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Bicyclists at High Risk for Suffering Maxillofacial Injuries

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Maxillofacial fractures, or fractures of the face and jaw, can lead to long-term physical disability, debilitation, discomfort as well as a range of functional problems that can prevent the person from chewing or eating properly. A new study finds that young bicyclists may be at a much higher risk of suffering these injuries.

The researchers found that most of these injuries occurred in auto accidents, with a higher proportion of these accidents involving bicycles. Males were much more likely to be admitted into the hospital with maxillofacial fractures, compared to females.

Besides, males admitted into the hospital for maxillofacial fractures were on an average much younger than females. A male who was admitted into the hospital with a maxillofacial fracture was likely to be between 21 and 30 years of age.

The study also found that most maxillofacial injuries occurred during the spring months of April, May and June. That is not so surprising to Woodland Hills bicycle accident lawyers to understand, when you consider that spring time is when many people are out bicycling.

More than 36% of the patients who reported maxillofacial fractures also suffered from other injuries, most frequently orthopedic injuries. Persons who suffered from a bicycle accident and suffered a maxillofacial fracture were also likely to report neutotrauma.

Maxillofacial fractures can also result in long-term adverse health effects. For instance, very often these injuries result in aesthetic problems. A person who suffers from these injuries may also suffer from psychological and emotional distress, and require frequent visits to the hospital in order to deal with the consequences of the injury. In all these cases, a person may have to be off work for many days, losing income in the process.

Incorrect Weight Shift Blamed for Most Fall Accidents Involving Seniors

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

New research out of Canada seems to indicate that an incorrect shift in weight while performing routine activities is linked to most fall accidents involving senior citizens.

Fall prevention for seniors is a major geriatric health issue, especially because of the growing numbers of independent seniors who now choose to live alone. These senior citizens are not just at a higher risk of falls because of slowing reflexes, poor vision and other factors, but may also be at a much higher risk of severe injuries like hip or knee fractures. Woodland Hill slip and fall accident lawyers find that such fractures may take a long time to heal, or never completely heal, leaving seniors with a poor quality of life. That in turn affects their mental health, and overall well being.

For these reasons, researchers have recently been focusing a lot on preventing fall accidents involving senior citizens. A new study that was conducted in British Columbia tried to understand the causes of fall accidents involving seniors by installing video cameras at 2 nursing facilities in British Columbia. They recorded a total of 227 fall accidents, and when they analyzed these falls, they found that approximately 20% were due to trips, and 10% were caused by being bumped or nudged by another person.

However, the remaining 70% of falls were caused when the person was indulging in normal activities, like walking or sitting. The researchers believe that in most cases, an incorrect shift of shift of weight, relative to the person’s center of gravity, was the reason for the accident. The research also found that approximately 37% of the accidents involved a head injury, even though the persons put their arms out to break the fall and prevent an injury.

Federal Study Shows Seatbelt Use at Record Highs

Monday, November 19, 2012

A new study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has good news just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. The study finds that seatbelt use across the country is at record highs.

According to the survey, about 86% of all the motorists in the country are currently buckling up. That means a majority of Americans now choose to buckle up before they begin driving. In 2011, seatbelt use across the country had been recorded at 84%.

The results of the survey came from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s annual National Occupant Protection User Survey. According to this study, seatbelt use across the country has increased steadily since 1994.

No Burbank car accident lawyer would be surprised to find that seatbelt use is much higher in those states that have made seatbelt use a primary enforcement office. This means that police officers can pull motorists over simply for not wearing a seatbelt, and do not have to pull them for some other offense first.

California has some of the highest seatbelt usage rates across the country, and the state’s primary enforcement seat belt laws have had a lot to do with this. The benefits of primary enforcement can be seen in the fact that in 1992, when California had a secondary enforcement law, seatbelt usage rates were at 70%. Those rates increased to 83% a year later, when the state moved from secondary enforcement to primary enforcement laws.

Further, California is one of the few states in the country that has all-occupant seatbelt laws that require all occupants of the car, including rear seat passengers, to buckle up. This has increased seat belt usage rates, and has reduced the number of people being killed in accidents.

A City Bus Slams Into A BMW After Being Forced Out of It's Lane By A Dump Truck

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

An accident involving a Metro bus, a BMW sedan and a runaway dump truck occurred on the 7600 block of Hollywood Blvd. on Tuesday morning at about 8 a.m. Many injuries were sustained, but fortunately no fatalities were reported.

The bizarre accident started when an unattended dump truck wildly rolled down the street, heading right toward the bus. The bus driver apparently reacted by trying to avoid the truck, swerving into the eastbound lanes, where he struck the BMW. The BMW was occupied by a mother and her ten year old daughter, on their way to the girl’s school.

The BMW was struck by the bus, which pushed the car back quite some distance.

The collision caused the mother to be trapped in the car, where she remained for at least 20 minutes until firefighters were able to conduct an emergency release procedure and cut her free. The mother was hospitalized in serious condition and suffered a fractured left leg. Her daughter, fortunately, was able to escape from the crunched car. She was taken to the hospital as well but was treated only for minor injuries.

At least 17 bus passengers were taken to local hospitals for examination and treatment of injuries. Some passengers were treated for cuts that were sustained as they escaped through shattered emergency windows. The bus driver was also hospitalized, where he was listed in fair condition. 

Make Room in Your Car for the “Designated Texter”

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

After the success of the designated driver in helping reduce the incidence of alcohol- related car accidents across the country, federal authorities are pushing for the introduction of the “designated texter” in every automobile. These texters would be especially beneficial in cars that are being operated by teen drivers, who have a much higher risk of texting while driving.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is leading a campaign, in which it promotes the use of the designated texter, whose job it would be to act as an extra pair of thumbs for a motorist who is itching to text.

That itch to text contributes to thousands of accidents every year, although it is hard to confirm the exact number of accidents being caused by persons who are texting while driving. That is because many states have varying laws on distracted driving. Many states do not require that motorists involved in an accident confirm if they were texting at the time.

However, every Burbank car accident lawyer agrees that texting while driving is highly distracting behavior, and seriously increases your risk of an accident. A study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute rates the risks of being involved in an accident as approximately 23 times higher than for a motorist who is not texting while driving.

A study by State Farm recently found that the designated texter is already a fixture in many automobiles operated by teenagers. Teenagers, who are at a higher risk of such destructive behavior while they are driving, have taken to appointing friends in their cars, whose task is to help the teen motorist send and read and text messages. “I’ll text for you” could be the sacred mantra that helps to reduce the number of texting and while driving-related accidents involving teenage drivers.



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