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January 2013 Archives

Car accident in California results in fatalities

Motor vehicle collisions can be a very serious matter. Sometimes, such accidents even result in fatalities. This is one of the many reasons why it is very important for motorists to practice safe and responsible driving when out on the roads.

Football player's family sues NFL for wrongful death

In a recent post, we discussed the groundbreaking research being done in California for brain injury victims that may provide a way to diagnose chronic traumatic encephalopathy in living patients, which has not been possible before. Unfortunately, CTE has already affected many people and in some cases has been linked to suicides among patients who experienced severe depression and increased aggression because of the illness.

Cat bites can cause serious injuries

Many San Diego readers are aware that dog owners have a duty to prevent their dogs from biting and injuring innocent bystanders. What some people may not know is that the obligation to extends to any type of animal that someone chooses to keep as a pet or domesticated on their property for some other reason. When San Diego residents think about pets that might be dangerous or that might require special care, they often think of large dogs or exotic pets like snakes. However, many people overlook the possible danger that cats can pose.

University of California makes brain injury breakthrough

A study conducted using research from the University of California Los Angeles made a breakthrough in diagnosing a specific type of brain injury, according to recent reports. Experts at the neuroscience and human behavior institute there were able to successfully diagnose chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in living patients for the first time. The results are limited to only give research subjects, but one of the co-authors described the finding as the "holy grail" of research in this area.

No charges filed in San Diego motorcycle accident

Police have decided not to file any charges against the driver of a pickup truck who struck a motorcyclist in San Diego this week. The motorcyclist suffered from serious injuries as a result of the crash and was taken to a nearby hospital. Reports indicate that he is being treated for a broken femur and pain in his neck.

FDA cuts sleeping pill dosages to lower car accident risk

If you have ever taken a prescription sleep aid, you are probably well aware of the lingering effects it can have on you. Namely, the drowsiness, distraction and listlessness than can last well into the morning after you take the pill. Often, this is the product of an incorrect dosage or the wrong medication altogether. But regardless of the reason, those lasting effects can have dangerous consequences, significantly raising the risk of car accidents and related harms.

Will self-driving cars reduce car accidents in California?

This week at the Consumer Electronics Show, carmakers are showing off their latest work on improving the self-driving car. Autonomous cars are now legal in California and one other state, and car companies are eager to show regulators and consumers the advantages of letting a computer take the wheel.

Fatal motorcycle accident caused by wrong-way driver, 85

It's likely that the 85-year-old man never saw the motorcycle before hitting it, but the 27-year-old motorcyclist was killed. That driver has now been charged with vehicular homicide, involuntary manslaughter and other offenses in regards to that October motorcycle accident, which took place near Philadelphia. Luckily for him, all of the charges are misdemeanors, according to reports.

Did singer's jacket protect him from serious motorcycle injury?

For many years, motorcyclists, traffic safety advocates and everyone in between have been debating the appropriateness and efficacy of universal motorcycle helmet laws, which require every biker, regardless of age or level of experience, to wear a helmet at all times when on a motorcycle. Pro-helmet advocates say that helmets are the only way to protect motorcyclists who from serious injury and death. Motorcyclists say that they should be able to decide whether or not to wear a helmet for themselves.

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