Texting Increases Accident Risks for Teen Drivers with ADHD

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Teen motorists, who suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, may have poor driving skills, compared to those teens who do not suffer from ADHD. However, when researchers recently compared driving skills of the two categories of groups, and introduced texting while driving into the equation, they found that teenagers who were texting were actually poorer drivers than teens who suffered from ADHD.

Overall, the results of the study found that teenagers who suffered from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder showed bad driving skills, compared to teenagers with no history of the condition. However, the risks of being involved in an accident increased substantially when texting was added to the mix.

Teen texting is a serious highway safety problem, and teenagers account for the some of the highest volumes of texting in the United States every year.

The researchers also found that medications for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder do not reduce a teen’s risk of being involved in an accident. Persons, who suffer from ADHD, are often prescribed stimulant medication that can help them control their symptoms to some extent. However, most teenagers who suffer from ADHD tend to drive at night or during weekends, when they are less likely to have taken their medication.

Teenagers who suffered from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder had more difficulty staying within their lane while driving, and maintaining constant speeds. They were also much more likely to drift out of their lanes. All of this translated into a much higher risk of making driving errors. As many as 17 % of the teens with ADHD had received at least one traffic ticket, while in the group without any symptoms of ADHD, the rate was just 6%.

At Least 50 People Injured in Los Angeles Charter Bus Accident

Friday, August 23, 2013

At least 50 people are believed to have been injured in a Los Angeles charter bus accident that involved a charter bus that flipped over on Interstate 210, near the interchange with the 605 Freeway in Irwindale.

The bus turned over, and then travelled several lanes before it finally came to a stop. At the time of the accident, the bus is believed to have been on its way to a casino. The bus had been chartered by Da Zhen Travel Agency, and is believed to have been a discount bus operation that was taking tourists to desert casinos. TheAssociated Press reports that these types of bus operations are fairly common on this route, and frequently transport tourists between the San Gabriel Valley and casinos in the Nevada desert. 

In this case, the bus was reported to be headed towards the San Manual Indian Bingo and Casino in San Bernardino.

The impact of the accident was so severe that the bus careened through a chain link fence, and went down an embankment before it finally came to a stop. This was an accident that could have resulted in much more serious injuries, and even fatalities. Fortunately, none of the injuries are believed to be critical, and most of the patients are expected to make a complete recovery. The injuries are being reported as minor to moderate in nature, and include cuts and bruises, fractures, and many blunt force trauma injuries.

At least 52 people on the bus suffered injuries, and most of the injured are reported to be elderly people. In fact, most of the tourists on the bus are believed to have been elderly people between the age of 60 and 80 years. There is no information about whether the passengers on the bus were wearing seat belts.



Woman Loses Arm Leg after Dog Bite-Related Infection

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Most of the serious injuries related to dog bites that Los Angeles dog bite lawyers come across involve facial injuries, ripped skin, scalp wounds another injuries. A Canadian woman recently suffered a devastating bacterial infection after she was bitten by a dog. The infection led to a limb amputation.

The woman was playing with her dog, a three-year-old Shih Tzu, when the dog bit one of her knuckles. The woman's three other dogs came over and licked her wound. The woman did not think too much of it then, but just days later, she was in a coma. When she came to, the doctors informed her that they would have to amputate her arm and leg because a deadly infection had spread throughout her body.

The Capnocytophaga canimorsus bacteria that are normally found in dog saliva caused the Infection. However, the organism is rarely linked to infections in human beings.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this is a very rare condition, and can cause septicemia or infections of the bloodstream, and meningitis. In rare cases, the person may even suffer from endocarditis, and ocular infections. These infections can be very hard to diagnose.

These infections are rare, but they have been recorded inside this country as well. Earlier this year in fact, a Texas woman suffered a dangerous infection caused by the very same organism that led to the Canadian women's amputation.

In this case, the woman, a young mother, suffered a life-threatening infection after a dog bite that she sustained while she was trying to break up a quarrel between her dogs. She developed an infection, and had to undergo an amputation of her leg and fingers.

Treadmill Training Improves Recovery after Spinal Injury

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

A study that was conducted in mice recently found that mice that have suffered a spinal cord injury and suffered from a paralysis showed significant signs of improvement, when they were put through treadmill training. However, the researchers also found that inflammation needed to be contained for the treadmill training to be beneficial.

The mice were administered the treadmill training just a few days after they suffered the injury. Those mice that received the treadmill training during a period when they suffered from severe inflammation saw no significant benefits, while those mice that were administered the treadmill training when the inflammation was minimal, showed significant recovery. These mice were able to use their hind legs to walk around within a few days after receiving the treadmill therapy, and were also able to retain the benefits of the therapy for up to 42 days.

According to the researchers, this study proves very conclusively that spinal inflammation needs to be controlled for the training to be effective.

The study also confirm that spinal cord injuries can contribute to impairments, even several segments away from the site of the trauma. The researchers specifically focused on the signs of inflammation in the lumbar region of the spine, at least 10 segments below the injury.

The good news is that stronger drugs to help reduce this inflammation may be available soon. The inflammation in spinal injury patients is believed to be caused by an enzyme called MMP-9, and previous studies have also linked this enzyme to cancer. Experimental drugs to inhibit this enzyme are already in various stages of research.

More Widespread Use of Blackbox Recorders in Accident Investigations

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Over the next couple of years, Los Angeles car accident lawyers expect to see a massive increase in the use of event data recorders or black box recorders in traffic accident investigations. Such use of data recorders has existed for a while now, but the use of black box recorders was bound to become more high-profile after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began pushing for mandated black box recorders in all automobiles. The agency is pushing for all automobiles manufactured after September 2014 to come with event data recorders.

Critics say that there are many privacy issues that have not yet been ironed out, and these need to be dealt with before event data recorders become a standard feature in all automobiles. However, currently as many as 96% of cars that are manufactured in the United States come with an event data recorder. These data recorders are also currently being used in accident investigations as well as criminal investigations.

Event data recorders are of different types, and some recorders can record the speed of the car at the time of the accident, the crash force at the time of impact, as well as other information, that could easily help investigators who are trying to find out what exactly happened in the seconds before the crash. In other words, event data recorders allow investigators significantly in accident reconstruction.

Information about whether the occupants of the car were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident, or whether the brakes were activated in the seconds before the crash can be obtained from the event data recorders. This information is likely to be very useful in car accident and auto defect investigations.

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