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ChannelView Students Involved in Tragic Bus Crash

By Mar 15, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized

Shortly before dawn on Tuesday morning, a First Class Tours, Inc. bus carrying Channelview band students crashed into a 50 foot ravine in Baldwin County, Alabama.  The students were traveling home to Channelview from a trip to Disney World in Florida. The driver was killed, and dozens of students were injured. This type of crash often causes traumatic brain injuries, as well as orthopedic injuries. By all accounts, this was a one-vehicle collision.  The most common causes of this type of bus crash are driver fatigue and vehicle equipment failure. Federal and state law have strict requirements for interstate drivers of commercial vehicles.   Despite these rules, which limit hours behind the wheel, and require scheduled rest breaks, a crash study by the  Department of Transportation study found that, in collisions where the truck was at fault, 87 per cent were caused by driver fatigue.  Many of these collisions occur between midnight and 6 a.m. — the time of day when drivers are naturally drowsy. Federal and state laws also require regular maintenance and daily inspection of commercial vehicles.  Equipment failure, such as brakes that are dangerously worn or out of adjustment, often cause fatal collisions.  It is the driver’s responsibility to check his rig at the beginning of every trip, and to submit a vehicle maintenance report.  In spite of these requirements, poor vehicle maintenance is also a major cause of truck and bus collisions.  The tour company’s online safety record shows that the company has been involved in four […]

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Mild traumatic brain injury and post-concussion syndrome

By Mar 8, 2018 Posted in Blog

One-third of all concussions are missed in emergency room examinations If you were “dazed” or “confused” following an accident, and are suffering from symptoms such as fatigue, nausea, headaches, trouble sleeping, blurred vision or ringing in your ears, you may have suffered a concussion.   A mild traumatic brain injury is defined as a brief period of being “dazed or disoriented,” or a brief loss of consciousness.  Statistics show that 33% of concussions are missed in emergency room examinations.  One reason for this is that mild traumatic brain injury does NOT show up on a CT scan or an MRI.  Standard neuroimaging will identify large focal contusions or hemorrhage, but conventional CT and MRI testing does not identify diffuse axonal and vascular injury, both of which are major drivers of poor clinical outcome after traumatic brain injury. Sharp DJ, et al. Practical Neurology 2015;15:172–186. doi:10.1136/practneurol-2015-001087. Traumatic brain injury has been identified as a health epidemic Traumatic brain injury has been identified as a health epidemic by the World Health Organization and the United States Centers for Disease Control. Each year over a million American suffer concussions Each year in the U.S., 1,000,000 people suffer concussions; 300,000 of these result in serious, long term injuries.  Centers for Disease Control, Report to Congress on Mild Traumatic Brain Injury In the United States: Steps to Prevent a Serious Public Health Problem. Mild traumatic brain injury can have long-lasting symptoms A mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) can have serious and long-lasting symptoms, especially in persons […]

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