Sudden and violent car accidents can result in devastating head and brain injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a contributing factor in about 30 percent of all injury deaths. Victims of Seattle car accidents who survive with a brain trauma can experience lasting disabilities and impairments. While some victims of mild TBI recover within days or weeks, other victims of serious brain injuries never fully recuperate.
Brain injury symptoms can include impaired memory, movement, thinking, sensation, and even functioning. No two brain injuries are exactly the same. Victims may struggle to move, think, and even feel like they did before the accident. These types of symptoms can have a significant impact not only on the life of the victim, but also on the lives of the victim’s family. Read the rest »
Three people were injured in a Washington car accident involving a T-bone collision. According to a news report in The Columbian, the car crash occurred on the Interstate 5 southbound near Exit 16 in La Center. Officials say a 55-year-old woman was attempting to merge in a 1989 Dodge Dynasty when she almost collided with a semi-trailer. She veered to avoid hitting the big rig and broadsided a 2005 Buick LeSabre. The driver of the Dodge was listed in critical condition with a head injury. The 66-year-old driver of the LeSabre sustained minor injuries and her 68-year-old passenger was injured but not transported to a hospital. The investigation is ongoing, and charges may be pending.
Merging onto a Washington highway can be a stressful and dangerous endeavor. In general, slower moving traffic attempting to merge onto the highway must yield the right-of-way to faster, oncoming traffic. This does not, however, excuse motorists on the highway from exercising care. Highway drivers must make an effort to allow vehicles to safely enter traffic. When such a crash occurs, investigators look into whether the merging driver was solely responsible for the crash or if the negligence of the other driver caused or contributed to the crash. Read the rest »
Motorcyclists in Washington are once again making a push for lawmakers to repeal the state’s helmet mandate. The Senate Transportation Committee is considering a bill that would repeal the helmet law for riders 18 or older, according to The Bellingham Herald. Proponents of the bill believe that it is not the responsibility of the government to protect riders from themselves.
State laws requiring helmet use have come under fire in recent years. In Michigan, the legislature repealed its 35-year-old helmet law. Members of the motorcycle advocacy group A Brotherhood Against Totalitarian Enactments (ABATE) have been trying to get Washington’s helmet laws repealed for more than 20 years. They believe that helmets actually cause accidents by giving riders a false sense of security. Only 19 states and Washington, D.C., still have a mandatory helmet law. Read the rest »
Traumatic brain injuries often result from high-speed collisions. There are many cases where an occupant may hit his or her head against the side window, dashboard, steering wheel, or another object in the car. Brain injuries are also a common result of pedestrian accidents because there is nothing to protect a pedestrian’s head from striking the vehicle or the roadway. Read the rest »
A simple computerized device developed by the U.S. Army could help field medics, emergency medical technicians, doctors, and even sports coaches check for signs of traumatic brain injuries like concussions in order to speed treatment, according to a recent article posted on the Army website.The device, known as Eye-Tracking Rapid Attention Computation or EYE-TRAC, consists of a piece with a screen, worn over the eyes, and a hand-held device that gives information readouts. The person who may have a traumatic brain injury wears the headpiece and tries to follow a moving target on the screen. The device tracks the person’s eye movements and sends information to the hand-held device, based on calculations of how well the person can track the moving target on the screen and what eye movements are made during the attempt.
Eye movements are often impaired when a concussion or other brain injury occurs, but human vision can’t always detect them merely by watching the patient. The EYE-TRAC device is more sensitive, allowing it to pick up on impairments that might signal a traumatic brain injury. Read the rest »