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What are some facts about brain injuries?

When it comes to traumatic brain injury (TBI), it’s important that people in Orange County know the facts. These types of injuries can sometimes have lasting effects, which often affect mobility, emotional response, and even cognitive function. Accordingly, knowing what to expect can help brain injury victims on their road to recovery.

First and foremost, it’s vital to understand just what a traumatic brain injury actually is. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a TBI results from an impact to the head that is severe enough to affect brain activity. Mild injuries are referred to as concussions, which typically have less serious symptoms. If the impact is particularly significant, symptoms can last for extended periods of time or even become permanent.  

How is fault determined in auto accidents?

As a California driver, you no doubt go out of your way to ensure safe driving behaviors are a priority. Despite this, you may still be involved in an auto accident, and at some point fault will need to be determined. It can be helpful for motorists understand this process so that they have a better chance of proving another should be held responsible for the accident in question.

According to Esurance.com, making a determination when it comes to fault requires a number of factors. Most states utilize a fault-based system , which means that the driver who is found to be at fault will be covered by his or her liability policy. Conversely, in no-fault states any injuries incurred will be paid for by the individual driver's insurance policy. However, property damage will still be assessed using the fault-based system

Boating safety can save a life

Now that summer is here, many people all over California are taking to the open water to spend some much needed quality time on their boats. While boating can be a fun recreational activity, it can also prove dangerous and even deadly under certain circumstances. In this case, keeping yourself and any passengers along for the ride secure requires adherence to essential boating safety tips.

According to Travelers, there are a number of factors boaters can look at to determine whether they are following safe practices. When actually on the water, it’s important to observe safe practices at all times. For instance, if your passengers are participating in recreational activities (such as swimming), the engine should be powered off to prevent injury. You should also remain completely aware of your surroundings, including both weather conditions as well as the proximity of other vessels.

How can I keep passengers safe?

Part of the fun for motorcyclists in California is taking passengers along for the ride. However, riders must strive to keep passengers safe at all times, which can be a challenge in and of itself. Fortunately, there are a number of steps you can take to ensure your passengers remain safe and sound within your care.

Esurance.com offers a few useful safety tips on how riders can keep their passengers safe when traveling by motorcycle. For instance, preparing your bike before you ride can go a long way towards increased passenger safety. In this case, be sure to have an extra helmet on hand so that your passenger will be thoroughly protected in the event of a crash. You’ll also want to ensure that your bike is equipped to carry other people, which entails having a seat able to accomodate two. Regulations for motorcycle passengers can differ from state to state, so be sure to look into local ordinances.

What should I do if I’m bitten by a dog?

California dog owners must keep their pets under control at all times. Failure to do so can result in significant injury if a dog lashes out at an unsuspecting victim, especially if the dog is overly aggressive. If you’ve been bitten by a dog it’s important to know what steps to take to ensure your injury doesn’t become even more severe.

According to WebMD.com, one out of five of the 4.7 million Americans bitten by dogs on a yearly basis requires a visit to a hospital or clinic. In most cases dog bites involve dogs you are already familiar with, such as those of friends or relatives, as well as your own. Children aged five through nine are the most susceptible to dog bites, and also have a higher incidence of injury.

Brain injury prevention tips

When it comes brain injury prevention, people in Orange County must know certain facts to remain protected. Brain injuries can occur as a result of numerous activities, from sporting events to traveling in cars. Additionally, brain injuries can have devastating consequences, including lifelong disability, coma or even death.

Fortunately, there are certain things you can do to prevent brain injuries from occurring to you and your loved ones. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer a few tips on brain injury prevention, including how to protect yourself and your kids. Helmets are integral in this case, especially when riding a bike or motorcycle. Kids should also be outfitted in sturdy helmets when playing baseball or any other sport with a risk of an impact injury.

What are advanced vehicular safety systems?

Even the safest California drivers can use a bit of assistance. Fortunately, many vehicles today employ advanced safety systems, which play a more active role in keeping drivers safe and secure on the road. Additionally, these features range in functionality, which is crucial for ensuring comprehensive protection in the event of a crash.

Consumer Reports offers a list of key safety features, many of which are capable of either preventing crashes from occurring or lessening the injurious effects. Blind spots are particularly problematic, and blind spot warning systems offer signals when another vehicle is close to yours. Signals are usually provided audibly or visually, and supplementary indications can occur when the driver uses the turn signal.

Fire safety in the home is a must

With summer quickly approaching, numerous social gatherings are likely to occur at your home and the homes of others. To this end, families in California must make fire a safety a top priority. Failure to do so will not only endanger lives, it can also result in massive amounts of property damage and exorbitant repair costs.

The National Safety Council offers a few tips on how to ensure your home remains protected in the event a fire breaks out. For instance, planning a route of escape before a fire occurs will ensure you can remain calm when the time comes. You can also run practice drills with your family to make certain they are aware of any routes of exit within your home. In addition, it’s best to utilize both photoelectric and ionization smoke alarms for an added layer of protection.

What type of motorcycle is best for new riders?

If you are a new motorcycle rider in California, you may be wondering which bike is best-suited to your needs. In this case there are a quite a few options when it comes to street bikes, each of which caters to different types of riders according to their needs. Choosing a right bike is not only a matter of function, but also of safety when it comes to inexperienced riders.

According to the American Motorcyclist Association, there are a few different categories of motorcycles new riders should consider when first getting started. Standard bikes utilize a basic styling and a better sense of control thanks to their design. Control can be extremely important for new riders, especially if you haven’t built up your confidence level. New riders should be wary when it comes to horsepower, however. Many standard motorcycles can still have quite a bit of kick, which might not be the best option.

What is a concussion?

Concussion can occur to virtually anyone in California, and may have a lasting impact on your health and well-being. That’s why it’s so important to understand the full ramifications of this type of brain injury, as well as being aware of the signs and symptoms. In some cases, immediate medical attention may be required to prevent further complications from occurring.

According to Healthline.com, concussions can occur due to an impact injury, or as a result of a whiplash (where the brain is propelled back and forth in a violent manner). Concussions can be caused by a variety of circumstances, such as during a car accident, because of a fall, or while participating in a sport. Concussions are typically considered mild injuries, but they can be serious or even life-threatening depending on the circumstances.

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