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Preventing truckers from drowsy driving

The problem of drowsy driving isn't just limited to those who haven't had enough sleep. It can also happen when someone takes certain medications, has a sleep disorder, drinks alcohol or works shift work.

Unfortunately, we don't know the exact second that our bodies succumb to sleep. While falling asleep while driving is obviously dangerous, driving while you're sleepy is dangerous as well. When you're drowsy:

What are the most common causes of child injuries?

A child injury is something that no parent ever wants to happen, but unfortunately, it happens all too frequently. Some child injuries are simply accidents -- others are due to the actions or inactions of an adult.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 9,000 children suffer fatal injuries each year, and almost 9 million children between the ages of 0 and 19 are seen in hospital emergency rooms. Injuries are the number one cause of child deaths for those 19 and younger.

Salad mix recalled for listeria contamination

Dole has voluntarily recalled of bagged salad mix, greens and lettuce due to listeria concerns. A Dole plant in Ohio is where the bacteria had been traced, and it will be closed for four weeks, according to an email that grocers received. In addition, Dole quit producing 14 kinds of salads and stopped promotions and ads for the next month.

It's not just Dole brands that are getting hit with the recall, though. The affected salad mixes start the product code with the letter "A" and include the following brands:

Motorcycle accidents and traumatic brain injuries

A traumatic brain injury is caused by a jolt or blow to the head that injures the brain. Some of the most common causes include sports injuries, falls, car crashes and motorcycle accidents. It's the leading cause of disability and death for people between the ages of 1 and 44.

The chances of suffering a TBI during a motorcycle accident are high. The most important thing a motorcyclist can do to reduce the risk of a TBI is to wear a helmet. The helmets are designed to protect the skull and brain and to prevent an object from piercing the brain. The crushable part of a helmet absorbs part of the energy that would reach the brain and head if a helmet was not worn.

Defective products take their toll on consumers' health

When you purchase a product of any kind, it is expected that it will perform as advertised. When it doesn't and is responsible for injury or death to consumers, then someone needs to be held liable. While this is generally the product manufacturer, there are others that may bear some of the liability, too. These could include the designers, marketers and parts manufacturers.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that more than 20,000 people are killed and 29 million are injured because of products that are defectively designed, marketed or manufactured. These accidents end up costing our country over $700 billion each year.

Benefits of an accident investigator in your car accident case

You've likely heard of accident reconstruction and investigation, but do you know what exactly they are? Would they benefit your car accident case?

When a serious car accident occurs with catastrophic injuries or death, it is investigated. In many cases, it is also reconstructed. The police will often perform these two duties, but independent investigators also do. The focus of the police investigation and reconstruction is to determine if criminal charges should be filed. The authorities will look for things like an intoxicated driver, speeding or hours-of-service violations.

Understanding pharmaceutical drug liability

Product liability lawsuits often center on medicines and drugs. The Food and Drug Administration has established testing criteria for manufacturers to use before the drugs go onto the market. Those FDA criteria are considered industry standards, but even if a drug has an FDA license, it doesn't mean there is no liability for the drug's manufacturer if there it is proven that the drug is defective.

Some types of prescription drugs are "unavoidably unsafe." This means that no matter how carefully the drugs are manufactured, they can't be made where they are completely safe. For example, a drug may have side effects that are harmful but can still benefit the user. As long as there are adequate warnings given and the drug is prepared properly, then this usually not able to form the basis of a products liability lawsuit -- not a successful one anyway.

Motorcycle accident injury and fatality statistics

Motorcycles are a terrific way to enjoy the outdoors, and they can be inexpensive to operate. Unfortunately, though, when an accident occurs, the bike offers no protection against injury or death. Motorcycle accident injury and fatality statistics provide insight into these crashes and what might be done to decrease injuries and deaths.

According to the Insurance Information Institute, there were 88,000 motorcycle injuries in 2013. There were 5,000 more injuries in 2012 according to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The number of people who died in motorcycle accidents was 4,668 in 2013, which was 318 fewer fatalities than in 2012.

4-vehicle crash involves Austin school bus

An Austin Independent School District school bus was involved in a four-vehicle accident. Six people were injured in the wreck that happened on a service road next to Interstate 35.

The bus was carrying 31 students. Each student and the bus driver were evaluated at the accident as a precaution. None of the students on the bus was reported to be injured, nor was the bus driver.

How to have a fun and safe holiday

With Christmas nearly upon us, gift-buying is in full swing. Unfortunately, there will likely be some products sold as gifts that will be recalled due to safety issues. Those issues may range from a mislabeled jar of peanuts to a bicycle with a serious safety problem. There are other safety issues that you might need to remember this holiday season, too. Below, you'll find some holiday safety tips to help ensure a fun, festive -- and safe -- time as you celebrate.

-- Decorating the tree: Few things are as pleasing to look at during Christmas as the tree; however, it can be full of potential safety problems. For example, angel hair is made from spun glass. Always wear gloves whenever you handle it. Double check lights to ensure there are no broken sockets, loose connections or frayed or exposed wires. Poinsettias can be poisonous to children or pets.

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