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Multi-car accident takes the life of 84-year-old woman

An 84-year-old woman in Florida is dead after the vehicle she was riding in got rear-ended by another vehicle in a multi-car crash on Florida's Turnpike.

Reports indicate that the accident happened around 6:23 p.m. on Monday, June 22. The vehicles were heading south. A pickup truck and a van both slowed down as traffic began to slow around them. Unfortunately, a second van did not slow down and slammed into the back of the first. That pushed the van into the pickup truck.

You have nearly a 1 in 100 chance of dying in a car accident

It's pretty common to think of car accidents as incidents you see on the nightly news, something that impacts other people's lives. That's the only way that you can look at the 35,000 annual car accident deaths and not feel a bit frightened to drive. You have to think it will not happen to you.

However, this mindset does not promote a realistic sense of safety on the road. The only way to work toward reducing those death totals is for people to understand the risks that they actually face.

What are some common swimming pool injuries?

It's that time of the year again when many of us here in Panama City will be hanging out by the pool to keep cool during the dog days of the summer. While swimming pools can be a lot of fun in the summer, they're also very dangerous -- particularly for children.

Data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that children ages one through four are incredibly vulnerable to accidentally drowning. Kids between the ages of one and 14 often drown in swimming pools as well. The CDC's statistics show that drowning is the second-leading reason for unintentional injuries among this population.

Left-turn accident takes one life

There are those who argue that one of the most dangerous things you can do on the road is to make a left turn, and the high prevalence of these accidents seems to support that. Recently, such a crash in Florida took one life and sent another person to the hospital.

The two victims involved were a 25-year-old man from Orlando, who was driving a sedan, and a 59-year-old man in a white van. The sedan was heading east and the van was heading west, both on the same road. At an intersection, the driver of the van tried to make a left turn, but the vehicle collided with the sedan as it went by.

Sewer trench collapses on 2 workers in Florida

One worker is in the hospital and the other has passed away after a sewer project led to a tragic trench collapse in Florida.

The two construction workers were in the trench at the time of the collapse and they were trapped when it caved in around them. Incidents like this can cause thousands of pounds of dirt and rock to shift in mere seconds. Workers often have no way to get out of the trench in time when a collapse begins.

Why does it seem like the doctor is in a hurry?

Have you ever felt like you had a relaxed visit to the doctor's office? Probably not. It always seems like it flies by at lightning speed. The doctor rushes into the room, listens to half of what you have to say, makes a few marks on the paperwork and rushes off to the next appointment. You're in the building for an hour, but you see your doctor for about five minutes.

Is this concerning? Are you worried that your doctor did not take the time to understand your condition and may have made a serious mistake as a result? Will they misdiagnose you because they only spent a few minutes with you and never really learned what symptoms you have?

Recessions make car accidents decline

Car accident rates stem from a lot of different factors. For instance, the invention of a new type of technology, such as the blind spot monitor, may lead to a decrease in overall accidents and an even greater decrease in that specific type of accident. On the other hand, a spike in the teenage population could lead to a spike in accidents since inexperienced drivers tend to cause the most crashes.

One thing that often flies under the radar is the impact of the economy. Researchers have found that car accident statistics almost always decline when there is an economic recession. Near the end of it, as the economy recovers, the amount of accidents starts to go back up again.

1 man dies in 2-car crash in Florida

A man in Florida is dead after a two-car accident that, according to initial reports, it appears that the other driver caused.

The Florida Highway Patrol said that the man was from Felda, but he was driving near Immokalee on Monday morning. He was 46 years old at the time of the accident, and he was behind the wheel of a Dodge Stratus. He was going south down State Road 29.

Safety tips for roofers

Working as a roofer puts you at risk on a daily basis. As falls are one of the most common types of workplace injuries and you will be constantly working at heights, a fall is a serious threat you must consider.

Fortunately, there are a lot of things that you can do to stay safe. Here are a few tips that can help:

  • Always use a harness. It may not prevent a fall but it can save your life if you do fall.
  • Before using the harness, make sure you get proper training so that you know you're using it correctly.
  • Whenever you're going up or down a ladder, do not carry materials or tools in your hands.
  • Get ladders that are long enough to stick about three feet over the edge of the roof. This makes it easier to get on and off with handholds, rather than just having the ladder end at the roof's lip.
  • Anchor ladders to the roof when possible.
  • Keep an eye on the weather. You never want to work when it's raining or when the roof hasn't dried completely after a rain.
  • Choose clean shoes with sticky rubber soles.
  • Always inspect your harness and other safety gear before entrusting your life to it. Look for red flags like frayed edges and stitching that is coming undone. Remember that gear does wear out and it's important to update it when this happens.

Disney World vacation leads to 4 family members' deaths in crash

A family from Massachusetts wanted to go to Florida's Disney World for a vacation in the colder months of the year, but the exciting trip took a tragic turn. The van they were in got involved in a traffic accident and four family members, spanning three generations, passed away.

Per reports, the accident happened on Feb. 18 at close to 5:30 p.m. The family was riding in their van on Route 429. At that time, most areas have to deal with at least some level of rush hour traffic. Sure enough, the van got caught in heavy traffic and had to slow down.

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