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November 2011 Archives

Brain damage could result from soccer ball 'heading'

In recent weeks, we have written about the risk of brain injury believed to be inherent in the sports of football and hockey. Now, a new study suggests that soccer, or more specifically the act of 'heading' a soccer ball, could lead to head injuries in players, with lasting effects on coordination and thinking skills.

Cruise lines debate safety of parasailing after accident deaths

Recently, four major cruise lines decided to suspend all of their parasailing activities after a cruise passenger was killed and another was seriously injured while parasailing in St. Thomas. The woman's death has caused industry executives and government officials to take a closer look at parasailing and cruise ship safety.

NFL disputes retired players' brain injury lawsuit

In August, seven retired professional football players filed a class action lawsuit against the National Football League, in what has become one of many suits accusing the NFL of either negligently or purposely ignoring the potential for brain injury to football players. Now, the NFL has filed a response to the lawsuit, alleging that the plaintiffs have no grounds to sue and asking the case to be dismissed.

One-third of California drivers admit to driving drowsy

Perhaps it's the tryptophan, maybe it's a boring football game, or maybe it's the leisure of a day off from work, but Thanksgiving is a perfect day for taking a long, restful nap. However, for those of us who travel to and from one or many holiday celebrations, that down-time may not be in the cards. As a result, Thanksgiving is a prime day for auto accidents caused by drowsy driving.

Fatal accidents more common for curbside bus companies

According to recent federal data, curbside buses, which pick up passengers from street corners and similar locations rather than requiring passengers to board buses from fixed locations or stations, have a higher rate of fatal accidents than other commercial buses. Authorities claim that many companies engaged in the curbside bus business attempt to avoid complying with safety requirements to save costs, resulting in a fatal accident rate that is a staggering seven times the rate of other buses operating in interstate routes.

Lessons learned from woodpeckers may help prevent head injuries

In an effort to reduce head and brain injuries in people, scientists are studying an entirely different species altogether. Researchers believe that their studies of how woodpeckers manage to avoid head injuries despite their rapid pecking may hold the key to better head protection for people. It is hoped that such modified protective devices can help decrease the number of head injuries that humans suffer when they bang their heads in motor vehicle accidents or sporting events.

Do electric engines increase the risk of pedestrian accidents?

Although all-electric cars seem like a thing of the very distant future, that is not the case. Following the popularity of the Toyota Prius and other hybrid vehicles in California and across the U.S., automakers scrambled to develop vehicles run solely off electricity. So far, over 4,000 Nissan Leaf models and almost 3,000 Chevy Volt models have been sold in the U.S., with Ford, Toyota, and Honda planning to introduce electric vehicles in the coming months.

Car accident fatalities lead to wrongful death suit

After three of his family members were killed in a massive truck accident, a man is seeking damages from the trucking company that employed the driver who caused the crash. According to the plaintiff's wrongful death lawsuit, the company is responsible for the truck driver's negligent actions. Because those actions resulted in the fatal crash, the company is also responsible for the fatalities.

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