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Strange accident takes teen's life

A serious car accident happened recently in New Mexico. In it, a teen girl who was a promising high school sports star lost her life. Friends and family members have mourned by setting up a memorial at the crash site.

The girl was riding in a Ford Explorer, heading down U.S. Route 491. Her sister was behind the wheel and her brother was riding in the front passenger seat. The three children were simply heading to their father's house for a visit.

One more reason to wear a bike helmet

You still see cyclists who ride without helmets. It's commonly accepted that the helmet is the single most important piece of safety gear that any cyclist can have. Yet, not everyone bothers to put one on every time that they ride.

Well, if you're on the fence about how much helmets really help or if you sometimes decide not to wear yours, consider this: According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, head injuries in cyclist accidents are the main cause of both severe disabilities and fatalities. If you're going to end up with life-changing issues or even lose your life in a crash, odds are that you're going to do it by suffering a head injury.

Car accident takes one life in New Mexico

A woman from El Paso recently passed away after getting involved in a car accident in Santa Teresa, New Mexico.

According to reports from the area, the woman was driving down NM Highway 273. Coming toward her was a 2015 Ford Super Duty, which is an oversized pickup truck. For reasons that have yet to be determined, the truck drifted over the center line. It then entered the opposing traffic lanes and wound up slamming into three different vehicles.

7 factors that contribute to birth injuries

Birth injuries can happen for many reasons, but they are often linked to a known set of factors -- or a combination of these factors. One thing that doctors need to do is to identify these risk factors up front and take the proper steps to keep the baby safe and healthy. It is not always possible, but that does not allow for negligence on the part of the medical staff.

Again, there could be more factors than those listed below, but seven of the more common ones include:

  1. Babies who are born at a weight of more than 8 pounds and 13 ounces.
  2. Babies who are premature, and therefore, have smaller, more fragile bodies. Generally, there is cause for concern if the baby comes before 37 weeks.
  3. A prolonged labor.
  4. A difficult labor, known as dystocia.
  5. A mother who has cephalopelvic disproportion. This means that the shape or the size of her pelvis -- or both -- does not allow for a smooth natural birth.
  6. A mother who has a high enough BMI that she is technically obese. This level is not always as high as people assume that it is.
  7. A baby who has an abnormal birthing presentation. Perhaps the most common example is a breech delivery, when the baby is head up instead of head down.

Should you drink coffee in the car?

People drink coffee in the car all of the time. For many workers during that early morning commute, it is just a staple of their everyday routine. Others buy it late at night when they need to keep driving but they know they're getting tired. Even just getting a cup of gas station coffee, though it may not be delicious, helps them keep going.

That said, there is a downside. In some places, the police classify drinking coffee in the car as distracted driving, just like sending a text message. They claim that it takes your full attention off of the road. There can be visual issues as you tip the cup up in front of your face, and needing to hold that cup with one hand means that you're only using one on the wheel. There is also, of course, the risk of spilling hot coffee on yourself while you drive and causing a car accident when you lose control of the vehicle.

Drop in traffic may make biking safer

If you're used to riding your bike on the street, you know how dangerous it feels. Traffic packs in around you. Drivers cut you off, they refuse to give you enough space and some of them actively drive aggressively around you. Maybe you use your bike as your means to commute to work, but that ride home at the end of the day feels so risky. In rush-hour traffic, you always worry about an accident.

Well, there is some good news. Traffic levels are massively down lately. They have dropped so far that experts with U.S. News are calling the change "unprecedented, at least in the modern era." Americans love their cars and typically use them for everything, from driving 45 minutes to work to running a mere mile or two to the store. Now, though, people are staying home and staying off the roads, and we have seldom (if ever) seen these low traffic levels before.

After a hit and run, should you follow the other car?

You get involved in a hit and run. As the other driver starts to take off, you can hardly believe what you're seeing. Your first instinct is to chase them down to make sure they are held accountable. You're already considering potential costs: Damage to your car, hospital bills, doctor's bills, lost wages, etc. Should you chase them?

Typically, the answer is no. You should really just contact the police. Chasing the hit and run driver just escalates the situation. The police are supposed to handle these cases, and, if anyone is going to track that driver down, it should be them.

Elder neglect rates in different settings

The unfortunate truth is that nursing home neglect is a big issue facing the elderly today. It often happens when nursing homes are understaffed and there are simply not enough workers to take care of all of the people they're tasked with caring for. It also happens when workers are not committed to offering high-level care and may even feel some resentment toward the elderly.

The type of setting that the elderly person lives in does play a role. Researchers looked at three different areas to track the rates:

  • Elder neglect in community settings that was reported by the elderly adults themselves: 4.2%
  • Neglect in institution settings that was reported by either the elderly or their proxies: 11.6%
  • Neglect in institution settings that was reported by the staff: 12%.

Road rash can get infected

Road rash is the skin abrasion that you suffer when you get into a motorcycle accident and your exposed skin rubs across the pavement. It happens after you get ejected from your bike or when you lay the bike down on purpose to avoid a crash. It's the reason that many bikers wear leather, which is tough and slides nicely on pavement -- but even the best gear can't always prevent road rash.

When it happens, it's incredibly painful. It can take a long time to heal. It can lead to permanent scarring. And that's not even the worst of it. In some cases, the road rash gets infected. Signs that it may be infected include:

  • Pus
  • Warmth
  • Draining fluid
  • A foul smell
  • Pain that increases after the incident
  • Increased redness
  • Swelling
  • Aches, chills, fever and other flu-like symptoms

Backup cameras are not a perfect safety device

Backup cameras, once a new tech feature you had to pay extra for, are now standard equipment on new cars. Many drivers love them for the way that they make it easier to parallel park and help them back into or out of their driveways. It gives them a sense of confidence and means that they can still look forward while backing up, maintaining their most common driving posture, rather than twisting around to peer out the back window.

These do help, but they're not perfect. Car accidents have not dropped as much as some people would assume. Even with backup cameras, people still back their vehicles into pedestrians, cyclists and other cars. Why does it happen?

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