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Idaho Falls Teenager ATV Accident

An Idaho Falls teenager has been rushed to the hospital after she crashed her ATV. The accident happened on Tuesday evening on the corner of Canal Avenue and Highland Drive. The 17 year old involved in the accident was rushed to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical center, and her condition is currently unknown. Friends who witnessed the accident say she flipped her ATV after appearing to mistake the throttle for the brake.

According to a 2013 report published by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 426 ATV related fatalities occurred in 2013. Between 1982 an 2013, 3,023 ATV related fatalities were of children younger than 16 years of age, accounting for 23% of the total number of reported fatalities. According to an article published by USA Today, the rise in ATV crashes that occur on paved roads have risen since 2007. Currently, abut two thirds fall fatal ATV crashes occur n public or private roads. According to research from the IIHS, a big part of the problem is that ATV’s are not designed for use on public roads, and are more prone to rollovers. Another problem is risky behavior among drivers, according to accident statistics on 13% of operators involved in a fatal crash were wearing a helmet and 43% were legally drunk. The ATV Safety Institute strongly urges riders to always wear a helmet and other protective gear and never ride on public roads or under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. ATV use is not supported on public roads, and the All-Terrain Vehicle Association issues a warning against using ATV’s on public roads.

Rexburg Toddler Falls from Window

A child in Rexburg Idaho was injured after falling from a second story apartment window. The accident happened at 7:30 this morning and boy was transported to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, where his condition is unknown. According to reports, the boy was on a bed leaning against the screen of an open window when the screen popped out and the toddler fell.

Toddlers falling out of windows is a sadly common occurrence. According to a study conducted by Time Magazine in 2011, approximately 5,000 children fall from windows each year, which equates to almost 14 kids a day. Falling injuries can be very serious, even deadly. There have been a number of programs in the last decade which have increased awareness of toddler falls, but sadly serious injuries from falls are still a shockingly common occurrence. When toddlers are around windows, it’s important to have protections in place. Parents can use window stops as protection, these stops are screwed into the frame of windows and blocks the window from sliding too far upwards. Parents can also limit access to windows by moving dressers, beds and nightstands away from the openings. Window screens do not prevent falls, and should absolutely not be relied upon as a safety measure. Any home that has a second story window presents a potential risk to a child.

Fatal Crash in Lemhi County

A deadly car accident in Lemhi County, Idaho resulted in the death of a man on Monday. The accident happened around noon on Highway 93 near milepost 119, just ten miles north of Carmen in Lemhi County, Idaho. The vehicle involved was a 1934 Ford pickup which was pulling a homemade camp trailer headed southbound on US-93. The driver of the car overcorrected after the car went off the right shoulder, which brought the car back onto the roadway and off the left shoulder, where it then rolled. The driver died of his injuries at the scene of the car accident.

The driver in this accident was in a classic car, with a homemade trailer. There are increased safety risks with driving older cars, including rollovers and decreased safety features. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, owners of classic cars (those cares manufactured before the 1964 federal law requiring seatbelts was implemented) are not required to install safety belts or shoulder harnesses if they were not original equipment on the vehicles. Failure to use a safety belt is considered one of the top reasons for fatalities in a crash. Classic cars also tend to be heavier, with a different center of balance. According to a study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, advances in vehicle safety have dramatically increased, so much so that the driver of a car 18 or more years old is 71 percent more likely to die in a fatal crash that the driver of a car three years or newer. Homemade trailers also pose an increased risk while driving, as they may not conform to newer safety specifications and can also contribute to increased risk of a rollover or fatal crash.

Rexburg Car Crash Leaves Two Injured

A car accident in Rexburg Idaho left two minors critically injured. The accident happened on Saturdy on Highway 20 just south of the Sugar City exit. The Chevy pickup truck involved at the scene had reportedly rolled over, and one of the occupants was thrown from the vehicle. One occupant was LifeFlighted to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center and the other occupant was transported by ground ambulance. Reports today say that the driver was a 16 year old male and the passenger was a 6 year old relative. Both are doing well and one is expected to be released form the Intensive Care Unit on Monday.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 95% of single-vehicle rollovers occur when the vehicle is tripped in some way. Tripping happens when a vehicle leaves the roadway and slides sideways, allowing the tires to dig into soft substrate or strike an object, like a curb or a guardrail. The force applied to the tires in these situations can cause torque which can then trigger a rollover. Curbs, soft soil/shoulders, guardrails, pavement surface inconsistencies, snow banks, and other objects can all cause the vehicle to trip. Generally, tripping happens when a vehicle is traveling in a forward direction, usually at a high speed. If one side of the vehicle rides up onto an object, it may be forced to roll over in order to conserve momentum. Steep slopes can also cause a rollover. If a driver misjudges the steeples of a hill as a turn is attempted, the center of gravity can cause the vehicle to roll over and tumble down the hill. Animations of these types of rollovers, as well as more general information on the physics behind rollover crashes, can be found at

Idaho Falls Car Crashes Into Power Pole

A car crash in Idaho Falls left two people injured and a power pole damaged. Police are investigating the crash, which occurred on Tuesday May 3rd on Ammon Road. Ammon Road was shut down temporarily while the damage caused by the accident was assessed. The driver and the passenger were taken to the hospital with injuries which were not life threatening. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

Power poles and lines can present dangers not only as physical barriers in a crash, but also to drivers who encounter damaged utility lines in the roadway. As a reminder, if there is a downed power line on the road, here are the steps to take to avoid electrocution. 1. Assume that all power lines are active. 2. Never attempt to touch or approach a downed power line. 3. Don’t touch anything or anyone who is in contact with a downed power line. 4. Stay in your car and contact 9-1-1 and the local utility company immediately. The fire department, police and power company workers will let you know when it is safe to get out of vehicle. The safest place is in your car, the ground around the car may be energized. 5. Do Not drive over the downed power line.

If you do happen to come into contact with a downed power line and there is a fire, before exiting your vehicle remove all loose items of clothing, keep your hands at your sides and jump clear of the vehicle so you are not touching the car when you feet hit the ground. Keep both of your feet together and shuffle away from he vehicle without picking up your feet, this will keep you grounded.

Stay safe out there!

Idaho 3rd Most Dangerous State for Drunk Driving

Idaho has been ranked at the third most dangerous state in the U.S. for drunk driving, according to U.S.A. today survey. The metrics used to evaluate the danger of drunk driving for the survey were Cost per Fatality by State, Drunk Driving (percentage of fatal crashes that involved alcohol), DUI Arrests, DUI Penalties, and Laws/Statutes relating to DUI’s. The original study was conducted by the Car Insurance Comparison and used statistics from Mother’s Against Drunk Driving, National Highway traffic Safety Administration, FBI, Kids Count Data Center, and North Dakota ranked first both for fatalities and driving-under-the-influence arrest in 2015, with Montana coming in at second with the highest cost per fatality and types of laws. Idaho came in third, slightly above Wisconsin, South Carolina and South Dakota. The director of the study stated that “the combination of higher than average alcohol consumption and a higher chance of running into dangerous driving conditions with sleet, snow, and ice during the winter months could be the reason that we’re seeing so many of those northern states rank poorly.” The Dakotas, Idaho and Wisconsin each rank among the highest consumption of alcohol according to a 2009 study from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.