Recovering from a Concussion

  A concussion is defined as a mild form of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head.  The major causes of a concussion are falls, motor vehicle-related injury, unintentionally being struck by or against an obstacle, assaults, or playing sports.  Concussions are usually non life-threatening but their effects can […]

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween Safety Tips

With all the trick-or-treaters walking around this evening, it is important to stay safe during the holiday.  Parents should make sure your kids understand how to be safe while trick-or-treating.  Always have an adult or teenage sibling accompany your children when trick-or-treating.  If your children are old enough to be out on their own, make sure […]

Takata Corp Airbag Recall Affects Millions of Vehicle Owners

  Potentially dangerous airbags by Takata Corp are recalled in various models of 2001-2007 vehicles.  The airbags blasted shrapnel into the passenger seat and automakers have recalled about 12 million vehicles worldwide due to this problem. Vehicle owners with these airbags are informed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to take immediate action.  In […]

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) occurs when you are involved in or witness a terrifying, usually life-threatening, event.  Severe anxiety, flashbacks, uncontrollable thoughts and nightmares are common symptoms of the illness.  While most people eventually adjust to the aftereffects of traumatic events, some people find their symptoms worsening over time.  Doctors are not able to pinpoint […]

Safety Changes Coming to North Williams Avenue

  North Williams Avenue will be seeing new safety changes to make it more bike and pedestrian friendly.  Four-thousand bicyclists use it everyday along with 8,000 cars, trucks and buses. New changes include a much wider lane for just bikes on the left and one motor vehicle traffic lane on the right. Bicyclists agree it […]

Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms Can Persist for Years

We’ve all heard the expression that’s used when a football player takes a blow to the head and appears shaken up on the field. Commentators virtually make light of the situation by saying, “He got his bell rung,” which gives the definite impression that if the player goes to the sidelines for a few plays, […]

Recent Crash Reminds Us of the Dangers of Cell Phones

For those of you who haven’t been following this, talking on a cell phone while driving is worse than driving drunk. Don’t believe that? Well, here’s another recent example: Yesterday, a young woman driving along I-84 near Baker City, OR was distracted by her phone, and collided with the concrete barrier TWICE before crashing (and […]

Want to Save 1,800 Lives This Year? Lower the BAC Limit

Want to Save 1,800 Lives This Year? Lower the BAC Limit

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is calling for states to reduce the legal blood alcohol content level from .08 to .05. When Australia dropped the legal limit for blood alcohol content while driving from .08 to .05, provinces there reported a drop in fatalities of 5% to 18%. Every state in the U.S. currently […]