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February 2015 Archives

Common fractures of the spine

Some Ohio residents may know a person who has suffered a spinal fracture in a car accident or while on the job. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the most common locations for spinal fractures are in the lower back, or lumbar spine, the mid-back, or thoracic, and at the connection between the two, also known as the thoracolumbar junction. These types of fractures are usually caused by high-velocity impacts, such as falls from heights or in a car accident.

The dangers of distracted driving

In Ohio and around the country, drivers are reminded to stay focused on the road and avoid distractions when behind the wheel. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than nine people are killed and another 1,153 are injured each day around the country as a result of distracted driving.

Facts about large trucks on U.S. highways

People from Ohio could be interested in some statistics regarding accidents involving large trucks in the U.S. There were 333,000 large trucks involved in traffic accidents in 2012. Of the people involved in those accidents, 3,921 individuals lost their lives, and 104,000 suffered injuries. From 2011 to 2012, there was a four-percent increase in the number of fatalities related to large truck accidents. Injuries involving large trucks increased by 18 percent.

The impaired driving problem is growing in the U.S.

People in Massachusetts who drive on the highways and city streets, could find some statistics interesting regarding distracted driving in the U.S. According to the CDC, distracted driving and impaired driving are ever-increasing problems nationwide. U.S. vehicle accidents that involve an impaired driver take the lives of almost 30 people per day, which means that there is an alcohol-related accident every 51 minutes.

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