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Los Angeles Motor Vehicle Accident Blog

Drunk driving blamed for SUV accident that killed 2

We know our readers are aware that drunk driving is dangerous and not advisable under any circumstances. Still, nearly every day in the U.S. a drunk driver causes serious personal injury to innocent victims, instead of making a responsible decision not to drink or to get a ride home.

In the worst cases, the victims die as a result of their injuries. That is what happened in San Jose recently. A car crash allegedly caused by drinking and driving killed two people.

Brain injuries can cause brain to age faster

Brain injuries can cause long-term damage. Highlighting the threat of long-term damage, a new study found that serious head injuries can cause the brain to prematurely age. 

The researchers studied individuals who had traumatic brain injuries after an auto accident, assaults or falls. They reported that these individuals had "persistent neurological problems" even decades after the injury happened. The researchers scanned the individuals' brains a month after the injury and 46 years later. Their scans were then compared to individuals who had suffered a traumatic brain injury. 

Hands-free cellphone use no safer when driving

The nonprofit National Safety Council calls April Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Distracted driving continues to be a major safety problem on America’s roads, including here in Los Angeles.

According to the NSC, while many drivers understand that handling their cellphone while driving is dangerous, they believe that using a hands-free device is a safe alternative. The organization cites a survey it conducted, in which 80 percent of respondents said that talking on their phone hands-free is safer than holding the phone up to their ear.

3 common types of shoulder injuries

We will all suffer a shoulder injury in our lifetimes, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Many of these will be relatively minor strains or separations. Others will not be so lucky. They will suffer fractures that affect their ability to move their arm, putting their job, ability to care for themselves and enjoy life in jeopardy.

Perhaps the three most common types of shoulder injuries are fractures, dislocations and soft-tissue injuries.

Using her mind, paralyzed woman pilots flight simulator

Much of the research going on regarding quadriplegia and paraplegia is studying how technology and the human body can work together to overcome the effects of a spinal cord injury. Some of that research is trying to help restore movement and sensation in the body. Other scientists are bypassing the body entirely, and trying to create a reliable connection between machines and the human mind.

A dramatic example of this is the story of a paralyzed woman who recently controlled a flight simulator using her thoughts -- with the help of electrodes implanted in her brain.

A smartwatch may distract drivers even more than a smartphone

The Apple Watch Edition, the latest buzz worthy product Apple, is just around the corner. Tech geeks will be sure to snap up this smartphone-on-the-wrist as soon as they are available.

Note that we just compared the smartwatch to a smartphone. It appears that smartwatches will have many of the same features as smartphones -- and the same ability to cause distracted driving, if not more so.

2 killed in another Los Angeles street race accident

Last month, we shared the tragic story of two siblings who were killed after they were hit by a car going the wrong way on the Pacific Coast Highway. Police suspected the wrong-way vehicle was participating in a street race with a pickup truck.

Despite the grave dangers illegal drag races pose to the public, people in Los Angeles continue to support this activity. Street races have apparently broken through to the mainstream, complete with a reality show on Discovery Channel called “Street Outlaws.”

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.