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What are some other causes of large truck wrecks?

From truck driver fatigue to icy roads, large truck collisions happen for a myriad of reasons. That said, it is especially important for truck drivers and trucking companies to understand some of the other causes of large truck crashes, such as defective tires and brakes that are not working properly. Sadly, many either ignore these types of problems are unaware of them in the first place, which may lead to an accident in San Diego, or somewhere else in the U.S.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration covered many of the other causes of large truck crashes, such as defective brakes and tires. Other factors that may lead to an accident include steering problems, drivers who do not have very much experience and overloaded trucks. Sadly, some of these factors are overlooked, placing the lives of truck drivers and others on the road at risk.

Cyclist, pedestrians killed on San Francisco's streets

Few in San Diego would likely classify walking as being a potentially dangerous mode of transportation. However, depending on the area that one is walking in, the potential for death or serious injury may be ever-present once he or she leaves the curb. It is of course incumbent upon pedestrians to see to their own safety, being mindful of traffic and only entering the roadway at crosswalks or other designated areas. At the same time, motorists should be aware of when they may be traveling through an area that experiences a high volume of foot traffic, and adjust their method of driving accordingly.

Recent reports out of San Francisco seem to suggest that this is not happening in certain traffic corridors. The recent deaths of two pedestrians after having been struck by cars brings the total number of auto-pedestrian accident fatalities in the area for the year to five. In one case, the victim was allegedly walking along an on ramp, while the other was crossing at an intersection. In that particular accident, it was reported that the vehicle that struck the woman had just before swerved to get around another traveling in the same direction. The area also saw a bicyclist killed around the same time, marking the first such accident of the year.

3 tips for a better insurance settlement offer

Insurance companies are there to make money, and although it's nice to think that they will support what you need in a crisis, some will do anything they can to limit what they pay out. As a victim of a car accident, it's important that you get enough compensation to cover your lost wages, medical bills and other expenses.

If the insurance offer you receive is too low, it can feel insulting. You might think that this is the only offer you'll get, but that's not true. Your attorney can help you negotiate a better offer. In addition, here are three tips that may help.

Tips for driving safely around semi-trucks

Many commercial vehicle accidents in California are caused by other drivers. Because of this, it is important for drivers to understand how they should react to and drive around semi-trucks and other large vehicles, such as buses. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration notes that larger vehicles have limitations that cars and passenger trucks do not have. These include limits on turning radiuses, requiring more time to stop and large blind spots.

Drivers should be aware of the typical blind spots for larger vehicles. Semi-trucks have blind spots on all fours sides and they are much larger than those for a car. A general rule of thumb is when a driver cannot see the semi’s side mirror, it means the driver of that truck cannot see him or her. Because of these blind spots, passing should be done with care.

Mild brain damage can cause serious damage

Brain injuries are involved in approximately 30 percent of all injury deaths in America, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly 2.8 million people a year are hospitalized, visit the emergency room or die because of a traumatic brain injury. While many studies have been conducted to evaluate moderate to severe brain trauma and the effects this damage has on peoples’ lives, little has been done on mild brain trauma.

This may be because until recently, there were no good screening devices that would show mild injury areas in the deep while matter of the brain. Traditional MRIs were unable to detect injuries located in this area of the brain. Diffusion tensor imaging, however, shows damaged while brain cells as discolored areas. This type of magnetic resonance imaging shows normal cells as structured and orderly. Yet, damaged cells will appear a different brightness. This enables doctors to tell which areas of the brain is injured and what type of effects the patient may have.  

Carrying the minimum insurance on your car puts you at risk

Paying for car insurance is one of those unpleasant facts of life, like seasonal allergies and aging. If you want to legally operate a motor vehicle in the state of California, you have to carry insurance on your vehicle. The state of California calls vehicle insurance financial responsibility, and everyone who drives a vehicle must provide evidence of it when stopped by law enforcement or after any kind of motor vehicle accident. You may think you're beating the system when you purchase the minimum required insurance under the law, but that practice could leave you in trouble after a serious accident.

The minimum insurance coverage in California won't cover very much. That means that if you cause an accident with a lot of property damage or serious bodily injury to another person, you could face a civil lawsuit. Even worse, if you didn't cause the accident but suffer serious bodily injuries, the insurance you have on your vehicle may not be enough to provide for your medical needs and lost wages after the accident. It may be a smart move to sit down with an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss your insurance coverage and ensure that you have adequate protection, given the risks of driving.

What happens to the body in a car accident?

Having a loved one involved in a fatal motor vehicle accident in California is a devastating experience. It is sometimes difficult to understand how an accident could have taken a life, especially if it does not seem like that bad of a crash. However, learning a bit more about the anatomy of a crash can help you to better see how a person could suffer severe injuries in even the most minor of accidents.

The EMT Spot explains that every crash involves three different impacts. These occur inside the body, inside the car and outside the car. The impact in your body happens as your organs crash against your other body structures, like your bones. This is where the main trauma happens to your body. However, the impact inside the car can also cause injuries. This is where your body hits things in the car, like the seat belt or air bags. Trauma to your skin usually happens at this time. The last impact is your vehicle hitting something, such as another car or a pole. The damage here is to your vehicle.

What should I do if I’m in a car accident?

If you are involved in a car accident in San Diego, you will most likely have a lot on your mind. Accordingly, knowing what to do in the aftermath of an accident is crucial. Even relatively minor accidents call for certain steps, which can help you pursue justice in the event your accident was caused by someone else’s negligence.

As illustrated by Esurance.com, safety is the first consideration when involved in a car accident. To this end, be sure to move your vehicle to a safer area of the road if at all possible. You can also alert other drivers to the situation by utilizing your hazard lights, which will prevent further damage from occurring. Of course, it goes without saying that if you are seriously injured you should seek emergency medical attention right away.

Identifying the signs of traumatic brain injury

When people are involved in car collision or a slip-and-fall accident, they may receive a traumatic brain injury as a result of the impact. In fact, any type of accident that results in a sudden and forceful impact to the head may cause damage to the delicate tissue located within the skull cavity. When the tissue hits against the hard skull bone, it can bruise, bleed and become inflamed. Immediate medical attention is key when treating brain damage. Continued swelling in the brain can build up pressure within the skull cavity and cause ever more damage. The sooner injured people receive medical treatment, the greater their chances are for recovery and for the prevention of further damage.

It may be difficult to identify the signs of traumatic brain injury, as some of the symptoms may mask themselves as other conditions. According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, signs of mild to moderate brain damage include the following:

  •          Consistent headaches
  •          Persistent nausea and vomiting
  •          Dizziness and confusion
  •          Loss of short term memory
  •          Tingling in the extremities

3 questions to consider after a personal injury

You finally had a day off from work, so you decided to take your kids on a bike ride. You came up on a hill in your neighborhood, coasting over it. Suddenly, you notice a vehicle coming, but the driver isn't looking up. Your children pass it safely, but the vehicle enters your path and ends up causing you to hit it head on.

Now, you're left with severe injuries and potentially life-long disabilities. You can't work, and you worry about what's going to happen to you family. You were the only parent who worked, and now you're the one who needs extra care and help.

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