Is Apple guilty? Arden Dier posted an article in the NEWSER on December 29, 2016, entitled “Parents Sue, Blame FaceTime for Death of Daughter.” The article describes the tragic death of a 5-year-old girl who died as a result of a car slamming into the back of the vehicle the girl was riding in. According to Dier’s report, the driver of the offending vehicle was a twenty-two year old whose FaceTime app was still active when police arrived at the crash scene. He is now facing a manslaughter charge. The [...]
When should the word "accident" be replaced with "crash"? In my practice as a clinical and forensic psychologist specializing in trauma resulting from vehicular crashes we often use the word accident to describe the event. However, often the traumatic event was not the result of behaviors that are unintentional in the sense of some level of personal negligence can be attributed. Such behaviors that could be considered negligent would include drinking, drugging, texting, speeding, and driving while fatigued. The need to use the word crash was highlighted in a 1997 campaign initiated by the [...]
On July 15, 2016, I was interviewed by Anthony Sarchiapone from McGraw Hill’s medical education podcast series. The focus of the interview was on what new medical students need to know about auto accident survivors when assisting them in the emergency room. A recording of the entire interview can be found here, on this website—DrJamesZender.com. In this blog I will highlight some of the points made in the interview. Auto accident trauma is a world pandemic. Over 50 million people are injured worldwide each year and [...]
It was recently announced that Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be sidelined from Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Race. I blogged previously on NASCAR icon Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s concussion resulting from back-to-back crashes in Michigan and Daytona and how it has further advanced public awareness of the silent epidemic of brain trauma. I gave kudos to Dale for talking publicly about the effects of his own brain injuries and applaud his continued openness about the symptoms he is experiencing. Due to the continued effects of his head [...]
When it comes to people injured in car accidents who do not show obvious signs of their injuries, it is difficult for others around them to understand what you are experiencing. Friends and family cannot see what is broken inside your head, even on an MRI or CT scan. Read the rest of the article published at Psychology Today.
Patients who have been involved in a serious car accident need to be aware of the possibility of injury to their brain. Surprisingly, this is often overlooked. According to the Brain Injury Association, 2.4 million people in the United States sustain a traumatic brain injury each year, and over one third of those are due to car crashes. Approximately 75 percent of head injuries are considered concussions or mild traumatic brain injuries. We have made major advances in the neurosciences in the past two decades [...]
Traffic wrecks are an unfortunate part of the culture of the United States. This Wikipedia page tracks traffic accident trends in the 50 states. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_motor_vehicle_deaths_in_U.S._by_year
After unusually high amount of traffic fatalities in 2015, Austin Police Chief, Art Acevedo, asks for the public’s help in ending the epidemic. See the entire article here: http://www.mystatesman.com/news/news/traffic/acevedo-public-should-play-role-in-curbing-austins/nnHTX/