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Los Angeles Motor Vehicle Accident Blog

Do bariatric chambers help with TBI, or are they a sham?

Brain injury is one common result of many car crashes in Los Angeles. Some traumatic brain injury (TBI) victims never fully recover from its effects. It is easy to understand why many people living with a TBI may try a controversial treatment that supporters say works miracles, but has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

Bariatric chambers have long been approved for use in treating the bends, or the effects of ascending too fast from deep in the ocean. Some readers may also know that the FDA has okayed its use for healing some wounds, including those related to diabetes, radiation therapy, carbon monoxide poisoning and some burns.

Police car collides with scooter in Santa Monica; rider killed

A collision between a scooter and a police car in Santa Monica on April 5 caused the death of the rider. The investigation into this terrible event is still in its earlier stages, but security footage of the intersection could shed some light into what happened.

The California Highway Patrol says that the victim was going east when it collided with the patrol car, which was headed northbound.

L.A. city council member's car accident results in $185K payment

A car accident involving a Los Angeles City Council member has resulted in a $185,000 payment by the city to the crash’s victims. The councilman involved in the 2012 collision admitted to becoming distracted behind the wheel. The extent of personal injury in this car accident is not clear, but the size of the payment suggests that there were significant injuries to at least one person.

Following the announced settlement, Councilman Jose Huizar gave an account of the car accident, which took place in Boyle Heights in October 2012. According to Huizar, he came upon a red light with several cars idling.

Spinal cord injuries from car accidents can require lifelong care

On March 15, the California Spinal Cord Injury Association held its annual “Meet the Scientist” day on the campus of the University of California - Irvine. It was a chance for people living with paralysis and their loved ones to speak face-to-face with researchers who are working toward a cure.

One of the issues that families affected by paralysis, such as after a serious car accident, is that the paralyzed person may need help taking care of him- or herself for the rest of his or her life. Some people get professional assistance; others, like a 49-year-old man, have relied on his parents since his car accident.

Los Angeles car accident leads to 600 bee stings

Most car accident injuries that we describe in this blog are caused by the impact of vehicles crashing together. Today’s story has a car accident, but it also has a secondary incident that harmed the drivers involved that readers may not have heard of before.

The drivers received at least 600 bee stings after getting into a car accident in the Los Angeles area on March 9. The crash disturbed a large bee hive, causing bees to swarm around the women and attack them.

Motorcyclist killed in accident caused by SUV driver

Motorcycles are a popular form of transportation in Los Angeles. Though they are a common sight on the roads, sometimes people in cars and trucks do not respect bikers’ right of way. The result of a four-wheeled vehicle jumping in front of a rider is often a deadly motorcycle accident.

Though the following incident did not take place in L.A., or indeed in California, it is typical of the sort of motorcycle crash that can happen when a motorist acts negligently.

L.A. mother, daughter crossing the street; woman killed

Los Angeles police believe that a local woman sacrificed her life to save her 9-year-old daughter from a semi truck on Feb. 11. The LAPD was investigating how this tragic truck accident happened, but residents said that the intersection is dangerous, and that pedestrians need more protection there than a stop sign.

According to KNBC-TV, The victim was walking her daughter to school. They were crossing the street, using the crosswalk, when a tractor-trailer bore down on them. It is believed that the mother tried to keep her daughter from being hit, causing herself to stay in the truck’s path.

UCLA researchers awarded $6M grant to study paralysis cure

Among the most severe type of disability that you could sustain from a car accident is paralysis. A spinal cord injury caused by a car wreck can take away a victim’s ability to move their limbs. Everyday tasks that you used to do without thinking about it, such as dressing or feeding yourself, could become impossible.

Researchers have searched for a cure for paralysis for years. A team of scientists at the University of California - Los Angeles recently received a $6 million grant to further their research on reversing the effects of spinal cord injuries.

Wrong-way car accident in Los Angeles kills 6

A horrible, catastrophic car accident on the 60 Freeway in Los Angeles cost the lives of six people on Feb. 9. Authorities say that one of the drivers was going up to 100 miles per hour on the wrong side of the highway. She is also suspected of being intoxicated.

One of the survivors to this terrible wreck told his story to the Los Angeles Times. He was on his way to work around 4:40 a.m., heading west on the 60, when, he says, he saw a vehicle go airborne in front of him.

California woman convicted of driving for miles with victim on car

A Los Angeles-area woman could serve life in prison after being convicted of causing the death of a 31-year-old man with her car in 2012. The jury was convinced that she struck a pedestrian with her car while driving drunk, and continuing for two miles while he was stuck in her windshield.

According to evidence presented at trial, which concluded on Feb. 4, the fatal accident took place in November 2012. The woman was working late that day. It was nighttime when she left the addiction counseling center where she worked. It is ironic that the woman was an addiction counselor; she admitted drinking three servings of vodka and a beer-tomato juice cocktail that night.