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July 2015 Archives

Traumatic brain injuries and PTSD

Many people in Louisiana suffer traumatic brain injuries. When the injury was received during a traumatic event, the person may also develop comorbid post-traumatic stress disorder through which they relive memories of the event over and over again.

Driver errors lead causes of cargo tank truck rollovers

The extensive refinery operations in Louisiana generate a lot of tanker truck traffic. Commercial vehicles moving cargo tanks increase safety risks to drivers and motorists because of their loads of hazardous liquids. When these trucks roll over, they sometimes spill their loads and exacerbate the potential for injuries to people and the environment. According to a report from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, more than 1,300 tanker truck rollovers occur annually around the country.

Stroke could hasten cognitive decline over long term

Every year, about 795,000 people have a stroke in the United States. However, the authors of a new study say that several million adults survived a stroke in 2010. Patients in Louisiana might be surprised that the researchers also concluded that a decline in cognitive function occurs for six years after a stroke.

Making the roads safer for teen drivers

Driving in Louisiana can be hazardous at the best of times, but the roads can be particularly dangerous for young and inexperienced motorists. Auto accidents are the leading cause of death for American teenagers, and the numbers look likely to rise in the coming years as texting behind the wheel is becoming a serious problem among younger drivers. Public awareness campaigns have been effective at reducing drunk driving, but they seem unable to convince motorists of the dangers associated with using electronic devices while driving.

Video technology addresses large vehicles as driving obstacles

A two-lane highway in Louisiana can become dangerous when slow-moving semi trucks hinder efficient travel. Determining when it is safe to pass can lead to close calls or serious accidents for those who attempt to pass without a clear view of oncoming traffic. The South Korean company Samsung has considered this issue in developing a new safety feature intended for use on high-profile vehicles like semis. Although the system has only been tested in Argentina, a nation known for a high incidenceof traffic accidents, it could offer U.S. residents a safer experience on narrow highways.