Car Accident & Injury News: September
Tire Safety Can Prevent Fatal Crashes
Did you know that there are 11,000 tire-related crashes every year? And did you know that about 200 people die after tire-related crashes every year? Do you know how old your tires are? How many miles you have put on them? The last time they were rotated? How deep the treads are? If you cannot answer these question, than it is definitely time to brush up on some tire safety tips. The NHTSA has great resources to make sure your tires are keeping you safe. Their “TireWise” resource gives vital information on buying tires, maintaining tires, the labeling, aging, fuel efficiency and retailers of tires. Click here to read the important tire safety tips in the NHTSA resource.
Local Principal Killed in Jet Ski Accident
Dr. Craig Butz, who was the executive director of Pepin Academies, a charter school for children with disabilities died this past weekend when the jet ski he was driving collided with a boat. His 4-year-old daughter who was on the jet ski as well, was injured. She remains in critical condition. Read more on this tragic story here.
Understanding Bicycle Laws can Keep you Safe
Just this past week in Carrollwood, Elysa, a student, 13, at Ben Hill Middle School was running late to school. She was going fast on her bicycle to make it to school on time. As she crossed the intersection of Country lake and Crying Winds Drives, she saw an oncoming car, too late. The car hit the back of her bike’s tire, causing her to fly off and hit her head on the ground and go unconscious. Elysa was not wearing a helmet. Fortunately, Elysa did not sustain any serious injuries, but what did hurt her was a $153 citation for “failure to stop at a stop sign on a bicycle, causing a crash.” Bicyclist have to follow road signs and rules just like drivers. Knowing those laws are crucial in staying safe as a cyclist.
Bounce House Accident Causes Paralysis Injury
15-year-old Trey Smetana’s life changed when he did a back flip on a bounce house. He ended up landing on his head, on concrete, which caused him to become paralyzed, unable to walk, with limited mobility in his arms and hands. Trey was a star athlete, and because of the lack of safety with the bounce house- and countless others, his life is forever changed.