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How common is substance abuse among truck drivers?

Drinking alcohol before getting behind the wheel is dangerous when anyone does it, but when the person doing it is also in control of a commercial truck that weighs several tons, the consequences are often deadly. Regrettably, however, substance-abusing truck drivers may share the road more than other motorists may want to believe, as statistics indicate that today‚Äôs truck drivers are using drugs and alcohol at alarming rates.

According to the American Addiction Centers, truck drivers face lonely, high-stress work environments, and some professionals in this industry turn to drugs and alcohol to help combat boredom, improve performance and so on. Truckers under the influence of drugs or alcohol endanger everyone else on the roadway, however, as their abuse of drugs or alcohol can lead to issues with vision, judgment, control and more.

Car accidents: Children, adults hit by vehicle while at bus stop

It is an unfortunate reality that lives can be changed in negative ways in just the blink of an eye. Car accidents are common events that can result in innocent people, including children, suffering serious injuries due to negligence on the part of other parties. When this happens, legal action may be warranted.

It was recently reported that five people, including three children, were injured in a pedestrian accident in Florida. Reports indicated that the two adults and three children were at a bus stop when they were hit by a vehicle. It was unclear whether the driver of the vehicle was speeding at the time, but a witness did state that the vehicle was traveling fast. The driver presumably remained at the scene and was taken into custody by authorities.

Contaminated beef leads to illnesses, parents may be concerned

Many Florida parents are particular about the foods they let their children consume. Many often think that too much junk food will cause adverse side effects, and some may choose to only utilize organic products. Of course, many parents likely do not think too much about whether the food sold at grocery stores could be contaminated.

Unfortunately, some products could easily pose threats to consumers, especially young children. It was recently reported that a recall was issued that affected 6.5 million pounds of beef products. The products were packaged in an out-of-state company from July to September and were distributed across the country. Now, they are being recalled due to salmonella contamination. So far, 57 consumers in 16 states have suffered illnesses from consuming the beef.

Serious injuries common after hit-and-run car accidents

After a car collision, one of the first steps in the aftermath should be to check whether anyone needs medical attention. Often, individuals who are seriously injured cannot call for help themselves, and any other parties involved may need to seek help. However, seriously injured victims may suffer more when drivers involved in car accidents do not remain on the scene.

It was recently reported that a hit-and-run accident took place in Florida that left a young teenager seriously injured. Apparently, the boy was riding his bicycle and was attempting to cross a street when he was hit by a vehicle. The child struck the windshield of the vehicle before going over the top. The driver reportedly stopped the vehicle after the impact but then drove away.

Premises liability: Taking precautions may not prevent injuries

Many Florida parents likely take advantage of playgrounds in order to let their kids run off some of their energy. Those kids may even beg to stop by their favorite playground while on outings, even just for a few minutes. While parents may indulge their kids now and then, it only takes a few minutes for a serious injury to occur. If so, parents may have reason to file premises liability claims.

The first line of defense against injuries is making sure that kids understand how to play safely. Parents may want to instruct children to take turns, to not push or pull other kids, and to use the equipment in the right way. It is also vital that parents maintain constant supervision of their young children.

3 common complications of playground injuries

Nothing is more fun than going to the park with your kids and letting them enjoy the playground. You may be worried about contagious germs, but many parents learn that catching a cold is not the worst thing that can happen on a playground. While you may expect a few falls and scrapes, some playground injuries are more serious and have the potential to impose dangerous complications.

Every parent should be aware of the following complications that can arise from a playground injury. Whether your child fell off the monkey bars or hit her or his head on a slide, you should pay attention to symptoms and seek medical care as soon as possible after the injury. 

Products liability: Honey Smacks cereal causing illness

Cereal is a common breakfast choice that many parents reach for, especially when in a hurry or trying to get the kids off to school. Many of the cereals that children enjoy have colorful boxes, fun characters and sweet tastes. However, these products can also have hidden dangers if they have become contaminated. If so, children could easily suffer negative health effects, and parents may have reason to file products liability claims.

Florida parents may be interested in a recent report indicating that Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal has caused over 100 people to become ill. The product has been contaminated with salmonella, and at the time of the report 34 out of 130 affected people had been hospitalized due to the severity of their conditions. It was noted that no fatalities have occurred. It was also not mentioned how many children were among those affected.

Heavy metals in baby food could lead to products liability claims

Having children can often lead parents to constantly worry about their kids' safety. However, unknown dangers can lurk around every corner, and even the products that parents use for their kids can sometimes hold hidden dangers. If a dangerous item results in serious harm to a child, the parents may have reason to pursue a products liability claim.

Florida parents may be interested in a recent warning that has affected several brands of baby food. According to reports, testing discovered that there were "worrisome" levels of certain heavy metals found in packaged fruits, snacks and entrees produced for small children. Because infants and toddlers can easily suffer harm from consuming lead, cadmium, arsenic and other heavy metals, ingesting the affected foods could easily lead to serious health issues.

Car seat safety important when it comes to car accidents

Most parents want to do whatever they can to protect their children from injuries. Unfortunately, that is not always possible, and car accidents can sometimes result in Florida children suffering serious injuries. This type of situation can feel devastating on many levels, and parents may wonder whether taking legal action could suit their circumstances.

Of course, one of the best steps parents can take is to make sure their children are properly restrained while in vehicles. The Centers for Disease Control indicated that 58 percent of unintentional fatal injuries to children occur due to car crashes. Properly installed car seats for young children and making sure older children wear seat belts and sit in the right area of the vehicle could make a considerable difference in their safety.

Premises liability at trampoline parks

Trampoline parks are a growing trend across the United States, with around 800 facilities nationwide. They are also an inherently high-risk place for children to play. Florida parents should consider a few things before taking their children to trampoline parks, including possible injuries, safety regulations and whether premises liability will come into play if a child is hurt.

Trampoline parks are largely unregulated, in part due to how suddenly they surged in popularity. Only nine states have laws dealing with the parks, and no federal laws are currently on the books. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the number of emergency room visits from trampoline park incidents skyrocket to 6,932 in 2015, up from 581 only five years prior.

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