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Car accidents can cause damage to internal organs

Humans are incredible organisms that are capable of performing many tasks and activities. When a Florida resident truly thinks about all of the processes that their body can and does perform it is truly mind boggling. However, when accidents and injuries cause damage to the body, major systems can begin to malfunction and shut down. Car accidents are a common cause of serious injuries in humans and can inflict painful and even life-threatening harm on those afflicted.

One often forgotten form of injury that victims can suffer from car accidents is organ damage. Humans have many different vital organs inside of their torsos and abdomens, and when they are in car accidents these organs can be seriously damaged. Impacts from pulls on seat belts, hitting the steering wheel of the car, or getting thrown from a vehicle can all result in organ injuries.

What are hours of service regulations for truck drivers?

It is hard to do anything when a person is tired. When exhaustion sets in, it can take everything that a Florida resident has to keep their eyes open and finish the task that is in front of them. In some situations they may simply decide to stop and get some rest. When they are engaged in activities that do not have easy stopping points, they may choose to push on despite their fatigue.

One activity that individuals should not do when they are tired is drive. Driving requires focus, attention and the ability to react when changes occur. Tired drivers do not have the capacity to do these and other requirements of driving and, when tired drivers let their skills soften while behind the wheel, they can cause dangerous and even deadly collisions.

Drivers who are negligent place you at risk for these injuries

When you get behind the wheel of a car to drive to work, the store or even just to meet up with friends for a social occasion, you shouldn't have to be worried about the drivers who are sharing your roadway. You should be able to reasonably expect that anyone else who happens to be on the road and driving a car is going to adhere to traffic laws and safety regulations. In a perfect world, that would be the case all the time.

In reality, many drivers in Florida and elsewhere are grossly negligent. Such drivers are often distracted, perhaps intoxicated or under the influence of drugs, or downright reckless in their behavior, not caring whether they are placing themselves or others at risk. The sudden impact of a motor vehicle collision can be deadly. If you survive a crash, you are likely to suffer one or more of the injuries mentioned in this post, which is why it's always best to know where to seek support in case of an accident.

Actor suffers serious back injuries in car accident

Earlier this year this Florida-based personal injury blog posted an article on the serious harm that spinal cord injuries can cause to their victims. An injury to the spinal cord may result in paralysis, the loss of motor function and bodily system control and other major health issues. Not everyone who suffers a spinal cord injury fully recovers from their suffering and some may live their lives with permanent and disabling trauma.

Spinal cord injuries happen when the back suffers harm. The spinal column runs down the back of a human's body and is the protective layer of bone that surrounds the spinal cord. Muscles, tendons and a host of other types of connective tissue all help hold the back and spinal cord in place so that the whole body can move.

Are slip-and-fall accidents only an indoor problem?

It is almost inevitable that at some point in a Florida resident's life they will suffer a slip-and-fall accident. Sometimes these preventable accidents are self-inflicted: a person may leave something on the floor or on their steps and then step on it, causing them to fall and injure themselves. However, many slip-and-fall accidents are the fault of others, and when they are caused by another party's negligence the victim's losses may be recoverable.

Slip-and-fall accidents can happen in many different locations, both indoors and outdoors. When visiting a store or shopping at a market, a victim may slip and slide on wet floors or in aisles that are blocked by goods or packages. Unsecured floor coverings, poor lighting, and a host of other deficiencies may lead to dangerous indoor conditions that result in falls and injuries.

Inexperienced truck drivers are causing more accidents

Accidents involving semitrailers on Florida highways can cause severe, often fatal, injuries and extensive damage due to the overwhelming force caused by speed and the massive weight of the vehicles. A government study says a shortage of experienced drivers is causing new concerns.

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) survey highlights the role of inexperienced truck drivers in accidents involving semitrailers, which can weigh up to 80,000 pounds when fully loaded.

Common causes of motor vehicle accidents involving pedestrians

Every year, close to 5,000 people die in the United States when they are struck by moving vehicles. Thousands more are hurt in auto-pedestrian accidents, leaving many individuals in Florida and throughout the country struggling to find their new normal after suffering serious and sometimes profound injuries in crashes with cars. Florida families are not immune from these tragedies, and some have paid the ultimate price when their loved ones lost their lives from collisions with automobiles.

Many auto-pedestrian crashes are caused by driver negligence. When a driver behaves negligently, they fail to meet their duty of care to operate their motor vehicle as a reasonable person would in their given set of circumstances. Examples of driver negligence may include but are not limited to speeding, ignoring traffic laws or signals, driving while intoxicated or failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.

Serious injuries include traumatic brain injuries

A traumatic brain injury may happen if a Florida resident suffers a blow to their head or a penetration injury that affects their brain. Though they may range from mild to severe, traumatic brain injuries can happen when negligence-based accidents occur. Car accidents, slips and falls, consumer product hazards and a myriad of other sources of injury can result in traumatic brain injuries.

A traumatic brain injury can affect many of the operations of a victim's bodily system. While pain may be an immediate issue that a victim must cope with, other cognitive, sensory and motor-based functions may also be compromised. In terms of cognitive function, a victim with a traumatic brain injury may experience memory problems, mood swings and even changes in their levels of depression.

How do semi-truck drivers cause devastating truck accidents?

Any driver who chooses to operate a vehicle on Florida roads should be prepared to do so with care and consideration for their fellow motorists. That is because they have a legal duty of care to act as a reasonable person would when they get behind the wheel of a car. This includes private drivers of personal vehicles as well as commercial drivers of large trucks.

When truck drivers deviate from their duty of care to others, serious and sometimes deadly truck accidents can happen. Drivers who speed, hurry or otherwise rush to complete their deliveries in a timely manner may create dangerous conditions for other drivers that turn into accidents that could have been prevented had the truck driver been upholding their duty of care. Similarly, drivers who do not receive the proper operational training to safely drive their rigs may put others in the path of harm when they operate their trucks with inexperience and lack of knowledge.

What does it mean to a settle a motor vehicle accident claim?

After a motor vehicle accident in Florida, a victim may feel like they are caught in a whirlwind of uncertainties. They may prioritize the treatment of their injuries and may work with their employer to take time off from their job so that they can recuperate. They may work with insurers and auto dealers to replace or fix their vehicle and they may have to rely on others to complete daily tasks and needs. While coping with all of these and other matters they may receive an accident settlement offer in the mail.

A settlement is an agreement to release a responsible party from legal liability in exchange for financial compensation. For example, after an accident a victim may be offered $100,000 to settle their personal injury claim against the responsible driver. While $100,000 may sound like a lot of money to someone who is struggling with medical bills and time away from their work, in the long term it may not be enough money to fully make the victim whole.

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