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January 2015 Archives

Traumatic brain injuries and the tragic consequences

A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is typically caused by a blow to the head that interferes with normal brain activity. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 40 percent of these injuries from 2006 to 2010 were caused by falls, but many were also caused by assaults, motor vehicle accidents and being struck by an object. Various sports and other types of recreation also caused a number of TBIs from 2001 to 2009, particularly in children and young adults.

Winter weather can cause devastating car accidents

With the treacherous winter weather conditions of the past month, many Pittsburgh families have been involved in accidents on the road. The icy roads have caused a number of car accidents, many of which resulted in serious injuries and tragically even fatalities.

Severe weather conditions: A scapegoat for fatal plane crashes?

One of the biggest news stories of last year had to do with an AirAsia flight seemingly disappearing into thin air. The plane, along with its 162 passengers, vanished from the radar while flying to Singapore from Indonesia. Recently, though, parts of the flight have been located in the Java Sea. What caused this crash to happen? The investigation is ongoing but severe weather may have played a role in this tragedy. According to some reports, the plane was subjected to lightning and storm clouds, as well as strong winds. Still, countless flights are subject to these same conditions all over the globe, and aviation accidents remain relatively rare.

Truck drivers responsible for many accidents on the road

While all road accidents can be have tragic results, those involving commercial trucks can be particularly devastating. Trucks are harder to control and therefore harder to stop than other vehicles due to their large size and heavy weight. When a 50,000-pound truck crashes into a small passenger vehicle, the damages are likely to be severe.

17 Car pileup on Interstate 80 leaves 2 dead, injures 30

A horrific 17-car pileup on Interstate 80 this afternoon in Clarion County left two people dead and injured at least thirty more. It has been reported that the visibility was nearly zero after back-to-back white out snow squalls from Lake Effect snow. Car accidents like this must be thoroughly investigated so that all parties involved are evaluated for their

New safety measures in place to help prevent brain injuries

Traumatic brain injuries or TBIs, could be suffered in a motor vehicle accident as well as by a collision on the football field. Pittsburgh football players at every level face the risk of suffering a TBI every time they step out on to the field.

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