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How dangerous are boating accidents?

The weather is warming, spring is upon us, and more and more Americans will be outdoors enjoying their favorite recreational activity. Some like to hike or bike, others are active in recreational sports, others hit the roads in their motorcycles and others still hit to the waters for some boating activities.

Whether you are on the Mighty Mississippi, the Missouri River, or one of the countless nearby lakes, one must continue to pay attention as accidents can occur, often leading to serious injuries or even death.

Selfie driving proving a danger on the roads

The advancements of technologies mean that more people than ever are enjoying entertainment and communication with devices such as tablets and smartphones. And with the popularity of social media such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, now more than an ever throughout the United States, including the Saint Peters, Missouri area and throughout the midwest, people are staying in touch with family, friends and consumers and customers through their smart phones.

One of the most common fad is that of the "selfie", or taking a picture of oneself with their smartphone or tablet and sharing it on their favorite social media site. While in most cases this is a harmless action, it is becoming a disturbing trend for those taking selfies of themselves on the roads. Recently trending hashtags, or keywords, that they use include #SelfieWhileDriving, #DrivingSelfie and the cringe-worthy #HopeIDon'tCrash.

Animal bites can be serious, deadly

Everyone knows that dogs are man's best friend. Thousands of animals are welcomed into homes of Americans, including those from the St. Peters, Missouri, area, as family members and friends. But not all dogs are the same. Unfortunately, not all dogs are friendly.

Some dogs are bred to act as guard dogs; other dogs are illegally bred to attack. Certain breeds are notoriously more violent than others. And there are occasions when even a friendly dog feels threatened or tries to "protect" a loved one and may lash out or attack someone. The courts have what are called "dog bite laws" in place, assigning strict liability to owners for injuries caused by their dogs. This liability overrides whether the owner was at fault or not. This typically extends to wild animals which are kept as pets as well. The belief here is that wild animals that are known to be vicious or uncontrollable are inherently dangerous.

Nursing home neglect a serious concern for many Americans

The sad reality is that as people age, their conditions, both mental and physical, eventually diminish. Although there are exceptions of course, for many of the elderly, when they enter their golden years of the 70's, 80's and 90's, there will inevitably come a point in time when they are no longer able to care for themselves. Many of the day to day tasks we take for granted, preparing meals, running errands, cleaning the house, even bathing and using the facilities, often becomes very difficult or impossible for the elderly.

Some of the elderly are fortunate to have family and friends who live near enough that they are able to take care of them. Other families are financially stable enough to bring in caregivers to take care of them. Other families, however, may ultimately decide that the best place for their loved one is a nursing home.

Understanding concussions is important after an accident

Most people have had the awkward feeling of slight embarrassment after slipping on a sidewalk or tripping in a parking lot. That emotional response is typically just a part of our consciousness. However, when that slip or trip becomes a fall - or when a car accident occurs - the result of the event may include head trauma. Concussions are a common problem after an accident. Any external blow to the head may be sufficient to cause some level of head injury. Moreover, even without an external force, sudden movements can force the brain against the skull, which can result in an internal head injury.

What may not seem obvious is that a head injury is not always easy to detect after an accident. Symptoms of concussions may be delayed for a period of time - for even months after the injury - according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In other cases, symptoms may start of as mild form of discomfort. After a fall, or after a car accident, it is important to seek the attention of a doctor. If symptoms develop or change over time, the medical records can be vital in protecting your rights if the negligence of another caused your injury.

April showers spread into May

Residents throughout the state of Missouri this week have been dealing with catastrophic flooding throughout the area. As of Monday, the floods have closed hundreds of roads throughout the area including 57 miles of Interstate 44. The flooding was caused by extremely heavy rainfall with some areas getting more than one foot of rain.

While driving on the roads during such times even while exercising extreme caution can be dangerous, at least two people have died in the state while their vehicles were swept away by flash floods, even roads not known for flooding can pose serious dangers to drivers.

Nursing home neglect a serious concern for many Americans

The sad reality is that as people age, their conditions, both mental and physical, eventually diminish. Although there are exceptions of course, for many of the elderly, when they enter their golden years of the 70's, 80's and 90's, there will inevitably come a point in time when they are no longer able to care for themselves. Many of the day to day tasks we take for granted, preparing meals, running errands, cleaning the house, even bathing and using the facilities, often becomes very difficult or impossible for the elderly.

Some of the elderly are fortunate to have family and friends who live near enough that they are able to take care of them. Other families are financially stable enough to bring in caregivers to take care of them. Other families, however, may ultimately decide that the best place for their loved one is a nursing home.

What to do following an animal bite

Millions of Americans, including many from the Saint Peters, Missouri, area, welcome animals into their homes and families as pets. While a vast majority of pets are tame and loving, there are times when an animal may lash out at another person. Based on statistics from the Insurance Information Institute, in 2012 alone there were as many as 16,500 insurance claims from dog bites alone. And those figures do not include attacks from other pets such as horses, cats or reptiles.

An animal's instincts are often defensive in nature, it may feel threatened. Whether or not the threat is real or ill-perceived, animal bites can be serious, sometimes leading to catastrophic injuries and in rare instances, even death.

Why trucks can be so dangerous

All too often, it seems that people take for granted the potential hazards that are on the roads when people hop in their car and head out on the streets. Many hazards are obvious - a fallen tree across the road, inclement weather such as a flooded underpass, even a deer on the road could come as a surprise to a driver and lead to an accident, but none of these things are typically on the roads, so seeing them would naturally come as a surprise.

One often overlooked potential hazard on the roads are vehicles we share the roads with: trucks. Many Americans take trucks for granted. We pass them, or they pass us on the highway without second thought. But trucks, often carrying hazardous materials or very heavy payloads, are often at a severe disadvantage on the roads when it comes to avoiding an accident. And cars, much smaller and lighter than trucks, are at a severe disadvantage when involved in an accident with a truck.

Suspect fleeing police leads to crash, injuring two

Sometimes, just being in the wrong place at the wrong time can lead to devastating accident. Such was the case for the victim of a serious car crash that occurred at around 2:40 in the afternoon at the corner of East Grand Boulevard and Emily street in St. Louis on a recent Thursday.

The incident began when police spotted a criminal suspect and tried to stop him on East Grand Boulevard. The suspect noticed the police and sped away, colliding with another car approximately a half mile away near the North Grand water tower. The suspect and the victim of the other vehicle were both taken to the hospital and were listed in critical condition. The suspect was subsequently arrested by police.

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