Amusement park rides are supposed to be fun and exciting for children, not cause injuries and trauma. Amusement parks, fairs and malls all have rides children love riding on every year. While amusement park injuries may not be discussed very often, they certainly happen more than we think they do.
Last month it would have been difficult for anyone in the Kansas City area to avoid coverage of the explosion that tore through a downtown restaurant, taking the life of one person and injuring a total of 15 others. The explosion, which occurred at JJ's Restaurant, located in shopping area County Club Plaza, led to a big fire and confusion as fire fighters worked to find victims and put the flames out.
Distracted driving killed 3,092 people in 2010 and injured an estimated 416,000 more. Texting and driving has become an epidemic and AT&T is on a national tour to teach students about the dangers of texting and driving. AT&T brings a simulator to high schools across the country to let teens find out how easy it truly is to get in an accident while texting and driving.
Missourians have new reason to be concerned about road safety. According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, Missouri road deaths are 14 percent higher than they were at the same time in 2011. The agency estimates this accounted for 58 more deaths in motor vehicle accidents so far this year.
When the weather is nice, children want to play outside. Summer is a time for bike-riding, playing sports, and playing on playgrounds. It is also a time when children are susceptible to serious head injuries. Falls from bikes, playground equipment and sport's injuries can cause concussions and other serious head injuries that have life-long consequences.
The start of summer is a very exciting time for kids and adults and with scorching heat waves bombarding Missouri; the pool is the place to be. Swimming pools are great places to relax and have fun with friends. However, homeowners need to take safety precautions to prevent pool injuries and potential safety hazards.
Drivers making a left hand turn are required to yield to oncoming traffic. Traffic engineers have long recognized that left turns pose greater risks for accidents. In an effort to increase safety at intersections, traffic engineers are working to install new left-turn traffic signals on Missouri streets.
One sign of spring is the number of motorcycles increases on local roads. Many people wait in anticipation for the first warm days to get their bike on the road after the chilly winter months. With more motorcycles on the road, the danger of Kansas City motorcycle accidents increase especially as other motorists may not yet expect to see bikes.
Twenty percent of drivers will be at least 65 years old by 2025. Currently, Missouri has more than 700,000 drivers who are age 65 or older.
In the early morning hours of February 2012, two semitrailers travelling in opposite directions collided on Interstate 35 in Missouri. According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, one of the big rigs veered off the left side of the road, into the median and into the southbound lanes, where it struck the other semi truck.