Childrens Hospital, in conjunction with State Farm Insurance Company, released the findings of a study they complied regarding the frequency of head injuries sustained by teenagers involved in automobile accidents. Reportedly, over 50,000 teenage driver automobile accidents were evaluated and evidence gathered indicated that 30%, of both drivers and their passengers, sustained head injuries, as well as, concussions and skull fractures. Reportedly, automobile accidents are the leading cause of death among teenagers and according to Chris Mullen, a State Farm representative, “States with comprehensive Graduated Driving Laws (GDL) have lower fatality rates than those states with weaker laws.” Graduated Driving Laws are state specific programs designed to offer step by step guidelines and on road driving experience, required *in order for a teenager to obtain a drivers license.
The report advises that any teen, who is involved in a car accident and complains of a headache, should have a CT scan or MRI, performed to rule out head injury. Health insurance companies routinely refuse to authorize these procedures and parents are encouraged to be polite but firm in their insistence that the test be completed to rule out this potentially fatal head trauma.
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05-02-2012 12:56 AM #1
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Head Injuries Frequent In Teen Accidents
05-02-2012 01:01 PM #2
is that percentage in contrast of head injuries sustained by older population?