Electric shock drowning

Kids, teens and adults love to jump off docks into lakes but hardly anybody knows that if the dock has 120-volt AC power, lethal amounts of electricity could be lurking in the water from faulty wiring on the dock or a nearby boat. In a one-week period in July, 2012, four children and one young […]

lawn mower safety

With spring in full swing, lawn mowing season is here. Teenagers are often tasked with mowing the lawn; some mow lawns for a summer job. The reality is, however, that mowing the lawn can be extremely dangerous to children, the operator and those nearby if proper safety precautions aren’t taken. The American Academy of Orthopaedic […]

recreational drone laws

The use of recreational drones or sUAS is the operation of an unmanned aircraft for personal interests and enjoyment. For example, flying a drone to take pictures for your own personal use is classified as recreational; using the same device to take photographs or videos for compensation or sale to another individual is classified as […]

distracted flying

Pilots and air traffic controllers are just as susceptible to distractions while flying or directing flight traffic as people are when driving vehicles. But distractions on a plane or the control tower can create consequences even more dramatic than those on the road.  The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has reported many instances of cell […]

Distracted Boating

There is a long history of boaters not taking distracted boating on the water as seriously as they take distracted driving. There are distressing indications that boat drivers are increasingly using cell phones and other electronic devices while operating their vessels, creating distracted boating situations that are leading to an increase in boating accidents and […]

Distracted driving

Promoting safe operation of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) and reducing the number and severity of crashes on U.S. roadways is critical to the mission of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). In 2009, FMSCA released crash data that indicated that 41,059 people were killed in road crashes in 2007 (FMCSA, 2009a). Of these fatalities, […]

distracted driving

About a decade ago, Amanda Clark made the news when she survived a terrible texting and driving accident after running a stop sign and being broadsided by another driver. Somehow, the roof stayed intact and she survived the accident with minor injuries. It seemed like Amanda had learned her lesson, writing in detail about the […]

Failure to secure a load

Washington State law RCW 46.61.655 specifically states that “No vehicle shall be driven or moved on any public highway unless such vehicle is so constructed or loaded as to prevent any of its load from dropping, sifting, leaking or otherwise escaping…” Put simply, traveling with an unsecured load is against the law. If any part […]

failure to secure a load

We have all driven down the freeway and seen debris blowing around due to another driver failing to secure a load. When material of any kind falls off of a vehicle because it isn’t properly secured, it is littering. No person shall throw, drop, deposit, discard, or otherwise dispose of litter upon any public property […]

daycare accidents

Many parents and guardians trust daycares to keep their children safe from harm while they are at work; the reality is that daycare accidents do happen. Curious, active children can easily end up breaking a bone, getting a concussion or simple cuts and bruises. When a child is injured badly enough that a trip to […]