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Odds of death in a pedestrian crash swings at 45 MPH

The speed a car is traveling when it strikes a pedestrian has a massive impact on the odds that the pedestrian will be killed. Obviously, the faster the car is going, the greater the chances of death. However, it's interesting to dig into the numbers a bit further and see that the real swing happens at 45 miles per hour, when all age groups are more likely to be killed than to survive.

At just 20 miles per hour, most people will live. Those who are 70 years old will die in 13 percent of cases, those who are 30 will be killed in 3 percent, and the average is just 7 percent. It's highly more likely that anyone involved in a low-speed crash will live.

Psychological care may be necessary after an injury

If you're hurt and seeking compensation in a premises liability case, you probably start by thinking about your medical bills. They're the first immediate cost you see, and they could be extensive.

While that's very important, it's also critical not to overlook the need for psychological care. You can go through significant emotional trauma when you're injured. Even long after your physical injuries have healed, you may need help to work through those lasting mental and emotional issues. This too can be expensive and necessary, meaning you may have a right to compensation.

2 pedestrian accidents result in injuries and a fatality

A pair of pedestrian accidents happened in Pensacola, Florida, leaving one person injured and taking another person's life. They both happened on the same road -- Cervantes Street -- and they took place in the span of a few hours.

The first accident took place at 2:45 in the afternoon, on a Friday. A woman was near the intersection of 14th Avenue and Cervantes when she was hurt.

Infants are an incredible distraction in the car

When you think of distractions in the car, what do you think of first? Texting and driving? Talking on the phone? Trying to use the GPS?

All of these things are distracting, but one study found that having an infant in the car was perhaps the worst distraction of all. The majority of parents -- 60 percent -- said having an infant in the car while driving alone was "very distracting." Even more, a full 80 percent, were nervous that the crying child would cause a crash. For drivers between 20 and 29, one study found that young kids were a leading distraction.

It's very important to be honest with your doctor

One of the first things they give you at the doctor's office is a checklist that you can fill out regarding your lifestyle and health issues. After you do it, the doctor is going to follow up with questions about both areas.

Do you lie when you're talking to the doctor? Studies have found that many patients do, and it's potentially quite problematic.

There are various causes for a post-traumatic headache

If you're involved in a car accident and you then have a post-traumatic headache, it's important to note that there are a few different ways this can originate. Figuring out exactly what is causing it is the key to getting the right medical care.

For instance, you could have a cervicogenic headache. This means that it doesn't originate in your head at all, but in your neck. Your head can snap back and forth during the crash, putting significant strain on your neck and causing serious injuries.

Let a lawyer put you in the driver's seat after a truck accident

From its position at the far west of Florida, Escambia County is the gateway to the state from Alabama and beyond. Interstate 10, the 2,400 mile connection from the Pacific to the Atlantic, passes through on its way from coast to coast, bringing with it many commercial vehicles.

Band students in parade run over by SUV

A school band was playing in a Mardi Gras parade in Gulf Shores when an SUV plowed into them. A 73-year-old man was behind the wheel. A dozen students were injured in the crash. While most were treated at medical centers and then released, four were initially in critical condition -- though that number fell to three during the course of the reports. Some were brought to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola.

Half of the students were in high school, and the others were in middle school. At least one had to be taken from the scene by helicopter.

3 common causes of trucking crashes

Florida drivers share the roads with commercial trucks every day. More often than not, there is little or no interaction between these parties. However, when there is an interaction in the form of a crash, it can have violent and catastrophic and repercussions.

After a trucking crash, the first priority is for injured victims to get medical help right away, as their injuries are very likely life threatening. Afterward, it will be important to examine the accident to determine who or what is at fault.

How many escalators and elevators cause annual injuries?

You think nothing of stepping onto the escalator or the elevator. Both are so common in modern society that you use them with little thought to your own safety, trusting in the design of the machines. You may even be on your cellphone, listening to music, talking to friends, or doing a whole host of other activities that draw your attention and focus away from the devices themselves.

Not that you should be worried every time you use one, but the injury stats are slightly alarming. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), elevators and escalators combine to seriously injure around 17,000 people year in and year out, and that's just in the United States. On top of that, these devices take around 30 lives every year. This data is compiled by both the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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