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The surprising link between a concussion and driving skills

If you see an oncoming car that suddenly drifts across the center line, alarm bells go off in your mind. You probably swerve toward the shoulder of the road to avoid a crash.

You may conclude that the driver who nearly hit you was either drunk or distracted in some way, but there is another possibility: The erratic driver may be recovering from a concussion.

Going over statistics on drowsy driving

Each year, many lives are claimed and even more people are hurt because of drowsy driving. In Allegheny and all across the state of Pennsylvania, motor vehicle crashes happen for many reasons. While drivers often realize how dangerous certain behaviors are, such as going over the speed limit and operating a vehicle while intoxicated, too many neglect to recognize the dangers associated with drowsy driving. Unfortunately, fatigue can significantly impair a person's ability to drive and may cause a tragic accident that was completely preventable.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, estimates show that about one out of every 25 adult drivers in the U.S. reported they fell asleep at the wheel in the past 30 days. There are numerous reasons why drivers become drowsy, such as not getting enough sleep. However, other factors, such as working long hours or taking certain medications can also result in drowsy driving. Research shows that drowsiness can lead to a slower reaction time and make drivers have difficulty making decisions and paying attention while behind the wheel.

How many injuries occur due to auto accidents?

 

Victims of auto accidents may experience a number of setbacks following a crash. Sometimes, people face financial burdens brought on by medical costs and lost wages, while others lost their lives and leave families with emotional scars that will last throughout life. In Pennsylvania, many car accident victims also sustain injuries that interrupt their lives in diverse ways. Whether you or a family member were hurt in a crash, or you are worried about becoming involved in an accident one day, it may be helpful to realize just how many injuries people sustain in these wrecks each year.

Risk factors and symptoms of mesothelioma

Workers in Pennsylvania who work around asbestos need to be aware of mesothelioma, which is a common side effect of working in those conditions. A form of cancer, mesothelioma affects the layer of tissue that covers internal organs, and it is aggressive and often deadly.

According to the Mayo Clinic, asbestos is the leading cause of mesothelioma. Asbestos is a mineral that is used in a variety of products, including brakes, flooring, insulation and shingles. Even brief exposure to this element can lead to cancer, which can take many years to develop. Research shows that certain risk factors can increase the chances of developing mesothelioma. These include:

  • A family history - those with an immediate family member who has mesothelioma are at greater risk
  • Living in close proximity with an asbestos worker - asbestos fibers can cling to pieces of clothing and the skin, increasing exposure to those living at home
  • Working or living in an asbestos-filled environment - direct exposure to asbestos greatly increases one's chances of developing mesothelioma

The new iPhone contributes to safer driving environments

The number of vehicle accidents due to distracted driving has been quite concerning, and it has lead various government and social organizations to implement regulations and programs to try to decrease this number. Now, even technology companies are starting to contribute to safe driving efforts.

In particular, the new iPhone boasts an update that will hopefully help decrease distracted driving. Such actions could help to reduce motor vehicle accidents and create safer driving environments in general.

Auto accidents and Labor Day weekend

Although motor vehicle collisions occur at all times of year, certain periods may be even more dangerous. For example, winter weather can increase the likelihood of a crash. In Pennsylvania and across the entire country, Labor Day weekend can also be a particularly deadly time. Our law firm knows that there are many reasons why an accident may be more likely during Labor Day and other U.S. holidays. As a result, it is very important to remain vigilant on the road.

Sometimes, people celebrate Labor Day with alcoholic beverages. If you plan on consuming alcohol with friends or family members during the holiday, it is important to make sure you do not get behind the wheel after having too much to drink. Moreover, you should also keep an eye out for intoxicated drivers who may be more prevalent during this holiday. With summer coming to an end, school starting up again, and other seasonal changes, people may also be facing certain pressures that could lead to a crash.

Addressing a repetitive stress injury

Many workers recognize the inherent risks associated with certain fields, such as construction and mining. From falls to dangerous machinery, those employed in these lines of work certainly do face many risks on the job. However, even those with seemingly low-risk occupations, such as office workers, may be hurt in the workplace. Our law firm is aware of the consequences associated with repetitive stress injuries for those who work in various fields. In Allegheny, and across the whole state of Pennsylvania, these injuries can make life incredibly difficult.

Also referred to as repetitive strain, repetitive stress injuries can generate many problems for injured workers. Often, these injuries develop over time, but they can catch a worker off-guard. From constant typing to the regular lifting of heavy objects, workers may succumb to a repetitive stress injury in a number of ways. Unfortunately, these injuries can restrict workers from continuing to carry out their job responsibilities, which may leave them out of work.

How many accidents are the result of poor weather?

Motor vehicle collisions occur for an array of reasons, such as drowsy driving and DUI. That said, a crash may also happen as a result of poor weather. Whether you live in a warm location with relatively mild weather or an area which has brutal weather in the winter, there are a number of different hazards related to weather that you should watch out for.

The Federal Highway Administration states that about 22 percent of the motor vehicle accidents that happen each year are due to weather events. During an average year, more than 5,748,000 vehicle crashes happen, threatening the lives of those involved and leading to devastating injuries. From icy roads to heavy snowfall and fog, weather can present a number of dangers. In fact, rain and wet roads make up for a majority of the accident causes related to weather. Furthermore, wind can also lead to a crash, since tree branches and other types of debris may fall or blow on the road. Wind, along with other weather events, can also interfere with a driver’s ability to see the road.

How many people die due to distracted driving?

Fatal car accidents have a plethora of causes. Sometimes, people lose their lives after being struck by a drunk driver, while others pass away because someone was speeding or exhibiting another dangerous behavior behind the wheel. However, some people do not realize that distracted driving can be very deadly and that there are many types of distractions which divert the attention of drivers.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 3,477 people lost their lives in distracted driving accidents over the course of 2015. Sadly, this reflects an increase in comparison to some of the preceding years. In 2014, 3,179 lives were claimed in distracted driving wrecks, while 3,092 lives were cut short due to distracted driving collisions in 2010.

What financial problems can motor vehicle crashes cause?

When it comes to auto accidents, many people realize the risk of suffering a serious injury or passing away. However, some people do not realize that car accident victims suffer in other ways. For example, someone involved in a traffic collision may experience a number of financial hardships after the crash, which only adds to the pain they may be facing already. If you were hit by a reckless driver or your loved one was recently part of an accident, it could help to review some of the financial consequences of accidents.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration points out that traffic collisions can bring a number of financial problems. For example, if an insurance company does not cover all of the costs associated with health care properly, victims may struggle with medical bills. Sadly, those who have lost a loved one may be unable to pay his or her funeral expenses. Furthermore, these wrecks can have other financial repercussions, such as preventing someone from returning to work and causing them to deal with lost wages.

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