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Long-term complications of traumatic brain injuries

Traumatic brain injuries are unfortunately common. The leading causes of TBI include auto collisions, falls and being struck by objects. While some TBI cases resolve within weeks or months, others have long-lasting effects.

Victims with moderate to severe TBI may suffer serious complications, chronic pain and other debilitating symptoms. Recovery often involves a combination of surgery, medications and rehabilitation. 

Study highlights lack of female safety data

A study published in Traffic Injury Prevention found that women are more likely to get hurt in a car crash. This is true even when they are wearing seat belts. Ultimately, the data indicates that women are 73% more likely than men to be hurt in a front-end collision. Researchers analyzed data from 22,854 front-end collisions that were reported to police in California and throughout the country. These accidents occurred between 1998 and 2015 involving roughly an equal number of males and females.

Researchers divided the reports into those that occurred before 2009 and those that occurred in 2009 or later. It was determined that there were fewer injuries in cars that were built in 2009 or after. However, there was a higher rate of concussions among those who were in newer cars when their accidents took place. Researchers say that this could be a result of increased awareness of concussions and other head injuries.

Speed limiters may soon be required in all new trucks

A bipartisan Senate bill may soon affect thousands of truck drivers in California and across the country. The bill, Cullum Owings Large Truck Safe Operating Speed Act of 2019, was developed by a Democratic and Republican senator. It would require that all newly produced Class 7 and Class 8 trucks be installed with speed-limiting devices.

The bill would require that the devices be set at 65 miles per hour and that they must be used whenever the truck is in operation. If signed into law, it would extend the 65 mph rule to all trucks that are currently equipped with speed limiting devices. It would not require for Class 7 and Class 8 trucks that do not currently have the device to be retroactively fitted for them.

Could your headaches after a car crash signal a head injury?

With so much traffic in Southern California, vehicle crashes are common, especially rear-end collisions. Many people walk away from this kind of crash and go about their business—but is this wise?

Vehicle accidents account for most traumatic brain injuries, and delayed symptoms such as headaches could be the first sign of trouble. Prompt medical attention should be your next step even after a minor collision.

July Fourth sees more DUI crash deaths than any other US holiday

Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveals that the worst U.S. holiday for drunk driving fatalities is Independence Day. This is followed by Memorial Day, Labor Day, New Year's, Thanksgiving and Christmas, respectively. The Fourth of July saw 1,192 DUI fatalities between 2010 and 2017, followed by Memorial Day with 1,105. California residents should know that certain factors make Independence Day especially deadly.

For starters, the Fourth of July sees more DUI fatalities when it falls on a weekday, with the average fatality rate coming to 43.4 per day between 2012 and 2017. By contrast, the rate was 36.3 when the Fourth of July occurred on the weekend. The rate reaches its peak when the holiday falls on a Wednesday, with 52 dying on average. This is 43% higher than the rate on Saturdays.

Drunk driving continues to be an epidemic

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that drunk driving crashes led to 11,000 fatalities and over 200,000 injury cases in 2017. About 29% of all roadway fatalities in California and across the U.S. are due to drunk driving. At a congressional hearing, the president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving called for automakers to use more of the available technologies to stop this epidemic.

For example, one group has been developing an advanced passive system called the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety. With the combination of touch-based and breath-based systems, it would be able to determine whether drivers' BAC is over .08 and prevent them from operating their vehicle if it is.

About left turns from the point of view of a motorcyclist

There has been an ongoing discussion in our country about whether drivers should avoid making left-hand turns. Most motorists view his kind of effort as largely problematic and time-consuming.

However, a disastrous crash can occur if a motorist makes a left turn in front of an oncoming motorcycle, shedding a different light on the matter. What can a rider do to prevent this?

Study finds many truck drivers may be using illegal drugs

Truck accidents in California and across the U.S. have been on the rise in recent years. One of the reasons for this could be drug use, according to a new study.

Researchers from the Alliance for Driver Safety & Security, also known as the Trucking Alliance, conducted a survey of urine and hair samples from 151,662 truck driver applicants. Based on their findings, they estimated that approximately 301,000 truckers have slipped through the federal drug screening program and shouldn't be on the road. According to the study, the reason for the discrepancy is that the U.S. Department of Transportation only recognizes urinalysis drug tests to screen truck drivers, but that method misses 90% of illegal drug users. Some truck companies also use hair analysis, which is more accurate, to screen drivers, but the DOT does not accept the results from these tests.

Be careful as a pedestrian this summer

When the weather warms up, it often means you spend more time outdoors. Perhaps you walk the dog around the neighborhood more, go on hikes or jog. No matter how you enjoy the summer, it is necessary to remember the risks of being a pedestrian.

While walking or jogging is beneficial to your physical and mental health, it may increase your risk of getting hit by a vehicle. Keep the following guidelines in mind to stay safe as you enjoy the beautiful California summer. 

Comparing truck crashes to car crashes

Car accidents that take place on California highways may result in police reports, insurance claims and a lengthy investigation. While resolving a car accident case may seem complicated, it could pale in comparison to what it takes to resolve a truck accident case. This is because truck accidents tend to cause more damage than car wrecks do. Furthermore, there is a higher likelihood that one or more people are hurt or killed in such collisions.

Trucks are larger than cars, which means that they take up a larger portion of a road or highway. This can result in secondary accidents as other drivers take action to avoid a truck or other vehicles in their paths. Determining fault can be complicated because truck drivers may not own their trucks or may not own the load that they are carrying.

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