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Los Angeles Motor Vehicle Accident Blog

Car crashes into Los Angeles man's house

Not every auto collision happens on the road. A particularly reckless or negligent driver can veer off the street and crash into nearby buildings -- where unsuspecting people are inside. Unable to see the vehicle coming, people inside a home, store or place of business may have no chance to try to get out of the way in time.

A Los Angeles man is lucky to be unhurt after a suspected drunk driver crashed into his house on July 23. The suspect’s car plowed into the man’s living room that morning. Fortunately, the homeowner was in his kitchen, making coffee, when the crash occurred.

Should Westwood Boulevard get bicycle lanes?

Whenever someone proposes adding bicycle lanes to a busy Los Angeles street, controversy is likely to follow. That is the case in Westwood, where the city councilman is among those fighting to stop the addition of bike lanes one of the neighborhood’s main roads. Interestingly, both sides believe their position is safer for bicyclists.

Part of L.A.’s proposed Mobility Plan 2035 is to add bicycle lanes to Westwood Boulevard, a road that runs south from the campus of UCLA and is used by an estimated 800 students every day to commute to class by bike. The proposed lanes are supported by many students, environmentalists, public health professionals, and the L.A. County Bicycle Coalition, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Traumatic accidents can lead to PTSD, medical experts say

Chances are good that you've heard someone say, "You should get fair compensation after an accident." They're not wrong too. From pedestrian strikes to catastrophic truck accidents, collisions with motor vehicles oftentimes leave people with injuries. In many cases, these injuries require medical attention, which typically result in expensive medical bills.

As you can imagine though, some injuries or health conditions may not be obvious initially because they may take a while to develop. You might not think to include them in your request for compensation. You might not even consider the long-term health care needs these injuries require, which can also affect the compensation you ask for.

Getting TBI patients out of bed quickly may help healing process

Anyone who has ever undergone surgery will remember the moment, soon after the operation, when a doctor or nurse helped them get out of bed and go for a walk in the hallway of the hospital. Experts agree that it is important that surgical patients move around as soon as it is safe to do so, because it is helpful in recovery and reduces the risk of blot clots.

On the other hand, bed rest is a common prescription for brain injuries. Injured brains are often suffering from lack of blood flow, which can be exacerbated by too much moving around too soon after the trauma. It can also be challenging to find ways for brain injury patients to move around, especially if the injury is severe.

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: