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Teenage Car Accident Victims Frequently Suffer from Brain Injuries

teenager in car accident

Many Americans, including residents of many parts of New Jersey, live in areas where cars are not just a convenience – they are essential for getting to work, going to school, and running necessary errands. Most people think nothing of getting into a car for their morning commute or a trip to the store, because it's such a normal part of everyday life. For teenagers, earning their driver's license is more than a symbolic rite of passage toward adulthood; it's a tangible sign of independence and freedom, because the teen no longer needs to rely on a parent or other adult to ferry them around when they want to go somewhere.

Spine Injuries in Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle Accident

By Francis M. Smith

One of the most common pieces of advice you are likely to hear repeated about motorcycle safety is, "Always wear a helmet." This is, in fact, valuable and important advice; a properly worn motorcycle helmet can protect a rider from serious or life-threatening head injuries. But head injuries aren't the only threats to a rider as a result of motorcycle accidents, and other types of serious injury don't have solutions as simple as wearing a helmet. A biker has few options to protect himself from these injuries, which may result in permanent disability.

The unfortunate reality is that many of the safety features that protect passengers in a car are simply unavailable to motorcycle riders. A motorcycle has no seat belts, no roll-cage, no crumple zones; the only protection the rider has against motorcycle accidents is their clothing and gear. That is why motorcycle helmets are essential to protect the head in the event of a crash – but unfortunately, there is no safety gear a rider can wear to reduce the danger of spine injuries.

Head Injuries in Young Adults May Trigger Violent Behavior

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By Francis M. Smith

Medical science has made great strides in understanding how the human brain works, develops, and responds to injury. Much of the functioning of the organ that shapes our thoughts, emotions, and personality remains unknown territory, but the scientific community continues to research the brain and expand our understanding of it. Learning the consequences of injuries to the brain is particularly important, because every year as many as 1.7 million Americans experience a traumatic brain injury (or TBI) as a result of blows, bumps, or jolts, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many of these injuries are suffered in motor vehicle accidents and in falls. Pedestrians and bicyclists are at particular risk to head and brain injuries when involved in accidents with motor vehicles.

NJ Slip and Fall Attorney Discusses Life Changing Injuries

Slippery When Wet

By Francis M. Smith

Although "slip and fall" and "trip and fall" injuries are mistakenly associated with older individuals over the age of 65, individuals of all ages are capable of experiencing slip or trip and fall events. A fall injury can happen at any time- at home or in public- and such events can at times result in severe injury. The Centers for Disease Control has identified slip and fall injuries as the most common cause of injury to individuals over the age of 65, and spinal cord injuries- possibly the most serious of all possible resulting injuries- caused by slip and fall events have been on the rise in recent years among the elderly according to the Journal of Neurotrama.

Car Insurers Strategy to Increase Profits: Blame Victims with Soft-Tissue Injuries

sprained ankle

By Francis M. Smith

Insurance companies design their slogans, ads, and other promotional materials to give you the impression that they are trustworthy, dependable, and ready to help you when trouble strikes. Unfortunately, as many people who have faced auto insurance company representatives across the negotiating table in the aftermath of a car accident have learned, that caring and reliable facade is nothing more than a marketing ploy. The reality is that insurance companies are primarily profit-making enterprises, and most of them care much more about their own bottom line than about the financial struggles you may face when dealing with lost wages and medical bills from a soft-tissue injury after a car accident.

April 2014 Declared Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Driver drinking coffee and on cell phone

By Francis M. Smith

Most people are aware of the dangers of drunk driving long before they are old enough to get their driver's license, let alone have their first drink. This level of public awareness is the result of years of concerted efforts on the part of several government and non-profit agencies that work to protect people by making drivers and passengers aware of the dangers of driving while intoxicated- including not just criminal penalties, but also serious injuries suffered by the drunk driver, other drivers, and innocent bystanders.

Cars and Bicycle Accidents and the 3 Feet Please Movement

Car and Bicycle Accident 3 Feet Please Movement

By Francis M. Smith

Riding a bicycle, whether for recreation or as part of your daily commute, is an excellent form of exercise. It also helps keep the roads less crowded and the skies less polluted. However, many of the roads in New Jersey towns and all across the country do not have dedicated bike lanes or paths. Cyclists are often forced to share a lane with cars and trucks, whose drivers are frequently less than willing to share the lane safely. Across the country, there are hundreds of cyclist fatalities every year from bicycle accidents and tens of thousands more cyclists injured.

Most experienced cyclists know to wear reflective gear when riding at night and to take extra care around intersections – but the majority of bicycle accidents do not follow most people's intuitions about the most dangerous circumstances for a cyclist. Reports by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reveal that:

Traumatic Brain Injury May Cause Problems in Adolescent Development

teenager with TBI

By Francis M. Smith

Parents often joke that their teenage kids "have a hard head" when it comes to arguments and differences of opinion. Many people consider this to be literally the case, in addition to being a metaphor for stubbornness – it's a common belief that adolescents are particularly durable and resilient, healing quickly and completely from injuries that would more seriously damage an older adult. However, medical experts have discovered that adolescent children are not nearly as "hard-headed" as was once widely believed, and may be even more susceptible to serious injury resulting from head trauma than adults, rather than less. Emergency responders and emergency room medical professionals are becoming more attuned to brain injury caused by accidental trauma- whether it's a motor vehicle accident, a slip and fall accident, or any other trauma, and this applies to younger accident victims as well as older.

NHTSA: Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving (Impaired Driving)

buzzed driving is drunk driving

By Francis M. Smith

What do you call it when you've been drinking but you have not had enough to be considered legally intoxicated? Some call it being "buzzed".

Pretty much everyone knows what "Drunk Driving" means – you can't walk a straight line or recite the alphabet backwards, and you blow above a certain BAC level on the Breathalyzer or other device. In the US, that target number is 0.08. Anything below that means you're in the clear, you can drive safely, right?

Settlement Offer: Can I Make a Lifeline Call?

Personal Injury Settlement Offer

By Francis M. Smith

You are pursuing a claim to win compensation after an injury caused by someone else's negligence. You've listened to the advice of your attorney. You've worked hard to educate yourself about the legal issues in your personal injury case. Then you face a point in time that's intensely stressful -- the moment when the opposing counsel makes a settlement offer. You knew this day would come eventually, but now you're faced with a deadline. The other side is expecting an answer today, and all you have are questions. Is it enough to recognize your injury? Will you get more if you hold out a little longer? Is the insurance company trying to avoid paying you what you truly deserve?

You were careful in choosing an attorney to represent you in your personal injury case. You found someone who makes you feel comfortable, and whose experience you trust. But your lawyer can only advise you. The final decision about whether to accept that settlement offer is yours, and it's natural to feel unease and uncertainty.

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