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Study shows medication prevents some deaths from brain injuries

Global statistics show that nearly 70 million people suffer a traumatic head injury every year. For many of these victims, there has been no effective treatment shown that could reduce damage and possibly prevent death from brain injuries. There have been countless California families who have lost loved ones to these tragic injuries every year.

A recently published study shows promise that a certain medication could provide beneficial treatment for those patients who have suffered a mild to moderate head injury. In prior studies, the drug, tranexamic acid, has already been shown to be effective in reducing the amount of bleeding in patients who have suffered traumatic injuries, such as gunshots. However, it was unknown until the most recent study whether the administration of this medication could prevent deaths in brain-injured patients.

Woman on trial for fatal car accident that killed 3 teens

For those who choose to drink and drive, the thought that they can wind up causing the death of an innocent person likely never enters their mind. Sadly, too many California families have lost a loved one based on the negligence of another motorist. One woman is on trial for a car accident that killed three teenagers.

According to witnesses, the 29-year-old woman appeared highly intoxicated after she left a bar on the night of the crash. As she attempted to complete a turn in her vehicle, she was observed striking the curbing with the right side of her car. As she got out to observe any damages, she purportedly was staggering and showed other signs of impairment. However, she got back in her car and apparently attempted to get through an intersection before the signal light changed. California police stated that she was traveling at about 79 mph in a 45 mph zone when she smashed into the rear of a car at the light.

California city looking at ways to reduce serious car accidents

In a short span of time, one California city reported several pedestrian accidents, including a child who suffered serious injuries. Frustrated residents held a protest to prompt city leaders to take actions to reduce the chances of further deaths and injuries caused by car accidents. Though several cities across the country have implemented Vision Zero changes, more needs to be done to prevent families from suffering the tragic effects caused by these often preventable collisions.

San Francisco is one of the more dangerous cities when it comes to traffic-related deaths and injuries. City officials are looking into solutions that can protect the well-being of cyclists and pedestrians since they are at a higher risk of injury -- especially in certain areas of the city. Several suggestions include reducing speed limits, installing more red-light cameras and redesigning intersections to make left turns safer.

Car hazards for students in every grade

Autumn may not be as notorious as a season for motor vehicle accidents as much as summer and winter are, but it can be difficult for California drivers to adjust to the first few months of the school year. They are still adjusting to the increase in buses and traffic near their local schools.

No matter what grade your child is going into, there are hazards on the road that can put them at risk. While the risk is always present, the potential threats vary on what type of school they are going to. It’s important to familiarize yourself with the dangers for each of their grades so you can warn them about these obstacles as they begin the school year.

Negligence while driving often leads to serious car accidents

Every day, California news stations report on serious traffic accidents that forever change the lives of those involved. Car accidents can occur in just about any manner, though ignoring traffic control signals is a common recipe for disaster. Sadly, four people recently lost their lives after a driver ran a red light.

Sheriff's deputies in one California county were called to the scene of a two-car collision. According to law enforcement officials, a driver operating a passenger car was traveling westbound along a local road while nearing an intersection. For reasons that are unclear, that motorist ignored a red traffic signal and continued on through the crossroads. At that time, his vehicle struck a second car that was traveling northbound. 

Not every serious injury appears immediately after car accidents

In the immediate moments after a traffic collision, those involved assess the physical condition of all victims. While this is a priority as obvious injuries need immediate treatment, not every serious injury will present signs in the moments or even hours after car accidents. Those who have been involved in California collisions are encouraged to watch for symptoms that may manifest days after a wreck.

There are several symptoms that could occur days afterwards. One of the first could be a recurrent headache. These could signal a serious condition such as a concussion, an injury to the spine or neck, or even a potentially serious blood clot. Pain in the neck or shoulder area can be a symptom of ongoing whiplash injuries. These types of injuries can occur at low speeds and may require in-depth medical tests to properly diagnosis and form an appropriate treatment plan.

With coming school year, alert motorists can avoid car accidents

As summer vacation for students draws to a close, the California Office for Traffic Safety is once again urging motorists to be alert. Many children on their way to and from school are at risk of becoming victims of car accidents due to inattentive or negligent motorists. Both parents and students are reminded to practice safety while traveling to and from schools.

Officials with the OTS are making every effort to remind motorists that the upcoming school year means an increase in traffic around these facilities. They reiterated that no child should be in danger while attempting to get to school or home. All motorists are reminded to be especially vigilant during the mornings and at dismissal times. Whether one is walking, driving or bicycling, all are charged with the responsibility of exercising caution and being alert to the presence of others. 

Ex-cop files personal injury suit against gun-maker

Product manufacturers are held to strict safety standards in order to protect the safety and well-being of consumers. However, gun manufacturers are permitted to voluntarily submit products for testing as there is no federal agency charged with ensuring the safety of firearms. Recently, one former police officer filed a personal injury lawsuit over a firearm that is sanctioned by some police departments in California for off-duty officers.

According to the lawsuit, the man was at home with his children and pregnant wife nearby. He inadvertently dropped his still-holstered gun. When it hit the ground, the weapon discharged and sent a bullet through his left leg, shattering his bone and leaving him with a potentially permanent disability. The weapon, a 9mm Honor Guard handgun, has been the subject of complaints about its propensity for firing when dropped or bumped hard.

Grieving father laments lack of penalty for tragic car accidents

Few things in life are as eagerly anticipated as the birth of a child. Sadly, too often, parents are faced with the nightmare of losing a beloved child as well as other family members in senseless car accidents. One California father has called for changes after the man who caused a fatal collision received a maximum 10 years in prison for a drunk driving conviction.

The tragic accident occurred last September as the pregnant mother of four was headed down a California roadway. According to the police report, the woman's vehicle was struck head-on by another driver who was intoxicated. Police located the driver walking around his vehicle while live-streaming the aftermath of the crash. Emergency responders rushed to extinguish the flames in the woman's minivan before they could safely extricate her and transport her by helicopter to a local hospital.

Educate children to avoid dog bites

It comes as no surprise that the most common victims to vicious dog attacks are children. A study reveals that between 2005 to 2017, almost half of those killed by dog bites were kids that were less than 10 years old. Children are smaller and are less physically capable of retaliating against violent canines, so they tend to be easy targets.

Kids also lack the necessary experience and maturity when it comes to dealing with animals, so many of the victims often end up provoking a dog into attacking them. As a parent, it is crucial to teach your kid how to approach dogs in the following circumstances so they don’t end up in the hospital covered in bites and scratches:

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