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Why You Should Stop Saying “Car Accident” and Start Saying “Car Crash”

Almost since the invention of the automobile, cars have been running into one another. In fact, cars were crashing before they were even available to the public. There are lots of different ways to describe what happens when one car hits another, but “car accident” is perhaps the longest lived and most commonly used phrase. You use it, we’ve used it on our blog before and major news outlets use it every day. However, as some activists have recently pointed out, we should really stop saying “car accident” and start saying “car crash”. It’s a matter of accountability as well as good grammar. Why is “Crash” a More Accurate Expression? The problem with the term “car accident” is that “accident”, by its very definition, means something that no one intended and it also comes with a heavy suggestion that no one is to blame. Accidents happen, right? They happen because…
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Do Distracted Driving Laws Really Prevent Car Accidents?

Distracted driving has become a major cause of car accidents across the nation. Despite laws banning texting and driving or using phones behind the wheel, news stories continue to describe horrific distracted driving accidents. Recent news coverage of a young woman slamming into another driver at 107 mph while taking selfies with SnapChat raises questions about the effectiveness of these laws. A study published by the Texas A&M School of Public Health suggests laws banning texting and driving prevent accidents. According to the study, hospitalization rates involving distracted drivers dropped by 7 percent between 2003 and 2010 in states with texting and driving bans. States with primary enforcement laws were the most successful at preventing distracted driving deaths. Primary enforcement means officers can pull over drivers on the suspicion of texting behind the wheel, as opposed to being required to witness the behavior. But what about talking on phones, which…
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These Innovative New Toys Can Be Used by People with Paralysis

In 1995, movie star Christopher Reeve was left paralyzed from the neck down by a horseback riding accident. He and his wife dedicated their lives afterwards to spinal cord injury awareness by launching the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. After Christopher died in 2004, his son, Will Reeve, has continued the work of his parents by sitting on the board of the foundation. Part of his work involves developing toys for people with spinal cord injuries. Will claims his inspiration for developing ‘Adaptoys’ comes from childhood memories of wanting to play with his father. How do Adaptoys Work? In a recent video designed to fundraise for Adaptoys, former college football player Eric LeGrand is seen using ‘sip-and-puff’ technology and a headset to operate a remote control car. Much like Christopher, LeGrand was paralyzed from the neck down, and uses ‘sip-and-puff’ technology to send signals to devices, such as a wheelchair….
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