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Bicyclist suffers major head injury in vehicle collision

A head injury is one of the worst kinds of injuries a bicyclist can suffer from. In fact, a recent car versus bicycle accident proved catastrophic after a female bicyclist suffered a serious head injury in Middletown.

The 45-year-old woman was hit by a vehicle on a Wednesday afternoon at approximately 4:15 p.m., while she was riding her bike. First responders described her injuries as "major head trauma." Although emergency workers flew her to a Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital by way of a REACH helicopter, the woman's current condition is unknown.

Californian statistics: Crashes and fatalities for 2015

California has a population of over 3.9 million people, as of 2015. Out of that population, there were over 335.5 million miles traveled that same year, the most of any state in the country. It may not be a surprise that there were more fatal crashes in California that year than in any other state. A total of 2,925 fatal crashes took place with 3,176 total fatalities. That makes the death rate for the population around 8.1 people out of every 100,000.

Although California was the home of the most fatal crashes, it didn't have the highest number of fatalities per its population. Wyoming actually had the greatest number of fatalities per 100,000 people, with 24.7 deaths per 100,000.

Slip-and-fall accident facts property owners should know

Slip-and-fall accidents can kill, especially when property owners in California fail to keep their properties safe and free of dangers. If you're a property owner, and you're not already aware of how dangerous these events are, then it's time for you to learn the facts.

Knowing the following facts should encourage all property owners to run as tight a ship as possible when it comes premises safety:

  • Both men and women suffer from slip-and-fall fatalities equally. However, women are more likely to slip and fall. The Bureau of Labor Statistics claims that 5 percent of female slip-and-fall accidents happen at work, while 11 percent of male slip-and-fall accidents happen at work.
  • Falls bring more than eight million people to the emergency room every year, so they're the most prevalent cause of emergency room care.
  • The most serious fall injuries, fractures, happen in approximately 5 percent of people.
  • Fifty percent of accidental deaths at home happen because of falls. Most of these fall injuries happen at on the ground level, and they're not caused by falling from heights.
  • Hip fractures are the most serious of all fall complications. These lead to the most health issues and deaths.
  • One out of three people over 65 years of age will have a fall accident, and half of these are people who have fallen before.
  • For those between the ages of 65 and 84, fall injuries are the second most common reason for injury-related death. For people over the age of 85, falls are the primary reason injury-related death.

Keeping bicyclists safe takes work on everyone's part

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Bicycling is a great way to get fit and stay that way. Being able to see the sights around the area and enjoying time on the bike paths and roadways is a big pull for some people who are ready to get active, even in the winter.

Although biking is a great way to enjoy exercise, it isn't necessarily one of the safest. Keeping bicyclists safe depends on the bicyclists and motorists since people on bikes are more likely to suffer an injury or die in a crash than a vehicle occupant.

Amnesia: A struggle to remember

Amnesia is, at its core, the inability to memorize or recall information. Some people struggle with amnesia that is basically short-term memory loss, whereas others suffer from amnesia where they forget many years of their lives.

Even though amnesia is talked about in the media and in movies, it's not very common. Amnesia typically refers to having significant memory loss including memory loss of things that you shouldn't have forgotten, like the names of your children or the fact that you have children at all. Those who suffer from amnesia usually have significant brain injuries.

Avoiding slip-and-fall accidents in the winter months

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You enjoy heading out to your favorite stores, and you enjoy going to the beach and downtown. No matter where you go, there's always a risk of getting into an accident. Whether you're in the frozen food section of your favorite grocery store, in a vehicle or walking, there are hazards everywhere.

One such hazard is the risk of a slip-and-fall accident. While most people think these accidents only happen when there is ice or snow, that's not the case. Here are a few things to consider.

What's the medical definition of a brain injury?

Brain injuries are common following car accidents, which involve strong centripetal forces. When a vehicle gets into a collision, any bodies inside the vehicle will continue to move forward at the same rate of speed until something inside the car stops them. That could be a seat belt, the roof of the car or the dashboard. The body could get ejected from the vehicle out one of the windows. This action of stopping the body quickly -- no matter how it stops -- can result in traumatic brain injuries (TBI).

Even if a seat belt or seat back stops you from hitting any other area of the car with your head, your brain could get jarred and jostled inside the skull as a result of the gravitational forces. This, in turn, can cause tearing, bruising, internal bleeding and other damage within the skull -- in other words, TBI.

Does aging have an impact on brain injuries?

One difficulty of brain injuries, particularly among youth, is that as individuals grow and age, they impact victims in unknown ways. Initially, when a child has a brain injury, it may not significantly impact his or her day-to-day life due to his or her parents being present to care for him or her. Later in life, when the individual has to live independently, the brain injury's symptoms could turn out to be significant enough to impact daily life.

As someone ages, he or she naturally spends less time practicing his or her skills. As children, for instance, you spend time reciting the alphabet and reading. As an adult, you retain that knowledge. For someone with a brain injury, the knowledge and rehabilitation efforts that worked well as a youth could begin to dissipate if they're not implemented regularly as an adult.

Odds of death in a car accident

The thing about odds is that they're not a perfect science in that they realistically don't apply to everyone the same way.

For instance, by looking at the statistics, you can figure out your odds of passing away in a car accident in the United States. However, are your odds really the same if you're a commercial driver as the odds for someone who is a stay-at-home parent? There are many factors involved, such as age and experience, that can change the likelihood of a deadly crash.

Commercial drivers are held to higher DUI regulations

Commercial drivers are held to higher standards than those who drive other vehicles. Why? Their vehicles are large and dangerous.

When a semitruck or commercial vehicle gets into a crash, the stakes are higher for everyone involved. Larger vehicles tend to cause more serious accidents, and that means that even a low-speed collision could result in serious injuries or death. Drunk or drugged drivers pose such a serious threat to the public that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has implemented regulations beyond what typical drivers face.

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