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How is the spinal cord injured?

Most people don't give much thought to their spinal cord until they or someone they know suffers an injury to it. Then they realize just what a vital, complicated and fragile part of the body it is.

The spinal cord, like the brain, is part of the central nervous system. Going from the base of the brain to just above the waist, it is comprised of soft tissue surrounded by vertebrae. Tracts of nerves carry messages to your body from the brain. Sensory tract signals make you feel temperature and pain. Motor tract signals control your muscles.

Suspected impaired driver causes rollover car accident, 1 injured

Most rollover accidents that you hear about in the news are single-car accidents, but there are some instances in which a rollover accident is part of a two-car accident. A recent accident in Nevada is one of the two-car accidents that ended with one of the vehicles rolling over. Sadly, one of the drivers was critically injured in this car accident.

The driver of a Subaru Impreza was in the middle southbound lane of Jones Boulevard. That driver slammed into the Chevrolet Venture in front of it. The evidence from the accident, as well as statements from witnesses, show that that Subaru hadn't tried to slow down before it hit the vehicle. The impact of the crash caused the Venture to go into the center median. It then stopped in the northbound lanes after it rolled over.

3-car crash blocks 3 lanes of I-80 in Nevada

A car accident in Nevada involved three different vehicles, according to a spokesperson for the police, and it had a serious impact on traffic. The wreck took place out on I-80, near the point where it meets up with Wells Avenue, and it blocked off three lanes of traffic. All three lanes were on the eastbound portion of the interstate.

Police said that the reason that it was slowing traffic down so much and the reason why the cleanup process was not faster was that one car had spun sideways in the wreck. There are five lanes at that point in the road, though, and the Nevada Highway Patrol also said that two of those lanes -- the inside one and the lane on the right that is for the nearby exit -- had not been blocked. While this slowed traffic, cars were able to get around in those lanes.

Motorcycle accident on Interstate 80 claims life of man

The flow of traffic should always be a guide for drivers who are in congested traffic areas. Trying to speed around the slower traffic or trying to make unsafe maneuvers can lead to serious accidents. When motorcycle riders are in the area, those accidents can turn fatal in an instant. A traffic accident that happened along Interstate 80 in Nevada during a time of traffic congestion recently claimed the life of a 59-year-old man.

The man, who was riding a motorcycle, was struck by a PT Cruiser. That PT cruiser also first hit a Toyota Camry that was trying to avoid hitting a vehicle that had slowed down due to the stopped traffic. After being thrown from his motorcycle, he was taken to Renown Regional Medical Center following the Wednesday motorcycle accident. He remained in the hospital until his death the following Sunday.

Car accident on Las Vegas Boulevard kills Nevada bicyclist

People who ride bicycles around Clark County should be able to do so safely, but there are some instances in which drivers don't pay attention to the bicycle riders who are on the roadways. A recent accident on Las Vegas Boulevard South between a bicycle and a Nissan sedan claimed the life of the bicycle rider.

The 41-year-old male bicycle rider was taken to University Medical Center following the accident near Frias Avenue. He died at the hospital.

New law seeks to reduce football-related brain injuries

Parents of students in Nevada who play contact sports are increasingly concerned about their children's safety -- and with good reason. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, close to 4 million high school students suffer head injuries throughout the country every year. Increasing precautions are being taken to protect teens and even younger kids from potentially life-changing injuries.

Now California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a law that aims to help reduce the number of concussions and other types of brain injuries suffered by young football players. The law, which will take effect at the beginning of next year, limits the number of full-contact football practices that middle and high school teams can have. This makes our neighbors to the west the 20th state to ban off-season full-contact practices.

21 cars, 1 motorcycle involved in trucking accident on interstate

It is important for truck drivers to make sure that their payloads are properly secured prior to taking them onto the public roadways. Failing to properly secure the payload can cause catastrophic accidents if the payload falls or spills onto the roadway and becomes an obstacle for other drivers. A recent accident along Interstate 80 in Nevada shows that losing a load can affect multiple vehicles.

The trucking accident happened when a 61-year-old man driving a 2003 Peterbilt truck with a set of triples lost gravel from one of the triples. He was traveling westbound along the interstate when the gravel spilled out along all the westbound lanes.

Study: Mild traumatic brain injury may cause permanent damage

The term "mild traumatic brain injury" may sound like an oxymoron. However, according to the website traumaticbraininjury.com, mild cases of TBI, including concussions, are those where the injured person's disorientation or loss of consciousness lasts under 30 minutes. Often victims don't realize they suffered a mild TBI.

A recent study conducted in the United Kingdom and published in the journal Neurology sought to determine which mild TBI victims would have brain damage. Researchers examined the brains of people who had suffered mild or moderate TBIs less than a week prior along with a control group of non-injured people. They used diffusion tensor imaging to look at the white matter (or "wiring") in various areas of the brain. This white matter affects cognitive processes like memory and language.

Man seriously injured in Nevada bicycle-truck accident

The many scenic roadways around Lake Tahoe attract bicyclists from all over Nevada and around the country. However, sharing these roads with trucks, cars and recreational vehicles can be dangerous for cyclists. Such was the case on July 10 for a California man who was struck by a tractor-trailer.

According to the Nevada Highway Patrol, the collision took place on U.S. 50 in the Cave Rock tunnel just before 10:00 a.m. The NHP says that the truck struck the bicyclist as both were heading east through the tunnel.

2 injured in hit-and-run motorcycle accident in Nevada

Most drivers are aware that if you get into a motor vehicle accident, staying on the scene is necessary, especially if there are injuries. Hitting someone and then leaving the scene is never the right thing to do. One Nevada man apparently forgot that after he hit two motorcycle riders.

The two motorcycle riders were on Pyramid Way on Friday afternoon when the motorcycle accident happened. The driver of a 1998 Ford Super Cab pick-up truck that hit the bikers fled the scene. The Nevada Highway Patrol arrested the man to whom the truck was registered. He has been taken into custody and was being held on a $20,000 bail.

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