March Injury News
For years now car manufacturers, consumer watchdogs and many different government and private organizations have been working to increase safety features in vehicles and on roads. There have been countless improvements including automatic breaking systems, electric stability control systems, rearview cameras and more. Millions have also been put into campaigns to remind drivers to buckle up, don’t text while driving, focus on the road, don’t drink and drive, etc.
Despite all of this, Americans are dying at alarming rates in traffic accidents and the numbers show a steep rise in 2016. This past week the National Safety Council released a traffic fatality report that estimated 40,200 people died from accidents involving motor vehicles in 2016, which is a huge 6% rise from 2015. Read more here.
Spring Break is coming up for Tampa Bay area high schools and colleges. Students from HCC, USF and Hillsborough county and Pinellas public schools have the break at the same time, March 13 through the 17th. This worries local officials of an increased drinking and driving risk. More patrols will be in place.
Crash-test dummies have been in use for decades. But, for decades, the design of these dummies hasn’t changed, while Americans have. Humanetics, a company that manufactures crash-test dummies teamed up with trauma surgeon Stewart Wang from the University of Michigan to design and develop new dummies that mirror what the average American looks like today. What does that mean? Well, it means larger, much larger. Read more about this development here.
A 14-month old girl died after a dentist visit in Austin, TX. Her parents are suing the practice, dentist and anesthesiologist. Daisy Torres died last year after anesthesia was given to her for tooth decay treatment when she only had cavities. A forensic dental examiner questioned why the girl was having this procudure before she died. “One can only speculate as to why any treatment was performed considering no indication of dental disease or pathology was seen in the dental radiographs (x-rays) in the dental visit dated 03/29/2016,” wrote Robert Williams, a forensic odontologist. Read more here.
It’s no secret that car accidents are a common occurrence in and around Tampa. It seems that every time I get in my car I see at least one from my starting point to my destination (It’s more like 2-3 on average, honestly). For all drivers and daily commuters especially, It is crucial to be aware of the most dangerous intersections around Tampa. With this knowledge, drivers are more likely to take extra precautions when driving near bad accident locations, and in turn take more precautions when driving overall. See where the Top 10 Worst Intersections are in Tampa for January 2017 here.
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