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August 2015 Archives

How wrong-way collisions put Louisiana drivers in danger

Although wrong-way collisions account for only 3 percent of all motor vehicle accidents, they are more likely to result in fatalities. For example, the state of Virginia found that wrong-way accidents were 27 times more likely to result in fatalities compared to other crashes. In California, wrong-way crashes were 12 times more likely to result in fatalities. The reason why such accidents are more dangerous than others is because many of them involve head-on collisions.

The dangers of driving while fatigued

Motorists in Louisiana might be interested in learning more about how the dangers associated with driving while fatigued can be reduced by recent advancements in technology. Research show that driver fatigue contributes to about 7,500 motor vehicle accidents every year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that driver fatigue accounts for approximately 25 percent of the fatal crashes occurring in the U.S. Some researchers believe that the number of drowsy drivers has increased over recent years.

Estate of Bobbi Kristina Brown sues boyfriend for her death

Louisiana celebrity watchers may be interested to learn that the estate of Bobbi Kristina Brown filed a wrongful death claim on Aug. 7 against Nick Gordon, her boyfriend at the time of her death. The lawsuit claimed that Gordon was directly responsible for Brown's death.

Blood test may improve traumatic brain injury diagnosis

Emergency room physicians in Louisiana have traditionally faced a dilemma in treating patients who have experienced traumatic brain injuries. The symptoms of these injuries can vary from very mild to very severe. Doctors check for bleeding in a patient's brain, which can be detected in CT scans. Based on the results of a CT scan and a review of the patient's symptoms, doctors decide whether to provide additional treatment or to send the patient home to resume normal activities.