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Summer is fun, but there are still risks for child injuries

With summer in full swing, your children have probably been enjoying a marathon of running, playing and enjoying the plentiful outdoor activities Texas offers. As a parent, you likely take care to keep your own home free of any hazards that could result in child injuries. However, if you are like other busy parents, there are times when your children are out of your immediate supervision.

We all want our children to be safe, and it is probably safe to say that other people want your children to be safe as well. However, incidents do happen that can result in serious injuries to our most vulnerable family members. No one wants to place a child in danger intentionally, but the negligence or recklessness of a thoughtless party could lead to the unthinkable.

Truck accident statistics for 2014

Truck accidents often result in serious injuries or deaths, and many times, the accidents are the fault of negligent or reckless truck drivers. When this occurs, injured victims and the families of victims who died can seek compensation through a civil lawsuit for medical expenses, pain and suffering, final expenses and more.

In 2014, 3,903 people died in accidents involving large trucks. About another 111,000 people were injured. The number of fatalities actually declined by 2 percent from the previous year and 26 percent over a 10-year period. The fatalities in 2014 from large truck accidents broke down to:

Motorcycle awareness: Understanding the dangers

Motorcycles are a preferred form of transportation for many people. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Agency, though, car versus motorcycle accidents have increased more than 100 percent since 2005. The number one cause of motorcycle rider fatalities is failure to yield by the motor vehicle. Many of these accidents were preventable if the driver of the vehicle had simply noticed the approaching motorcycle.

Here are some tips to prevent motorcycle accidents:

Driver arrested after crash causes death of 2 unborn babies

A man from Waco, Texas, was arrested and charged with the deaths of two unborn children after he allegedly crashed a vehicle while intoxicated and distracted.

The 46-year-old man was allegedly trying to use his cellphone while he was driving. The crash happened on North 28th Street in Waco when the man lost control of a 2015 Nissan Versa. The vehicle left the roadway and crashed into a utility pole. There were two women in the Versa, both of whom were pregnant. Both women were said to be in critical condition after the accident and both lost their unborn babies. One of the women, a 22-year-old, was 10 weeks pregnant. The other woman, a 33-year-old, was five months pregnant.

Inflatable amusements: statistics on injuries

Many fairs or parties have inflatable amusements for the kids to bounce around on. The kids simply remove their shoes and bounce until they are worn out or their time is up.

Inflatable amusements, though, are not without their dangers, most common of which are fractures, strains, sprains and dislocations. Between 2011 and 2013, there were an estimated 47,446 emergency department-treated injuries from inflatable amusements. The moon bounce was the most common inflatable in use when injuries occurred. For all inflatable amusement injuries, 96 percent were treated in the emergency room and released, 3 percent resulted in hospitalization and 1 percent did not have a disposition or left against medical advice.

How can I protect my child from burns?

Children are curious by nature. They don't realize the dangers that can be found all around them. When it comes to burn injuries, parents, guardians and other caregivers must be vigilant in order to prevent such injuries to children. Here are some tips to help prevent burns to children.

-- Avoid carrying hot liquids when you are carrying a child.

Tips for preventing injuries at summer camp

In most cases, both parents and children look forward to summer camp. The parents may enjoy a little time to themselves and the kids can have a blast with all the camp's activities. However, summer camp is not without its dangers.

In order to prevent many common injuries at summer camp, considering the following:

What does the Consumer Protection Safety Commission do?

The U.S. Consumer Protection Safety Commission is responsible for protecting the public from "unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction." Each year, property damages, injuries and deaths from unsafe consumer products cost taxpayers more than $1 trillion. The CPSC protects consumers and their families from products that pose a mechanical, chemical, electrical or fire hazard.

When a manufacturer realizes that product is unsafe, a voluntary recall may be issued or the CPSC can issue a Letter of Advice stating what action should be taken. If a recall is not issued when there should be one according to the CPSC, the agency may begin court proceedings to have the recall issued.

Texas authorities urge drivers to be cautious of motorcyclists

With the warm weather upon us, motorcycles are everywhere. As summer begins, the Texas Department of Public Safety reminds drivers to pay attention to motorcyclists and use extra caution.

One rider who said he has been on a motorcycle for 42 years said that he has to be a defensive driver. He said that since text messaging became popular, he's been forced off the road many times because of people texting while driving or talking on their cellphones. He said that while drivers need to be more aware of motorcycles, the bikers can do things to lower their risk of an accident, too. Dressing in brighter-colored clothes makes a rider easier to see. Riders need to stand out, maintain their lane position and always be on the lookout for what's ahead.

Second wreck knocks 2 women, 1 infant over overpass

An accident that occurred in Waco, Texas, on Interstate 35 and the South Fourth Street bridge was only described as a fender-bender. While waiting for emergency responders, the two women who were driving the involved vehicles were standing on the shoulder of the interstate.

One of the women, 23, had taken her 8-month-old son out of his car set and was holding him when a pickup struck the two women. All three were knocked off the bridge, falling about 30 feet. The woman holding the baby used her body to create a cocoon of sorts for her son. When emergency responders arrived, they found the two women and the baby lying on Fourth Street.

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