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In their own words: What brain injury patients want to hear

In their own words: What brain injury patients want to hear

Being struck by a car or truck while riding a bike often proves fatal because the injuries can be catastrophic. But even when a bicyclist survives, he or she can be left with the effects of a traumatic brain injury.

It is difficult to come to terms with the new normal of coping with a TBI. Emotions can run the gamut from anger to anxiety, then sadness at what is lost and fear for an uncertain future. TBI patients may long for the days before their accident when their memories weren't clouded and their relationships strained.

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Can exercise help people who have spinal cord injuries?

Can exercise help people who have spinal cord injuries?

There are a lot of different injuries that can occur when a bicyclist is struck by a motor vehicle. One of the injuries that can occur is a spinal cord injury. Oftentimes, a spinal cord injury has catastrophic effects that can impact a person's ability to live life in the same manner as he or she was prior to the accident. In some cases, a spinal cord injury can lead to paralysis or other mobility issues. Exercising might help people with spinal cord injuries to stay as healthy as possible and overcome some obstacles.

How can a person with a spinal cord injury exercise?

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Bike accidents: Crash statistics and proposed solutions

Bike accidents: Crash statistics and proposed solutions

A lot of debate is circulating about the best way to integrate bicycles into traffic flow in Los Angeles and communities across the country. Some places favor adding bike lanes or paths adjacent to or built into regular car and truck travel lanes. In other locations, solutions to prevent bike accidents include segregating motorists and bicyclists by using physical barriers and even entirely different paths.

No matter whether opinions of California bike riders, drivers, traffic planners and lawmakers are shared or different, none of these groups can ignore statistics showing more bicyclists than ever before are injured and killed on U.S. roads.

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California legislation fuels bike helmet controversy

 California legislation fuels bike helmet controversy

Many Los Angeles bike riders voluntarily wear helmets for added safety protection. California children and most teens have been required to wear helmets since 1994. State law makes helmet use mandatory for bicyclists under 18 and optional for older riders, but that could change.

Senate Bill 192 calls for all bicyclists statewide to wear helmets while riding. The same bill would make wearing reflective clothing compulsory for bicycling during nighttime hours. Violators would be issued citations and fined as much as $25 for riding without head protection.

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The prevalence of large truck accidents in the U.S.

The prevalence of large truck accidents in the U.S.

Statistics about motor vehicle accidents become more than disconnected data under analysis. Repeating patterns reveal how accidents happen. More importantly, a study of crash statistics may lead to new laws and commercial vehicle regulations that can prevent Los Angeles collisions.

Fatal accidents nationwide dropped approximately 15 percent during the last two decades, making roads across the U.S. safer than they have ever been. The steady decline reflects an overall trend, but the death rate jumps when large truck accidents are isolated.

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Analyzing California and U.S. truck accident data for answers

 Analyzing California and U.S. truck accident data for answers

It can seem like you're surrounded by large trucks when traveling on Los Angeles freeways. Passenger vehicle drivers can't fail to notice tractor-trailers, particularly when they are passing at highway speeds or filling a rearview mirror. Large trucks are well suited to the job of transporting goods, but due to size and weight, can be the most destructive vehicles on California roads.

Large trucks made up only about 4 percent of all registered U.S. vehicles in 2012. Disproportionately, large trucks were involved in 8 percent of all fatal accidents. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reported fatal truck crashes, on average, occur 11 times a day in the U.S. and take the lives of almost 4,000 victims annually.

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California programs promote bike accident reduction, harmony

 California programs promote bike accident reduction, harmony

California provides a near-perfect environment for people who ride bicycles, whether it's for recreation or out of necessity. With a growing population of bicyclists in Los Angeles and throughout the state, it's never been more important for riders and drivers to come to terms over the rights of the road. Annoyance and animosity lead to bike accidents and often serious injuries.

A retired champion cyclist from Westlake Village wants bicyclists and drivers to reach an understanding and learn to respect one another. The 35-year-old, seven-time winner of the U.S. Time Trials founded Yield to Life in 2007. The nonprofit organization is devoted to education about road rules and courtesy.

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No charges against California teen driver who fled bike accident

 No charges against California teen driver who fled bike accident

Criminal charges aren't filed following some Los Angeles motor vehicle accidents, because investigators cannot produce evidence a driver broke the law. It's not uncommon to read a driver was cited for a traffic infraction but not charged with a crime, even after a crash involving serious injuries or a fatality. Civil courts assess accident claims differently, basing decisions on proof of negligence.

A 19-year-old Laguna Beach man was taken into custody, questioned and released. The unidentified teen was not cited or charged, although police stated the driver left the scene in a Toyota Prius after being involved in a bicycle accident. Reports didn't say whether police were considering charges following the completion of the investigation.

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Panel awards paralyzed California bicyclist $15.5 million

 Panel awards paralyzed California bicyclist $15.5 million

Anyone who lives in California understands why people like to ride bikes here. The state is picturesque and much of it hugs the Pacific Ocean. Unfortunately, some negligent parties don't abide by laws that give bicyclists the road rights they're entitled to have.

Bicyclists can sustain some extremely serious injuries, despite taking all precautions to avoid accidents. Bike riders make up less than 1 percent of all road users but have a disproportionately high risk of getting hurt. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 515,000 cyclists visited U.S. emergency rooms in 2010 and nearly 800 people were killed in bike accidents.

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California driver charged months after violent truck crash

California driver charged months after violent truck crash

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration rules limit the hours commercial truck operators can drive. The regulations also apply to rest periods between shifts. The rules aren't in place to frustrate California truckers craving overtime or companies with pressing deadlines – truck driver fatigue can kill.

A study reported by FMCSA officials said 13 percent of drivers involved in commercial truck accidents were found to be fatigued. Tiredness isn't the only reason truck accidents happen. Driver distractions, like the use of cellphones and other electronic devices, are sometimes an attempt to break the boredom of long hours on the road.

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