Automobile manufacturers must comply with a number of safety inspections for vehicles they bring to market, including small SUVs. These standards help to protect drivers from severe injury in an accident, but what about the passengers?
Many people claim that driverless cars are our future and that the technology will reduce accidents by eliminating human error. Others feel vehicles without a driver open us up to a host of safety issues and potential hazards.
Accidents happen every day in Los Angeles and throughout the San Fernando Valley. All collisions can be potential disasters for the parties involved, but accidents between a car and pedestrian are among the most severe.
Most people understand that texting, checking social media or using phone apps while driving is dangerous. Yet many of us find ourselves doing it, whether we admit it or not. Why do we feel compelled to respond to every notification ping from our phones?
Most of the animal bites suffered in the United States today are from domestic animals. Dogs cause more injuries, but infections occur in more cat bites. According to the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, dog bites become infected about 1 percent of the time and cat bites become infected between 5 to 10 percent of the time.
After a dog bite or attack from another animal, the most important thing to do is to seek medical attention. Even if the bite seems minor, failure to treat the wound could result in serious infection.
With around 5 percent of people age 65 or older living in nursing homes, it's important to reduce the number of falls that take place to prevent injury, disability and death. Ten to 20 percent of falls result in serious injuries, with 2 to 6 percent resulting in fractures. Patients who suffer these injuries often take longer to heal and suffer a reduced quality of life. Their fear of falling in the future can also reduce their function and result in social isolation. Those who are severely injured may not survive a fall due to age and health factors.
Newly released data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports a 7.2 percent increase in automobile accident deaths nationwide from 2014 to 2015. In total numbers, this is 32,744 in 2014 and 35,092 in 2015.