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Los Angeles Motor Vehicle Accident Blog

Knee ligament injuries can be disabling

Though knee injuries are not commonly associated with auto accidents, many people have hurt their knee in a crash. Without healthy knees, walking and many other actions victims once took for granted may no longer be possible.

As WebMD explains, the knee is a complex joint, made of three parts: the femur, the tibia and the catella, also known as the thigh bone, the large shin bone and the kneecap. The femur and tibia meet to form the main joint, and the patella joins the femur, creating the patellofemoral joint.

Possible drunk driver kills Los Angeles college student

It can take only seconds for a promising young life to be taken away by a drunk driver. It appears that is what happened to a 19-year-old Los Angeles college student earlier this month.

According to KTLA-TV, the woman, a student at California State University Northridge, was involved in a crash in that area early in the morning of June 21. The collision injured four people, including the deceased woman and both drivers. The Los Angeles Police Department later described one of the drivers as a person of interest. Witnesses said that police picked up several beer cans from the scene.

Will image projections make distracted driving safer?

If you could talk or text on the phone without taking your hands off the wheel or your eyes off the road, would that still be distracted driving? Not according to a number of start-up technology companies that are working on ways to do just that.

The New York Times describes a promotional video put on YouTube by one of those developers. A man is driving on a Los Angeles street when his cellphone rings. A floating image appears in the driver’s field of vision, telling him that his mother is calling. With a wave of his hand, the man answers the call and chats with his mom.

New process for mind-controlled robot arm may be easier for user

After a person has been paralyzed for long enough, he or she may wish they could do simple things that able-bodied people take for granted. For instance, one man with quadriplegia agreed to test a new type of robotic arm so that he could drink a beer on his own.

Thanks to the arm, the man is now indeed able to have a drink at his own pace. Using his mind to control the device, he can also do other things, like grasp objects and play video games, according to one of the researchers behind the test.

Blogger says Google cars drive like 'grandma.' Must be pretty safe

Self-driving automobiles like the one Google is working on remain pretty mysterious, as few have seen the prototypes that Google is testing on California’s roads. So it is perhaps not surprising that a national newsmagazine like Time would print an article based on the account of an anonymous witness, who says they see Google cars every day, and has some observations to share.

The witness says they live in Mountain View, California, where they reportedly see up to six of the modified Lexus vehicles every day while riding their motorcycle. Though the witness, who wrote a post on a technology blog, mostly had positive things to say about riding near the self-driving vehicles, they did say that the cars “drive like your grandma.”

How lost cognition affects brain injury victims

All of the possible symptoms of a typical traumatic brain injury have the potential to be severely debilitating. But of all the side effects of a TBI, perhaps the most serious and life-changing is reduced cognition. Our ability to think clearly and understand the world around us is one of the most important parts of most people’s self-identity. The sudden loss or reduction of cognition can be devastating.

Cognition is defined as the act of knowing or thinking. Aspects of human cognition include:

2 killed in wrong-way California highway car crash

You are driving on a California highway late one night when you come upon the following scene: a car that has just been hit is completely destroyed. Nearby is a truck, lying crumpled on its side. From the angle it is lying at, it appears the truck had been driving the wrong way.

That is what an eyewitness encountered on State Route 163 in San Diego recently. Tragically, the accident cost the lives of two people. It appears the pickup truck driver was intoxicated, a common cause of wrong-way car crashes. Often, a drunk driver becomes confused while trying to get on the highway, and ends up entering through an exit ramp.

Amputation can cause victims to grieve

An amputation is not a death. Losing a hand, foot, arm or leg is not the same thing as losing a loved one -- or is it? After all, the lost body part has been a part of us our entire lives. It was part of our identity. Besides the obvious disabling effects, an amputation can make induce grief the same way as a death, according to the Amputee Coalition of America.

In fact, an article on the organization’s website says that those who experience an amputation often go through the famous five stages of grief usually associated with mourning a loved one or dear friend. These stages are:

Wrong-way highway accidents the deadliest type of crash

Wrong-way highway accidents are rare, but they are perhaps the most dangerous form of auto crash. In a 2012 report, the National Transportation Safety Board notes that wrong-way collisions make up about 3 percent of accidents on high-speed divided highways. However, they are by far the type of highway crash most likely to cause serious injury and death.

For instance, the report says, the California Department of Transportation found that wrong-way accidents caused 12 times the number of deaths compared with all other accidents on highways with controlled access. Wrong-way accidents were severely dangerous throughout the country. A Michigan study revealed that 0.3 percent of all highway accidents resulted in fatality, but 22 percent of wrong-way crashes during the same study period caused a death.

Study links binge drinking in youth, brain trauma injuries

The human brain is a delicate organ. Any head trauma potentially causes life-altering effects. This is especially true when the victim is a child or teenager, because our brains are still developing at that age.

Thus, anything that increases teens’ vulnerability to brain injury is something to be concerned about. That list includes binge drinking, according to a new scientific study.