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Advice to keep drivers safe on the road

There are several strategies that Georgia residents and others can use to avoid causing or otherwise being involved in a car accident. Perhaps the most effective way to stay safe while driving is to be focused 100 percent on the road. This means refraining from using a cellphone or looking back at passengers while a car is in motion. Drivers should also make sure that they are not traveling at an excessive rate of speed.

Maintaining a proper following distance can also make it less likely that an accident will occur. Ideally, a vehicle will remain two to four seconds behind the one in front of it. The odds of an accident may also go down by driving like everyone else is going to make a mistake. This helps a driver to create a plan of action in case another driver makes an unsafe lane change or fails to stop at a stop sign.

Car accident head injuries may be more severe than they seem

Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries in Georgia and around the country according to the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control, but they are not always treated in a timely manner because diagnosing serious head trauma can be difficult for even experienced neurologists and emergency room doctors. While the symptoms of a traumatic brain injury are often apparent within a matter of seconds, they can sometimes lurk undetected for several days.

This is especially concerning for medical professionals because timely treatment is crucial if patients are to recover fully from serious head injuries. According to neurologists, car accident victims should visit their doctors or an emergency room if they are slurring their words, bumping into walls or objects, or having difficulty gathering their thoughts or remembering things.

Keeping the swimming pool safe with three steps

Georgia residents who have a swimming pool in their home probably know how hazardous it can be, especially for children and guests. More than 3,500 non-boating drowning accidents are reported every year in the U.S., according to the CDC, and many of these undoubtedly occur in pools. Slip and falls and chemical exposure also take place frequently around pools.

In three steps, homeowners can ensure that their pool is safer for everyone. The first is to have a fence installed around the pool. This should be climb-resistant, rise up at least 4 feet, come with a self-closing gate and have vertical slats no more than 4 inches apart. An alarm that detects surface motion on the pool could also be helpful.

3D printing technology could help treat spinal cord injuries

Researchers hope that a new device based on 3D printing technology could someday help car accidents victims in Georgia recover from spinal cord injuries, or SCIs. Engineers and medical researchers have created a silicone 3D-printed guide that supports specialized cells. The guide is designed to bridge the gap between living nerve cells above and below the injury site. It's hoped that this special platform may be able to restore certain neurological and muscle functions when it's surgically implanted.

Many of the nearly 20,000 new spinal cord injuries that occur each year in the United States involve damage sustained in motor vehicle accidents. The process researchers developed to help these SCI accident victims starts with any type of adult cells. Special bioengineering techniques then turn those cells into neuronal stem cells. 3D printing technology is then used to print both the silicone platform guide and the engineered cells. The purpose of the guide is to keep the cells alive so that they can become neurons.

Injured tenants sue apartment owners after deadly fire

Apartment dwellers in Georgia and across the country may be concerned about the safety of their buildings. In one Texas case, residents of the Iconic Village Apartments were awakened in the middle of a fire on July 20. The building's fire alarms did not go off during the blaze, which killed five people and injured many more residents. Four of the injured residents and a family member of one of the deceased victims have filed a lawsuit against the property management company and the apartment building's owner.

The lawsuit states that the building's fire alarms did not go off during the fire. In addition, the complaint includes inspection reports that note that there were no fire sprinklers or other suppression systems installed in the building. The victims are seeking compensation for their losses in addition to punitive damages due to the complex's failure to maintain appropriate fire safety procedures. The plaintiffs' lawyer said that the negligent property owners were well aware of the safety concerns yet failed to provide proper security or fire protection, leading to the deaths and injuries.

Reducing the risks of distracted and drowsy driving

Motor vehicle accident fatalities have increased sharply for two consecutive years in Georgia and around the country after years of gradual decline, and road safety experts say that a surge in distracted and drowsy driving is one of the primary reasons. Studies reveal that about one in five deadly crashes involves a drowsy driver, and the figures suggest that many of them may have already been dangerously fatigued when they got behind the wheel. According to data from the Translational Research and Injury Prevention Laboratory, motorists who sleep five or fewer hours each night are five times more likely to crash than drivers who sleep for seven or more hours.

Drivers can reduce their chances of being in a drowsy driving car accident by watching for signs of fatigue such as swerving or falling asleep momentarily while sitting in traffic or waiting at a red light. Motorists may drink coffee, open a window or turn their radios up to combat fatigue, but experts say that these tactics are largely ineffective. Road safety groups and government safety agencies agree that sleep is the only certain cure for drowsy driving.

The various types of ankle injuries in a slip and fall

Many Georgia residents who slip, trip or fall on another's property can suffer from ankle injuries. They largely arise from an unnatural turning and twisting of the ankle as victims step hard on their foot to stop a fall. There are many types of injuries, so it can be helpful for those who are about to file a claim to know what they are; they range in severity with some being able to permanently limit one's mobility.

Ankle injuries are broken down into sprains, strains, fractures and tears. The first two occur with the injury or stretching of the ankle ligaments, causing severe pain and compromising mobility for up to several months. As for fractures, they involve either the fibula, tibia or talus. These are the three bones that make up the ankle joint. The talus can especially be damaged because it is located in the foot.

How placement of rest areas affects truck driver safety

Accidents involving big rigs in Georgia and the rest of the country may be more likely to happen if the truck drivers are far from a rest option. A study conducted by researchers at the University of Kentucky found that accidents were less likely to happen nearer truck stops, weigh stations with a place to rest or rest areas.

Researchers looked at thousands of crashes between 2005 and 2014 and selected the ones in which commercial truck drivers were at fault and fatigue was a factor. They found that on parkways and interstates in Kentucky that had at least one rest option, truck drivers were more than twice as likely to cause a crash related to fatigue if that rest option was 20 to 40 miles away. When the rest option was more than 40 miles away, truck drivers were almost seven times more likely to cause an accident.

Study uncovers four profiles of distracted drivers

The Society for Risk Analysis conducted a situation-based analysis of drivers who are most likely to engage in distracted driving, especially calling and texting while driving. Researchers uncovered four profiles and came to several conclusions, some of which may be surprising to drivers in Georgia.

The four profiles are female drivers, drivers who frequently use their phones already for calling and texting, drivers with negative attitudes toward safety and drivers with few inhibitions. Researchers found that women are more likely than men to be distracted drivers. Among those who use their phones behind the wheel, calling was more frequent than texting because of the latter's visual demands.

How getting a license influences teen driving behaviors

Teen drivers in Georgia and elsewhere are more likely to get into an accident in the first three months that they have their licenses. That is the finding of a study conducted by Virginia Tech and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). According to the study, teen drivers were more likely to brake too hard and accelerate too fast, which increases the odds of an accident.

The study did find that teens were less likely to drive in a dangerous fashion as they gained experience. They also noted that there were some skills that they couldn't truly master when driving with their parents. Furthermore, it was determined that teen drivers drove better at night and in times of inclement weather compared to their parents. According to the NIH, it may be best if teens are allowed to progress gradually from driving with adult supervision to driving on their own.

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