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What should you do after suffering a concussion in a bike crash?

Bike riding, whether you use it to get to work here in Los Angeles or it's something you do for pleasure on the weekends, can be dangerous. Few bike riders go unscathed. Scrapes, cuts and bruises are a given. Broken bones are also common. Concussions sadly happen more often than you may expect too. Many bikers who experience the latter never seem to give themselves enough time to recuperate.

According to the director of the Colorado Concussion Clinic, many doctors will recommend that their patients allow themselves 10 days to recover from a concussion. She considers this to be absurd, especially considering how cardiac patients and those with broken bones are told to wait six weeks before returning to normal activities. She notes that brain injuries such as this shouldn't be expected to fully heal within 10 days.

An inflatable motorcycle safety vest may just save your life

Passenger cars have come equipped with airbags and other safety features for several decades now. The introduction of innovative features that would keep motorcyclists safer has been lacking though. On August 1, that all changed. On that day, a Seattle company introduced an inflatable safety vest that they hope will make motorcycle riding safer than it's previously been before.

The newly released vest includes seven sensors including gyroscopes and accelerometers. It can also inflate in a mere 40 milliseconds. Previous safety vests required the motorcyclist to be tethered to their bike for them to work. It was only after they came up off of its seat, that it would activate.

A Pasadena motorcyclist's 5 children win a wrongful death lawsuit

The children of a deceased motorcyclist finally settled a wrongful death lawsuit in mid-July. Their 60-year-old dad died on impact after being hit at the intersection of Washington Boulevard and Marengo Avenue in Pasadena on Oct. 6, 2016. Since the operator of the vehicle was unknown until late last year, their lawsuit was filed and won against the vehicle's owner in this California case.

Witnesses that police interviewed at the scene of the crash reported seeing a Tesla operator speeding while heading northbound along Marengo Avenue shortly before the incident occurred. That driver collided into the motorcyclist as he was approaching the Washington Boulevard intersection just before 11:40 p.m.

Burbank City Council meets to discuss biker and pedestrian safety

On June 25, Burbank City Council members met to discuss progress being made on the Complete Streets Plan. The lawmakers expect that pedestrian and bicyclist safety will be improved once this plan has been implemented in the city.

At the meeting, the mayor and one council member who'd originally proposed the plan highlighted how major transit routes that area residents travel should be redesigned. They highlighted how those in the Media District, the Hollywood Burbank Airport area, Magnolia Park and downtown Burbank are particularly dangerous.

High-visibility motorcycle gear may just save lives

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published a report this week in which they highlighted their findings as to why motorcyclists wear high-visibility gear or not. It also shed light on what can be done to increase their use of it.

In their report, they chronicled how as many as 5,000 motorcyclists die each year here in the United States. Most of them are killed by passenger car operators who fail to see them. This is one of the reasons why the NHTSA's researchers began looking at motorcyclists' use of high-visibility gear. They wanted to understand how to make sure that they're seen as much as possible.

Reconsider tapping your helmet to warn fellow bikers of cops

When you drive the streets here in Los Angeles, you probably see many motorcyclists along your path. Bikers tend to treat each other as if they belong to some type of brotherhood. They often tap their helmets to signal to each other that they're coming up on a police officer, so they'll know not to drive less recklessly. Some bikers have recently decided to stop giving others courtesy warnings though.

Data published by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows that more than 5,100 motorcyclists died in the U.S. in 2017. Those same statistics reveal that motorcyclists have 28 times the chance of becoming involved in a fatal crash than those riding in passenger cars.

Ways bicyclists can avoid rear-end crashes

Whether they live in Los Angeles or somewhere else throughout California, one thing that bicyclists fear most is being struck by an automobile. One type of crash that concerns bike riders the most is a rear-end accident. These are scary because bicyclists often don't see them coming. There are steps that they can take reduce their chances of becoming involved in a bike crash in the first place though.

Rear end crashes frequently happen when motorists try to pull around parked cars and other hazards in their path. They also frequently happen at night and in the suburbs or rural areas. Safety analysts note this has to do with poor lighting and increased speeds in these areas.

What are common symptoms of an incomplete spinal cord injury?

Data compiled by the National Spinal Cord Injury Association (NSCIA) shows that approximately 450,000 people who have suffered spinal cord injuries (SCI) live in the United States. As many as 11,000 new cases are diagnosed every year. Individuals affected by SCIs experience a variety of symptoms depending on the placement and severity of their injuries.

There are two primary types of SCIs, complete and incomplete ones. Although both of these are life-altering, most individuals would consider the latter to impact a person's life the least.

L.A.'s New Diagonal Crosswalks

If you are a local to Los Angeles, surely you have seen these new crosswalks which allows pedestrians to cross in any direction. To some, this may look more dangerous or confusing, however, recent reports suggest this is actually increasing Los Angeles pedestrian safety.

More could be done to reduce fatal bike and motorcycle crashes

Californians and individuals across the United States have a lot of options available to them when they want to travel somewhere nowadays. Manufacturers have begun equipping their motor vehicles with technology to make them safer to remain competitive for consumers. Even still, a recent study published by Business Insider shows that some methods of transportation are still safer than others.

Business Insider researchers reviewed some of the latest data published by federal agencies such as the National Safety Council (NSC) and the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). They did so to try to understand what's the safest mode of transportation in the United States.

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