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What to do when your child is the victim of a dog bite attack

As a parent, you want to minimize the pain and suffering your child experiences. However, sometimes things happen that are simply out of your control. That can include a dog bite attack. Whether your child was bitten while visiting the home of someone you know, walking in the street, or by a roaming dog while playing in the park, your family could experience long-term negative consequences.

Following rules of road doesn't always prevent bike accidents

As a bicyclist, you should follow the rules of the road at all times. When you do this, you're taking a big step toward preventing a serious accident in which you could be injured. Unfortunately, just because you follow the rules of the road, it doesn't necessarily mean you'll never be involved in an accident. Instead, all it takes is one mistake by a driver, such as running a stop sign, in order to cause a crash.

Road rash: a common biking injury

Bicyclists fit all walks of life. Some get on their bikes only occasionally, others use their bicycles as their primary mode of transportation, and still others head out on long recreational rides that are dozens of miles long. One thing that is hard to avoid is falling and getting scraped up, a condition that is commonly referred to as road rash. Sometimes falls happen simply because a rider has lost their balance, but other times they happen when a cyclist is hit by a vehicle or because they fall when they turn to get out of the way.

The dangers that bike riders face

Bike riding is great exercise, and regularly riding, such as for commuting or running errands can do a lot to save money and the environment. But biking has its dangers too. Bike riders are far more exposed to the outside world and vulnerable to injury than those who confined to traditional motor vehicles. While many strive to make bike riding safe for kids, it turns out that the mist vulnerable group is adult male bike riders over age 20. In 2014, data from the U.S. Department of Transportation revealed that 551 adult male riders over age 20 were killed on bicycles due to a crash involving a motor vehicle in 2014, roughly five times higher than males under 20, with an even bigger gap between women and girls who ride their bikes. Although statistics between women and girl bike riders are not as dramatic, recent years have also seen an increase in women over 20 who are killed in bike/motor vehicle crashes.

Would increasing fines for motorists make roads safer for bicyclists?

In recent months, cycling advocate groups have been vocal in their attempts to persuade lawmakers to consider harsher penalties for drivers who fail to yield to bicyclists and pedestrians. They propose that increasing the fines that are imposed upon drivers will decrease the number of accidents involving bicyclists, and the injuries they will potentially suffer in those accidents. If passed, will it actually make a difference?

College-aged individuals face significant risk when riding bikes

For countless college students, bicycles are an everyday part of life, even during the winter months. It is how they get to class and, in many cases, may be their primary form of transportation. However, while riding your bike may be both economical and good for your health, it can also be quite dangerous.

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