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Pay attention to traffic safety on prom night

As spring arrives and the school year winds to a close, students gear up for their big prom parties. This puts lots of inexperienced drivers on the road dealing with two of the major causes of accidents: Alcohol and distracted driving.

Whether you have children participating in prom or you simply want to keep yourself and your family safe from prom-goers, it's good to know the facts.

With spring comes automobile crashes

When the sun passes the equator and begins its northerly trek, as the days get longer and the nights get warmer, the thoughts of most Pennsylvanians are as one: Get back on the roads and start driving.

This means more accidents and injuries on the roads. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation says that in 2017, more than 24 percent of auto accidents occur in the months of April, May and June, with nearly 26 percent of auto fatalities.

Group: Visual literacy can help prevent workplace hazards

The National Safety Council (NSC) has issued a report that says training workers on "visual literacy" can help identify workplace hazards that weren't previously seen.

The NSC says that after 225 employees at a Cummins Inc. plant underwent the training, the spotted 132 safety issues and corrected 25 hazards.

5 common questions about traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)

Between 1.5 and 2 million Americans suffer from traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) every year, including many here in the Lehigh Valley area. If you or a loved one is among those people, you know how devastating a TBI can be. Perhaps you were injured in an accident, but you are not sure if you have a TBI. The most important thing to know about a TBI is that if you even suspect a brain injury, you should seek medical attention right away. Here are five common questions people ask about TBIs:

Why teach your children how to interact with other people's dogs?

Whether it is to keep you company, help you with a medical condition or teach your children responsibility, you might have a dog for a pet. Dogs can be wonderful companions. At the same time, their natural tendency is to protect the people they live with as well as their property.

Many dogs are patient with children. However, in some circumstances a dog might misinterpret a child as a threat to their territory. Although it may be difficult to predict an animal's behavior, you can teach your children how to approach a dog with whom they are not familiar. Doing so could reduce their chances of being bitten.

Leading cause of death is unintentional injury

Ask your neighbors, friends and family members - what is the leading cause of death in the United States for people ages 1 to 44? Cancer? Heart disease? Suicide?

Nope. For that age group, the leading cause of death is unintentional injury. Car accidents, overdoses, slips and falls, pianos falling from fifth-floor apartments - in 2016, they accounted for nearly 62,000 deaths for those 44 and younger.

What do I do after suffering an injury?

If you are injured in a car accident, your first order of business is to get medical attention. That may seem like a common-sense reaction, but too many people sustain injuries yet believe that "it's no big deal" or that seeking treatment is a sign of weakness.

Allentown residents and tractor-trailer crashes

Semi-truck accidents are on the rise as trucking companies expand business operations to the Lehigh Valley. A fully-loaded big rig can weigh over 80,000 pounds. Most passenger vehicles weigh under 4,000 pounds. The disparity between a large, heavy truck and a standard auto is bad news in an accident. Semi-truck accidents can result in catastrophic injuries to those in passenger vehicles.

There are laws preventing tractor-trailer drivers from speeding or driving too long without sleep; however, drivers know that their jobs depend on getting freight delivered. The drivers may speed, skip sleep, break traffic laws or take other risks to make up lost time. Some companies put profit before safety. They turn a blind eye to danger.

Worst things to do on icy roads

When the roads are icy, the amount of crashes increase dramatically. At times, it is hard to tell if the roads are even slick with ice, as glare ice, or black ice, is especially common. It is difficult to maintain control when your tires cannot keep traction on the ice beneath them. This leads to an excess of crashes.

According to the Federal Highway Administration, Icy roadways cause over 40,000 car accident injuries each year, with over 150,000 crashes. What are the worst things you can do when you are driving on icy roads?

Which is worse for driving: Slick roads or a blizzard?

It is no surprise that driving in the winter is hazardous. The morning after a snowfall can be dangerous, due to slushy or icy pavement. Other drivers have a hard time controlling their cars, which can make one apprehensive to set out on the road. In the unfortunate event of a blizzard, it can be almost impossible to see where you are going, or where the road is.

Which poses the question: which weather condition is more hazardous for driving: slick roads due to ice or slush, or a blizzard?

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