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What to do if a loved one suffers a catastrophic brain injury?

In 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that there were 2.87 million traumatic brain injury-emergency department visits, hospitalizations and deaths (TBI-EDHD) in the United States. They also reported:

  • 2.53 million TBI-related emergency department visits
  • 288,000 TBI-related hospitalizations
  • 56,800 TBI-related deaths

Pedestrian death serves as safety reminder

A pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle March 17 in West Los Angeles, police said.

The accident occurred in the 1100 block of South Robertson Boulevard between Olympic and Pico boulevards at about 8:30 p.m. The pedestrian was declared dead at the scene.

Fatigued port truckers put Los Angeles drivers at risk

The trucking industry has regulations about how much rest truckers are supposed to get between shifts. Usually that means that truckers are supposed to take a 10-hour break for every 14 hours of driving. 

But research shows that drivers around ports in Los Angeles and Long Beach often violate those rules, raising questions about whether port trucking companies are skirting rules as a matter of course, fatiguing drivers and making dangerous drowsy-driver accidents more likely on California's roads. 

What to do if hit by an uninsured motorist

Recent figures put the number of uninsured motorists on California highways at about 15 percent. That means that even if you are fully insured, you stand the very real chance of getting in to an accident with an uninsured driver.

When that happens, what do you do?

There are things you can do to make lane splitting safer

Although traffic can be terrible around Los Angeles, riding a motorcycle can be an exhilarating way to enjoy the open roads. Whether you prefer a Harley or Ducati, a bike can provide access to places a car cannot, as well as the opportunity to get somewhere faster.

However, even though helmets are required while riding a motorcycle in California, more than 5,000 motorcyclists died in traffic accidents in 2017. Considering how common lane splitting is, you must be concerned about keeping your focus on the road regardless of the type of vehicle you are driving. Even if you have no personal interest in riding a motorcycle and feel safer inside your Mercedes, it is important to consider things you can do to help protect yourself and those around you.

Motor vehicle accidents: Fatal crash in California

A fatal car accident in Vacaville has left one person dead and another in custody, according to local sources. The California Highway Patrol has confirmed the death of an unidentified driver after his vehicle was struck by a driver going the wrong way. That driver has been arrested on suspicion of DUI. As with many motor vehicle accidents causing injury or death, this one is still under investigation. 

According to the accident report, around 1:30 a.m. on the morning of Jan. 26, a vehicle headed the wrong way on Interstate 80 eastbound was involved in a collision with another car. The force of the impact injured both drivers, and they were taken to a local hospital for treatment. Unfortunately, the driver of the second car succumbed to injuries suffered in the accident and was pronounced dead later that day. 

Stay safe on the road this winter

Winter can be a dangerous time for traffic accidents, especially if you are traveling to an area that gets snow and ice. In that case, the potential for slippery conditions with low visibility can make for a particularly treacherous drive.

Whatever the weather may be where you live, there are some precautions you can take to help ensure your safety and that of your family during winter driving. As on any other day, make sure to wear your seatbelt, and buckle children in safely to car seats. In addition, follow these tips to make winter driving safer:

What counts as distracted driving?

When most people think of a distracted driver, the image of a motorist texting behind the wheel often comes to mind. While this is common and a serious danger to other drivers, distracted driving is broader than just sending a message.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines three types of distracted driving:

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