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Prepare children for these Halloween hazards

With fall around the corner, Halloween will soon be here. This night of fright and fun can easily turn into a real-life horror story, though, if you do not take proper precautions. Children are at a high risk of pedestrian accidents in general, reports the CDC. Furthermore, trick-or-treating makes walking twice as dangerous as any other day, reveals the National Safety Council.

Here are some common hazards on Halloween and how you can keep your children (and others) safe.

Sexual assault during a spa massage: seeking justice

Two women sexually assaulted by a masseur while at a high-profile spa are one step closer to receiving justice after a recent guilty plea. According to a report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 41-year-old Kamren Holbert was accused of touching the genitals of two clients to whom he was giving massages while working for the Four Seasons Spa and Salon in St. Louis.

He pleaded guilty in February of 2019 and was sentenced to 120 days in jail followed by probation—a small victory for the survivors of his assault. Criminal charges, however, are not the only option for holding those responsible accountable. Victims also have the option of filing a civil suit.

Hands-free calling while driving: not as safe as you might think

In a previous post, we discussed the new law in Illinois that prohibits cellphone use while driving. Under the law, drivers are not allowed to do anything that involves holding their cellphone in their hand anytime they're on the road.

This law represents an important step towards encouraging more responsible and attentive driving on our streets. However, these restrictions may not go far enough.

Illinois is cracking down on distracted driving

In 2010, Illinois became one of the first states to pass a law banning texting while driving. Cellphone ownership was common, and distraction-related driving accidents had jumped accordingly.

Since then, smartphones have become more pervasive. Drivers with smartphones now have the ability—and temptation—to read emails, check social media and browse the internet, which makes checking their phones while driving irresistible.

Avoiding a dog bite: tips to teach your child

Dog is man’s best friend, so the saying goes. But a child can also develop a close bond with a dog.

Maybe you’re thinking of getting a dog for your family. Or maybe your child spends time at other homes that have dogs. Either way, it’s important to teach your child the right—and wrong—ways to interact with a dog.

Motorcycle accidents: understanding your risks and rights

Any motor vehicle accident can lead to serious injury. But in a motorcycle accident, you may be surprised to learn that your chances or a certain type of injury are especially high.

If you get into an accident on a motorcycle, the car you collide with has over a ton of protective metal to keep its driver safe. You, on the other hand, have just your helmet. Your likelihood of sustaining serious injuries that result in amputation are high.

Injured by a dangerous product? 5 things to do right away

We put a lot of trust in the companies that design, manufacture and market the products we use every day. We trust that these products were made carefully and with safe materials.

But sometimes, the products we trust end up doing us harm. Maybe your airbag failed to open when you got into an accident. Or perhaps your dresser tipped over when the drawers were open and injured your child.

Your child’s trip to school may be more dangerous than you think

Mornings on a school day are always hectic. You’re rushing your child out of bed and out the door. If you’re lucky, they remembered to grab their lunch and backpack in the process.

During the school year, it can be easy to prioritize getting to school on time. But getting there safely is equally important. No matter how your child travels to school, it’s worthwhile to teach them how to avoid a dangerous situation.

Relaxing trucker drive-time rules a threat to public safety

Long-haul trucker drive-time rules and regulations exist to help prevent commercial truck drivers from driving while drowsy or fatigued, which can present a serious and substantial threat to everyone else traveling the nation’s roadways. For some time now, though, truckers, trucking company owners and others with interests in the trucking industry have argued that the rules governing trucker drive times are too strict. Now, the current presidential administration is considering loosening current regulations across the trucking industry, even though fatal wrecks involving semi-trucks are already on the rise across the nation.

According to the L.A. Times, there were 4,657 commercial trucks involved in fatal wrecks in 2017, which is a 10% increase over the number of fatal truck crashes seen in 2016. Exactly how many of those fatal crashes involved drowsy and fatigued truck drivers in unclear, but safety advocates fear that deregulating the rest and drive-time rules currently in place for all truckers would undoubtedly lead to more crashes.

What happens if your child gets injured on a school bus?

In early May of this year, a school bus with about 40 first-grade students on board was traveling down Illinois Route 133. Out of nowhere, an oncoming car veered into the bus’s lane. This resulted in what Shane Gould, president of Gould Bus Company, called “one of the worst crashes he has seen in decades.” Thankfully—and due in large part to the veteran bus driver’s quick reflexes—the most severe injury was a broken nose. But the situation could’ve been much worse.

When you board your child onto a school bus, you’re putting their life in the hands of another person. In this case, the school bus driver was experienced and quick thinking. This is not always the case.

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