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Man and wife win $6.5 million settlement for bicycle crash

Imagine riding your bike down the street like you always do. You know the neighborhood like the back of your hand. You're familiar with where cars are normally parked and where the road is more hazardous than in other spots.

Since you're familiar with the area, you would be completely surprised if something out of the ordinary resulted in a crash, but that's what happened. The city had come to fix a sewer line, and the top of the drain wasn't replaced correctly. Your tire hit it hard, and you were thrown from your bicycle.

How dangerous is it to be an elderly pedestrian?

Going for a walk is great for your body and mind, but it has some inherent risks. If you're going to be around traffic, you need to be cautious. There are drivers who don't pay attention and areas of the roads where it might be hard for drivers to see you clearly until it's too late.

Pedestrian deaths are, for the most part, completely avoidable. The problem is that some people cannot cross the roads quickly and may be in the crosswalk longer than the time allotted. Drivers who are impatient or speeding could ignore the signs or traffic lights, potentially causing a life-threatening accident.

How should you drive through a flood?

With flooding taking over parts of the United States due to hurricanes and a fall season with heavy rains and snow possible, it's important to understand how to drive safely in flooded areas.

The first thing you need to do is remember to check the radar. If the weather is bad, you need to prepare yourself mentally for the drive and be prepared with the right emergency items in your vehicle. Keep supplies including flashlights and drinking water in your vehicle. Remember blankets, a cellphone and spare radio, too.

Could this device prevent many truck accident deaths?

One of the biggest dangers relating to a commercial truck accident relates to what is referred to as an "underride accident." The accidents happen when a smaller car goes under the trailer of a truck and gets crushed. In these crashes, the car may go partially or completely beneath the truck and they often result in the death of the vehicle driver and his or her passengers. Hundreds of people died from underride accidents in 2015.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, however, a new piece of semitruck safety equipment could be installed to prevent many of these deaths.

Why are auto-pedestrian accidents increasing?

Even though California has spent time focusing on making the streets safer for pedestrians, pedestrian deaths rose in California by approximately 7 percent in the first half of 2015 when compared to 2014. Between January and June 2015, 347 people were hit by cars while walking in California. In the previous year, 323 people were hit and killed by a car.

Nationally, there has been an increase in the number of pedestrian accidents. In 2015, national pedestrian deaths rose by 6 percent. What's going on, and why isn't enforcement helping reduce fatalities and injuries?

Labor Day crashes are avoidable with these tips

Labor Day is approaching, and that means that lots of people are going to be heading out of town and into places they're not familiar with. Traffic crashes are on the rise around the country, and having an influx of people unfamiliar with local roadways won't help.

If you're planning on traveling this Labor Day, there are a few things you should keep in mind to keep yourself and your family safe. Taking just a little time to make sure your vehicle is in order beforehand and that you're prepared to travel can make a difference.

1 killed, 2 injured in crash involving loose trailer

When you're a pedestrian, there are many hazards. Vehicles that pass by you could get into an accident and crash into you, cyclists could collide with you or other hazards could result in you getting hurt. Take for instance this case: A young man was killed and another was injured when a trailer came loose from a truck.

Typically, trailers are bound to trucks with ball bearings and hitches, so they should not come loose. Some loads require safety chains due to the load's weight.

Bitten on the beach: What you can do now

All you wanted was to have a fun day at the beach, but it was promptly ruined as soon as some people brought their dogs out to play. At first, you thought they'd be fun, since you'd expect pets to be well-behaved in public. Soon, you found they were aggressive and snippy any time you got too close to where the people had sat down.

You monitored the dogs for a while and felt like it would be okay if you just didn't pay attention to them. You were worried about the kids around you though, so you approached the people to ask them to put the dog on a leash. As you approached, the larger of the two dogs growled and barked aggressively. Then, the smaller dog attacked.

Roadway safety: It's everyone's job to stay safe and alert

Whether you're a pedestrian or a truck driver, it's up to you to be safe on the roads. While it's negligence that causes most accidents on the roads, there are things that everyone can do to prevent accidents, from paying attention to slowing down.

While the weather is warm, it's more likely for motorcyclists to be on the roads, and that's another thing to look out for when you're driving. With over 884,000 motorcycles registered in California and over 1.4 million licensed riders, it's vitally important to monitor the roads, slow down and be aware of motorcyclists on the roads.

Replenishing beaches may result in tourist injuries

Here's something interesting you may never have thought about. When new sand is placed on a beach, it's not settled as well as older sand. This can lead to severe injuries. Why? Without the sandbars further from the shore, the waves come in harder and throw individuals into the sand in ways that could lead to fractures, head injuries and other wounds. Essentially, beaches with replenished shores could be more dangerous than those that are naturally occurring.

When new sand is added, it makes the beach wider, which is ideal for more vacationers. The trouble is that the beach also gets taller. That creates a steep slope that causes waves to break close to shore. Spinal cord injuries grow, according to Cape May's fire chief, after the shores in the area are replenished.

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