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Wearing the right protective motorcycle gear in California

Especially when traveling on the crowded streets and highways throughout the state of California, riding motorcycles offers people greater agility and maneuverability on the roads. Unfortunately, however, due to their smaller size, these vehicles do not provide the same exterior protections from collisions that other automobiles boast. Therefore, it is key for motorcycle operators to wear the appropriate gear when riding to help protect themselves from serious injuries.

According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, people should wear snug-fitting jackets and long pants to protect their skin in the event of a motorcycle accident when they ride. Such clothing may also help safeguard them from the weather, debris and hot parts on their vehicles.

The link between allergy season and car crashes

Motor vehicle wrecks have many causes, but some are not mentioned or widely recognized as much as others. For example, people may pay less attention to the likelihood of seasonal allergies causing an accident, while they are well aware that driving under the influence is dangerous and could lead to a fatal collision. During the spring, many allergy sufferers have a difficult time, and the symptoms they experience can disrupt their lives in all sorts of ways. Unfortunately, allergies may make them more likely to cause an accident for a number of reasons.

First of all, allergy symptoms can distract a driver from the road and make it difficult for them to focus on driving safely. For example, someone with itchy eyes, a severe headache, a runny nose or some other symptom may have trouble staying focused. They might lose control of their vehicle after reaching for a tissue or taking their hands off of the wheel to rub their eyes. Moreover, some people take medications to help with their allergies, which can lead to drowsiness.

What are some common head injuries among young crash victims?

Young children who are involved in car crashes sustain many different types of injuries, but head injuries are especially common. Sadly, head injuries can haunt a child for the rest of their life, and they can create a number of challenges for children. For example, children may suffer due to the emotional consequences of a head injury, becoming depressed or struggling with anger. Or, they may have problems in school and difficulty remembering things. It is important for parents to understand the risks their kids face in the event an accident takes place.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that head injuries are the most common type of injury sustained by children in motor vehicle collisions. Moreover, data shows that children under the age of one are especially likely to sustain a head injury during a crash. The NHTSA reports that data taken from 1999 to 2007 shows that among all children who were involved in traffic wrecks, cerebrum injuries were the most frequent. Moreover, skull base fractures, concussions and unconsciousness were also common among young victims of car wrecks.

The dangers of intersections for motorcyclists

Improving your awareness while riding a motorcycle can help prevent a devastating auto crash. One of the ways you as a bike rider can sharpen your perceptions of your surroundings is to know where a motorcycle may run into trouble on an Orange County road. According to Motorcyclist Online, a study that examined the data of motorcyclists found that intersections are one area of trouble for motorcycles. If bike riders are not careful, riding into an intersection can be bad news.

One reason that motorcycles get into accidents in intersections is simple driver carelessness. Some drivers stop at an intersection but then do not double check lanes before making a turn. As a result, a driver could cut right into the path of an approaching motorcycle. The cyclist may not possess enough time to put on the brakes before colliding with the other vehicle.

How many fatal accidents involve young pedestrians?

Far too many kids have passed away in traffic collisions, and when these lives are cut short the challenges that arise may be devastating for their entire family. If you are a parent, it is pivotal to do all you can to keep your child safe whenever they are on the road or near traffic, and this includes ensuring that they understand how to avoid an accident while walking alongside the road or attempting to cross the street.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of every five children less than 15 years old who passed away in traffic accidents during 2015 were pedestrians. This shows that young people are especially likely to be involved in a fatal pedestrian accident, which is why you should do everything you can to help keep your child safe if you are a parent. The CDC draws attention to multiple risk factors that can increase the odds of fatal pedestrian accidents, such as walking during the nighttime, crossing the road inappropriately, walking in an urban area and drivers traveling at high speeds.

Automatic transmission and distracted driving

Some drivers prefer to operate vehicles with manual transmission, while others may opt for a car with automatic transmission. People may prefer to drive a stick shift because it allows them to control the vehicle better, while some drivers may be unfamiliar with operating these types of vehicles and decide to stick with automatic transmission. Unfortunately, automatic transmission can, in some instances, increase the chances of a driver becoming distracted on the road.

When someone drives a vehicle with automatic transmission, they may not need to pay attention to the road as much while operating their vehicle. Some may decide to use a phone with the mental freedom that automatic transmission vehicles offer, and this can be deadly. Manual transmission vehicles often require more attention in certain instances, and those who drive a stick shift may frequently have to devote more mental focus to what they are doing.

The Glasgow Coma Scale explained

Classifying a brain injury as "traumatic" may imply that such an injury is relatively rare. Yet in reality, TBI's are quite common. Indeed, according to information shared by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, 1.7 million people suffer such injuries in the U.S. each year. Many might equate a TBI with debilitating effects that leave one either significantly impaired or in a vegetative state and require around the clock care. Even though that may be the outcome of some TBI cases, there are actually varying degrees of brain injury severity. 

The family and/or friends of one who has sustained a TBI might be able to develop an idea as to what their long-term prognosis may be thanks to the Glasgow Coma Scale. This is a standard used by clinicians in the immediate aftermath of a brain injury case to determine the extent of the potential brain damage that may have occurred. The TBI victim's eye movement, speech capacity and motor skills are observed and assigned a point value. The scores from each of the aforementioned categories are then added together.

Recovering from your first auto accident

Motor vehicle collisions can be terrifying, even when nobody is injured in the collision. Even minor auto accidents can result in insurance issues, stress and property damage. Someone who is hit by another driver may have mental trauma following the crash, and they could be hesitant to get behind the wheel in the future. It can be startling to be struck by another vehicle, whether a driver pulls out suddenly or rear-ends a vehicle. Of course, auto accidents can also leave victims with a wide range of injuries that disrupt their life in an assortment of ways. For someone who has never been in a traffic crash before, these challenges can be especially tough.

If you were involved in a car crash for the first time, you may be a younger driver, or you may have not spent much time on the road throughout your life (or you may have simply been lucky in the past). Our law office knows the different challenges you may be going through, especially if you were hurt in the collision.

Different ways to make stairs safer

Stairs and steps are a common feature of many homes and buildings in Orange County, which is why anyone who owns a property should take great care that their stairs are as safe as possible for kids and adults to use, as taking a fall on stairs can seriously injure or possibly even kill someone. Fortunately, you can decrease the risk of catastrophic injury on your stairs by making some crucial improvements on your California property.

An article on Inlinedesign suggests making stair risers more visible. This will especially help individuals with poor vision. Take care that your steps do not blend in to the surroundings too much and that the edges are distinct enough that a person can judge the edges of the step accurately when they put a foot down. Placing contrasting substances on the nosings of the risers, like yellow colors, can help with visibility. If your steps do not have nosings, place the contrast on the leading edges of the treads.

Calif. wrong-way crash results in death of off-duty officer

It does not matter who one is, what one's profession is or whether or not one is on duty; everyone on the road is vulnerable to injury or death due to a car accident. On Monday evening last week, a law enforcement officer in Fresno, California, lost his life while driving home from work in his personal automobile when another vehicle going the wrong way on Highway 180 struck his in a head-on collision. The driver of the other vehicle also died of injuries sustained in the crash despite the fact that both were wearing seatbelts at the time. 

An investigation is still ongoing to discover the cause of the crash, and authorities have not ruled out alcohol or drugs as a factor. The officer's automobile was actually the sixth vehicle that the other driver, a 33-year-old man from Fresno, struck as he drove the wrong way on Highway 180 between Smith Avenue and DeWolf Avenue. Occupants of the other five vehicles received treatment for injuries that were not life-threatening. No information is available as to how many people the accident involved altogether or about the current conditions of the survivors. 

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