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Preventing severe scarring after a dog bite

If people have been the victims of a dog attack in Connecticut, their injuries may be prone to severe scarring depending on the severity of the attack. Even in situations where the animal bite was relatively minor, improper care could increase a person's chance of experiencing the discomfort and self-consciousness that comes with having scars. 

Even once the pain has begun to subside, people should be careful about the way they choose to care for their wounds in order to provide their body with the adequate environment to heal as normally as possible. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the dressings an injured person applies to their wound should be changed frequently to keep the bandages clean and dry. The use of some type of petroleum jelly can keep the wound site moist and help to prevent cracking and tearing of the skin as it heals. 

Are hands-free cellphones really safe?

If you are like many other drivers in the United States, you have used your cellphone while behind the wheel. This deadly practice, however, leads to catastrophic car accidents, injuries and deaths. In 2016, 3,450 people were killed, and another 391,000 people were injured in distracted driving car accidents in the U.S., according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. As a result, many states, including Connecticut, implemented legislation banning the use of hand-hand cellphones while driving. In order to stay in compliance with the law, you may have used a hands-free cellphone while driving. However, studies show that these devices may not be a safe alternative to their hand-held counterparts.

AAA published a study looking at hands-free cellphones and the amount of cognitive distraction they produce. Researchers asked participants to perform the following distractive tasks:

  •          Listening to an audio book
  •          Listening to the radio
  •          Talking on a hands-free and a hand-held cellphone
  •          Talking with a passenger in the car
  •          Compose an email using voice activated technology

Can a dog bite cause PTSD?

If you’ve recently experienced a dog bite injury in Connecticut, you’re probably still reeling from the incident. Along with the many physical effects, many victims also suffer from serious emotional consequences as a result. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is just one possible outcome that can affect a person’s life for many years to come.

According to the Mayo Clinic, PTSD occurs after a terrifying event. It’s characterized by recurring memories of what happened, problems sleeping or concentrating, feelings of isolation, nightmares, guilt, irritability, anger, and many other negative effects. Additionally, a person who witnessed such an event can also fall victim to these symptoms. For many people, dog bites and attacks are considered extremely traumatizing. 

How can I be a safer driver in a school zone?

School zones in Connecticut can be hazardous when motorists aren’t careful. That’s why it’s crucial that you take the proper steps to preserve the safety of kids within school zones, which just might prevent tragedies from occurring. Edmunds offers the following tips in this case.

Children don’t always obey the rules

What are some good winter driving tips?

Now that winter is finally here, many motorists in Connecticut will find themselves traveling for the holiday season. In this case, taking the proper precautions is crucial to prevent both you and other drivers from being involved in an accident. Accordingly, AAA offers the following advice.

When driving in the snow and ice, be sure to take your time. This includes both acceleration and deceleration, which can cause you to lose traction if you do so too quickly. Don’t be afraid to drive under the speed limit when weather is poor. It can be hard to stop on slick roads, which greatly increases the likelihood of skidding. 

What can truckers do to reduce the risk of accidents?

Motorists often find themselves driving alongside commercial trucks on Connecticut highways. In this case, ensuring that all who share the road remain safe and secure is a responsibility of everyone, including truckers. While you can't always prevent accidents from occurring, the actions motorists take can greatly reduce the risk of a crash. Accordingly, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration explains what the drivers of big rigs must do to prevent collisions from occurring.

Avoid distractions

Recovering from a dog bite

There are many different traumatic experiences that people may go through in life, but some can be especially hard. For example, some people are attacked by a vicious dog while they are walking in their neighborhood or trying to relax at the beach. These attacks can lead to many different consequences, from scarring and other physical problems to mental trauma that haunts a victim for the rest of their life. In New Britain and all other parts of Connecticut, it is vital for dog bite victims to realize which legal options they may have and do everything they can to recover.

There are many issues to consider with respect to dog bites. For example, dog owners who have any reason to suspect that their pet may pose a risk to others should do everything they can to prevent an attack. Sadly, some dog owners are irresponsible and do not show any regard for the safety of others. Some people know that their dog may bite someone, but they allow the animal to roam free on either public or private property. Dog bite victims may face a lot of pain and the attack could derail their lives in a myriad of ways.

What should you do if your tire blows out while you are driving?

Despite your preparation for inclement weather or hazardous road conditions in Connecticut, no matter how confident you are, it can be incredibly shocking to be in the moment where you have to navigate a dangerous risk on the road while you are driving. For example, if you are driving your vehicle and your tire blows out, what should you do? Even the slightest overcorrection or overreaction could instantly put your life at risk. Understanding how to safely navigate this dire scenario is essential to help you remain calm if you ever find yourself in that position. 

According to Allstate Insurance Company, the biggest mistake that you can make if your tire blows out is to frantically try to get your vehicle onto the shoulder. Depending on your position in traffic, this could require you to navigate your disabled vehicle across multiple lanes of traffic at the expense of your safety and the safety of others.

What Connecticut cities see the most distracted driving crashes?

Distracted driving can lead to serious collisions. A recent analysis looked into how many accidents involving distracted driving the different cities, towns and villages in Connecticut have seen in the period running from 2015 to 2018. It did this by reviewing traffic data that went up to Sept. 8 of this year.

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