Sometimes, people who are victims of a car crash often experience concussions or another form of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Although the signs associated with this injury may not immediately be present, the symptoms may manifest themselves days or weeks later. Many common symptoms related to TBIs include headaches, dizziness, disorientation, changes in sleep patterns, and gaps in or loss of portions of memory. Other more immediate symptoms may include vomiting and/or loss of vision.
How much do you really know about traumatic brain injuries? Although this injury has made many headlines in the news in the past few years, the cause, symptoms, and treatments remain a mystery to many. Many websites have compiled information about traumatic brain injuries to help educate the general public. Of these websites is the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC), which has myriad information relating to traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and burn injuries. For those who may want to educate themselves more on the causes, signs, and treatment of traumatic brain injuries, their website may be a good place to begin. Click here for the direct link to their TBI page.
Please enjoy our Throwback Thursday post a day late this weekend! Enjoy the weekend, everyone!
Do you think that you have what it takes to pass these two winter driving quizzes? These tests, provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Allegheny College, will test your knowledge about safe driving habits and winter guidelines in Pennsylvania.
Planning on driving this winter? OSHA has released a helpful publication related to safe driving during the cold weather months. The publication detailed many helpful driving tips, which can be found below. For more information, please visit OSHA's website, which can be located by clicking this link.
According to a Pittsburgh area newspaper, drivers in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area have dropped to rank #187 out of 200 for driver safety. This ranking system, which was reported through work with Allstate Insurance, notes that Pittsburgh drivers have an accident roughly every 6 ½ years, as opposed to the top-ranking city of Fort Collins, Colorado, which as an accident rate per driver of 14.2 years. Philadelphia scored even lower on the list, ranking 192/200. According to the article from the Pittsburgh Tribune, "Allstate compiles the report based on accidents customers reported in 2011 and 2012. Allstate has about 10 percent of auto insurance policies nationwide." On the opposite end of this ranking, the article also states that "PennDOT statistics show accidents statewide declined in the past decade even as the number of registered vehicles increased. PennDOT recorded 124,149 crashes in 2013 compared to 140,197 in 2003, an 11.4 percent decrease."
According to an area news report, the state of Pennsylvania is not as strict as its neighbors in regulating phone use while driving. While PA only bans texting while driving, the neighboring states of New Jersey and New York ban all handheld cell phone use. Considering that teenage drivers account for about 10% of all car accidents in the country, it appears that young drivers may be among the most at-risk groups. For more information on the original article posted by the Governor's Highway Safety Administration, please click here.