If you suffer a serious back or neck injury in California, you may find yourself in a wheelchair temporarily or permanently. Either way, it's important to understand that this will alter your life in many ways.
Drivers of dump trucks and ready-mix concrete delivery trucks in California should note that the accident rate among these types of trucks continues to rise. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has brought together the latest statistics, which are from 2016, and released them in a report. In that year, there were 8,206 dump truck crashes so severe that the trucks had to be towed away. There were 838 tow-away accidents with concrete trucks.
California residents who have suffered a spinal cord injury should be aware of new medical techniques that may help injured people recover. A new technique pairs intensive rehabilitation with electric stimulation of the injured spinal cord, making it possible for some paralyzed people to take their first steps years after being injured.
California drivers know that T-bones and other side impact crashes can have serious consequences. However, there is an emerging technology that many car parts manufacturers are working hard to develop, and it's external airbags. According to the ZF Group, external airbags could reduce the severity of occupants' injuries by up to 40 percent in the event of a side collision.
A rollover crash in Southern California resulted in three fatalities and eight injuries on Nov. 29. Five of the individuals injured in the crash had minor injuries and three had serious injuries. The crash occurred in the late afternoon in East County on Interstate 8 near the United States and Mexican border.
Injuries to the cervical portion of the spine, which comprise seven vertebrae named C1 through C7, can be some of the most serious, usually resulting in tetraplegia or quadriplegia. California residents can find out below how injuries to each vertebra are distinct.