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Distracted Drivers are the Most Dangerous

Noble McIntyre on July 1, 2011

Drunk drivers, move aside. Distracted drivers are now the most dangerous drivers on the road. According to recent distracted driving statistics, distracted drivers are 23 more times likely to cause accidents, compared to drunk drivers who are 7 times more likely to cause one. Also concerning is the amount of deaths that can be attributed to distracted driving. In 2009, out of the 33,808 car crash deaths, reports indicate that 16%, or 5,474, were attributable to driver distraction. Research also suggests that up to 80%, or 27,046 deaths, could have involved driver distraction.
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Boardwalk and Bounce House Disasters Raise Safety Concerns

Noble McIntyre on June 7, 2011

Fun turned into disaster last week in New Jersey and New York, sparking debate on whether apparently safe activities are indeed secure. On June 3rd, an 11-year-old girl fell 100 feet and died from a Ferris wheel on the Wildwood, NJ boardwalk Morey’s Pier. A Wildwood police captain reported that the Ferris wheel was in motion when the girl fell from the ride’s upper half. The Pier owner stated that cause of the fall is being investigated but there did not appear to be any mechanical problems.  According to a witness, the girl was looking over the ledge, fainted, and fell over. The ride was deemed safe on March 17th when it passed inspection by the state Department of Community Affairs’ division of codes and standards.  Continue reading


Automobile Accidents: The Mechanism of Whiplash

Jeremy Thurman on September 3, 2010

Whiplash by definition is an injury to the neck (the cervical vertebrae) resulting from rapid acceleration or deceleration. Webmd.com states that

Whiplash, also called neck sprain or neck strain, is injury to the neck. Whiplash is characterized by a collection of symptoms that occur following damage to the neck. In whiplash, the intervertebral joints (located between vertebrae), discs, and ligaments, cervical muscles, and nerve roots may become damaged.

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