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Your brain could cause you to forget an accident

You're driving home from work. The next thing you know, you wake up in the hospital with serious injuries.

It can be incredibly jarring. You don't remember anything about the accident itself. The whole thing was caught on camera thanks to another driver's dash cam, so you can watch the crash, but it still doesn't feel like anything that happened to you. It feels like watching someone else in your car.

Potentially suicidal wrong-way driver kills 1 in California

Two cars collided in California, on I-5, and one of those vehicles was driving the wrong direction on the interstate.

The wrong-way driver was a 28-year-old woman who was behind the wheel of a gray Chevrolet Impala. The other driver was a 29-year-old man driving a maroon 2012 Honda Accord.

A slip-and-fall accident can be deadly

People often think that a slip-and-fall accident is a minor incident. You probably just wind up with a bruised hip and a bruised ego. Maybe, they assume, you break a bone.

The reality, though, is that slip-and-fall incidents can be deadly. Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 15,000 individuals who were older than 65 passed away after a fall in 2005 alone. And that's just looking at the elderly. If those numbers held every year, that's well over 150,000 people since 2005. Again, it also doesn't take into account younger people, which would boost the numbers yet again.

Tips motorcyclists can use to avoid accidents

Many motorcycle accidents happen because drivers don't see the bike. Motorcycles are small and fast, and a lot of drivers inadvertently pull out in front of them or cut them off.

These accidents may not even result in injuries for the driver in the car, but they can be deadly for the bikers. Below are a few tips that can help reduce the odds of a crash.

  • Never assume a driver will see you. Always assume they have no idea you're there and don't give in to the false sense of security.
  • Scan the road and be aware of other traffic. Identify drivers who may make a mistake -- like a driver waiting to turn left through your lane -- and watch carefully so that you see it coming.
  • Wear bright clothes. A lot of bikers like to wear black, but it's actually the absolute worst color you can wear because it blends in with the road.
  • Use signals. Your bike has turn signals. Some riders use hand signals, as well, like cyclists. Go out of your way to make sure all drivers know what you're doing. Again, don't assume anything.
  • Slow down. Yes, you have a right to drive the speed limit, but it can be helpful to remember that every mile per hour faster you travel, the less reaction time you'll have. Slowing down can also reduce the force of the impact if there is a crash.

Would a higher driving age be safer?

Being allowed to drive is one of the first stepping stones for a teen toward adulthood. It happens before other milestones like being able to vote at 18 or drink at 21, and teens are thrilled to finally have the freedom that a license allows.

That said, would it be wise to move the age up from 16 to 18? Many other countries use 18 as their limit, but the United States clings to 16. According to many agencies, like the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), and the Department of Transportation (DOT), statistics show that young teen drivers pose a serious risk.

Is there a difference between road rage and aggressive driving?

Road rage is a common form of dangerous driving that many Californians are experiencing all too often. The hectic, busy schedules of people these days can contribute to irritation, impatience and anger behind the wheel. Not surprisingly, you might sustain an injury in an auto accident caused by an angry or aggressive driver.

Aggressive driving and road rage are similar in that they are dangerous driving behaviors resulting from someone who is losing control emotionally. However, the law interprets both driving types somewhat differently.

3 factors that impact Christmas car accidents

There are few things as heartbreaking for a family as losing a loved one over the Christmas holiday. However, car accidents alone take hundreds of lives every year. It's a risk most families face.

In trying to break down the risks, researchers note three things that can impact how many accidents happen. They are:

  1. Alcohol. One study found that about 35 percent of Christmas wrecks were linked to drinking and driving. The holidays do tend to show a spike in drinking, which doesn't work well with the spike in travel. That said, other holidays are worse. New Year's saw a 42 percent correlation, for instance.
  2. The economy. The recession wasn't good for many people's bank accounts, but it did help cut back on fatalities. People don't travel as much for the holidays when they just don't have the means. For instance, from 2009 to 2011, the average deaths at Christmas came in at 250 in one study. From 2003 to 2008, in a far stronger economy, the average was 370.
  3. The date. Obviously, Christmas is always on Dec. 25, so that means it moves around throughout the week. If it's on the weekend or close, there tend to be more deaths. One year, with a mid-week Christmas day, there were hundreds less estimated deaths. People may get a day or two off from work, but they don't travel as far if they have to work right before and after the holiday.

3 keys to seeking compensation for emotional distress

Emotional distress, which is often referred to as mental anguish, may fall under the umbrella of pain and suffering. It goes beyond the physical pain of an accident, like the anguish of a broken leg, and you could be compensated in some cases for the emotional toll of being involved in an traumatic crash you did not cause.

Some examples of mental harm include:

  • Insomnia
  • Anguish
  • Torment
  • Humiliation
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

Accidents and trauma are leading causes for amputations

Amputations will change the lives of those who undergo the procedure. Generally speaking, these injuries are irreversible. They bring about life-long changes that may be fundamental to the way a person lives.

Prosthetic limbs can help. Many people with prosthetic legs can still run or hike, for example. However, many other activities are lost forever. The person's quality of life can change. He or she may never work again. Depressing thoughts are common. Therapy is needed, both physically and mentally.

8 critical statistics about all-terrain vehicle accidents

All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are often thought of as toys. You don't buy them for any specific purpose but to have fun.

Unfortunately, this mindset helps to mask the fact that they're very dangerous and accidents can lead to serious injuries and even death. Below are a few key statistics about these crashes that everyone should keep in mind:

  1. Men are far more involved in injury crashes than women. Reports indicate that about 75 to 85 percent of these accidents involve men.
  2. About one third of the accidents that result in a trip to the emergency room involve kids who are under 16 years old.
  3. The same age group accounts for around 30 percent of all hospital stays after these accidents.
  4. Riding double is one of the most common things noted in deadly accidents. Many ATVs are not designed for two people.
  5. Three-wheelers are more dangerous than four-wheelers. Some experts say they're three times as dangerous, mostly because they're not as stable.
  6. Crashes not resulting in death, but just in injury, are typically in off-road settings. Fatal wrecks are usually on pavement.
  7. About 50 percent of all deadly accidents have children at the controls; children are here defined as those 16 years old or younger.
  8. Holidays and weekends see the highest crash rates, and most of these incidents happen during the day.
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