A Tennessee woman has been awarded one of the biggest jury awards in the state's history for injuries that she suffered in a 2008 drunk driving car accident. The woman was 18-years-old and a student at Ooltewah High School when the 29-year-old man's car drifted into oncoming traffic and hit her car.
It is widely acknowledge that teenage drivers are the most at risk for a car crash and for traffic fatalities. Car accidents are the leading cause of death among teens in the United States, and the first year that they have a driver's license is one of the most dangerous parts of their lives.
Regulators continue to struggle with motorcycle safety laws as catastrophic injuries and fatality rates remain high in most states.
Youth football practice is about to get a lot safer for players. Football practice has been shown to be the source of a majority of hard hits that cause repetitive trauma to player's heads and brains. Nationwide football league Pop Warner has just announced that contact drills will be a less significant element in practices in an effort to reduce hard hits and long-term trauma to player's heads.
The driver of an 18-wheeler truck told reporters late last week that he was involved in rear-end accident with troubled actress Lindsay Lohan. Photos from the accident scene show a Porsche with a severely damaged front, indicating that she did crash into the truck at a high speed.
In a previous post, we discussed the large-scale shutdown by federal authorities of bus companies that were violating safety regulations. Among other problems, the drivers at those bus companies were often not properly licensed and not screened for drug use regularly. There were also concerns that drivers with poor driving records and previous suspensions were behind the wheel.
About 1.7 million people in America sustain a traumatic brain injury every year. These injuries can cause permanent disability to survivors and the road to recover is often long and difficult. Yet, many survivors find that a support network is hard to come by. One young man has set out to change this, and has launched a site that will provide information and discussion forums for survivors of traumatic brain injuries.
In an exciting study to be published today in Science, researchers are announcing that they have successfully rehabilitated rats with severe spinal cord injuries. The results are groundbreaking and represent a major step forward for paralysis treatment. Researchers utilized several methods that are already used in human patients, but combined them in a way that has not been tried in the past.