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Drawing a connection between spiders and car crashes

Many Americans recognize that car accidents take place due to intoxicated driving or roads that are covered in ice. With that said, you should be aware that these wrecks can happen for all sorts of other reasons, some of which might not even be taken seriously by certain people. For example, someone with arachnophobia might be responsible for causing an accident after they notice a spider in their vehicle. Moreover, news reports have covered car accidents which have been blamed on spiders in recent months and the consequences of these crashes can be just as serious.

If a driver notices a spider on their arm or leg, they could very well take their eyes away from the road in order to observe the spider and attempt to get it off. For some people, the presence of spiders can evoke an intense emotional reaction, which could cause a driver to lose their grip on the steering wheel and cross over into oncoming traffic. Or, a driver might cause a crash while they are trying to kill a spider that is on the floor. Aside from spiders, other insects, such as bees, can have the same effect. Furthermore, there are many other dangers that can distract drivers, from using a GPS to eating and using a phone.

What do football and car accidents have in common?

Football fans in California may be aware of the detrimental effects of playing the game. In past years, discussions around concussions and their short- and long-term effects have been common, even resulting in a movie starring Will Smith. What some people might not know is car accidents can also cause traumatic brain injuries that result in similar symptoms as a concussion. Being aware of the common signs may help one seek medical help.

According to Medical News Today, a concussion is considered to be a mild TBI. When the head receives a jolt, whether due to a sports hit or car crash, the brain hits the side of skull, resulting in a variety of symptoms due to possible bleeding, bruising or nerve fiber tearing. They symptoms associated with a mild TBI often include headache and some short-term bewilderment. Multiple concussions and more severe head traumas can result in more serious symptoms.

Where do most deadly rollover crashes take place?

When it comes to traffic collisions, there are many risks to keep in mind. Sometimes, people lose their lives because of drunk drivers, while others pass away in accidents that happened as a result of ice on the road. Sadly, rollover accidents can be particularly perilous and these accidents have claimed many lives over the years. If you are worried about the likelihood of a fatal rollover accident, you may find value in going over some of the characteristics of these tragic accidents.

Material put together by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides a closer look at statistics on deadly rollover crashes. According to the NHTSA, nearly three out of every four fatal rollover wrecks occur on roads in a rural location. There may be different explanations for this trend, such as the lack of barriers on many rural roads. Almost 85 percent of deadly rollover crashes only involve one driver, but it is important to keep in mind that the rest do not. Sometimes, these crashes happen because of another driver's negligent behavior.

Changing careers after an accident

If a car accident has recently turned your life upside down, you could be going through various challenges. On the one hand, you could be having a hard time with medical expenses or physical pain. Or, perhaps you lost a loved one in the crash. Our firm has also seen how people in Orange County and across California may have their lives thrown off course after a crash due to a permanent disability. In some cases, these lifelong disabilities may leave victims unable to return to their previous line of work.

Permanent disabilities can shatter lives in various ways. Setting aside the physical pain and mental trauma many victims encounter, you may also have a hard time with medical costs. Moreover, you may be forced to look for work in another field because you are no longer able to lift heavy items or even walk. During this time, daily life can be incredibly tough and you may be worried about how you will be able to land a job in a particular field. Depending on the extent of the injuries you sustained in the crash, you might be forced to stop working altogether, which can be emotionally and financially difficult.

Auto accidents and flu season

People are often aware of many of the factors that lead to an auto collision, such as drunk driving or going over the speed limit. In Orange County, and other counties across the state of California, there are other potential problems that can result in a crash. For example, people who have become sick due to the flu may have a greater chance of causing a traffic collision. With the approach of flu season, it is critical to be mindful of this threat and avoid driving if you think you are too sick to safely take to the road.

Sadly, people may cause car accidents when they come down with the flu for different reasons. On the one hand, those suffering from the flu often have trouble sleeping, which could affect their performance behind the wheel. Moreover, drowsiness may become a serious problem for some drivers who are taking medication to combat their illness. It is also necessary to point out that flu-related symptoms such as a high fever and headaches can also divert a driver's attention from the road or affect their ability to make the correct decisions.

What are some fall weather hazards?

Traffic accidents have many causes, such as bad signage, speeding, texting while driving, driving under the influence, and more. However, it is essential for all drivers to remember that poor weather can cause crashes too. In parts of Orange County, and across California, some people may feel as if they are fortunate to avoid certain weather issues that are more prevalent in other areas, such as heavy snowfall and icy roads. However, there are numerous weather-related threats that can cause a crash during the fall.

According to the Federal Highway Administration, there are different ways in which strong winds can cause a motor vehicle accident. For example, significant gusts of wind could cause roadways to become obstructed due to fallen trees and other types of debris, which could cause drivers to drive erratically in an attempt to avoid the debris. Moreover, wind can interfere with a driver's ability to see the road by whipping up dust, for example. During the fall, rain is another serious concern. In fact, a majority of the auto accidents that were related to weather between 2005 and 2014 took place on roads that were wet while it was raining. Fog is yet another potentially dangerous weather-related factor.

California motorcycle accident claims life

Motorcycle accidents take many forms, whether they occur on slick roads or involve a drunk driver who carelessly veers into a motorcyclist. Sadly, these crashes often prove fatal and motorcyclists are especially prone to sustaining a serious injury when they are involved in a motorcycle collision. In Orange County, and all across the state of California, both drivers and motorcyclists should do all they can to prevent these types of accidents from claiming more lives. Sadly, more and more deadly motorcycle wrecks will take place.

Law enforcement officials are asking anyone who witnessed a motorcycle crash that recently happened in California to come forward. The accident, which claimed the life of a 53-year-old man who was riding a motorcycle, is still being investigated. The identity of the man who passed away has not been disclosed at this time, as authorities still need to notify his relatives.

New app may soon be able to diagnose TBIs

Whether people suffer a head trauma from a fall, car crash or other accident, immediately seeking medical attention is essential to prevent more serious damage from developing. However, many do not bother to go to the hospital because a headache is to be expected after a blow, and they do not notice any other symptoms of a concussion or more severe traumatic brain injury. If there is bleeding or swelling within the skull, though, what starts as a headache could result in permanent brain damage.  

A smartphone app in the development stages may someday be able to tell people whether a head trauma is actually a brain injury. While this tool, called PupilScreen, is not expected to replace medical attention, scientists want the application to use the video and flash functions on the camera to analyze light responses in the pupil. Currently, it can detect severe TBI but requires a user to look at the app through a specially designed box to ensure proper placement and light as the scanner assesses the pupil response.

Drunk driving and Labor Day

With Labor Day weekend quickly approaching, you might be looking forward to family celebrations or some other holiday-related event. Many people choose to drink alcohol during the holiday weekend, but some make the poor decision to operate a vehicle when they are over the legal limit. Drunk driving is a serious threat throughout the year, but the likelihood of being involved in a crash may be even greater during certain holidays. At Callahan & Blaine, we know how devastating drunk driving wrecks can be for victims and those they love in Orange County, and across California.

With summer coming to an end and children returning to school, this time of year can be stressful for different reasons. Unfortunately, some people carelessly take to the road after drinking at a family function or other party, putting lives at risk. If a drunk driver has thrown your life into chaos, or if you are ever struck by an intoxicated driver in the future, it is crucial for you to carefully review all details surrounding the wreck and have them held answerable.

Moving forward after a motorcycle crash

Whenever a traffic accident happens, those involved may face severe consequences, including death and debilitating injuries. At Callahan & Blaine, we know that this is particularly true for motorcyclists in Orange County and other parts of California. With less of a barrier between motorcycles and other vehicles, inattentive drivers and other factors, motorcyclists who are struck by a car face an especially high risk of devastating outcomes.

As a motorcyclist, you may have various concerns each time you take to the road. For example, you may be worried about riding your motorcycle to work when the roads are slick due to rainfall, or you could be afraid that a driver will fail to pay attention to the road and collide with you.'There are different ways you can try to prevent an accident or protect yourself, such as staying off the road during inclement weather and wearing a suitable helmet.

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