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Woman brutally injured after vicious 95-pound dog attacks her

A brutal dog attack outside the state of California left a woman with multiple broken bones, a bevy of cuts, bruises, and bite marks all across her body, and a neighborhood in fear. The incident occurred in New Jersey, after a woman went over to her neighbor's home and knocked on the door. She was simply trying to talk to the neighbor to warn him and his family about rat poison that had been discovered in the neighborhood.

As the man cracked the door open, his 95-pound Argentinian Mastiff plowed through and attacked the woman. She says she doesn't remember anything about the attack, but she has the scars and physical injuries to show it.

NHTSA: last two years have seen huge fatal accident increases

A couple of months ago, we wrote a post about the rising fatality number in the state of California when it comes to car accidents. They have been on the rise since 2010, and now a new report from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that this rise isn't specific to California or any given state -- it is a national problem that needs to be addressed sooner rather than later.

According to the new data from the NHTSA, fatal traffic accidents increased 8.1 percent from 2014 to 2015. The numbers only went up from 2015 to last year, 2016, which saw a 5.6 percent increase. We have some severe problems out on the road right now, and without well thought out improvements, these numbers will likely only go up.

Two accidents lead to one fatality, multiple seriously injured

An unfortunate and uncommon set of circumstances led to a fatal wreck that ultimately involved seven vehicles, claimed one life, and left multiple other people with injuries. The fatal crash occurred because of another crash that happened on Highway 4 last week. That wreck was minor in nature and no one was hurt. However, it backed up traffic on the highway and caused a chaotic scene.

A 46-year-old woman was driving her car and approached the scene, ultimately slowing down and stopping in accordance with the traffic. But an SUV behind the woman did not stop in time, colliding with the woman's vehicle and killing the woman. Multiple other cars were hit in the wreck. Four people had to be hospitalized because of the injuries they suffered, including a child.

Slip and fall leads to 2 surgeries, pain and suffering

As we have talked about extensively on this blog, slip and fall incidents are outrageous because they usually mean that someone, some group or some business failed to uphold their duties to their patrons or guests. They were supposed to maintain a safe premises, and instead they allowed a dangerous condition to persist -- and someone got hurt as a result.

These circumstances are replicated again and again across history, and today is no different. We have a story from outside the state of California where an administrative assistant was working for a non-profit at a high school. While she was there, she slipped on a wet substance on the ground and fell. As a result of her fall, she suffered serious back injuries that required two surgeries.

Dog attacks woman walking him

It is typical when you hear about a dog bite case or a dog attack that the breed involved is a pit bull. This is for two reasons. The first is that media coverage is pre-disposed, to a certain degree, to cover these cases. But the other reason is that pit bulls are strong animals that, when involved in an attack, are more likely to cause serious damage or injuries to a person or other animal due to the incredible power of their jaws.

This paints an unfair picture of pit bulls, and it also leaves other breeds out of the picture, making them seem obedient or nice in comparison to the stereotype of a "pit bull attacking someone." And yet, there is plenty of evidence that any dog could suddenly and unexpectedly become violent. Take today's story as an example.

Traffic fatality data in California shows slightly rising numbers

In 2006 and 2007, California had a problem with traffic fatalities. 4,240 people died in traffic accidents in 2006, with 3,995 perishing in these wrecks the following year. It was in 2008 that the state really began to push that number down, and by 2010, the number of traffic fatalities per year fell below 3,000. It remained below that threshold until 2013, when it crept just above that limit to 3,107 fatalities in the year.

Since then, the number has remained stable hovering in the 3,100s while showing a slight tendency to creep up. This is only natural. As traffic fatality numbers rise, officials become more aware of the problem and the need to fix it. A breaking point is reached (like in 2006 and 2007) and efforts are made to reduce the number. Once some goals are achieved, it is simply human nature to get lax and for the effect to fade a little bit.

2 dogs maul 12-year-old boy, who is left in serious condition

While the following story didn't happen in California, the threat posed by dogs knows no state borders. They can happen anywhere.

A 12-year-old boy in Michigan was riding his bike when he was attacked by two dogs. The dogs are St. Bernard mixes that were chained up in the front yard of a home where the boy was riding his bike. The dogs broke free of their chains and attacked the young boy, leaving him with over 250 puncture wounds all over his body. Little is known about the dog owner or any other circumstances tied to the dog attack, but the boy's father did say that his son was "black and blue from head to toe" as a result of the attack.

Three slip and falls in mere minutes caught on camera

Seven years ago, a young girl was walking through the Mall of America in Minneapolis, Minnesota when she slipped and fell. This happened in a food court at the facility. The entire incident was caught on camera. She suffered a knee injury that never healed appropriately, ultimately preventing her from participating in sports that she once enjoyed.

A clear liquid on the ground caused the slip and fall, and the now 18-year-old has sued the Mall of America for their negligence. But what is most interesting about this story is that the video doesn't end with just the girl falling down. In fact, two other people slip and fall at the exact location.

Injuries, fatalities on the rise for bikers and pedestrians

Pedestrians and bicyclists are two groups of people that are vulnerable out on the road. When cars collide with them, any pedestrian and/or bicyclist is likely to suffer terrible injuries. These injuries could change their lives forever, or leave them suffering and in immense pain for an extended period of time. And when this happens as a result of negligence on the part of a motor vehicle driver, then the legal consequences must reflect that.

Given all of this, you would rationally think that as we progress as people, things only get better. As such, road safety must be improving, right? Unfortunately, for bicyclists and pedestrians, it does not appear to be that way.

Reports: 90 million dogs in the US, 4.5 million bites per year

According to a survey performed by the American Pet Products Association found that there are roughly 90 million dogs owned in the United States. When you combine that number with a figure from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which says that about 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs every year, it is easy to see the potential problems that can occur as a result of dogs and dog owners. The highest rate for dog bites is for kids aged 5-9.

Many of these dog attacks that occur happen with dogs that the victims are familiar with. Here in California, we see the most dog bites in the country. The estimated number for California dog bite claims in 2016 is 1,934, dwarfing the projected 1,325 claims in Florida, the state with the second most dog bite claims.

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