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November 2016 Archives

Safety associated with SUV front passengers seats raises concerns

SUV accidents can have a devastating impact on victims and their families. Tests conducted in 2016 revealed that passengers in SUVs may not enjoy the same protections as drivers in the driver-side seat. When replicating small overlap crash safety tests on the passenger side of 7 small-sized SUVs, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated only 2 models as good and one received a rating of poor. The results were better when the driver's side was tested using the same type of test.

Traumatic brain injury hospital visits and deaths are increasing

Traumatic brain injuries, also known as "TBI"s, are in increasingly serious problem. The total combined number of traumatic brain injury-related emergency room visits, hospitalizations and deaths has increased over the past 10 years. The combined rate of TBI-related hospitalizations, emergency room visits and deaths increased from 521 per 100,000 in 2001 to 615 per 100,000 in 2005. The rates spiked slightly in 2008 following a decline and then continued to increase through 2010 to a rate of 823 per 100,000. The total combined rates are driven by the relatively high number of emergency department visits for TBI.

Oklahoma man killed in fatal motorcycle accident

The legal process offers resources and protections for family members of a loved one who is killed in a motorcycle accident or other type of accident. A family in Oklahoma recently lost a family member in a motorcycle accident. The motorcycle accident occurred when a passenger vehicle failed to yield the right of way to the motorcycle and instead turned in front it. Both the passenger riding on the motorcycle and the driver of the motorcycle were killed in the motorcycle accident. The passenger on the motorcycle was serving in the military and graduated from Oklahoma State University.

Is there a link between new car technology and rising accident deaths?

Every year is a competition to beat last year's new vehicle technology. Vehicle makers show off their new model's latest features such as touch-screens and voice-activated technology. Fun and sometimes frustrating, these features could actually be the cause of increasing roadway accidents.

Resources are available to families following a fatal accident

The unexpected loss of a loved one can be one of the most devastating events anyone faces. When a loved one has been wrongfully lost because of another party's negligence, it can be even more difficult to deal with. In addition to the emotional strain many families may face following the unexpected loss of a loved one, surviving family members may also suffer financial strain left by the loss.

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