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The importance of helmets in preventing motorcycle fatalities

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The thrill of riding a motorcycle is too much for many people in Indianapolis to resist. There is nothing quite like the feel of a motor rumbling underneath while the wind rushes by on the open road. No one sets out expecting to be in a motorcycle accident. However, they do occur and are usually quite serious compared to car accidents because riders are so exposed. Riders can reduce their chances of being killed in a crash by wearing a helmet.

According to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, the majority of deaths resulting from motorcycle accidents are caused by head injuries. Helmets absorb the impact from the crash and provide padding that protects the brain. Some also offer full coverage that may also prevent facial injuries.

What are some common TBI causes?

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After sustaining a traumatic brain injury, life can change in diverse ways. If you suffered a TBI, or if one of your family members or friends is trying to recover from the consequences of a brain injury, you may be very familiar with the hardships that can arise. In the Greater Indianapolis Area, too many people continue to suffer brain injuries for a wide variety of reasons, which underlines how vital it is to recognize how these injuries happen and take steps to prevent them from occurring.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has covered many of the common causes of traumatic brain injuries. The CDC states that the largest reason why most people sustain TBIs is falling down, but there are many other reasons why these injuries keep happening. For example, motor vehicle accidents are a major cause, as well as being struck by objects. Moreover, some people sustain a traumtic brain injury after they are assaulted. Regardless of the reason why someone suffers a TBI, they may experience long-term consequences such as headaches, memory problems and other hardships. As a result, people going through these challenges need to focus on recovery.

Reviewing the potential for recovery from a spinal cord injury

480125956.jpgSpinal cord trauma ranks among the most severe type of injury one may suffer in Indianapolis. The assumption that many may have is that severe physical impairments and/or paralysis is sure to follow, yet that is not always true. Many of the 17,000 people that the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center reports suffer spinal cord injuries each year in America may be able to recover to a certain degree.

One's anticipated level of recovery depends largely on the area of the spine where his or her injury occurred. According to the Shepherd Center, the spine is divided into four regions:

  •          Cervical
  •          Thoracic
  •          Lumbar
  •          Sacral

The two year I-69 construction delay has now become more than just a traffic nightmare- It's costing motorists, and even Hoosiers their lives

187087173.jpgThe two year I-69 construction delay has now become more than just a traffic nightmare- It's costing motorists, and even Hoosiers their lives.

Country music star Jamey Johnson takes break to nurse head injury

164653882.jpgFans of Jamey Johnson have been anxiously awaiting a new album, some of them for years. Now, the country music star has explained that he is taking a break from creative work to rest from an injury. In an interview with "Kentucky Country Music," the singer-songwriter explained that he suffered a concussion about 7 years ago which has negatively affected his ability to work.

"I slipped on some ice coming out of the studio one night and I hit my head pretty hard," he explained. More recently, the 41-year-old singer was checked out by a neuroscientist. That checkup revealed that the concussion he suffered all those years ago had put his brain into what he described as a "hyper vigilant" state in which he finds himself unable to focus on anything that isn't directly related to survival.

Large truck wrecks and brake problems

605992634.jpgAccording to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, more than 4,300 buses and large trucks were involved in a fatal accident during 2015. Sadly, these fatal truck crashes frequently leave families with emotional pain that will last for their entire life and financial problems as well. Even when victims of a truck crash are fortunate enough to survive, a whirlwind of challenges may lie ahead. As a result, it is crucial for trucking companies and drivers to realize the various reasons why these collisions happen and aim to prevent additional crashes.

Among 141,000 large truck accidents that were reviewed in a particular study by the FMCSA, brake problems were the leading factor. In fact, this study estimated that brake issues were responsible for 29 percent of the large truck collisions reviewed in the study, or 41,000. In comparison, estimates suggest that driving under the influence of alcohol only played a role in one percent of the crashes (1,000). Clearly, brake issues play a major role in many of the truck accidents that happen throughout the country. If trucking companies paid more attention to these problems, and ensured that brakes were free of any issues, many lives could be saved.

NHTSA: 65 percent of recalled Takata airbags still not repaired

629722242.jpgThere is a potentially deadly defect in the Takata airbag inflators that were recalled between 2008 and 2015. A design or manufacturing defect causes the part to inflate the air bag with far too much force, breaking the surrounding airbag housing. This can cause metal and plastic pieces to shoot through the cabin. So far, at least 16 deaths and 180 injuries have been tied to the defect.

This recall is the largest ever in the auto industry. A total of 46.2 million airbag inflators manufactured by Takata have been recalled so far, out of a total of about 100 million which have been ordered recalled. The defect affects 19 automakers, including Honda, Ford, Volkswagen, BMW, Toyota, Mazda, and Subaru, among others.

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