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Image result for hearing lossHearing trouble can mean not just difficulty hearing things properly, but also an increased risk of accidents caused because you’re unable to hear auditory accident cues.

Many seniors suffer from hearing loss as they get older. For many of these persons, hearing loss may be a natural part of aging, and may lead to social difficulties and inconvenience, and not much more. However, according to the results of a new study, hearing loss can actually be dangerous because it can impact a senior citizen’s ability to drive safely.

According to the researchers, hearing is a key sense that can help alert an individual to potential dangers in his environment. On a busy road, that could mean an oncoming car that can be heard, but may not be seen in time. For a pedestrian, it could mean being alerted to the sound of an approaching vehicle.  When hearing isn’t fine-tuned and sharp, injury risks increase.

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Image result for bicycle helmetWearing a bicycle helmet substantially reduces your risk of injury in an accident, unless the helmet is designed deficiently and fails to protect your head upon impact. A study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated bicycle helmets, and found that all helmets do not offer the same level of injury protection. Some helmets seem to do a much better job of protecting the head, compared to others.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety collaborated with the Virginia Tech Helmet Lab to create a bicycle helmet rating system that the two organizations claim is the first such rating system for helmets. The rating system assigned stars to each helmet based on its effectiveness against injuries.

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penny farthing 1Bicycling is what young children in Indiana like to do during summer. It is also one of the most certain ways to suffer an injury. In fact, new data indicates that as many as 25 American children are treated in hospital emergency rooms each hour, after suffering a bicycle accident-related injury.

That information comes from accident data collected over a ten-year period, which finds that more than 2.2 million American children every year suffer bicycle accident injuries that are serious enough for them to be rushed to an emergency room. According to the researchers, the rate of the injury seemed to decline over the ten-year period. However, there are still far too many children suffering injuries that are often very preventable.

The single most important thing that you can do to keep your children safe this summer is to make sure that they’re wearing helmets. According to the data, children who were not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident were much more likely to suffer a possibly serious traumatic brain injury in an accident.

Cyclists,Bicycle,American football accounts for a disproportionate number of neck injuries every year, but cycling results in more broken necks among men than any other sport.

Those statistics come from a new study which was based on an analysis of data taken from the US National Electronic Injury Surveillance System.  The data was from between 2000 and 2015. The researchers were able to identify 27,000 neck injuries that resulted from sports like cycling, swimming, diving, football and riding during the study period.

Overall, American football was the main cause of cervical spine injury, based on the data that was collected, and was also the leading cause of overall injuries, including fractures and sprains. Just behind football was cycling and weightlifting/aerobics. Women seemed to suffer the most number of neck sprains in weightlifting/aerobics while men seemed to suffer broken necks mainly while cycling, followed by diving, swimming and football.

bicycle-1846454_1920-300x200The Hoosier State is home to thousands of enthusiastic bicyclists; however, if you are a new to riding bikes, it’s important for you to be aware of basic safety measures that can help protect Indiana laws governing bicycling.

The first thing to know is that bicyclists in Indiana are subject to the same rules and regulations as any other person driving a vehicle on the roadways. Just because a bicycle rider is on the road, it does not give them carte blanche to disregard safety rules, or to place themselves or others at risk. It is important for riders to learn about bicycling rights and duties, and make sure that they follow all safety and traffic rules and regulations.

For instance, bicycling in groups can be great fun; however, while riding in a group, it’s important to know the best practice. Basic bicycle safety rules make it clear that persons riding more than two abreast increases the dangers for cyclists, except when riding on special bicycle paths that are meant exclusively for these bicyclists. Single file riding makes more room for passing cars and trucks and reduces the risks to bicycle riders.

bicycle helmetA bicycle helmet is critically important to bicyclist safety. Bicyclists are at a much higher risk of suffering injuries, especially head injuries in accidents, and wearing the right kind of bicycle helmet can play a critical role in determining whether a bicyclist survives his injuries, or succumbs to them.

Although, modern bicycle helmets are sleeker, lighter, stronger and sturdier than their counterparts of the past, the fact is that helmets can be made tougher and more durable to help protect the skull from severe impact during a bicycle accident. A group of inventors is launching a new Smart bike helmet that uses innovative technology to help bicyclists avoid accidents.

The Smart bike helmet has cameras that are located both in the front and back to scan the environment around a bicyclist. Information from around the environment is processed and sent to the bicyclist. The bicyclist is alerted when a car is approaching him from behind, or when a vehicle is in his blind spot. The helmet comes with red brake lights that turn on when it detects that the bicyclist is reducing speed.

bike%20up%20close.jpgThere has been an exciting increase in the number of bicyclists in Indiana, and bicycling has taken off as a recreational activity in the state. However, the state as a whole doesn’t provide bicyclists the kind of environment that they need to ride safely and enjoyably.

The League of American Bicyclists recently released a report in which it rated all 50 states, based on the bicycle-friendly environment that they provide. Unfortunately, Indiana was placed at number 37 on the list. The report was based on the state’s scores in five separate categories including legislation and enforcement, policies and programs, infrastructure, education, evaluation and planning. The highest a state could score was five, and the lowest was one. Indiana scored at a low two on all these measures, excluding education and encouragement in which it scored a three.

The report has several recommendations for Indiana transportation safety authorities to help promote a more bicycle-friendly environment in Indiana. One of the recommendations is to create a 3-foot bicycle passing law. This law and other versions of it are already in existence in several states across the country. It requires motorists to maintain a minimum of a 3-foot distance when they pass a bicycle. The report suggests a law like this for Indiana. There are currently several bills being considered by lawmakers that could actually make this law a reality.
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bike%20tire%200829.jpgBicycling is quite popular among Hoosiers, and Indiana cities are starting to see large numbers of bicyclists on the streets during the summer months. The riding isn’t just for pleasure. As more cities provide bicycle lanes, more and more are beginning to make cycling their choice of transportation for their daily commute to and from work. Those bicycling commuter numbers have increased steadily over the years. Unfortunately, that has also translated into a higher risk of bicycle accidents.

The data proves this. In 2010, 1,045 bicyclists were involved in accidents in Indiana. That is an increase of 7% from 2009, when 975 bicycle accidents were reported.

According to a new study, police accident reports fail to collect adequate and relevant information, especially considering the increasing numbers of bicyclists on our streets. The researchers believe that outdated police incident reporting forms have led to large amounts of significantly important data being lost, because important details are not being collected by police on these forms. This means a loss of an incredible amount of data that can be used to understand bicycle accidents, to identify the main causes of these accidents and implement strategies to eliminate accident causes.
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bike%2008377.jpgAs we’ve reported previously, the number of bicyclists in Indiana has increased significantly over the past decade and with this increase comes an increased risk of bicycle accidents. Over the past few years, bicycle safety initiatives have mainly focused on enhancing city and state infrastructure to help reduce the risk of accidents and fatalities. However, these efforts have not really focused on the role of motor vehicles in keeping bicyclists safer.

Thankfully, an increasing number of automakers are taking the initiative on this front. They are experimenting with technology that could help detect objects in the path of a car, thereby helping prevent many accidents. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, there were a total of more than 3,300 bicycle accident fatalities between 2008 and 2012. Out of those, almost three-quarters of the fatalities occurred when a bicycle was hit a passenger vehicle.

A growing number of automakers are currently adding technology in their cars that would detect bicycles in their path. For instance, Volvo currently has technology on some of its models that detects pedestrians in the path of the motor vehicle. However, more advanced technology would specifically detect the back of another vehicle, including bikes, and prevent a potential accident. Accidents which involve a bicycle rider being stuck by behind are the most common types of accidents involving bicycles and have a high potential to cause injuries or fatalities. According to researchers, if this technology could be expanded to cover more vehicles, it could help significantly reduce the number of people being killed in bicycle accidents every year.
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bike%20chain%20076.jpgWhile we are still in the throws of winter’s grip, it wont be long before Indiana roads are filled with bicyclists ready to take advantage of a warm spring. With the increased bike traffic comes increased risk for injury and death.

One significant factor in this danger is the increasingly hostile traffic conditions for bicyclists. In 2013, federal authorities recorded an increase in the number of people killed in bicycle accidents.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found an increase of 1.2% in bicycle fatalities in 2013. While 734 bicyclists were killed in 2012, the number jumped to 743 in 2013.

The increase in bicycle fatalities is even more alarming because the number of bicyclists being killed in accidents had previously dropped consistently between 1975 and 2010. However, authorities note an up-tick between 2010 and 2012, with the number of bicycle fatalities climbing by 16% annually.
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