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California drivers among worst in the nation

A new study found that California drivers are some of the worst in the U.S. Are you surprised? Probably not. The study factored in fatalities, speeding tickets, DUIs and other violations and then accounted for population. When broken down:

  • We have the second most DUIs
  • We come in at number seven for accidents
  • Nine for speeding tickets
  • And have the fifth most citations

Why do we have so many accidents?

When put together that makes California the second worst state for drivers in the nation. One reason for the high amount of bad drivers could be the length of travel that most people drive to get to work. Many employees in San Francisco and Sacramento choose to live a few hours away from their job. While the jobs might be lucrative in the city they still can't foot the bill for a house there.

Bus accident lawyer in Los Angeles

California is an exciting tourist destination, but when tourists fly into our beautiful state, they usually don't bring vehicles. This means that they either have to rent a car -- which is prohibitively expensive -- or they navigate the use public and private bus transportation. It is very common to see large private tour buses loaded with tour groups and visitors.

In most cases, private and public buses are a very safe means of transportation. However, unsafe drivers, negligent drivers bad maintenance, dangerous road conditions and defective parts can cause these giant vehicles to get into injurious and deadly accidents just like any other vehicle on the road.

Driverless trucks being tested for safety

A self-driving semi is being tested in Ohio. What does it mean for road safety?

In the traffic safety world, self-driving cars have become a hot topic and consistent point of contention. Test drives and data suggest that driverless cars have the potential to reduce vehicle accidents and deaths - but is America ready for self-driving cars?

Some tech companies are jumping straight to self-driving trucks. A company called Otto has created a Volvo semi that can drive itself completely autonomously. Last week, Ohio Governor John Kasich recently kicked off testing of a self-driving Otto truck on two stretches of the Ohio Turnpike.

Wrongful death suit filed in February fatal crash in Glendora

Survivors of a man who was killed in a Glendora auto accident on Feb. 24 have filed a negligence and wrongful death lawsuit seeking unspecified damages against the parties they allege are responsible for their loved one's death.

The adult child, widow and three minor children of the 41-year-old deceased El Monte man who was a passenger in one of the vehicles involved are plaintiffs in the litigation. The defendants include an individual male driver and Advanced Inverter Services Inc.

Study: Equestrian accidents leading cause of adult brain injury

Most of the media attention on sports-related concussions and traumatic brain injuries has focused on the dangers of contact sports such as football and soccer. However, a recent study published in the journal Neurological Focus found that equestrian accidents are actually the most common cause of TBIs for adults.

These accidents, which usually involve a fall from a horse, don't generally occur repeatedly, as blows to the head in football and soccer do. However, one injury can have severe consequences. As one neuro critical care doctor says, "I would be more afraid about one single fall that would start a fracture ... or bleeding in brain" and permanent damage.

Treating a minor burn at home

Burns can range from a minor injury that is easily treatable at home to a life-threatening wound that takes sophisticated medical science to successfully treat. Because burn treatment is essential and the faster the better, if a California resident hopes to reduce pain and recover as quickly as possible, it's important to know how to treat a burn from home. This article will discuss how to treat minor burns:

-- Cool the burn by running cool tap water on the burn for a period of 10 to 15 minutes. Continue to run water on the burn until the pain eases.

Stem cells used in successful skin grafts

For the best results after serious burn injuries, people have used full thickness skin grafts for years. They've been referred to as the gold standard and are used all around the world.

However, they can be complicated and problematic. In cases where severe burns have taken place, donors have to be found for the skin grafts, making them impossible if one can't be found. Injury sites can also be difficult to treat.

Brain changes can result from non-concussion injuries

We've heard and read a good deal in recent years about the long-term impact of repeated concussions on the brains of professional football players. However, it's not necessary to suffer a concussion to experience serious changes to the brain. Experts say that the delicate neurons in the brain can be damaged by repeated head injuries, even if none of these injuries rise to the level of a concussion.

Athletes in their teens and even younger are particularly susceptible to changes in their brains caused by injuries suffered in football and sports because their brains are still forming. A recently-published study by researchers at the Wake Forest School of Medicine looked at the brains of 25 males from 8 to 13 years old over a football season. Each boy had an MRI at the beginning and end of the season. They also wore special helmets while they were playing to determine how many blows to the head they suffered.

Los Angeles police pursuits cause record number of injuries

It isn't uncommon for Los Angeles police to engage in high-speed chases throughout the city in their efforts to bring suspected criminals to justice. However, these car chases are exceedingly dangerous to the public and they cause numerous injuries every year.

In fact, the situation seems to be getting worse. In the last 10 years, 2015 was the most injurious in terms of innocent bystanders getting hurt by LAPD car chases. Even worse, Los Angeles police chase injuries are quadruple those in other areas of California.

What should I know about caring for a brain injury patient?

Caring for someone who suffered a brain injury is very difficult, especially if the person is someone you love. For the family members and caregivers of people with a brain injury, there are several points you should know of that can help you as you walk this difficult journey.

What should I be ready for in the days after the injury?

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