating accidents on the rise

Two vehicles crashing together is a dangerous event, but the dangers are even greater when these accidents occur on the water. Boating accidents can be tragic since in addition to injuries connected to the crash itself victims could also face the danger of drowning while awaiting assistance. Although a variety of measures are taken to reduce the risk of boating accidents, the United States Coast Guard recently reported that these accidents are on the rise.

There does not appear to be a single cause that is attributed to the rise in the rate of boating accidents. One contributing factor is the use of alcohol by those operating the boat. This can lead to a crash much in the same way driving drunk can lead to car crashes. Other driver attributed causes can include driving too fast and not obeying safety warnings.

San Diego named top city for bikers in U.S.

It's no surprise that San Diego is known for having great weather. Not only is it sunny and beautiful, but most days' average in the seventies without too much humidity. This perfect combination was recently recognized in an article in USA Today. The article did more than compliment San Diego on its great weather; it included the city as one of the best in the United States for bikers.

San Diego joins the likes of Austin, Texas, Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Bolder, Colorado. The cities received top honors for various reasons. In addition to year-round mild weather, San Diego was also noted as having a great balance of terrain that is generally "not too hilly or too flat." The Pacific Coast Highway provides beautiful routes with picturesque views of the coastline. Add in distinctive neighborhoods providing fun destinations like Bird Rock, the Gaslamp district and Coronado and it's easy to see why this gem of a city topped the list.

Heat stress and your job - injury could lead to workers' comp

In our youth, summer was a time to run through the sprinkler and enjoy a nice, cold glass of lemonade. As we age, summer continues to be a time to work, making the money needed to pay for the sprinklers our loved ones are enjoying during their summer breaks. Those who are working during these hot months should take precautions to avoid injuries associated with heat stress.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, or CDC, there are five types of heat stress that workers and employers should be aware of: heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat syncope, heat cramps and heat rash. Employers are encouraged to reduce the risk of workers' suffering from these injuries by providing ventilation within the workplace, providing cool liquids to workers and also allowing for rest periods.

Employers that do not provide workers' with a safe working environment may be in violation of federal regulations. If in violation and an injury results, the worker may be eligible to receive workers' compensation benefits.

Hand injuries common during Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is a time for celebration. From family barbeques to trips to the beach with friends, celebrations often begin early in the day and go late into the evening. For many, the holiday is synonymous with fireworks. Although festive and fun, it is important for those who are using fireworks to be aware of their dangers.

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that there were an estimated 8,700 injuries connected to firework use in 2012 alone. Hand injuries are the most common and many of these victims are children. Injuries can be sustained in a variety of ways, with common causes including lighting a firework improperly, playing with fireworks after they've been used, holding fireworks in one's hands to light or after lit and using faulty fireworks.

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