May 25, 2019

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The Other Types of Injuries

It seems like commercials about medical miracles and accident injuries are obsessed with big, flashy or even gruesome injuries. Sure, a person can receive injuries like head trauma, concussions, or even dismemberment as a result of an accident. But a person can also receive something much simpler: abdominal injuries. That is right: one of the types of injuries least discussed by TV shows and the media is abdominal injuries. There can be serious internal bleeding or other organ damage issues after a car crash or another type of accident.

The worst part about abdominal injuries, though, is just how hard they can be to detect. Perhaps that is why the media does not mention abdominal injuries in procedural TV shows like Law and Order or CSI; they are often invisible to the average eye! It is easier to see the severity of a laceration or bruise. I think we are doing a disservice to people suffering from abdominal injuries. That is why in this article I describe some of the intense abdominal injuries that people can experience as a result of a car accident, especially. I also discuss how to make sure you document your injuries correctly so you can prove your abdominal injuries are as bad as I know them to be.

How are abdominal injuries caused?

This question is, of course, dependent upon your personal situation. According to the Jurewitz Law Group, blunt force to your stomach and torso are common progenitors to abdominal issues. This can be from a fight (avoid violence, for your health!) or a car wreck. Vehicle accidents commonly cause abdominal issues because the momentum of the car places a great amount of force on your internal organs when it comes to a sudden stop (like in a collision) and the steering wheel or other parts of a car hits your stomach.

Airbags are also associated with abdominal injuries. If they are quickly deployed (as working airbags are supposed to do) then they could collide with your stomach in such a way that abdominal injuries are caused. And ss I said, a misplaced punch can also be detrimental to the health of your internal organs!

What are abdominal injuries?

“Abdominal injuries” is a broad term but mostly applies to problems related to your abdominal wall, your blood vessels, and different types of organs (solid organs like your kidneys and hollow organs like your bladder). As a result, the things that can happen to abdominal organs will differ based on the part of the abdomen is implicated in the injury process.

Broadly speaking, though, abdominal injuries are either classified as “bruising” or “penetrating” incidents. These are self-evident labels. But internal bleeding can take place from both penetrating and bruising! Airbags are more likely to cause bruising, but any type of sudden and strong force can also lead to penetration, in which an organ or your abdominal wall can be punctured and ruptured. The pain of this has been described as pretty terrible, so I hope this is not a burden you will ever have to bear!

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Feb 19, 2015

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Cell phone use in Car Accidents

Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of dangerous and even fatal car collisions. Cell phone use has long been one of the reasons for distractions while driving. Although it may seem to be offering convenience, the use of mobile phones while driving has been known to make up 26 percent of car accidents in the United States. Despite having state laws banning the use of mobile phones while driving, many motorists still risk their safety (along with the safety of others) by purposely disregarding the laws against it.

Many arguments have been made regarding cell phone use and safe driving. There are those who believe that cell phone cause fatal accidents and should be banned from being used while driving while there are others that advocate that the cell phones themselves are not a threat, but their use while driving is what causes the distraction. Many safety specialists believe that cell phone use provides two basic risks, the first being cell phone use pose as a distraction while driving, and secondly that cell phones add conversation into the driving equation.

According to recent studies, only 5 percent of cell phone-related car accidents happened due to the driver texting; a great majority of these car crashes are due to the driver having a conversation on their hand-held or wireless cell phones. The National Safety Council reports that talking on the phone can be more distracting that texting; and this applies even to those using hands-free devices. Furthermore, NSC states that a likely 245, 358 car accidents occurred last year which involved the use of cell phones, with data showing that 350 crashes that occurred were fatal. The problem with these car accident reports related to cell phone use are mostly underreported simply because the drivers themselves do not report or admit using their phones when the accident happened.

The debate regarding cell phone use and distracted driving may be a long one. What can be the best way to prevent car crashes due to distracted driving caused by cell phone use is by modifying the behaviors of drivers and having additionally cell phone features that would help lower statistics related to distracted driving.

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Oct 14, 2013

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Why Is Speeding a Bad Idea?

According to, speeding is one of the most often cited reasons for getting in trouble with the law; even otherwise law-abiding citizens are often ticketed for speeding. The reason that speeding is so rigorously monitored is because it is also one of the leading causes of traffic accidents, and a factor in almost one-third of all fatal crashes. Even under the best of circumstances, speeding makes it more difficult for a driver to avoid trouble because the reaction time is that much shorter. It is unfortunate that most people don’t have the reflexes of Dom Toretto, but that is the sad fact.

Aside from shorter reaction times, speeding can lead to accidents because it decreases the amount of control the driver has over the vehicle, especially when it comes to curves. This is especially true when driving vehicles with a high center of gravity, such as SUVs, which are prone to rollovers. It is also unwise to drive fast when carrying heavy loads, because it makes it harder to stop; the load could also shift during a turn and cause the vehicle to tip over.

Below are some trends observed about speeding accidents. While trends do not mean it will happen to a particular person, statistically speaking it makes it more likely.

  • Most fatal speeding accidents happen on Saturdays
  • 40% of all deaths due to speeding happened on a curve
  • Men are more likely to die in a speeding accident
  • Most drunk drivers (41%) and some sober drivers (14%) involved in a fatal crash were speeding
  • Most fatal speeding accidents were single-vehicle crashes and happened on a rural road
  • A significant number of fatal speeding accidents involved a motorcycle
  • Those in Western states are more likely to be involved in a fatal speeding accident than those in the Eastern states

If you have been injured in an accident because of someone speeding, you may have a case for personal injury. A lawsuit can potentially recover monetary losses that arose as a direct result of the speeding accident. Consult with a speeding accident lawyer and help put a brake to speeding motorists.

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Jun 18, 2013

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Roadway Defects that Lead to Injuries

Driving has its risks; even when you are enclosed in the strong protection of your vehicle, a car accident can cause severe injuries to you, your passengers, or to other motorists. If the accident occurred not because of your fault but because of another’s, then they can be held liable for compensation. Financial compensation for the damages acquired can be given once you have the help of competent car accident attorneys who can represent your plight in court effectively.

There are many reasons why road accidents occur. Some are due to human error or mechanical issues, where both can be prevented and can be under the driver’s control. There are incidents, however, where the driver is entirely is not at fault, such as where roads are not in the best shape. Road hazards such as poorly lit roads, damaged roads, malfunctioning traffic lights, and such can pose a threat to any motorists, even the most careful ones. When accidents occur because of such road hazards, the state, municipality, or the government can be the one responsible.

Potholes are one of the reasons for many road accidents. Even though they are often looked at as mere annoyances on the road, they can inflict damages to the vehicles and the driver. Potholes occur mainly because of two reasons: first, the long term wear-and-tear of the road and second, poor temporary road fixes. According to the website of Ravid & Associates, P.C., when these potholes appear on the roads, they can either cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle, or severely damage the vehicle.

There are things to consider when you think the potholes on the road are the ones that caused your accident. First, make sure that the government has been negligent of their duty to ensure the safety of the roads, and second, that their negligent behavior caused the injuries that you have sustained. Gathering evidence, witness reports and proper documentation is vital in ensuring that you have a strong case against the government, therefore getting expert help from car accident attorneys is the best way to ensure you will have the compensation you deserve.

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