April is Distracted Driver Awareness Month and an Opportunity to Save Lives

The National Safety Council (NSC) observes April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month and urges the public to pledge against driving while texting, talking on the phone, and engaging in other distracting activities which have proven to increase the chance of an accident. Adult drivers are encouraged to inform teens about the dangers of driving while distracted. However, a study showed that 94% of teen drivers are already aware of the dangers of distracted driving but 31% engage in the practice anyway. Contrary to what most adults and teens believe, teens are not the age group in the greatest percentile of texting drivers, but they are the [...]

By |2018-05-25T19:21:55-07:00March 30th, 2017|Car Accidents|Comments Off on April is Distracted Driver Awareness Month and an Opportunity to Save Lives

All Motorcycle Helmets are Not Created Equal

While many studies show that wearing motorcycle helmets saves lives, many riders still dispute the claim. Others, in states where helmet use is optional, choose to take the risk of riding without a helmet. In California, the law does not afford the option of riding helmet free, but there are several different styles of helmets to choose from. How much protection from a traumatic brain injury do these helmets provide? California law requires that all helmets sold for use by motorcycle riders meet or exceed the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 218. States that implemented similar helmet requirements, have shown a significant reduction in motorcycle [...]

By |2018-05-25T19:22:32-07:00March 28th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on All Motorcycle Helmets are Not Created Equal

Safety Tips for Sharing the Road with Large Commercial Vehicles

The results from truck accidents are far more devastating on average than other motor vehicle accidents. In the U.S. one person is killed or injured in a truck crash every 16 minutes. 98% of the fatalities are people in the smaller vehicles as opposed to the occupants of the trucks. Despite these numbers, truck drivers on the average are patient and safe drivers. When truck accidents occur involving a passenger vehicle, it is the fault of the passenger vehicle driver in 75% of all cases. Only 16% of truck accidents can be attributed to the driver of the truck. Why do truck accidents happen and how [...]

By |2018-05-25T19:23:11-07:00March 26th, 2017|Personal Injury|Comments Off on Safety Tips for Sharing the Road with Large Commercial Vehicles

New Imaging System Predicts Recovery in Concussion Patients

Thanks to a new advanced imaging system, patients, who recently suffered concussions, were accurately assessed for the likelihood of complete recovery by researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Health Systems. Also highlighted were the brains mechanisms for repairing or compensating for injuries in the study in the American Journal of Neuroradiology. Information that could lead to faster therapeutic development was provided in the study. Every year, 2.5 million people in the U.S. suffer from traumatic brain injuries (TBI) per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; 75% of which are concussions. Objective biomarkers or tests for diagnosing concussions were non-existent. The only available [...]

By |2018-05-25T19:23:52-07:00March 23rd, 2017|Brain Injury|Comments Off on New Imaging System Predicts Recovery in Concussion Patients

The Danger of Overloaded Truck Crashes

The risk to drivers of passenger vehicles sharing the road with large trucks is obvious, but overload one of those trucks, or load it improperly, and the potential for a catastrophic event increases manifold. An overloaded semi-truck, or 18-wheeler, places an undue burden on its brakes, frame, suspension and tires. An overweight truck has an extended stopping ability, especially while traveling downhill and can easily jackknife on a wet road surface. Overloaded or improperly loaded trailers are prone to rollovers and even splitting open, dumping their contents onto a busy highway. The driver of an overweight truck may not be aware of weight of the load [...]

By |2018-05-25T19:24:19-07:00March 20th, 2017|Truck Accidents|Comments Off on The Danger of Overloaded Truck Crashes

Motorcycle Accident Safety – Does Size Really Matter?

Which is safer? A touring bike or a sport bike? This has been a subject for debate since the surge in popularity of high speed sport bikes. Is a rider more likely to be injured on a Harley Sportster 1200 or a Kawasaki Ninja 250? Which tires are safer? Thin or fat? In the world of motorcycle safety does size really matter? It would make sense to argue that the smaller and lighter sport bike is safer since it is more maneuverable and can accelerate faster, to escape a potentially dangerous situation. If a car swerves into the path of a sport bike, the biker can [...]

By |2018-05-25T19:25:10-07:00March 10th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Motorcycle Accident Safety – Does Size Really Matter?

The Cause and Effect of Blunt Force Head Trauma

When you hear the phrase, blunt force head trauma, you may immediately relate it to violent crime. The term is frequently used by the news media when the extent of a head injury has not been determined. Typically, the story would contain a line such as “the victim was transported to the hospital with signs of blunt force head trauma.” However, these injuries are instigated by any blow to the head where there is no skull penetration. Common Causes of Blunt Force Head Trauma Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of blunt force head trauma, followed by sports injuries, falls and physical assaults, per the [...]

By |2018-05-25T19:25:59-07:00March 8th, 2017|Brain Injury|Comments Off on The Cause and Effect of Blunt Force Head Trauma

Brain Injuries May Be Present in Football Players as Young as Eight Years Old

It’s so cute watching little kids wearing big, colorful football helmets, bright jerseys and running around on a field being tagged and sometimes tackled. As harmless as their level of play may look, their young developing brains are being subjected to jarring blows. They are taught early to depend on their gear to protect them from taking hits, but how much protection does that helmet provide? A study shows that children between the ages of 8 and 13 are already at risk of permanent brain injury. The chief of neurology at Wake Forest School of Medicine, Christopher Whitlow, conducted a study of male football players between [...]

By |2018-05-25T19:26:42-07:00March 6th, 2017|Brain Injury|Comments Off on Brain Injuries May Be Present in Football Players as Young as Eight Years Old

Preventing Motorcycle Accidents Through Driver Awareness

The increase in motorcycle popularity in the US. is expected to continue to rise. In 2011 there were 8,410,255 motorcycles registered nationwide accounting for 3% of registered vehicles. However, in California, motorcycle accidents accounted for 17% of all road fatalities. The LA Times reported on May 16, 2016, that the number of deaths from motorcycle crashes decreased by 7% in California in 2015 compared to a nationwide increase of 10% that same year. Despite that encouraging report, California has the second highest number of motorcycle fatalities in the country, trailing only Florida, a four-season, helmet optional state. The most disturbing fact, regarding motorcycle crashes, is that [...]

By |2018-05-25T19:27:17-07:00March 3rd, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Preventing Motorcycle Accidents Through Driver Awareness

Driver Fatigue is the Leading Cause of Truck Accidents

Truckers are often under pressure to continue driving, despite being fatigued. It is an alarming trend that has continued despite strict federal regulations. In truck crashes, that are the fault of the truck driver, fatigue is the number one cause, accounting for 35-40% of all truck accidents. A sleep deprived driver may be forcing himself to drive, due to the pressure of a delivery deadline or an arduous schedule. That fatigued driver may be as impaired as a driver that is under the influence of alcohol. Truck driver fatigue is the result of any or all the following; lack of sleep, working overtime or loading/unloading heavy [...]

By |2018-05-25T19:34:32-07:00March 1st, 2017|Truck Accidents|Comments Off on Driver Fatigue is the Leading Cause of Truck Accidents

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