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Talking with your loved ones after a car crash

Motor vehicle collisions can be traumatic from an emotional standpoint, and they can also bring on many different financial hurdles and physical challenges too. People who are involved in these wrecks often suffer in many different ways, and they might have a lot of difficulties to overcome. It is pivotal for car crash victims to explore all of the legal options they have and any other resources that may be able to help them recover, such as their loved ones. For example, an accident victim may want to discuss the prospect of filing suit with their spouse.

There are a number of reasons why it may be so important to discuss an accident with loved ones. You may want your children to understand that you will be unable to participate in certain events and activities due to the accident, and you may want to talk with your husband or wife about how you will need to take time off work. Moreover, you may want to talk with a parent about some of your legal options and ask for their opinions on various issues. It is also helpful to discuss these situations with legal professionals in many cases.

What should you do after a car accident?

As you drive along North Carolina’s roads, highways and freeways, you undoubtedly see your fair share of accidents. You may even have been involved in one or more of them yourself. If you have been fortunate enough to remain accident free, have you ever stopped to wonder what you should do after becoming involved in one?

FindLaw explains that, should you ever find yourself involved in an accident, the first thing you should do is stay at the scene. Even if the accident is a minor one with only minimal property damage, you should stay there until law enforcement officers get there and say you can leave. If you leave too soon, they may charge you you with leaving the scene or, worse yet, with hit and run.

Understanding the top causes of truck accidents

Large tractor trailers are a vital part of the American economic system and people depend on these massive vehicles to deliver much needed goods to all parts of the country. Yet the sheer size and weight of commercial vehicles makes them more dangerous to other drivers on the road. In 2017 alone, 4,657 people were killed in large truck accidents, which is an increase from the 4,251 people who were killed in similar accidents the year before, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It is critical that all drivers understand the top causes of large truck accidents so they can minimize their risk of being involved in a catastrophic collision.

One of the most common causes of truck accidents involves truck drivers who are distracted, fatigued or otherwise negligent in operating the vehicle. Truckers are behind the wheel for long periods of time, making it easy to become desensitized to matters occurring on the road. There are federal regulations requiring truckers to take rest and sleep breaks, as well as prohibiting truckers from engaging in distractive behaviors while behind the wheel.

The dangers of driving at night

Driving always comes with a certain amount of risk, but car accidents at night are especially harrowing. According to the National Safety Council, you are three times more likely to suffer a fatal crash at night. At the law offices of Wade E. Byrd in North Carolina, we are familiar with the devastation that is caused by car wrecks after dark. 

NSC lists several factors that make driving at night more hazardous. One of the main issues with night driving is impaired vision. Depth and color perception are both affected by low light conditions. Unfortunately, reduced vision impacts response time and leads to accidents.

Auto accidents and severe lacerations

From a broken back to neck injuries and brain trauma after hitting one’s head, there are many different ways in which car crash victims are injured in wrecks. However, some types of injuries receive less attention even though they can create many challenges in a victim’s life. For example, some people suffer severe lacerations in car crashes, which can not only cause a great deal of pain and permanent scarring but may get in the way of their ability to work and result in significant medical costs.

People sustain deep cuts in a car crash in a number of ways. Sometimes, someone is struck by an object during the crash, while other people may suffer a laceration due to shards of glass. Laceration may also occur when a broken bone pierces through the victim’s skin. People may sustain deep cuts on their face, hands and other visible parts of their body, and these injuries can be deeply troubling for a variety of reasons.

The #1 reason people text and drive

We've all seen them, or maybe we know them, or maybe we ARE them: People who text and drive. 

According to the latest information (a 2018 report on Teensafe), 25 percent of all fatal crashes involved distracted drivers. Why, after all of the news articles, billboards and commercials about the dangers of texting and driving, do some drivers still pay more attention to their phones than they do the road?? One of the main culprits is something called confirmation bias. 

Children might get hurt at day care playgrounds

When you take your child to a North Carolina day care, you expect your child to be safe. Sometimes, though, a child might sustain an injury while he or she plays on the playground equipment if the staff members do not keep a close eye on the kids. At the Law Offices of Wade E. Byrd P.A., we know you have many questions about how these wounds occur.

Playgrounds can present many hazards to your child as he or she plays. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 200,000 children under the age of 14 sustain injuries at playgrounds each year. Children can get hurt when they trip over rocks and tree stumps or if they fall off the monkey bars and other climbing equipment. Additionally, your child might incur a wound as he or she goes down the slide or plays on the swings. In some situations, a child might get hurt because the play equipment is not well-maintained. Researchers are still trying to understand all of the factors involved in these injuries. 

Can semi-trucks drive in the left lane in North Carolina?

You are driving on the freeway, navigating the usual traffic. You enter the left lane to get to your destination as quickly as possible. But once you change lanes, you find that you are stuck behind a large tractor-trailer--and it is moving very slowly.

Commercial trucks driving in the left lane can certainly be frustrating. Many motorists do not realize that these trucks can also be dangerous. Eighteen-wheelers taking up the left lane often contribute to dangerous accidents. Fortunately, North Carolina created a law to address and prevent this.

What are the different types of distracted driving?

There have always been distractions when driving, but it easier than ever for drivers in North Carolina and elsewhere to have their attention diverted from the road. You should understand the different types of distracted driving and how to avoid them.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are three main types of driving distractions that you can experience - visual, manual and cognitive. The following points apply to these factors:

  • Visual distractions draw your eyes off the road. You could easily be distracted from driving by attractive scenery or an accident at the side of the road.
  • Manual distractions involve your hands or feet. You might drop a water bottle and become distracted by taking your hands off the wheel and trying to reach the bottle on the floor.
  • Cognitive distractions involve taking your mind off the task of driving. You could lose your concentration if you get into a heated argument while behind the wheel or if you get caught up in daydreaming.

Why is it so important to understand brain injuries?

The thing about a traumatic brain injury is that you can get one doing almost anything in North Carolina, and it can arise from a seemingly mild accident. According to the Mayo Clinic, you do not even have to be hit on the head to sustain a TBI. A blow to the body can jolt your brain so that it collides with the inside of your skull.

There are five primary causes of TBIs:

  • Falls
  • Car accidents
  • Violence
  • Sports
  • Explosions
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