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Facts about TBI for Brain Injury Awareness Month

March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month, led by the Brain Injury Association of America. It is a good time to learn more about how much brain trauma affects our society.

According to the Brain Trauma Foundation (BTF), U.S. emergency rooms treat approximately 1.5 million head injuries each year. These TBIs are often fatal, with about 52,000 deaths due to brain trauma annually.

Is Uber reducing drunk driving?

Uber, the smartphone-based ride service, has faced legal accusations, including a wrongful death lawsuit involving the death of a child pedestrian. Perhaps in an attempt to counteract this bad press, the company says that it is responsible for dropping drunk driving rates in the cities where its drivers operate.

The company collaborated on a survey with Mothers Against Drunk Driving to back up its claims. The survey polled 807 adults in the largest U.S. cities with Uber drivers. The survey suggested that people in those cities were less likely to drink and drive now that getting an Uber cab is now an option.

Health club for those with spinal cord injuries produces results

Recovering from a spinal cord injury can be a lifelong pursuit. Many victims were very physically active before their accident, and adjusting to life with a serious disability can be difficult. Almost anybody with a spinal injury will want to regain as much of their lost motion and sensation as possible.

Physical therapy and other forms of rehabilitation can help, but what about those who want to build up their muscles as much as possible? Few, if any, fitness centers in Los Angeles cater specifically to those with paraplegia or quadriplegia.

Could snarkiness help with traffic safety?

One thing that can lead to car accidents is when drivers fail to obey the rules of the road. One of the things states and municipalities often do to try to prevent drivers from engaging in conduct which breaks traffic safety rules is put out road signs informing and reminding drivers of these rules.

Of course, for such signs to have a traffic safety impact, drivers have to actually be paying attention to them. One concern some have is that many drivers may be visually tuning out traditional traffic safety signs and thus not letting the message of such signs sink in. These sorts of concerns have led one city here in California to try spicing up its traffic safety signs. 

Los Angeles siblings killed in accident with possible drag racer

Street racing may be one of the most irresponsible things a person can do. It is impossible to turn a public road into your own personal “racetrack.” No matter what time of day you are racing, an innocent party may come along, unaware that their right to use the road without encountering a drag race is being violated.

Obviously, someone who is trying to win a race is not watching out for other vehicles and is going very fast. It is unlikely that the racer will be able to stop in time to avoid a crash.

Drunk driving crashes spike in Los Angeles on Super Bowl Sunday

New Years Eve is behind us, and it may seem like holidays associated with drinking and driving are over for awhile. But yet another drinking holiday is coming up this Sunday.

Yes, it is almost time for the Super Bowl. Attending a party for the NFL championship is so ubiquitous that Super Bowl Sunday has become a de facto American holiday. And drinking in front of the television is one of the Super Bowl’s most common rituals.

Disfiguring injuries can cause intense emotional pain

Some car accident injuries are invisible to the naked eye, but nevertheless cause permanent disability. Others are only skin deep, but affect the victim in dramatic, life-altering ways.

People who have no significant scars or disfigurements may think that those who sustained these types of injuries in a crash got off easy. And it is true that a disfigurement may not affect your memory or ability to walk as other injuries do.

Defense Dept. committee issues new TBI treatment for military

Because their heads get battered more often than the average person, much of the research into brain injury over the last few years has focused on athletes, particularly football, soccer and hockey players.

Of course, amateur and professional athletes are not the only ones risking brain health on a regular basis. Members of the military, particularly those serving in a war zone, sustain brain injuries frequently. And treatments that seem to work in the sports world may not apply when it comes to ensuring that a traumatic brain injury victim is ready to return to combat.

3 killed in pedestrian accident outside of church

Not long ago, we discussed how Los Angeles is one of the most dangerous places for pedestrians in the country. Readers can check out that blog post here. Today, we have a sad example of the deadly effects of a pedestrian accident from the just-completed holiday season.

A group of people had just attended a Christmas pageant at a church in Redondo Beach when they were hit by a car at an intersection of Pacific Coast Highway. Three women were killed. The husband and three children of one of the deceased were hospitalized, including one boy who was in a coma as of Dec. 18.

New NHTSA app helps you find a ride after your New Year's party

New Year’s Eve is a big night for drinking and driving, as party-goers try to drive themselves home, despite being over the legal limit. More responsible people will arrange for a designated driver, or plan to take a cab home.

But if the night takes you to an unfamiliar location, how can you direct a taxi or friend to where to go to pick you up? The government says it has a solution for everyone with a smartphone.