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How dangerous is a jackknifing truck?

The answer to the above question is “very.” A jackknifing truck poses one of the most dangerous road situations with which you can come into contact. Why? Because no matter how experienced its driver, (s)he cannot control the truck once it begins jackknifing.

Evan Transportation explains that, unfortunately, it does not take bad weather or slick roads to cause a jackknife. Instead, almost anything can cause a trailer to begin behaving erratically and stop following the cab to which it is attached. And once the jackknife starts, no one, including the truck driver, can predict where the trailer, or for that matter, the rig itself, will end up.

Proving the severity of a traumatic brain injury: What to know

Traumatic brain injuries are serious injuries that can have lasting implications for victims. In many cases, these injuries have symptoms that are permanent, even if there is some recovery that does occur.

Traumatic brain injuries happen when the brain is injured due to a blow, jolt or penetrating object. That initial injury, known as the primary injury, causes the first set of challenges. If it's not treated quickly, then secondary injuries may occur.

Could the color of your car attract police attention?

Most people want to do all that they can to fly under the radar of police regardless of whether they are breaking the law or not. But could some vehicles, because of their color, attract more unwelcome attention from law enforcement than others?

It appears to be so. In comparing statistics from law enforcement agencies around the United States, it seems as if those driving red cars are disproportionately stopped by police. While white cars also attract police attention, there are far more white cars on the road than red.

Why do construction workers suffer so many brain injuries?

Construction work is a notoriously dangerous occupation. So many of your jobs require you to work on roofs, scaffolding or tall ladders that you face substantial continuing risk of falling. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration lists falls as the number one cause of construction worker deaths.

Even if you survive your fall, it could result in your sustaining a traumatic brain injury. The Mayo Clinic explains that a TBI results from your head hitting or getting hit by a hard object with such force that your brain “sloshes around” in your skull because your head violently moves back and forth.

How should you communicate with someone who has a TBI?

When someone close to you has been the victim of a tragic accident that has resulted in a traumatic brain injury, you may be left feeling uncertain about how to communicate with him or her. Because a TBI can affect the way your loved one receives, processes and responds to information, your education about how to effectively communicate with someone who has a TBI may help you to be empathetic and understanding.

One thing that you can do is to become educated about TBIs and how having one can affect a person's ability to complete daily tasks, communicate with others and cope with the daily stresses of life. Demonstrating a willingness to learn can be an incredible way to show your support in helping your loved one acclimate to his or her new normal.

What must you prove in a wrongful death suit?

When your spouse, child, parent or other close relative dies because of someone’s negligence or wrongdoing, you have the right to sue the person responsible for your loved one’s death. This represents a civil suit for which the only thing you can receive are money damages.

FindLaw explains that you must prove the following in order to win your wrongful death suit:

  • That your loved one died
  • That the defendant(s) caused his or her death through his, her or their negligence or wrongdoing
  • That the defendant(s) knew or should have known that his, her or their actions would harm your loved one
  • That their actions represent the proximate cause of your loved one’s death
  • That you suffered comjpensable damages due to your loved one’s untimely death

What happens when a car winds up under a commercial truck?

Different kinds of collisions can cause different damage to vehicles and different injuries to their occupants. For example, rear-end collisions are notoriously associated with soft tissue injuries like whiplash. These injuries can result from a vehicle jerking forward quickly or stopping abruptly. The nature of the crash influences the damage to the vehicles and the injuries to the people inside.

When it comes to truck collisions, the crashes known as underride collisions are potentially the most catastrophic kind. With both jackknife accidents and rollovers, it is possible for only the commercial vehicle to wind up impacted by the crash. However, the very nature of an underride collision implies the involvement of a smaller passenger vehicle.

Is hands-free really risk-free?

Distracted driving represents the number one cause of fatal car crashes in America. And talking or texting on your cellphone while you drive represents the number one distracted driving cause. Unfortunately, the National Safety Council reports that at any given time, 7% of all drivers are in fact using their cellphones. If you are one of those drivers, you may think you are safe because you believe the myth that hands-free cellphone usage equates to risk-free driving and you never actually hold your phone while talking or texting. This belief could get you seriously injured or even result in your death.

Despite propaganda to the contrary, your brain cannot multi-task. When you talk or text while driving, even though doing it hands-free, you subject yourself to the following three types of distraction:

  1. Physical
  2. Visual
  3. Cognitive

Brain injuries can change your personality

You get involved in a serious truck accident. Maybe the truck tries to make a left turn in front of you when there's not enough room, and you slam into the trailer. Maybe the truck merges into your lane on the interstate, sideswipes your car, and sends it careening into a tree.

No matter how it happens, you suffer serious head and brain injuries. You do survive, but the road to recovery appears very long. How is this going to impact your life moving forward?

The symptoms of traumatic brain injuries can be serious

Injuries to the head and brain can cause long-term damage to victims and can affect them for the rest of their lives. This post provides Texas readers with some information about the symptoms that victims of traumatic brain injuries may experience but in no way should be read as medical or legal advice. Professionals should be consulted to better understand victims' unique medical conditions and the legal options they may have for seeking financial compensation.

Like other types of injuries, traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, can be mild to severe. However, even mild TBIs can have significant associated symptoms. For example, physical symptoms like nausea, dizziness, fatigue, pain and sleep problems may all occur with mild TBI events.

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