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Auto Manufacturers Being Investigated for Airbag Failures

June 30, 2014
Auto Manufacturers Being Investigated for Airbag Failures

Airbag defects are a major cause of traffic accident fatalities in California and across the country. Now, the federal administration has announced an investigation into at least five automakers for possible airbag defects in their vehicles.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating Mazda, Toyota, Chrysler, Honda, and Nissan. The federal administration has announced that these are preliminary investigations, and approximately 1.1 million vehicles involving these five auto manufacturers are included in the investigation. The investigation is linked to potentially defective or malfunctioning airbag inflators, in several models manufactured by these companies.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration admits that it has so far received six reports of vehicles, that had ruptured or malfunctioning airbag inflators. Those reports were from between 2002 and 2006. The defects are linked to at least three injuries in accidents.

The National

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Driver in Fatal Hesperia Mother’s Day Accident Suspected of Drugged Driving

June 24, 2014
Driver in Fatal Hesperia Mother’s Day Accident Suspected of Drugged Driving

On Monday, June 23, the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department said it believes a 30-year-old man was under the influence of prescription drugs when he caused a crash that killed a Hesperia family of five on Mother’s Day.

More than a month since the accident, investigators continue to follow up on information from the May 11 traffic collision that resulted in the deaths of Gerardo Jimenez, 30, his wife Angelica Garcia-Garcia, 25 and their three children – ages 2, 3, and 9 – at the intersection of Main Street and Balsam Avenue.

The driver of the van, identified as 30-year-old Joshua Smith, had “identifiable quantities of narcotics in his system at the time of the collision,” blood tests result showed, according to a release from the sheriff’s department.

Investigators believed that Smith lost consciousness prior to the collision as

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Children at Risk of PTSD When Parents Are Injured

June 13, 2014
Children at Risk of PTSD When Parents Are Injured

Children whose parents have suffered a serious injury are at risk of developing symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a study conducted by the University of Washington School of Medicine.

PTSD has become familiar to Americans because it is associated with veterans returning home from combat zones in Iraq and Afghanistan. However, the condition is also often seen in individuals who have experienced a life-threatening or catastrophic event such as a natural disaster or serious accident.

The researchers analyzed 175 pairs of parents and children at a trauma center. They found that children whose parents were seriously injured in an accident were roughly twice as likely to experience symptoms of PTSD than children those whose parents did not suffer any injuries. The children did not have to suffer any injuries themselves to suffer

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California Voters to Decide Whether Doctors Should Be Drug Tested

June 10, 2014
California Voters to Decide Whether Doctors Should Be Drug Tested

One of the first actions that police officers at the scene of a truck or bus accident take is to subject the bus or truck driver to an alcohol or drug test. In the future, a California doctor who is involved in a preventable medical error may also be subjected to a similar test. An interesting initiative due to go before California voters in November, proposes that doctors be tested for drug and alcohol use.

The proposal is part of a medical malpractice initiative that has been placed on the November ballot. This controversial proposal is opposed by insurance companies as well as medical groups. The measure seeks to modify the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act, which was signed in 1975, and caps malpractice damage caps for pain and suffering at approximately $250,000. However, the proposal asks for an increase

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Pregnant Women More Likely to Be in Car Accidents

June 3, 2014
Pregnant Women More Likely to Be in Car Accidents

Driving during pregnancy may be inherently riskier for pregnant women. According to the results of a new study, pregnant women in their second trimester are at a greater risk of being involved in a car accident.

The study was published recently in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. It was based on analysis of the medical records of more than 500,000 women who had delivered a baby. When the researchers analyzed the data and compared crash risks four years before the baby was born and one year after, they found that during the first trimester, the accident rate was about the same as before the pregnancy. However, the accident risk increased dramatically by about 42% during the second trimester. During this time period, the rate of accidents increased to 7.7 per 1000, compared to a rate of

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Hot Air Ballooning: Feds Warn of Safety Risks

May 29, 2014
Hot Air Ballooning: Feds Warn of Safety Risks

Since 1964 alone, there have been 117 fatalities in hot air ballooning accidents in the United States. The most recent of those fatalities occurred in Virginia, when three people were killed when their hot air balloon collided with power lines and exploded midair.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has become increasingly concerned about the risks that accompany hot air ballooning, as the activity becomes even more popular and more and more people sample the thrill of flying up, up and away.

In April, the NTSB released a report on hot air ballooning safety that clearly spotlighted the risks of deadly accidents like the one that occurred in Virginia, as well as smaller, less-reported accidents and injuries involving passengers in these hot air balloons.

One of the biggest concerns the National Transportation Safety Board has is the fact that balloons

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Higher Education Improves Brain Injury Recovery

May 22, 2014
Higher Education Improves Brain Injury Recovery

An education doesn’t simply guarantee you a better future or a better job. It could also help to help your brain recover after injury. According to research published in the journal Neurology, persons with a higher level of education who suffer a traumatic brain injury are much more likely to recover quickly from their injury with minimal long-term effects than those without.

The study was conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins, who found that the brains of people who have higher education levels are better equipped to recover after an injury. The study was based on an analysis of 769 adults who had been hospitalized for a moderate to severe brain injury and spent time in a rehabilitation facility. When these patients were examined about 12 months after their injury, the researchers found that only 10% of those who did

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Florida Man Loses Settlement Due to Daughter’s Facebook Post

May 8, 2014
Florida Man Loses Settlement Due to Daughter’s Facebook Post

Social media sites like Facebook have made it easy for people to vent, rant, and gloat online. While generally harmless, none of these are actions are recommended when you have just signed a legal agreement that contains a confidentiality clause that prohibits you from discussing your case. Thanks to an ill-advised post made by his daughter that cost him his lawsuit settlement, a Florida man recently found out just how expensive boasting on Facebook can be.

The man is a former headmaster of a school in Miami. In 2011, he won an $80,000 verdict in an employment lawsuit against the school. Shortly thereafter, his college-age daughter posted a snarky message on Facebook poking fun at the school for having to settle with her father. The post also outlined her plans to travel to Europe over the summer using the

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Football Helmets Offer Little Traumatic Brain Injury Protection

May 6, 2014
Football Helmets Offer Little Traumatic Brain Injury Protection

An entire body of research recommends the use of football helmets in order to reduce the risk of a concussion or another traumatic brain injury. However, according to a new study conducted by the American Academy of Neurology, the average football helmet worn on the field may actually do very little to protect a person from a brain injury.

According to the study, which was released at the Academy of Neurology’s 66th Annual meeting, a football helmet may not do much to protect a person from blows to the side of the head, or rotational force. Such injuries are typically already very often linked to encephalopathy, which is a fairly common condition among football players who have sustained multiple serious hits to the head over their career.

The researchers based their findings on tests that used

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Texting While Walking More Likely to Cause Injuries Than Texting While Driving

May 5, 2014
Texting While Walking More Likely to Cause Injuries Than Texting While Driving

While eyebrows are raised at motorists who text while driving, most of us find nothing wrong in whipping out our cell phones and checking our messages while we are walking. According to a new study, the risk of injuries when you are texting while walking is actually higher than the risk when you are texting while driving.

The study was conducted by the University at Buffalo. It found that injuries per mile were much higher in the case of texting while walking than texting while driving. These injuries involve not just injuries caused by pedestrian accidents, but also slip and falls, impact injuries from walking into walls and other objects, and other mishaps. Researchers also found that although injuries caused by texting while driving are rarer than injuries associated with texting while walking, they tended to be

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