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Traumatic brain injuries

As the news has been full of stories about several former NFL stars who have suffered traumatic brain injuries, some Pennsylvanians may wonder exactly what they are. A traumatic brain injury can occur when a person suffers a sudden trauma, such as when the head is hit by an object or when an object pierces the skull and enters the brain.

Traumatic brain injuries range in severity level. People who experience a mild TBI may remain conscious, or if they lose consciousness, the loss will only be for a few minutes. They may complain of tiredness, dizziness, blurred vision, ringing in the ears, having a bad taste in their mouths or being fatigued. A mild TBI may also result in a change in sleep patterns, memory problems, difficulty concentrating and behavior changes.

Rollover accidents

Many people in Pennsylvania are injured in car accidents each year. Rollover accidents are responsible for the deaths of 30 percent of those killed while riding in passenger vehicles.

Rollover accidents can result from collisions with other motor vehicles, sliding on pavement, tires with too much grip or that blow out, or hitting other objects such as telephone poles or light poles. Driving a vehicle with a high center of gravity when exposed to a sideways force can also lead to a rollover accident.

A deer on rural Route 66 causes fatal Pennsylvania collision

On Nov. 8, a fatal auto accident happened on a country road near Red Bank in the western portion of the state. According to troopers from Clarion, a couple from New Kensington was traveling south on Route 66 around 10 p.m. when they were hit by another vehicle traveling north.

Responders airlifted the 53-year-old male driver of the southbound vehicle and his 58-year-old wife to a Pittsburgh hospital. The man died, and the woman was treated for unknown injuries. There was no further report regarding her condition.

Pennsylvania State Police trooper struck by SUV

At around 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 29, the 69-year-old driver of an SUV reportedly swerved to avoid slowing traffic and struck a Pennsylvania State Police trooper. The trooper had responded to a call about wooden pallets in the roadway and had been cleaning debris at the time. Reports say his patrol car's emergency lights had been activated at the time.

Traffic slowed because of the activity, and the SUV attempted to avoid the parked patrol car and subsequently struck the trooper. Injuries sustained by the trooper were said to have included a crushed pelvis and multiple broken bones. He suffered severe head trauma and significant blood loss as well.

Man killed in accident by alleged drunk driver

A 34-year-old Pennsylvania man died in a three-vehicle crash in Lehigh County on May 28 after his vehicle was rear-ended by a box truck. The box truck driver was arraigned on Oct. 26 after extradition from North Carolina.

The truck driver, a resident of Hellertown, allegedly had a blood alcohol content of .22 percent when tested after the accident. According to police, the man fled to North Carolina and was taken into custody in September, but extradition proceedings delayed his return to Pennsylvania. He is facing charges of vehicular homicide while driving impaired, involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment. A Lehigh County judge remanded him to jail without bail. The driver had previous drunk driving charges in 2012. At that time, he received six months' probation after entering a guilty plea.

GM recalls another 57,000-plus cars and trucks

Pennsylvania motorists might be interested in the details of the recent GM recall affecting some 57,182 vehicles. In all, the Detroit-based automaker has issued 74 recalls in 2014, altogether affecting approximately 30 million cars and trucks, reportedly. According to authorities, the reasons for the Oct. 4 recall involve potential wiring problems and the possibility that the engines in some vehicles may shutdown inadvertently.

Specifically, GM is recalling 46,873 Chevrolet Caprices and Pontiac G8s because of a risk that the driver's knee could accidentally knock the key out of the run position, disabling the engine and air bags. According to the automaker, the problem will be addressed with a reconfigured key.

Vaginal-mesh implant case resuls in $21 million settlement

Pennsylvania women who received vaginal-mesh implants may be interested to learn that medical device manufacturer C.R. Bard, Inc., said that it would pay more than $21 million after being targeted with no less than 500 separate lawsuits. According to reports, the settlement, with an average payout of $43,000 per case, follows a West Virginia judge's order commanding Bard to take part in trials for all the lawsuits. Analysts predicted that these settlements were only the beginning of an emergent trend.

Litigation over the vaginal mesh devices alleged that many of the women who received them were injured by a defective product in the process. Some victims complained of suffering continual pain, and others experienced internal organ damage. Reports also noted that after learning about thousands of related lawsuits, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration demanded more stringent safety requirements for devices in this class and commanded C.R. Bard and two other companies to enact assessments of the roles that vaginal mesh might play in injuries and complications.

Largest Pennsylvania settlement awarded after crash claim denied

A Feasterville man won the largest insurance settlement in Pennsylvania history during the week of Sept. 28. The bad faith insurance settlement is also the largest in the nation that involves an automobile accident. A claim filed in 2009 for $250,000 was rejected by Allstate, which led to the eventual settlement that is 88 times more than the amount available with the insurance policy originally cited at the beginning of the case.

The accident occurred on July 26, 2009 around 2 a.m. when the vehicle the 24-year-old Feasterville plaintiff was in rear-ended a vehicle headed north on a boulevard. The 24-year-old and the driver of the car exited the vehicle in order to move it to the side of the road, but a vehicle hit the passenger and crushed his leg. The plaintiff suffered severe injuries, and his right leg was eventually amputated above the knee.

2 men facing charges in Pennsylvania hit-and-run accident

A 21-year-old man and a 27-year-old man are both facing charges after a hit-and-run in East Mount Airy. Authorities say that a green SUV being driven by the 21-year-old hit a red sedan around 8:30 p.m. at the intersection of East Gorgas Lane and Ardleigh Street. Authorities say that a 73-year-old man behind the wheel of the sedan was killed. His 13-year-old grandson suffered minor injuries in the crash.

Police say that the man was picking up the child from football practice. The two men in the SUV reportedly suffered injuries and attempted to flee the scene of the crash on foot. However, the driver was later apprehended on 6800 block of Sprague Street. Police also managed to apprehend the passenger on Gorgas Lane. Authorities said that intoxication may have played a role in the accident and that the crash is still under investigation.

Tractor-trailer crash kills 3, injures 2

Pennsylvania State Police are investigating the cause of a fatal truck accident in Lancaster County that claimed the lives of three people and left two other people injured. The accident transpired at approximately 8 a.m. at the intersection of Churchtown Road and Pennsylvania Route 340.

According to authorities, a southbound pickup truck carrying four people collided with a westbound semi-truck at the intersection. Reportedly, both vehicles rebounded onto the yard of a nearby residence, where at least one the vehicles caught fire.

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