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The City of Sacramento pays a wheelchair-bound woman $300,000

On May 13, the City of Sacramento released documents acknowledging that their office had recently settled a lawsuit filed against them. Their records show that they paid a plaintiff $300,000 back in February for injuries that she suffered on a city sidewalk. She was seriously hurt when she was thrown from her wheelchair after coming upon uneven pavement on a downtown sidewalk back in 2014.

According to city records, the plaintiff was traveling down the sidewalk near the intersection of 15th Street and J Street in February of 2014. Soon after that, her wheelchair's footplate became wedged in between the sidewalk and the curb at an intersection.

Every day, 9 people die because of distracted driving

Don't ever make the mistake of thinking that distraction behind the wheel isn't a threat. When people go on social media, take pictures, watch videos and send text messages, they put everyone in danger. Even if it feels safe to do it for "just a second," it's not.

Research has shown that nine people lose their lives every day in crashes that are caused by distraction.

What are some of the most dangerous baby items?

When you find out that you're expecting a child, it's often difficult choosing between the many different products on the market. Some items may come from a longstanding brand and look safe, but they're not really the best choice. You owe it to yourself to read what consumer reviews say about it.

Jumpers that can be secured within a door frame seem ideal for babies because they allow them to get accustomed to standing upright. They also encourage them to bear weight on their feet and legs in preparation for walking.

A teen driver strikes and kills 1, injures another in Carmichael

Two elderly females were both struck by a motorist while out walking in a residential neighborhood in Carmichael on the morning of March 22. The incident that claimed a 72-year-old woman's life and seriously injured her friend happened on Arden Way just before 9:30 a.m. A teenage driver is believed to have caused the fatal crash.

A spokesperson with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) released a statement about the incident. In it, they said that the 16-year-old female motorist had been traveling westbound along Arden Way when she suddenly glided to her right nearby the 5500 blocks of that roadway.

Don't forget these motorcycle safety tips

Motorcycles are fun, exciting and rooted in a tradition of freedom. They get you out on the open road and they bring back some of that childhood thrill you felt when you first learned to ride a bike. While they're not always a practical choice, you don't buy them for that. You buy them because you love them. It's that experience that is so important to you.

Unfortunately, that experience can also be dangerous and even deadly. You must know how to stay safe. Other drivers make mistakes, and they can seriously injure you in a split second. Here are a few safety tips that can help:

  • Pay extra attention at intersections. Some studies have found that up to 70 percent of injury-related crashes happen there.
  • Wear bright and/or reflective clothes. Make yourself as visible as you can on the road.
  • Only ride with other people that you trust. Many motorcycle riders enjoy the community of riding in a group, but you're only as safe as the worst rider.
  • Never drive your bike aggressively or recklessly. Don't break the speed limit, tailgate a car or try to hurry and cut someone off. A careful, thoughtful approach lets you react to their mistakes.
  • Remember your safety gear. While things like a helmet will not prevent all injuries in an accident, they absolutely can help.

Parents' examples lead the way with distracted driving

If you're a parent of a teenager, you know how hard it can be to get them to put down the cellphone. They're on it all the time, taking pictures, texting friends and going on social media.

At the same time, you know that it's a serious concern on the road. Per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, teenage drivers are the greatest risk when it comes to distracted driving. Other age groups also do it, but not as much.

Why do workers and others get hurt on elevators and escalators?

A study originally published by The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) originally in 2006, then later updated in April of 2018, captures just how often injuries or death results from escalator and elevator rides in the United States.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) data shows that some 17,000 individuals annually are injured while riding on an elevator or escalator. An additional 30 are killed. Of those who are injured, 60 percent happened on elevators. In addition, all but 10 percent of the deaths happen on elevators.

Treating burn injuries can quickly become costly

When asked to think about burn injuries, many people tend to think that the most serious ones result from an individual trying to escape a burning building. Most don't realize that electromagnetic, thermal, chemical and electrical energy can all cause someone to suffer severe injuries as well.

There are three types of burns; first, second and third-degree ones. The two latter ones are the most serious.

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