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August 2016 Archives

U.S. traffic deaths surge, according to NHTSA

It is hard to imagine what it feels like to lose someone in a car accident. In 2015, the families of over 35,000 people learned exactly what it is like. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 35,092 people were killed in fatal car accidents last year, which is a 7.2 percent increase from 2014. There has not been a single-year increase this large since 1966.

Brain-machine interfaces may improve the lives of paraplegics

According to the World Health Organization, over 280,000 people in the United States suffer from spinal cord injuries. Most were caused by motor vehicle accidents, falls and acts of violence. Damage to the spinal cord can result in paraplegia, or paralysis of the legs and trunk. The effects of paraplegia can be long-term or, in many cases, life-long. However, some paraplegic patients may be able to move again with recent research developments.

Star Trek actor's parents file wrongful death suit

It is hard to imagine what goes through a family's mind when they lose a loved one. In addition to grieving the loss, they may wonder who was responsible for what happened. Parents of Star Trek: Beyond actor Anton Yelchin believe that the maker of Yelchin's Jeep may be responsible for their son's death.

Drowsy driving is a major cause of accidents nationwide

Every day, we hear about how distracted driving is responsible for countless accidents on the roadways. But there is another common cause of accidents that we don't pay as much attention to. The AAA Foundation estimates that drowsy driving is responsible for an average of 328,000 car accidents each year. In a survey by the AAA Foundation, 43.2 percent of drivers admit to having fallen asleep behind the wheel at some point in their lives.

How to file a lawsuit after a truck accident in Lake Charles

While all types of motor vehicle accidents can cause injury, motorists involved in truck accidents are especially vulnerable to serious injuries. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, over 100,000 people were injured and close to 5,000 were killed in large truck accidents in 2006.

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