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Sterling Highway accident kills 1, injures others

An accident on Alaska's Sterling Highway has taken one life and left others with notable injuries. According to the Alaska State troopers who responded to the scene, five people were injured in the wreck, which was a head-on crash.

Reports regarding the accident came out on Monday, July 8. It happened near mile marker 142. One vehicle was a pickup truck and the other was a Subaru.

How to talk to your injured child

When your child gets hurt and you're the first one on the scene, you need to know how to talk to them. This is true for minor and major injuries, everything from a scraped knee to broken bones. Getting them to calm down can help them mentally and physically at this time, and they need you to know what to do.

First of all, remember that just telling them that they shouldn't worry or be afraid likely will not work. One psychology professor pointed out that it never has. Instead, you need to show the child that you're there for them and you can help, and this will make them feel less afraid.

Here's how your brain works when you multitask

The reason that texting while driving is so dangerous is that human beings cannot actually multitask. They can do one thing at a time. Studies have found that deliberately focusing on single tasks is always what gives you the best results. That's why you're the safest driver you can be when you focus on driving.

The issue, within your brain, starts with the prefrontal cortex. The best results happen when the right and left side work together, as they do on a single task.

Why do people drive without insurance?

You get into a car accident. As you get out to try to get the insurance information from the other driver, they attempt to leave the scene. After a few failed attempts, which only moves the car a hundred yards down the street, it's clear that it's too damaged to go any farther. The police arrive.

You're confused. Yes, they caused the accident, but why would they run? Then you find out that they were breaking the law and driving without car insurance.

Internal injuries and bleeding: Signs to watch for in children

Young children have no way to tell you exactly how they feel after an accident or injury. It may be very clear to you that your 1-year-old is injured, but he or she can't put the issues into words. Even older children, who have a far better command of their language skills, often struggle to really explain how they feel or what is wrong.

External injuries often aren't hard to spot. Internal injuries, though, can go unnoticed if you don't know what signs to look for. If your child is dealing with internal bleeding, some of the symptoms could include:

  • Swelling in the abdominal region
  • Internal pain and discomfort
  • Feeling lightheaded
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Fainting
  • Tightness and localized swelling
  • Ecchymosis, which is an area of skin that turns a deep purple

Woman killed in car accident in Anchorage

A woman died in a car accident in Anchorage on May 30, a Thursday. The accident happened on the city's east side.

Per reports from the area and the Anchorage police, the wreck happened at the intersection where Edward Street meets Debarr Road. It took place right around 3 p.m. The woman who died was not driving either vehicle but was simply the passenger in one of them. The car she was riding in slammed into an SUV.

Passing risks that people keep taking

Passing another car, especially on a two-lane road, is one of the most dangerous things that you can do while driving. You intentionally enter the oncoming traffic lanes, driving the wrong direction, even if just for a short time.

That said, it is possible to pass safely and effectively. There are times when you can't avoid it. This doesn't eliminate the risk entirely, but it can make it much safer.

How often do children fall?

Falls are one of the leading causes of injury for most age groups. Adults often fall on the job, such as construction workers who fall off of ladders. Older adults often slip and fall in the home, and they wind up in the emergency room.

But what about young children? How often do they get injured in falls?

Tips for backing up an RV or travel trailer

Backing up an oversized vehicle, like an RV or a travel trailer, can be very hard. You have severely limited visibility. You have huge blind spots, even with your mirrors. Plus, this is probably not your daily driver, so you already feel a bit out of your element as soon as you get behind the wheel.

How can you back up safely and effectively? Here are a few tips:

  • Get help. Ask someone to be a spotter. They can stand behind you but off to the side, watching for things outside of your field of vision. They can then give you directions and call out a warning if need be.
  • Scout out the area first. Don't just glance at it in your mirror and then back up. Stop the RV, get out and walk around through the area. Are there other cars? Are there people on foot? What fixed objects do you need to avoid?
  • Practice in a safe space. Many people back up for the first and only time of the year when they get to a campsite. It's hard to drive any vehicle without practice, and it's especially hard with an over-sized and complicated vehicle. Take time to work on your skills at home or in a parking lot before you need to use them in the real world.

Distracted driving and the smartphone epidemic

In previous generations, parents worried that their kids would become addicted to cigarettes, cocaine or heroin. They worried about underage drinking and drunk driving. They knew that these addictive substances could change their children's lives forever, could cause deadly car accidents and could even take their lives.

It's not that parents don't worry about that in 2019. They do, and teens still struggle with substance abuse. However, there is now a new addiction that parents need to consider, as well: cellphone addiction.

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