Brain injuries are very common in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control, over 2.5 million people will be treated in emergency rooms each year for traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). In 2013, 56,000 people died from TBIs, and 282,000 people were hospitalized for brain injuries. While senior adults over the age of 75 years have the highest rate of TBI-related hospital visits and deaths, anyone can suffer a brain injury.
If you or a loved one is injured in an accident, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your damages. Examples of accidents that often give rise to an accident claim are slip and fall accidents, motorcycle crashes, car accidents, commercial truck crashes, and pedestrian accidents. Any accident that results in an injury or death can result in compensation for the accident victim. To receive compensation, the accident victim must prove that the other party caused the accident and the victim suffered injuries and damages because of the accident. The types of damages and amounts of compensation vary based on the facts and circumstances of each claim. However, at least one thing is the same in all accident claims — time for filing a claim is limited.
Truck accidents cause horrific injuries for drivers and passengers of other vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said that over 70 percent of the injuries and deaths in large truck accidents were sustained by the occupants of other vehicles in 2014. During that year, 111,000 people were injured in 3,903 people were killed in truck accidents in the United States. Unfortunately, truck companies often push their drivers to exceed the safe number of driving hours to increase their profits. If truck drivers don’t get enough sleep, they have an increased risk of causing a drowsy driving accident. The U.S. Department of Transportation estimated that 13 percent of the accidents each year are caused by driver fatigue. Approximately 25 percent of truck drivers admitted they had fallen asleep at the wheel within the past month.
There are a lot of myths and assumptions regarding traffic laws in California. Some people do not learn about these myths and incorrect assumptions until they are pulled over by a highway patrolman or a police officer. By then, it is too late. Unfortunately, other drivers only learn about these traffic laws after they are involved in a car accident because some of these myths and assumptions can be very dangerous on the road. Can I wear headphones while driving in California? It has been illegal to wear headphones while driving for many years; however, the law did not specifically make it illegal to wear earbuds. In January 2016, a new law went into effect that makes it illegal to wear earbuds in both ears while driving or while riding a bicycle. Ear coverings interfere with a driver’s ability to hear thereby putting the driver and other’s at risk.
For over a decade, the U.S. Federal Highway Administration has focused extra resources on states and cities that have the highest bicycle and pedestrian fatality rates. When the list of cities and states was updated for 2015, Fresno was added to the list. According to The Fresno Bee, the issue of pedestrian accidents and bicycle accidents in Fresno has caught the attention of several people and groups. The Fresno mayoral candidates will participate in a forum entitled “Walk & Roll” to discuss pedestrian and cyclist issues. Fresno Pedestrian Accident and Bicycle Accident Statistics The California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) provides data on traffic fatalities for cities and counties each year. During 2013, 77 pedestrians and 46 bicyclists died in motor vehicle accidents in Fresno County. In Fresno alone, 35 pedestrians and 27 bicyclists died that year. Therefore, almost one-half of all pedestrian deaths and over one-half of all bicyclist deaths in Fresno County occurred in Fresno curing 2013.
A disabled vehicle resulted in the tragic death of a Visalia man. According to Visalia Times, a man was struck by two vehicles as he was trying to push his vehicle out of the street. The accident occurred on Walnut Avenue just west of Ben Maddox Way. The victim suffered severe head trauma and internal injuries. He died from his injuries after being transferred from Kaweah Delta Medical Center to Fresno Regional Medical Center. How To Handle A Break Down on The Road The above tragic story is another example of someone being severely injured because their vehicle broke down. Break downs can happen at any time to any vehicle — even a newly purchased vehicle. Knowing how to handle a break down on the road can protect you and your passengers from harm.
A recent study released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety states that almost 80 percent of drivers admit to feeling aggression, anger, or road rage at least once in the past year. Unfortunately, road rage is not limited to simply yelling or cussing at another driver. Roughly eight million drivers in this country have exhibited extreme episodes of road rage including ramming another car or following another driver to confront him or her outside of the vehicle. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that the rate of fatalities from accidents involving road rage increased by almost tenfold from 2004 to 2013. In 2013, 247 people died in traffic accidents caused by road rage. Aggressive driving is a serious problem throughout the United States. What can you do if you are injured by an aggressive driver?
A slip and fall accident can result in traumatic injuries that may result in permanent disabilities. Some slip and fall accidents result in substantial damages, including lost wages, medical bills, and physical pain. However, you must prove that the property owner was negligent in either causing your fall or allowing a hazardous condition to remain that caused your fall.
ABC30 reported two car crashes on July 10 near Selma resulted in one fatality. According to reports, both car crashes were caused by drivers who ignored a stop sign. The first crash occurred at the intersection of Academy and Rose Avenues. This collision involved a commercial truck and a pickup truck. The driver of the commercial truck ran a stop sign and collided with the pickup truck. One of the passengers in the pickup truck had to be airlifted to Community Regional. Others inside the pickup truck had to be taken to Fresno hospitals for treatment. The driver of the commercial vehicle was not injured. Authorities do not believe that alcohol or drugs were a factor in this first collision.
In March, ABC30 reported that a Fresno County school bus was involved in a collision just west of Fresno at the intersection of McKinley Avenue and Hayes Avenue. A driver of an SUV failed to yield the right of way to the bus causing the collision. The driver of the SUV died from his injuries. Some of the 48 students on the school bus suffered minor injuries with one student being treated at Community Regional Medical Center.