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Blaze Seeks To Save Cyclist Lives With A Laser Projection Bike Light

Blaze Seeks To Save Cyclist Lives With A Laser Projection Bike Light | Nebraska and National Accident, Injury & Disability Information | Scoop.it
More and more urban commuters are embracing cycling as a way to get to and from work and around the city, and more and more cities are embracing cyclists by..
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Interesting new bicycle safety product: The Blaze Laserlight.

 

It has significant potential to help cyclists avoid being struck by vehicles. It is approximated that 80% of bike accidents while a cyclist is going straight and a vehicle turns into them. This light, besides helping cyclists see, projects "a [green] laser light projection that projects the image of the bicycle five or six meters in front of" the actual bicycle. In addition, it is rechargeable, USB compatible, and 100 percent waterproof. It costs $200 but, as the article notes, "you can’t really put a price on safety."

 

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Emergency vehicles slowed by distracted drivers

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A month-long News4Jax investigation shows drivers not getting out of the way of emergency vehicles. First responders say any delay puts lives at risk.

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6 Distracted Driving Habits You Should Avoid

6 Distracted Driving Habits You Should Avoid | Nebraska and National Accident, Injury & Disability Information | Scoop.it
Distracted driving has quickly become an epidemic in the United States. We've listed the new drunk driving habits that you need to avoid.
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6 Distracted Driving Habits You Should Avoid

 

The 6 "habits" listed in the post are:

 

Eating or Drinking
Grooming Yourself
Tending to Passengers
Driving While Sleepy or Fatigued
Texting
Talking On Your Cellphone

 

Distracted driving is dangerous. Do not do it!

 

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Toyota Using New Oculus Rift Distracted Driving Simulator to Educate Drivers

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Toyota Using New Oculus Rift Distracted Driving Simulator to Educate Drivers

 

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What the Color of Your Snot Really Means (Infographic)

What the Color of Your Snot Really Means (Infographic) | Nebraska and National Accident, Injury & Disability Information | Scoop.it
Nasal mucus alone isn’t typically used to diagnose disease, but it can be a helpful tool to determine what’s happening in your nasal passages. Here’s a qu
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The Color of Snow [Infographic]

 

An infographic about what the color of your snot means.

 

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NTSB: Selfies led to fatal Colo. plane crash

NTSB: Selfies led to fatal Colo. plane crash | Nebraska and National Accident, Injury & Disability Information | Scoop.it
DENVER— A pilot who lost control while taking selfies was likely the cause of a small plane crash that killed two men this past spring, according to federal investigators.
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NTSB: Selfies likely led to fatal Colo. plane crash


NTSB Spokesperson: "It is likely that cellphone use during the accident flight distracted the pilot and contributed to the development of special disorientation and subsequent loss of control," the NTSB said.

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Study: Complaining on Twitter correlates with heart disease risks

Study: Complaining on Twitter correlates with heart disease risks | Nebraska and National Accident, Injury & Disability Information | Scoop.it
Tweets prove better regional heart disease predictor than many classic factors.
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US settles case over fake Facebook page

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department has reached a $134,000 settlement with a New York woman after federal drug agents used information from her cellphone to set up a fake Facebook page in her identity, a tactic that…
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The Department of Justice ("DOJ") has agreed to a monetary settlement with a woman for a fake Facebook profile it created using her name and photos.

 

In 2010, Sondra Arquiett was arrested on drug charges. The Drug Enforcement Agency ("DEA"), after seizing her cell phone, created a fake Facebook page for Arquiett with pictures of her and other information obtained from the phone. The goal was to try to get her friends and associates into revealing incriminating information.

Arquiett sued claiming she suffered fear and emotional distress. She alleged that the fake page gave the impression that she was cooperating with law enforcement.

 

After initially defending creation of the fake page, the DOJ changed its opinion and said that the DEA's actions in this case went to far.

 

The settlement amount was $134,000.

 

Source: Eric Tucker via The Associated Press (AP)

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Update: Distracted Driver Hits Woman

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Police have identified the driver and pedestrian involved in an accident on Northwest Radial Highway in Omaha Wednesday night.
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Alleged distracted driver severs Omaha woman's legs 

 

According to police, Lawanda Cook became distracted when trying to retrieve her cell phone, which had fallen to the the floor of her vehicle. While distracted, she struck Joanne Smith, who was retrieving something from her car. The crash was severe enough to sever both of Ms. Smith's legs just above the knees. Charges against Ms. Cook are pending. 

 

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Mobile app to diagnose head injuries scores FDA clearance

Mobile app to diagnose head injuries scores FDA clearance | Nebraska and National Accident, Injury & Disability Information | Scoop.it
The new Defense Automated Neurobehavioral Assessment is a mobile phone-based application designed to help medical providers identify cases of traumatic brain injury in almost any setting, which may help clinicians diagnose a patient in as little as five minutes.
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The new Defense Automated Neurobehavioral Assessment ("DANA") recently received FDA approval. DANA is a mobile phone-based application designed to help medical providers identify cases of traumatic brain injury (TBI") in as little as five minutes. The app could help detect TBI's in almost any setting.

 

The app operates much like a video game. Service members will perform a baseline series of on-screen exercises during which both their speed and accuracy will be recorded. After a suspected brain injury, the service member would be re-tested.

 

The Department of Defense reported that in 2013, there were more than 27,000 cases of traumatic brain injury diagnosed across all 4 main service branches.

 

Hopefully, once perfected, the app will be released for use by civilian medical providers and others in need of such an app.

 

Article by: Ramin A. Khalili via Army[dot]Mil

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The Defense Automated Neurobehavioral Assessment, known as DANA, is a mobile phone-based application, or app, designed to help medical providers identify cases of traumatic brain injury in almost any setting, which may help clinicians diagnose a patient in as little as five minutes.

The app will operate much like a video game. Service members will perform a baseline series of on-screen exercises during which both their speed and accuracy will be recorded. Service members who may have had a serious head injury will then participate in a series of both cognitive efficiency tests and self-administered questionnaires. Afterward, a clinician will review the results, comparing them to the results of the baseline exercises. The combination of the app's cognitive and psychological components allows for insight into the prevalence of symptoms related to both traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.

"In essence, measuring reaction time is like taking the temperature of the brain," said Corinna Lathan, founder and CEO of AnthroTronix, Inc., the Maryland-based research and development company that created the DANA. "It's a vital part of the data that any health professional needs to evaluate his patient."

According to the DANA research team, some of the factors that may affect reaction time include concussion, dementia, post-traumatic stress, depression and fatigue, among others.

Once fully validated for battlefield use, military officials said the product may be used to assist medical providers. In addition, DANA may be used to help assess fitness for duty and possible triage needs when warranted. In these instances, the mobility of the DANA -- its accessibility in a variety of settings and locations -- augments its functionality. The software can run on a variety of platforms, and is currently being tested on tablet devices as well.

DANA received development funding, in part, through a grant from the Rapid Innovation Fund, a federal support mechanism for small businesses. Developing innovative tools such as DANA is a priority for the military, especially as experts' understanding of traumatic brain injury expands.

In 2013, more than 27,000 cases of traumatic brain injury were diagnosed across all four main service branches stationed around the globe, according to the Department of Defense. That number is almost triple the number of cases diagnosed in 2000, when the DOD first began recording traumatic brain injury statistics.


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Distracted Driving Simulator Reinforces Good Driving Habits

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Distracted Driving Simulator Reinforces Good Driving Habits
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Distracted Driving Simulator Reinforces Good Driving Habits

 

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Sioux City, IA (ABC9 News) - AT&T is helping Sioux City's East High School students to reinforce safe driving habits.

Students had the opportunity to participate in a texting and driving simulator today. The simulator is similar to a video game - drivers need to maintain a certain speed and are notified on-screen of when they need to check their phone or send text messages.

Students and faculty say that the simulator drives home the point of how dangerous taking your eyes off the road can be. Giovanni Cruz, an East High School 9th grader, says, "It kind of compares to real-life driving. It's really dangerous and it's just teaching you to like not text and drive."

Jay Weakland, a guidance counselor at East, says, "I was going up-and-down on the speed limit, and then a couple times I noticed I was changing lanes. So right away it was bothering me. I don't know how these kids are able to do both!"

Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota all have laws against texting and driving.


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Infographic: Teens in Cars

Infographic: Teens in Cars | Nebraska and National Accident, Injury & Disability Information | Scoop.it
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*Teens In Cars [Infographic]* Motor vehicle crashes are the #1 killer of teens. The best way to protect teens (as well as anyone in a vehicle) is to use seat belts.  Infographic by: Safe Kids Worldwide 
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Get your teen to stop texting while driving!

Get your teen to stop texting while driving! | Nebraska and National Accident, Injury & Disability Information | Scoop.it
Distracted driving, frequently caused by texting, is the leading cause of those car accidents. If asking your teen to put away the phone doesn't work, there are apps out there that can help.
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Get your teen to stop texting while driving!

 

Driving is complicated and the statistics regarding car crashes are staggering. In addition, awareness is not the issue.

 

How we can combat distracted driving:

 

"The simplest solution is to silence the phone and put it away. ... That old adage, out of sight, out of mind is true. A more modern option is to find an app. There are a number of apps available to prevent texting and driving and most are free. ... Finally, ... use a designated texter.

 

The science is clear, we need to have our brains fully focused on the road while driving."

 

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For more information concerning Rhode Island Car Accident lawyer please visit:http://www.ripersonalinjurylaw.com/providence-distracted-driving-texting-ri-car-accident-lawyer/an article by RI Car Accident lawyer David Slepkow 401-437-1100excerpt:Driving distracted and texting while driving is considered deadly behavior, which contributes to thousands of fatalities on U.S. and Rhode Island roadways every year. Distracted driving in Rhode Island is considered any activity where the motorist’s attention is diverted away from the roadway. Every distraction of the driver can endanger the motorist, passengers and others on the Providence, Pawtucket or North providence roadway including bicyclists and pedestrians. Common distractions when driving include:• Sending or reading text messages (texting and driving)• Using a smart phone, cell phone or other mobile technology• Drinking and eating• Reading• Grooming including applying makeup• Reaching for objects• Watching videos• Gathering information from a navigation system• Using electronic features in the car including the radio, MP3 player and CD player• Dealing with children• Conversing with passengersimportant keywords: Distracted Driving,Drink and Driving Accidents,Texting Driving
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Prohibited use of cell phones while driving is the law in many communities hoping to eliminate car accidents caused by distracted driving. This is because speaking or texting on a cell phone while driving is a contributing factor in more than 25 percent of all vehicle accidents nationwide.


Not a New Phenomenon in RI or across Nation


Distracted driving is not a new phenomenon. It  is a problem that has been around as long as transportation. Any activity that diverts the motorist’s attention away from operating a motor vehicle creates a serious issue for everyone sharing the road with a distracted driver. While texting and using a smart phone or cell phone has become a recent problem, other driver distractions have been around for decades, including:


• Grooming or applying makeup
• Drinking or eating
• Reading, including studying maps
• Adjusting the radio, MP3 player or CD player
• Grasping for something out of reach in the vehicle
• Driving with one hand


Drivers become easily distracted when they divert their eyes from the roadway to dial a number, read a message on their smart phone, or type out a text reply. However, not all driver distractions caused by electronic equipment involves diverting eyes from the roadway or manipulating the device.


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Driving is complicated. Many things can go wrong if the driver is not fully focused on the task at hand. It only takes a second for an unexpected event to occur causing a catastrophe. As new drivers, teens are already at higher risk for accidents. A combination of inexperience and overconfidence make car accidents the leading cause of death and injury for teens. Distracted driving,frequently caused by texting, is the leading cause of those accidents.


The statistics are staggering. In 2011, at least 23 percent of all car accidents involved cell phones. That works out to be 1.3 million accidents. More than 35,000 people lost their lives and at least 21,000 were injured. Despite laws that make testing and driving illegal in 43 states, the number of texting and driving accidents is not declining. In fact, distracted driving has now surpassed drinking and driving as the leading cause of death among teens.


Awareness is not the issue. A recent survey revealed that 95 percent of teens recognized that texting while driving is dangerous. However, nearly a third of those surveyed admitted they engage in the activity. Even more concerning, more than half thought it was not difficult to text and drive. These findings are consistent with other studies of multi-tasking. We typically overestimate our ability to multitask and our success rate while doing so.  The truth is that our brains are not designed to engage in two complex activities at the same time. When we think we are multitasking, we are actually going back and forth between two activities, usually to the detriment of both.  Multitasking is inefficient at best and reckless when combined with driving.


So why is it so difficult to stop teens from texting and driving? Cell phones have quickly become a part of the fabric of our lives. These devices have created new behaviors with unintended consequences. We joke about people being addicted to their cell phones while trying to resist the urge to check ours. Some psychologists have suggested that since cell phone usage has become so habitual, education and punishment are unlikely to yield the changes necessary. Instead, we need to help teens focus on changing their behavior. To that end, using deliberate strategies are the best way to prevent texting and driving. 


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Future GM Vehicles Will Communicate With Other Vehicles To Avoid Potential Collisions

Future GM Vehicles Will Communicate With Other Vehicles To Avoid Potential Collisions | Nebraska and National Accident, Injury & Disability Information | Scoop.it
General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) is expected to make an announcement tomorrow about equipping its vehicles with a breakthrough technology during the coming years. The new technology will ensure greater passenger safety through automatic vehicle-to-vehicle communication to help avoid potential collisions.

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Until cars can talk, we need to put down  the Iphone, and stop distracted driving.

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The nation’s auto regulatory authorities have also backed the technology. Last month, the US Department of Transportation said that it is considering making it mandatory for all automakers to adopt such V2V communication systems by 2016, as a part of its efforts to solidify industry-wide standards for customer safety.

Moreover, auto safety watchdog, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), is also pushing for a regulation that will in six months require automakers to install automatic braking systems.

A Busy Year For Auto Industry Regulators

Regulatory authorities around the country have been actively probing automakers and safety parts’ suppliers to ascertain any potential negligence as to customer safety.


The world’s second-largest provider of auto safety parts, Takata Corp UNSP (ADR) (TKTDY), is being probed by the NHTSA for manufacturing potentially damaged airbags, which are then installed in vehicles of various American and Japanese automakers. This led them to collectively recall over 6 million vehicles this year for the airbag defect, identified by faulty airbags rupturing upon deployment.

In March, Toyota Motor Corp (ADR) (TM) agreed to pay a penalty of $1.2 billion for settling a four-year criminal probe regarding delayed auto recalls in 2010, stemming from an unintended yet serious acceleration defect owing to sticky gas pedals.


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Should commercial trucks be equipped with dash cams?

Should commercial trucks be equipped with dash cams? | Nebraska and National Accident, Injury & Disability Information | Scoop.it
Should commercial trucks be equipped with dash cams?
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Proliferation of smartphones may be affecting posture

Proliferation of smartphones may be affecting posture | Nebraska and National Accident, Injury & Disability Information | Scoop.it
You see it every day. People standing, sitting or even walking with head bent, fingers flying across the screen of a smartphone or tablet. These devices th
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Proliferation of smartphones may be affecting posture

 

"Text-neck is becoming a more common health problem"
This is something that everyone that has a smartphone should be worried about.

 

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Today is National Wear Red Day

Today is National Wear Red Day | Nebraska and National Accident, Injury & Disability Information | Scoop.it
Today is National Wear Red Day®, which is celebrated annually on the first Friday of February. The American Heart Association (AHA), HHS, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), and many other organizations celebrate and promote National Wear Red Day to raise awareness about
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Today is National Wear Red Day®, a day to help raise awareness of the dangers of heart disease for women. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women.

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Today is National Wear Red Day®, a day to help raise awareness of the dangers of heart disease for women. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women.

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Distracted Drivers Can Cause Serious Motorcycle Accidents

Distracted Drivers Can Cause Serious Motorcycle Accidents | Nebraska and National Accident, Injury & Disability Information | Scoop.it
According to the official United States government website1 for distracted driving, approximately 421,000 people were injured in motor vehicle accidents involving a distracted driver. When distracted drivers cause accidents, victims can often recover fo [...]
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Informative post by Matthew Dolman of Dolman Law Group about how distracted drivers are hazardous to everyone especially to motorcyclists, who do not have the protections afforded by cars or trucks. 

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Lapin Law Offices' Blogger Blog: Lincoln Crashes Following Last Weekend's Winter Storm

Lapin Law Offices' Blogger Blog: Lincoln Crashes Following Last Weekend's Winter Storm | Nebraska and National Accident, Injury & Disability Information | Scoop.it
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Last weekend's winter storm posed a challenge to many Lincoln, Nebraska, drivers with at least a 151 crashes and one fatality as of February 2, 2015. The actual number of crashes is likely a lot more. More snow is predicted for Lincoln this evening and tomorrow with a lot of roadways still ice and snow covered.

 

Drivers are urged to stay home if possible. If you have to drive, do so very carefully and safely.

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Last weekend's winter storm posed a challenge to many Lincoln, Nebraska, drivers with at least a 151 crashes and one fatality as of February 2, 2015. The actual number of crashes is likely a lot more. More snow is predicted for Lincoln this evening and tomorrow with a lot of roadways still ice and snow covered.

 

Drivers are urged to stay home if possible. If you have to drive, do so very carefully and safely.

 

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Former WWE wrestlers sue over brain damage, other injuries

Former WWE wrestlers sue over brain damage, other injuries | Nebraska and National Accident, Injury & Disability Information | Scoop.it
Two former professional wrestlers are suing the WWE, alleging it ignored or downplayed signs of brain damage and other injuries while it raked in millions.
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Two former WWE wrestlers have filed a potential class action lawsuit in Philadelphia regarding concussions and neurological damage suffered by them as well as other wrestlers.

 

The lawsuit alleges, in part:
"For most of its history, WWE has engaged in a campaign of misinformation and deception to prevent its wrestlers from understanding the true nature and consequences of the injuries they have sustained."
"Under the guise of providing 'entertainment,' WWE has, for decades, subjected its wrestlers to extreme physical brutality that it knew, or should have known" caused many medical problems including brain damage;
WWE forces wrestlers to do stunts "in a matter that dramatically increases -- often to a near-certainty -- their chances of sustaining brain damage ... When performed by, and on, hulking, poorly trained, steroid-using wrestlers with various levels of dexterousness, they are a recipe for disaster-- and widespread, long term brain damage."

 

The ex-wrestlers who filed suit are:
Vito LoGrasso, who wrestled under the names Big Vito and Skull Von Krush, from 1991 to 1998 and from 2005 to 2007; &
Evan Singleton, under the name of Adam Mercer, from 2012 to 2013.

 

The lawsuit seeks monetary damages as well as medical monitoring.

 

An attorney representing the WWE stated that the WWE had never concealed medical information from its wrestlers. In addition, he stated, "WWE was well ahead of sports organizations in implementing concussion management procedures and policies as a precautionary measure as the science and research on this issue emerged."

 

Source: Ed Payne via CNN

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Pedestrian and Bicyle accident statistics

                      Pedestrian and Bicyclist Crash Statistics

 

 

   There seem to be an alarming number of serious pedestrian accident, and bicycle wrecks. In 2012 there were 4,742 pedestrian deaths in motor vehicle wrecks, and 726 bicycle deaths. It appears from the hospital records that only of fraction of pedestrian crashes are even recorded by police. In the same year there were 78,000 pedestrian injuries, and the cost of these injuries to children age 14 and younger is over 5.2 billion per year.

   Is pedestrian traffic dangerous? Since the statistics do not reveal how many people are walking, and how far, it is difficult to say whether walking is inherently dangerous, and there are other factors such as time of day, was the accident in the cross walk, the speed of the vehicle. The raw data for pedestrians shows the following breakdown by cause of injury: trip on uneven side walk , 24%; tripped , cause unknown, 17% ; hit by car, 12%; pets involved, 6% ; tripped on stone, 5%. 

    Anyone who walks in the cities knows the danger of crossing at the light when there is right on red. Even following the traffic lights there is the risk of a driver not stopping at the red light.

   Bicyclists in Georgia’s cities complain that the cars do not respect them, and do not give them the 3 feet clearance required by Georgia Law, and the data shows there are less accidents when bicyclists are outside the city.  In 2012 there were 726 bicycle deaths, and 49,000 injuries. The injuries are more serious generally than injuries to a passenger in a car accident. It has been established that helmets do reduce the risk of head injuries. According to the National Safety Council the cost of bicycle injuries is over 4 billion per year.

   Who is getting killed in bicycle wrecks? It’s interesting that 88 % of the deaths are male, 69 % occur in urban areas, 30% occur between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and 24% killed had blood alcohol concentrations of 0.08 g/dl or higher. The take away is that women may be more careful than men, don’t bike during rush hour, and at dusk, and don’t drink and ride bikes. This data can be found in the 2012 National Survey on Bicyclist and Pedestrian Attitudes and Behaviors, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Traffic Safety Facts. Stay safe.

 

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​Hey, Guys: Posting a Lot of Selfies Doesn’t Send a Good Message

​Hey, Guys: Posting a Lot of Selfies Doesn’t Send a Good Message | Nebraska and National Accident, Injury & Disability Information | Scoop.it
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A study conducted at Ohio State examined 800 U.S. men, aged 18–40, in two forms of visual self-presentation: editing one's image in photographs posted on social networking sites (SNSs) and posting "selfie." The study was trying to identify "trait predictors" of the men through these 2 forms of self-presentation.

 

The study found:

Men who posted more selfies than others scored higher for narcissism and psychopathy; and

Men who were more likely to edit their selfies before posting scored higher in narcissism and self-objectification.

 

The study's author points out that although many of the men who scored high in these areas they were still within the normal range of behavior. More simply, these men were not necessarily narcissists or psychopaths. 

 

The study's author stated, "We are all concerned with our self-presentation online, but how we do that may reveal something about our personality."

 

The study was published online in the journal Personality and Individual Differences.

 

Source article: Hey, Guys: Posting a Lot of Selfies Doesn't Send a Good Message | By: Jeff Grabmeier via The Ohio State University Newsroom

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10 Social Mobile Apps That Breach Your Teenager’s Privacy

10 Social Mobile Apps That Breach Your Teenager’s Privacy | Nebraska and National Accident, Injury & Disability Information | Scoop.it
Your children have become proto-adults, beginning to grow up. Like their friends, they spend a lot of time using smartphones, tablets and computers in a way you could only dream of. While you're busy trying to deal with Facebook and Twitter, the teenagers in your life are busy sending messages and photos of themselves. Some…
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10 Social Mobile Apps That Breach Your Teenager’s Privacy

 

The apps are:

SnapChat;

Yik Yak;

Tinder;

Ask.fm;

Twitter;

Kik Messenger;

4chan;

Instagram;

YouNow; and

Facebook.

 

All of these apps make it extremely easy to post embarrassing photos or content. Parents need to be aware of the dangers to these teens and talk to them about these dangers and how to protect themselves.

 

Article by: Christian Cawley via MakeUseOf

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Drivers talk on cell phones less but surf, e-mail more

Drivers talk on cell phones less but surf, e-mail more | Nebraska and National Accident, Injury & Disability Information | Scoop.it
Survey finds that drivers are talking on hand-held phones less but surfing the 'net more
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Drivers talk on cell phones less but surf, e-mail more

 

"A survey that has tracked driving behavior for six years finds that talking on hand-held phones while driving is dropping while surfing the Internet, reading email and scanning social media is rising." 

 

Article by Larry Copeland via USA Today

 
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Since 2007, 44 states and the District of Columbia have enacted bans on texting while driving, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association; 14 states and Washington, D.C., prohibit the use of hand-held cell phones while driving. No state prohibits all cell phone use behind the wheel.


States might be able to do more to prevent distracted driving with more money, but most of them have not been able to qualify for federal funding meant specifically for that purpose, says Jonathan Adkins, executive director of the GHSA.


In fiscal years 2014 and 2015, Connecticut was the only state to qualify for distracted driving funding approved by Congress in the federal transportation bill. It was the only state to meet the strict requirements of the bill, such as progressive fines for repeat offenses and no exceptions for drivers who text while stopped at a traffic light.

"Most states have strong distracted driving laws and are effectively enforcing them," Adkins says. "However, the federal funding requirements are so restrictive that it effectively prohibits nearly every state from qualifying for this needed funding… When the carrot is so far out of reach, states are not going to be motivated to strive toward it."


The State Farm survey finds that many drivers now attempt to self-regulate when it comes to distracting behaviors. For example, 63% of motorists say they're more likely to use their cell phones while stopped at a traffic light.


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OSHA's Top 10 Workplace Safety Violations For 2014

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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently announced its preliminary Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2014. Unfortunately, the top 10 for 2014 was the same as 2013. This demonstrates that employers continue
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OSHA's Top 10 Workplace Safety Violations for 2014

 

OSHA recently announced its preliminary top 10 workplace safety violations for 2014. Unfortunately, these violations remain the same as 2013. This helps show that employers are not doing enough in these areas to protect workers.

 

Nebraska workers injured on the job, including for these types of violations, are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.

 

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an article by RI Worker Safety lawyer David Slepkow 401-437-1100
excerpt:


There are many different types of different construction related lift equipment such as Scissor Lifts, Boom Lifts, Forklifts, Backhoes, Cranes and Skid Steer Loaders. The focus of this Rhode Island Construction accident and premises liability post is Scissor Lifts Accidents in Rhode Island (RI) and across the United States.


If you are injured or if a loved one is killed in a Scissor Lift accident in RI, it is important that you retain a Rhode Island Personal Injury Attorney.


According to The Federal Occupational  Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), scissor lift Construction Lift Equipment present numerous hazards including the lift toppling over or a construction worker falling off the platform. This can happen if  “the lift is used during bad weather or high winds, positioned on soft or uneven ground, or on weak utility covers (e.g., underground sprinkler valve boxes) or overloaded with heavy objects used with guardrails removed driven over uneven, unstable ground.


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David Slepkow's curator insight, October 28, 2014 2:47 AM

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an article by RI Car Accident lawyer David Slepkow 401-437-1100
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While some occupations have a greater risk of work-related injuries than others do, anyone can be injured on their job. Nearly all employers in Rhode Island are required by RI law to provide workers’ compensation insurance to every employee to ensure coverage in the case of a work-related illness or injury. Workers’ compensation helps individuals injured on the job recover lost wages and pay for medical expenses.


Individuals can be injured in any line of work in Rhode island. However, the most common types of on-the-job injuries happen to a:


• Construction worker
• Healthcare worker including nurses and nurse’s aides
• Manufacturing and industrial employee
• Warehouse and factory worker
• Commercial driver
• Sanitation worker
• Municipal employee including law enforcement and corrections officer, firefighter and road worker
• Airline and airport employee
• State employee
• Service industry employee including cook, waitress, maid, janitor, delivery driver, child care worker and others
• Miner


Common Injuries necessitating a RI workers compensation lawyer.


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David Slepkow's curator insight, January 6, 12:54 AM

For fiscal year 2013, which runs from October 1, 2012 through September 30, 2013, OSHA’s top 10 violations were:


  1. Fall Protection
  2. Hazard Communication
  3. Scaffolding
  4. Respiratory Protection
  5. Electrical – Wiring Methods
  6. Powered Industrial Trucks
  7. Ladders
  8. Lockout/Tagout
  9. Electrical – General Requirements
  10. Machine Guarding

Both 2013 and 2014 have all of the same workplace safety violations. The top 4 remain the same while some of the other violation’s rankings changed.

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Hopefully, employers will examine these rankings and increase worker safety especially in these top 10 areas. Worker safety should be the paramount concern for employers.

WORKERS’ COMPENSATION AND OTHER CLAIMS

In Nebraska, workers injured on the job are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits except in a couple of circumstances. The benefits injured workers can receive, depending on the injury, include:


  • Payment of medical bills
  • Payment or reimbursement for prescription medication
  • Mileage reimbursement to and from medical appointments
  • Temporary Total Disability (“TTD”) benefits
  • Permanent Partial Disability (“PPD”) benefits
  • Permanent Total Disability (“PTD”) benefits
  • Vocational Rehabilitation


In addition, there are certain types of work injuries in which an injured worker may have a claim against a person or entity other than their employer. These are often called “third-party claims.” For these types of claims, an injured worker is entitled to more than just those benefits offered under workers’ compensation, including money for pain and suffering.


If you have been injured on the job in Nebraska, contact Lapin Law Offices to learn about your rights and what we might be able to do for you. We offer a free consultation and do not collect a fee unless we get money for you.


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