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Car accident injuries can be reduced with external airbags

Testing conducted in the airbag industry in 2018 shows that injuries in car accidents can be reduced by up to 40 percent with the use of external airbags. In Nevada, accidents account for thousands of serious injuries per year, and safety authorities are constantly looking for new solutions. External airbags, which are designed to serve as an additional crumple zone, could prove to be a major safety improvement if implemented in new car manufacturing.

The biggest challenge for external airbags is accurate deployment during a collision. Airbags must inflate at a precise time before impact in order to be effective, and accomplishing this goal is a significant technical challenge. Airbag manufacturers believe they will be able to make this work through new sensor technologies like LIDAR, ultrasounds, and advanced cameras. Many of the same technologies are being used to develop autonomous vehicles.

Enlarged left atrium linked to vascular brain injuries

Anyone in Nevada with a brain injury is likely to benefit from early treatment. One way to increase the odds of providing the right treatment as quickly as possible is to develop a better understanding of the nature of brain injuries. This is why researchers have been looking at enlargement of the left atrium, referred to as left atrial diameter, or LAD. The atrium is part of the ventricular system in the brain. What researchers found was a link to vascular brain injuries.

Specifically, researchers evaluated MRIs to develop a better understanding of the relationship between LAD and vascular brain injury. An association was discovered between LAD and small, localized areas of dead tissue caused by an insufficient blood supply, called brain infarcts. However, there is no clear link between LAD and white matter disease known as leukoaraiosis, which is common in stroke patients.

Key safety measures while riding an escalator

Nevada residents may not think much of getting on and off an escalator. However, doing so in an improper manner could result in a serious injury. Parents who have children accompanying them on an escalator should hold their hand and make sure that they stand instead of sit on the steps. It is also not a good idea to bring a wheelchair or other item with wheels on the escalator.

While on the escalator, people be sure to stand facing the direction that it is moving. Riders should check to ensure that loose clothing or anything else that could be caught in the escalator is secured. No one should be riding on the handrail while going up or down. When it is time to get off, it's best to keep moving until completely off the structure and clear of others trying to get off behind. This ensures that an individual doesn't trip, fall or get run over by others on the escalator.

Small business owners need to be aware of dangerous conditions

Business owners in Nevada and around the country have an obligation to provide a safe experience for their customers. If someone trips over a torn carpet or slips on a wet floor, the business owner or operator is generally responsible for damages that an injured victim incurs. A business owner or operator may also be negligent if someone tripped on a cracked sidewalk or was hurt because of a pothole in the parking lot.

It should be noted that an injured victim may not always have a valid claim. For instance, if a person disregarded a wet floor sign or some other warning of a dangerous condition, that may negate the property owner's liability. Furthermore, if a person wasn't paying attention prior to tripping, slipping or falling, the property owner may not be liable for a person's injuries. However, just because a property or business owner may not be responsible for an accident occurring, it is still a good idea to stop them from happening.

Tips for safe winter driving

Nevada drivers who will face snow and ice in the winter will want to keep the following safety tips in mind. Staying safe on the road begins with preparation. They can have a mechanic check the components, such as the ignition, brakes, spark plugs and battery. A mechanic could also check antifreeze levels, check tires for wear and bring them to the right pressure.

Drivers should also plan their route ahead of time and check the weather before going. Whenever possible, they should wait out storms. Another danger to avoid can arise in the garage: many drivers let their car run inside to warm it up, but this can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.

Braking features can make roads safer

Driving on Nevada roads can be a lot safer when a vehicle is equipped with an emergency braking system. This is according to research from the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety. The non-profit gathered its data by looking at crash statistics on General Motors brand vehicles from model years 2013 through 2015. During this time period, the emergency braking feature was optional on most vehicles that were involved in the study.

Researchers were able to sort through police reports to determine if a vehicle involved in an accident had the feature or not. Vehicles that offered automatic braking and collision warning were involved in 43 percent fewer rear-end collisions. Furthermore, they were involved in 64 percent fewer crashes that resulted in injuries. In 2016, there were 2.4 million rear-end crashes that were reported to authorities. That was roughly 33 percent of all crashes in that time period.

NSC releases preliminary 2017 traffic accident fatality figures

Motor vehicle accidents in Nevada and around the country claimed 40,100 lives in 2017 according to preliminary data from the National Safety Council. This represents a modest fall of 1 percent over 2016 figures, but it also marks the second consecutive year that road deaths have surpassed 40,000. Advocacy groups like the NSC are unlikely to celebrate the news as it reveals that efforts to improve road safety after the sharpest two-year rise in accident fatalities in more than half a century have been largely ineffective.

In addition to the lives lost, car accidents in 2017 injured 4.57 million road users seriously enough to warrant medical treatment and drained an estimated $413.8 billion from the nation's economy. The NSC figures are based on data collected from every state and the District of Columbia and account for accidents that take place in parking lots and on private roads. The nonprofit group also uses information provided by the National Center for Health Statistics.

Construction begins on 17th Las Vegas Strip pedestrian bridge

Officials in Nevada have announced that work has started on what will be the 17th pedestrian bridge over the Las Vegas Strip. The new bridge will link the Showcase Mall, which is located directly in front of the MGM Grand, and Park MGM. The bridge is expected to cost $16.9 million to build and will feature elevators and escalators at both ends to make the crossing less physically challenging for pedestrians.

The Las Vegas Strip is packed with cars and pedestrians around the clock, and approximately 60,000 vehicles travel on the stretch that will be spanned by the new bridge each day. Clark County officials hope that the bridge will improve traffic flow and reduce driver frustration while providing pedestrians with a safe way to cross Las Vegas Boulevard. The first pedestrian bridge to cross The Strip was opened in 1995 at the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana Avenue.

Accidents kill more younger people than disease

People in Nevada might be surprised to learn that leading cause of death for many Americans is not heart disease or cancer. In fact, it is not a disease at all. Unintentional injuries cause more deaths for people aged 1 year to 44 years than anything else. According to the Centers for Disease Control, car accidents account for a large portion of those accidental deaths.

The CDC says that every year, 32,000 people are killed in accidents on the roads in the United States. An additional 2 million people are injured in auto accidents. Obeying speed limits, never driving drunk and staying off cellphones while driving are important safety rules for drivers, but wearing seat belts is equally important, CDC says. The organization recommends that all drivers and passengers buckle up every time they travel on the roads, even on short trips.

The dangers of nighttime driving

Data from the National Safety Council suggests that drivers in Nevada and around the country are three times more likely to crash during the nighttime hours. Experts say that this increased accident risk is largely a result of reduced visibility and glare from oncoming headlights. They also point out that quiet nighttime roads add to the dangers as they encourage drivers to exceed posted speed limits.

Motorists driving at night can only see about 500 feet of the road ahead when their high beams are on and about 250 feet of roadway when relying on their regular headlights. This makes avoiding obstacles or debris extremely difficult as a car traveling at 50 mph takes just a few seconds to cover this distance. The problem is more pronounced among older drivers as the eyes deteriorate over time and senior citizens generally need twice as much light to see as well as a person in their 30s.

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