• Cleveland Car Accident Attorney: The Most Common Causes of Distracted Driving Are Not What You Think

    Posted on August 17th, 2020 admin No comments

    Ask any car accident attorney in Cleveland. The causes of distracted driving are often the ones we don’t consider.

    This is confirmed by recent research from the Risk Institute at The Ohio State University.

    What is the number one source of distraction while driving? No, not your phone — it’s the radio.

    The study found radios to be a distraction in 47% of the cases studied, followed by distraction from fiddling with the car’s navigation system while driving.

    Remarkably, texting ranked third.

    Video Killed the Radio Star

    Surprisingly, some people even watch movies and do FaceTime on their phones while driving.

    “As I was driving to work this week, I saw a woman with her phone in front of her face and I asked myself, what possibly could she be doing? I realized she was Facetiming someone while she was driving,” said Phil Renaud, director of the Risk Institute who led the study.

    Drivers need to not only be concerned about texting while driving but numerous other functions their phones can provide.

    “Texting is almost yesterday when you think about it,” said Renaud. “So distracting driving awareness needs to go beyond ‘don’t text and drive’ to ‘don’t tweet and drive’, ‘don’t Facebook and drive’ and ‘don’t FaceTime and drive.’”

    It’s not just drunk drivers who may become the next case for a car accident attorney in Cleveland. It could easily be video chatting or a streaming movie.

  • Cleveland Spinal Injury Attorney: New Research Shows Restoring Touch Could Be Possible for Spinal Injury Victims

    Posted on August 10th, 2020 admin No comments

    As any client of a spinal injury attorney in Cleveland will tell you, the lack of sensation that accompanies paralysis can be a great impediment to resuming life again following an injury.

    This phenomenon has not had many studies, but recent research offers promising results that the sense of touch may be returned to those with spinal injury.

    Led by Battelle and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, a team of scientists, doctors and researchers demonstrated that a person with a clinically complete spinal cord injury (SCI) can use a brain-computer interface (BCI) to simultaneously reanimate both motor function and sense of touch by using residual touch signaling from his own hand.

    The Study in a Nutshell

    The breakthrough was made possible through years of data collected from NeuroLifeTM program study participant Ian Burkhart, who suffered a spinal cord injury in 2010 when diving into the ocean, and now lives with paralysis in his hands and legs.

    “When the chip was placed on the surface of Ian’s motor cortex in 2014, it was not known that the signals related to object touch could be observed because of the paralysis,” said lead author and Battelle Principal Research Scientist Patrick Ganzer. “Furthermore, Ian has a very severe SCI that should essentially block hand touch signals from even reaching the brain.”

    A press release explained the research:

    “However, analysis has shown that sub-perceptual touch following a spinal cord injury affects Burkhart’s motor cortex even though there is essentially a block from the nerves in his arms and their connection back to the brain. Importantly, this sub-perceptual signal can be detected in the brain, rerouted via the brain-computer interface, and sent back to a wearable haptic system to restore the sense of touch.”

    It’s an amazing discovery that is good news for those who suffer from a spinal injury.

    “It has been amazing to see the possibilities of sensory information coming from a device that was originally created to only allow me to control my hand in a one-way direction,” said Burkhart.

    This could lead to life-changing treatment one day for the clients of a spinal injury attorney in Cleveland.