The Top Dangers of Ice — And How to Handle Them

Whether you’re walking, driving, or performing household maintenance, ice poses a huge risk to your health and wellbeing. A brief encounter can lead to everything from broken hips to traumatic brain injuries, as highlighted below: Pedestrian Dangers Keeping your balance can be tricky when you set foot on ice — especially if it’s obscured by a thin layer of snow. Seniors and easily injured individuals are especially prone to ice-related falls. These can cause a wide range of acute health issues or exacerbate chronic conditions. Options for reducing the risk of falling include: Regularly treating your driveway and sidewalk. Using…

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Types of Wintry Mixes And Hazards They Might Cause

It’s no secret that winter roads are hazardous, but not all cold weather conditions look exactly alike. Each type of wintry mix prompts its own unique annoyances and hazards. Knowing the difference is critical before you hit the road. Freezing Rain At first glance, freezing rain may look like conventional showers. This form of precipitation is deceptively dangerous, however, as it transforms into a translucent layer of ice as soon as temperatures drop below freezing. This makes both driving and walking extremely dangerous, especially if ice prompted by freezing rain is covered by a thin layer of snow. If possible,…

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Top Black Ice Dangers — And What to Do About Them

Winter weather sparks its fair share of grumbling, but some conditions extend beyond annoying to prove downright dangerous. Black ice, in particular, places drivers and pedestrians at risk. It can’t always be avoided, but preventative efforts can at least reduce the risk of spin-outs or falls. Driving With black ice, the cliche of an ounce of protection being worth a pound of cure definitely applies. Some areas are more prone to black ice than others — and should be handled accordingly. Tree-lined roads and other areas lacking sunshine are particularly vulnerable. Lesser-traveled roads tend to form more black ice than…

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Frost on the Roads: Identifying the Dangers And Navigating Around Them

Believe it or not, there’s plenty to love about the cold season. Road conditions, however, do not belong on that list of positives. With the end of summer construction comes a sudden increase in weather-based hazards that place even the most attentive drivers at risk. With a little awareness, however, it’s possible to navigate winter roads without finding yourself in harm’s way. Ice Is Not the Only Danger Winter drivers are well aware of the perils posed by black ice, but this is by no means the only cold-weather hazard that can make roads dangerous in the winter. Frost can…

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School Bus Safety Tips for Back to School

School buses provide a valuable service, ensuring that kids make it to school quickly and with minimal hassle to hardworking parents. But while they provide a convenient service for busy families, they aren’t always as safe as we like to assume. From the moment your child hits the bus stop in the morning to the second he or she arrives home, unexpected dangers lurk around every corner. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that just eight percent of school transit-related fatalities involve buses, but the kids who ride these iconic yellow vehicles are far from invulnerable. A little understanding…

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Motor Vehicle Crashes Leading Cause of Teen Deaths | DC Metro Area Personal Injury Law Blog

Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, Esquire More teens die from automobile collisions than any other cause.  Motor vehicle crashes account for 36% of all teen deaths in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  “In 2004, 4,767 teens ages 16 to 19 died of injuries caused by motor vehicle crashes (CDC 2006).” The CDC reports that teen drivers between ages 16 and 19 are four times more likely to crash than older drivers. This problem can be remedied, however. Research relied upon by CDC suggests when the most strict and comprehensive graduated driver licensing (GDL) systems are used,…

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A Push to Test Crash Worthiness of Child Safety Seats in Each Car | DC Metro Area Personal Injury Law Blog

Posted by Salvatore J. Zambri, Esquire U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has urged car makers to crash-test child safety seats in their vehicles so we have data to recommend which child restraints are the safest in each auto.  The proposed “new system would be a victory for parents who struggle to find the best car seats for their children.” LaHood said, “What I’d like to talk to the car manufacturers about is the idea that they get some seats, they put them in their car, they crash test them so they can tell people ‘This is the best…

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