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December 2018 Archives

DUI crash fatalities compose one-third of traffic deaths

Residents of Las Vegas know how common it is for people to drive drunk. Even at the legal limit of 0.08 percent, the presence of alcohol in the system leads to slower reaction times, impaired depth perception and poor peripheral vision. Drunk driving crashes often turn out fatal; in fact, about one-third of all deaths resulting from traffic injuries stem from DUI crashes. Common causes of death include head trauma and excessive blood loss.

Soft tissue injuries and car accidents

Car accidents in Nevada involving some type of impact often contribute to soft tissue injuries. These are injuries that affect non-bony body parts like muscles, tendons, and ligaments. The extent of damage to these tissues can range from minor sprains or strains to serious tears that could require surgical correction. Some car crash victims simply have general soreness that lasts for a brief period of time, while others with soft tissue injuries have more persistent and disruptive pain.

Research shows young adults trip and fall more than elderly

Over the course of four months, researchers at Purdue University recorded how many times a group of 94 undergraduate college students tripped and fell during their daily activities. The results of their study show that young adults trip and fall more often than older people. Nevada residents will want to know more about this.

Traffic accidents: a globally leading cause of death

Drivers in Nevada should know that the World Health Organization has ranked traffic accidents eighth among the world's leading causes of death. The situation is especially bad in low-income countries where 13 percent of all fatal traffic crashes occur. Africa and Southeast Asia see the highest death rates. More than half of all traffic fatalities are pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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