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In the Event of an Accident, Regardless of the Resulting Injuries, it may be Wise for Victims to Learn about Their Legal Rights

Two people died and approximately 18-19 athletes were injured in a three-vehicle crash near Talco, Texas, on March 23 (2017). The tragic accident involved a bus, which carried 33 high school boys of Mount Pleasant High School’s track team, a car that was being driven by the female assistant track coach of the girl’s track team (of the same High School), and an 18-wheeler, which was said to have veered into oncoming traffic toward the boys team’s bus.

To avoid head-on collision, the coach (of the boy’s team) who was driving the bus steered the bus toward a ditch, but rolled over after it was hit by the rig on the side. The rig, still on the wrong lane, hit the car behind the bus head-on, killing the female assistant track coach on the scene. The driver of the 18-wheeler was the other person killed in the accident.

Of the more than 15 million trucks operating in the U.S., about 2 million are semi-trucks, also called tractor-trailers, big rigs, or 18-wheelers. Due to their very large size and heavy weight, semi-trucks are considered threats on the road due to the damage these can cause in case of an accident. For this reason, the federal government strictly requires that only those who have earned a commercial driver’s license (CDL) can operate a semi-truck (to earn a CDL, an applicant driver will need to go through a special training and education, and a series of tests that deal with the proper operation and handling of a semi-truck).

After earning a CDL, a licensed driver and his or her employer are expected to comply with federal laws enforced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), such as regular maintenance checks on trucks used, use of standard parts, especially the tires and brakes, observance of the hours of service, which is the allowed maximum number or driving hours allowed of drivers, and other laws that will help ensure avoidance of road crashes. All these mandates, as well as the special training and tests, are aimed at ensuring the overall safety of interstate commercial driving.

Unfortunately, though these can definitely be prevented, truck accidents still occur – up to 500,000 every year, causing injury to more than 100,000 individuals and killing, at least, 4,000 others.

Different studies have shown that majority of truck accidents can be blamed on truck drivers. The FMCSA identifies the following as the most common causes of these accidents: driver fatigue; impairment due to prescription or over-the-counter-drugs; not being familiar with the road or the truck; inattention or driving distractions; improper way of attaching the trailer; failure of the driver to double-check blind spots; failure to ensure that the brakes are in good working condition; depowering of the front brakes, which is commonly done by truck operators to lessen wear and tear of tires and breaks for lesser operating costs; and, speeding or driving too fast for road conditions.

The law firm Williams Kherkher emphasizes that using excessive speeds in any vehicle is dangerous, which is why posted speed limit signs mark the maximum speeds that a vehicle should travel. In addition to these posted speed limits, semi-trucks are usually limited to an even slower speed, as these vehicles are more difficult to control and can cause much greater damage.

Unfortunately, sometimes drivers of 18-wheeler vehicles travel at high speeds despite the danger, resulting in serious car accidents that involve innocent people like you in injury and exorbitant expenses. Driving at high speeds in a commercial 18-wheeler is more dangerous because this can easily result to loss of vehicular control, skidding / hydroplaning, inability to make sharp turns, inability to stop at a red light, decreased visibility, decreased ability to react to sudden changes. Speeding is typically considered a reckless driving action, thus, truck drivers who commit this may actually be held accountable for any repercussions in a truck accident lawsuit.

In addition to the above, the law firm Mazin & Associates, PC, says that cars and vehicles are a valuable asset for independent individuals. They enable people to travel, earn wages, engage in social activities, and have the freedom of going wherever they please. However, car accidents happen far too frequently, resulting in lost wages, and even death or serious injury. When a car accident is the fault of one specific party, it is greatly unfair to expect the innocent party to waste their time and resources dealing with the situation, especially in the event of a wrongful death.

Victims of reckless truck drivers that choose to speed are sometimes due compensation for their injuries and the losses they have incurred. It may be wise for them to learn more about their rights as a motorist and victim in the event of an accident.

Possible Causes of Rib Fracture

As explained by the Spiros Law Firm attorneys, the blunt force trauma that is often associated with catastrophic accidents can result in a range of serious injuries, including broken bones and internal scarring.

Bone fracture, which is the clinical term for broken bone, refers to a crack or a break in a bone that is caused by a strong force exerted against it. The most common sites where bones easily fracture are the arms, legs, hips, skull and ribs; the last two are the most dangerous since these can lead to complications and render the injury life-threatening.

Complications of bone fractures include:

Stunted bone growth, which can occur if the fracture occurs close to the joint where the growth plates are located;

Blood loss; and,

Injury to tissues and/or organs, such as injury to the brain due to skull fracture or injury to chest organs due to rib fracture.

Rib fracture, in particular, is a crack or break in one or more bones that make up the rib cage; it could also refer to a break in the cartilage which connects the ribs to the breastbone. When two or more ribs in more than one place are broken, the result is a flail chest, which is a life-threatening medical condition.

Our ribs have two main jobs: protect the organs in our chest and provide space for the muscles to squeeze in or contract as we breathe. When one has a fractured rib or, worse, a flail chest, breathing becomes difficult and painful since the lungs are left with less space whenever it opens to allow air to flow in.

Besides chest trauma which may be due to a fall, a motor vehicle accident or a forceful blow during a contact sport, rib fracture may also be due to repetitive trauma from sports like rowing and golf, severe and prolonged coughing, application of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or factors that weaken the bone (like osteoporosis and cancerous lesion), making it more more susceptible to fracture. Now, though it is true that many cases of broken ribs are merely cracks and so usually heal on their own within a month or two, these can still make breathing both hard and painful.

Any type of bone fracture will definitely require necessitate medical treatment (continued medical treatment if it is serious). Taking legal action against the person liable for your injury, whether due to his/her action or lack of action, for the purpose of seeking compensation for any past and future expenses may help the victim pay for the medical treatment necessary for his/her recovery.

Stroke and contraceptives: Is there any connection?

In a report published by the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, scientists have found strong correlation between venous and arterial thrombosis, and the use of contraceptives containing drospirenone – a type of steroidal progestin that can be found in certain combined oral contraceptive pills (OCPs). But what does it really mean to those who are using combined OCPs?

Combined OCPs

Combined OCPs are birth control pills that are usually composed of an estrogen and a progestogen – two female hormones that are responsible for the regulation of female reproductive system. Some OCPs, such as Yaz, Yasmin, and Ocella, have drospirenone to act as a progestogen. However, Yasmin lawyers at National Injury Law Center have warned about the dangers associated with such type of OCPs. According to their website, among the many adverse effects of Yaz, Yasmin, and Ocella are dangerous blood clots. These blood clots, which may form either in the artery or in the vein, may travel or lodge into different vital organs, cutting their blood supply and ultimately resulting in organ failure.

Venous and arterial thrombosis

The main difference between arterial and venous thrombosis is that, arterial thrombosis refers to the formation of blood clot in an artery, while venous thrombosis refers to the development of blood clot in a vein. Venous thrombosis usually develops in deep veins, such as those located in the legs. When the blood clot dislodge, the clot may travel into the lungs and block the pulmonary vein, which may result in pulmonary embolism.

OCP and stroke

On the other hand, a dangerous blood clot in an artery may pose risk of blocking an organ’s supply of nutrients and oxygen. A blockage in an artery leading to the brain, for instance, may cause stroke. If you are using drospirenone-containing birth control pills and are experiencing symptoms related to a stroke, call or have someone call for medical help for a prompt treatment.

Preventing stroke whole on OCPs

Meanwhile, you can decrease your risk of deadly stroke while on OCP with preventive care. However, according to the website of an Oceanside medical malpractice lawyer, some medical professionals are too negligent to conduct tests that would recognize the possibility of developing deadly blood clot. So be sure that your primary care physician is vigilant enough to conduct tests that would detect your risk of stroke.

What you need to know about herniated disks?

Our spinal column is made of vertebrae that stack up on each other. To provide the flexibility you need, these individual bones are connected with rubbery disks (called the nucleus) encased in a tougher exterior, or the annulus. When the soft, gel-like nucleus ruptures or ‘slips’ out of the annulus, it may push one or more spinal nerves, which results in a myriad of different complications. This medical condition is called a herniated disk, or slipped disk.

Depending on what nerve is affected, a person with a slipped disk may suffer from different symptoms, ranging from mild numbness and tingling to serious and debilitating complications, such as paralysis. According to the website of Chris Mayo Law Firm, some individuals suffering from a herniated disk might even need to apply for Disability benefits because complications have profoundly affected their capacity to work and earn a living.

There are many possible causes of herniated disk. In most cases, this condition is caused by the normal wear and tear of the disk, or disk degeneration. That’s why older people are more prone to slipped disk than younger, healthier ones. In fact, most cases of herniated disk have been associated with old age.

In some instances, however, your risk of having a herniated disk depends on your occupation. According to a Massachusetts personal injury lawyer, your risk of a slipped disk increases every time your employer fails to provide ergonomically-designed equipment and machineries that could reduce back strains. Also, poor work posture may also contribute to the development of the disease. As such, herniated disk affects not only the older adults, but the working population as well.

A person experiencing dull pain, numbness, and a tingling sensation in his arms, feet or neck might be suffering from a herniated disk. For accurate diagnosis and prompt treatment, visit your physician as soon as you experience any of these signs and if you think that you are at risk of developing the disease.