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Monday, April 28, 2014

Rise in Vancouver Speeding Tickets Blamed on Driver Frustration

According to a veteran traffic officer with the Vancouver Police, road construction, bike lanes, and increased traffic are all to blame for a major spike in Vancouver's speeding tickets. As he states, loss of space on the roads contributes to driver frustration, which results in motorists speeding up once they reach an open stretch to recover lost time.

In 2013, Vancouver police issued a total of 28,741 speeding tickets - a record number, and a significant uptick compared to the 18,227 tickets issued in 2012. Although Vancouver Police has increased speed enforcement, that alone cannot account for such a significant increase in tickets.

The speed limit in Vancouver is 50mph, unless otherwise posted. Police are targeting drivers traveling at 75mph, 80mph, and higher, since they pose the greatest risk for a car accident. The higher a vehicle's speed, the less control a driver has over the vehicle, and the longer it takes to stop. In addition to this speeding epidemic, distracted driving has also increased in recent years, further heightening the risk that motorists experience out on the open road.

If you have been seriously injured in a Vancouver accident caused by a speeding driver, please contact Stephens & Holman today or call (866) 200-3575 for a free case evaluation with one of our experienced Vancouver spinal cord injury lawyers.    

posted by Admin at 3:22 PM

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Advances in Spinal Cord Injury Treatment: Is Permanent Paralysis No Longer Permanent?

Spinal cord injury is one of the most devastating potential consequences of a traffic accident. Severe spinal cord injury usually results in permanent paralysis, robbing victims of the ability to care for themselves, hold down a job, and even maintain the same relationships they once had.

However, new research is providing hope for victims of spinal cord injury. Experiments performed at the University of Louisville and University of California successfully restored voluntary lower body movement in four patients who were previously told they would never be able to move their legs again. The researchers sent electrical currents through the spine using a device embedded beneath the skin (called “epidural stimulation”). This formed a connection between the brain and legs that was previously thought impossible to restore.

All four men had been paralyzed for two to four years. As a result of this experiment, they were able to:
  • Stand and support their own weight
  • Lift their legs
  • Flex their ankles

Even more surprising was the fact that the men also regained bowel, bladder, and sexual function – even when the electrical device was turned off.

While it is too early to know if all victims of paralysis could benefit from this treatment, it is encouraging to at least know that for some people, paralysis may not be a life-long sentence.

If you or someone you know has suffered a spinal cord injury as a result of another person’s negligence or recklessness, please contact Stephens & Holman today or call (866) 200-3575 for a free case evaluation with one of our experienced Vancouver spinal cord injury lawyers.  

posted by Admin at 2:03 PM

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