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How will playing video games help with your TBI?

After suffering a traumatic brain injury in a motor vehicle accident, you may find yourself struggling to get back to some semblance of "normal." When it comes to brain injuries, you could experience a myriad of physical and cognitive issues that may frustrate and stress you at the same time.

Your treatment depends on the severity and location of your injury, but it could be some time before all of the effects of it become known. When they do, you can refine your treatment program to help you achieve the best recovery possible.

Former U.S. representative from Florida hurt in motorcycle wreck

Allen West, the former U.S. Representative from Florida, suffered serious injuries while driving his motorcycle home from a rally in Austin, Texas.

According to reports, the accident happened around 5 p.m. on Interstate 35 north of Waco. State troopers say that another vehicle had unsafely changed lanes, darting in front of two motorcyclists. The other driver's actions caused one motorcyclist to brake and the second driver to crash into the first. Both motorcyclists had to be treated at the hospital, and the former congressman reportedly had several cuts, broken bones and a concussion.

Would you know if you were bleeding internally in a truck crash?

It probably wouldn't surprise you to know that 18-wheelers can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. When you add that to their size, it's easy to see why they cannot stop quickly and why any impact with one will most likely be a violent one.

People involved in crashes with these mammoth vehicles suffer a myriad of injuries, and one of them is internal bleeding. Any blunt force trauma or rapid deceleration such as that sustained in a truck accident could lead to this dangerous injury. Knowing the signs could save your life one day.

An open fracture is just one possible pedestrian injury

Pedestrians are often acutely aware of the fragility of life when they cross a street and a vehicle narrowly misses hitting them. Walking may be good exercise, calming and the oldest method of transportation, but in a city like Tampa where vehicles often outnumber pedestrians in certain areas, it can also be dangerous.

If you walk anywhere, you know this is true. Perhaps you pick up your pace as you cross the street, especially if you are the only one in the crosswalk. You may find yourself wondering if that driver in the left-turn lane saw you before the crossing signal gave you the go-ahead to walk through the intersection.

Drunk driver injures 6 in Valrico

A crash involving a drunk driver in Valrico sent six people to the hospital -- including two Hillsborough County police deputies.

The early morning crash happened on May 10, 2020, near the intersection of Church Street and Highway 60 East. According to reports, the police deputies were parked on the media nearby, monitoring the passing traffic for suspected drunk drivers -- when a 2016 Chevy Impala heading eastbound jumped the median and slammed headlong into one patrol car and sideways into the other.

Fatalities from truck accidents rose in 2019

New estimates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released this month indicate that truck accident fatalities rose in 2019 by 1% over 2018. The figures were obtained via preliminary reports through the Fatality Analysis Reporting System, or FARS, which provides both Congress and the general public with information about highway safety and fatal crashes.

It should be noted that FARS does not distinguish between crashes involving private owners (like the average owner of a large pickup truck) and commercial owners (like the average big-box truck or delivery vehicle).

Can you spot a drunk driver?

You do your best to be careful when you're out there on the road, and you understand that defensive driving is important. But how do you protect yourself against something like a drunk driver?

Know the signs. If you can spot a drunk driver, you can take steps to evade them and even report them to the authorities. Here's what you will commonly see with drunk drivers:

  • Tailgating, especially aggressively so
  • Abrupt or illegal turns
  • Inconsistent speed, including rapid accelerations and decelerations
  • Driving the wrong way into traffic
  • Driving more than 10 miles per hour below the posted speed limit for now discernible reason
  • Striking or almost striking curbs or objects on the curb
  • Sudden braking for no visible cause
  • Forgotten headlights at night
  • Driving down the center of the lane, on the yellow line
  • Drifting in and out of moving traffic
  • Lagging responses to traffic signals
  • Inconsistent signaling (like putting on a left-hand turn signal and driving straight)
  • Driving off the road, onto yards or other areas

Spinal injuries and mental health: What new research says

New research published by the University of Michigan is taking a hard look into some of the lesser-known consequences of traumatic spinal injuries: the psychological damage caused by living with the condition.

Researchers compared adults with spinal cord injuries to the general population. Their research revealed that victims of spinal cord injuries suffered markedly higher rates of anxiety and depression than those without such injuries. Spinal cord injury victims are also more likely to suffer from two or more mental health disorders at a time than their non-injured counterparts.

What to do when you witness a motorcycle wreck

Watching a motorcyclist get wiped out on the road is a horrific experience. What's worse: Many people never even stop to help. Maybe they're afraid of getting hurt themselves, or maybe they simply don't know what to do -- but even one Good Samaritan can make a big difference to an injured biker.

If you want to be ready to respond appropriately to a motorcycle wreck in a way that could save someone's life and preserve their future, here is what you need to know:

  1. Call 911. The sooner you can get an emergency medical crew to arrive, the better. Motorcycle accident injuries are usually serious, and every second counts when it comes to a positive outcome.
  2. Make safety your top concern. Stop your vehicle in a place that is both out of the way of oncoming traffic and out of the way of the emergency vehicles that need to arrive at the scene. Turn on your hazard lights and make sure that you can safely approach the accident victim before you try.
  3. Don't move the victim or remove their helmet. Spinal and head injuries are common with motorcycle wrecks. Moving someone who has suffered either can actually do more harm than good. Let the trained paramedics handle this job. Instead, focus on communicating to the victim that you are present and that you've already alerted the authorities that they need help.
  4. Ask for important information. If the victim is able to respond, try to find out their name and any important information about their medical conditions or drug allergies for the paramedics.

Spring is here, which means more motorcycles are on the road

Spring in Florida brings milder temps and longer days, and more people are out and about. This time of year also brings out the bikers as the good weather provides an ideal opportunity to enjoy the open road. With more motorcycles on the road, it is more important than ever for drivers to share the road safely in order to reduce the chance of an accident that could leave innocent people injured.

If you are a biker, you understand the importance of being careful and wearing certain safety gear. Even with the proper safety equipment and the utmost caution, you are still vulnerable to injury in the event of a crash. Motorcycles are no match for the solid, heavy frame of a moving vehicle, and you could suffer serious injury even in a low-speed collision.

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