Dog Bite First Aid

It is said that they are man’s best friend, but dogs are still animals that can cause severe injuries once they attack. With a biting force of 420 pounds of pressure on average, they can inflict serious injuries such as puncture wounds, avulsions, lacerations and others. Being attacked by a dog can also cause trauma to the victims, and considering that the majority of the victims are mostly boys between the ages of 5-9 years old, dog bites is a serious problem that needs to be addressed. When these types of attacks happen, it’s important that the owner is held responsible. He or she should’ve trained the dog better, always having the safety of others in mind.

Children are more open to dog attacks because of their small stature and lack of awareness to danger. Generally, they are attacked in the neck and head because it is an easy place for the dog to reach, and often these injuries can be fatal if not treated quickly or properly. Once a dog feels threatened or has been disturbed, it will attack even its own owners.

Dogs were actually bred to be man’s companion – to help in the hunting, herding, and guarding of human’s possessions. However, lately people have been breeding them to fight, and thus they have been more aggressive. Every year about 4 million Americans suffer from dog bites, and 1 in every 5 people bitten require serious medical attention. In cases where you have been bitten by a dog, here are some things to do:

  • Makes sure to cover the bitten area with a clean towel or sheet of cloth so that the bleeding will stop
  • Keep the bitten area elevated
  • Using soap and water, carefully wash the bitten area
  • Put a sterile bandage over the bitten area
  • Make sure to apply antibiotic to the wound everyday to ward of infections

Dogs, especially those being kept as pets, are usually inoculated against rabies. However, being bitten may still require immunization, if not for rabies, then for tetanus. Dog bites can also cause zoonotic diseases, cases where animal diseases transmit to humans. Go to the doctor to ensure how serious the injury is. Make sure every injury is addressed, even the trauma that the dog bite has caused.

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Who Is Responsible for Maintaining the Roads?

It is the driver’s responsibility to drive safely, but his safe driving can only go so far. Outside factors such as weather, vehicle defects, and road defects can all be causes of serious accidents that even a safe and defensive driver can’t avoid or control. According to the website of the Abel Law Firm, if roadside safety is not maintained, then even the safest driver can be in danger of getting into an accident.

Road defects such as potholes, defective traffic lights, lack of guardrails and many others can all count as factors that can endanger the lives of motorists and pedestrians alike. It is the government’s task to uphold and maintain these road safety measures, and if they don’t do this job they can held liable for any accident that occur in their area. Competent management of the road safety features saves lives; guardrails, for example, play a vital role in maintaining proper roadside safety. They serve as:

1.Prevention from going over the edge of an elevated area of the road
2.Protection from skidding onto a body of water on the side of the road
3.Absorber of the force of impact during an accident
4.Redirecting vehicles to the right side of the road
5.Avoiding roll-over accidents

Installing guardrails is something the government should always be keen to look into; however, installing the wrong type of guardrail is just as dangerous as not installing them at all. There are certain types or models of guardrails that can cause more harm than good, and some states are even banning in using them on their roads.

Guardrails are barriers that need to be maintained and posted in places where they are most needed. In high-speed roads such as the freeways, these barriers help vehicles from veering off the road. They help prevent or stop a small accident from becoming a major incident. Guardrails, together with proper road signs (or lights) are the things that keep traffic flowing safely and freely.

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