California Motorcycle Fatalities Drop by 28 Percent in 2017

California is a motorcycle friendly state without question. With approximately 800,000 registered motorcycles, California holds the top spot in the nation. The reasons are obvious – a large population, year round riding, and 100 rated scenic bike routes with names like The Skyline, Twisted Road, Pacific Coast Cruise, Palomar Mountain Loop and Twisty Redwood Mile. The downside is that California is second in motorcycle crash fatalities behind Florida, which is a helmet optional state. The good news is the fact that California motorcycle fatalities declined sharply in 2017.  Last year, 406 bikers lost their lives on state roads, a decrease of 28% from the 586 who [...]

By | 2018-11-27T02:18:42+00:00 November 27th, 2018|Motor Vehicle Accidents -- Plaintiff|0 Comments

New Program Promises Improved Traumatic Brain Injury Prognosis

What happens when a patient is admitted to a trauma center with a traumatic brain injury (TBI)? Clinicians will first classify the injury as mild, moderate or severe, by assessing the patient’s consciousness levels. The differences in TBIs will vary greatly from the initial trauma and assessment to the resulting effects in the years that follow. The use of broad classifications for these injuries can be detrimental by limiting the predictability of the patient’s outcomes, both long-term and short-term. “Every traumatic brain injury is unique,” said Vignesh Subbian, an assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, or BME, and the Department of Systems and Industrial [...]

By | 2018-11-16T23:17:19+00:00 November 16th, 2018|Brain Injury|0 Comments

Are More Deaths from Large Truck Crashes Caused by Drivers Racing the Clock?

Does a federal rule requiring truckers to take a rest break after eight hours of driving have them racing to make up time, causing an increase in fatal crashes? Some in the industry claim that it does. According to data provided by the Highway Traffic Safety Administration, deaths from large truck crashes in 2017 reached the highest level in 29 years. While deaths in motor vehicle crashes declined by 2 percent from the prior year, large-truck fatalities rose 9 percent to 4,761, an increase of 392 fatalities above the prior year. Truckers accounted for about 1300 of those deaths with the remaining 72 percent being occupants [...]

By | 2018-11-10T00:16:39+00:00 November 10th, 2018|Truck Accidents|0 Comments

Workplace Fatalities Break 5000 for the First Time

According to a Bureau of Labor Statistics news release posted in December 2017, workplace deaths rose by 7% in 2016 to a record 5,190. “This is the third consecutive increase in annual workplace fatalities and the first time more than 5000 fatalities have been recorded by the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries since 2008. The fatal injury rate increased to 3.6 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers from 3.4 in 2015, the highest rate since 2010.” The BLS news release also revealed the following findings: Transportation related work incidents still accounted for the highest percentage of deaths at 40%. That number includes 632 truck drivers, 116 farmers [...]

By | 2018-11-02T20:23:15+00:00 November 2nd, 2018|Personal Injury|0 Comments

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