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Do headphones put pedestrians in danger?

Pedestrians often know the risks of walking near traffic. Even so, statistics indicate that they'll not only take on these risks. They may also increase the danger by allowing themselves to be distracted.

For example, one study looked at accidents in which pedestrians were using headphones when they were hit. In 2004, there were 16 such accidents. In 2010, there were 47.

3 signs you may have suffered nerve damage

Nerve damage is quite serious and can cause long-lasting, limited mobility. In some cases, severe nerve damage may never heal completely.

As such, it's very important to know if you've suffered nerve damage in a motor vehicle accident. You need to get proper medical attention, and you may have lasting needs -- like physical therapy -- that come with long-term costs.

Drivers don't always take drowsy driving seriously

Even safe drivers -- those who would never drink and drive, for example -- don't always take drowsy driving as seriously as they should. Experts note that they tend to overestimate their abilities behind the wheel when they're too tired, and they underestimate the risks.

In short, they don't think being tired is going to cause a crash. Even if they acknowledge that it can, they don't think they're that tired, and they assume they can just gut it out and get home safely.

Common reasons for ATV accidents

Your child is badly hurt in an ATV accident at a friend's house. You find out, while the child is still in the hospital, that the friend's parent was driving at the time of the crash. Your child was a passenger.

What you're wondering at that point is if the parent is responsible for the crash and your child's injuries. Can you get compensation for those medical bills? Below are a few common reasons for ATV accidents:

Auto accidents are a top cause of death in multiple categories

Car accidents are common, but did you know that they're actually a top cause of death in multiple categories? Even when breaking accidents down into different types -- pedestrian accidents and two-car accidents, for instance -- they stay near the top of the list.

For example, one study listed car accidents as the eighth leading cause of death in the United States. It found that the odds of being killed in an accident were one in 272.

Nursing home falls can have catastrophic consequences

For the elderly, falls remain a serious health risk. The results are often far more catastrophic than they would be for younger people, and this can't be overlooked. That's especially true when falls happen in nursing homes, where the elderly are supposed to be provided with care that prevents these accidents.

To better understand the situation, below are a few key stats about falls from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Is the back seat still safer in a crash?

For a long time, conventional wisdom said you were safer riding in the back seat of a car -- where many young children are still supposed to ride -- if there was an accident. Is it still true?

It can be, but experts warn that things are changing. While the front is still dangerous for young kids, it can sometimes be safer for adults.

A brain injury impacts the entire family

A brain injury isn't just an issue for the person who suffers it. The entire family is impacted, and numerous lives can change forever. This creates a multitude of realistic life changes, financial challenges, emotional hurdles and much more.

For instance, perhaps your spouse gets involved in a car accident on the way home from a friend's house. What started as a low-key Wednesday night turns into the defining night of your life.

The high risk of death and serious injury for bicyclists

While riding your bicycle to work every day may be a good way to save money and the environment, there are also some fairly serious inherent risks. Thousands of bicyclists are killed and injured in car accidents every year.

In 1975, a full 1,003 bicyclists died in accidents. This fell for decades, but it saw a serious increase in 2015, when it jumped up more than 12 percent from 2014 and 818 people were killed.

Secondary injuries often accompany spinal cord injuries

With spinal cord injuries, much of the focus is on rehabilitation that can help restore function. Medical professionals call this one of their greatest challenges, and full restoration is not always possible, so this emphasis does make sense.

However, it's worth noting that there are often serious secondary injuries that also have to be addressed. After all, for those involved in a car accident that is bad enough to sever a spinal cord, the odds are incredibly high that they'll suffer numerous other injuries in the crash.

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