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Americans Are Afraid of Riding in Autonomous Vehicles

It was roughly one year ago when a study organized by the American Automobile Association (AAA) published a nationwide survey regarding driver’s feelings about autonomous vehicles, which have been progressing in development over the last few years. This study revealed that 63 percent of Americans were afraid of riding a self-driving car. When the study was repeated this year, the number jumped up to 71 percent. This growing fear of relying on a self-driving vehicle may be due to the highly publicized autonomous car accidents that have taken place in the last year. Regardless of what is contributing to this pervasive fear and skepticism, the results indicate that the public adoption of self-driving vehicles will likely be stalled until technological advancement is strong enough to dispel the worries of consumers.

Oral Trauma Following an Accident

Oral trauma is a significant cause of both morbidity and mortality in the United States. Failure to take care of your teeth makes them more susceptible to severe injuries in a traumatic accident. Some of the statistics on dental trauma and oral injuries published in the Dental Journal have revealed that:

Car Accident Damages and Injuries

Nobody expects to be involved in a car accident on any given day, and it is unlikely that your commute to work or trip to the bank will include a crash. However, crashes happen all the time, and they are rarely expected. Data from UC Berkeley shows that there were over 800 traumatic car accidents in Truckee alone over the past ten years. Furthermore, crashes can be dangerous, and accident survivors are often faced with a host of physical, emotional, and financial damages. Even if you are never involved in a crash, it is still a good idea to be aware of how they can affect people’s lives and the different kinds of issues that crash survivors can face.

What is a Pericardial Effusion?

A pericardial effusion is a serious heart problem that could result in death. For those who might not know, pericardial effusion is the term used to describe the collection of fluid around the heart. This fluid builds between the outside of the heart and the muscle that protects it, called the pericardium. When this fluid builds, it compresses the heart, inhibiting the heart’s function. Unfortunately, heart problems continue to remain as one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Some of the statistics that have been released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) include:

Pedestrian Injured in Stockton Truck Accident

A pedestrian was seriously injured in a truck accident near Stockton on the afternoon of March 18, 2019. The incident occurred shortly after 4:00 p.m. along northbound Interstate 5, just north of Eight Mile Road. A 43-year-old woman reportedly stopped her vehicle along the right shoulder of the interstate. Witnesses at the scene said the woman was standing next to her car until a large truck approached. The driver of the big rig allegedly had little time to react and veered to the left to avoid striking the woman. Unfortunately, his efforts were unsuccessful as the right side of the truck’s trailer hit the woman and propelled her several feet into the air. Medical personnel responding to the accident transported the pedestrian to a local hospital for treatment of serious injuries. An update from the California Highway Patrol (CHP) suggested that the woman was still hospitalized and recovering from her injuries.

Abdominal Pain After an Auto Accident

Abdominal pain is one of the most common reasons why people visit the doctor. Unfortunately, abdominal pain can also be one of the hardest symptoms to narrow down into a diagnosis. In an auto accident, the abdomen is a common source of injury. Whether it is a collision with the steering wheel, an injury caused by the seatbelt, or even a penetrating wound, the abdomen is an easy target. There are numerous reasons why someone might develop abdominal pain, and it is essential to separate the life-threatening causes from the minor ones. In a study published on Up To Date:

Merced County DUI Fatality

A Merced County DUI fatality recently occurred along Pacheco Boulevard and Highway 152 in Los Banos. The incident happened at approximately 3:44 in the morning on March 10 when a white Dodge Challenger was reportedly speeding east on Pacheco Boulevard. At the same time, a westbound Nissan Pathfinder was making a left-hand turn near the intersection of 10th Street. The driver of the Dodge allegedly broadsided the Nissan at more than 100 mph, causing the Nissan to split into two pieces. Three of the four parties in the Nissan, including the driver, were transported to local hospitals for treatment of serious injuries. Sadly, the fourth party of the Nissan was pronounced deceased at the scene. Officials have identified the decedent as 19-year-old Marlyne Vidales of Los Banos. I would like to send my heartfelt sympathy to the loved ones of Ms. Vidales in their time of loss and sorrow.

Stockton Man Killed in Bicycle Accident

A Stockton man was killed in a recent bicycle accident along McDougald Boulevard and Carolyn Weston Boulevard near Weston Ranch. The man was riding his bicycle near the intersection when he was hit by an oncoming vehicle shortly before 8:00 in the morning. The driver of the car stopped at the scene and cooperated with investigators, according to the Stockton Police Department. The injured cyclist was transported to a local hospital for treatment of unknown injuries. Sadly, he was pronounced deceased during hospitalization. The San Joaquin County Coroner’s Office has identified the decedent as Martin Garcia, a 35-year-old man from Stockton. I would like to send my healing thoughts and prayers to the friends and family of Mr. Garcia in their time of loss and sorrow.

Grass Valley Accident Data

Grass Valley is a lovely town situated in one of the most beautiful areas of California. Residents enjoy a unique, laid-back community located right at the base of the Sierra Mountains. However, even though Grass Valley has a relatively low population, the city still does see car accidents, and when these collisions happen, people are at risk of suffering serious injuries. Accidents can happen for many reasons, and crashes are sometimes out of the control of the people involved. While you may not always be able to avoid an accident, Grass Valley residents can increase their safety by learning about how accidents typically happen in their area.

Leg Injuries Reported in Fresno Pedestrian Accident

A pedestrian was hospitalized for severe leg injuries after being pinned against a light pole by a pickup truck in Fresno on March 18, 2019. The pedestrian accident occurred shortly before 9:00 p.m. at the intersection of Olive Avenue and Blackstone Avenue. Officers from the Fresno Police Department witnessed a pickup truck traveling east along Olive Avenue, swerved and struck a light pole at the intersection. Officers found a pedestrian with both of his legs pinned between the pole and the vehicle. Emergency personnel was contacted to the scene to free the man. He was transported to a local hospital and was reported to be in stable condition.