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Los Angeles Motor Vehicle Accident Blog

Focus of California traffic lore: cops' revved-up vehicle chases

Among the many things to think about and timely react to for drivers out and about on Southern California roadways, high-speed police chases likely don't rank on a top-10 list of concerns for most motorists.

Should they?

NFL concussion appeal spotlights traumatic brain injury concerns

Litigation always has, of course, immediate concerns that are sought to be addressed through a court of law. The parties before a judge or jury tell competing tales, and a judicial outcome has an instant and very real effect on their lives.

There are often ramifications beyond the immediacy that centrally defines a litigated outcome, though. The educational value for the public that can be derived from the material details of a lawsuit can serve as an important feature of litigation, as well.

Kids and safety: summer poses special attractions, dangers

Given that we're squarely in the middle of summer, it might reasonably be time to address a topic that is particularly germane this time of year and that generally garners a lot of thought and attention from parents and other guardians of kids.

That topic is this: the safety of children as they revel in the expanded amount of freedom that summer offers.

Link discovered between TBIs and attention issues in children

As regular followers of our blog will tell you, we often like to raise discussions about issues we think are applicable to our Los Angeles readers. From the dangers of drunk driving to the benefits of self-driving vehicles, there is hardly a subject we haven’t touched on that hasn't led us to consider another issue along those same lines.

Take for example our discussion a few weeks ago about the push by the city of Los Angeles to add a bike lane along Westwood Boulevard, a busy street here in our city that accommodates high volumes of both pedestrian and vehicle traffic. As you can imagine, the addition of this lane could make conditions much safer for bicyclists by reducing the likelihood of an accident. But there is another benefit this lane provides: a reduced chance of developing an attention issue. Let's take a look.

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.

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