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Drunk teen drives off 250-foot embankment: 2 injured

A sport utility vehicle drove off the road close to the Mt. Baker Ski Resort district earlier this month, leaving the driver and one occupant seriously injured. The victims might not have been found if not for witnesses who saw the tire tracks leading off Mt. Baker Highway. The witnesses followed the tracks and discovered the SUV, which had driven off a cliff and was several hundred feet away from the road.

Twenty firefighters were needed to rescue the victims of the crash, who were at the bottom of a 250-foot embankment in a 1998 Chevrolet Blazer. Firefighters miraculously rescued everyone in the car in a rescue operation that took almost four hours to complete.

An action plan for self-driving vehicle crashes is needed

Have you seen a self-driving car on the road? It's unnerving to see a vehicle driving around town without a driver, but we'd better get used to the idea. We'd better create a plan for how to handle self-driving vehicle crashes as well.

For one, we need to establish clear ways of determining who is at fault in self-driving vehicle collisions. We also need to determine who will be liable if the self-driving car is at fault. Will it be the owner of the self-driving car, the automaker or both?

5 misconceptions about truck accident prevention

When it comes to truck accident prevention and the safety of big rigs, there are a lot of "so called facts" that people throw around. Many of these facts just aren't true. In an effort to dispel some of these myths, let's take a look at some of the most common truck accident safety misconceptions that you might encounter.

Myth 1: Truck accident safety is better than ever.

How to survive a tire blowout

Tire blowouts happen a lot more frequently than most motorists would care to know. You might think that these incidents happen due to a weak spot in the tire, a nail in the road or too much pressure. While these are indeed frequent causes of a blowout, most are the result of too little air in the tire. The lack of air pressure causes too much flexion in the tire, which causes the tire to overheat.

It doesn't matter how your tire blows; these incidents are extremely dangerous no matter the cause. As such, to prevent your vehicle from ending upside down, it's important that you react to the tire blowout in a very specific way:

  • Don't jerk your steering wheel or hard break in surprise: This is the biggest mistake drivers make. Reacting like this will make your car more difficult to control -- and it could result in a crash.
  • Maintain your hands at 10 and 2: Make it a habit to keep your hands at 10:00 and 2:00 on your steering wheel. Yes, this means both hands. This preparation will prevent numerous crashes, and it will also help you be prepared in the event of an unexpected tire blowout.
  • Give your car a little bit of gas: Your car will want to decelerate quickly after a tire blow. It's important to give your pedal a little bit of gas to keep the momentum and let the vehicle slow down more gradually.
  • Offset the pull: Gently nudge the steering wheel in the opposite direction that your car wants to pull. Don't drastically over-correct, but steer your car enough to offset the pull caused by your tire blowout as you maintain your vehicle's lane.
  • Pull off to the side: As your car stabilizes, allow your vehicle to slow and pull off to the side of the road. Try to distance your car as far from the flow of traffic as you can. Pull into a parking lot if possible.

Montana dad wants Remington to fix its fatal trigger flaw

A father from Gallatin Valley wants Remington to correct a trigger flaw that led to the death of his son 17 years ago. The man warned viewers in a recent television interview that more people will die this year, as they do every year, because of the defective trigger device built into the Remington Model 700.

The man's son died while they were hunting in October at the beginning of hunting season 17 years ago. Having lost his son because of a fatal defect with the fire control mechanism on a Remington Model 700, the man said that he often worries about who has been killed or injured by this weapon since the death of his son so many years in the past.

What's wrong with the Remington Model 700 Series?

If you were a gun manufacturer, and you were building and selling a rifle since 1948 that had a reputation for firing without pulling the trigger, wouldn't you take it off the market and fix the design? This is the story behind the Remington Model 700 series bolt action rifle, which has caused numerous injuries and deaths since its manufacture.

The Model 700 has gained a reputation for going off without pulling the trigger. In fact, people have been put on trial for murder, after holding a rifle that went off and killed someone completely by accident.

Can I seek compensation related to my spouse's injuries?

Imagine you're a two-income household struggling to make ends meet, put food on the table and take care of the needs of your children. Since both you and your spouse have full-time jobs, it's difficult to get everything that needs to be done to run your home in an easy, healthy and efficient manner.

Now, imagine your spouse unexpectedly gets hurt in a car accident. He or she is so gravely injured, that all the responsibility of working, keeping your house clean, putting food on the table and taking the kids to school falls entirely on you. Life hasn't been easy after your spouse got injured, but you're doing your best to get through this difficult time.

Safety tech that could prevent semitruck accident deaths

Have you ever looked at the side of a semitruck trailer, and noticed how high it sits off the ground? A large portion of a vehicle could slip under these trailers if the vehicle were to collide with the semitruck from the side. The problem is, the top of the vehicle -- the windshield and the roof -- would smash into the trailer as the car slips under in an accident scenario.

You might think that these kinds of accidents only happen in the movies. You might have even watched scenes in movies where the whole top of a vehicle is sliced off as it went beneath a semitruck trailer. Unfortunately, these accidents are real and they usually result in fatalities. One of the worst outcomes of a side semitruck trailer collision is the decapitation of drivers and passengers riding the colliding car.

Even toy guns are dangerous: Doctors reveal Nerf gun risks

A report published by the BMJ medical journal reveals the risks associated with toy guns, especially Nerf guns. These popular toys shoot soft projectiles. Upon examining the projectiles, one might assume that they're safe because of how soft they are. However, when a child's eye is hit the wrong way, such projectile can pose serious health risks for the eyes.

According to the report, within three months, three different and unrelated cases went to the Moorfields Eye Hospital in London for treatment. In two of the cases, adult patients had inflammation and blood pooling in the eye after a getting hit by a Nerf gun. Another 11-year-old patient also suffered from blood pooling, damage and inflammation resulting in problems with the eye's retinal layers.

Will the hospital report my gunshot wound to the police?

If you or a loved one suffered a gunshot wound, you should report the incident to the police as soon as possible. However, your priority should be to get medical care. By calling 911, both emergency medical responders and law enforcement will likely be dispatched to the scene of the accident.

However, what if you simply show up to the hospital without calling 911 or the police? In this case, the hospital medical staff will likely follow the procedures recommended by the General Medical Council (GMC). The GMC advises medical providers to call police immediately when someone arrives with a gunshot wound.

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