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April 2012 Archives

Could better football helmets prevent brain injuries?

For the first time since the 1950s, the largest manufacturers of football helmets in the United States are working to redesign their products. The goal is not to find a faster helmet, or one that is better-looking, but to create a helmet that can do more to prevent head and brain injuries in football players of all ages.

Inexperienced riders most likely to be in motorcycle crashes

According to a new set of studies, a motorcyclist is at the highest risk of being involved in a motorcycle accident during his or her first year on the road. In fact, that risk is the highest during the motorcyclist's first 30 days of riding, which are an average of four times more dangerous than his or her entire second year on the bike.

Are helicopters safer than ambulances?

After a serious accident, you are likely to be transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital. In the most severe cases or when an accident occurs in a remote location, you may be transported by helicopter. It might not occur to you until you or a loved one is involved in a serious car accident or suffers a serious injury, but a new study shows that how you travel to the hospital could make a difference. Interestingly, these methods of transport can have an impact on the level of care you receive and the likelihood of survival.

Five killed in California sailing accident

When we hear of a fatal accident that took place during an inherently dangerous activity, many of us are quick to judgment, assuming that inexperience and risky behavior most likely caused the crash. In many cases, though, the opposite is true. That is the case with a recent California boating accident, in which the people involved were sailing experts who simply happened upon an unlucky situation that ultimately cost them their lives.

Brain injury could impact ability to make decisions

A new study has reportedly found that a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can significantly affect the patient's ability to make decisions in the days and weeks following such an injury. This means that brain injury patients may not be suited to make crucial decisions regarding their medical care or rehabilitation following an injury.

California agencies observe Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month in the United States, a month in which state transportation and law enforcement agencies work to spread awareness of the dangers of distracted driving and to enforce state distracted driving laws. The ultimate goal of the month is to reduce the number of auto accidents, injuries and fatalities caused by distracted driving - most of which are entirely preventable.

Are girls more prone to distracted driving?

Any of our San Diego readers who have been paying attention to news stories and government releases in the past year will likely be surprised by the fact that teenage drivers are among the most dangerous motorists in the country. For many years, the primary cause of the increased auto accident risk among teen drivers was a lack of driving skill and experience.

Fatal California motorcycle accident leads to wrongful death suit

The widow of a fallen police officer has filed a wrongful death against two California cities and another police official, claiming that they are responsible for the death of her husband. The cities have already denied claims filed by the widow under a legal rule which she claims is inapplicable and outdated.

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