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Is There a Link Between Traumatic Brain Injuries and Violence?

Posted on December 19th, 2017

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are startlingly common in the United States. Every day, 153 people die from TBI-related injuries. When the brain sustains a serious injury, it can disrupt the brain’s normal functioning. Blows, jolts, puncture wounds, or other injury to the brain can alter memory, cognitive function, behavior, and mood. Now, studies are showing a possible link between traumatic brain injury and an increase in violence, aggression, and impulsivity. Evidence of a Link Between Brain Damage and Violence The brain is a complex organ. It is the central organ of the nervous system and in charge of controlling almost all the activities of the body. When the brain sustains damage, it can interrupt any number of physical and cognitive processes. Many doctors and scientists are still learning about brain injuries. The symptoms of TBIs can be unpredictable and vary greatly from person to person. Recently, studies have shown ties between concussions and violence. One example is the brain scans of former NFL player Aaron Hernandez. Hernandez went to prison in 2013, serving life for murder. He committed suicide in his cell in 2017. Recently, his attorneys revealed that Hernandez suffered from advanced chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). CTE is a…

motorcyclist Mike Wilson dies in crash with minivan in Pacific Beach

Posted on November 27th, 2017

A motorcyclist, Mike Wilson, died in a crash when a minivan turned left in front of him into a parking lot. The motorcycle rider had been heading north on Ingraham Street near Moorland Drive in Pacific Beach; the minivan had been heading south. The motorcyclist collided with the side of the van. Though he was taken to the hospital immediately, he died there. Sergeant Jordan Wells of the San Diego Police Department reported that they do not believe alcohol was a factor in the crash at 9:20 pm on Sunday night November 26, 2017. Wells added that the driver of the minivan was not injured. The San Diego Police Department’s Traffic Division is investigating. The name of the motorcyclist has not yet been released. Our most sincere condolences go out to the family of the motorcycle rider. If your family member was killed or hurt in a motorcycle vs. truck or van accident of any type — Estey & Bomberger will be pleased to discuss legal options for the family and the victim. As personal injury attorneys, we can alert you if there is a claim for injuries or wrongful death. One of Estey & Bomberger’s specialties is motorcycle crashes,…

Omar Moreno, murió en un accidente de motocicleta

Posted on November 22nd, 2017

Omar Moreno, un hombre de 37 años, padre de seis y empleado veterano de 15 años de NASSCO, National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (una división de General Dynamics), murió en un accidente de motocicleta el lunes 20 de noviembre de 2017. La policía de San Diego ha indicado que el residente de National City, Moreno, conocido como “El Nene”, estaba en su motocicleta, viajando hacia el oeste en Harbor Drive camino a su trabajo cerca de la Base Naval de San Diego, justo antes de las 6 en la mañana. Un gran camión se dirigía hacia el este en Harbor Drive, y giró a la izquierda en frente de Moreno. Moreno, que tenía el derecho de paso, se deslizó dentro del camión comercial. El oficial de policía de San Diego, Robert Heims, informó que Moreno murió en el lugar antes de que pudiera ser transportado a un hospital, y que no hubo otras lesiones. El lugar de trabajo de Moreno era el astillero naval de NASSCO, cerca del sitio del accidente. Nos unimos a los amigos, familia y familia de trabajo para ofrecer nuestras más sinceras condolencias a María Moreno y a los cuatro hijos y dos hijas de la…

Omar Moreno killed in motorcycle crash

Posted on November 21st, 2017

Omar Moreno of National City was killed in a motorcycle crash. The 37-year-old father of six and 15-year veteran employee of NASSCO, National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (a General Dynamics division) lost his life in a motorcycle crash Monday November 20, 2017. San Diego police indicate that Moreno, known as “El Nene”, was on his motorcycle, riding west on Harbor Drive on his way to work near Naval Base San Diego just prior to 6 am. A big rig tanker truck was heading east on Harbor, and turned left into Moreno’s path — Moreno, who had the right of way, slid into the commercial truck. San Diego Police Officer Robert Heims reported that Moreno died at the scene before he could be transported to a hospital, and that there were no other injuries. Moreno’s place of work was the NASSCO shipbuilding yard near the site of the crash. We join his friends, family and work family in offering our heartfelt condolences to Maria Moreno and the couple’s four sons and two daughters. If you were injured in, or your loved one was injured or killed in, a motorcycle accident involving any type of truck — a semi-truck, city truck, commercial…

New Study: The Most Dangerous Intersections for Pedestrians in San Diego

Posted on October 26th, 2017

Pedestrian collisions are on the rise across the county and San Diego County is no exception. From 2010-2016, there were 7,589 pedestrian involved collisions in San Diego which left more than 430 dead and 7,700 injured. Indeed, San Diego is a dangerous place for pedestrians. But what areas put pedestrians at the highest risk of being hit by a car? To find out, we collaborated with local data analysis and visualization firm 1point21 Interactive. We analyzed over 160,000 collision records and identified intersections where at least five pedestrian involved crashes occurred. These dangerous intersections – 218 in total – accounted 1,428 crashes, 1,488 total injuries and 42 fatalities. In other words, nearly 20 percent of all pedestrian collisions in San Diego county occurred at only 218 intersections. The Most Dangerous Intersections for Pedestrians: Top 218 This list includes all locations where at least five pedestrian collisions occurred during the study period. The Pedestrian Danger Index (PDI) takes crash volume and injury severity into account for each intersection. Notable intersections on the list include: #1: University Avenue/1st Avenue, Hillcrest. The most dangerous intersection in San Diego, infamous in the Hillcrest neighborhood for its high congestion, dim lighting, and poorly maintained crosswalks – all major…

Raped in an Uber or a Lyft? Lawyers for Survivors of Rape by Uber or Lyft drivers.

Posted on October 26th, 2017

Face it, if you have been raped by an Uber driver or a Lyft driver, you are far from alone. Though Uber and Lyft are relatively new ways for consumers to interact with service providers, the story of using one’s position to prey on a victim is a very old story indeed. Several points of difference do make it easier for an Uber driver, for example, to rape a passenger he (or she) encounters. First, the Uber driver is driving for an entire shift, meeting one new person after another. Second, the Uber driver is very often one-on-one with the passenger. Third, the Uber vehicle provides privacy in and of itself. Fourth, the Uber vehicle provides an easy and fast way for the driver to get to an even more private place, such as a home or a motel. A fifth point of difference, worth pointing out, is that alcohol may make a victim more likely to be an Uber customer, while also making that same victim more vulnerable. A potential victim headed out for celebration or relaxation and intending to have a few drinks is, ironically, being very smart if she (or he) decides to not drive, but rather,…

What are the Leading Causes of Burn Injuries?

Posted on October 19th, 2017

With news of deadly Northern California wildfires, citizens are rightfully frightened about the chances of burn injuries. The majority of burn injuries, however, occur right at home, on a normal day. You encounter potential burn risks in your daily life, while you cook or perform tasks at work. Being aware of the leading causes of burn injuries can help you stay safe, with or without the risk of wildfires. Here are the five most common causes. #1. Fires and Flames Contact with fire or flames is the most obvious cause of burn injuries, as well as the most common. About 44% of all burn center admissions result from fires or flames. Thermal burns from contact with fire can cause burns of the first degree all the way to third-degree burns with major deep-tissue damage and permanent scarring. Keep your home safe from fires as much as possible by checking smoke detectors regularly. Hire a professional electrician before turning on little-used appliances such as space heaters, and engage in routine electrical maintenance to help prevent house fires. #2. Hot Liquids Contact with hot liquids and steams are the second most common cause of burns, or scalds. About 33% of all burn center…

6 Human Factors that Cause the Most Car Collisions in CA

Posted on October 16th, 2017

Some car accidents are outside of a driver’s control. You can’t stop a coyote from running out in front of your car or anticipate a major roadway hazard around a blind curve. There are however other accidents in California caused by human negligence that are entirely preventable. They happen because of unsafe driving behaviors. What are the Primary Causes of Car Collisions by Human Negligence? To avoid car accidents and appropriately respond to dangerous drivers, keep these primary collision-causing factors in mind: 1.)  Age – In the state of California, 16-year-olds are almost four times more likely to get into a crash than drivers across all ages. Those in the 16-19 year-old category are 2.7 times more likely to crash. If you see a young driver, you may want to steer clear. Young drivers involved in fatal accidents often engage in unsafe driving behaviors including speeding, ignoring right-of-way rules, and making improper turns. 2.)  Distractions – Our state has some tough rules on cellphone use in vehicles, but unsafe distractions can include more than technology. Fiddling with a radio, digging in a bag, reaching into the back seat, and paying more attention to the radio or a conversation than the roadway can…

5 Common Household Hazards & Injuries to be Cautious Of

Posted on October 16th, 2017

While many people associate serious injuries with car accidents and incidents in public settings, some of the most common and serious injuries take place at home. Injury risks sit in cupboards within reach of small hands; they trip homeowners on stairs; and, they can cause serious burns. If you want to keep your loved ones safe, or are planning on having guests visit your residence, it’s important to be cautious of potential hazards and take precautions to prevent and accidents or potential premises liability situations from occurring at your home. Safeguard Your Home: Five Primary Household Hazards or Injuries Whether you’re baby-proofing for your little one or reorganizing, keep these common household injuries in mind: #1. Poisoning Poisoning is now the number one cause of preventable deaths in America. While the opioid epidemic is largely responsible for the high number of poisonings, household poisoning is also a serious risk – especially for small children. The wrong medication, too much medication, and exposure to toxic substances including drain cleaners and bleach can all results in a poisoning injury or death. To reduce the likelihood of an accidental poisoning, take all medications as prescribed and lock harmful substances away from the reach of…

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