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Ruling says athletes may sue for concussion-related injuries

If you are a high school or college athlete, or are a parent of one, a new opinion that just came from the Ninth Circuit may be of interest to you since it asks for more protection of athletes from devastating head injuries.

In this particular ruling, a federal appeals court said that the governing body for the USA Water Polo organization is able to be sued for not protecting an athlete who was allowed to continue to play after receiving a concussion.

Helpful tips for making a car insurance claim

If you are part of a car accident, it won't be long before you wonder about the best way to contact your insurance company.

While your health should always come first, you want to make contact with your agent as soon as possible.

Out-of-hand grease fires often maim, kill victims

National Fire Protection Association data shows that Thanksgiving Day followed by Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are when the largest number of kitchen home fires occur. While you would expect electrical equipment, wood, paper or trash to cause these blazes, they're not the top reasons that fires occur. Instead, house fires often get started because of grease in a pan on a stove.

Although many of us who have watched Sacramento firefighters have been conditioned to believe that water is the best way to put out a blaze, it's not what you want to use to put out any type of fire, such as a grease one. The reason that you shouldn't do this is because any time that you add water to a hot pan with oil in it, it has the potential of causing a fire to escape from it. If this occurs, then the flames may overcome you.

How many people are treated for traumatic brain injuries yearly?

According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), there are an estimated 235,000 individuals who are admitted to the hospital suffering from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) on an annual basis. This number is 20 times the number of patients who are treated for spinal cord injuries. These admissions result in what's estimated to be $48-$56 billion in yearly costs. The statistics regarding who suffers TBIs are staggering.

Of the 235,000 annual TBI hospitalizations that occur in the United States, 37,000 of those patients are children 14-years-old or younger. Another 435,000 kids who are suspected of having a brain injury are evaluated in hospital emergency rooms.

An alleged drunk Stockton commissioner hits, kills a pedestrian

The 77-year-old former Stockton vice mayor and current commissioner with the Port of Stockton was taken into police custody on the evening of Nov. 28 for his role in causing the death of an 82-year-old pedestrian.

A spokesperson with the Stockton Police Department said that dispatchers first started receiving calls summoning officers to the scene of a crash involving a pedestrian and a vehicle shortly before 8 p.m. that evening. When the officers arrived at the intersection of Fontana Avenue and Country Club Boulevard, they found the victim laying there in the middle of the road.

Ways in which tires can injure and kill

As you've traveled along the interstate, you may have seen tire treads scattered along the roadway or shoulder. What you may not stop to think about when you see a piece of a tire on the ground is what happened to the vehicle that lost the tire and what, if anything, happened to those following closely behind it.

The truth is that countless motorists are either injured or killed when tire fragments are sent flying in the air after they blow out on our interstates every year. In some cases, the entire wheel may become separated from the vehicle if the lug nuts aren't properly tightened.

Sacramento roads rank poorly in recent report

Many things can impact safety out on the roads. This includes road conditions. What kind of shape are the roads in here in Sacramento? Not as good of shape as one might hope, according to a recent report.

The report, by the organization TRIP, looked at the condition of urban roads in a range of different U.S. metro areas, using federal data.

As e-scooters become more popular, injuries rise

You may have seen the popularity of electronic scooters overtaking many California cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco and Oakland. Sacramento may be next. Lately, the city has been discussing and getting ready for e-scooters to arrive. City officials have been working on establishing rules and regulations for e-scooters and electric bikes.

Does cruise control cause more harm than good?

Many California drivers like to use cruise control on long commutes or road trips. It allows you to stretch your legs and sit more comfortably. However, research suggests that cruise control may increase the risk of motor vehicle accidents. Why should drivers think twice before using this feature?

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