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Get a head tart on your claim after an accident-related TBI

Head injuries are one of the most common types of car accident injuries, and they can range in severity and impact. You may have suffered a concussion or other type of minor head injury, yet the impact of these can be quite significant for you. Even a minor traumatic brain injury can have a major impact on your life.

Some California car accident victims find that symptoms of brain injuries do not show up until days or weeks after the initial accident. In some cases, symptoms appear and linger for an extended amount of time, sometimes affecting a person for months. If you suffered even a minor brain injury in a car accident, you have no time to lose in seeking the full protection of your rights.

Senior drivers may need to take extra precautions

In some communities in the United States, public transportation and pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods make owning a vehicle less important. However, for many in California, a driver's license and vehicle are key to freedom and independence. Surrendering these when health conditions become troublesome may be difficult for some seniors, but in some cases, the decision can be put off a few more years.

According to AAA, even though seniors are often safer drivers because of their experience and risk avoidance, this group still has the second highest rate of crash fatalities per mile driven, particularly after the age of 75. Part of this is due to health conditions that make it more difficult for them to operate a vehicle, such as failing vision, limited range of motion, stiff or painful joints and medication side effects. These same conditions also explain some of their higher risk of death because they also may increase vulnerability in a crash. 

Can you encourage trucker safety in your workforce?

As you may be well aware, truckers in California face a variety of risks associated with operating a vehicle that is large and heavy. Risks related to user error, inclement weather, driver distraction and environmental conditions can create dangerous situations if not navigated cautiously. However, your efforts to educate your employees on proper safety practices can encourage your workforce to use responsibility, care and vigilance when operating their vehicles. With your encouragement and efforts to provide consistent reminders of required protocols, you may be able to prevent unnecessary accidents within your workforce. 

According to TruckingOffice.com, these are some of the ways in which you can use your leadership position to promote safety among the truckers who work for you. Here are some of the things you can do:

  • Create incentives: The members of your fleet may be more likely to operate their trucks safely and be extra cautious when you tie safe driving efforts to rewarding incentives. You can implement rewards after so many accident-free miles to promote safety and encourage other drivers to follow suit. 
  • Define acceptable behavior: Do not leave any areas to question when it comes to which behaviors are acceptable and which are not. Make it clear that drivers should not be distracted, fatigued, manipulating electronics or acting carelessly while behind the wheel.
  • Be consistent: Having rules established and in place is an excellent way to avoid unnecessary accidents, but it will not be any good if you do not enforce your policies. When the actions of any of your drivers are in question, apply your policies and reward and discipline as necessary to show your fleet that you are serious about following the rules and adhering to the code.

What is an inflatable motorcycle jacket?

If you ride a motorcycle, then you are probably aware that you are the most vulnerable vehicle on California roadways. Being completely exposed puts you at a high risk for serious injuries or death if you get into an accident. People in vehicles have various safety devices that you do not have, such as seat belts and air bags. However, a new invention may hold the key to keeping you safer in the event of an accident.

According to Popular Mechanics, there is now an inflatable motorcycle jacket that works similarly to the airbags in vehicles. It contains sensors within the jacket that signal impact and cause it to expand or blow up. It is calibrated so it will only go off due to a major impact, such as that in a crash, so there is no worries about accidental inflation.

Why tank trucks roll so easily

The contents of that tanker truck beside you on the California highway may be dangerous chemical gases, oil, gasoline or even just milk. Although its contents may make a difference in how dangerous an accident could be, it is the tank itself that poses the higher risk of an accident occurring in the first place. We at E & E Law Group understand that truckers who haul cargo tank trucks must take extra precautions to prevent rollovers.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, approximately four tank truck drivers roll their vehicles every day. Most of these are preventable because the primary factors that lead to the accidents are the same ones that you and other drivers may also experience:

  • Fatigue
  • Distraction
  • Poor driving conditions
  • Darkness
  • Speeding

Are you an unintentionally distracted driver?

You have read the distracted driving accident statistics in California and nationwide, and you understand how important it is to turn off your cellphone while you drive. However, distractions have been a factor in traffic crashes since the first cars took to the roads.

Even when you keep both hands on the wheel and your eyes are fixed on the road ahead, you may be driving distracted.

Don't walk away from compensation after a pedestrian accident

California readers know that pedestrian accidents are particularly dangerous because the pedestrian is largely unprotected against the impact of a large, heavy vehicle. Sadly, many of these types of motor vehicle accidents are the result of negligence or reckless behavior and are completely preventable.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, approximately 5,000 people die every year because of injuries suffered in pedestrian accidents, and thousands more survive, but with injuries. Whether a vehicle struck you while you crossed the street at a crosswalk or you walked through a parking lot, you have the right to know your options. Your accident may not be your fault, and you could have the right to compensation.

What motorcyclists should know about road rash

Road rash may sound like an itch and look like a scrape, but it is measured by doctors as a burn. According to WebMD, it is a friction burn that is defined by the number of layers of skin that are damaged. A first-degree friction burn only takes off the first layer, but a fourth-degree burn goes all the way through the skin layers and damages the blood vessels, nerves, muscles and bones beneath. 

Because road rash is such a common motorcycle injury, gear manufacturers have developed many kinds of jackets that can protect the skin in an accident. According to Motorcycle Cruiser magazine, textiles have been developed that are stronger, lighter weight and more durable than their counterparts of earlier years, offering significant protection in a crash while also being comfortable and stylish. 

Fatal California truck accident claims driver's life

For many California truck drivers, safety is a primary concern and a reigning priority as they transport shipments between destinations. However, big rig drivers are subject to many unique risks that can lead to dangerous accidents if not carefully navigated. 

This was the case for one truck driver in a recent semi accident on a busy highway in San Ramon. Early morning 911 calls painted the picture of a semi that had abruptly left the roadway and had clipped a car on the right shoulder of the road in the process. First responders arrived to find the truck's driver deceased. The big rig slammed into a tree after going off of the highway and barreling through a fence. The truck then came to a rest on San Ramon Valley Boulevard. Fortunately, the occupants of the vehicle that was damaged by the truck were unhurt. Because of the widespread area of the accident and the fact that the semi was in the middle of San Ramon Valley Boulevard, the road was temporarily closed between Alcosta Boulevard and Pine Valley Road. The highway reopened in the early evening hours. Investigators are still working to determine what caused the truck driver to crash. 

Delayed symptoms after a car accident

It is very common for people to not feel injuries immediately after a car accident. Many people in California do not feel the total effects of a crash until the days after. Such delayed symptoms could spell trouble for any insurance claims if a person jumps too soon to accept a settlement or agree to not get insurance companies involved.

According to Arrowhead Clinic, the reason why injuries may not be felt right after a car accident is because of the flow of adrenaline and other chemicals through the body that block pain and create extreme energy. People are advised to monitor their health following an accident to watch for any signs of symptoms. Such signs could include pain in any part of the body, numbness, dizziness, trouble thinking, headaches, blurry vision and trouble sleeping.

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