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Older Drivers More Likely to Be Involved in Accidents at Intersections

Monday, April 30, 2012

That older motorists face serious challenges when they drive is no secret to any Thousand Oaks car accident attorney.; These drivers face physical challenges, including failing vision and hearing which can affect their ability to drive safely. A new study finds these that these drivers may be much more likely to be involved in accidents at intersections, because of their inability to scan and screen relevant information in certain regions in their environment.

According to the researchers, senior drivers seem to be much more likely to be involved in right-of-way accidents that occur at intersections. In these accidents, Thousand Oaks car accident lawyers typically find that driving hazards emerge from the driver’s side. Senior drivers seem to be less likely to process information that emerges from the side, possibly because they are concentrating so heavily on avoiding hazards on the road directly in front of them.

According to the researchers, senior drivers are at a high risk of accidents, because they have diminished cognitive abilities, like a narrowing of their useful field of view. Also, these drivers are more likely to be involved in such accidents, because they are less likely to judge a vehicle’s speed properly.

Additionally, the physical challenges that senior drivers face, like a lowered ability to control the movement of the vehicle, probably reduces their ability to avoid such collisions. Reflexes also have a lot to do with these accidents. Senior drivers may be less likely to turn their heads quickly to look for an accident hazard approaching from the side.

Interestingly enough, the inability to scan for accident hazards is one crash factor that is present in accidents involving teenage drivers too. However, among young drivers, the reasons for this are inexperience, and lack of driving skills. However, it’s slowing physical and mental abilities that prevent seniors from scanning for accident hazards adequately.

Older Drivers Are Safer Than We Believe

Monday, April 09, 2012

Older drivers are not just proud of their driving privileges, but are also able to avoid dangerous situations. This is probably one of the reasons why these drivers are involved in fewer auto accidents compared to many other categories of motorists.

Approximately 90% of senior citizens who participated in a recent survey by the AAA said that it was important for them to retain their driving privileges, and that they would do anything to keep themselves safe on the road in order to continue to retain their driving license. Contrary to what many people believe, many senior drivers do not take unnecessary risks with their safety, or the safety of other drivers.

Approximately 50% of the seniors in the study avoided driving at night, when visibility is poor, and the risks of an accident are greatly enhanced. More than 60% of the seniors in the study admitted that they avoided driving in poor weather. Slippery roads, fog and blinding rain can increase a senior’s risk of an accident. Fortunately, many seniors prefer to stay indoors when the weather is bad.

Approximately 42% of the seniors avoided driving in heavy traffic conditions. About 37% of them admitted that they avoided driving on unfamiliar roads. Driving on unfamiliar roads could lead to a senior motorist driving in the wrong lane, or being distracted trying to look for the road.

The study’s findings are extremely encouraging to any Burbank car accident lawyer. However, it is recommended that family members of senior citizens look for signs of deteriorating driving abilities, and take steps to prevent the motorist from driving anymore. However, taking away the driving privileges of a senior driver is a sensitive matter, and should be approached with great tact and caution.

Modesto Woman in Dog Bite Incident Wants Animal Put Down

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

A Modesto woman, who sustained serious injuries in a dog bite attack last week, is calling for the animal to be put down immediately.

The attack occurred when the woman was visiting a home in Oakdale. She was standing outside the house when she was attacked by the dog, a German shepherd. She suffered bite injuries to her hand.

Fortunately, her injuries were not life-threatening. The woman has filed a report with animal control. She is asking for the dog to be put down.

According to the owner of the dog, the dog is typically tied in the yard, but was outside on the day of the attack. The owner has apologized for the attack, but says that he will not have the dog put down, because it is not an aggressive or vicious dog. The owner also says that he is increasing fencing around his property, to make sure that the dog does not leave the property again. Under California law's, dogs that are involved in multiple injurious attacks must be put down.

The dog is currently in quarantine for 10 days, and is not allowed out of his owner's property. However, according to the victim, the animal has been out of the property during this quarantine period. A German Shepherd can be aggressive and strong enough to inflict serious damage during an attack.

There is no information about whether the animal was involved in any previous attacks. However, it seems clear to Burbank dog bite lawyers from this incident that the woman did nothing to provoke this attack. She did not approach the dog, and did not try to pet it or touch it. In fact, she had no warning of the attack at all. There was no growling, nor barking, before the animal attacked her.

Car Accident Victims with Brain Injury Could Benefit from Aggressive Treatment

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Expensive forms of treatment for brain injury like invasive surgery, could be costly in the short-term, but lead to better outcomes for patients in Burbank. According to a study by researchers at the University Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, aggressive treatments on a 20-year-old patient cost as much as $100,000 less over the long-term, and led to better patient outcomes.

The results of the study have been published in the Journal of Neurosurgery. The researchers compared aggressive treatment with more routine care. The biggest focus was on the short-term as well as long-term costs of these treatments.

Burbank personal injury lawyers find that the kind of routine care that brain injury patients are typically subjected to is much less expensive, but is widely used. Aggressive treatment costs more, but, according to the researchers, could lead to a much better prognosis for the patient. Aggressive treatments like surgery also help contribute to a better quality life for the patient after the surgery. Additionally, these treatments ensure that the person has lower medical and other costs over the long term.

Invasive surgery as a treatment for brain injury is controversial. Surgeons have been performing decompressive hemicraniectomies for a while now. This is a surgery in which a part of the skull is removed to alleviate pressure on the brain.

The researchers found that the maximum benefits of aggressive treatment for brain injury could be seen in younger patients. However, that doesn't mean that elderly victims cannot benefit. Even patients in their 80s can benefit to some extent from aggressive treatment.

Approximately 200,000 people are hospitalized in the United States every year after suffering a brain injury. An overwhelming majority of these injuries occur in automobile accidents, as a result of slip and fall accidents or during violent assaults. These injuries cost the US economy approximately $60 billion a year.

Dog Bite Leaves TV Anchor with 70 Stitches on Face

Monday, February 20, 2012

A television anchor, who was bitten by a dog during live broadcast while she was interviewing the dog's owner, expects to undergo more surgical procedures to repair the damage to her face.

Kyle Dyer, an anchor on Denver's KUSA-TV channel suffered injuries when the dog leaped on her face, and mauled her. The dog had just been rescued from an icy pond, and Dyer was interviewing the owner of the dog and the firefighter involved in the rescue. At the time of the attack, Dyer was kneeling on the floor, petting the dog when he suddenly attacked her face.

Dyer was rushed to the hospital, where according to a post on her Facebook Wall, she required 70 stitches on the lips and nose. According to her Facebook post, she underwent a four-hour surgery to fix the damage to her upper and lower lips, as well as the nose. She mentions in her post that is she still unable to talk, because her lips have been sewn shut to allow the skin grafts to heal.

Meanwhile, the owner of the dog has been cited with failure to have a dog on leash and allowing the dog to bite. He's expected to be in court on February 29.

This was a dog bite that took place in front of thousands of horrified viewers. However, as San Fernando Valley dog bite attorneys know, these attacks can take place virtually anywhere. Most dog bites take place in people's homes, but San Fernando dog bite lawyers also find that these bites occur when dogs escape from yards, or when they're being taken for a walk in the park. Most dog bite victims are children, who also account for some of the most serious injuries in dog bites.



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