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Are Soccer Goals Dangerous for Kids?

Afterschool sports like football and lacrosse receive a lot of media attention because they can put young athletes at risk of suffering traumatic brain injuries. However, soccer is another sport that may cause catastrophic injuries and deaths. In some cases, unsecured soccer goals are the culprit. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), an average of 200 children per year are injured by tip-over accidents involving unsecured soccer goals. Brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones and organ damage are all possible outcomes caused by these accidents. The CPSC also claims that tip-over accidents involving soccer goals kill an average of one child per year. It is a common misconception that soccer goals are heavy objects that cannot easily fall over. However, the weight is distributed at the top of soccer goals, meaning even a strong gust of wind can lead to a tip-over accident. In fact, almost a…
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When Are Amusement Parks Responsible for Injuries?

Amusement park injuries are commonplace in our country. In fact, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that there were 30,000 amusement park injuries during 2016. Some of these injuries are caused by ride malfunctions. Several weeks ago, a ride malfunction at the Ohio State Fair caused one death and multiple injuries. According to investigators, a row of seats was ejected from the Fire Ball ride. Two individuals on the ride were tossed more than 20 feet before landing on concrete. Others were injured after being struck by pieces of equipment caused by the ejection. According to the ride’s manufacturer, excessive corrosion was the cause of the amusement park accident. Tragedies like the one that occurred in Ohio happen every year across the country. Last year at a water park in Kansas City, a 10-year-old boy was decapitated on a water slide. Months later, two young children and a teenager…
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Should Distracted Driving Laws in Texas Be Decentralized?

Texas recently became the 47th state in the country to pass a state-wide texting and driving ban. Prior to the passage of House Bill 62 (HB 62), also known as the Alex Brown Memorial Act, Texas law banned wireless communication devices for drivers under 18. In addition, drivers could not use mobile phones in school zones or if they possessed a learner’s permit less than six months old. HB 62 bans motorists from reading, writing or sending electronic messages, regardless of their age or location. The law does not address making or receiving phone calls. There are exceptions to texting under HB 62, such as reporting or responding to an emergency. Once the new law takes effect, first-time offenders could be fined up to $99 for texting and driving. Repeat offenders could be fined up to $200. When Governor Greg Abbott signed HB 62 into law at the end of…
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