Posted by Aubrey at Feb
A study by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation reports that 5.6 million people, or roughly 1 in 50 Americans, are paralyzed to some degree. Sudden paraplegia resulting from a car accident can be shocking and creates the immediate need for specialized medical equipment and supplies. The spinal cord contains a large bundle of nerves that is part of the central nervous system and receives signals from the brain. These signals allow for sensations, such as heat and cold, and also controls movement. A serious injury to the spinal cord can sever the connection from the brain to the body, disrupting both movement and sensations in the lower half of the body. A range of medical supplies may be necessary to accommodate the loss of feeling and movement that a person experiences after a traumatic injury to the spinal cord.
A wheelchair is typically the first piece of equipment that someone will need when they are paralyzed after a car accident. There are two types of wheelchairs: manual and power. Manual wheelchairs are usually lightweight and easy to push, with a focus on being able to be used heavily on a daily basis. Power wheelchairs are generally not used by paraplegics unless they have some condition that would prevent the use of manual wheelchairs, such as advanced age or an arm injury. Bathroom aides are another important tool used by paraplegics. These can include wheel-in shower chairs, stationary shower chairs, bathtub lifts, and other tools to help paraplegics remain mobile in the bathroom. Another common tool is the grab bar, which assists in stability while transferring, both in the bathroom and throughout the house of a paraplegic.
Some homes must be refitted to accommodate a paraplegic occupant. A home elevator is necessary for homes with more than one floor and can come in many forms beyond that of a traditional elevator lift. Inclined platform lifts are often used in these situations to help a user up a set of stairs by raising and lowering a flat platform upon which a wheelchair can sit. Porch lifts are the outdoor version of inclined platform lifts and allow for the user to move easier out of doors.
Posted by Aubrey at Sep
The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) estimates that nearly 280,000 rollover accidents occur annually. Of the reported number of annual rollover accidents, nearly 10,000 are fatal. Since these accidents are so common and dangerous, it’s important for drivers to protect themselves against factors that could cause a rollover. Due to their structure, Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) are much more likely to be involved in rollover accidents. SUV’s have a higher center of gravity than other standard-sized cars. Because of this, they are more prone to tip if the driver takes a sharp turn or encounters harsh winds.
The width between the left and right tire wells also makes a difference in the vehicles ability to avoid rolling. Cars with greater width between the left and right tires are more stable. Rollover accidents pose an extremely great threat to passengers and drivers because of the trauma to the spinal column and neck that they often cause. In order to avoid rollovers drivers of at-risk vehicles should be mindful of slowing down while turning as well as practicing extra caution when roadways are wet or icy. People that survive rollover accidents often have broken bones, spinal disc fracturing, and sometimes paralysis.
According to the website of the attorneys at Pohl & Berk, LLP, people injured as a result of rollover accidents can sometimes hold the vehicle manufacturer legally responsible for the accident. It could be argued that the design is faulty and puts consumers at risk if the car has short wheelbases relative to its height, uneven weight distribution, or a lack of vehicle stabilizers. However, sometimes tire blowouts (not design) cause rollovers, wherein the manufacturer of the faulty tire can be sued to cover the damages.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a rollover accident, contact a personal injury lawyer today. An experienced attorney will be able to help you through this difficult time, giving you the best legal representation possible.
Posted by Aubrey at Sep
A study of older drivers conducted in Canada suggests that medications may be contributing to the higher risk of car accidents in that population.
McGill University in Montreal study made use of records of car accidents involving 225,000 drivers between the ages of 67 and 84 to determine the factors which contributes to the risk of car accidents. The data show that subjects who are on certain prescription medications make up 45% of injury car accidents. The medications are largely from the benzodiazepine group, drugs used to treat insomnia and anxiety, and which tend to remain in the body in excess of 24 hours.
Some of the more popular name brand medications which are considered long-lasting include Valium, Dalmane, Klonopin, Libratabs, Klonopin and Xanax. These medications tend to hamper reaction times and decision making skills, which increases the risks of getting into an accident while driving. Other shorter-acting medications have a similar impact but the effects do not last as long.
It is recommended that older drivers who may be on medication for anxiety or insomnia should consult their physicians for alternative drugs which are not benzodiazepines. The medication should not be discontinued without talking to the doctor, however, as this could have adverse effects.
Category: Car Accidents
Posted by Aubrey at Aug
Motor vehicle accidents are a serious issue, and are responsible for more deaths in the United States than any other cause. Nearly 1.2 million people die every year on the world’s roads, and unfortunately, the greatest threat to drivers is often drivers themselves.
Many auto accidents are preventable because they occur as a result of another driver’s negligence. The best ways to reduce the number of collisions, deaths, and injuries are to pay attention to the road and know your car. By becoming aware of your surroundings and how to control your car, you can react more efficiently to the changing conditions of the road. Car accidents are often a result of:
- Driver error
- Reckless driving
- Drunk driving
- Mechanical or highways defects
According to the website of Kenosha car accident law firm Habush Habush & Rottier SC ®, highway accidents are more likely to occur during nighttime. This is because driving can be impaired by fatigue, limited visibility, and the blinding lights of oncoming traffic.
Motorcyclists are actually 35 times more likely to experience a fatal accident than those in passenger cars. However, the causes of motorcycle accidents are extremely similar to that of car accidents. According to the San Antonio motorcycle accident lawyers at the Chris Mayo Law Firm, the main causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Poor vehicle stability or low visibility in bad weather conditions
- Drug or alcohol use
- Aggressive driving or disobeying traffic laws
- Defective motorcycle
- Road hazards
Due to the lack of safety feature in comparison to cars, motorcycles are more likely to be involved in deadly accidents. Motorcycles are also smaller and narrower than most other traffic, so they may be more difficult to spot on the road. Steps like wearing protective clothing, giving adequate distance between yourself and others, and being a defensive driver can help to prevent riders from being involved in a dangerous collision.
Posted by Aubrey at Aug
Chicago is notorious because it was set as the scene for many a mafia story, but while the city remains a hub of international trade and industry, it is mostly legitimate nowadays. While mobsters are no longer commonplace in Chicago, car accidents unfortunately are.
In 2012, 956 people died in 886 fatal car crashes in the whole of Illinois. Of that number, there were 270 fatalities in 252 fatal car accidents in Cook County, of which Chicago is a part. In Chicago alone, there were 134 fatal car accidents. This means that last year, 2.6 people died every day in Illinois or 3 people every 4 days in Chicago alone. That does not include car accidents where there were no fatalities, so serious personal injuries are not even factored into the equation and it is grim enough.
And it seems that the trend is upward, albeit not dramatically, despite continuing efforts by the state government to improve road safety through driver awareness programs. Compared to the 1941 toll of 2,600, current statistics may seem an improvement, but any increase in car accidents from year to year is never a good thing, and never when it happens to you or someone close to you.
Car accidents often entail costs to the victims, including physical, financial and emotional. When car accidents happen because of negligence, it is the victim’s right to demand and receive compensation. According to the website of Jeff Sampson, tort law places the burden of proof on the plaintiff, and it is not always easy to know what you need to have to make your case. There is a lot that goes in to proving that an accident was unequivocally someone else’s fault, including detailed record keeping.
If you are considering filing a personal injury or wrongful death claim against a negligent driver, you need a lawyer with a deep understanding and knowledge of civil tort law in your area. Without such knowledge and experience, it will be very difficult to win your case.