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Potholes, tire trips and devastating rollovers

Given the perfect storm of circumstances, any vehicle of any size can roll over. However, the taller, narrower vehicles are most at risk since their center of gravity is higher.

No matter what kind of vehicle the accident involves, statistics show that “trips” are the cause of most rollovers. What does this mean?

Drowsy driving risks during holiday traveling season

The song that begins with, “Over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house we go,” doesn’t end with, “But we never arrived because Dad fell asleep at the wheel.” However, this doesn’t mean that you and other Missouri residents should discount the hazards of drowsy driving when you are preparing to visit family during the holidays, or at any other time.

Drowsy driving is as much of a safety concern as distracted driving and drunk driving. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention caution that getting behind the wheel while fatigued can be as dangerous as driving while intoxicated. If you’re running on little sleep, your reaction time, attention span and ability to make smart decisions are compromised – just the same as if you were driving drunk.

Causes and prevention of fall accidents in the elderly

One simple event can change your life. Slipping on a wet floor or tripping on a loose rug can cause you to fall and sustain an injury. According to MedicineNet, 30 percent of falls among elderly people occur in public places. If you are age 65 years or older, you may fear simple activities such as shopping or walking. 

Falls in senior citizens can occur for a variety of reasons. Here is some helpful information on what causes falls and how to prevent them. 

Top hazards for children during fall

Fall season means back to school, cooler weather and the start again of certain sports and extracurricular activities. It comes with fun holidays and harvest celebrations. There is much to look forward to.

However, like with anything else in life, fall also has its own hazards. Many of these affect school-aged children. Arm yourself with the knowledge of what they are and how to properly prepare your child to prevent the likelihood of an accident and injury occurring.

Shifting cargo can cause a devastating truck-car crash

You may feel a little uneasy if you are driving on a busy freeway wedged between two big rigs. Even worse, there is no way you can get away from them because other traffic has you blocked in.

Both semis are likely carrying thousands of pounds of cargo. You can only hope that those responsible for loading the trailers handled the job properly; cargo that shifts can cause a horrendous accident.

3 common job activities that cause repetitive stress injuries

When you imagine a workplace injury, you may think of a broken bone or brain injury. However, one of the most common types of occupational injuries is a repetitive stress injury. A cumulative trauma disorder refers to damage to tendons, nerves and muscles due to repetitive motions.

Repetitive stress injuries often affect the wrists, hands, neck, shoulders, elbows and forearms. A few of the most common repetitive injuries are carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, bursitis and tennis elbow. Here are some workplace activities that may lead to this type of trauma.

How adrenaline masks pain after an auto accident

Anyone can end up in a car accident. In one incident earlier in June, two people sustained serious injuries that left them in critical condition following a collision in Chesterfield. 

In extreme cases, it will be obvious whether you have an injury and need to see a doctor. However, there have been plenty of instances where drivers felt perfectly fine after a traffic collision. Having to speak to the police and an insurance agent can make a person just want to go home and avoid seeing a doctor. Even if victims feel all right after a car accident, it is still for the best to get a full medical diagnosis. Many injuries remain hidden, and you may not be in the right state of mind to care for yourself. 

How common is substance abuse among truckers?

It is virtually impossible to avoid sharing the road with commercial truckers these days, but that does not make doing so any less stressful. For many motorists, navigating around large trucks is anxiety-inducing, both because they can prove difficult to see around and because they pose a serious threat to smaller cars because of their more substantial size and weight.

While driving alongside semi-trucks can prove dangerous under even the best of circumstances, truckers who abuse alcohol or drugs while on the job can make sharing the road with them downright deadly. Regrettably, however, substance abuse is quite common among commercial truckers, many of whom abuse substances in an attempt to combat boredom or cover more miles.

Common work injuries for emergency responders

Firefighters, police officers, paramedics, EMTs and other first responders are the daily heroes of America, saving lives at the risk of their own. That risk is very real, and not just for those running into burning buildings or gunfire.

While such extreme situations may be the deadliest, everyday tasks also come with high rates of accident and injury, shares the CDC. These injuries can be just as life-changing and eligible for workers' compensation as severe physical harm is.

  • Strains and sprains: The job of emergency responders is very physically demanding, often leading to sprains, muscle strains, overexertion and musculoskeletal pain. Those who do heavy lifting, such as paramedics and firefighters, also sustain back injuries.
  • Falls: Firefighters are at most risk for falling from ladders and buildings, but others can fall as well. Falls often lead to broken bones, fractures and head trauma.
  • Cuts and bruises: Sometimes those who emergency personnel are trying to aid (or apprehend) physically assault their helpers. Cuts and bruises can also be the result of equipment and other objects.
  • Motor vehicle accidents: Responders must drive quickly to arrive at emergency scenes. Other motorists may not follow proper protocol in getting out of the way or may be distracted and not notice the sirens and lights. Whatever the reason, it ends in a preventable accident with the emergency vehicle.
  • Exposure to diseases: EMTs and other health care workers are subject to exposure to infectious diseases, mostly from needlesticks.
  • Exposure to toxic materials: Part of the job may be using or being near hazardous substances, such as asbestos or gas fumes, which can cause cancer and other diseases.
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