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Traumatic Brain Injury Increases Risk of Dementia

July 29, 2014
Traumatic Brain Injury Increases Risk of Dementia

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are catastrophic injuries that have long-term consequences. For many years, researchers have suspected that brain injuries dramatically increase the risk of brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and accelerate the onset of symptoms of dementia.

A new study of veterans helps confirm these suspicions. According to research published recently in the journal Neurology, veterans who have suffered a traumatic brain injury may be at a high risk of developing dementia sooner. They were 60% more likely to develop symptoms of dementia compared to persons who had never suffered a traumatic brain injury.

The study was based on an evaluation of 190,000 veterans who were 68 years old on average and had no symptoms of dementia. When these veterans were followed over a period of nine years, they found that out of the 1,229 vets

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Oversized Truck Caused Washington State Bridge Collapse: NTSB

July 24, 2014
Oversized Truck Caused Washington State Bridge Collapse: NTSB

An investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has found that last year’s collapse of an Interstate 5 bridge in Washington state was caused by an oversized truck that struck components of the bridge while it was crossing.

The agency was investigating the incident in which the bridge, which was originally built in 1955, collapsed into the Skagit River. The accident occurred in May 2013. The truck, which was traveling on the bridge, had struck several sections of the bridge with drilling equipment that it was towing. Fortunately, there were no fatalities in the accident, even though two vehicles on the bridge fell into the river. Three injuries were reported.

During the course of its investigation, the NTSB found that this was not a rare incident on the bridge. Several trucks traveling with large

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Carmax Under Fire for Selling Recalled Cars Without Fixes

July 15, 2014
Carmax Under Fire for Selling Recalled Cars Without Fixes

The country’s largest used-car dealer is facing strong criticism for its practice of selling recalled cars without fixing them, and then claiming in its advertising, that it conducts inspections of its cars before selling them.

CarMax is the target of a petition by several consumer groups, who have petitioned the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). CarMax claims in its advertising that every car it sells is subjected to a series of strenuous safety checks. It lists a number of components that are checked before a car is sold. However, what it does not mention is that many of these components may have been recalled earlier and may not have been fixed prior to sale.

Regulatory Jurisdiction

CarMax’s practices, as unpalatable as they may be, are not covered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s policies. Federal

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DUI Suspect Found with Scooter Lodged in Pickup Truck

July 14, 2014
DUI Suspect Found with Scooter Lodged in Pickup Truck

A truck involved in a fatal DUI collision in Palm Springs was recovered on Indian Canyon Drive with a motor scooter lodged in the truck’s front end. Fifty-five-year-old David Buckley Doyle of Palm Springs is suspected of driving his 2004 GMC pickup truck on North Indian Canyon Drive Friday when he hit a 2008 Yamaha motor scooter traveling in the opposite direction. The rider of the motor scooter died at the scene of the collision. Doyle’s truck was found on Indian Canyon Drive about a mile away from the scene of the collision with the scooter still attached to the front of it.

Doyle currently faces charges of driving while intoxicated, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, and leaving the scene of an accident.

Drunk Driving a Significant Threat to Riverside County Drivers

Numerous public information campaigns, such

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Woman Arrested in Fatal Fullerton Motorcycle Crash

July 11, 2014

On the night of June 21, 2014, there was a car accident on Lemon Street in Fullerton. A Harley-Davidson motorcycle collided with a Nissan Sentra, injuring the motorcyclist badly enough that he was declared dead at the scene. Robert Lavender III, 29, hit the Sentra’s right rear corner at speed. The Sentra’s driver, Deanna Marie Soto, 39, was trying to make a left turn and did not see the motorcycle. According to the Orange County Register, she had been drinking before the accident, and was thus booked on charges of DUI, as well as vehicular manslaughter. Another passenger in the Sentra sustained major injuries, and Soto herself complained of pain.

This is a distressingly common accident scenario. According to the most recent data from the California Highway Patrol, Orange County had the fourth highest number of alcohol-related

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Tesla Driver Leaves Trail of Death and Injuries

July 9, 2014
Tesla Driver Leaves Trail of Death and Injuries

NBC Los Angeles and other news media outlets reported this weekend that the driver of a Tesla-brand electric car left at least three people dead and two injured after colliding with multiple cars. Fifty-eight-year-old Ric Garrison was identified as the driver of a Tesla that collided with a 2004 Toyota Corolla on the 14 Freeway near Avenue S. By the time the California Highway Patrol (CHP) arrived on scene, the Toyota was on fire. Bystanders and witnesses helped remove the occupants of the Toyota. Three of the occupants – the 40-year-old driver as well as two child passengers – were pronounced dead at the scene. Two other occupants of the Corolla (a 31-year-old and a 6-year-old) were safely extracted from the Corolla and taken to the hospital with serious injuries. Garrison suffered minor injuries. Although

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California Appeals Court Rules Against Premises Liability for Third Party

July 8, 2014
California Appeals Court Rules Against Premises Liability for Third Party

In early June, a California appeals court ruled that a railway company owed no duty of care to the deceased wife of a former worker who had been exposed to asbestos via the railway company’s operations. Haver v BNSF Railway Co. held that the railroad was not liable for “take-home” or “secondary” liability in this regard, and had no duty to warn third parties who might be exposed to asbestos as a result of their operations.

Lynn Haver was the wife of Mike Haver, who worked for BNSF’s precursor, the Santa Fe Railway (SFR), for some years. Mike was exposed to asbestos repeatedly during his work with SFR, and thus, Lynn was also exposed due to her contact with Mike and the clothes and tools he brought home. Over time, she developed

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Most Americans Want Tougher Distracted Driving Laws

July 7, 2014
Most Americans Want Tougher Distracted Driving Laws

Distracted driving accidents now account for a significant proportion of the total number of traffic accident fatalities recorded in the country every year. Not surprisingly, many Americans seem to be in favor of stronger distracted driving laws, tough enforcement, and harsher penalties.

In a poll conducted by the National Safety Council (NSC), as many as 73% of the respondents spoke out in favor of stronger enforcement of texting and driving laws. In comparison, just 22% of the respondents were happy with the current enforcement levels. 50% of the respondents in the survey also spoke out in favor of more stringent penalties that included loss of a driver’s license, and more expensive car insurance premiums. There was strong support for heftier fines and stronger penalties for repeat offenders.

Laws in California

California has laws that ban texting while driving, and

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Falling Beam Injures Caltrans Worker

July 3, 2014
Falling Beam Injures Caltrans Worker

A California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) worker was injured on the job when a steel beam fell onto the 405 Freeway. The incident prompted highway officials to close the freeway at Seal Beach until the worker could be safely transported from the scene and the area inspected. The worker was part of a crew that was setting up 130-foot beams weighing 60,000 pounds apiece at the worksite when one of the beams fell. The worker had been on the beam at the time of the accident, and he was rushed to the hospital with head and chest injuries. Since the time of the accident, the freeway has been reopened.

Workplace accidents are unfortunate and not uncommon. Fortunately though, those injured while on the job or while performing work-related duties may be able to receive compensation through workers’ compensation benefits.

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The Fourth of July and Drinking: Unfortunately, They Go Hand-in-Hand

July 1, 2014
The Fourth of July and Drinking: Unfortunately, They Go Hand-in-Hand

It’s hard to believe, but the Fourth of July is almost here and with it comes more than picnic baskets filled with potato salad, crunchy fried chicken and other favorites. Instead, think of millions of drivers getting behind the driver’s wheel while under the influence.

Drivers of all ages are known to hit the roads after knocking back a few cocktails – before as well as after – they ‘ooh and ah’ at annual fireworks shows that light up the skies over Orange County neighborhoods like Huntington Beach. It’s no secret that Surf City USA likes to celebrate the nation’s birthday each year, and 2014 should be no different. Thousands are expected to converge on the coastal city and attend its 109th Fourth of July Holiday Parade and other special events. Others may be tripping the light fantastic

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