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Different types of car accidents may injure victims

There are a variety of different types of car accidents which can cause serious harm and injuries to victims. The nature of the car accident can have an impact on the nature of the injuries and harm suffered which can include life-threatening injuries in situations of fatal accidents. Personal injury and wrongful death legal protections are available to victims of car accidents to help them with the damages suffered.

Head-on collisions can result in catastrophic injuries to victims including ejections from the vehicle and other life-threatening injuries. While head-on collisions involve significant force, rear-end collisions can also be deadly and may also cause significant injuries and harm. Rear-end collisions are the most common type of car accident. Rear-end car accidents can result in serious neck injuries, spinal cord injuries and concussions. Whip lash injuries, commonly suffered in car accidents, can be serious injuries and may be difficult, costly and time-intensive to treat.

Legal resources are available to victims of distracted drivers

Distracted driving creates a risk to other drivers on the roadway. Distracted driving is not a new phenomenon but technology is leading to proliferation of potential distractions drivers can engage in which create hazards on the roadway. When a distracted driver causes a car accident, it is the victims that may be left putting their lives back together afterwards.

Distracted driving behavior may involve technology or may not. Distracted driving behaviors include talking on a cell phone; texting while driving; operating a navigation device while driving; operating a radio or other music device while driving; talking to passengers while driving; engaging with children or pets while driving; eating while driving; personal grooming while driving; reading while driving; or reaching for items in the vehicle while driving.

What do I do if I am hit by an uninsured motorist?

Being unexpectedly hit by a negligent driver can be devastating for the lives of victims. It can be even more devastating when the victim discovers that the negligent driver that hit them is either an uninsured motorist or underinsured motorist. What may have started out as injuries, medical expenses, lost wages and emotional trauma, may become more complicated when an uninsured or underinsured motorist is involved.

In general, victims of car accidents may pursue a personal injury claim for damages to seek compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. Insurance companies are commonly involved in the process. When the negligent driver the claim is brought against is underinsured or uninsured, injured victims can rely on their uninsured or underinsured motorist insurance policy. While drivers are required by state laws to carry a minimum amount of insurance, they do not always which can leave victims vulnerable.

The potentially serious nature of rear-end accidents

Many people think that rear-end accidents and low-sped collisions are not major or capable of inflicting serious injury, but that is simply not the case. These accidents can be quite serious, and Maryland victims may find that they have to deal with crippling, lingering, lasting injuries. 

If you suffered injuries in a low-speed accident, your injuries could be a lot worse than originally expected. In fact, if your accident was the result of the negligent or reckless actions of another person, your injuries are not your fault, and you could be eligible for financial compensation. Rear-end and low-speed accidents can range from minor to completely debilitating, but you do not have to face the aftermath alone.

Understanding what trucking log books are for

Truck drivers transport goods across the country which may require long and monotonous hours on the road. Truck driver fatigue, drowsiness and inattentiveness can be serious concerns on the roadway. Truck driver fatigue can be especially hazardous because of the size of commercial trucks compared to the vehicles they share the roadways with. To help improve safety, the United State Department of Transportation regulates truck drivers and the number of hours they can be behind the wheel without a break.

In addition to limiting the number of hours a truck driver can be behind the wheel without a break, drivers are also required to keep a log book that tracks their hours. Truck drivers must have 10 consecutive hours off in between shifts of driving. Off time is considered time off duty and not just time that is spent not driving. Specific rules apply to how many hours a truck driver can be on-duty in set period of hours and on a weekly basis and the rules can be sometimes complex. Drivers are required to note off-time in their log books.

Car accidents can result in catastrophic injuries

Traveling in a car is a common everyday activity; however, car accidents can result in catastrophic injuries that can have an unexpected long-term impact on the lives of victims. Because of the expensive nature of medical care and treatment, medical bills resulting from a car accident, and an inability to work that may also result from a car accident, victims could be placed in financial jeopardy. Important personal injury legal options can be helpful when victims are facing the challenges of the aftermath of a car accident.

Catastrophic injuries that can result from a car accident include traumatic brain injuries, closed and open head wounds, spinal cord damages, neck injuries, paralysis, amputation, burn injuries, broken bones and other types of disabling injuries such as soft tissue injuries. Victims may suffer from chronic pain that can impact their future, which is why it is important for victims to receive proper medical care and treatment.

How to help avoid truck driver fatigue and truck accidents

Truck accidents can result in serious injuries and death to victims. As a result, truck driver fatigue, which may lead to truck accidents, can be a serious concern on the roadways. It is important for truck drivers and truck companies to avoid truck driver fatigue and a few tips to help avoid it may be useful for truck drivers to consider. Truck driver fatigue, as well as other driver conditions and circumstances, may be considered negligence if it leads to a truck accident.

To begin with, it is important for truck drivers to get adequate rest and sleep. At times, truck drivers may feel pressure to skip required rest breaks or not get the adequate amount of sleep to remain safe on the roadway. It is also helpful to retrain from driving during periods when the body is naturally drowsy including between 12:00 am and 6:00 am and 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm. It is also important not to skip meals which can also lead to fatigue or unpredictable energy levels.

Distracted drivers can cause serious harm to victims

Distracted driving is not an uncommon or new problem but technology is increasing the problem and making it worse. Unfortunately, distracted drivers can cause serious harm and damages to victims of distracted driving-related car accidents. Distracted driving can include more common behaviors drivers may not think of as distracted driving but can also include behaviors like texting which is considered the most dangerous form of distracted driving because it removes the driver's eyes, hands and focus from the roadway.

Common and dangerous distracted driving behaviors include texting while driving, talking on a cell phone while driving, operating a navigation system or audio system while driving, talking to passengers while driving, eating while driving, performing personal grooming while driving, reading while driving, reaching for an item somewhere in the vehicle while driving and attending to pets or children while driving.

The dangers of trucks

One of the dangers on the roads we might take for granted are trucks. When we experience bad weather, we will proceed with caution. If we are near a road construction zone, signs and cones give us clear warnings. And if we see an animal or object on the road, we instinctively act to avoid it and prevent an accident. But each of these situations is relatively uncommon.

We encounter trucks on the roads every day, and may not even consider the inherent dangers they present. Trucks take more time to accelerate or slow down, and have a more difficult time swerving or moving to change lanes or to avoid an accident. Truck drivers also have to deal with larger blind spots, crosswinds and the chance of jackknifing, all of which could lead to a serious accident. With their size and weight far larger than traditional cars, when involved in an accident, trucks are far more likely to cause serious or catastrophic damage and injuries.

Could texting or other distractions have caused a crash?

We all have seen them. While stuck in traffic, or even while hitting high speeds on a highway or freeway, other drivers are texting and driving. If we are all honest with ourselves, it's possible that everyone has done this dangerous act at least once while behind the wheel. Since cell phones have become readily available, texting and driving has become a dangerous trend, as it is often the reason behind a person's car accident injuries.

Texting and driving is viewed as a type of distracted driving behavior that is not only dangerous, but illegal in most states. With cell phones increasing their technological capabilities, it's not just texting that could be happening when a driver is distracted by their cell phone. A driver could be posting on social media, taking a video or scrolling through their music selection. All of these behaviors fall under the category of texting while driving.

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