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April 2015 Archives

Furniture Tip-Over Accidents

Every year dozens of children are catastrophically injured or killed because of furniture tip-over accidents. Families of these children never get over the devastation caused by these injuries. Some parents never get over the guilt they feel. These tragic accidents, and hundreds of others that luckily result in less serious injuries, are very preventable. Unfortunately, most people are unaware that many pieces of furniture in their home are unstable and can be easily tipped over accidentally by children just being children. Dressers, chests and TV stands are the most commonly involved furniture. The vast majority of people are completely unaware how common these accidents are and how easily they can occur. Here is a link to the Consumer Product Safety Commission web page discussing this problem.

Would acknowledgment of safety measures reduce truck accidents?

The presence of large trucks on our nation’s roads has many ramifications—both good and bad. In addition to transporting the goods that so many of us rely upon, their presence could also result in an accident occurring. To try to keep these incidents to a minimum, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration creates regulations that are designed to make the use of these vehicles as safe as possible. While such regulations often focus on penalties for failing to comply with the rules, the FMCSA is considering a different approach.

Trek Bicycle Recall

It was very upsetting to read about the product recall for 1 million Trek bicycles this week. According to the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission, the bikes' front wheels may "come to a sudden stop" or separate from the bicycle if the quick release lever on the front wheel hub comes into contact with the front brake assembly. As any 10 year old knows, this is a recipe for immediate disaster.

Steps pedestrians can take to stay safe

Walking is a part of most peoples’ lives. While most people probably don’t think about how many steps they log each day, for others it is the primary type of exercise they engage in or, their main source of transportation. Regardless of how much, or why, someone walks there are things all can do to try to avoid being involved in an accident with a vehicle.

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