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brain injury, concussion, traumatic brain injuryEven a mild concussion can have effects that are serious enough to exacerbate a person’s risk of suffering Parkinson’s disease.

Those findings come from a study conducted on 300,000 veterans. Approximately 150,000 of these veterans had suffered a mild, moderate or severe traumatic brain injury. The persons were monitored and tracked over a period of twelve years. At the end of the study period, the researchers found that suffering even a mild traumatic brain injury increased the risk of suffering Parkinson’s disease by as much as a staggering 56%. The risk was also high in the case of moderate and severe brain injury.

The authors of the study say that the results point to the need for increased monitoring and tracking of patients who suffer from traumatic brain injury, preferably for years after the injury.

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You’re still much more likely to be injured while riding a motorcycle than driving a car, but those risks seem to have dropped somewhat. In 2017, there was a significant decline in the number of people killed in motorcycle accidents in the United States. However, that progress doesn’t seem to have percolated down to Indiana. Here, there was actually a significant increase in the number of people killed in motorcycle accidents in 2017, compared to 2018.

According to data from the Governors Highway Safety Association, preliminary statistics seem to indicate a drop of 6% in the number of motorcycle fatalities across the country in 2017, compared to 2016. Overall, there were 4,990 motorcycle accident deaths in the United States in 2017, a decline of 296 motorcyclist fatalities from 2016. It is a significant decline, and seems to indicate some progress in making the streets safer for motorcyclists to ride on. Even so, your risks as a motorcyclist are much higher than the risks of a motorist. Motorcyclists have a disproportionate risk of being killed or seriously injured in an accident. Fatalities for motorcyclists are as much as 20 times higher than for people riding in or driving passenger vehicles.

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Image result for motorcycle helmetIt’s a well-established fact that wearing a motorcycle helmet significantly raises the risk of suffering a traumatic brain injury in an accident. However, new research now indicates that helmets are also very beneficial in helping protect motorcyclists against a possibly dangerous cervical spine injury.

New research was conducted by conducted by a team of neurological surgeons at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics in Madison, and published in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine. According to the new data, the old theory that motorcycle helmets do nothing to protect against spine injury and other injuries in an accident, may not be true after all.

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motorcycle-2186589_1280-300x200Motorbike accidents kill thousands of Americans every year. Motorcycling is great fun, and there is nothing to beat the thrill of an exhilarating ride, but the fact is that it can also be a very dangerous recreational sport. Many accidents occur every year because people are not comfortable with the vehicle that they are riding.

If you are an amateur motorcyclist, or are considering buying a motorcycle, there are several things that you must keep in mind before you make your purchase because your choice of motorcycle can determine your level of safety on the road.

Choosing a motorcycle depends on the purpose for which you are buying one. Are you buying a motorcycle for work?  Do you intend to use it on weekends? Do you intend to use it to hang out with friends? Do you intend to use it on road trips? Remember, the motorcycle that you buy will differ depending on the purpose involved. Be sure that you speak to the dealer about the kind of motorcycle that’s right for you.

motorcycle handlesMotorcyclists in Indiana can look forward to a future in which motorcycles will be so smartly designed that they will actually eliminate the need to wear any protective gear, like helmets.

BMW recently unveiled a motorcycle concept that the company believes would eliminate the need for wearing a helmet. The motorcycle is called Motorrad Vision Next 100. According to the company, the motorcycle would have features that would specifically reduce the risk of accidents that result in injuries.

One of those features is a unique self-balancing system that would keep the bike upright and in balance, both while it is in motion, and stationery. That significantly reduces or minimizes the risk of accidents caused by loss of balance or loss of control of the motorcycle.  The motorcycle would come with a visor that would allow for a display of all controls that were hitherto contained in the control panel. The control panel, as we know it now, would be completely eliminated from this new motorcycle.

harley-davidson-459594_640Disturbing new data released by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) finds that there was a 10% increase in motorcycle accident fatalities in 2015. The GHSA report is based on preliminary data from state highway safety offices, and reveals more than 5,000 motorcycle fatalities in 2015. Overall, more than 450 additional motorcycle fatalities were recorded in 2015 over 2014.

The report also digs into crash patterns, demographics, and other important data. According to the analysis, senior motorcyclists died at much higher rates in 2015, compared to other categories of motorcyclists. Motorcyclists killed in fatalities also tend to be almost exclusively male. Some states however recorded a slight increase in the number of female motorcyclist fatalities.

Most motorcycle fatalities were linked to failure to wear helmets. In addition to failure to wear a helmet, the report notes that the increase in fatalities was linked to the use of alcohol while driving, speeding, and invalid licensing.

motorcycle%20tire%20and%20chain.jpgDespite the colder weather that keeps many Indiana motorcyclists off the road, there is never a bad time to think about road safety when traveling on two wheels. After all, a motorcyclist’s risk of being seriously injured or killed in an accident is much higher than the occupants of the car involved in the collision. Fortunately, motorcycles these days are not only about style and comfort, but also safety.

Rising motorcycle fatalities over the past decade has meant an increase in demand for motorcycles that are designed to reduce accident risks and prevent injuries. One of the more important and beneficial safety features on motorcycles has been the addition of antilock braking systems.

Research indicates that antilock braking systems can reduce fatal motorcycle accident rates by about 31%. In fact, a new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety finds that antilock braking can benefit both experienced, risk-taking motorcyclists, as well as more cautious motorcycle. Whether you are someone who likes to take risks on the road, or someone who prefers to ride cautiously, you can benefit from antilock brakes on your motorcycle. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has found that antilock braking systems lower fatal crash rates significantly.
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0009%20motorcycle.jpgA pioneering new study that aims to use data logging equipment installed on motorcycles to record motorcyclists’ behavior, thereby offering new insights about the causes of accidents, has just begun.

The MSF 100 Motorcyclists Naturalistic Study is the first of its kind into motorcycle accidents. It is based on a similar study into car accident prevention. The study is sponsored by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, with help from the Virginia Tech transportation Institute.
The study will be conducted over a period of one year, and will involve more than 100 motorcycles, each of which will be fitted with recording equipment. The equipment will include cameras, trackers and other aids that will help researchers monitor motorcyclists’ behavior as they ride every day.
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motorcycle.jpgHamilton County residents were reminded again of the need for caution and attention on the roads when motorcycles are present.

A tragic accident resulted in the death of a Fishers couple who were killed at the intersection of 146th street and Gray Road. The motorcycle was traveling behind an SUV but changed lanes to travel through the intersection as the light turned yellow. A box truck turning north onto Gray road was unable to stop and the motorcycle hit the passenger door. The driver of the box truck was uninjured.

Police reports indicate that neither the driver nor passenger of the motorcycle was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

motorcycle%20rider.jpgNew motorcycle accident fatalities statistics for Indiana revealed by the Governors Highway Safety Association reveal motorcycle fatalities in 2010 declined by 4 deaths. That decline is too insignificant for Indiana personal injury lawyers to feel optimistic about the state of motorcycle safety in the state.

The overall national decline in motorcycle accident fatalities is not just much lower than in 2009, but the GHSA also fears that motorcycle crash fatalities could actually increase over the next few years, unless states like Indiana take more firm action to prevent motorcycle deaths. The national motorcycle accident fatality numbers dropped by 2.4%, which is much lower than the 16% decline recorded in 2009. The GHSA only considered data for 48 states and the District of Columbia during the first nine months of 2010. However, the agency is predicting that motorcycle accident fatality numbers last year will be in the region of 4,376 fatalities.
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