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Increasing Your Knowledge of TBIs

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.

Brain Injuries Following A Collision

Do you know about how traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) occur?  How common are they in car accident victims? Today we will be covering how TBI's occur and debunk some myths about TBIs.  

Motorcycle Accident Statistics

In an effort to raise motorcycle safety awareness, we are highlighting some common themes that tend to occur when a motorcycle accident occurs, as well as some safety statistics.   It is so important to respectfully share the road with other vehicle and motorcycle drivers in an effort to prevent accidents on the road.  Motorcyclists and bicyclists may be particularly vulnerable to injury due to to their exposure to the outside elements when they're riding.  According to an article cited at the bottom of this post, here are some interesting facts relating to motorcycle accidents:

Car Accidents Rise In The Summer

You may not know this, but the warmer weather also brings about a rise in traffic accidents and tickets.  An article written by Insurance Hotline reported that almost 27% of tickets and 27% of car accidents occur during July, August, and September.  Many people believe this rise in ticketing is due to summer travel and tourism, which is coupled with increased road construction in the summer.  It is also likely that people are less cautious when driving in the summer, because the roads are generally clear and dry. No matter the cause, these statistics are reason enough to be extra cautious when you are driving around with your family this spring and summer. 

Safest Spots In A Car

Have you ever wondered which seats in your car are the safest in the event of an accident?  A recent report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety examined this question and found some interesting results.  According to their research, passengers in the back seat may be at heightened risk for serious injury or death in a head-on collision as opposed to travelers in the front seat.  Although these results may seem like the opposite of what you might expect, researchers are attributing the risk to back seat passengers based on several factors.  Many seatbelts in the back seat are not designed well for passengers, which may increase their risk for injury.  Most research and crash tests tend to focus on the safety of front seat passengers as opposed to back seat passengers.  Seatbelt safety technology has improved greatly over the years for those in the front seat, but these same technological advances are not always used in the back seat, too.  Additionally, seatbelt tensions do not always react the same way in the back seat, which sometimes makes restraints too loose or too tight in the event of a collision.  Additionally, there are no front airbags in the back seat.

Preventing TBIs This Summer

Summer is a great time to be outside and enjoy fun with family and friends.  Sometimes, these outside activities can also pose risks, too.  Sometimes, outdoor activities can leave you more exposed to the risk of traumatic brain injury (TBI).  When you and your loved ones are outside, it is important to remember the following tips to avoid summer injury:

Memorial Day Weekend Driving

Enjoy your holiday weekend, but remember to be safe on the road, too. Memorial Day weekend is an especially dangerous weekend for driving on Pennsylvania roads.  Data from prior years shows a marked increase in car-related accidents, injuries, and fatalities across the state during this holiday weekend from Friday afternoon-Monday evening.   For example, in 2015, the state police were called in to investigate over 700 accidents.  Out of these accidents, there were 13 deaths and almost 250 injuries.  The majority of these accidents were alcohol-related. On top of investigating accidents, the state police made over 450 DUI arrests and cited over 1,000 people for not wearing their seatbelts. Over 300 adults were cited for not having children in proper safety seats, too. 

Summer Driving Hazards

Summer driving is just around the corner! As you drive to go on vacation, visit family and friends, and enjoy outdoor gatherings, are you being safe while driving, too? According to national statistics, the months of July and August are two of the months that are most highly correlated with car accidents and car-related deaths.  Additionally, teenage drivers are especially at risk for accidents during these months, too.

Rain and Auto Accidents

Did you know that rainfall, no matter how light, can significantly influence your chances of being in a fatal accident? According to reports from the American Meteorological Society, which studied over 125,000 fatal car crashes in the 48 continguous states, they found that wet roads (no matter from rain, sleet, snow, or hail) increased the risk of a fatal accident by about 34% across the country.  Even when the rain was light, the risk increased by over 25%.  The study utilitized advanced data techniques, including targeted use of high-resolution radars, that had not been used in such a large-scale study before.  For Pennsylvania in particular, a fatal crash appears to be almost 13% more likely to occur during any form of precipitation as opposed to when the roads are dry. 

Bicycling This Spring

Spring is here! That means many more people will be outside enjoying the weather and will be out walking, running, and riding their bicycles.  However, this also means that these same people are at a higher risk for accident and injury on roads that are frequently shared with cars.  Specifically relating to bicycle riding, general statistics state that about half a million people each year need medical treatment as a result of of bike accidents, and almost a thousand people die each year due to bicycle accidents. The most common bicycle injury, and most common cause of death, is as a result of a brain injury.  
In order to keep yourself safer on the road, consider the following tips and tricks:
  • Always, always, ALWAYS wear a helmet. 
  • Make sure your bicycle is in good working order, including the tire pressure, brakes, and reflectors. 
  • Wear reflective and bright clothing any time you're riding.  
  • Respect cars on the road and leave room! Be aware of their blind spots, including car doors potentially opening towards you.
As a car driver in our area, it is also your responsibility to be alert for pedestrians and bicyclists on the road, especially small children that may not be easily seen. By being alert and considerate and sharing the road, you will avoid serious injuries and complications to those around you. If you plan to bike or run outside, wear bright colors and make sure that you give appropriate and clear turning signals with your arms so that drivers know when and where you intend to turn.
Attorney Douglas V. Stoehr works with clients who have been injured in pedestrian and bicycle accidents. If you would like a consultation regarding your personal injury, please contact our law office at 814-946-4100.
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