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How often do cars catch on fire?

You see it in the movies constantly: cars crashing and then bursting into flames or exploding. On one hand, it makes sense. Cars are filled with gasoline, a very flammable and explosive form of fuel.

On the other hand, of course, it's not as if you see burning cars every time you drive to the store. Is this actually common, or is it something that is just perpetuated by the media and the entertainment industry?

Sacramento bicycle accident statistics

Over 4,000 employees commute to their workplaces by bicycle in Sacramento each day. Hundreds of cyclists ride bicycles while running errands throughout the city. This is excellent for the environment, and it's wonderful for the health of the people who enjoy their bicycles, but riding a bike can also be dangerous. Let's take a look at the statistics as they apply to Sacramento bicycle versus car accidents.

Over the last decade and a half, approximately 3,200 bicyclists suffered injury in accidents with motor vehicles. A total of 38 died in such accidents. In most cases, these bicycle accidents happened from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. These are the busiest times for rush hour commuters.

Were you hurt in a pedestrian crash?

Because cars have the potential to seriously injure and kill a pedestrian, vehicle drivers must make an effort to watch out for and yield to pedestrians. For this reason, California pedestrians have the right of way in numerous traffic scenarios.

This does not mean that an adult pedestrian can dart out into the middle of the street, get hit by a car and expect to have a viable claim for damages. A pedestrian who is hit by a car in a crosswalk, on the other hand, will likely have a viable claim. Especially at crosswalks and intersections, drivers are legally obligated to look out for pedestrians and yield to them.

Teen drivers and car accidents

There are millions upon millions of teenage drivers on the road. While everyone has to start somewhere, it's important to note that younger drivers often find it more difficult to remain safe.

Fortunately, there are many proven methods for helping teenagers become safer drivers. With this in mind, it's important for both the teens and their parents to devote themselves to on the road safety.

Are children really safer in the back seat?

Your child wants to ride next to you in the front seat of your vehicle. You've heard that children are supposed to ride in the back, but you're wondering if they're really safer in the back seat. With all of the safety devices in modern cars, does it matter where they ride?

It does. For one thing, some of those safety features can be a serious hazard to kids. For example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention points out that airbags can be deadly when they strike young kids during an accident. Modern vehicles all have multiple airbags, and they can save an adult's life, but you don't want to expose kids to that elevated risk.

What should I do if I break a bone?

One of the most common car or bicycle accident injuries is a broken bone. No matter how minor a broken bone happens to be, those who suffer such a fracture require medical attention. If major trauma is also involved, then you should contact 911 immediately.

Other reasons to call 911 include the following:

BMW fires draw criticism, concerns

To many car aficionados, BMW is the ultimate driving machine. The handling, performance and luxury are significant draws that have made the German automaker a very popular choice for decades. Unfortunately, like many other automakers, BMW is not immune from criticisms about dangerous defects.

 Indeed, BMW was affected by the massive Takata airbag recall, but the random fires that have been reported raise additional concerns. According to a recent ABCNews.com report, more than 30 fires have been reported involving BMWs parked in driveways and parking lots. One such fire occurred after a BMW had been parked for several days. Another occurred after a short drive. Altogether, these sudden fires have vexed investigators and safety advocates alike. 

The top treatment methods for a broken hip

A broken hip is a serious injury that can alter your life in many ways. For example, this can make it difficult to walk. For this reason, you may not be able to live your day to day life.

Although this is a serious injury, it's good to know that there are a variety of treatment methods that can help get you back on your feet. Consider the following:

Can bike helmets increase your risk of injury?

When you were a child, you were probably told many times that bike helmets would keep you safe. You had to wear one. When you grew up and told your children the same thing, you believed it.

Certainly, in many ways, bike helmets can and do help. They prevent some injuries or lower the severity of other injuries. However, there is one way that they can actually increase your risk.

Motorcycle accidents in Roseville, California

Unless you're a motorcyclist yourself, you may not realize that motorcycle riders are some of the best and safest drivers on the road. This is because they cannot afford to take the same kinds of risks that car drivers can.

A motorcyclist doesn't have any kind of protection -- aside from a helmet -- when he or she gets into a crash. Meanwhile, car drivers are protected by heavy frames, airbags, advanced braking systems, windshields, seat belts and much, much more. In comparison to the average motorcyclist, the car driver is riding in a fully-protected tank that will prevent all manner of harm. Motorcyclists are riding in the open air, and even the slightest fender-bender can send a motorcycle rider flying, ejecting him or her onto the pavement to suffer serious and catastrophic injuries.

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