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What to expect if a car crash paralyzes you

As a Minnesota resident, no one needs to tell you that our streets and roads can become quite hazardous during the winter months due to snow, ice and sleet. No one likewise needs to tell you that the number of Minnesota car crashes goes up accordingly. Unfortunately, you face a real risk of becoming paralyzed in some or virtually all parts of your body as the result of your car crash.

The extent of your paralysis depends on the location of your spinal cord injury. As you probably know, your spinal cord and the numerous nerves that emanate from it give you the movement of and feeling in your body. What you may not realize, however, is that your spinal cord has 33 vertebrae located in four distinct regions of your back as follows:

  1. Cervical region: the seven vertebrae located between the base of your brain and the base of your neck
  2. Thoracic region: the 12 vertebrae located between the base of your neck and just above your waist
  3. Lumbar region: the five vertebrae located between just above your waist and the bottom of your lumbar curve
  4. Sacral region: the nine vertebrae located between your lower back and your coccyx, popularly known as your tailbone

Smooth, sharp safety technology makes driving safer

Minnesota has its share of car crashes. Reckless driving, drunk driving, distracted driving and other such dangerous activities often result in devastating injuries. Fortunately, forward-thinking inventors and designers are constantly working to increase safety in the vehicles we use on a daily basis and too often take for granted.

Seat belts and airbags are commonplace vehicle safety features, but what kind of new safety technology will you find when you are in the market for a new car or truck? Here are five of the newest, most intuitive systems to help keep drivers and passengers safe.

Winter workplace safety issues and tips

When winter comes, it brings a multitude of hazards at virtually every workplace. Whether you work in an office, construction site or retail store, the cold weather can trigger various injuries and illnesses. While you may know the wintertime can be dangerous, you may not be aware of the severity of the issue.

Workplace safety during winter is crucial. Here are a few of the top winter worksite hazards you should know about so you can avoid them. 

3 essential snowmobile safety tips

Now that winter is in full swing, you are probably ready to bring your snowmobile out for a spin. Snowmobiling is one of the most fun winter activities Minnesotans enjoy. While zipping through the snow is exhilarating, it can also be dangerous

Even if you have a lot of snowmobiling experience, it is vital to prepare yourself and pay attention to safety tips. Here are some guidelines from the International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association.

Potential triggers for dog bites

Dogs are "man's best friend," but in the case of an attack, they can be a person's worst nightmare. In fact, attacks can be quite dangerous, and sometimes deadly.

While most consider the summer to be the prime time for dog bites, they can occur year-round under the right circumstances. By being aware of certain triggers, you can effectively decrease your chances of facing an attack.

Dangers of distracted driving

There is a dangerous trend slowly expanding throughout Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety reports that one out of every five car accidents that happen in the state occurs as a result of distracted driving, which most often takes the form of texting while driving. 

In addition to texting, distracted driving can also encompass eating, applying makeup, shaving or changing a song while behind the wheel. Something as harmless as reading a billboard on the side of the road can quickly turn into an accident because you momentarily took your eyes off the road. 

5 of the deadliest jobs in America

Do you ever wonder what occupations are the most dangerous? One of the most effective methods for determining the dangerousness of a job is by how many workers die. There is a new list out of the 25 most deadly occupations in America.

These types of workers experience more fatalities because they are in dangerous environments, work closely with hazardous substances or frequently use heavy equipment. Here are five of the most dangerous jobs from the list.

Dog breeds most likely to bite

A dog bite can result in serious injuries. An incident can lead to underlying damage to the bone and tissue, and if a professional does not treat the wound promptly, it can lead to an infection.

While many dogs would not harm a fly, there are others that are prone to snapping and attacking humans. Although it mostly comes down to how the owner raised and treated the dog, these are statistically the dog breeds most likely to bite someone

Is commuting really that bad for your body?

Commuting is a way of life in the United States, and it looks different for different people. Some may bike, walk or rollerblade to work. Others take public transportation such as buses and subways. Meanwhile, many commuters drive, and much of the time, they are alone.

It is well-known that sitting for long stretches of time is not ideal for your body. For instance, trucking companies encourage their drivers to take frequent walk breaks and to move their bodies in various ways when they drive. However, if your commute is about 25 minutes each way, is sitting really that for your body? There have been reports that it can lead to increases in cholesterol, blood sugar, anxiety, depression and blood pressure, among other issues, but are these claims overblown?

3 safety tips for ATV trail riding in Minnesota

Minnesota summers are perfect for off-roading with your ATV and hitting the trails. However, you should not neglect basic safety precautions, because if you do not ride safe, you run the risk of a serious injury.

Another important reason for you to take safety measures when you ride your ATV is that any accident you are in could involve negligence. It can be difficult to prove who is at fault in an ATV accident, and you want to ensure that you ride safely so you are not at fault in an accident. Follow these tips for a safe summer of trail rides on your ATV in Minnesota:

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